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.
The Village Hall Bar is now a lot more comfortable.
The Management Committee have invested the generous donations from the families of some much loved Denton residents who sadly passed away in 2018, to purchase new comfy chairs and curtains for the Bar.
Residents are looking forward to trying them out over the Christmas and New Year period.
Many Denton residents crossed the border last weekend to visit the wonderful display of decorated Christmas Trees in Alburgh's All Saints church. They were pleased to find that no less than eight of the 35 trees on view had been supplied by Denton people or clubs.
One of the trees had been created by a skilled team from the Gardening Club so it was entirely appropriate for that one and five others (not sure what happened to the other two?) to be "transplanted" to DVH for the Club's Christmas Social evening last night.
They made a very attractive backdrop to the party and helped develop a great Christmas spirit for the occasion.
From the left above, they came from: the Dentones, the Tennis Club, Lana Osborne, The Art Group, The Gardening Club.
It is hoped that they will remain in the Hall over the festive period.
Denton has just expanded! We are now 8 properties and 14 people bigger.
The previously announced parish boundary changes, between Denton and Earsham, are being implemented on the new, 2019, electoral registers. These have just been published and will be used for next May's District and Parish Council elections.
We are delighted to welcome the new arrivals in Danacre Road, Middle Road and, what is still officially, Denton Road, Earsham. We hope this anomaly will be reserved in due course.
The village now covers 329 voters in 165 properties.