Dance Fitness for ADULTS




Calling all dancers and couch potatoes


You no longer need to wait for your New Year’s Resolutions to get fit. We have a dance fitness class for adults starting up this Thursday 13th November.

Beverly Harry has been teaching dance to children and adults for over 20 years and set up the Miss P Foundation, which promotes performing arts to young people.

Come and join us to learn some funky moves, guaranteed to shift the pounds, keep you toned and make you laugh.

The class will run from 7.30 to 8.30 and costs £6.


For more information contact Beverly Harry on 07527174090


Great Grub


Dear Community,

To support the healthy living element of our Eco Community Centre, we thought it would be great to share some tried and tested recipes for when we fancy something new for a dinner party or to help with those moments when we lack culinary inspiration. I know my children are getting bored with the same old meals, although they have been great at trying some our language students’ contributions at dinner time. A poor Russian student managed an amused smile when I was asked “Mummy, what is THAT?” followed by a very long and very embarrassing “urrrrggggh” after placing my attempt at his mother’s Borscht recipe on the table.  The Japanese Beef in Miso went down well though, so that one I will share with you.

It would be great to collect contributions from anyone with great ideas, new fancy recipes and tried and tested family gems which range from winners with the kids, seasonal food, pickles, jams, sugar free, allergy considerate, fattening melt-in-the-mouth indulgences, meaty, veggie, vegan, time savers to time takers. All are welcome.

If you do have a recipe to share, can you please write it in your own words and let us know the source to avoid any copyright issues and send them to

To start the Great Grub Blog, I would like to share my children’s favourite Apple and Blackberry Crumble recipe. The crumble is inspired by an Annabel Carmel recipe with a few additions for extra crunch.


Apple and Blackberry Crumble

I have included alternatives for any food allergies/intolerances.

750g/ 1lb 11oz eating apples, peeled, cored and chopped

350g/ 12 oz blackberries (or whatever you can pick). Blueberries and cherries can also be used

2 tablespoons ground almonds

1 tablespoon demerara sugar (honey or stevia)



150g/5 oz  plain flour (wheat free can be used)

100g/4 oz butter (raw coconut butter)

65g/ 2.5 oz demerara sugar (25g/1 oz stevia)

25g/ 1 oz porridge oats

10g/ .5 oz  crushed cornflakes or a crushed weetabix


Steam the apples and blackberries in a little water for about 10 minutes until the apples are soft. Drain off access liquid and leave to cool. To make the crumble, cut the butter into little cubes, put into a bowl with the flour and rub together with fingers. Add the sugar, porridge and cornflakes. Put the crumble mixture over the apples and blackberries in an oven proof dish and bake for 35 minutes at 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Can be eaten with cream, custard or/and ice cream.

Blackberry Picking Tips

Dean Court is currently covered in ripening blackberry bushes, especially Fogwell Recreation Ground. Go for the very dark and soft berries as in the picture. Those that are hard to pull off will need a few more days to ripen as they can be a bit bitter.



Dean Court CAG Social

Are you keen on helping our community find ways to reduce waste and carbon emissions?

Come along to meet like-minded people the Community Action Group social this Friday 15th From 7 to 8pm at the Community Centre for a glass of wine, or two, and nibbles.

We would love to hear any ideas you have and to share information on the developments of our Eco Community Centre.

If you would like to find out more about CAGs, please visit for more information.

The opening of the new Community Centre provides exciting opportunities for the development of the CAG and it would be great to get the community involved.

We look forward to seeing those who can make it.


CAG Co-ordinator

Fruit Carvings

Thank you to all who made it to the Fruit Carving session at the Community Centre recently. We all had a brilliant laugh and managed to create a few master pieces without the need for any plasters on fingers!

Part of the session was designed to get ideas and feedback on the Centre, which was very useful, with more suggestions for bingo or a lunch club for the older generation, dance and more food based activities. If you know anyone who would like to set up a group, please get in touch so we can help support any initiatives.

Enjoy flicking through the masterpieces created by members of the community.

Fruit Carving


Have a Dinner Party – Hen Do – Wedding – BBQ coming up?

Need to impress the neighbours or relatives with your culinary skills?

Come and join our fruit carving sessions at the Community Centre.

As part of the community consultations for the centre, we would like to invite you to learn how to carve fruit. There are two sessions planned for 21st June and 12th July from 10.30 to 11.30. These sessions are free in return for feedback and ideas for the community centre. As there were quite a number of you that signed up to take part, they will work on a first come, first serve basis as numbers are limited for each session.

If you are interested in coming along, please email me to let me know which session you would like to do.


We look forward to seeing you there.


Opening Weekend!

Dear Community

The moment we have all been waiting for…….

The Community Centre is officially opening its doors at the Opening Weekend on 5 and 6 April. The Grand Opening Ceremony kicks off at 11.00 on 5 April followed by a weekend of fun.


11.00 – Opening Ceremony

11.30-16.30 – BBQ, Tea and Cakes, Circus Skills, Stalls, Class Demonstrations, Information on the History of Dean Court, Have your Say,

18.30-20.00 – Kids’ Disco

20.00 Onwards – Disco with Bar. Music through the Decades.


9.00-11.00 – Bacon Butties and Newspapers in the Café with Games for Children in the Hall

16.00-17.15 – Celebrate and Pray

 Our team of volunteers have been working hard to put this weekend together for the community. It isn’t too late to get involved, if you can help. Running a stall, serving tea and coffee, donating prizes and cakes and clearing up will be a great help.

We look forward to seeing you all there


Open Weekend – Calling all volunteers

ribbon cutting

Dear Community,

We are getting closer to the grand opening event on the 5th and 6th April to celebrate the our new Community Centre. To make this a fun packed event we would love to hold stalls between 11am and 5pm for the community to enjoy. Ideas for stalls include cakes, bike safe, brick-a-brac and running a BBQ. We will also need volunteers to help serve drinks and snacks. If anyone can add to these and is happy to run events or stalls, please get in touch.

Watch this space for updates.