Monday, January 28, 2019

Market of Green Ideas and DWI Hoohaa (birthday party+AGM=Cake) Sat 2nd Feb

Deal Hop Farm 2nd AGM

2nd AGM of the Deal Hop Farm was held the Astor Theatre on Sunday. 

42 sites / 52 people including colleagues from Hythe Hops our sister organisation in Hythe. Special thank you to Dr Peter Darby for his interesting talk on where our Prima Donna hops came from and managing the diseases and pests.

The launch of the third season starts in Feb ...

DHF will have stall at the Market of Green Ideas on the 2nd at the town hall and a launch meeting at the Lighthouse on the 7th at 6.30pm Plus stalls at Landmark on 10/23rd Feb and 2nd March

Sunday, January 27, 2019

'Cuddle Earth' Beach Clean at Sandwich Bay

There was 50+ volunteers on the 'Cuddle Earth' ( a local Sandwich toy company which is supporting Surfers against Sewage) at a cold and windy Sandwich Bay today.

About 90kgs collected by the volunteers in about 1.30.

Thank you the Deal With It volunteers who helped run the event - Rose, Rosin, Wallace, John, Graham and Steve. Great to see many Guardians of the Deep there :)

The next Deal With It Beach Clean will be at Deal Pier on Sunday 24th February at 10am. This will part of the Marine Conservation Society's national survey of beaches so we will be logging what we find

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Deal With It - January Update

We had a great start to the year with 120 volunteers out on our first Community Beach Clean of 2019 on the 1stJanuary

Lots happening and to get involved with in 2019.

It also our 12th Birthday in February !

Sunday 27th January – ‘Cuddle Earth’ Sandwich Bay Beach Clean 10am

We are supporting a local Sandwich Toy Company who wants to organise beach cleans at the bay as part of their support for Surfers Against Sewage charity.

Please tell the Toll Operatives you are here for ‘Cuddle Earth Beach Clean’ and you will not be charged for accessing the bay

Meeting on Princes Drive nr the first bin store on the beach - Its going to be cold so please dress toastie + bring a flask with a warm drink

Sunday 27th January – Deal Hop Farm AGM 6pm Astor Theatre
Special guest speaker: Dr Peter Darby of Wye Hops/British Hop Association

Monday 28th January – Dover Repairs Cafe
Biggin Hall, Biggin St Dover – 18:30 to 20:30

Thursday 7th February – Deal Hop Farm:
3rd Season Launch Meeting 6:30pm

Lighthouse Pub, Strand (new 2019 membership form enclosed)

Saturday 2nd February – 'Deal Market of Green Ideas' (+Inc DWI HooHaa/AGM)
Deal Town Hall 10:30 to 1pm
Come to our 12yr Birthday Party ! Includes Deal With It AGM, Cakes + Tea, stalls on Beach Cleans, Deal Hop Farm, Station Garden, Captains Garden, Plastic Free Deal, Refill East Kent, Deal Forest, Landmark Garden, Guardians of Deep and Trees for Deal project.

Also some very interesting projects for 2019 on Deal Preserves Co-op, work on rare Kent moths with Butterfly Conservation Trust and supporting Cycle Friendly Deal

Thursday 7th February - Deal Station Clean Up Crew 2pm to 4pm

Thursday 15th February - Deal Station Clean planting 10am to Noonish

Saturday 23rd February – Seedy Saturday: Seed and plant swap
Landmark Garden 10:30 to 12:30pm

Sunday 24th February – MCS Beach Clean Deal Pier 9.30am
One of two annual Marine Conservation Society cleans where we log what we find.

Saturday 23rd March – Big Spring Clean Beach Clean – Walmer 9:30am
Meet at Sea Café

Sunday 14th April – Surfers Against Sewage ‘Big Spring Beach Clean’ Sandown Castle 9:30am

PLUS Our Regular weekly sessions at the Captain’s Garden are every Tuesday and Thursday 10am to Noonish – All Welcome. can be weather dependent

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:

More about Extinction Rebellion

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

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