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.

The Shining Stars

The stars were really shining on Denton last Sunday afternoon when "Snow White" was performed at the Village Hall.

This was our own Rising Stars annual show and they all rose to the occasion. More that 20 young people filled the stage and the audience, as the Stars own song goes, of "Mas and Pas, Grandmas, Grandpas, Aunties too" plus many others, had a great time.

It was a very "liberal" interpretation of the original tale - no sign of any dwarfs, but crocodiles seemed to take their place very well. Some of the performers were, as usual, more involved than others, though at one point the cry from one of the youngest of "I want a wee" added to the fun, but they all joined in.

Congratulations and thanks must go to everyone involved but a special word to the writer and director - Gill Hipwell.

Last Place Filled

The last vacancy on Denton Parish Council has now been filled.

At the elections back in May there were only five nominations for the seven places on the Council. As previously reported, the first gap was filled at the July meeting. At Tuesday's Council meeting the final vacancy was sorted out when Helen Sida-Page was co-opted.

Another Good Show

Despite problems for gardeners caused by recent weather conditions, this year's Open Show organised by the Gardening Club was a great success.

There were plenty of entries in most of the classes and, as usual, the Hall was filled with colour. The Overall Champion was Anne Carden but full details of all the competition results can be found on the Gardening Club's Show History Page.

Another Great Dentill

Dentill 2019, held on Sunday, was a great success; the best ever according to several observers of this biennial event.

Blessed with excellent weather, there was a record turn-out of visitors, farm vehicles, vintage cars etc. The various stalls, plus of course the beer and food tents, did a roaring trade. A great day was had by all.

Congratulations to everyone involved but especially to Adrian Hipwell and his organising committee.
Further details and pictures can be found on the Dentill Website.

A Great Night at the Bouledrome

Denton's Blackhand Cyder Society 2019 Boules Tournament was blessed with warm sunshine which saw 87 members and friends gather at the Mill Farm Bouledrome on Sunday for this annual event.

The afternoon started well with England's historic Test Match victory over Australia, but then the serious local contest got under way.18 teams of three entered the draw – a 50% increase on last year and games were all great fun and, occasionally, very competitive.

In the final of the main competition, after a well fought contest, the Lincoln Shrimps (Joe, Helen and Jaydn, née Fitzgerald) beat Great Boules of Fire (Kate, Lubi, and Charlotte).
The Plate Competition saw Chris and Co (Jean, Doris and Chris) beat The Skinns (Malcolm, Janet and Chris K).
It was great to see so many "two-generation" teams taking part.

Thanks must go to everyone who came and joined in or just came and enjoyed relaxing in the sunshine, but especially to Adèle and David who organised and hosted the event so well.

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.

Darts On Target

Denton's first Darts Tournament, held at the Village Hall last Friday, was a great success.

The competition was won by Paul Sharpe from Middle Road, 2nd place was taken by Terry Hanner. and in third place was Sarah Utting. The sweepstake was won by Janet Howman.

Special thanks to Patrick Utting, Chris Whipps and John Chapman for Refereeing games, and to Jean Whipps for a fantastic job of cooking the sausages and burgers.

The night raised £96.00 which will be used for a new game or sport at the village hall. The next Games Night will be in November when a Draughts competition might be staged.

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 2015), 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 event was 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.