A BIT OF A POSER

A problem of finding a professional model for a Shepherdswell art group has been solved by a Deal artist. Louise Hughes, who runs the Secret Drawing Club at the town's Astor Theatre, came to their aid when, on Wednesday 19 April, she joined successful local artist Angelo Pizzigallo for a life drawing skills workshop.

Shepherdwell Art Group member Michael Burney explained: "With Louise as the model, Angelo took us through a series of carefully designed exercises to help to develop our confidence in life drawing. What made this special was that for many members, it was their first experience of drawing and sketching using a live model."

Shepherdswell Art Group members watch as Angelo Pizzigallo demonstrates life drawing with Louise Hughes

The Shepherdswell group meets every Wednesday in the Shepherdswell Village Hall between 9.15am and 12.15pm. It welcomes established and aspiring painters of all abilities and experience, working in any style or medium. For more details, call Michael on 07796 237783.   (April 25, 2017)

 
TEN CANDIDATES IN LOCAL POLL FOR COUNTY COUNCIL SEATS
The next county council election is on Thursday 4 May when the public can choose the 81 elected councillors to represent them at County Hall. Locally, in the KCC's Deal and Walmer division, voters will be asked to pick two from a list of ten candidates. Those seeking election are:
Trevor Bond Conservative   John Lonsdale Green Party
Will Darlington Liberal Democrats   Derek Murphy Conservative Party
Mike Eddy Labour Party   Eileen Rowbotham Labour Party
Sylvia Hanael UKIP   Christopher Tough Independent
Graham Lane UKIP   John Trickey Liberal Democrats

For full details of the candidates see: list of Deal and Walmer candidates.
Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 4 May.
People wishing to vote in this election needed to be included in the electoral register by Thursday 13 April. For more details, see: KCC's voting advice.   (April 15, 2017)

 

ROADWORKS

Kent Highways say the following roadworks are scheduled for the Walmer area:

  • Thursday 20 April - Monday 24 April: A258 Dover Road, Ringwould - at the junction with Queens Rise. Traffic control signals will be in place and some delays are possible.
  • Wednesday 19 April - Friday 21 April: Roselands, Walmer. Works by British Telecom - with delays to traffic unlikely.
  • Wednesday 19 April - Friday 21 April: Channel Lea, Walmer. Roadworks with Stop/Go boards traffic control - making some delays possible.

For more information call: KCC Highway Contact Centre on 03000 418181.   (April 14, 2017)

 

CONSULTATION ON NEW HOUSING PROPOSALS

Gladman Developments is proposing a residential development of approximately 235 new homes, plus public open space with recreational facilities on land off Cross Road, Deal. The company has opened a public consultation on its initial ideas for the scheme. For more details and how to submit comments, see: www.your-views.co.uk/deal.

 

ALL CHANGE FOR £1 COINS AND BANKNOTES

A new 12-sided £1 coin is being rolled out in March and the current round version will stop being legal tender on Sunday 15 October. The public is being advised to gather up any of the old coins - possibly saved in jars and piggy banks - and use or change them at a bank before the deadline. Although some vending and slot machines may require modification, the main supermarket chains have all said that shoppers won't have problems using the new coins in their trolleys.

The new polymer £5 note, issued last September, replaces the old paper fiver which will no longer be legal tender after Friday 5 May. Again the advice is to use or exchange them. The Bank of England says that a new polymer £10 note will be issued in September 2017 and a new £20 note by 2020.    (February 25, 2017)

 

GROW HOPS FOR A TASTY LOCAL BREW

Deal and Walmer residents are being invited to sign up for a "grow your own beer" project. It's the idea of local "green" group Deal With It who are launching a community hop growing project under the banner of Deal Hop Farm. Organiser Steve Wakeford explained: “We hope to create a patchwork hop farm made up of private gardens, allotments and community gardens and spaces in the town. There are several similar successful schemes around the country. So far we have about 20 people interested including English Heritage’s Walmer Castle."

Ripple Steam Brewery is supporting the project to help produce a local Deal Beer when the first viable crop of hops becomes available. Steve Wakeford says hops can be easily grown and advice will be available if needed. The hops have to be planted by early March, so participants will need to order one of the £20 hop plant (rhizome) and starter kits by 23 February. The first harvest will be on a single day in September.

For people who want to know more there will be information at the Landmark Garden in Deal High Street on Saturdays 4 and 11 February; or at a launch meeting on Thursday 9 February at 6pm in The Lighthouse pub. The Strand, Walmer. Membership forms and leaflets are also available at The Lighthouse, The Green Berry, The Just Reproach, The Freed Man, The Landmark Centre, The Astor, Golf Road Centre, Das Bar, Deal Town Hall and online at www.dealwithit.org.uk; or call 01304 372673.    (January 31, 2017)

 

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This page was updated on April 25, 2017