What a great weekend we had! It could have been warmer but all the Jubilee events went well, the food and drink was excellent and a good time was had by all.
From the Beacon lighting on the Thursday to the Village Photograph on the Sunday, everything ran smoothly. It was wonderful to see so many villagers involved. A full photographic record of the events is planned but, for the moment, this picture of Hilda Thomas cutting the Jubilee Cake, will suffice.
Congratulations and thanks must go to the many people who contributed so much. As usual in Denton lots of residents were happy to contribute in various ways but the key people, the organisers, did an outstanding job.
The Planned record of the four days is now in place in the
Features Section of the Website.
It all starts tomorrow, with the first events in the much anticipated celebrations of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee getting under way.
In London there will be the great spectacle of Trooping the Colour; the first time this traditional celebration of Her Majesty's Official Birthday has been held for three years. Here in Denton residents will be putting the finishing touches to their bunting displays etc before gathering in the evening at the Village Hall for the start of four days of local celebrations. The bar will be open, food will be served and at 9.45 our contribution to the network of beacons across the country will be lit.
More events will follow over the next three days. Full details can be seen on a
Special Page on the Website.
Let's hope the weather stays fine and a great time is had by all.
Last night more than 60 members of the Black Hand Cyder Society were celebrating a further step on our way back to normality. For the first time for over two years the Denton Bouledrome was available for a Club gathering.
Courtesy of the Godsmark family, the floodlit boule court was the scene of some keenly contested and much-enjoyed games. The barbecues were kept busy as members prepared their suppers and, of course, a variety of excellent BHCS cyders were consumed. However, the most important part of the evening was surely the opportunity it provided for old friends to meet and mardle.
The guest speaker at this year's Annual Parish Meeting, held on May 10th, was Rev Bruno Boldrini, the Minister of Denton Chapel.
He gave a fascinating talk on his life-history, covering his early years in Italy in a family with German and Spanish as well as Italian links and his later career. The latter included service in the Italian army and qualification as an accountant before becoming entering the church.
Most of the rest of the meeting was taken up with reports from a variety of village organisations from the Art Group to the WI. The last included the information that Denton WI was celebrating its Centenary. The best news from all of them was their continuing re-emergence from Covid restrictions.
A great Church and Chapel Combo are due to be in charge of the Village Hall Bar this coming Friday.
The two Revs, Chris Hutton and Bruno Boldrini, are the bar staff for the night but we are assured there will be no discounts for Christians. In spite of this, the attendance of the Bella Ciao Pizza Wagon in the car-park, from 6pm to 9pm, should ensure a good attendance. The bar opens at 7pm as usual.
Members of the Black Hand Cyder Society enjoyed a great trip to the Ampersand Brewery on Thursday evening.
More than thirty attended, for a guided tour of the brewery facilities, accompanied by suitable sampling of it's products. Our excellent guide was of course, Adrian Hipwell who’s son Andy and his wife Amy run the Ampersand Brewery. Adrian has been closely involved with the setting up and running of the Brewery since its inception in 2016. This made him the perfect guide for the evening and the Hipwell family should be rightly proud of what they have achieved.
The tour covered the brewing process from filtering the water, to mashing the barley, adding the hops and fermentation. It also included casking, kegging and canning. The final leg, in the brewery cold store, lead, naturally, to a return to the bar.
On Thursday evenings a burger van is in attendance outside so members could enjoy some food to go with their ale. It rounded off a most impressive visit.
The Covid Emergency meant that the 2020 and 2021 Annual Parish Meetings could not take place.
Better news for 2022. The Parish Council have announced that this year's Parish Meeting will be held at the Village Hall on Tuesday May 10th at 7 pm. Further details of the agenda etc. will appear in due course.
The large turn-out at the Village Hall yesterday morning clearly demonstrated Denton residents' concerns about the situation in Ukraine and their desire to offer support to those suffering under the Russian invasion.
The proposal to hold a fund-raising Coffee Morning was only announced on Wednesday afternoon, but people quickly rallied round to stock a massive book sale, provide a wonderful range of cakes and donate some excellent raffle prizes.
The result was a very convivial gathering but, more important, it raised no less than £1,180 to go to the Disasters Emergency Committee. Well done the organisers and everybody who contributed.
Following good advance publicity, people came from far and wide to visit the Wildlife Photography Exhibition held in the Village Hall last Saturday.
As previously reported, it featured the work of two local photographers, our own Robin Brown (aged 9 and ½) and Nick Jermy (aged 37 and ¾) from Woodton. Between them they covered a wide array of fauna and flora with some really impressive pictures, much enjoyed by all.
Some excellent cakes were served with tea and coffee, and a substantial sum was raised for the
Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
It is not often that Denton makes the front page of the EDP, but on February 22nd it achieved that distinction. However, it was for all the wrong reasons.
Three winter storms had hit Norfolk in four days, but it was the third, codename "Franklin", that did a lot of damage in Denton. Many properties in the village had trees blown down and minor structural damage. The unfortunate residents of Upland Terrace, on Norwich Road, were not so lucky.
On Sunday evening, the 20th, what many observers called a Tornado, hit the area. As the EDP reported, its centre seemed concentrated on a small area but a number of properties suffered major damage to their roofs etc. Not surprisingly, the occupants, were terrified by the noise as the storm hit.
Needless to say, offers of help poured in from neighbours and further afield. Everyone feels the greatest sympathy for those affected.
As might have been expected, Denton celebrated the Millennium in 2000 in some style.
The various events have been recorded on the Village Website for some time, but now a significant omission has been sorted out.
Do you have a copy of the great group photograph, taken on the 1st July that year, hanging on your wall?
Well, thanks to Ken Ashton, who took the photograph, this has now been sorted out. Can you find yourself on
The Millennium Page?
BBC Radio 6 Music currently features a show hosted by Tom Ravenscroft (son of the late John Peel, the famous DJ, who lived for many years with his family near Stowmarket in Suffolk).
This reminded Adele Godsmark of another link between Denton, Norfolk, and Denton, Texas.
It is based on an item which featured in 2014 on the BBC Radio 4 documentary programme “Home Truths”. It concerned John, who himself compered the programme before his death in 2004.
John lived for a while in the Texas Denton and then resided near Stowmarket in his later years.
Adele came across this story on the BBC website –
BBC Radio One - 3rd October 2014
The headgear? John Peel has the details...
"On Wednesday night over on Radio 1 we featured a band from Denton, Texas, called Lift To Experience."
"In tribute to their home-town, in which I had, years ago, attempted to sell insurance, our son Thomas and I travelled to Denton, Norfolk, where Tom took photos of me wearing my cowboy hat in front of Denton Village Hall to present to the band. They were quite moved that we’d gone to such pointless lengths. There’s another Denton just off the Al in Cambridgeshire and we’re planning a visit there soon..."
Thank you, John. These things matter.
An Exhibition of Wildlife Photography is to be held at the Village Hall on Saturday, 19th February, 11 am to 3 pm.
The Exhibition will feature the work of two local photographers, our own Robin Brown (aged 9 and ½) and Nick Jermy (aged 37 and ¾) from Woodton.
Refreshments will be served and all proceeds will go to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
However, this could be your chance. If you have a wildlife photo you have taken yourself which you would like to display, please send an email to Zoe Brown - firstname.lastname@example.org.
The more the merrier!
A report of the Exhibition is featured on Page 3 of Thursday, 27th January's EDP.
Is there something special about living on Darrow Green Road?
Recent months have seen two books published by residents, near neighbours, of Upper Denton. First we had Charles Christian's "Shuckland" and now Paul Wilby has published "Warning Not for Snowflakes".
It has even been rumoured that a third book, on a legal theme from another, learned, DGRdite, may be on its way. Of course they do suffer from poor broadband up there, so perhaps this may give them more time for pen-pushing?
Despite current difficulties, a number of Denton residents followed our traditional practice of sending seasonal greetings to all their friends in the village via the display in the Village Hall. They then donated the money they saved by using this route to charity.
This year, with limited visits to the Hall we thought it would be nice to display the cards here -
and list those who sent them.
They were: Liz Cargill & Keith Ellis; Anne & Richard Carden; Jennie & John Crohill; Fiona Easton; Andrea & Mike Fitzgerald; Sara & Terry Fox; Rosemary & Roger Gibson; Adele & David Godsmark; Colin & Sandra Gordon; Denise & Peter Grant; Terry, Kath & Lucy Hanner; Allan & Sarah Henderson; Alan & Linda Jenkins; Hilary & David Kemp and family; Jason & Christine Kerr; Doris & David Lambert; Alan, Zoe & Leroy Lawrence; Kathyrn & Phil Luton; The Parsons family including - Margaret, David, Richard, Emma, Oliver, Kate, Noah, Annabelle, Grace, & Harry; Ronnie & Maureen Philips; Kim & Phil Poulton; Maureen & Nigel Seamons; Sheila; Helen, Imogen & Lydia Sida-Page; Barbara Spaul; Alan & Heather Squirrell; Hilda Thomas; Jean & Chris Whipps; Annie & Steve Whiteman; Paul & Karen Wilby; Eddie Winter.
The donations totalled £235 which, together with the £400 raised by the carol singers, will go as usual to the Bwindi Orphanage and Hospital in Uganda.
Sadly, due to Covid issues, it was decided to cancel the final Denton get-together of the year, the New Year's Eve Party in the Village Hall Bar. Let us hope that things will work out rather better in 2022.
At least we did get some sunshine on the last day of the year, culminating in a magnificent sunset -
Something new for 22 is an excellent "Village Sign" imported, thanks to Charles Christian, from the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Denton, Texas.