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Tribute to Diane Foster - 2 May 2016

It is with great sadness that we report the death of local resident Diane Foster, a former Chair of the Snetterton Circuit Liaison Group, who worked tirelessly in her role to enable the circuit to flourish in harmony with the local environment and community. Diane passed away last Monday (25 April) after bravely battling a long illness and is survived by her husband Carl, daughter Amanda and son Ian. At the family's request, we have not published this tribute until today (3May).

Diane was a strong supporter of the local community throughout her life, holding a variety of positions in a number of different bodies, and was elected to represent her peers firstly as a parish councillor for Snetterton and subsequently as a district councillor for the Breckland area.

In April 1996, Diane was appointed a director of Community Action Norfolk, an independent charity focused on building a stronger, fairer county through support, empowerment and strategic partnership with local voluntary, community, social enterprise organisations and other key stakeholders. Alongside her work with Community Action Norfolk, she also played a key role in shaping rural life in Norfolk through her involvement with the body Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE). She spent three years working for ACRE, helping influence national policy on rural issues particularly in the Norfolk region, before moving on to join the Norfolk Independent Waste Trust where she served for six years with much success.

As Chair of the Snetterton Circuit Liaison Group, she was a vital link between local community and MSV as the circuit underwent major changes to its layout and spectator areas, raising the concerns of local residents whilst also recognising the benefits of a developed Snetterton Circuit and ensuring that work could be carried out with the support of residents. Respected and liked by everyone who knew her, Diane was honoured when she retired from the role in November 2014, with a wooden seat being installed around a young Maple tree that she planted, located adjacent to Tyrrells.

Alongside her charitable work and efforts with the Snetterton Liaison Group, Diane was also a passionate florist and was the driving force behind the fantastic Larling Flower Show. The two-day, biennial event raises funds to go towards the upkeep of St Ethelberts Church in Larling, of which both Diane was part of the congregation and husband Carl a Churchwarden. The first show took place in 2012 and was a major success, raising £5,000 for the general repair and upkeep of the church. In 2014, Diane designed an entire floral tapestry, which was laid along the floor of St Ethelberts documenting the village's history in stunning and unique style.

Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of Snetterton owners MotorSport Vision said: "Diane was a remarkable person and it was a privilege to work with her in Diane's position as Chair of the Snetterton Liaison Group.  She did an outstanding job, blending a robust approach with a great clarity of thought that recognised the importance of Snetterton's role in the local economy whilst being protective of the local amenity and communities she represented.  Not only did Diane make a massive contribution to local area professionally but she was also delightful company.  Diane bore her long illness with all the stoicism those that knew her expected.  When she retired, Diane was thrilled when we installed a lovely circular wooden seat around a young tree at Snetterton to commemorate her outstanding service. This will forever remain a place that I and many others can pause at to reflect on a very special person her family can be extremely proud of."

Diane's presence in the local community will be sorely missed and everyone at Snetterton wishes to extend their condolences to Diane's family and friends.