Denton a village in South Norfolk, England

Denton Village News Archive for March 2020

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Allotment Opportunity

Many Denton residents are currently taking advantage of imposed isolation and the Spring sunshine to get on with sorting out their gardens. An announcement in the April Parish News offers a further horticultural opportunity.

The Parish Council provide four allotments for local residents, situated between the Playing Field and Rogerson's Wood. All four are currently vacant and the Council are concerned that, unless new tenants can be found, they will have to be returned to the landowners.

Most people find growing their own vegetables to be a most rewarding experience. Even if you have never done so before there is plenty of help and advice available to get you going.

Further details are available from Terry Hanner - 788414.

Play Area Closure

Denton Parish Council have issued the following Notice:

Following local and national government advice, the play area equipment will now be out of use. A sign will be placed on the information board and equipment cordoned off in the new couple of days.

Please therefore refrain from using the play area with immediate effect.

The field and walking areas are still available for daily exercise however please ensure that you adhere to the government social distancing advice.

Rae Carries On


Unfortunately, since this article was posted, Rae has been forced to suspend the service. The alternatives, visits to the post offices in Bungay and Harleston, are being offered via the village's isolation support scheme etc.

Despite the current difficulties, our noble Postmistress, Rae Stribling, is keeping our Thursday Post Office going. Not quite as usual perhaps - no refreshments available and only one customer at a time allowed on the premises - but the vital service continues.


One happy customer.


One happy Postmistress.
Well done Rae!

Village Hall Goes "Off-Licence"

We regret to inform you that the trial described below, while successful on Friday 20th March, will not be repeated. One potential alternative source of ale is the Grain brewery itself.

The latest development in the Coronavirus emergency is the sad decision to suspend normal Friday evening bar sessions at the Village Hall.

In its place, and recognising that many Denton residents need some liquid refreshment on a Friday night, an "off licence " arrangement is to be trialled. Drinks for home consumption will be sold, for an hour from 6.30pm to 7.30pm only.

This will include draught beer, initially the delicious Grain Brewery Redwood Red Ale (4.6%abv), but customers must bring their own containers!

Support for the Isolated

With the spread of the Coronavirus threat, more and more people are considering self-isolation, either voluntary or imposed. A scheme has been set up in Denton to provide a point of contact for help with shopping etc. for those who need it.

A number of people have offered to help and details of the scheme and a list of those currently available appear in the Services Section of the Website.

People who do not have internet access are catered for with special contact numbers.

The service also covers isolated people who just want to chat with someone.

The Battle of the Tables

The annual Denton Table Tennis Tournament, held last Friday at the Village Hall, generated a fair amount of heat, aided and abetted by a good turnout of all ages from 8 to 80 and a wide range of talent.

Some close tussles on the tables included Karen Dove's eventual triumph over Helen Sida Page, Jason Kerr's 26-24 arm wrestle with Brad and Skye's entertaining victory (22-20) over David Godsmark.

The clean sweep from Janet Howman took her to the ladies' silverware overcoming Doris Lambert (22-14). The men's title went to Jaya Mace from Alburgh whose entertaining array of shots took him past Brad in a final that boasted the highest level of skills seen in recent years.

There were a total of 86 games with everyone playing at least five sets and a good time was had by all. Thanks to everyone for an enjoyable evening but especially to Steve Whiteman for organising the event.

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