The Village Hall
A Brief History
The Hall on Norwich Road – Postcode IP20 0BD – was originally constructed in 1924 and although extended and refurbished at various times (the Bar was added in 1993 and the Games Room in 2004) it has retained much of its original character and is well used by residents of the village.
A further phase of improvement is now complete. Another extension has replaced the old community bus garage at the south end of the hall. It provides another room for meetings and greatly improved facilities behind the stage.
As a shell it was first used successfully for the DVC revue in February 2016 but now, following its opening ceremony, it is fully equiped for a variety of uses.
How it is run?
The hall is a registered charity (1031442) for the benefit of the residents of Denton. There is a Management Committee, made up of volunteers, which is responsible for running the building and facilitating the activities that take place within it.
The committee is made up of members elected at the Hall AGM and members nominated by the organisations that use the hall.
The AGM usually takes place in November each year. The management committee usually meets quarterly.
- Chair - Terry Hanner
- Vice Chair – Annie Whiteman
- Treasurer – David Godsmark
- Secretary – Kath Hanner Tel: 788414
- Minutes Secretary - Doris Lambert
Anne Carden, Zoe Brown, Ron Chapman, Ian Cooper, Roger Gibson, Adrian Hipwell, Peter Grant, Sarah Henderson, Matthew Squirrell, Nigel Seamons, Bob Standing, Jasmine Symonds, Lorraine Symonds, Jean Whipps, Bernice Wilson, Hannah Witchell.
The 2016 AGM was held on Monday, November 24th.
The Committee organise a series of social events during the year which are open to all village residents. These normally include:
- A Beetle Drive
- A Whist Drive
- A Quiz Night
- A Summer Ball
- The Village Supper in November
Who Use The Hall?
It is available for private hire to residents of the village either on an hourly or daily basis and is used by the following village organisations and groups, all of who welcome new members:
- Bowls and Social Club - this is the group that runs the hall's licensed bar. This bar regularly opens for members every Friday evening from 7.30pm onwards with a meal normally provided on the Last Friday of the month. The membership fee is £1 per year.
The bar is staffed by volunteers on a rota basis. The current Bar Rota appears on a separate page.
- Parish Council - second Tuesday of the month.
- Bowls Club - most Monday evenings in the winter.
- Women's Institute - first Tuesday of the month.
- Gardening Club - third Tuesday of the month.
- Art Group - normally meets every Wednesday afternoon.
- Rising Stars and Denton Variety Club - put on at least one excellent production every year.
- Sequence Dancing Group - meet on the first and third Friday of the month.
Of course almost every function or event that takes place in the village, from charity auction to sixtieth birthday party to the Summer Ball, takes place in the hall.
The Hall and especially the Bar make a vital contribution to the realisation of Denton's, unofficial, motto - "Ullus Excusatio Pro Compotatio".
A Defibrillator unit is installed on the wall in the lobby/entrance of the Village Hall with initial instructions next to it.
The unit lifts out of the wall housing. The unit is currently in a carry sleeve so there are two short straps on either side of the unit which should be unfastened (press studs) and the outer case opened where specified.
Inside the carry case lid there is a black bag which contains, if required, scissors (for cutting clothes) razor (for shaving hairy chests) gloves and CPR mask. The main unit is then opened by depressing the white catch at the front.
The unit then goes into automatic mode and talks you through the procedure, the same instructions appear as text on the screen.
A video about the unit which demonstrates how it is used, and (despite its US origins!) is well worth watching, is available on Youtube.
In recent years a large board has been erected in the Hall in December for residents to put up their Christmas card to friends and neighbours in the village. The scheme removes the need to send individual cards locally, with an appropriate donation to charity instead. So far our chosen charity has always been the Bwindi Orphanage in Uganda.
Residents can put up their own cards on the board when the Hall is open, or just leave it in the DVH post box (to the left of the front door). Cheques (made payable to Denton Village Hall) can also be left in the post box but cash should not be left there. Alternatively, cash donations can be handed to any other member of the DVH committee or placed in a donation box behind the Bar.
A recent new departure has been a regular series of Lunches on the second Tuesday of each month.
12.00 for 12.30, £3 per head. Further details from Doris Lambert - 788216.
If you would like more information about what activities currently take place at the hall or need details of hire charges etc. or wish to enquire about bookings, contact –
Kath Hanner: 788414.
The Village Noticeboard
Opposite the Village Hall, the Noticeboard still provides a valuable source of information for Denton residents.
It is constructed with three panels. The central panel, which is glazed and locked, is reserved for official notices and is managed by the Parish Council but the two open side panels are available for anyone to publicise local events etc. (You are advised to bring your own drawing-pins.) As usual the only requirement is to ensure that posters etc. are removed once the event is over!
The Management Committee have purchased a number of small marquees for use at local functions. These are available for hire by village residents. This facility relies on a team of volunteers who erect and take down the marquees.
Further details are provided on a separate page.