News Archive: October 2009

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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
The nine 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 Company.

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.

Publications update

The new issue of 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 Dreamland news.

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 shortly.

The book is also available online for immediate dispatch from Joyland Books by clicking here.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Dreamland Remembered: 90th Anniversary Edition
October 24th sees the release of an updated and expanded version of the definitive book on the history of Dreamland: Dreamland Remembered 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 Amazon.

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 dodgem cars.

Dreamland Remembered:
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 park."

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 of Commerce.
  • 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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