Thursday, February 22, 2018

Great British Spring Clean - Beach Cleans Sunday 4th March

Our next Community Beach Clean will be on Sunday 4th March on Walmer Beach meeting at the Sea Cafe 9:30am.

This clean will be part of the Great British Beach Clean happening around the country - Colleagues in Kingsdown will also have a Clean on Sunday 4th at 3pm on Kingsdown Beach plus there are local litter picks happening over that weekend in Dover.

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Weird and Wonderful World of Pollination Friday 23rd February 2018 - 7.30pm

Kent Wildlife Trust - Folkestone, Hythe & Dover Local Group Event: The Weird and Wonderful World of Pollination
Friday 23rd February 2018 - 7.30pm


You are invited to join the Folkestone, Hythe and Dover Group of Kent Wildlife Trust on Friday 23rd February 2018 from 7.30 to 9.45pm at The Salvation Army Hall, Portland Road, Hythe, Kent CT21 6EG, for the first indoor meeting of the new year.

Environmental biologist Clive Nuttman will give us an illustrated talk which explains the process of pollination - the transfer of pollen between flowers - and how flower visitors of all shapes and sizes help to maintain floral diversity as well as playing a role in global food security.

We welcome members and non-members alike, including children aged five and over, at our warm and comfortable venue. A donation is appreciated for the talk and the tea or coffee and biscuits in the interval, when you can enjoy relaxed chat in the company of like-minded people. Car parking is available in Portland Road, and the hall and facilities are fully accessible. For further details telephone 01304 853503 or email pauline.bateson@btinternet.com

We hope to see you there. We are always looking for volunteers to help us put on our programme of talks and walks, so if this would interest you, please talk to one of our committee members during the evening.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Deal Beach Clean 18th Feb Report






Thank you to our 100+ volunteers todays Deal Beach Clean. Glorious day to be on the beach.

A group did the survey for the Marine Conservation Society while the rest of us wandered towards the rowing club from the Pier. Some 70 Bags collected with 47kilos of rubbish.

Apologies to the 25 people who turned at 10am - There was an older posting on FB where we had not amended the time. (all cleans are now 9:30 thru to Oct)

Our next Community Beach Clean is at Walmer (Sea Cafe) on Sunday 4th March 9:30am. This is part of the National 'Great British Spring Clean).

Lots of small bits of plastic, especially fishing line found today - We have our new campaign #PlasticFreeDeal where we want all business, groups and individuals to replace three items of single use plastic. Next meeting is 13th March 7pm Dealability 








Saturday, February 17, 2018

Seedy Saturday 17th Feb


Thank you to everyone who came, donated or swapped seeds and plants at our first Seedy Saturday of 2018.

We had stalls from Walmer WI promoting their Green Heart appeal, Sandown Castle Community Garden with some wonderful home made bird boxes (and great value!) produced by John Ford and our colleagues from Deal Hop Farm who were doing a roaring trade with their rhizomes.




Many, Many thanks to the Landmark Ukulele Club who provided the entertainment and to Vicky & Sonja for the Cake making.



The Swap table worked very well with some lovely donations from individuals and the Golf Rd Allotment holders.

Walmer WI


Thank you all

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