Work for us!

We’re recruiting! 9 to 19 hours to suit the right applicant. We know we need positivity, friendliness and amazing organisation skills. You tell us what else you can bring to the role. Pay is £8.25 per hour and hours are flexible.

Please share with friends and family. 

Email for job description and application form. Deadline for applications is 5pm on September 16th.


The Queen’s Birthday…you’re invited!

This time next week (Saturday 11th June) we will be partying to celebrate the Queen turning 90.  We’d love you to join us.

12.30 to 1.30 Bring and Share Lunch

Like all the best street parties, we’ll be asking people to bring and share food.  Please bring your favourite savoury dishes and be ready to swap and share.  We’ll arrange sweet things and we’ll also be selling hot and cold drinks.  Please label your food containers.

1.30 to 3ish Fun and Celebrations

Bouncy castle – who doesn’t love a bouncy castle

Make do and mend swap shop – we think the Queen would approve! Bring anything you don’t use (you can drop off before lunch if that’s easier) and rummage for treasures amongst other people’s donations

Crafts – craft fun for kids, including a crown making competition with a mystery prize

Owls – real life owls to meet and have a picture with

Face painting – go glam or scary

Other stuff – tbc!

3 to 5 Cream Teas from St Andrews

The lovely people at St Andrews will be serving free cream teas from the Orange room.  How very, very kind is that?

No tickets needed, but bring change for bouncy castle, drinks or donations towards running costs.

If you’d like to lend a hand for any part of the day we’d love to hear from you.

Please tell your friends, family and neighbours.  Everyone is welcome to drop in at any time.  Oh, and like and share us on Facebook!


Queen's Birthday pic



Bring on the brunch

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and here at the Community Centre we couldn’t agree more. Especially when it’s our very own Community Breakfast!
Come on down this Sunday 14th and start the day Dean Court style. There’ll be our trademark bacon baps and waffles, proper coffee, juice and Sunday papers to boot. Younger brunchers can let off some steam in the main hall, refuelling when necessary!
If you think you’d look good in one of our aprons (and who wouldn’t?!), then new volunteers are always welcome. Or just come and complime 

nt us on our cooking skills!

We’ll be open for business between 9 and 11.30 am….see you there!


It’s the second Sunday of the month this weekend and that can only mean coffee, bacon, toast, juice and eggs with slightly confused service but totally amazing company. Come along and say hi for a drink or breakfast with no washing up.

If you like washing up though do feel free to help out. Volunteers aged 13+ always welcome for anything from an hour to the whole session.

Looking forward to seeing you. If you’re taking part in the Spring Clear Up then your drinks and anything else we can rustle up will be on the house!


the Brunch team

Brunch time! Can we help you with your new year’s resolutions?

This Sunday (that’s the 11th) is the next Community Cafe opening with all the usual food and food.

We can even help with your new year’s resolutions (provided that you’ve resolved to do one, more or all of these)

– get to know your neighbours

– drink more coffee

– spend more time as a family

– spend less time as a family

– support great local causes (all money we make goes towards community activities)

– read more newspapers

– take up jogging (well you’ll need a bacon bap after that exercise)

We’ll be here and cooking away between 9 and 11.30. Come and say hi!

Chipmunk not provided


Brunch and Life Drawing…not at the same time

Hello! This is a two for one! Info about the upcoming cafe sessions and about the new class that everyone’s talking about… life drawing.

Our cafe sessions have now been set for the next few months. So, we’d love to see you on any of these days. Lots of fun, even more food and a very friendly welcome will all be available, along with the opportunity to join the Mug Club. All sessions are 9-11.30am.

Sunday October 12th
Sunday October 26th – The launch of our Get Online! week – more to follow…
Sunday November 16th
Sunday December 14th

Quick on the Draw!

Why not join the latest meet-up group – life drawing is great, educational, relaxing and it’s here!

The very first life drawing session at Dean Court CC took place with a small group of enthusiastic sketchers on Monday 8th September. The friendly banter as the group introduced themselves soon turned into serious concentration when the artists got to work on a series of quick sketches, with their model adopting a number of dramatic “gesture” poses. 2 minutes to capture the pose…. then move on to the next one…!

After a sequence of slightly longer 10 minute poses, the group broke for a chat over coffee, tea and biscuits. Getting to know each other better and an exchange of compliments about the sketches… then back to the drawing board and two final 25 minute poses.

The evening flew past and everybody present said how much they are looking forward to the next session….. which by the way is on Monday 20th October at 19.00hrs. Check notice board and calendar for details.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to the next session. The accommodation is excellent and the model was very good” Leo

“I had a tremendous time and I’m thrilled that it’s right next door to where I live” Asma.

Volunteer of the month… Emma Bartlett

The lateness of this month’s post (again!) in no way reflects the esteem that we hold our volunteer of the month, Emma Bartlett in. Whilst lots of us will know her smiling face from Community Centre events, litter picks (notably just having returned from New Zealand on a 12 hour jetlag!) and Community Breakfasts, many people will be unaware of the incredible work that Emma does behind the scenes.

Emma is responsible for all the cleaning that happens in the new Community Centre, which as you can imagine for a building with 8 separate spaces and 6 toilets, is not a small feat to fit in on top of her normal job! She has some help in the form of her amazing next door neighbour and sidekick Priscilla, but there is always room for more – if you would like to help Emma keep our Centre looking beautiful, do get in touch.

What is even more amazing than her commitment to keeping the centre shiny and lovely is how glam she looks while doing it. Hoovering in heels…that’s Emma. See below for evidence!


Emma’s unfailing cheerfulness and friendliness embodies everything that we work towards at the Community Centre. We’d love to clone her but can’t work out how to so the rest of us just work hard to try to live up to her lovely example.

Emma is so generous with her time coming out at all times for anything and everything that needs doing and always with a smile. She has even donated cleaning material and equipment, which is just another example of what a giving person she is.

Emma, we’re so lucky to have you at the centre and in Dean Court. Your accent isn’t a local one but you’re a perfect example of the Dean Court spirit that we love so much.



Cafe fun on Sunday

Did anyone else read this week that 1 in 10 people can’t name any of their neighbours. 3 in 4 people feel isolated from their community. Depressing stuff from these experts. Luckily we have the Community Cafe.

Ok we can’t fix everything, but we can make bacon, flip eggs and give all our lovely Dean Court residents a chance to meet, eat and chat. It’s relaxed, friendly and fun.

Come and join us between 9 and 11.30 on Sunday and enjoy a relaxed breakfast, a caffeine fix, a flick through the Sunday papers or a jump around in the toddler ball pool (apparently height limits apply…so not fair).

Looking forward to seeing lots of you. Do you have a neighbour who might not know about the cafe? A harassed parent or carer who’s all Summer holidayed out? Someone who always wakes up on a Sunday feelings bit worse for wear with no food in? Spread the word and bring them along!

Thanks everyone! I love our community.

Shall we do breakfast?

What have you lovely people got planned for Sunday morning?  How about sitting down to waffles, bacon sandwiches, lovely coffee and papers while meeting new neighbours?

Are the kids bored already after three whole days off?  We have games, crafts and…drum roll…TABLE FOOTBALL.  OK so the table football isn’t for the kids if we’re honest.  They might be lucky to get a look in!

We’ve got something for everyone and we’d absolutely love to see you.  We’ll be open and cooking from 9 until 11.30 so please do call in.

Maybe you’ll leave feeling like this!

cafe feedback

Time for brunch and Oxford Mail coverage

A double!

Firstly, the centre was mentioned in the very popular Inside Oxford section of the Oxford Mail. For anyone who hasn’t seen it, catch up here

Secondly, Sunday is our first Community Cafe brunch. This was really popular at the a Opening Weekend and this is our first try at making it a regular event. We are selling bacon sandwiches, proper coffee and other yummy stuff. We will have papers for grown ups and fun for little ones, including a special session from the amazing Lorraine with Bonjour Lula for the under sixes.

Come along to meet neighbours, relax and to avoid the washing up.

See you on Sunday 9 to 11.30

The Dean Court Team