Monday, January 30, 2017

REconomy workshop 25th Feb London

REconomy L.I.F.T. (Local Innovation For Transitioners)

Transforming Local Economies from the roots up

Saturday 25th February, 1.30pm - 6.00pm followed by drinks

Venue: The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, Kennington SE11 4TH

Keynote speaker: Andrew Simms (New Weather Institute, new economincs foundation)

This REconomy Event is designed by and for Transitioners whether you are new to REconomy or have established REconomy projects in your Transition Town. Hear from current REconomy projects by Transition Towns in London and the South East covering food enterprises, community energy and loads more, find REconomy buddies for future conversations through structured networking, and develop your REconomy skills in skills surgeries.

A celebration of the diversity in REconomy activity across London and the South East to enable us to imagine a new economy and skill-up to make it a reality.

Additional contributors:

Duncan Law - Transition Town Brixton

Catherine Ross - Transition St Albans

Sarah McAdam - Transition Network

Jo Taylor - REconomy Project

Sam Allen - REconomy Project

Hilary Jennings - Transition Town Tooting

Michael Stuart - Transition Kensal to Kilburn

Tom Steele – Kentish Town Vegbox

Join the new Transition London and South East Hub and the REconomy Project for an afternoon workshop.

Be inspired by leading new economy thinkers and do-ers

Develop your vision and thinking on local economic transformation

Get practical insights from Transition groups who have food, energy, transport and property enterprises up and running

Explore the opportunities for local economy action in your area

Be part of hands on workshops to build your enterprise development skills

Meet and exchange with fellow Transitioners from across London and the South East

Supported by Friends Provident Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust


Who is the workshop for?

The workshop is for members of Transition groups from London and the South East

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Awesome Deal Beach Clean today

We had a fantastic response to our first Deal  Beach Clean of 2017 - over 42 people volunteered their time and we had lots of families, scouts, WI and Rotary club members involved today. 

In a little over an hour we collected over 85kgs of rubbish - a lot of small plastic, fishing line and even some congealed palm oil solids which are poisonous to dogs was found.

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers x

The next beach clean will be part of the 'Great British Spring Clean' on Sunday 5th March at 9:30am meeting at the Sea Cafe on Walmer Green.

We are also going to participate in the Great Nurdle Hunt on next Sunday 5th Feb meeting at Deal Pier at Noon. We are going to see if we can find any at the low water level of the beach

Nurdles are small plastic pellets about the size of a lentil. Countless billion are used each year to make nearly all our plastic products but many end up washing up on our shores.

Spills and mishandling by industry can mean nurdles end up at sea. Our planets oceans are now accumulating nurdles in worryingly large numbers.
Unlike large pieces of plastic marine litter, nurdles are so small that they go largely unnoticed.

However scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about their effect on our delicate marine ecosystem.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Deal With It - HooHaa Saturday 28th Jan

Thank you to everyone who came to our annual gathering - the HooHaa - on Saturday. Great to see everyone. 

Deal With It - Transition Deal is in pretty good shape - we had a good year raising funds for our activities thanks to Deal Folk by the Sea, School and Adrian & Sue Sullivan's Open Garden last June. We are very grateful to them for their support.

It has allowed us to buy flags and pickers for our beach cleans, flag for DWI and fund things like the Transition Supper and launching the Deal Hop Farm.

We have had busy year with holding 8 beach cleans, involving some 176 volunteers with over 300 volunteer hours and some 420kgs collected. We held three Seedy Saturday's and a Winter Solstice celebration.

Meetings on Climate Change conference at the end of 2015, worked with Kent Wildlife Trust on their Guardians of Deep project, we supported DDC's Youth volunteer week and Coastal Towns Group. We had stalls at the Smugglers Festival on Walmer Green.

We had a Transition Supper with inspirational speaker Naresh Giangrande from Totnes Transition. This inspired us to look at a community hop growing/brewing project and a repairs cafe for 2017.

Locally our colleagues in Dover Transition have been a welcome addition to the district and we are developing good contact with new Transition Hub in London & SE.

2017 has already started well with a film show of the french film Demain, Beach clean and launch of the Deal Hop Farm...

Friday, January 27, 2017

Kent Wildlife Trust gets funding for Kent's Coast

Great news that Kent Wildlife Trust has won funding for its Guardians of Deep project around Kent's Coast

Guardians of the Deep: £446,100 grant

The Guardians of the Deep is a three-year project that aims to engage communities, businesses and visitors by raising awareness of marine habitats and promoting an active and ongoing guardianship role to protect them for the future. Almost the entire Kent coast falls within a Marine Protected Area (MPA) and will feature eleven Marine Conservation Zones by 2018. Kent’s marine habitats are considered at threat from the fishing industry, invasive species, pollutants and regression of coastal defences.

The project will be run by Kent Wildlife Trust in partnership with Thanet District Council, Medway Council, and Kent County Council and will divide the coastline into three sections – the White Cliffs of Dover (from Folkestone to Deal), North East Kent (from Deal to Whitstable), and Medway and Swale. It will comprise five key activities which will involve 60,000 people in marine awareness activities:

Coastal guardians –360 community champions will run marine events and identification surveys to be shared with coastal heritage protection bodies

Undersea explorers – workshops will be held with young people raising awareness of marine habitats, water safety, and snorkelling skills

Wild beach – a programme of coastal learning activities for 60 schools and youth groups covering geology, biology, social history and the value of marine heritage

Coastal connections – a digital campaign aimed at reaching up to 150,000 members of the public

Coastal Citizen Science – volunteers will be trained in survey and species recognition and 60 ‘coast-busters’ will deal with non-native species identified

full story at:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Victoria's Green Matters - 26th January 2017

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

This post Brexit time is a difficult one for farmers. They have become so heavily dependent on European subsidies that they must constantly worry whether those subsidies will be replaced by the UK government. European directives that have protected our wildlife and their habitats may disappear in future and we can’t rely on our government to continue these protections. It doesn’t paint a very pretty picture, does it?

Farming is in a ‘mixed up’ state. The vast agri-businesses that exist around the world continue to poison the soil with a mixture of pesticides and herbicides which are no longer as effective as they once were. Newer and more powerful chemicals are sought and huge agrochemical businesses get richer on the proceeds of their research. But these agri-businesses only produce a small proportion of the food needed to feed the world’s growing population and in the process they continue to pollute our rivers, cause soil erosion, destroy pollinators and other wildlife and devastate the features of the countryside. They also contribute a third of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions.

The most productive farms are the small, family farms usually run organically and with wildlife in mind. Leaving the EU should be the chance to get away from the destructive cycle of agri-business and refocus taxpayers’ money to deliver more for people and nature.

Our post Brexit policy should be to invest in producing the things we all need – clean air, clean water, healthier intact soils, flood reduction, wildlife and beautiful places to enjoy.

Victoria Nicholls.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Goodwin Sands - Save our Sands - Latest Campaign news

New Video from SOS Goodwin Sands


Campaign Update:
Historic England have requested Dover Harbour Board to undertake a magnetometer survey of the proposed dredging zone. This is excellent news as it should detect the presence of any ferrous objects such as aircraft engine blocks, ships' fittings or unexploded ordnance (UXO) buried up to 2m deep in sand. The downside however, is that a magnetometer cannot identify disartuculated aluminium aircraft parts or human remains, two of the campaign's prime concerns.

Meanwhile, the fragile foreshore of East Kent continues to concern. Professor Rob Duck, Emeritus Professor of Geoscience at the University of Dundee, recently paid a flying visit and was visibly shocked by the vulnerarability of this stretch of coast. He is convinced that historic dredging is a contributory factor to the current state of erosion. He feels that unless Dover Harbour Board can prove categorically that future dredging will not exacerbate the situation, it should not be allowed to go ahead. Dover District Council, Kent County Council and the Environment Agency continue to completely ignore the issue, for reasons best known to themselves.

Finally, the petition has very nearly reached 13,000 signatures so please do keep sharing!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Victoria's Green Matters - 19th January 2017

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

It’s the time of year that seems to highlight just how much our society wastes. It is not just food which is the worst waste of all but, additionally, packaging and wrapping from the Christmas presents. Let’s hope that we have all recycled as much as we can!

Since the last campaign against food waste, there has been some minor success in reducing the amount of edible food thrown away, particularly by the large supermarkets. It is good to see that 8 out of 10 of Sainsburys supermarkets now donate their waste food to projects caring for needy people but how much better would it be if there was no waste at all?

New figures recently issued by the recycling advisory body ‘Wrap’ show that the average household now throws away £470 worth of food per year that could have been eaten. This avoidable food waste generated 19million tonnes of greenhouse gases throughout its lifetime. Preventing this pollution would be as effective as taking one in four cars off the road.

Between 2007 and 2012, avoidable food waste reduced by 21%; this was in part due to rising food prices and better advice regarding ‘use by’ dates in conjunction with the campaign to raise awareness. Unfortunately, this progress has stalled somewhat with the reduction in food prices and the rise in wages since 2014 has curtailed the incentive for people to cut waste.

We all need to be doing more to cut food waste. Don’t be tempted by offers to buy food you don’t really want or need – the days of the ‘bogof’ have ended but if food is sold very cheaply, the chances are that it won’t be very good and will end up in the bin!

Victoria Nicholls.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Deal With It HooHaa 28th January 2017

Deal With It - Transition Deal has its Annual Gathering (Our 'HooHaa' - like a AGM but with considerably more cake) on Saturday 28th January at 1:30pm meeting in room near the cafe at the Landmark Community Centre (129 High Street Deal)

We will have an photo exhibition of what we did in 2016 from 25th January to 2nd February, The HooHaa will take a quick formal business and elect our three officers (Coordinator, Secretary, Treasurer) but most of the meeting will be what we want to do in 2017.

Anyone can attend and suggest ideas. If you are interested in getting more involved or have a specific project you want to get off the ground please get in contact at .

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Next Deal Beach Clean 29th Jan 2017

Our next Deal Beach Clean will be on Sunday 29th January 2017 meet at 10am at Deal Pier

This will be a pop-out clean and we supply Pickers, Bags and Gloves. It is likely it will be cold so please dress toastie

The clean will last about 1-1.5hrs

All Welcome

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Deal With It - Diary for January

Happy New Year everyone. Successful December with Beach Clean and wet Winter Solstice event at the Landmark pics here ...
Lots going on over the next few months plus we hope to be announcing some new projects at the end of the month
Saturday 28th January 13:30 Deal With It Annual Gathering HooHaa
Chance to reflect, with cake, tea and company what we have achieved in 2016 and the exciting things we want to do in Deal in 2017.
This is also our AGM but we hope to keep the official business to a minimum but if you are interested in standing for one of three 'official' roles in the group (Coordinator, Secretary, Treasurer) or just want to get involved more please drop me a email at
Landmark Centre (Cafe area) 13:30 to 4pm
Saturday 21st January - Chocolate Experience
Led by Kieran Renihan of Chocolation. Temper and mould chocolate and learn about this fascinating food 2pm £15
Chequers Kitchen School full details here

Sunday 29th January 10:00am - Deal Beach Clean
Meet at Deal Pier for a pop-up clean

Sat Feb/March Date to be Confirmed - Seedy Saturday
Landmark Garden - We will wait until Feb to see what the medium term weather looks like but please start collating any seeds to swap or get some early planting going

On 25 February ’17, 2pm to 6pm  the first Transition London and South East hub event in Central London, focusing on REconomy

Sunday 5th March - 9:30am  Walmer Beach Clean
This is part of our contribution to the national 'Great British Spring Clean' - we are discussing with other local organisations about litter picks to hit 'grott spots' in the town.
Meet at the Sea Cafe on the Green

Sunday 2nd April - 9:30am Deal Beach Clean
This is the first of our Marine Conservation Society cleans where we log what we find.
Sunday 17th September 9:30am  - Deal Beach Clean
Part of the MCS 'Great British Beach Clean'