DCR was pleased to be invited back to the annual Dover Big Local Urban Fete this year, widely held to be the best yet, although the day long sunshine had a lot to do with that.

As DCR pumped out over the main PA speakers live music came from The Ratzkins, Porch Swing Blues and Hannah Estelle, who also played for us at the Morrisons fund raiser for Teenage Cancer back in July.

As potential new volunteers and advertisers called by the DCR stand we also welcomed two unexpected visitors to the main area, a piper drawn from the ranks of the Police Cadets who were helping keep the site clear of litter, having earlier helped with setting up gazebos and stalls, together with a young lady who was having her long hair cut to donate to The Little Princess Trust who provide free real hair wigs to children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.

While DCR’s own DJ Steve hosted his own Reggae mix the traditional Duck Race brought the Urban fete to a successful, smiling, close.


Photo by Dover Big Local.


DCR welcome Dover Arts Development who will pilot DAD RADIO, a new radio segment dedicated to showcasing experimental sound art & music, poetry, spoken word and local conversation. Through co-authored radio programming, DAD RADIO looks to create an open, discursive and inclusive platform for Dover’s community and DAD’s wide-reaching network of creative practitioners.

DAD RADIO is curated by sound artist/DAD director Louisa Love and artist Louise Webb. During this pilot period, they will be undertaking radio presenter training with DCR and using the DAD-DCR collaboration as a platform for gathering interest, conversation and ‘taster’ content for an introductory series of themed broadcasts exploring topics of relevance to Dover, its stories and the lives of its residents.