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Thursday, 29 October 2009
The Prince's Regeneration
Trust issued its October 2009 Newsletter yesterday, featuring the Dreamland
funding news prominently. The newsletter states: "The Prince's Regeneration
Trust helps the Dreamland Project win £384,500 from The Heritage Lottery Fund. A
decision on a further £4m from Sea Change is expected from the Secretary of
State for Heritage very shortly."
View full news item on PRT website...
Sunday, 25 October 2009
First full Dreamland Trust directors meeting
directors of the Dreamland Trust, the not-for-profit company that has
been set up to deliver the Dreamland Margate project, formally met for
the first time on Thursday 15 October. The meeting started with a tour
of the Dreamland Cinema building and amusement park for all the
directors. This was followed by lunch at the Margate Media Centre with a
number of representatives of Thanet District Council in attendance,
including Council Leader Sandy Ezekiel and Chief Executive Richard
Samuel. Following lunch, the formal directors meeting commenced, where a
whole range of issues were discussed, including the current recruitment
process, appointment of consultants, progress with grant applications
and the management of the Trust itself.
The full Board is pictured together
after the meeting to the right - click to enlarge.
Top row l to r: Roger Joyce, Nick
Laister. Bottom row: Richard Gray, Neil Sparkes, Susan Marsh, Sarah
Vickery, Andrew Baker, Andrew Cannon, Mandy Wilkins.
Earlier in the day, Nick Laister, Sarah Vickery and Susan Marsh
represented the Dreamland Trust at a Client Group Meeting dealing with
funding and programming issues. The meeting also included Derek Harding
of Margate Renewal Partnership, Nick Dermott of Thanet District Council
and Peter Beck of site owners the Margate Town Centre Regeneration
The following day, Nick
Laister, Sarah Vickery and Susan Marsh met with Lucy Perry and Stuart
McLeod of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to discuss the next few months of
the project, which will involve a large amount of consultancy work as
detailed plans for Phase One of the Dreamland Margate project will be
drawn up by architects and landscape architects, supported by structural
engineers, mechanical & electrical engineers and quantity surveyors. The
ongoing recruitment process was also discussed. Nick Laister then gave
the HLF a tour of Dreamland.
|The new issue
Thanet Matters, the
quarterly magazine produced by Thanet District Council's Communications
unit, includes an update on Dreamland. Click on the image to the right
to read the item. The specialist theme park magazine
Interpark also features
The new 90th
Anniversary edition of Dreamland Remembered is now in stock at local
booksellers, including the Shell Grotto in Margate, WH Smith branches in Margate and Westwood Cross,
Lovely's gallery in Cliftonville, Michael's Bookshop in Ramsgate, Bee
Antiques in Broadstairs, Harbour Books and East Kent Models in
Whitstable, the Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre, Faversham and Rainham
Bookshop, Rainham. Local branches of Waterstones will also stock them
The book is also available online for
immediate dispatch from Joyland Books by
Monday, 12 October 2009
Dreamland Remembered: 90th
|October 24th sees the
release of an updated and expanded version of the definitive book on the
history of Dreamland:
by Nick Evans.
This edition of the book,
updated to celebrate the amusement parkís 90th anniversary, brings the
history of the park up to date and contains a
nostalgic collection of nearly 250 illustrations from its earliest days
to the latest ideas to create a heritage theme park.
It has substantially more pages and
photographs than the previous editions. In fact, Nick Evans tells us
that of those almost 250
photos, half of them were not included in the previous editions. The
book also includes nearly 30 pages with colour photographs on them.
On sale from 24 October, but available
to pre-order at
Joyland Books and
From the back cover:
"Margateís Dreamland park opened in July
1920 and millions flocked to enjoy its attractions in the decades that
followed. A visit to the Kent coast resort wasnít complete without a
ride on the famed Scenic Railway, the Looping Star, the Big Wheel or the
90th Anniversary Edition
Dreamlandís trendsetting 1930s cinema led the way in design while the
ballroom became famous for dancing and big name music concerts. Its
restaurants fed the hordes descending on Margate for their beanfeast
outings. Later on, it would hold its own as an exciting theme park.
The resortís decline in recent years
has taken its toll, leaving many yearning for a return to simpler times
when candy floss and kiss me quick hats were the order of the day.
This edition of Dreamland
Remembered, updated and expanded to celebrate the parkís 90th
anniversary, contains a nostalgic collection of nearly 250 illustrations
from its earliest days to the latest ideas to create a heritage theme
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
New trustees appointed
|The Dreamland Trust has appointed
three new trustees:
- Mandy Wilkins (right),
co-founder of the iconic 60s shoe company The Chelsea Cobbler and
The Edwardian Company. Mandy is currently historical researcher to
Thanet District Council.
- Andrew Baker, solicitor
with Boys and Maughan solicitors, Thanetís oldest and largest firm
of solicitors. Also a director of the Thanet and East Kent Chamber
- Roger Joyce, architect and
Principal of Folkestone-based Roger Joyce Associates, a leading
local architecture practice.
Biographies of all the trustees are on
The Dreamland Trust page.
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