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.

Welcome to Denton

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.

Dining in Style

The Village Hall was packed for the annual Village Supper on Saturday and those attending enjoyed a really excellent meal.

The menu included a Smoked Salmon starter, followed by Roast Beef with all the trimmings, a choice of tasty Puddings and a selection of Cheeses. Needless to say the bar did a roaring trade.

As usual the Sheriff did a great job drawing the raffle prizes before proposing the traditional toast “The Spirit of Denton”.

Thanks must go to everybody who contributed to this great, not-to-be-missed, event but particularly to those who organised and produced the wonderful food.



The Last One?

For many years the five Parish Councils that cover the Earsham District Council Ward have held an annual Joint Meeting to share common experiences and hear some guest speakers. This year it was Denton's turn to act as hosts so the latest one was held at Denton Village on Thursday.

There were two guest speakers. First up was someone with a great local connection, one Kevin Hanner, son of the Sheriff. Kevin described his work with "the Feed", a Norwich social enterprise charity which supports the homeless, helping people access long term housing, training and employment. They run a catering business and café in Norwich staffed by the people they support with 100% of their profits go to charity. Further details are on their Website.

Following Kevin was PC Jim Squires our local Police Community Engagement Officer. He explained the impact of cuts on policing, the way that the local team in Harleston were trying to work with the community and answered questions from the audience. The Police Information on our website has been updated to reflect the new situation.

Sadly, the change to ward boundaries due next May will mean that this may be the last of these useful joint meetings.

Art On Display

Compliments poured in when Denton's artists put their skills on display at the Village Hall on Saturday.

The Art Group (perhaps it should be called the "Greater Denton Group" - a number of members come from further afield) meet at the Hall on a regular basis and every year put on an exhibition of their work.

This year's was claimed to be the best ever with over 100 pictures and craft items. One new feature of the show was to ask visitors to vote for their favourite exhibit. The result demonstrated a wide variety of preferences!



Round or Square?

Part of the climax of the celebrations held to note the completion of St Mary’s major restoration project was a performance by the Rising Stars.

An exhibition showing the extensive work on the roof and the floor etc was held in the church on 24th October. This was accompanied by a performance of "A Square Tower in a Round Hole" by the Rising Stars together with singing by the Dentones. The former attempted to answer that long-term question “Why is the church tower both round and square?”. Something to do with the big bad wolf chasing little pigs we gather. The debate continues.

The Stars were certainly not fazed by the large audience and the imposing building – they did very well – but producer/director Gill Hipwell must share the credit.

The Costumes Must Go Somewhere


Denton Variety Club, as a very "green" organisation, has a great record for reusing and/or recycling scenery, props and particularly costumes.

Thanks to the efforts of the Club's Wardrobe Mistress, Barbara Spaul, there is an amazing stock of the last. But where to store them?

They out-grew Barbara's loft many years ago and various other temporary locations have been used.

Now the Club Committee have bitten the bullet and, with the kind permission of the DVH Management Committee, they have installed, a suitably insulated etc., shed behind the Village Hall.

Rather like the Tardis, it's bigger inside than it looks in the picture!

New Play Equipment

Thanks to a valuable grant from the Big Lottery Fund the equipment of the village playground has been upgraded.

The Fund provided £7,523 for the Parish Council to replace the old seesaw with a new "non-bump" version together with a new attraction a "Rota-Roka" spinning dish.


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Another Great Show

This year's Annual Denton Gardening Club Open Show held at the Hall on Saturday was a great success.

A total of 349 entries were submitted across the 53 classes by 52 competitors.
The winners of the Section Trophies were:

Further details can be found in the DGC Show History section of the Website.


Judging under way.

World Cup Viewing

Recent events have highlighted the bonus to village life of the recent extension to the Village Hall and the provision within it of a nice large TV screen with a licence to view the main TV channels.

Thus in recent weeks Denton Residents have been able to come together to support the England football team as they battled to represent us in the World Cup in Moscow. The "Green Room" has been packed and the bar, open as usual (thank-you Dave), has provided suitable liquid refreshment.

The three group games saw England through to a Quarter-Final against Sweden on Saturday 7/7. This produced a convincing 2-0 win to entertain the assembled village fans. Unfortunately, the result of the Semi- Final against Croatia on the 11th was not so enjoyable. But once again the Village Hall proved its position as the centre of Denton life.

A Fitting Tribute

The Memorial Cricket Match held on the Playing Field on Sunday provided a very fitting tribute to the late, and much missed, Craig Whipps.

As usual with this, almost annual, event, the contest was hotly contested over 16 overs per side between the two scratch teams led by Gill Hipwell and Terry Hanner, but played in the best sporting spirit.


The Participants

The result was very close with Terry’s team needing 5 runs to win off the last over and squeaking home with three balls to spare. There were several outstanding individual performances but the bowling prize should surely go to Alex Eley who achieved three dismissals in his two overs.

Thanks must go to Chris and Jean Whipps for organising the match and to everybody who contributed particularly those who provided the excellent refreshments.