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Denton Village News Archive for June 2009

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Points and Prizes

As previously reported, judging for the national round of the Calor Village of the Year competition is taking place on Wednesday 15th July but the assessment will now be followed by a prizegiving ceremony.

The two hour judges’ visit will follow a similar programme to the regional session with a presentation, a village tour and an exhibition in the hall. However this will then be followed at 12 noon by a ceremony, to be held in the marquee outside the hall, when we will receive a cheque for £2,000 and a plaque to mark our success as regional champions. All residents are welcome to attend this event, a light buffet will be available, and the exhibition will be open for viewing.

Racing Hopes Dashed

Following the theme of this year’s Theme Dinner, horse racing fever hit Denton again recently. Listeners to the Radio 4 breakfast show “Today” were excited when on 22nd June the programme’s racing expert tipped a horse called Denton, trained by James Gask and ridden by Claire Lindop, running in the 4.45 at Lingfield Park. Local bookies reported a lot of interest but, alas, hopes were dashed when the horse was withdrawn just before the start and all bets were off.

Having a Ball

Despite the poor weather, attendees at Denton’s tenth annual Midsummer Ball had a great time on Saturday. Light rain fell during the evening, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the guests. The live band, Kaleidoscope, played a wide range of music which kept the dance floor busy. As usual an excellent meal was provided and the bar did a roaring trade.

Thanks must go to the Village Hall Committee and everyone who contributed to the organisation of the event but a special “mention in despatches” is required for Dave the Croupier who kept the roulette wheel spinning so skillfully all evening.

Affordable Housing Delays

Major concerns about delays to Denton’s affordable housing project were raised at the June meeting of the Parish Council.

Both the proposed new site layout, off the Norwich Road, and the design details of the buildings were criticised. Issues raised included the loss of privacy for nearby properties and the idea for a “buffer zone” to separate the new housing from the old. Some councillors felt that the proposed “modern” design for the new housing was out of place.

Saffron Housing has been working on the scheme for some months and their initial outline proposals had received general support. Now, with much more detail available, a number of objections have been raised. It seems that it is not just local people that are unhappy. Parish councillors were told that South Norfolk Council’s specialist planning Design Panel have also raised some objections to the proposals.

In an attempt to reconcile the different views local district councillor, Murray Gray, has agreed to try and set up a special meeting bringing together all the interested parties.

Further information on the history of the project is available in the Features Section of the website.

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