The Close Community exists to provide opportunities for members to get together, enjoy each other’s company at a wide range of events and support in a variety of ways. Membership is open to anyone who has, or has had in the past, an association with the Dean Close Foundation, including pupils, parents, staff, trustees and council members, indeed anyone who has been a part of any of our schools or nurseries.
Members of the Close Community are invited to various events throughout the year across the country and overseas.
As a member you will receive invitations to these regular events:
- Annual Golf Day
- Annual Clay Pigeon Shoot
- Business Club Breakfasts
- Business Club networking events and webinars
- Christmas Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
- Weekday Choral Evensong at Tewkesbury Abbey (to read more about our Choristers and to visit the Schola Cantorum website click here).
- Annual Close Community Choral Evensong
The Business Club provides an opportunity to come together, network and promote your business interests. It is a great way to meet people, at breakfast meetings or social networking events. Close Community members can volunteer themselves or others to speak at these events by clicking here. Members can share their business details and can keep in touch independently through the Dean Close Business Club LinkedIn Group and are offered a listing in the Dean Close Foundation, Business Directory where their businesses are promoted through our website and social media channels.
I can confirm that I have gained three new clients as a direct result of the Business Breakfast Club. I have attended various networking events and the Dean Close one has been by far the most productive one! Mike Gibson, MG Executive Travel
With the shared interest of the schools and nurseries within the Foundation, members can also volunteer to talk and present to our Business Studies & Economics Scholars and provide mentoring and work experience opportunities, careers advice and guidance.The Business Club has given me access not only to potential customers, but also to experienced and enthusiastic business men and women; all there to help and share their knowledge and experience. I have not only gained new business, but also advisors and friends. My advice to you is to come along to the meetings and see what The Dean Close Business Club can do for you. George Tatham-Losh, Move Estate Agents
Dean Close Choral Society is open to everyone within the Close Community.
The first performance was in 1952 with a performance of Handel’s Messiah, and in more recent years Choral Society has performed Verdi’s Requiem at Cheltenham Town Hall and Haydn’s Nelson Mass at the Pittville Pump Room. After nearly 60 years of performance, it has an excellent reputation in Cheltenham and is joined by a professional orchestra and accomplished soloists on the concert night.
There are no auditions; new members are warmly welcomed. Some parents relish the opportunity to sing alongside their child, other members just simply enjoy singing and being part of something that is fun and culminates in an impressively high standard.
If you would like to sing or for more information, please contact Sylvia Klemz on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Close Community Tennis Club is going from strength to strength.It is a great way to get to know other people whilst also improving your racquet skills. Groups regularly meet for coffee and attend other Close Community events together. Do you fancy a hit around each week? Join us on court!
The Tennis Club takes place on the Dean Close School, outdoor tennis courts, on Shelburne Road and sessions are run by a professional tennis coach. Dean Close Services run weekly group Tennis lessons as an opportunity for parents to meet, socialise, improve their tennis skills, get fit and have fun.
We have spaces available in our Wednesday Cardio and Thursday Intermediate lessons and would love to welcome lots of newcomers to any of these sessions.
Tennis sessions take place each week in term time, at the following times:
- Wednesday Cardio Tennis: 8.45am-9.30am
- Thursday Intermediate Tennis: 8.30am-9.30am
If you are interested in any of the above sessions or would like further information, please get in touch on:
T: 07469159825 (Commercial Lettings Mobile)
The Close Community Hockey Club meets every Saturday morning of term from 8.15am to 9.15am at Dean Close School astroturf, followed by a coffee in the Dining Hall.
If you would like to play, whether you already play, haven’t played for a long time or have never played, please get in touch by emailing Sarah Hick here or by phoning 07815 937755.
We believe in the importance of prayer in underpinning all that we are and do as a Foundation. The Prayer Fellowship is therefore, seen as an essential part of supporting and upholding all we do. The Prayer Fellowship is an informal gathering of our community who meet over coffee to pray for the whole Foundation. Everyone is welcome to come along.
The group meeting fortnightly at Dean Close Prep School, from 8.20am for coffee and we pray from 8.55am finishing at 9.30am. If you have young children, they are very welcome to come too and we have toys to entertain them.
Please email us here for the date of the next one.
We have a wide range of buildings and rooms suitable for parties, weddings functions, events, business meetings, conferences and more. A variety of discounts are available for booking Dean Close Venues. Contact Marie Carter to discuss your individual requirements. Call 01242 267431 or email here.
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The Close Community are automatically members of the Bacon Theatre’s Close Associates scheme, entitling you to discounted tickets for selected events. Events listed without the orange ‘hire’ tag on the Bacon Theatre website may be booked at the concessionary price for you and any guests you wish to bring along. Book your tickets in advance from www.bacontheatre.co.uk and tell the box office you are a Close Community Member to receive your discount.
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