Sunday, June 30, 2013

Walmer Bat walk Thursday 4th July

There's an opportunity to learn about bats in a free guided walk on Hawkshill Freedown at Walmer on Thursday 4 July.

Wildlife management consultant Martin Newcombe will lead the walk which is one of the regular events at the Freedown arranged by Walmer Parish Council.

Participants are advised to wear suitable footwear for the uneven ground and bear in mind it will be dark.

The walk starts at the car park at the junction of Liverpool Road and Grams Road at 8pm. (Note this is a change from the previously published time.)


Thanks to Harold at WalmerWeb for posting

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Deal 20's Plenty Campaign news

Good news for Deal: it stands to become a safer, healthier, quieter, richer and more pleasant town!

The Town Council recently passed a Resolution for 20mph limits to be introduced in our residential and commercial districts. Last January, the Department for Transport issued advice saying that if a town wants a 20mph norm, than it should have it. Historically, KCC, whose approval is now necessary, has been rather stick-in-the-mud, but the recent elections may well have changed its attitude fundamentally…

It comes down to this: momentum is on the side of a change for the better for Deal; but in a democracy, a powerful show of popular support is often crucial.

The arguments for 20mph in most areas of Deal have been set out in this newspaper. We now have letters and leaflets, summarising the powerful case in favour, based upon solid evidence, which can be traced through the sources we refer to.

Above all, please sign the petitions on our web site!

We need the support of as many people as possible, and so we are mounting a campaign. Would you consider giving an hour or two of your time to put leaflets through letterboxes? Are you a business and would like a poster for your window: perhaps you can make a small donation to pay for printing leaflets?

Research shows that in most towns 71% of residents want 20mph. Please consider taking positive action to make the necessary change, and write to me at our website below.

Alan Gleave

Friday, June 28, 2013

'Drill Baby Drill' Fracking film at Sandwich 12th July 6:30pm

Keith Taylor Green MEP for the SouthEast has organised a tour of the anti-fracking film 'Drill Baby Drill'.

The tour starts with a free showing at the Empire Cinema, Delf Street in Sandwich on Friday 12th July from 6:30pm

The film will have a brief intro from Keith and is followed by a discussion on how fracking could impact East Kent with the proposed test bore at Woodnesborough just outside Sandwich.

If you cannot make that date it will also be at the Gulbenkian Cinema at the University of Canterbury on Saturday 13th July at 1:30pm

The film by Lech Kowalski tells the story of the impact on an ecologically pristine agricultural area called the lungs of Poland as Chevron, the world's fourth largest energy corporation plans to build a shale gas well in their village

Organised by Keith Taylor and The Green Party.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Victoria's Green Matters - 27th June 2013

Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury

There are all sorts of people doing all sorts of things around the country, in fact, around the world, who have been fired up by the Transition Movement. The Transition Movement developed originally in response to the threat of global climate change and the effects of peak oil. Far from being full of dismay for the future, the movement looks for ways to make life in the future better and always looks on the bright side.

The most important thing about transition is that it comes from small groups of people doing local things and the success of these things encourages other groups to follow suit. We need to move towards self-sufficiency at the local level, whether it be food, energy or other things. A good example is Brixton’s inner city, community owned power station, made up of 82kW of solar panels on the roofs of a council estate. Another is a group in Derbyshire who created a food hub in back gardens and made it a viable alternative to shopping in supermarkets.

Local currencies have been launched in several cities. This ensures that money is spent in local shops and supports local businesses. Businesses in Bristol can pay their rates in ‘Bristol pounds’ and the council gives their staff the option to have part of their salary paid the same.

Small actions make people realise that they have the power to make a difference. Creating a garden out of a waste land must be good!

Victoria Nicholls. Transition deal.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Green Fun for Kids this summer - Rippledown

Calling all parents! Looking for fun activities this summer?

Rippledown Environmental Education Centre, part of The Bay Trust, St Margaret’s Bay, Kent is hosting a Summer Holiday Club. 

Two weeks full of fun activities run by our experienced team. From camouflage to shelter building, habitat making to outdoor cooking. Your children will learn valuable outdoor skills, make new friends and have fun!

Safely leave your children between 9am – 4pm
Ages 8 – 14 year olds

Tuesday 6th – Friday 9th August and Tuesday 27th – Friday 30th August
20 miles from Canterbury, 15 miles from Ramsgate, 6 miles from Dover
To book. Call 01304 851737
£25 per day
For further information and images please contact Poppy Jackson
01304 851737

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Victoria's Green Matters - 20th June 2013

Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury

How marvellous it is to be able to report on some good local news on the energy front rather than the horrors that would ensue from fracking for shale gas should it ever come to pass at Woodnesborough.

There are plans to develop a biomass combined heat and power plant on the former Pfizer site near Sandwich. This will lead to 40 new permanent jobs and supply the Discovery Park with renewable heat and electricity. The fuel to be used is woodchip from local forestry and woodland and is made from the waste after the wood has been processed.

Plans are also in the pipeline for a solar power plant on the site of the old Tilmanstone Colliery. The solar energy array will generate up to 10MWp of electricity, enough to supply 2,300 homes. The panels will be sited on the levelled colliery waste in rows facing south which will minimise views from the local area. Also on the site will be 16 industrial units that could provide 150 jobs.

Attached to the site of the old Richborough Power station where the electricity generated by the offshore wind turbines is fed into the National Grid, is the Richborough Energy Park. Here is sited an anaerobic digestion plant where waste food and other biomass is broken down by microscopic organisms, without oxygen, to produce methane. Methane can either be burnt to produce electricity or be piped directly into gas mains to be used in a domestic situation. Victoria Nicholls. DWI Transition Deal.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Open Wildlife Garden Hacklinge 28th-30th June

OPEN GARDEN Fri 28th Sat 29th Sun 30th June
2, Bridge Hill Cottages, Hacklinge, Nr Deal CT14 0AY

DWI supporters and local artists Sue and Adrian Sullivan invite you to visit their Wildlife Garden 10.30 to 5.30 on the above days in aid of The Kent Wildlife Trust, Admission just £1

There will be the usual Cakes, Cream Teas and Refreshments available ( all profits to KWT )

Come and have a natter about Gardens, Plants, Veg growing, Life, Art and perhaps enjoy some music or poetry for an hour or so. Tel. 01304 614088 / 0784035762

As  Parking is very limited just outside our house , you may wish to consider parking in Burgess Green or The Betteshanger Business Park Rd and walk back to 2 Bridge Hill