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 info@dealhopfarm.org.uk




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)

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Stephanie Karpetas OBE

Our congratulations, to our good friend and friend of all sustainable energy projects in Kent, Stephanie Karpetas on being awarded an OBE in this year's honours list


Stephanie Karpetas of Folkestone is the founder and director of Sustainability Connections CIC, and director of Orchard Community Energy and good friend to Deal where she lived for many years.


She was awarded an OBE for services to the community in east Kent.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Winter Solstice Celebration 21st Dec

We had ideal conditions for our Winter Solstice Celebration on the 21st Dec at the Landmark - first time in four years!


We had about 100-120 people attending (based on the used cups :) Big thanks to the Deal Hoodeners, Sue Watson and the Landmark Uke Club for playing for us, everyone who donated food, drink and jars and candles and to Pat, Helen, Jane, Vicky and Steve for setting up and mulling everything




Sunday, December 17, 2017

Deal Winter Solstice Celebration - Thurs 21st Dec

We have our Winter Solstice celebration on Thursday 21st Dec from 5:30am to 7pm at the Landmark Garden on Deal High Street

Please bring Jars and tea lights to chase away the darkness .... There will be mulled wine, mulled music please bring seasonal eats to share

Event is weather dependent so no rain or wind :)


Last Deal Beach Clean of 2017 ....


A big thank you to our 33 volunteers on today's Deal Beach Clean, who managed to collect over 45kgs of rubbish in just over an hour.

Lots of small pieces of plastic today and some pieces of WW2 plane and bits of the coastal defences! Santa hats were much in evident today :)


In 2017 we have had 9 Beach Cleans in Deal and Walmer involving some 303 people who collected 410 kgs of rubbish and donated some 472hours to our community.

This does no include all the individuals in our community who routinely do their own cleans as they enjoy the beach.

Thank you to everyone who has donated their time and love to our Beach in 2017.

We hope that in 2018 to find less rubbish and make our  'Blue Planet' plastic free

Our First Beach Clean of 2018 will be on Sunday 14th January at 10am Meeting at Sandown Castle end of the beach.

PS we have  found a dog lead which one our volunteers lost - Please drop us a email





Friday, December 15, 2017

Deal Beach Clean

Our last beach clean of the year is on Sunday 17th December at 10am - meeting at Deal Pier. Weather looks ok until about 11am+


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Deal Beach Clean 19th Nov

Thank you to our 31 volunteers on today's Deal Beach Clean who collected some 50kgs of rubbish from the beach in a little over an hour.





Lost any teeth ?

50kgs of mainly small plastic found today


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Deal Beach Clean - 19th Nov - Change of Start point

We have had to have to move the start point of Sunday's Deal Beach Clean from Sandown Castle to Deal Pier because of the continue beach work by DDC. It will start at 10am.

We will be back down at Sandown in January


Deal With It - Event Listing Nov 2017


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Deal Hop Farm - Hopping M.A.D - Made Around Deal is coming

The cask beer - Hopping M.A.D [Made Around Deal] brewed by the Ripple Steam Brewery using Deal Hop Farm hops is out and about in the Town from the end of this week.


The beer, which is a green hopped one, will be available over the next two weeks at the Berry, Just Reproach, Lighthouse, Freedman and Farrier pubs all in Deal.

In total it will be available in some 35 pubs in the East Kent area including Dover, Folkestone, Canterbury, Whitstable, Margate, Ramsgate plus a couple in London. The brewery are producing a full list in the next few days

The Deal Hop Farm has also been featured on ITV Meridian News, BBC Radio4 Farming Today as well BBC Radio Kent.

50 of the Deal Hopnista's had a tasting of the beer last Thursday at the Lighthouse and went down very well!