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This is the official website of Gissing Parish Council. The Parish of Gissing (population c.300) lies six miles north of the market town of Diss in South Norfolk. It is an agricultural settlement, mainly arable in character, but offering good examples of many of the most distinctive features of the ‘claylands’ landscape (meadow, woodland, large common, wide verges, ponds etc.).
Dwellings are concentrated in three linked areas, Upper Street, Lower Street and Mill Green, each of which offers a variety of architecture, some of it listed. A conservation area has been established in order to protect the most valuable elements of both the natural and built environment.
The area referred to locally as the ‘Heart of Gissing’ (most probably the central area of the mediaeval village of Gissing) lies close to Lower Street, and includes the Church and the Old School. This latter is currently in use as a Children’s Centre and is rated as Outstanding by Ofsted. The Children’s Centre has been developed by the Heart Of Gissing CIO is now Charitable owner of the Old School site. Provision of an attached new Community Building has been built with the aid of the Big Lottery (Reaching Communities) Fund. A range of activities take place in the centre of the village and at the new Community Building which can be found in the Cockcrow (Parish Magazine), the Gissing Parish Council Newsletter (available from our website), Gissing Village Life (Facebook Page) and by Heart Of Gissing Website (link provided on this website page).
St Mary’s Church Gissing has undergone going extensive renovation works with funding secured through the Heritage Lottery and was completed in December 2017.