Thursday, January 10, 2019

Cuddle Earth Beach Clean at Sandwich Bay 27th January 10am

Deal With It is supporting the 'Cuddle Earth' Beach Clean at  Sandwich Bay on Sunday 27th January 2019 at 10am meet at the first set of bins on Princes Drive (direction of Princes Golf Club).

If you tell the attendents on the Toll booths you are coming to the 'Cuddle Earth Beach Clean' you will not be charged the Toll fee of £7

More info on Cuddle Earth  - They are local Sandwich toy firm supporting Surfers Against Sewage


Friday, January 4, 2019

Extinction Rebellion is coming to Kent 5th January 2019

There will be an Extinction Rebellion event in Canterbury 11:00 Saturday 5th January 2019 near the Guildhall.

The event is part of the global protest at the lack of local, regional and national action to mitigate the causes of climate change. The rebellion objectives have been well documented in the media and perhaps you and some your group members have been participating in recent London action. The objectives are:

The Government must tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and work alongside the media to communicate with citizens.
The Government must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels.

A national Citizen’s Assembly to oversee the changes, as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose.

Please do circulate this to your members to let them know about the event so that as many as possible Canterbury and surrounding areas environmentally concerned citizens can participate.

 Together we hope to demonstrate the scale of our collective demand to have a new and bolder approach to tackling the causes of climate change

Event and contact details: facebook.com/XRCanterbury/

More about Extinction Rebellion www.rebellion.earth

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Volunteer day at Captain's Garden Tuesday 8th January 2019 from 10am


Deal With It working with English Heritage are trying to bring the buildings at the Captain's Garden back into use in 2019.

There are plans for a café in the Cottage and to make the Stable block into a community space / art exhibition area.

On Tuesday 8th Jan we will clearing the stable 10am to 2pm and volunteers are very welcome.

If you can make it please bring gloves / broom/ brush etc

This is part of our partnership with English Heritage to bring the full Garden back in use by the local community.

This work day will be one of a series to get the Stable into a condition that it can be used by the community. There will be a need for EH to do some minor building work to the ceiling and getting the toilet /kitchen operational again during the year.

The Space has electricity, later on water and hopefully WIFI once the Café in Cottage is operational.

We think the space has a lot of potential for community use; classes & meetings, exhibition space, workshop space. please drop us a line with ideas to info@dealwithit.org.uk

The Captains Garden Group has a Facebook page at @CaptainsGardenDeal

The garden team are there every Tuesday and Thursday between 10am to Noon. New volunteers very welcome

The idea for 2019 is to formalise the arrangements with English Heritage for the site by establishing a Community Interest Company (CIC) or similar, with the objective for this year to develop a master plan for the whole site which the wider community in Deal and Walmer can shape.

The site at the Captain's Garden is not a priority for English Heritage within their portfolio nor is it likely they will be able to fund any major development in the near future but they very supportive of our initiative and willing to work with us.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

First Deal Beach Clean of 2019

Thank you to our amazing 120 volunteers on our first community beach clean of 2019. 

Over 75 kilos of rubbish picked up (21 kilos bottles + Cans, 1kg of plastic bottles all recycled) on a beautiful morning to be on our beach.

DDC had been out early to take most of the celebratory rubbish off the prom

Thanks to Deal With It Volunteers Vicky, Sonja, Rose, Paul, Graham, Mark,  Nick & Steve for sorting stuff out, setup and pack away

Our next scheduled clean is on 24th Feb again at Deal Pier (this one is part of the national Marine Conservation Society's monitoring programme) plus we are supporting the 'Cuddle Earth' clean for Surfers Against Sewage on Sunday 27th January 10am Sandwich Bay (more details soon on this)

Great start to 2019 - Happy New Year Deal

Future dates:

Saturday 23rd March - Walmer Beach part of the National 'Big Spring Clean'

Sunday 14th April - Sandown Castle end






Monday, December 17, 2018

Deal Cycle Forum Gathering 5th January 10:30am

Calling All Cyclists!

Cycle Friendly Deal invites you to a Gathering
of local cyclists at the Town Hall


Following Deal Town Council’s successful bid for funding from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund, Cycle Friendly Deal is now up and running.

We are organising a Gathering for local cyclists
10.30am-12pm on Saturday 5th January
in the Chamber of Deal Town Hall.
We would be delighted if you could join us.

We would like as many local cyclists - and people who ride bikes but don’t call themselves “cyclists” - to come along to this get together on the first Saturday of 2019, as we need your help. To make this project as successful as possible we need The Knowledge. We hope that bringing local riders together will enable us to capture lots of valuable Deal cycling knowledge and an understanding of the issues Deal cyclists face.

At the Gathering, we will also share the latest project developments and be talking about ways that cyclists can directly help the project by undertaking surveys, sharing photos and videos, organising rides and events, and potentially establishing a new Deal Cycle Forum


Sunday, December 16, 2018

Walmer Beach Clean 16th Dec 2018


Thank you to our 40 volunteers on today's Community Beach Clean on a glorious Walmer Seafront.

Fantastic weather and Hut 55 café looked after us very well with free teas and coffee to go with our mince pies.

We collected over 53kgs this morning with about 10kgs of recyclable bottles and cans.

The stats for this year are truly amazing: on our 15 beach cleans we have collect well over a metric ton of rubbish 1106kgs with at least some 902 volunteers who donated 1426 hours. This is more than double our 2017 figures and we thought that was our best year!

Thank you everyone who has supported the beach cleans this year - you are all awesome x

Our next community beach clean is on Tuesday 1st January 2019 at 10am meeting at Deal Pier. consider it part of your post-celebratory recovery and a great way to start the New Year.








Thursday, December 13, 2018

Winter Solstice Celebration - Friday 21st December 5:30pm to 7pm


We have our end of season celebration on Friday 21st December  5:30pm to 7pm (NB: As this event in the Garden it is subject to the weather - and may be cancelled if too wet or windy)

We will have mulled music, wine, food and company to gather in celebration on all what we have done in 2018.... the idea is for everyone to bring jars and tea lights to cover the landmark garden in candle light to chase away the darkness …

Event is free …. donations and food to share is welcome. Children must be accompanied by adult.

It would be helpful to bring a mug for the mulled stuff

Monday, December 10, 2018

100 trees for Deal, Christmas and the Planet




Deal With It, Deal’s local green community group, is giving away one hundred trees this Christmas as a response to recent UN IPCC report on Climate Change.

Adrian Sullivan co-organiser of the initiative said “We wanted to do something positive and practical in response to the recent IPCC ‘life changing’ report on Climate Change.

Trees are a symbol of hope and a real investment for the future.

We see this as a first wave of this initiative and we will be looking at activities in 2019 to foster tree planting in public and private spaces.”

Sue Sullivan co-organiser of the initiative said “The trees in scheme are all native ones; Dogwood, Blackthorne, Hawthorne, Crab apple, Cherry Plum, Blind Cherry, Hazel, Spindle and Guelder Rose.

As well as locking in carbon and cleaning the air of pollution all these varieties are also beneficial to wildlife.

Trees also come with planting and care instructions.

We see this as a small first step to greening Deal, eventually creating a virtual forest in the town”

Adrian and Sue will have the trees available on Friday 14th December from 10am to 1pm at the Landmark Garden and will also be at the Deal With It ‘Winter Solstice Celebration’ on Friday 21st December between 5:30pm to 7pm.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Next Gleans in East Kent ... 28/11



It's been our busiest ever gleaning year in Kent. So far we've run 25 gleans (most of which have been in the past two months) and alongside our usual public gleans, we've been working with school and educational groups to get children and young people out into the fields and undertaking classroom sessions exploring ways to reduce food waste. But we're not finished yet!


In December we'll be running more classroom sessions and our final two gleans which are listed below. If you'd like to join us on either or both of these days please sign up using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/sii9xtgSVDQUJo3j2

28th November: 10am until 2-3pm (weather dependent) we'll be gleaning apples from a farm near Sandwich (CT13)

14th December: 11am until 2-3pm (weather dependent) we'll be gleaning potatoes (already harvested) and leafy veg from a farm near Wingham (CT3)

Children are very welcome on the apple glean but I'm afraid we're restricted to volunteers over the age of 18 on the potato and cabbage glean as we'll be using knives to cut the cabbages.

I'm away this coming weekend so travel arrangements for the 28th will be done on Monday. Do please ensure you've signed up by then if you'd like to join us as there won't be much time for me to arrange lifts and station collections upon my return. You'll get the usual call out email for the glean on 14th December nearer the time, but if you'd like to sign up early please do (it makes organising these days so much easier when we have the luxury of planning ahead).

I do hope you can join us for a final fruit or veg rescue mission in 2018!

Kind rhubarbs,

Carrie

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sandown Beach Clean 18th Nov





Over 45 volunteers braved the windy conditions to attend Sunday's Community Beach Clean from Sandown Castle

Thank you to all our Volunteers and Sandown Castle Community Garden, Deal Rotary Club for supporting and DDC for collecting the rubbish

In about 1.5hrs the volunteers collected 48kilos including 2.5kg of bottles which where recycled


The Next Deal With It Community Beach Clean is on Sunday 16th December at 10am meeting at Paddling Pool/Sea Scouts/Cafe55 area.

Full details on www.dealwithit.org.uk or on the Deal With IT Facebook page






Friday, November 2, 2018

Deal With It - November Update

  • Great turnout for our Walmer Castle Beach Clean with 60+ and 89 kilos collected inc 30kilos of recycables
  • Well done to the town in getting a Silver Gilt in the Britain in Bloom competition + Judges comments on how clean the beach was :)
  • Congratulations to Imogen and team at the Landmark for winning a Silver award for the Kent Wildlife Trust 'Wild Gardens award'
  • Deal Hop Farm has had it Oktoberfest Celebration with 160 people of its 2nd Harvest and the Bottled version of the Hopping M.A.D - Made Around Deal is appearing all around the town
  • DDC should be announcing very soon the installation of new compression bins around the Pier area
  • Deal Station Clean-Up Crew have meet with SE and National Rail about improving the station area

Saturday 3rd November - Seedy Saturday - Landmark Garden 11am to 1pm
As well as our usual seed and plant swap we will have our apple presses in operation making fresh apple juice from Ida apples gleaned from a farm nr Eastry.
  • Please bring a cup or container to taste/take some
  • We also have 20 small trees to give away a our response to the recent IPCC report on Climate Change
  • We have the Landmark Ukes playing for us
  • Plus usual plant/seed swap

Sunday 4th November - 1st Freewheeling Bicycle Ride Mikes Bikes/Cafe55 9am
Like Park Run for Bikes :)
Deal to Sandwich along the ancient highway for coffee and cake and back to Deal, SUNDAY 4th November. 
Meet 9am for 0915 depart from Mikes Bikes beach-hut. Café and toilets available.
The ‘Freewheeling’ idea is very simple: Guided, short, gentle, sociable group rides for people of all ages* capable of riding about 10 miles. No lycra required, any bicycle, electric or human powered suitable. Aim to be back for 1200hrs in time for Sunday lunches/family commitments, pub etc. Freewheeling rides are about ‘Smiles not Miles’, good company, a little exercise and plenty of fresh-air. It’s entirely up to us!
Coffee and cake stop at the halfway point is a must!
*Under 16’s must be accompanied by a parent.
Whilst we appreciate that this is short-notice and that November is not the best time to start cycling rides, it allows us to plant a few seed and grow a core of participants as we head towards Springtime. Hopefully the idea will flourish, and by then a regular timetable of rides, routes and leaders will have been established.
Our Vision is to start generating more cycling activities for people of all ages, fitness, and ability who are not currently catered for my more ‘regular’ cycling clubs. Maybe you want to cycle further but are worried about traffic or punctures? Maybe you’d like company rather than cycling alone? Maybe you want to build fitness stamina or distance.

Tuesday 6th November - Deal Station Garden 11am-1pm 
Giving our planters some love to see them thru the winter

Tuesday 6th November - Plastic Free Deal meeting 6pm Dealability
Steering group meeting taking the campaign forward

Thursday 8th November - Deal Station Clean Up Crew 2pm to 4pm
Tidy up of Station and surrounding areas

Tuesday 13th November - Deal Station Garden group meetup - Salvation Bar (Landmark) 5pm
To discuss plans for planting 2019

Thursday 15th - Captain's Garden Group Meet up and supper 6:30pm
Chat about our first season and plans for next year - Gladstone Rd please email info@dealwithit.org.uk for details

Sunday 18th November - Beach Clean 9:30am Sandown Castle end of Beach
Equipment Supplied please dress for weather :)

Monday 19th November - Dover Repair Café Biggin Hall, Biggin St Dover 6:30pm
Monday 19th November - Deal With It Organisation meetp 5:30pm Salvation Bar Landmark - All welcome

Sunday 12th December - Xmas Beach Clean 10am Meet at Café 55 / Sea Scouts between Deal Castle and Paddling Pool
Xmas hats welcome  at our last community beach clean of 2018 Plus a free mince pies ….

Friday 21st December - Winter Solstice Celebration - Landmark Garden 5:30pm to 7pm
Mulled music, drink, food and company to celebrate what we have done and chase away the longest night 
We will decorate the garden with tea lights so please collect your spare jars

Tuesday 1st January - New Years Day Beach Clean 10:30am Deal Pier
Great way to start 2019 and apparently a great hang-over cure :)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Deal Seedy Saturday - Applefest! 3rd Nov from 11am

We have a lot of Ida Apples (old english variety) from the Glean last monday at Farm near Eastry as part of Feedback food charity National gleans ... You are very welcome to come down to make or try some real apple juice

Plus we are giving away a number of small trees as a small practical step to address the IPCC report on Climate Change.  We have about 20 small trees: hawthorn, cobnut, ash, dogwood to give away all suitable for small gardens

We will have our usual Seed and Plant swap; So please bring something  to swap :)

We will also have the Landmark Uke Club playing for us

Please bring a cup or container for sampling the apple juice :)


Park Run for Bikes - The Sunday ‘DEAL FREEWHEELING RIDE’ trial run!

The Sunday ‘DEAL FREEWHEELING RIDE’ trial run!


Deal to Sandwich along the ancient highway for coffee and cake and back to Deal, SUNDAY 4th November. Meet 9am for 0915 depart from Mikes Bikes beach-hut. Café and toilets available.

In association with Mikes Bikes I would like to invite you to the prototype of our Sunday Morning Social ‘Freewheeling’ Rides.

The ‘Freewheeling’ idea is very simple: Guided, short, gentle, sociable group rides for people of all ages* capable of riding about 10 miles. No lycra required, any bicycle, electric or human powered suitable. Aim to be back for 1200hrs in time for Sunday lunches/family commitments, pub etc. Freewheeling rides are about ‘Smiles not Miles’, good company, a little exercise and plenty of fresh-air. It’s entirely up to us!

Coffee and cake stop at the halfway point is a must!

*Under 16’s must be accompanied by a parent.

Whilst we appreciate that this is short-notice and that November is not the best time to start cycling rides, it allows us to plant a few seed and grow a core of participants as we head towards Springtime. Hopefully the idea will flourish, and by then a regular timetable of rides, routes and leaders will have been established.

Our Vision is to start generating more cycling activities for people of all ages, fitness, and ability who are not currently catered for my more ‘regular’ cycling clubs. Maybe you want to cycle further but are worried about traffic or punctures? Maybe you’d like company rather than cycling alone? Maybe you want to build fitness stamina or distance.

If this appeals to you and any friends, it would be great to meet you on Sunday morning, and we’ll see how it goes! Any thoughts, questions or ideas, please post them on Mikes Bikes fb page.

Freewheeling – it’s all about people.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Gleaning near Sandwich


Please share far and wide! We’ve just discovered a HUGE amount of apples going to waste on 2 farms in Kent. This fruit are perfectly delicious and nutritious, so we're setting out to save as many as possible – and we NEED YOUR HELP. The more volunteers we have, the more food we can save!

On Monday 29th of October, 11am-4pm we’re inviting volunteers to a farm near Sandwich to harvest delicious Ida Red and Golden Delicious apples. On Wednesday 7th November we're heading to a farm near Canterbury to glean several varieties of apple. All of these fruits will then be donated to charities such as supply excellent charities such as FareShare and The Felix  with much-needed food.

So please join us for one or both of these rewarding and sociable days in the orchard. We’re especially welcoming 18-24 year olds to get out in the fields gleaning, though people of all ages are warming invited.

We cover travel expenses up to £12 per volunteer from Maidstone, Canterbury, Dover, and anywhere in between!

To join either of these gleans please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/g37LBTCzYj9dazwE3
You will then be sent more info about the gleaning day, closer to the time.

If you can't join us for these events, please do sign up to our gleaning list so we can let you know when gleaning days are coming up near you: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/join-us-in-the-fields-its-time-to-get-your-hands-dirty/

If you'd like to know more about gleaning please contact kent@feedbackglobal.org (for Kent gleaning) or James@feedbackglobal.org (for UK wide gleaning).
#‎gleaning‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‪#‎foodwaste‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
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* From Farm to Fork is an exciting collaboration between Feedback and FoodCycle, which will train more than 4,000 young people (18-24) to reclaim unharvested fruits and vegetables through gleaning, and to turn surplus food into delicious, nutritious three-course meals to be shared with vulnerable people. It is part of the Our Bright Future programme. The Gleaning Network is a Feedback campaign.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Deal Seedy Saturday 3rd Nov 10:30 to 12:30


Our next Seedy Saturday at the Landmark Garden on Sat 3rd Nov will have a Autumnal feel to it.

As well as our usual plant and seed swap we with have our apple in working order (so please bring down some windfall apples and a container if you want to have a go) and Sue is arranging for some small trees (like hawthorne) to give away … fantastic idea as a response to the recent IPCC report on Climate Change.

We will also have the Landmark Uke Club there to supply some music

all welcome and event is free