Denton’s run of success in the Calor Village of the Year Competition has come to an end. The results of the final all-England round have been announced and the winners are Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria. No runner-up is declared and details of the scoring system are not revealed but, unofficially, we have been told that it was very close and we were only a few points behind the winners.
While the result is obviously disappointing, the village can take great satisfaction from winning the earlier county and regional competitions. Thanks go to everybody involved in our entry with a special mention of Peter Hill’s excellent leadership.
Stop Press — Feedback from the judges has now been received.
Denton received two more awards and an extra £1,000 at today’s Calor Village of the Year presentation ceremony held in the marquee next to the Village Hall.
The organisers handed over our plaque (but where do we put it?) and £2,000 as Village of the Year for the East of England. However, they then revealed that we had won two of the four awards for the judging categories used in the competition. We were judged to be best in the region for ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Communications’. £500 was awarded for each so the actual cheque was for £3,000. After the awards and speeches an excellent buffet lunch was enjoyed by all in true Denton style.
The ceremony followed the judging for the next, all-England, round of the competition. It all appeared to go extremely well with — a great presentation from Gill Hipwell, an extensive tour of the village in Jules Greenway’s Buick, followed by a magnificent exhibition in the Hall with all the village organisations displaying their finest. The judges were obviously impressed but we are up against four other regional winners so we must not count our chickens. The result should be announced in mid-August.
As in previous rounds, it has been a great team effort but then community spirit has been a major factor in getting us this far. However lessons have been learned and it is hoped that the presentation, tour and exhibition will be even more impressive than last time. Now its down to crossed fingers and, hopefully, good weather.
The presentation of the prizes from the regional round will follow the judging at 12 noon when the exhibition will be open. All welcome.
Denton Cricket Club recorded an outstanding victory in their match against a Wortwell XI on Friday evening, 3rd July.
In an 18 over per side game played at the Wortwell recreation ground, the home team batted first and scored 70 runs all out. The Denton bowlers performed well but were assisted by some good fielding and excellent catching with Ken Wright showing his wicket-keeping skills behind the stumps. Ian Cooper was very impressive but the best figures came from James Godsmark who took the last three wickets in 5 balls for no runs. The last two wickets came off consecutive balls so he will be on a hat-trick for the next match.
Denton’s batsmen then hit out and passed their opponent’s total in just eight overs. There were several useful innings but Andy Hipwell made a major contribution.
It was a great all-round team performance with both younger and more experienced members playing their part The side was very ably captained by Ken Wright. It is hoped to organise further fixtures and the construction of a practice net is being discussed.