Denton a village in South Norfolk, England

Denton Village News

Here are the 10 most recent news articles. For older news articles please see the archive.

APM 2024

Details have been announced of this year's Annual Parish Meeting to be held on Tuesday 14th May starting at 7 pm.

The Guest Speaker is Matt Newton-Jones who will be speaking about the work of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Another topic will be a report on Biodiversity from Cllr Matt Jones.
There will also be reports from village organisations.

Everyone welcome. Your chance to have your say.
The APM will be followed by the PC's Annual Meeting .

Ping Pong Success

As in previous years, it was a most enjoyable evening at the Village Hall on Friday. The availability of Bella Ciao Pizza and the Bar obviously played their part but it was the hotly-contested Annual Table-tennis Championships that captured everyone's attention.

Ably organised as usual by Annie and Steve Whiteman, there were some very close matches in both the Ladies' and Gentlemen's competitions.
As they commented, "Table tennis has proved to be a game for all ages as players from six years old to the mid-eighties recently took to the tables. During the first hour of the evening up to ten juniors bounced, bumped and bobbled the ball from one end of the table to the other in all manners of ways. Hopefully, the outside table – which has bats and balls stored within it – will provide a place throughout the year for their enthusiasm to flourish; who knows, stars of the future?"

When the adults played there was the usual mixture of missed hits and masterly crafted points, alongside looks of despair and frustration as another point was gifted to a grateful opponent.

The eventual winners were Maureen Coe, regaining the trophy she last won in 2017, by beating runner-up Andrea Fitzgerald, and Gary McDonald, beating Bernard Coe in the final match and repeating his win of last year.
It was thus honours even as neighbouring villagers shared the spoils of the tournament.

A great night was had by all the players and by all the watchers. Thanks are due to all who played their part.

A Pilgrimage To Denton – Well, Past It

Did you know that Denton was on a Pilgrimage Route? It is now.

A new long-distance pilgrimage route has been created, running right across the country from St David’s Head in Pembrokeshire all the way to Ness Point in Lowestoft. Called the Via Beata, it uses footpaths and bridleways as much as possible. Further details can be seen Here.

One stretch of the route runs along the by-way on the South side of Websdill Wood. Technically the by-way is designated Bedingham-RB7. This is because the path is on the boundary between Bedingham and Denton but, assuming the boundary runs down the middle of the path, surely we can claim to be on the Route.

Another location on the Route is the Norfolk & Waveney Emmaus Base at Ditchingham. Later in the year they are organising a fund-raising “Walk of Kindness” along the Route. We gather two local people, both called Chris, Messrs Brown and Hutton, have already signed-up to take part.
Further details can be seen Here.

Birthdays Galore

One of the many fun-moments enjoyed at the regular Thursday morning coffee gatherings at the Chapel Vestry is the celebration of attendees' birthdays. This week was really special with no less than three such milestones to be recorded.

Suitable cards were signed and presented and, as usual, a mini-birthday cake was provided for each celebrant as well. The fact that two of them bore the same name caused a bit of confusion. No problem with the third.

Two Kaths,

The Snapper snapped,

Happy Birthday to all concerned!.

Oh Yes It Was

Another February Half-Term gone, another DVC production delivered.

Last week in Denton saw three performances of this year's Panto - "Space Wars", a loose, sometimes very loose, combination of several well-known themes from Star Wars, Star Trek etc.

A sell-out every night, it was much enjoyed by the audience and, possibly more important, the cast and crew had a whale of a time.

Everybody involved including: the orchestra, the set painters, the costume creators, the sound and lights operators, the Box Office Dolly, etc. should be congratulated on a great team effort. A special vote of thanks must go to the Director, Steve Barrett, for pulling it all together so well.

A Synopsis, full details of the Cast etc. and a Review, by Old Stager, together with some Photos, are available in the DVC History Section.

Another Great Quiz Night

The Village Hall was packed last night for the Annual Village Quiz.

It followed in the great tradition of these events, with a hotly contested Quiz, contested in the most civilised fashion of course, but in the normal Denton way, ensuring that everyone had a good time.

The winners, and now holders of the "Brain of Denton" trophy, were - "Tom's Team" with "Bobby's Dazzlers" in second place and "The Great 8" third. Last place went to "Arty Facts", who therefore won the Wooden Spoon trophy.

Rather surprisingly, this year very few people argued with the Question-mistress over her answers to her questions. Most unusual. The "Bone of Contention" trophy was awarded to Rosemary Gibson but nobody on her team could work out why?

We all had a great time and thanks must be recorded to everyone involved in the event, obviously to Denise Grant and to her excellent assistant Peter, but also to the cooking team - who produced a great meal at half-time, the bar staff, and the organisers of the raffle.

Well done Everyone!

Events Galore

The recent meeting of the Village Hall Management Committee agreed a long list of forthcoming events extending to the Village Supper in November.
Some of them are subject to later confirmation but they are all now included on the Coming Events Page.

Census Details - At Last

We are pleased to report that, after a long delay, details of the results of the 2021 Census, have been added to the website. These show that the population of the parish, 358, had risen by 32 since the previous 2011 census.
Further details can be found Here.

Biodiversity in Denton

An unusual item appears on the agenda of the next meeting of Denton Parish Council.

The council will be holding its normal regular bi-monthly meeting next week, Tuesday, January 9th, but under Item No.10 they will discuss "Biodiversity Policy".
It could be an interesting discussion. As usual, all local residents are welcome to attend.

Christmas is Here

Denton residents know that Christmas is really just around the corner when the doorbell rings and the lovely sound of carol singers is heard outside their door.

It is all part of the wonderful way the village, believers and others, celebrates the Nativity. Last night two teams of singers went forth and toured the village. Together they collected nearly £400. This sum plus the money from, another great tradition, the display of Christmas cards in the Village Hall, will, as usual, go to support the Bwindi Community Hospital in Uganda. A very worthy cause.