Pictures from our AGM with Charlie Swinbourne

Here’s the pick of the pictures from our AGM on Saturday when Charlie Swinbourne came to talk about his career in making films.

Apart from the normal AGM business, we also elected a new trustee in Steve Curry and held a workshop looking at the future of CDA and what we should be doing until the year 2020.

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Hope Hall in Cambridge, the home of CDA, was the venue for the AGM. It’s been recently refurbished and looked splendid.

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Caroline addresses the workshop about the future of CDA


The members vote to elect Steve Curry as a trustee

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Charlie Swinbourne takes a question from Helen Perry in front of an enthralled audience at CDA’s Hope Hall

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Charlie Swinbourne showed two of his films and they even watched one more after he left!

Plenty of fun at Peterborough Deaf Drop in Christmas Meal

There was a super attendance and plenty of fun to be had at Peterborough Deaf Drop-in Christmas meal at Cooper’s in Bretton Peterborough last night.

Ky Dai, coordinator of Drop-in for CDA said: “Today we all celebrated with a Christmas party at Cooper’s Pub. Every one enjoyed the three-course Christmas dinner. Some of us played games, some of us met up with old friends and caught up. At the end, Zara, Millie and Ella signed Silent Night for us.”

Take a look at some of the pictures from the night!


The crowd appreciate the excellent signed Christmas carol


People watch on in wonder at the magic of a signed Christmas carol


Zara, Milly and Ella sign ‘Silent Night’


The girls enjoy their dinner


Happy faces!


The award for best Christmas glasses goes to ….


Deaf Drop-in goes to a new venue for Christmas dinner every year. Cooper’s was popular!


Man talk! (Apologies to Peter – just out of shot)


We’re not sure what that sign means – but Chelsea were playing Stoke on TV (Not Liverpool)


Look! A beautiful baby. She had plenty of milk, rather than turkey.


If you can’t beat them, join them.

Big thank you to Ky for organising the event. Ky also went to the restaurant before the event to give the staff some deaf awareness training! Thank you also to Cooper’s for a good evening! Merry Christmas.

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Pictures of Signed Christmas Carol Service at Hope Hall.

Here are some pictures from the signed Christmas carol service at Hope Hall earlier this month.

Jan Smith, Deaf Church Coordinator organised the event which was the first service at Hope Hall since its refurbishment. She said:

“It was lovely to see lots of people at the BSL Carol Service.

“In all our busy Christmas preparations, shopping, present wrapping, visiting it was good to stop and think why we are doing it, what is Christmas all about?

“The Christmas Story was signed by Fiona Tran, Joan Hartley, Jane Marsh, Ann Wells. Carols were signed by Janie, Julie, Ann and me but BEST of all were the children, Zara, Millie, Amber and Ali who signed Away in a Manger and Silent Night, beautifully.

“Rev. Peter Wood from Ely Diocese spoke a blessing on us all. Maybe this Christmas, you too can stop and think about the Baby in a manger?

“God with us, who came to bring hope, peace and light to the World.”

If you would like more information on Cambs Deaf Church visit their website and find out how you can get involved.


Jan Smith signs as Rev. Peter Wood blesses the carol signers!


Fiona Tran tells the Christmas Story to the congregation


Around 50 people attended the service, the first since Hope Hall was refurbished


Hope Hall was decorated and people enjoyed the special atmosphere


Jan Smith signs a song as CDA Chair Janie Prince (in the chair) watches on with her daughter


Zara and Milly sign Silent Night in front of proud parents and a Christmassy crowd


Joan Hartley continues the Christmas Story

Warwick Davis switches on Christmas lights – with a sign language interpreter!

TV and Film star, Warwick Davis switched on the the Christmas Lights at the Serpentine Green Shopping Centre in Hampton in November and the Cambridgeshire Deaf Association organised for BSL communication support to be present to make the event accessible.

Here’s some excellent pictures of signer Kirsty and Warwick Davis in action. The pictures were taken by photographer Lana Chapman. If you would like to book an interpreter for an event? Try CDA Connect for the best prices, quality and service. 


World Famous Warwick Davis switched on the Christmas lights and every word was translated into BSL thanks to the Cambridgeshire Deaf Association


Sign Language was delivered by Kirsty who has years of experience. The crowd loved it.

Pictures from the March Deaf Club Christmas Meal

Here are some Pics from March Deaf Club’s Christmas Meal at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel in November.

The boys look serious, but its all fun and games really

The boys look serious, but its all fun and games really

People from all over came to celebrate

People from all over came to celebrate

The Oliver Cromwell Hotel in March was the venue

The Oliver Cromwell Hotel in March was the venue

Where are the Christmas Hats? There was a super raffle and Christmas quiz

Where are the Christmas Hats? There was a super raffle and Christmas quiz

This table looking forward to dinner!

This table looking forward to dinner!