Welcome to the Dean Court IT Crowd


The Community Centre is now the proud owner of a fantastic ICT installation sponsored by Sovereign Housing.  We have sufficient resources to support the development of ICT skills in the community but we need your help in a number of areas.

We are therefore holding an evening on the 23rd of January for anyone who is interested in marketing and promoting the use of the ICT equipment or in helping maintain and support the ICT infrastructure.  If you are keen on promoting digital skills amongst the community through becoming a Digital Champion (supported by Sovereign) or if you yourself have a skill in an area such as systems administration, networking or PC support then we would love to see you there.

During the evening we will be discussing how we can achieve the best possible use of the ICT equipment and promote it in the community.  The evening will begin at 7:30 and will last until 8:30 and tea and coffee will be available.


IT Advice Clinic at the Community Cafe 17th August

Have you ever had a question about something your smartphone, tablet or laptop is doing or you want to do with it and you can’t find the right advice online or don’t want to go a shop.  The IT Advice clinic will be setting up shop at the Community Cafe this sunday the 17th of August.  Run by myself, a Head of ICT and Computing at a local secondary school, it will be an excellent opportunity for you to seek some quick advice or tutoring on questions or issues you might be having such as using apps, customising software or keeping yourself secure online.

It will not be possible to take on any repairs on the day.  Before any advice is given a small fee will be discussed ranging from £2.50 to £5 depending on the nature of the question.

Brian Sharland

Do you have a Computer we could use?

Recently the Community Centre had our Internet connection and WiFi installed.  This is very exciting news but in order to make full use of it we need to setup our WiFi a little bit better so that when someone comes for an event they can login fairly easily.  For those who might know a little bit more the computer would be used to manage what is known as a ‘WiFi captive portal’.

In order to do this we need to setup a computer attached to our WiFi hotspot which will manage any users who connect to it.  This is where you, dear reader, come in as computers unfortunately do cost a bit of money.

We are looking for anyone who has a computer they might be prepared to donate to the centre to use to manage the captive portal.  It would need to be a desktop (not a laptop) computer bought ideally within the last five years.  It will need to be a fair bit newer than the one in the picture!

If you have one please mention it in the comments below or come along to the Community Cafe this sunday morning and let one of the volunteers know.

Dean Court Fun Day – Looking for Volunteers and Donations


Hi All,

The Dean Court Fund Raising Fun Day is taking place on the 26th of August from 1pm to 4pm and for now we are looking for volunteers and donations to support the afternoon activities.  The purpose of the day is to not only raise money for the new centre but also to have fun as a community and make new friends and connections.

For now we are looking for your assistance in a number of areas either from families or businesses:


  • organise the fun day
  • run a stall
  • assist in making or selling food
  • assist with setting up
  • provide entertainment options such as music, dance or magicians


If you are not able to run a stall but might have something which could be sold or used for a stall then depending on what it is we would love to take donations either before the day or on the day itself.  Use the contact details below to arrange a donation.

Ideas for donations:

  • arts and crafts materials
  • food (cakes / snacks / savoury food / non-alcoholic drinks)
  • quality bric-a-brac
  • items to sell at a craft stall (jewellery / hats / photo frames etc)
  • material for bunting

Contact details:

Priscilla Waugh

01865 863189


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