South Norfolk Council are conducting a "Community Governance Review". Further details are on a
The introduction makes some pretty ambitious claims about the Review's objectives, i.e.
Improve community engagement and local democracy.
Facilitate efficient, effective and convenient delivery of local services and ensure electors across the whole District are treated equitably and fairly.
In contrast, the 11 questions asked seem very simplistic and hardly cover the objectives. However everybody interested in this topic should be urged to express their views.
One, critical, part of the survey covers changes to Parish Boundaries. One hopes none of our current residents would propose a move way from us but perhaps some people living close to our current boundaries might wish to join us?.
Everyone who visited the Village Hall over the weekend to see the Exhibition of Photographs of Denton (Old and no so old) had a real treat.
It has been estimated that over a thousand photos were on display covering every aspect of village life. Houses, including some no longer with us, were very prominent but, of course, it was really the pictures of people that made the biggest impact.
Young and old (sometimes the same individual) were all there from babies in push chairs to senior citizens a little bit past their prime.The latter included some much-loved faces also, sadly, no longer with us. Was anyone who has lived in the village during the last 50+ years not included?
All the local organisations from the WI to the Rising Stars also featured, the pictures from DVC productions were perhaps the most difficult to identify. There were lots of fascinating documents on display as well. Did you know that in 1923 the new Village Hall had to pay Income Tax?
Excellent refreshments were of course provided by Denton's cordon bleu team and where would a Denton event be without a raffle; great prizes.
Our thanks and congratulations must go to the many people involved in putting on the event and providing the exhibits but particularly the key organisers: Kath and Terry Hanner ably assisted by Adele and David Godsmark.
Twenty players ‘ping-ponged’ their way through the evening at Denton village hall recently in the annual Table Tennis Tournament.
There was a wide range of competitive spirit on show – ranging from the passive ‘do I have to play now? ‘ to the ‘each point is crucial’ comment that is often the prelude to the ball ending up on the stage or behind a curtain.
Maureen Coe retained the Ladies shield that she won last year by overcoming the competitive force that is Doris Lambert, whilst there was a return to trophy winning for the King of Spin – David Kemp, when he defeated last year's winner Bernard Coe in the final.
In all, DeniseGrant kept score and control, 90 games were played, a playful dog munched a ball into submission and a good time was had by all.
The audience at the Village Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights were somewhat relieved when the anticipated executions by guillotine at the end of this year's pantomime did not actually take place.
Instead the whole cast, goodies and baddies, broke into song with "United we stand, divided we fall" in the finale, which neatly served to underline the great teamwork exhibited by the members of DVC yet again. Led by the writers Denise and Peter Grant, they created a show which was much enjoyed both by those taking part and, more importantly, the audiences.
Of course the guillotine was not invented until some time after the "Three Musketeers" were walking the streets of Paris but historical accuracy should never get in the way of a good panto. Further details and a full review appear in the Club's History Section
but special mention should perhaps be made here of Barbara Spaul's outstanding costumes and, of course, the "orchestra". Ken Ashton, Simon Winter and Sue Altarelli did noble service expertly playing some great, familiar, tunes to support the singing, another highlight of the show.
This year Valentine's Day falls on the second Tuesday of the month. It seems all the members of our Parish Council are so keen to celebrate this critical anniversary with their beloveds that they have cancelled the February meeting of the PC due on that day.
They should surely be congratulated on getting their priorities right.
Last night saw the formal opening of the Village Hall's latest extension.
Everyone associated with its creation, the planners, the builders, the decorators and the funders plus of course the members of the Hall's Management Committee were invited along to celebrate the event with a glass of bubbly and suitable nibbles.
The Chairman of the Committee, Terry Hanner, thanked everybody who had contributed to its construction notably, on the financial side, South Norfolk Council and Adnams Brewery. As usual in Denton, a lot of voluntary labour had gone into the project which would greatly enhance facilities at the Hall.
Denton's thespians will shortly be making good use of the building with the annual DVC production due next month.
Regular blood donation sessions in Harleston have ceased.
For many years blood donors from Denton have gone to sessions held at various venues in Harleston. These have included the Leisure Centre and most recently the Apollo Club. (One of the attractions of the latter was always lying on ones back and working out the details of the lighting and balloon release systems suspended above you.)
This has now ceased and from now on donors will have travel further afield to make their contributions. The nearest venues are Hempnall Village Hall and the Belsey Bridge Conference Centre in Ditchingham.