Carols on the Green 2016


Hopefully it’s not too early to mention Christmas….our annual Carols on the Green will take place on Friday 16 December at 6.00 pm. We’ll belt out a few classics on Pinnocks Way Green then retire to the Centre for mulled wine, mince pies and fruit juice. Christmas jumpers optional but actively encouraged!




We need a hero…

It’s time to celebrate the heroes of Dean Court again in our annual cake-eating tradition also known as the AGM! We would love the pleasure of your company for an hour on the afternoon of Sunday 16th October, at 3pm. We’ll all eat cake together, some of us will give a brief run down of what’s been going on this year, everyone will vote on some things that let DCCA carry on doing what we’re doing, and we’ll big up someone from our community who shows us all what community spirit looks like.

Can you think of anyone that we should be celebrating? We’re keen to find people in our community who selflessly give up their time and energy for others, or to generally make the world a better place to live! They don’t have to be connected to the Community Centre or to DCCA, this is just about celebrating the marvellous people around us. Please send us an e-mail ( by Tuesday 4th October with the name of your person and a sentence or two about why they’re so brilliant, and we’ll try to make sure they get a mention at our meeting. We’ll also be selecting one person as our Volunteer of the Year.

Please do come and join the party! We need a certain number of people there to make it a proper meeting, and you’re guaranteed a free slice of cake and some tea, as well as lovely local friendly types. We look forward to seeing you.


What a Fun day we had on Monday!

There was something for absolutely everyone at our Fun Day.  Even we old curmudgeons had a taste of Mozart and Wagner from the eclectic mix Anna put on to CD to fill the gaps and give verve to the occasion.  But I was happy to cede the sound waves to Megan and Andy:

Megan and Andy

They have a gig at 8pm on 7th September at 8pm at The Old Anchor, Abingdon and if I were you, I’d try to be there.  I think I know real talent when I see it.

In fact, in order to see what was happening at the mike, (I just can’t write mic!) I was compelled to leap up from my excellent chicken Madras, courtesy of Bangla Kitchen . . .

There was delicious curry from Bangla Kitchen

and on my return was joined by  Jenny and Bede with whom I’d corresponded for a while, but never really met:

Jenny and Bede

But they reminded me of the terrific community we have in Dean Court, all keen to get our centre up and running and to contribute skills and bring real joy to people.

There was John Blackie promoting the B4044 Community Path; offering £5 to anyone who could get to the end of the course safely (a bit like walking or cycling along the B4044?) so Parish Council Chairman Brian Stops decided to give it a go:

Rev. Brian Stops, Chairman of the Parish Council, had a go at the Community Path challenge

But he clearly didn’t have the concentration required, unlike DCCA Chair Anna Pearson . . .

But didn't concentrate as hard as Anna . . .

Who negotiated the obstacles successfully . . .

who won £5

. . . and won £5!  Then our DCCCA IT expert Brian had a try:

Brian negotiating the path

And he did it too!

As did Brian

But it certainly wasn’t as easy as getting support for the Community Path project:

Bike Safe got lots of signatures supporting the B4044 Community Path

Next door, there were hard bargains to be driven at the £1 shop:

Driving a hard bargain at the £1 shop

And adorable baby guinea pigs to be petted, carefully overseen by Kirsty:

The guinea pigs' babies had an adoring audience

There was relaxing massage by Esther:

Esther gave relaxing massages

And less relaxing Zumba led by human dynamo George Martini . . .

George Martini got lots of people involved in  Zumba

. . . which was enjoyed by all ages!

Ben doing Zumba

Or if Zumba wasn’t your thing, there were good conversations to be had in the tea tent:

Good converstion in the tea tent

And how lovely to find a restaurant where your hairy friends are welcome!

Sonya and furry friend sat out the Zumba with a nice cup of tea

There was a craft tent where Magdalena helped children make peg dollies and aeroplanes:

Maida in craft workshop

and, whilst in charge of bric-a-brac, Kate demonstrated her multi-tasking skills by making one-size-fits-all hat for winter:

Kate's hats sold well even on such a glorious day

which, having bought one, I can confirm is the case.  (The one-size-fits all bit, that is – and they’re beautifully soft as well.  You’ll probably be able to get one at our winter celebration.)

Kate making hats

And one of the highlights of the day was the Human Fruit Machine, managed by Emma with her glamorous assistant Amanda (out of the picture – sorry!)  The reels in the “machine” were Daniel, Jonny and Adam, and our first winner was Katherine:

Our first winner on the Human Fruit Machine

The final live act was a perfect end to the festivities:  Margaret playing the Paraguayan Harp:

Margaret playing the Parapuayan harp was a perfect end to the day

And after a truly lovely day, some of the team enjoyed more of Bangla Kitchen’s fabulous curry and a glass of wine:

And (some of) the Fun Day team relaxed at the end of the day with Mokbal's fabulous curry and a well-earned glass of wine - or rwo . . .

Well, it may have been two glasses, but by then we reckoned we were oh, so very worth it!