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.

DEFIB Update

A progress report on Denton's defibrillator.

The external cabinet for the defibrillator has now been installed on the outside wall of Denton Village hall next to the main entrance. The defibrillator will not be put into the cabinet until the Ambulance Service has registered the cabinet and have it on their system. The defibrillator will remain in its current position in the village hall until that registration has been confirmed.

Once the Ambulance Service have the cabinet registered, anyone can ring 999 and, when a defibrillator is thought to be required, the Ambulance Service will give out the location and cabinet code. However Denton residents will have much faster access.

Key fobs, giving the cabinet access code, have been obtained and one per Denton household will be allocated. They will be distributed at the Thursday Post Office and via various events. If residents would like more than one key fob, additional ones can be purchased at 25p each.

For further details, and to request extra key fobs, please contact Kay Wiltshire, preferably by email on kaydpc@gmail.com.

Kept in the Dark

Sometimes it is great to be proved wrong.

In a previous news item we expressed some scepticism that our new, faster, broadband service would not be up and running before Christmas. But it was!

This means residents within a reasonable distance of the new green box at the junction of Trunch Hill and Middle Road can sign-up for the new service and see broadband speeds at least ten times faster than previously. Great news for using data-heavy online services.

Unfortunately, those living in the more remote parts of the village (and, it seems, some others living quite close but not connected to the new box) will still not be able to take advantage of the improved facilities.

Most surprisingly, there has been absolutely no publicity from BT telling us that the new service is up and running.

Angel Delight

This year's Angel Festival at St Mary's proved to be a great success, attracting visitors from far and wide.

One, perhaps from furthest afield, was Andrew Hunn from Cornwall. He has kindly sent us a number of photographs of the event, some of which appear below.

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doll scare

side bike

Thanks and congratulations to everyone involved in organising the event.

Vacancy Filled

We are pleased to report that the vacancy on Denton Parish Council, caused by Peter Hill's resignation, has now been filled.

At their November meeting the PC co-opted Christine Kerr as a member of the Council. Thanks and congratulations to Chrissie; as the proverb goes - "One volunteer is better than ten pressed men".

Towards "Boxing Day"

No not that one!
Time to report the latest news on Denton's slow progress towards super-fast broadband.

Last week the west end of Middle Road was closed for the installation of our new fibre-optic-ready Green Box. This is now in place, as pictured.

The Box

The next stage is to connect the box to the BT network. For this power is needed, so today making a connection to the nearest supply of electricity, on the pole on the other side of Trunch Hill, is under way.

The Hole

Once the box is up and running with the magic FO cable attached, BT engineers will have to connect all our copper wires to the new facility. Any chance of this being all done by the day after Christmas? Unlikely perhaps, but keep your fingers crossed.

Norfolk County Council have produced a report showing the current status of the Council's campaign to provide super-fast broadband access across Norfolk. The Report is available here.

Seasonal Entertainment

All four seasons were on display at the Village Hall on Friday and Saturday.

They provided the theme for the Rising Stars' two "performances" and what a great show it was!.
No less than 20 young people were involved ranging in age from two to nine. The seasons were covered with appropriate songs, poetry and "I say, I say" jokes.
As usual some members of the cast were perhaps less enthusiastic than others but all joined in and played their part. The audience loved it.

The show ended with the traditional rendering of "We're the Stars" with parent participation on stage for the second time through. It was all very much in the wonderful RS tradition.

Congratulations must go to Gill Hipwell and her great team, but most of all to the Stars themselves.

Dentill Certified

A "Thank-you" Certificate has been received from EACH for the funds donated to them from the proceeds of this year's Dentill.

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Over at Last

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.

Christmas is Coming

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Your Parish Needs You!

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.