Thursday, October 20, 2016

Victoria's Green Matters Thursday 20th October 2016

Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury:
The deep ocean represents 95% of the living space on the planet and yet we know very little about it and what life forms exist within it. However, it plays a key role in supporting life on earth e.g. in regulating the air we breathe but it is being subjected to rising temperatures, ocean acidification and human waste.

A new research mission is taking place, beginning off the coast of Bermuda, where a variety of new species have already been found. A daily occurrence, only recently witnessed by human eyes, is the largest migration on Earth when billions of marine creatures rise to the surface from as far as 2 kilometres deep to the upper layers of the ocean at night in search of food, only to return to the deep when the sun rises.

The state of the deep sea has been sidelined by the concern generated by the coral bleaching that has nearly destroyed the corals of the Great Barrier Reef. Coral bleaching is not a problem for the deeper corals, away from the surface, but the excess heat being absorbed by the oceans, along with the increased acidity from the extra carbon dioxide, is altering the deep sea.

Little is known about how coral is replenished but theories suggest that deep sea corals help regenerate the shallow water corals that are bleached and die. If this is so, any change in the deep oceans will have a profound effect on the ecosystem services the oceans provide.

Victoria Nicholls. Transition Deal.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Feedback - Gleaning in our area this week

We’ve now got THREE gleaning days coming up for you in Kent - we just discovered TONNES of apples, pears and potatoes going to waste on 3 farms near Canterbury and Sandwich!
We’re going on a trio of epic missions to save as many as possible of those tasty fruits & veggies from going to waste for charity, and we NEED YOUR HELP.

We’re going gleaning on Thurs 20th and Sunday 23rd near Canterbury and on Weds 26th October near Sandwich. Sunday 23rd in particular will be a huge glean - there are 30 TONNES of apples available - so we're opening Sunday's glean to Londoners too!

Each day will run from 10am-4pm (TBC). We’re inviting volunteers to the farms to help save all those tasty apples, pears and potatoes for the fantastic charities FareShare, FoodCycle and Community Food Enterprises. Witness the colossal waste first-hand, and have a great social day out for a fantastic cause!
To join one (or all!) of the great apple, pear and potato gleans, sign up here:
You will then be sent more info on the gleaning day, closer to the time. We cover travel expenses from Kent and nearby – just check with us first.
For more info, please contact

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Victoria's Green Matters - Thursday 13th October 2016

Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury:
What a disaster! The decision by the communities’ secretary, Sajid Javid, to overturn Lancashire County Council’s rejection of fracking in our green and pleasant land has surely opened the flood gates for shale gas to be produced in this country.

‘Preston New Road Action Group’ had campaigned vigorously against fracking in this area of Lancashire close to the Fylde coast and within sight of Blackpool Tower. They had convinced Lancashire County Council to turn down the application by fracking company Cuadrilla but the company lodged an appeal and it was upheld. The action group are devastated and commented that it feels that the government neither listens nor can be trusted to do the right thing for local communities.
This decision comes a day after the Paris agreement passed the threshold for ratification. The agreement, signed by the UK, requires countries to phase out fossil fuels completely later this century. The government’s own statutory climate advisers had concluded in a report in July that fracking would break the UK’s carbon targets but this was not considered for Cuadrilla’s appeal. Amazingly, it was thought that shale gas and its relation to the Paris agreement was for future national policy – how can it possibly not matter now?

It is worth noting that fracking, which is climate polluting, gets government backing while overlooking local decisions and with incentives to local people while on shore wind, proven to be low cost and low carbon gets nothing.

Be assured, shale gas will not lower fuel bills.
Victoria Nicholls. Transition Deal.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Victoria's Green Matters - Thursday 6th Oct 2016

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

It is a very disturbing fact that we humans have managed to destroy one tenth of the planet’s remaining wilderness areas during the last 25 years and there may be none left at all by the end of the century if we carry on in the same way.

Nearly one third of the loss of wilderness was in the Amazon where large areas of pristine rainforest are still being destroyed despite the Brazilian government’s action on slowing deforestation rates in recent years. Another 14% of wilderness has disappeared in central Africa, where thousands of species, including forest elephants and chimpanzees live. If the world were to lose its last untouched refuges, this would be catastrophic for not only endangered species but also from a climate change aspect, as these forests store vast amounts of carbon.

There are good reasons why we need to protect these wilderness areas; they are a reference point for pre-human activity even though the poorest of the poor are living there; the biodiversity must be preserved and we need the forests to absorb the large amounts of carbon we produce. If we lose more forests in these areas, world leaders will have an even harder job to try to control our carbon emissions and fulfil their pledges to tackle climate change at COP21 in Paris last year.

While there are strongholds of wilderness in Canada, Australia, Asia and parts of central Africa, they are the jewels in the crown and must be protected at all costs.

Victoria Nicholls. Transition Deal.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Deal With It - Autumn Events 2016

Weds 5th October: Deal Station Meadow - Tidy up 10-Noon
NB this will only go ahead if not raining

Sunday 16th October: DWI Organising Group 11am
Meet at Landmark Garden/Bar - open meeting all welcome

Thursday 13th October: DDC/KCC Neighbourhood Forum on Environment
Astor Theatre 6-9pm - We will be having a stall there so would appreciate some help
please email if you can help

Sunday 23rd October: Walmer Beach Clean 10am
Meet at Sea Café on Walmer Green for a pop-up Beach Clean
You can help us by displaying the enclosed window poster ...

Friday 28th October: Transition Supper 6:30-9:30pm
St Andrews Church Hall West St Deal

An evening of music, ideas and community meal

We are very fortunate to have Naresh Giangrande a founder member of Totnes Transition and a Director of the Transition Network with us.
Naresh will do a brief talk on the Transition movement so we can get a conversation going on how to transform Deal and Dover
Food: we will be providing seasonal soup, bread, salad and some rice & pasta.
So please bring a main and sweet to share (please label veggie/vegan/etc + if contains nuts/wheat).
Drink: we will provide a welcome soft drink and teas & coffee - please bring anything else you want
Plates etc are all at the venue

Socialise with inspiring ideas....

MC: Adrian O
Music from the Sunshine Ukes and special guests
The event is Free but we are asking for people contribute what they can on the door to cover costs....

As numbers at going to be limited on this please RSVP as soon as possible to either emailing us at or book at our Eventbrite Site here

Saturday 5th November: Seedy Saturday 10:30-1pm at the Landmark Garden
Last chance to get the fruit press out for 2016 - please bring your autumn apples & fruits.

Thursday 10th November: Deal With It evening meeting 7pm
Dealability, Victoria Rd Deal.

Weds - 21st December: Welcome the Winter Solstice at our Dealwali celebration in the Landmark Garden
Music, Food and good company - Please bring candles and jars

Walmer Beach Clean - Sunday 23rd October 10am

Our next pop-up beach clean will be on Walmer Beach on Sunday 23rd October meeting at 10am at the Sea Cafe on Walmer Green.

Pickers, Bags and Gloves all provided - pick will last about 1-1.5hrs

All welcome

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Rippledown Oct Kids Holiday Club

Rippledown Kids Holiday Club
 We are now taking bookings for October Half Term Holiday Club. We have created a new timetable of activities. All activities will run from The Pines Garden see the holiday club page for details.
Full week @ £100 per child, per week
Extra siblings go for just £80 each
Single days are £25 per day per child

Dates & Times

Mon 24 October - Fri 28 October
9:00AM - 4:00PM

Single Days  - Call 01304 851 737

Monday to Thursday 9.00 till 14.30

Pick up & Drop off

Read more about Holiday Club here

Kids from 7-11 can join us
Pick up and drop off at

The Pines Garden
Beach Road
St Margaret's Bay
CT15 6DZ

View the map 

We look forward to seeing you!

Very Best

The Rippledown Team