We are delighted to report that the long-running saga of the future use of Grove Farm in Middle Road is finally over.
Our District Councillor, Murray Gray, has been closely involved in the issue for over 20 years. Yesterday he attended the public auction of the farm buildings. This had been forced by South Norfolk Council in order to recover the substantial costs awarded to them by the courts and never paid by the site owners.
He has informed us that the sale went through and that the purchaser was a local resident.
Long-serving Denton parish councillor and former Council Chairman, Peter Hill, has resigned from DPC. Tributes were paid to his much-valued contribution to the Council at the recent September meeting.
This means there is a vacancy on the Council which will be filled in due course by co-option. Anyone who is interested in volunteering for the position should contact the Chair of the PC or the Clerk as soon as possible.
Further information, including details of what the job involves, are available in the
PC Pages of the Village Website.
For some months time has been standing-still locally; at least down at St Mary's it has.
The major renovation project at the parish church forced the stopping of the clock on the tower. It had been showing twenty past four ever since.
Now, restoration is complete and, as shown in Johnnie Carslake's photo below, it is running, and chiming, again. Perhaps best of all; we will no longer have those panic moments - "I can't be that late for my appointment, can I!" - as we drive past the church.
What a great weekend - so much going on - no time to think for many Denton residents.
Saturday was the annual "Garden Club Open Show" and, as usual, the Village Hall was filled with colour, great produce of all kinds and fierce competition for the prizes on offer.
It was wonderful to see so many entries for the various classes. Over 50 people took part including some of the newest arrivals in the village and a number of children.
The winners of the trophies for the individual categories were:
Flowers - Peter Wiltshire
Vegetables - Sarah Henderson
Domestic - Jean Whipps
Decorative - Barbara Spaul
Men's (Cheese Straws) - Peter Wiltshire
Best Single Bloom (A new Trophy in memory of Sandie Jones) - Doris Lambert
Best in Show Under 14 - Lana Osborne.
Overall - Sarah Henderson
Then it was on to Sunday and "Dentill 2017". Was it really two years since the last one?
In spite of perhaps a little too much mud, the venue opposite the Village Hall worked very well; with all the agricultural activities on one side of the ditch and everything else on the playing field on the other.
The range of farming equipment on display and in action, from the oldest to the newest, the smallest to the largest, was quite fascinating. The turn-out of classic cars was also most impressive, with a WWII American gun-carrier to keep everyone in order. The crowds made very good use of the excellent food and drink on offer and were entertained by the wide repertoire of the mobile organ.
One of the organisers rated this Dentill the "best-yet" and a substantial sum (later announced as over £7,800) was raised for charity. Roll on 2019!
So it was a very busy weekend but, as one new resident observed, it provided two outstanding, most enjoyable community events - what living in Denton is really all about.
Thanks must go to the many people who worked so hard to make the events so successful.
As notified earlier in the year, South Norfolk Council, as part of their on-going Governance Review, have been considering requests for changes to parish boundaries. Denton PC put in a bid for adjusting our boundary with Earsham and this, with the support of our District Councillor, Murray Gray, has now been approved by the relevant SNC committee.
The PC had suggested that five properties currently in Earsham should be moved into Denton. Further details, and a map showing the proposed new boundary, can be seen on the
The properties involved are on Danacre, Middle and Denton Roads. The last will presumably be at least partially renamed if the boundary change goes through!
The next stage in the process will be a period of public consultation from 31/8 until 27/10. Everyone is encouraged to join in but we gather that Earsham PC are not objecting to the change. The final act will be seeking the approval of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
Further research has now revealed that eight properties would be involved if the proposal is approved. They are:
Danacre Road - Wash Cottage,
Middle Road - High Green Farm, Little Green Farm, Jack Ansell Cottages x 2,
Denton Road - Parrs Farm, Parrs Farm Annex, White House Farm.
Competition at this year's Village Boules Championships, held at Mill Farm on Thursday, was as
intense as ever.
Congratulations must go, again, to Shabbyabi (Abi, Lorraine & Jon Symons) who regained the much coveted tournament winners trophy.
As luck would have it they played Dogs & Roses (Doris, Chris W & Paul) twice (in the Group and Knockout stages). Both of these matches were very competitive, physically and verbally but Shabbyabi came out on top and went on to beat The No Namers (Sharon, Toby and Malcolm (substituting for Nigel)) in a great final.
Plate winners were Hopeless (who were anything but hopeless) (Charlotte, Kate & Lubi) who triumphed over The Gibson Girls in the Plate Final. Grandma Gibson's cunning plan of buying time by having a 3 course meal before the match sadly didn't pay off but it was worth a try.
Longest game of the evening was The No Namers against Earditch (or should that be Shamingham) (Denise & Peter and co).
Official attendance for the evening was 71. Great to see so many kids enjoying the evening and taking part in the tournament. Boules seems to bridge the generations!
Editor's Note: Special thanks to the Godsmarks for organising such a great event.
Everyone who was lucky enough to attend Saturday's wedding of Ian and Kat Cooper has made the same comment - "What a fabulous occasion."
It all went brilliantly. The beautifully decorated Chapel was packed. The sun shone. The service conducted by Chris Hutton went very smoothly. The Dentones sung delightfully.
Later, the food and drink at the Village Hall was excellent. The entertainment for 40+ kids was great. The speeches by James Hanner and Kat were also entertaining. Even later, the band played very well and the dance floor was crowded.
However, what really made the day for most people was watching two much-loved members of the Denton community coming together in marriage and celebrating the event with them.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the day, but most of all to Kat and Ian.
Summer was really celebrated in suitable style at the Village Hall on Saturday
The weather was lovely, after all we are enjoying a heat-wave, the music delightful, the food excellent and the beverages on offer - just amazing.
It was billed as a "Gin and Beer" event and both categories were very well represented. There were eight real ales on offer and a similar number of craft gins. Attempts to try all of them failed miserably. Two of the beers came from the new Hipwell family brewery and will shortly be available locally.
We were very well entertained by the local musicians and singers, the talent on offer seems to grow every year.
Young and old had a great time. As somebody commented - "fantastic relaxed atmosphere - a typical Denton event". Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved.