Congratulations must go to the five Denton residents who have put their names forward to serve on the Parish Council for the next four years. There are seven places available so they have all been declared elected unopposed.
They are: Ken Ashton, Zoe Brown*, Melissa Bunn, Terry Hanner* and Christine Kerr*. * indicates a current member of the Council. The two gaps will presumably be filled by co-option in due course.
Our thanks must also be recorded to the three current members not seeking re-election: Roger Gibson, Peter Grant and Kerry Norfolk.
A gathering of 24 energetic players (12 ladies and 12 gentlemen) swished, swashed and skillfully threaded their way through a snowstorm of table tennis balls at Denton’s annual Table Tennis Tournament last Friday.
After a total of 102 games the winners of the Denton Shields were Gill and Adrian Hipwell, despite the visiting Ditchingham duo of Dougie and Sharon winning the tournament outright.
Last year’s winners the ‘King of Spin’ and Doris Lambert have been temporarily dethroned.
Thanks to all who attended; a good time was had by all.
Thanks also to Steve and Annie Whitemen who organised the event so well yet again.
A series of new coming events have been announced recently. Full details can be found elsewhere on the Village Website.
The Parish Council have arranged this year's Annual Parish Meeting for Tuesday, 14th May. It is hoped that a number of local Clubs etc. will be reporting on their activities and this is your chance to raise any local issues that are causing concern.
Of course, this meeting will be after the Parish Council elections on Thursday 2nd May. If you are really concerned about local issues - why not stand for election?
The Gardening Club have announced their Summer Programme; so summer cannot be too far away. This includes details of the Open Show in September and, most important of all, the recipe for the Gentlemen's cookery competition.
This year's offering from the Variety Club was a pantomime with a difference. Cyder with Bertie , "A Cyder Drama spiced with pagan sacrifice, mulled with a moral crusade and screaming with intrigue ..." ran to packed houses at the Village Hall last Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The audiences seemed to survive, and even enjoy, the experience. The cast certainly did though sometimes perhaps regretting they could not do proper justice to Charlotte Valori's excellent script.
Some have their fingers crossed as they await the verdict of the show's reviewer (see below). They all appreciated the great support from the orchestra and the back-stage crew.
As usual for DVC productions, Barbara Spaul did a wonderful job with the costumes and make-up. Based in the Hall kitchen she kept an eye on things through the hatch and used her "Hatch Cam" to great effect. A sample of the results appears below.
Further details including the Programme and a Review are now available in the
DVC History Section.
The Annual Village Quiz Night, held at the Hall on Saturday, was a great success. The questions were suitably challenging, the food was excellent, but most important the relaxed atmosphere was that of a typical Denton event and everyone had a good time.
Great credit must go the Quizmasters, Denise and Peter Grant, who did a wonderful job setting the questions and keeping everybody on their toes. Even the inter-round jokes were much enjoyed. There seemed to be fewer challenges to the correctness of the given answers this year. So the destination of the "Bone of Contention" trophy was in doubt until Abi Symonds put in a bid and was suitably rewarded. She must like the event; she was in the winning team last year,
This year's runaway winners of the "Brain of Denton" trophy were the "University Challengers". Obviously clearly carefully selected for their wide knowledge they led from start to finish.
The winners; Pauline Townsend, Pio and Sue Atlarelli, Allan & Sarah Henderson, Kim & Phil Poulton and Charlotte Valori.
As usual the Chilli Supper, which included apple crumble and custard, organised by Jean Whipps, was excellent and the bar did a roaring trade.
Denton residents have been saddened by the news that the Chair of the Parish Council is standing down.
At the end of the Council's January meeting Kay Wiltshire announced that she was resigning from the position of Chair and from the Council itself for personal reasons. Other members expressed their regrets and thanked Kay for her excellent service over the last two years. Similar comments are circulating amongst other Denton residents. Kay has done a great job and will be sadly missed.
The Council's Vice-Chair, Terry Hanner, will take over the helm until the whole Council comes up for election in May.
Use of the pool table at the Village has increased recently but the condition of the baize on the table has deteriorated.
At their recent meeting the Hall Management Committee decided to get the table recovered. They are also investigating installing a jacking system which would make moving the table around, for events etc., much easier.
Some good news for those residents struggling with low broadband speeds was announced at this month's meeting of Denton Parish Council.
While new fibre links have been installed for some of BT's Green Boxes serving the village not all households can take advantage and their owners are not happy.
At the DPC meeting on 8th January our local SNC Cllr., Dr Murray Gray, reported that the District Council were trying to get round this problem by installing wireless broadband connection systems in poorly served areas across South Norfolk. This was intended to ensure that every SN resident had access to a 10 Mgb service.
One potential site for a transmitting mast for this system is the top of St Mary's Church tower. Watch that space!
'Twas The Night Before Christmas,
And down at the bar,
The Sida-Page’s are ready,
They've travelled so far.
One from the shire with a castle and bear,
Her sister the one with the mad curly hair,
At about half past six they'll hear such a clatter,
And hope it is Denton folk with snacks on a platter.
Come all from the Greens, Great, Upper and Lower,
Including the Darrow come fast or come slower,
Come Ronnie and Maureen,
Come Beaver and Kat,
Come Kath and our Terry (in a nice sheriff's hat),
Come all of the Winters the plucking is done,
Come Jon and Lorraine it will be ‘such fun’,
Come all Middle Roaders,
Come one and come all,
To enjoy Christmas Eve at the Old Village Hall.