The noble members of the Village Hall Management Committee, recognising the very limited recent opportunities for social interaction in this most sociable village, have organised another Friday Night Bar Opening this coming Friday, October 23rd.
As before, there will be various restrictions to comply with national rules,
further details, but these should not prevent us all from "getting together" in a most enjoyable, and at the same time, responsible, way.
An interesting item appears on the Agenda for next week's meeting of the Parish Council.
Item 10 is all about Broadband coverage in some parts of the parish, namely Darrow Green and Manor Farm Road.
As usual, the meeting is open to the public, with comments on agenda items welcome, but, as it is to be held via video-conferencing, those wishing to "attend" need to contact the Clerk in advance. Details are on the website.
The previously reported first venture into re-opening the Village Hall Bar, on August 21st, proved to be a great success so another similar event, but with a few changes, is to be organised on Friday September 4th from 6 to 9pm.
This time suitably spaced tables and chairs will be used in the hall itself. There will be a one way system through the hall to minimise risk and help with social distancing. Entry will be through the Pool Room and exit will be through the main hall door. To avoid pinch points, men will use the disabled toilet near the bar and women the toilet in the new extension by the kitchen. Hand sanitiser will be provided on entry and exit.
Service this week will be to your table. Just sit down where you like and the bar staff will take your orders and bring your drinks to you. We will again keep a note of people’s orders and you will be asked to pay once, before you leave, by cash or cheque to minimise the need to handle money.
Everyone will need to follow social distancing guidance and children will need to be closely supervised.
Because of the Corona Crisis, the Village Hall Bar has been out of action since March but, at last, it is finally going to re-open if only on a suitably cautious basis.
After careful consideration, and consultation, the DVH Committee have agreed to go ahead with a trial opening on Friday, 21st August. The Hall and the bar itself will be off limits, apart from one loo at the Southern end, but all the usual drinks will be available from a table at the door onto the patio area at the North end of the building. Social distancing rules will apply.
The latest set of Speed Monitoring statistics, for July, are now on the
Website. They show that on July 22nd at midday a vehicle was recorded travelling at 65 mph uphill on Trunch Hill.
However, that is not the highest ever recorded on our monitoring system. That "distinction" goes to another (or possibly the same?) vehicle which was clocked at 70 mph going southbound near Skinners' Meadow on 14th May!
There has been a lot of publicity recently about the part that the slavery trade and slavery itself played in British history. Some interesting research by a former local resident has now revealed a link to Denton.
The Slave Trade Act of 1807 ended the transport of slaves in British ships from Africa across the Atlantic, but it was not until 1833 that another Act made the ownership of slaves illegal throughout most of the British Empire. Finally this was followed by the Slavery Compensation Act of 1837. This provided for £20M to be paid to former slave owners.
It has now emerged that in 1835 the Rev George Sanby, sometime Rector of South Elmham and Vicar of Flixton, who lived at Denton Lodge which he had inherited from his father, received the sum of £166.16s.11d as compensation under the Act. This would be £18,700 at today’s values.
Confusingly, he was the son of another Rev George Sanby who was Rector of Denton from 1750 to 1807. But it was through his mother Mary Acres that he received the compensation cash. The Acres owned the Tryall sugar plantation in Hanover Parish in Jamaica. It seems they were forced to liberate 314 slaves for which they were compensated to the tune of £5,337. Only a small part reached Denton. Tryall is now a luxury country club and golf course.
It all started on 31st May 2010 when 31 local residents signed up to join the scheme.
Ten years, and who knows how many messages, later - there are currently 223 members.
Most people would agree that it has, in the main, provided a very useful service for the local community, particularly in the current emergency situation. From lost (and found) dogs to information about coming events it has helped us in so many ways. OK, it has perhaps been misused at times but, in spite of this, very few people have asked to be removed from the system.
In so many ways it has shown what a great community we all live in.
Friday 8th May was the 75th anniversary of VE Day when the end of the Second World War in Europe was celebrated across the UK and beyond. Despite the Coronavirus Lockdown this was an important anniversary to be commemorated and Denton residents were determined to play their part.
A timetable of events, and a call for suitable red, white and blue decorations, was circulated. The celebrations were centred on 3 pm, when Prime Minister Churchill had announced the end of hostilities, with a suitable toast "For those that gave so much, we thank you”. Every household was then encouraged to hold a tea-party outside their houses and many did.
Naturally, many photographs of the event were taken. A small selection can be see on a
Special Page on the website, together with a link to a larger collection of those taken by Lydia Sida Page.
The latest crisis information from the County Council with advice and useful links, dated 29th April, is now available on the village website.
All information from the Council can be found in the Services Section.
Many Denton residents are currently taking advantage of imposed isolation and the Spring sunshine to get on with sorting out their gardens. An announcement in the April Parish News offers a further horticultural opportunity.
The Parish Council provide four allotments for local residents, situated between the Playing Field and Rogerson's Wood. All four are currently vacant and the Council are concerned that, unless new tenants can be found, they will have to be returned to the landowners.
Most people find growing their own vegetables to be a most rewarding experience. Even if you have never done so before there is plenty of help and advice available to get you going.
Further details are available from Terry Hanner - 788414.
Unfortunately, since this article was posted, Rae has been forced to suspend the service. The alternatives, visits to the post offices in Bungay and Harleston, are being offered via the village's isolation support scheme etc.
Despite the current difficulties, our noble Postmistress, Rae Stribling, is keeping our Thursday Post Office going. Not quite as usual perhaps - no refreshments available and only one customer at a time allowed on the premises - but the vital service continues.
We regret to inform you that the trial described below, while successful on Friday 20th March, will not be repeated. One potential alternative source of ale is the Grain brewery itself.
The latest development in the Coronavirus emergency is the sad decision to suspend normal Friday evening bar sessions at the Village Hall.
In its place, and recognising that many Denton residents need some liquid refreshment on a Friday night, an "off licence " arrangement is to be trialled. Drinks for home consumption will be sold, for an hour from 6.30pm to 7.30pm only.
This will include draught beer, initially the delicious Grain Brewery Redwood Red Ale (4.6%abv), but customers must bring their own containers!
With the spread of the Coronavirus threat, more and more people are considering self-isolation, either voluntary or imposed. A scheme has been set up in Denton to provide a point of contact for help with shopping etc. for those who need it.
A number of people have offered to help and details of the scheme and a list of those currently available appear in the Services Section of the Website.
People who do not have internet access are catered for with special contact numbers.
The service also covers isolated people who just want to chat with someone.
The annual Denton Table Tennis Tournament, held last Friday at the Village Hall, generated a fair amount of heat, aided and abetted by a good turnout of all ages from 8 to 80 and a wide range of talent.
Some close tussles on the tables included Karen Dove's eventual triumph over Helen Sida Page, Jason Kerr's 26-24 arm wrestle with Brad and Skye's entertaining victory (22-20) over David Godsmark.
The clean sweep from Janet Howman took her to the ladies' silverware overcoming Doris Lambert (22-14). The men's title went to Jaya Mace from Alburgh whose entertaining array of shots took him past Brad in a final that boasted the highest level of skills seen in recent years.
There were a total of 86 games with everyone playing at least five sets and a good time was had by all. Thanks to everyone for an enjoyable evening but especially to Steve Whiteman for organising the event.
There are two special significant challenges with presenting the panto "Jack and the Beanstalk". First getting a realistic beanstalk onto the stage for Jack to ascend and then placing a realistic Giant at the top of it.
DVC's production, performed to packed houses at the Village Hall last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, managed to get round these issues very cleverly. The beanstalk was located just off-stage in the wings but frequent gestures and remarks from the cast made this very obvious. When it came to felling it the chain-saw sound-effects were very convincing.
The giant was also similarly disguised with his shirt as the backdrop and two large hands, which moved to grab passing people very neatly when the story required. Here again his suitably deep and loud voice, "Fee, Fie, Fo, Fum" etc., was another valuable contribution from the sound-effects department.
All of this contributed to a most entertaining show in the great DVC tradition. This year there were several new faces on the stage and they blended seamlessly with the Club's regular performers. Talking of "old-stagers", that much-respected anonymous source has again put together an excellent review of the production.
The Review, the Programme and a set of photographs can all be seen on the 2020 page in the
DVC Section of the Village Website.
One of the highlights of the Annual Denton Quiz Night every year is deciding who will be awarded the coveted "Bone of Contention".
This, suitably shaped, trophy is collected by the person adjudged to have given the quiz-mistress the most trouble during the evening - challenging the correctness of the answers etc. Most of this year's contestants were quite well behaved on Saturday night, but "she-who-must-be-obeyed", Denise Grant, had no hesitation in awarding the trophy to Steve Barrett. Perhaps his recent elevation to the Parish Council has gone to his head?
The quiz itself produced a very close result with the "Tartan Tarts" team beating the "Corner Crew" by just a single point. A great evening was had by all.
A recent discussion on DentonTalk has generated a lot of interest.
Rich Palmer had circulated an old postcard, sent to him by his father, showing "The Old Stocks Tree, Denton", wondering if it was in Denton, Norfolk?.
Click here to see it, Subsequent posts pointed out that there were not many dry-stone walls locally and that there were plenty of other Dentons in, perhaps, more suitable parts of England.
This produced a reference to the fund-raising bicycle-ride round eight other Dentons completed by Liz Cargill and Jenny Crowhill back in 2009. It seems that they did not manage to spot such a tree on their travels, but, the search continues.
We all know that Denton once had its own "Hangmans Hill" but did we ever have our own set of Village Stocks?
So, a New Year is born! Let's hope it is a really happy one for everyone in Denton.
After a very festive Christmas for most residents of the village the new year was seen in with suitable celebrations. Hogmanay gatherings were held in a number of locations but the official Party at the Village Hall was a great success. Many thanks to the S-Ps and everyone else who contributed to the occasion.