Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Cooking from Scratch at the Astor - 9th March

Deal's own school meals social enterprise, WholeSchool Meals is running a 'Cooking from Scratch' day at the Astor on Saturday 9th March.

The day will be a mixture of demonstrations and talks on to get started cooking, on a budget and using fresh local produce

Its all free...

If you have any questions please contact us by telephone on 01304 611010 or by email to

Monday, February 25, 2013

Deal Railway Community Garden Project Update

Hi all - We in the Station Community Gardening Group are starting to get quite excited 
Our Planters which are being built by the RippleVale School are due for delivery in 10 days :) 
We have had super generous donations from lovely people and groups to be announced later - it's looking v good for generous donations of topsoil and compost (donors tba later) .
There's still time to sign up to be part of this TEL 389553 to reserve your place on our lovely rota! are there any spare watering cans / spades /trowels looking for a good home?
We may need some spare barrows /hands for 12 - 3 Saturday 16th March BUT please telephone  389553 first.
Many hands should make light work and a delicious blooming Deal !!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Kingdown Beach Huts

Kingsdown ConservationGroup

However busy you are, this development on Kingsdown Beach requires your urgent attention, please. It will take you only a minute to read.

An application has been made to install 12 wheeled huts on Kingsdown beach. They are 5.5 metres long and will be used exclusively by chalet owners from Kingsdown holiday park. The planning applicant is a firm called Tingdene; you can look them up on www.tingdene.co.uk.. They make mobile homes. This is what their huts will look like:

And this is where the huts will be installed. The beach is a legally-protected Site of Special Scientific Interest and it’s immediately overlooked by the Kent Downs AONB and Kingsdown Conservation Area

You may know that Kingsdown Holiday Park is owned by Tingdene. But did you realise that they also own Kingsdown beach (outlined in black above)?

Many villagers are saying already that, if successful, this application will eventually lead to the destruction of all that we love so much about our precious, unspoilt bit of seaside – where we meet up with friends, walk our dogs, play with our kids or quietly sit and dream.

Full details of the application can be found on DDC’s website www.dover.gov.uk. Navigate to the Planning Section and then submitting comments on planning applications. The reference number is DOV/12/01016.
If you want to do something about this development, please remember that no-one will fight our corner for us; least of all our local planning committee.

We have to do it ourselves. So please think about what it means to you and, when you are ready, hit the Dover website and record your comments – the deadline is March 15.

Other KCG news will follow soon.
Philip Evemy
email philip@kingsdownconservation.org.uk
web www. kingsdownconservation.org.uk

'20s Plenty for Deal' meeting 27th Feb

Speaker Rod King from 20's Plenty
20's Plenty for Deal campaign have their launch this Wednesday at the Deal Town Hall. The meeting starts at 7pm

The key idea of the group is that a lower speed limit for where people live will save lives losted and damaged. The group has an online petition hosted at their website.

This is one of the most shocking maps of Deal - one of road causilities over the ten years to 2010

For more information see the campaign's website or come to the meeting on the 27th Feb http://www.20splentyfordeal.org.uk/

Saturday, February 23, 2013

International Women's Day @the Astor March 8th

Celebrate IWD in Deal in 2013

There is a full celebration of International Women's Day at the Astor Community Theatre on Friday 8th March from 2:30pm to 5pm

Music, Stalls, food - all welcome!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Deal Fairtrade Fortnight 2013

From East Kent Mercury

"Fairtrade supporters in the Dover and Deal area will be campaigning from Sunday at  schools, businesses, coffee mornings and lunches to kick-start this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight.
There will also be a chance to take part in a meeting with Henry Matenda from Kasinthula Sugar Cane Growers’ Association in Malawi, south east Africa.
Pam Brivio, secretary of Dover Fairtrade Town Network, said: “These Meet the Producer events are a wonderful opportunity to hear about the lives of producers and the difference that Fairtrade makes to their communities.”
Fairtrade Fortnight continues until March 10 and, following on from 2012’s Take a Step theme, the slogan for this year is Go Further for Fairtrade in 2013. ... full story here

Victoria's Green Matters 21st Feb 2013

Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury:
 What a to do about the discovery of horse meat in convenience food! Well, you get what you pay for in this life and we have allowed big business to tell us that we want cheap, fast food that is leading to an explosion of obesity and diabetes in Western cultures.

We react with horror when we learn that horse meat has been discovered in the food that millions of people have been eating as a matter of course for years. There is no evidence that horse meat is in any way more harmful than any other kind of meat – the French have always eaten it – but shouldn’t our horror be reserved for the under-cover dealings that have led to someone substituting horse meat for beef?

There has to be suspicion that the power of the supermarket has some responsibility for this situation. To continue to make us believe that we need to buy cheap food, they have to continually chase their suppliers for cheaper and cheaper food production to put items on the shelves. Is it any wonder that producers also look for other ways to cut costs and increase profits?

Fifty years ago we used to spend 40% of our income on food. Today it is 10% and the quality of the food that we put on the table has suffered as a result.

We need to buy our food locally, know where it comes from and, most of all, learn to cook!

Monday, February 18, 2013

'20's Plenty for Deal' launch on Wed 27th Feb

A new campaign focussed on making our Deal streets safer is launched next week . 

Deal '20's Plenty' campaign has its first public meeting on Wednesday 27th Feb at 7pm at the Town Hall.

The campaign wants to bring in a 20mph limit for traffic in the town. It has setup a online petition to gauge support in the town can be found here

Speakers include Rod King from the national campaign.

 For more information see their website at:

Saturday, February 16, 2013

One Billion Rising in Deal ...

Deal took part in the 1 Billion Risng movement today as about 60 singers staged a impromptu event on the Deal Pier and later in the High Street.

The 1 Billion Rising came togther to campaign against violence towards women. Deal event was just one of thousands around the globe.

Well done to everyone who took part and to Maddie and Pam for organising

Link to Video http://youtu.be/-jTzSzAVdsE

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Victoria's Green Matters - 7th Feb 2013

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

There was a very worrying report last week about the amount of crude oil and other contaminants that are being allowed to leak into the North Sea daily despite assurances from oil companies that they are improving their record regarding spills. There were 429 reported oil and chemical spills in the UK North Sea alone last year.

Oil company Shell has obtained permission to drill in the environmentally sensitive area off Alaska but has recently had a disaster when its rig ran aground and was destroyed. This has cost the company $90 million so far but its controversial plan to resume drilling this summer is still undergoing reviews. We can all remember BP’s catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico which cost 11 human lives and was a disaster for wildlife in the area as well as a loss of livelihood for fishing communities.

The World Wildlife Fund has called for a halt to this unseemly rush to exploit the unspoilt areas of the world, to stop subsidies to oil and gas companies and to ban all companies with a poor safety record.

We know that the era of easily obtainable, cheap oil is virtually over. Now is the time to be putting all our efforts and ingenuity into finding ways to produce renewable energy from wind, wave and solar technology. We also know that technology will not be able to solve all our problems; that we cannot continue to be profligate with energy and must live a simpler life. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

East Kent Transition Gathering latest....

East Kent Transition Spring Gathering

Sessions on Transition stuff and networking with lashings of tea and cake

Rutherford College, University of Kent at Canterbury

Sunday February 10th 1.45 to 6pm

Everything is now in place for the East Kent Transition Gathering on Sunday.

Please bring:

Mug for your tea.

A cake or snack to share

Flyers, display, things you want to share with other Transition minded people.

Please arrive at 1.45pm. We will start promptly at 2pm.
Please RSVP if you have not already- just so we have an idea of numbers.

Look forward to seeing you there...

1.45 Arrive

2.00-3.00 Introductions
Whats happening in Transitioning East Kent

3.00 to 3.45
Ecologic- University eco-festival- Tom Currie
Transition and Permaculture - Jo Barker
3.45-4.15 Lashings of tea and cake
4.15 -5.30
Time Bank- Lois Reade and Caroline Hallett from Maidstone Timebank Trust
What is community currency- Les Moore from London, representing the LETSystem
Transition Streets update - Sue Nyirenda

5.30 Next meeting. Where, when, who?
6.00 End
We are a small team. Please assist in any way you can to help make the event run smoothly. If you want to help set up we will be there from 1pm. Or help make tea or clear up. We are expecting about 50 people from all over East Kent.

Consider hosting the next event in your Transition Town.

Getting there...
Rutherford College, University of Kent at Canterbury, Canterbury CT2 7NX

we are organising car shares from Deal - please email press@dealwithit.org if you want one

Saturday, February 2, 2013

East Kent Transition meeting 10th Feb

Deal With It along with the Transition groups in Canterbury, Whitstable, Faversham, Hythe, Folkestone have another gathering coming up next week ....

East Kent Transition gathering
Sunday 10th February 2pm to 6pm
University of Kent at Canterbury
FREE- donations are welcome.

For groups and individuals in East Kent interested in
creating a gentle transition together to a resilient, abundant, low carbon life style.
Talks on Transition stuff, networking and a practical session with lashings of tea and cake.
Exact location will be given nearer the time

What’s happening in East Kent?
3.00 - 3.45pm
Ecologic- University eco-festival- Tom Currie
Transition and Permaculture - Jo Barker
Time Bank- Lois Reade and Caroline Hallett from Maidstone Timebank Trust
What is community currency- Les Moore from the LETSystem
Transition Streets update - Sue Nyirenda
AOB Next meeting: Where? what? when? who? You?

Thank you to Tom Currie and UKC for providing the venue

Tables available for displays and flyers
Please bring snacks to share - Drinks will be provided
If you need anything or have queries,
please email me, Jo or post on Facebook page
RSVP Facebook East Kent Transition
Some links:
South East Transition - http://southeasttransitioninitatives.ning.com
Timebanks - http://www.timebanking.org
Transition Streets - http://www.transitionstreets.org.uk
Permaculture - http ://www.permaculture.org.uk

Friday, February 1, 2013

Coldblow Woods planning application for fence ...

Thanks to Harold at the Walmer Web for this story;


Dover District Council planners have received an application from the owner of the former MOD playing field at Coldblow in Ripple to reinstate and repair an existing boundary fence and gates.

These, it is explained, have been vandalised over the years and the plan is to install a 1.5-metre high pvc coated chain link fence round the perimeter of the 6.07-hectare site with 2-metre high gates on the Coldblow Lane entrance. The application (reference DOV/13/00039) can be seen on the district council's website at: http://planning.dover.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=DCAPR_220909