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.

Latest Covid-19 News

With the lifting of some restrictions from tomorrow Norfolk Constabulary have issued a statement covering the latest Covid-19 Crisis situation.

It can be seen HERE

Updated Traffic Changes in Harleston

Following public objections the current traffic restrictions in Harleston have been modified.

Proposals for making temporary changes to the way the traffic flows in Harleston, to make life easier during the current emergency, were causing some concern.

An updated Map has now been published. Local residents are invited to send in their comments to -

Unfortunately there were no details provided on when the changes are going to be implemented!
But they are now in place.

News From NCC

The latest news on the current Emergency from Norfolk County Council is now Available.

Slavery in Denton?

There has been a lot of publicity recently about the part that the slavery trade and slavery itself played in British history. Some interesting research by a former local resident has now revealed a link to Denton.

The Slave Trade Act of 1807 ended the transport of slaves in British ships from Africa across the Atlantic, but it was not until 1833 that another Act made the ownership of slaves illegal throughout most of the British Empire. Finally this was followed by the Slavery Compensation Act of 1837. This provided for £20M to be paid to former slave owners.

It has now emerged that in 1835 the Rev George Sanby, sometime Rector of South Elmham and Vicar of Flixton, who lived at Denton Lodge which he had inherited from his father, received the sum of £166.16s.11d as compensation under the Act. This would be £18,700 at today’s values.

Confusingly, he was the son of another Rev George Sanby who was Rector of Denton from 1750 to 1807. But it was through his mother Mary Acres that he received the compensation cash. The Acres owned the Tryall sugar plantation in Hanover Parish in Jamaica. It seems they were forced to liberate 314 slaves for which they were compensated to the tune of £5,337. Only a small part reached Denton. Tryall is now a luxury country club and golf course.

If you want to check if your family was involved, go to the Legacies of British Slave-ownership website.

Ten Years of Talk

Denton Talk is now ten years old.

It all started on 31st May 2010 when 31 local residents signed up to join the scheme.

Ten years, and who knows how many messages, later - there are currently 223 members.

Most people would agree that it has, in the main, provided a very useful service for the local community, particularly in the current emergency situation. From lost (and found) dogs to information about coming events it has helped us in so many ways. OK, it has perhaps been misused at times but, in spite of this, very few people have asked to be removed from the system.

In so many ways it has shown what a great community we all live in.

Here's to the next ten years!


Thanks to Matt Squirrell, we have discovered that Talk actually started in March 2009 as part of the work on our entry for the Calor Village of the Year Competition.

So Talk is really eleven years old!

Community Update

Norfolk Constabulary have issued a statement covering the current Covid-19 Crisis situation.

It can be seen HERE

Parish Council News

Like so many other bodies in the current crisis, Denton PC was forced to cancel its normal two-monthly meeting due to be held last night, Tuesday 12th May.

However, the Council have produced a report on current issues etc. and this can be viewed on the Website.

The next meeting of the Council is due on July 14th.

75 Years On

Friday 8th May was the 75th anniversary of VE Day when the end of the Second World War in Europe was celebrated across the UK and beyond. Despite the Coronavirus Lockdown this was an important anniversary to be commemorated and Denton residents were determined to play their part.

A timetable of events, and a call for suitable red, white and blue decorations, was circulated. The celebrations were centred on 3 pm, when Prime Minister Churchill had announced the end of hostilities, with a suitable toast "For those that gave so much, we thank you”. Every household was then encouraged to hold a tea-party outside their houses and many did.

Naturally, many photographs of the event were taken. A small selection can be see on a Special Page on the website, together with a link to a larger collection of those taken by Lydia Sida Page.

More Council Support

The latest crisis information from the County Council with advice and useful links, dated 29th April, is now available on the village website.
All information from the Council can be found in the Services Section.

County Council Crisis Support

Norfolk County Council have today circulated details of extra support for the vulnerable and other residents during the current crisis.

Full details can be seen Here.