Thursday, March 15, 2018

Deal Hop Farm has 70 new members

The second season of the Deal Hop Farm -  Deal's Community Hop Growing Project - has seen the project grow with 70 news members.

The farm has Saturday rhizome pick up stalls at the Landmark Garden, Deal High St, on Saturday 17th and 24th between 10:30 and 12:15. The farm will also host a open day at the Historic Captain's Garden at Deal Castle where it has been invited to grow hops on Easter Monday

If you want to join you need to get your skates on ... drop a email to for further info.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Walmer Beach Clean Sunday 4th March

After a freezing week our local community turned out big time, on today's Walmer Beach Clean. 

Over 80 people braced the elements and collected a record breaking 200kgs of rubbish in some 70 bags.

This clean was part of a national initiative #GreatBritishSpringClean 

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and organisers Vicky, Sonja, Wendy, John and Charles

Our next clean is on the 15th April starting at Sandown Castle end of the beach

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Tales & Ales at the Alma

Lady holding crystal ballLady holding crystal ball © Kent Wildlife Trust

Tales & Ales at the Alma

Thu, 08/03/2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Event details

Thu, 08/03/2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join Roisin Murray for an evening celebrating the rich seam of stories and legends from around our coastline. Hear tales of shipwrecks, smugglers and pirates in this evening of storytelling for grown-ups.

Thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding for the Guardians of the Deep project, this event is free. However, entry is ticketed and places must be booked.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Great British Spring Clean - Beach Cleans Sunday 4th March

Our next Community Beach Clean will be on Sunday 4th March on Walmer Beach meeting at the Sea Cafe 9:30am.

This clean will be part of the Great British Beach Clean happening around the country - Colleagues in Kingsdown will also have a Clean on Sunday 4th at 3pm on Kingsdown Beach plus there are local litter picks happening over that weekend in Dover.

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Weird and Wonderful World of Pollination Friday 23rd February 2018 - 7.30pm

Kent Wildlife Trust - Folkestone, Hythe & Dover Local Group Event: The Weird and Wonderful World of Pollination
Friday 23rd February 2018 - 7.30pm

You are invited to join the Folkestone, Hythe and Dover Group of Kent Wildlife Trust on Friday 23rd February 2018 from 7.30 to 9.45pm at The Salvation Army Hall, Portland Road, Hythe, Kent CT21 6EG, for the first indoor meeting of the new year.

Environmental biologist Clive Nuttman will give us an illustrated talk which explains the process of pollination - the transfer of pollen between flowers - and how flower visitors of all shapes and sizes help to maintain floral diversity as well as playing a role in global food security.

We welcome members and non-members alike, including children aged five and over, at our warm and comfortable venue. A donation is appreciated for the talk and the tea or coffee and biscuits in the interval, when you can enjoy relaxed chat in the company of like-minded people. Car parking is available in Portland Road, and the hall and facilities are fully accessible. For further details telephone 01304 853503 or email

We hope to see you there. We are always looking for volunteers to help us put on our programme of talks and walks, so if this would interest you, please talk to one of our committee members during the evening.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Deal Beach Clean 18th Feb Report

Thank you to our 100+ volunteers todays Deal Beach Clean. Glorious day to be on the beach.

A group did the survey for the Marine Conservation Society while the rest of us wandered towards the rowing club from the Pier. Some 70 Bags collected with 47kilos of rubbish.

Apologies to the 25 people who turned at 10am - There was an older posting on FB where we had not amended the time. (all cleans are now 9:30 thru to Oct)

Our next Community Beach Clean is at Walmer (Sea Cafe) on Sunday 4th March 9:30am. This is part of the National 'Great British Spring Clean).

Lots of small bits of plastic, especially fishing line found today - We have our new campaign #PlasticFreeDeal where we want all business, groups and individuals to replace three items of single use plastic. Next meeting is 13th March 7pm Dealability 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Seedy Saturday 17th Feb

Thank you to everyone who came, donated or swapped seeds and plants at our first Seedy Saturday of 2018.

We had stalls from Walmer WI promoting their Green Heart appeal, Sandown Castle Community Garden with some wonderful home made bird boxes (and great value!) produced by John Ford and our colleagues from Deal Hop Farm who were doing a roaring trade with their rhizomes.

Many, Many thanks to the Landmark Ukulele Club who provided the entertainment and to Vicky & Sonja for the Cake making.

The Swap table worked very well with some lovely donations from individuals and the Golf Rd Allotment holders.

Walmer WI

Thank you all

Friday, February 16, 2018

Thank you Ukes

Thank you Sunshine Ukes and your colleagues in the Landmark Ukulele Club for supporting our beach clean work - your generosity has allowed us to get another 25 pickers and 10 bag holders.

Many thanks Deal With IT

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Deal Beach Clean - Sunday 18th Feb 9:30am

The next community beach clean in Deal will be on Sunday 18th Feb meeting at Deal Pier at 9:30am.

This Clean will be one to support the work of the Marine Conservation Society so we will be logging what we collect

Please dress for the weather - so lots of layers. We will provide pickers, bags, gloves.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Deal Seedy Saturday - 17th Feb 11am to 1pm

Our first Seedy Saturday - Seed and Plant swap will be on Saturday 17th Feb at the Landmark Garden 11am to 1pm.

The idea is for people to bring/donate seeds from last season and swap for different ones to try this year. We want to get people growing stuff :)

We will also have stalls from Walmer WI, Deal SE in Bloom, Deal Hop Farm, Bay Trust and music provided by the Landmark Uke Club

All Welcome

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Deal With It - Feb 2018 Update

Well 2018 has started well: We had over 30 people at our annual gathering in January and produced a good list of ideas to make Deal Plastic Free.

The next day we had over 70 people on our first beach clean and ran out of sign up sheets and pickers. Local Ukulele players have come to our rescue - the Landmark Uke Club and The Sunshine Ukes have donated £200 each so we are getting another 25 pickers. Lovely community support.

The Deal Hop Farm had 40 people at their AGM on the 28th and there is a lot of enthusiasm for its second season. The Hop Farm has been invited to grow hops at Deal Castle’s Captain’s Garden and we are looking at ways in which this can be broaden into a small community garden with EH.

Finally our colleagues in Transition Dover had a wonderful 1st Repairs Café - well done to them on a great initiative plus the second one is on the 27th March.

Tuesday 6th Feb – PlasticFreeDeal – Dealability 43 Victoria Rd 7pm

Meetup to progress the ideas from the Annual Gathering on the 13th January. Progress on the REfill project with Kingsdown Environmental Group and looking at some action locally.

Thursday 8th Feb – Deal Hop Farm Season Launch – Lighthouse Pub, The Strand Walmer 6pm

Season Launch meeting for people to come down to hear what the project is all about

Saturday 10th Feb – Deal Hop Farm Info Stall Plus Walmer WI Landmark Garden 10:30-12:30

The Deal Hop Farm have the 1st of a series of info stalls on the project plus colleagues from Walmer WI will be there are part of their national initiative : as part of the NFWI's collaboration with the Climate Coalition, on potential changes to local and global climate change. The theme of the campaign is 'Show The Love' and this is symbolised by the wearing of a green heart, which indicates that we can tackle climate change if enough of us show the love for things around us in the natural world

Saturday 17th Feb – Seedy Saturday @ Landmark Garden 11-1pmOur first seed swap of 2018 – please bring/donate seeds and plants. We will also have stalls from Walmer WI, Deal SE in Bloom, Deal Fair Trade, Bay Trust and the Deal Hop Farm plus music from the Landmark Uke Club

Sunday 18th Feb – Deal Beach Clean Meet Deal Pier 9:30am
This will be our first Marine Conservation Society Clean so we will be logging what we find

Sunday 4th March – Walmer Beach Clean – part of the Great British Spring Clean. Sea Café Walmer Green 9.30am

Thursday 8th March – Tales & Ales @ Alma West Street Deal 7pm

Guardians of the Deep with our own Roisin Murray stories and legends from around our coastline Free but please book tickets here

Tuesday 27th March – Dover Repairs Café. Biggin Hall, Biggin St Dover CT16 1BD 6:30pm
The second instalment of the popular repairs café from Transition Dover

Sunday 15th April – Deal Beach Clean 9.30amArea on beach to be confirmed in March

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Deal Hop Farm - New 2018 Season Launch

Deal Hop Farm - a Community Hop growing project in and around Deal is Launching its second season this week.
We have a Launch Meeting at the Lighthouse Pub on the Strand Walmer on Thursday 8th Feb at 6pm plus there will be two information stalls at the Landmark Garden 10:30-12:30 on Saturday 10th and 17th Feb. Anyone wanting to find out more about the project are very welcome.

In 2017 we had 130 gardens, allotments and community gardens/spaces involved (with over 200 people actively participating). Our first Harvest produced 75kilos of hops which out Brewing partners Ripple Steam Brewery produced some 5,600pints of Hopping M.A.D - Made Around Deal (green hopped beer) which was available in some 35 pubs in East Kent.

Members got a discounted case of the bottled version and the Brewery donated casks to our Oktoberfest celebration of our first season.

For full details see the farm's facebook group and page or email

Thursday, February 1, 2018

#Plastics Free Deal - Meeting at Dealability Tuesday 6th Feb 7pm

Our follow up meeting looking at putting some of the practical ideas to reduce single use plastic in Deal is on Tuesday 6th Feb at 7pm at Dealability 43, Victoria Rd Deal. All Welcome

Groups to look at:
Report back on setting up ReFill East Kent (refilling water reuseable water bottles)
  • Campaigning around local supermarkets to stop wrapping fresh produce in plastic & use paper bags
  • Support pack for businesses looking for non-plastic alternatives
  • Publicising good practice locally 
  • Coffee cups and Straws
  • What is DDC/KCC doing on recycling plastics ?
  • Replacing plastic in the home
  • Support for schools
  • Reuse, recycle, refuse

Monday, January 15, 2018

Dover Repairs Cafe - Tuesday 30th Jan

Our Colleagues in Transition Dover and  Future Foundry are hosting East Kent's First Repairs Cafe on Tuesday 30th January at Biggin Hall, Biggin Street Dover 6:30-8:30pm.

The aim is to reduce the amount that gets thrown away by repairing items that might be difficult to repair without the necessary skills or parts, or not cost effective to pay to get repaired. Our volunteer fixers will talk through their repairs, so you can start to pick up new fixing skills yourself.

How can you help?
Print and put up the poster
Come along to the event with your items that need to be fixed
Or...if you can also volunteer on the evening even better (As well as people with fixing skills - electrical/ bike repair/ woodwork/ sewing/ gluing...we will also need helpers to meet and greet people and make cups of tea)
Pass on the request for skilled volunteers to anyone else you know who might be able to help
Like and share the event on Facebook

Sunday, January 14, 2018

First Deal Beach Clean of 2018

Massive thank you to our 70+ volunteers on the first Deal Beach Clean of 2018 - 119.5kgs collected this morning at the Sandown Castle end of the beach. 

Great to see so many people - especially many of our colleagues from Sandown Community Garden

Apologies to running out of pickers - we will source some more before the next one.

Next Beach Clean is on Sunday 18th Feb - Deal Pier 9.30am. This will be one of the Marine Conservation Society cleans so we will be logging what we find

Amazing start to #PlasticFreeDeal !

Deal With It - Annual Gathering 2018

We had an excellent annual gathering today at the Landmark with 30 people, awesome soup and cakes and a bucket load of ideas harvested to make Deal Plastic Free.

We will get these written up, published and arrange a follow on meeting in next couple of weeks - please watch this space.

Thanks to tracy our ideas catcher, timekeeper charles, greeters sonja & jane, Roisin for her dwi 2017 in numbers and Vicky for the stall & cake distribution.

Lots of thanks to landmark cafe who did us proud. soup on a cold day is a great ideas lubricant.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Deal With It Annual Gathering Sat 13th Jan - 'How can we make Deal Plastic free?'

Deal With It has its annual gathering on Saturday 13th January between Noon and 2pm at the Cleary Hall at the Landmark Community Centre, High St Deal. All are Welcome

As well as looking back on what we have achieved in last year it is a good opportunity to focus on what people want to work on to make Deal a sustainable town.

As well think most AGMs are fairly boring we are organising our gathering around the medium of Soup - We thought we would have a working lunch will two veggie home made soups, tea and cakes (all supplied by the revamped Landmark Café) to help the ideas flow!

All free but contributions welcome on the day and we would appreciate people booking using this link 
(so we don't run out)

The theme we selected is 'How can we make Deal a Plastic Free Town' - the idea is for us to discuss practical initiatives we can take forward in the town.

We are looking at things like the Refill project (promoting where people can refill their own bottles rather than use single use plastic bottles), Supporting the Plastic Bottle deposit scheme, DDCs recycling & reducing litter and wider initiatives in how individuals and businesses can reduce their plastic use.

Hope you can make it

(ps. if you have specific dietary needs please let us know in advance)