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.

It's Moved!


To everyone’s delight the footpath sign half way up The Walks has been moved, presumably by the Highways Authority?

When the sign was first installed, a year or so ago, users of The Walks were bemused. Instead of placing it in the logical place, at the junction of The Walks (BR25) and the footpath going across to Pockthorpe Lane (FP5), it was position about 50 metres to the South and thus served no real purpose at all.

Now, at last, it has been moved to its correct location at the junction to guide visiting walkers.

One Down, One To Go

Back in May, at the four-yearly PC elections, there were only five nominations for the seven places on Denton Parish Council.

When this happens, and it often does (the same situation arose in 2014), the five who have been elected, unopposed, have the ability to co-opt other people to fill the vacant positions.

At last week's DPC meeting, they duly did this by co-opting Robert Fearnley of Manor Farm to join them. Congratulations and thanks to Robert.

We understand the Council hope to fill the second, and final, place at their next meeting in September. Any Denton resident over the age of 18 is entitled to put their name forward. How about you?

Completed At Last


It is six years since, in 2013, Denton's Victorian and most northerly Postbox, at the junction of the Norwich and Darrow Green Roads, was stolen and replaced by a modern version.

However throughout those years it has not been equipped with the standard Collection Plate on the front with details of collection times etc. We are delighted to report that this omission has finally been rectified, even if the new notice is labelled as "Temporary"!

Details of the Theft.
And the Replacement can be found in the News Archives.

Festival Time

This year's Summer Festival, or was it "Gin & Beer" Festival?, proved to be as successful as it's predecessors. A big turn-out from the village and further afield; everybody had a great time.

Excellent entertainment was provided by a series of musicians including: Hogie, Sam Norfolk, Andy Fitzgerald, Yield, The Dentones and Folk Collective.


Delicious food, pulled pork rolls etc. plus ice-creams, was available and the three bars were kept very busy, even if prices were a little higher than usual at the Village Hall. One highlight of the eventwas the amazing raffle with a superb range of prizes. Perhaps the best was the special chocolate cake made in the shape of a barrel.

raf cake note

The day raised more than £2,000 for Hall funds.

Thank-you Lunch

The Church in Denton held a special "Thank-you" Lunch at the Village Hall last Sunday.

The objective was to recognise the contribution of so many people to the work of the Church and the Chapel recently, particularly in terms of the major restoration work at St Mary's and the re-roofing and re-decoration of the Chapel.


After an excellent meal the Rector addressed the gathering and thanked everyone involved. Presentations were then made to a number of people notably Eddie Winter, Johnnie Carslake and Terry Hanner.

APM Time

Denton's APM, Annual Parish Meeting, is to be held in a week's time on Tuesday 14th May at the Village Hall starting at 7.00 pm.

The main item on the agenda will be Reports from a number of village clubs and organisations but, under AOB, any matters affecting the village can be raised. Your chance to get something important off your chest?

The Agenda can be seen on the Website.

The APM will be followed by the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council. Following the recent election, where only five nominations were submitted, there are two vacancies on the Council to be filled by co-option. How about you?

The Famous Five

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.

T T T Report

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.

Meetings Lovely Meetings

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.

A View from the Hatch

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.