Denton’s community composters came under close scrutiny this week at their regular Tuesday gathering.
Arriving on site at Fir Tree Farm for their normal compost processing session the team found a group of more than 20 visitors ready to scrutinise their every move.
The visitors, from all over Norfolk and Suffolk, had come to find out “how to do it” and the workforce rose to the occasion. Liz Cargill and Anne Carden answered many of the visitors questions but other team members contributed to the discussion where appropriate. Denton was complimented on both its community spirit and the quality of the compost produced.
Despite the poor weather Denton’s Open Gardens event on Sunday was very successful.
More than 90 visitors turned up to view the 17 gardens open to inspection and over £700 was raised to support renovation work at the church and chapel.
Lunches and teas were provided and nearly all the plants available for purchase by the visitors were sold. The “Trash & Treasure” (bric-a-brack) stall also did well. All the, suitably exhausted, owners of the gardens were rewarded by many compliments from the visitors. Their efforts were also much appreciated by the organisers of the event.
Today’s planning meeting approved the application from Saffron Housing to install an electrical substation to serve the new Affordable Housing in Norwich Road.
South Norfolk Council’s Planning Committee meeting at Long Stratton received a report from the recent site meeting and heard the views of both those supporting the application — the Parish Council and a members of the public — and those opposing it. They then voted by 6 to 1 to approve the application.
It is thought that the new accomodation will now be ready for occupation towards the end of July.
It seems that, like London busses, awards to Denton residents arrive in pairs!
Even keener readers of Saturday’s EDP will have reached Page 51 where there is an extensive report of Denton’s Ewan Cumming’s receipt of the Chris Lewis Award from the Norfolk Farmers Trust. This biennial award is made to young farmers under 30 working with livestock. It recognises Ewan’s achievements with his flock of Poll Dorset sheep. He plans to use the £3,000 award to expand the flock and purchase equipment.
It is not often that the name of a Denton resident appears in a list of national honours but today provides a very welcome exception.
As keen readers of today’s EDP will have spotted, the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours List includes the award of an MBE to our own Alan Squirrell.
Over the last nine years Alan has provided outstanding leadership to see the infant South Norfolk Credit Union turn into the very successful Norfolk Credit Union and provide a critical financial lifeline to thousands of people across the county. It is typical of Alan that in his comments to the EDP he paid tribute to the many volunteers who have helped to make the Credit Union such a success but his own personal contribution has been outstanding.
We should all congratulate him on the thoroughly deserved recognition that his MBE represents.