If you did not get to tonight's Annual Parish Meeting you missed a very interesting presentation on the future of Fast Fibre Broadband in Denton.
Former Denton resident, Karen O'Kane, who is the Director of Norfolk County Council's "Better Broadband for Norfolk" Programme, explained how broadband is being rolled out across the County and revealed the challenges this presents in rural areas.
But the most interesting part of the presentation was when she gave details of what is planned for Denton. We were told that this is proceeding in four phases:
The new cabinet (No.5), at the junction of Trunch Hill and Middle Road, is up and running and servicing 90 properties in the centre of the village.
The next cabinet (No.8), near Sunbeam Cottage in Norwich Road, will soon be connected and will support 20 properties in that area.
The next 59 properties, in two sets in other parts of the village, will be connected by direct fibre cables but this will not happen until next year.
This will leave 5 more properties, in Low Road and the Earsham end of Middle Road, for whom there are no definite plans at the moment.
These are the figures quoted by Karen this evening. They total 174 but there are supposed to be only 158 properties in the village? Watch this space!
The Parish Council have decided to change the frequency of their meetings.
For many years (since the year dot?) Denton PC has normally met on the second Tuesday of every month with the exceptions of August and December. There have been occasional further exceptions; perhaps the most notable one being in February last year when the date clashed with Valentine's Day and the romantic councillors decided they had duties elsewhere.
On Tuesday evening, at the Council's Annual Meeting, it was decided to follow the custom of many other PCs and switch to meeting every other month. In future they will thus be held in January, March, May, July, September and November. Of course additional meetings can always be called if significant urgent issues, e.g. a contentious planning application, should arise.
As previously reported back in February, Beth Barrett entered this year's London Marathon to raise funds for cancer research in memory of her late father, the much missed George Porter.
The event took place last weekend and, as the "before" and "after" pictures below show, Beth completed the course and was awarded her medal.
Beth's original fundraising target was £2,000 but, thanks to the generous support of many people including a number from Denton, the result, including Giftaid, was over £4,000. She would like to record the biggest possible thank-you to everyone who contributed.
As some residents have noticed, in the last few days another green telephone cabinet has appeared in the village close to Sunbeam Cottage in Norwich Road.
It seems that BT had not informed anyone of its arrival or purpose. The only hint came through the notice of the required road works via the County Council. It is presumably intended to provide a fibre optic link to properties on the northern part of the village and give them access to better broadband.
Presumably, as with the box installed last year at the end of Middle Road, those with lines transferred to the new box will not be notified but will have to install a suitable broadband hub to take advantage of the new facility.
This is the open meeting, held once a year, when all village residents are invited to come along and raise any local issue they like. The PC will be reporting on what they have been doing on our behalf and answering any questions that arise.
The meeting will also handle questions about County Council and District Council issues, but anything that affects us locally as a community that you are concerned about can be discussed. It really is "Your Chance". If you have a "bee in your bonnet" why not publicise it in advance via DentonTalk and encourage others to attend?
The meeting will be held at the Village Hall on Thursday 24th May starting at 7.30 pm. See you there.
The March meeting of the Gardening Club saw a change of speaker. David Keleel had to cry off due to illness so Denise Johnson from Reydon took his place.
She gave a really excellent talk on "Planning, Planting and Making a Cut Flower Garden", providing lots of tips on how she ensured a supply of cut flowers all year round.
At the end she very kindly donated the flowers she had brought with her to be used as a prize in the Club's usual raffle. Needless to say, this was quickly grabbed by the holder of the first ticket drawn and, as the picture shows, Doris Lambert was able to return home with a gorgeous bunch of flowers.
The recent bad weather, “The Beast from the East”, saw community spirit in Denton at its best. Everyone rallied round to support each other as the snowdrifts closed roads and sometimes made movement almost impossible. DentonTalk was at its busiest with requests for information on road conditions and offers of help flowing almost continuously.
Lots of people contributed in different ways but special thanks must go to Malcolm Skinner and Simon Winter for their work on clearing the roads.
One of the interesting, but very appropriate, items that came round via Talk was this poem, circulated by Jon Symons. The 4th Emergency Service
By Jan Millward (https://www.janmillwardpoetry.com/)
Many hate the farmers,
They don't like tractors on the roads,
Especially those with trailers,
And a slow and heavy load.
They moan about the cattle,
They complain they hear them moo,
And phone up to say the bale stack,
Is blocking up their view.
But when the roads are icy,
And then it starts to snow,
And they're stuck on hills and ditches,
And can't get their car to go.
The first one that they phone up,
Is the guy down on the farm,
They know he's got a tractor,
And it can't do any harm.
And suddenly he's a hero,
With a tractor and a rope,
The first one that they call out,
When they cannot cope.
And he always takes the call out,
He doesn't want your money,
He'll do his best to help you,
I think it's rather funny;
Because they will soon forget him,
When the snow has gone away,
And they're stuck behind his trailer,
Loaded up with hay.
With Dave Godsmark’s help Terry Hanner even managed to deliver the papers (or at least those that got through to him!).
The Friday night Bar session was cancelled as was the Beetle Drive planned for the Saturday night. However, a small team led by Zoe Brown, see below, pressed on with a Tea & Cakes session on Saturday afternoon and, with most of the roads now passable, this proved a great opportunity for residents to get together and celebrate their victory over the forces of nature. And it raised £265.00 for The Big C charity at the same time.
Then the thaw started - eventually.
Many thanks to everyone who supplied these pictures.
The significant contribution to community life in Denton of the
Tuesday Lunch Club has been recognised with an award under the County Council’s “In Good Company” scheme.
Thousands of people in Norfolk are lonely. Loneliness can cause poor health and even lead to premature death. It can make people vulnerable to scams and fraud and increase their reliance on public services.
The scheme seeks to encourage community activities which help to tackle the issue and, following a nomination by the Parish Council, the Lunch Club has recently been awarded a Certificate to acknowledge their good work. This was presented last Friday to the founder of the Club, Doris Lambert, at a ceremony at the Theatre Royal. She was accompanied by members of her team, Denise Grant and Jean Whipps, together on the left below.