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 (deancourtcc@gmail.com) 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.



Volunteer Of The Year

This year at our AGM (5th October; put it in your diaries now!) we will be awarding the first ever Dean Court Volunteer Of The Year!


We want to celebrate the great and amazing people that are found all over Dean Court, so if you know someone great and amazing who selflessly gives up their time to help others for free, then please nominate them! They might be someone who helps listen to readers in a school, or who visits folk who can’t easily leave their homes. It might be someone you know who’s involved with a voluntary organisation like the Scouts or Guides, or there might be someone who just goes out of their way to help others whenever they get a chance.

The only essential feature is that the person must live in Dean Court (as defined by this map). Feel free to nominate friends, neighbours, your child’s brownie leader, etc.. You don’t have to tell them you’re nominating them but we’ll let you know if they’re shortlisted so you can make sure they come along! Please write us a short blurb about what makes them the Dean Court Volunteer of the Year and send it to us at deancourtcc@gmail.com. If writing’s not your thing, then send us the name of the person you’d like to nominate and your phone number so that we can ring you up and talk to you about them instead. The entries will be judged by a panel from the Community Association Management Team and the closing date is Sunday 28th September.

In summary:

  • They must live in Dean Court
  • Any voluntary activity counts
  • Tell us why they’re great! at deancourtcc@gmail.com
  • Closing date 28th Sept.


We look forwards to being deluged with e-mails about all the great people in Dean Court!


Volunteer of the year banner


Making history: Our first paid job!

Just in case you didn’t know you could make history by having a job, let me inform you: Thus far in its four and a half year history, Dean Court Community Association has been an entirely voluntary organisation. Not one of our amazing team have received a penny for their hard work. Currently, the centre is cleaned, the bookings are taken, the doors are unlocked, the cafe is run, the website is updated and much much more by a team of dedicated, hard-working volunteers, to whom the community owes many, many thanks, so THANK YOU if that’s you!

However, it’s time to add something new to the mix: a paid member of staff. This person will have no less love for Dean Court than all our volunteers, they too will be motivated by a passion for all things community and they will be more excited than we are about being our first staff member. I can’t wait to introduce them to you, but we don’t know who it is yet…

Could it be YOU?! Someone you know? A neighbour, a friend?


Here’s the official job advert:

The Trustees of the newly opened Dean Court Community Centre invite applications for a Part-time Receptionist/Administrator (10 hours per week) on a fixed term six month contract to deal with lettings and the general day to day running of the centre.

The Administrator is likely to live locally and be willing to work flexible hours to cope with the varying demands on the Centre. If you are friendly and motivated with good organisational skills and a keenness to help our community to grow, then please get in touch with us!

Deadline for return of application forms:  Monday 15 September 2014.

I really hope that if you click on the link below, you’ll be taken to our Job description and our Application form. To apply, send the Application form and your CV to  us at deancourtcc@gmail.com. Even if you don’t meet every criterion on the job description, it’s worth applying because you might be exactly what we’re looking for and we just didn’t know it!

Job description Centre receptionist administrator

Application form Centre receptionist administrator


A New Lease of Life for Dean Court Community Centre!

The moment we’ve been waiting for is finally here… the lease was completed at midday today and Dean Court Community Centre is now ours for the next 25 years!

The Vale of White Horse District Council have issued us with a lease for Dean Court Community Centre 3 years to the day after the fire that burnt down the old building. How’s that for awesome timing?!

If you’d like to come and take a peek inside, we’ll be holding a press event at 5pm tomorrow (Friday) followed by an opportunity for anyone to drop in and have a look around the new centre until 6:30pm. We hope to organise a proper open day at some point in the future with a bit more notice, and there will also be our grand opening weekend on 5th and 6th April


Many, MANY thanks to all in DCCA who have been involved in getting us to this point, if I miss anyone off this list then I apologise and will add names later, but you all deserve some public recognition for being so great and for helping on the journey of the last 4 years. So, roughly in order of involvement, thanks Priscilla Waugh, Judy Roberts, Simon Shaw, Philip Hawtin, Maggie Wang, Jonny Kennedy, Sue Davis, Ruth Hettler, Paul Hettler, Annie Lewis, Rach Gallant, Stuart Larkin, Tim Hubbard, Dan Jones, Emma Bartlett, Eileen Elmitt, Phil Gallant, Liz Pestl, Mike Carter, Derek Rawson, Brian Sharland, Neil Clark, Brian Dent, Nasrin Dabri, Justin Andrewes, Naomi Sharland, Fiona Wheeler, Jane Harris, Bryan Goudman, David Wenham, Clare Wenham, Giorgio Bagordo, Jackie Cartwright… you are part of a legend ;).

I know there are many more who have popped up to help at crucial moments with fundraising events, minute taking, and advice giving – your help has been invaluable also, and you are much appreciated!

Thanks too, to those who ran the Social Club faithfully for so many years – I hope you will enjoy the new Centre and be at home here.

Here’s to the next 25 years!

Anna x

* with many thanks to Lizzie Hollow, previously of Pinnocks Way, for the awesome pun in the title.

Day 155: How green is eco?

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As you will know from previous blogs, Dean Court Community Centre is working towards the Eco-Centres Award. This is a journey and as with all journeys you first need to know where you are right now before planning where to go next! That’s what our Environmental Review is about and we are nearly finished in building (pardon the pun!) the picture of how the Centre impacts on the environment.

As you can imagine, there isn’t an endless pot of money to go ‘100% Eco’ from day one. Fortunately, the Eco-Centres award programme also recognises this and does not expect perfection before the award is given. They recognise that money and people are not endless resources and so they only ask that you show good progress and know where you are going!

The centre, like all of us individually, is on an Eco journey. So although I can get very excited by the movement operated LED lights in the toilet block, there is still the original and very solid, but uninsulated, concrete floor in the main hall. Apparently the option to dig it up was not an attractive one!

Neil Clark, Eco-Team

Help us become one of Oxfordshire’s first Eco-Centres!

Eco Centres FlagSeptember 2013
The Dean Court Community Centre is working towards the Eco-Centres Award. We are now registered (thanks to a grant from Sovereign Housing) and have started to plan the implementation at the Centre. This of course is a little complicated and challenging at the moment as we do not yet have a completed building to carry out the Environmental Review!
Undeterred, our Eco-Team have assigned the nine sections of the review between us and will be meeting later in October to see what we know so far. Think of it as a big 100 piece Eco-jigsaw! This review is the important first step and will cover subjects such as energy, waste, water and even biodiversity and will allow us to then plan our actions.
Talking of waste, we are also hoping to get some colourful ‘inviting’ bins, if you can call a bin inviting, so that we can encourage as much waste to be recycled as possible. We are still looking for some more help in the Eco-Team so if you are interested please do get in touch witih the Community Centre team: deancourtcc[at]gmail.com