It is always very difficult to decide exactly what, from all that goes on in Denton, to include in a review of each year's highlights.
Very few things stood out as really distinctive in 2019. But then, looking back, there were a number of really great "celebration" events matching the villages unofficial motto. So just compiling a list seemed totally appropriate.
- The Annual Village Quiz early in February got us off to a great start. Hotly contested, in the best possible spirit of course, it went down to the wire to decide the winner.
As usual the award of "The Bone of Contention" was also contested and it was great to see the normal suspects sqeezed out and new winner in Abi Symonds.
- Later that month, It was time for the DVC's yearly production. "Cyder With Bertie" was a very bold adaption, by Charlotte Valori, of a Benjamin Britten theme adapted to a small village like Denton.
The review by Old Stager included some interesting comments but the audiences, and more important the cast, enjoyed it hugely.
- March saw the Annual Table Tennis Tournament with some close games but unpredictable results.
The trophies went to some "new" winners for a change which made the evening even more enjoyable.
- A special Thank-you Lunch was held at the Village Hall in June.
This was to recognise the contribution of so many people to the work of the Church and the Chapel, particularly in terms of the major restoration work at St Mary's and the re-roofing and re-decoration of the Chapel.
- The Summer Festival was as successful as it's predecessors.
A large crowd from near and far had a great time. The musical entertainment was outstanding.
- Denton's first ever Darts Tournament was held in July. Or was it just the first for a long time?
It was a great success, so hopefully will become an annual event. Also in the sporting field, a Village Pool League developed during the year.
- It was a great night at the Darrow Green Bouledrome for Denton's 2019 Boules Tournament in August.
Nearly 90 people enjoyed the warm sunshine and 18 teams took part. A highlight this year was the participation of so many "two-generation" teams.
- In September Dentill 2019 was a great success. This is now a biennial event.
Blessed with excellent weather, there was a record turn-out of visitors, farm vehicles, vintage cars etc. The various stalls, plus of course the beer and food tents, did a roaring trade. A great day was had by all.
- Our own Rising Stars produced an innovative rendition of "Snow White" at the Village Hall in November.
More that 20 young people filled the stage and the audience had a good time. No sign of any dwarfs in this version of the story, but crocodiles provided interesting replacements.
- The final event of the year was the Christmas Market when, at 5 pm, the the festive "Lights" in the hall and across the village came on.
The stalls did a roaring trade and over £1,300 was raised for Church Funds.