White Cliffs Walking Festival Cancelled

This year’s White Cliffs Walking Festival has been cancelled because of coronavirus. The White Cliffs Ramblers, who have organised the festival since 2013, took the decision to cancel the event, which had been set for August 27-September 1, because it was felt social distancing measures would not be eased in time to allow it to take place.

Group chairman Margaret Lubbock said: “It is with much regret, and a heavy heart, that the White Cliffs Ramblers have to cancel this year’s White Cliffs Walking Festival at the end of August. “We would all like to get together for an enjoyable time walking in our fabulous White Cliffs area, but to put on a festival is just not possible or viable in today’s climate of social distancing.” Mrs Lubbock added: “The festival committee have already put in a great deal of hard work in planning old and new walks for you to enjoy. We intend as far as possible to replicate this for our 2021 festival (when we do hope social distancing will be a thing of the past).

“So, we will meet again on the White Cliffs of Dover.”

Cancellation of AGM and events

Because of the current situation with the Covid-19 virus, we have no option but to cancel the following events:

The AGM which was to be held on Tuesday 7th April, which will now be held at a later date.

The Spring Drinks Social to be held on Friday 24th April.

The talk in the Town Hall on 12th May.

Bookings have been suspended for the trip to Charleston on Thursday 18th June and for the Summer Drinks Party on Friday 17th July. These events will be reviewed nearer to their dates.

Aldi in Deal

Aldi have been granted planning permission to redevelop the site formerly occupied by the Co-op on Park Road, which closed in November 2018.

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Middle Street Conservation Area put forward for national award

Civic Voice has launched a national campaign to find the England’s Favourite Conservation Area and The Deal Society has nominated the Middle Street Conservation Area for the award.

It has made it to the shortlist and now it’s down to the public to vote for which area gets the award.

Please vote for us by going to this page and clicking on the heart with a number next to it (the page may take a few seconds to load). The deadline to vote is 5pm on the 16th October.

Then please ask all of your friends to vote too!

There is a short slideshow about the area made for the competition here.

Blue Plaque for Sir Ernest Charles

A new blue plaque has been unveiled to a great benefactor to Deal – Sir Ernest Bruce Charles CBE. The plaque is on his home, which still bears his name, Bruce House on Beach Street. (more…)

Deal Society gets national recognition

Because of the work that we have done on Conservation Area Character Appraisals, and the toolkit we have developed, we were asked to give a presentation at a conference for Kent local councils and at the Civic Voice annual convention, a national conference for civic societies.

In January our profile will get even higher when we are presented as a leading example of community action at the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies. (more…)

Deal Pier Refurbishment

Dover District Council have approved a major programme of repairs to Deal pier.

The announcement made it to the BBC local news. (more…)

Deal Society Newsletter

The Deal Society’s Newsletters are occasional e-mails telling you about the heritage and other matters of interest in Deal and Walmer. You can sign up using the form on the right. (more…)