News: November/December 2008

In  January 2003 the owner of Dreamland, Jimmy Godden, announced the closure of Dreamland. The park is to be redeveloped as "leisure boxes, some retail and a supermarket". Joyland Books will provide updates on the campaign to save Dreamland and its internationally-important Scenic Railway ride.

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Sunday, 21 December 2008

Calendars - Christmas Update

Our calendar Elf is having a little holiday so none will be despatched between now and the New Year. Mailings will resume promptly in 2009. Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Where is our News?: Update

It's back! Many of you will have noticed that the News page has not been updated very regularly over the past couple of months. This is due to the webmaster moving house. With the move now complete, we have updated the News page with all the missing items from 26 September onwards. So go and get yourself a cup of tea and a piece of cake, then scroll down this page where you will find all the news has been inserted in date order exactly where it should have been.

And check back regularly now as the news service is back to normal.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Limited Edition Calendars Selling Well

Your Christmas present problems solved – if you act fast!

Our limited edition 2009 wall calendar is selling well, but with last posting dates fast approaching you’ll need to move quickly to get yours in time for Christmas. 

Nick Laister commented: “We’re indebted to Nick Evans for suggesting this idea and for freely lending his Dreamland images. And we’d obviously like to thank everyone at Thanet Press, particularly Craig Durrant, for their generosity. They’ve produced an item of excellent quality.”

The calendar features seven months dedicated to Dreamland, with the remaining months shared between the Shell Grotto, Dreamland Cinema and the Lido. The calendar costs £6.50 and all proceeds are shared between the Save Dreamland Campaign and the Friends of the Shell Grotto.

Calendars are on sale at the Grotto, which is open weekends only between 11am and 4pm until Christmas. Alternatively, drop into Lovelys art shop, Northdown Road, Cliftonville, open 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday.

For mail orders postage and packing costs £2.50 to the UK. If you’d like to order a calendar, you can do so by sending a cheque made payable to the Friends of the Shell Grotto to Calendar Offer, Shell Grotto, Grotto Hill, Margate CT9 2BU.

Or you can now pay via Paypal at the FOSG site here.

If you would like to order more than one calendar, or need your calendar sent overseas please email for availability and postage costs.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Dreamland Heritage Amusement Park Meeting

Campaign Leader Nick Laister met with the Margate Renewal Partnership, Thanet District Council, Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company, Prince's Regeneration Trust and English Heritage in London today to discuss the Sea Change bid for grant funding for the development of the proposed Heritage Amusement Park. The 'Dreamland Client Group', which includes representatives of the Save Dreamland Campaign/The Dreamland Trust, were selecting consultants to undertake a business plan for the development, which includes the restoration of the Cinema. More feasibility work will be carried out between now and April 2009, prior to a further grant application. The Dreamland Client Group successfully won a £30,000 grant from the Government's Sea Change fund to undertake this feasibility work.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Limited edition Dreamland calendar available now

A limited edition 2009 calendar has just gone on sale to raise funds for the Save Dreamland Campaign and the Friends of Margate Shell Grotto. Printed by Margate printer Thanet Press, the calendar features views of Dreamland amusement park and cinema as well as the grotto in years gone by.

Priced at £6.50 each, plus £2.50 post and packing, the idea started off with a request from Thanet Press to journalist Nick Evans, who has a large collection of Dreamland memorabilia, to borrow photos for its customer calendar.

"I was happy to lend the pictures but wanted some benefit to come from the project and Thanet Press readily agreed to print 200 extra copies to help raise money for both of these worthy causes. They have done a first class job and I'm sure the calendar will quickly become a collector's item," said Nick.

At the moment, the Friends of the Shell Grotto are trying to raise £9,000 which will unlock a grant of £75,000 from English Heritage to restore the Grade One listed attraction. The Save Dreamland Campaign needs cash to pay off expenses related to purchasing and transporting original amusements to Margate for a proposed heritage theme park on the site.

Calendars can be bought by calling into the grotto when it is open at weekends between 11am and 4pm, or by mail order to Calendar Offer, Margate Shell Grotto, Grotto Hill, Margate CT9 2BU. Cheques should be made out to the Friends of The Shell Grotto. Credit card orders may be made by phoning the grotto on 01843 220008.

Dreamland meeting

Nick Laister and Susan Marsh of The Dreamland Trust today met with representatives of the Prince's Regeneration Trust (PRT) to discuss the feasibility study on the proposed Heritage Amusement Park at Dreamland. The PRT will be undertaking the study on behalf of the Dreamland Client Group, which comprises The Dreamland Trust (which administers the Save Dreamland Campaign), Margate Renewal Partnership (MRP), Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company (MTCRC) and Thanet District Council. This follows confirmation from the Government that the Client Group has won £30,000 funding for the study. Also in attendance were Derek Harding of the MRP, Nick Dermott of Thanet District Council and Toby Hunter and Ross Stewart of MTCRC. the meeting was held at PRT's offices in London.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Toby Hunter, Director of Dreamland owners, the Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company, talked to John Warnett (BBC Radio Kent) about the devastating fire at the Scenic Railway and the progress that is being made with Thanet District Council and Margate Renewal Partnership toward achieving planning on site.

Click here to listen to the introductory piece on Dreamland by presenter Graham Cooke.
Click here to hear Toby Hunter's interview.

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