JOB OPPORTUNITY

The Dreamland Trust is seeking to appoint a Development Manager. For a full job description and how to apply please visit http://jobs.thirdsector.co.uk/job/371510/development-manager/.

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NOVEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER

Dreamland Archive: Dreamland Amusement Park, November 2014.

Dreamland Archive: Dreamland Amusement Park, November 2014.

The Dreamland Trust is delighted that heads of terms have been agreed with local company, Sands Heritage Ltd, which will become Dreamland’s new operator if discussions are successfully concluded. This is a significant milestone in what has been a very long journey, and we are very much looking forward to working with the Sands Heritage team to deliver an outstanding visitor attraction.

Things have been happening very quickly over the past few weeks, with visible work starting on the Scenic Railway, the publication of our drawings showing what the park will look like, and the launch of our new branding, all of which can be seen on the brand new Dreamland website at www.dreamland.co.uk.

There is a real sense at The Dreamland Trust that things are falling into place ready for the reopening of the site next year, thanks to the hard working teams at The Dreamland Trust and Thanet District Council.

The Council is now pressing ahead with the other contracts to rebuild the park, including ride restorations and infrastructure refurbishment, which will see the park cleaned up with new landscaping and a complete revamp of the entrance tunnel, with the park being handed over to the operator next year.

Meanwhile, you can find out about the future of Dreamland at the Dreamland Expo, located in the former amusement arcade at the front of the Dreamland Cinema building, which remains open at weekends, so do drop in and meet the Dreamland Trust team.

Nick Laister, Chairman of The Dreamland Trust. 

MYSTERY ARTIST DISCOVERED!

Dreamland wall painting: Dreamland Archive

Dreamland wall painting: Dreamland Archive

In last month’s newsletter we asked if anyone knew who the mystery artist was who painted the fabulous Jolly Dog painting in the basement of Dreamland’s Grade II*-listed cinema complex, underneath the Visitor & Learning Arcade and Dreamland Expo. Thanks all those who contacted us, we discovered that the artist was, in fact, 97 year-old Vic McCoy.

Mr McCoy was engaged as a freelance artist by Dreamland owner, John Henry Iles, in 1937 to design and produce signage, promotion materials, park installations and set dressing until his retirement in 1967.  We have since visited Vic, at his home, where he shared his story and showed us some of his fabulous artworks, which we have safely documented in the Dreamland Archive.

The image above is part of a decorative scheme featured in the Jolly Dog Bar during the 1950s. The images were painted directly onto the walls and show fine detailing in the dog hair, facial expressions and shadowing creating a dynamic scene and interaction between the humanised dog characters.

Although a freelance artist, Mr McCoy was given a workshop space on the Dreamland site.  One of his early commissions for Dreamland was the 75t long ‘Dreamland Welcomes You’ sign which survives today on the West elevation of the Cinema Complex, overlooking the Arlington site.

The sign was originally produced on paper and pasted onto the building in 1939. Over the summer season the sun bleached the lettering onto the brick work leaving an impression of the sign. John Henry Iles decided to keep the sign and instructed his workman to use this impression as a template to paint the sign directly onto the cinema’s brick work.

The ‘Dreamland Welcomes You’ sign remains in situ today and has, for several decades, been the iconic welcoming beacon at the town’s entry points by road and rail.

NEARLY CHRISTMAS – OH, YES IT IS!

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The Dreamland Trust is delighted to announce Private Widdle Social Club’s Christmas Cracker fund raiser in the Arcade at Dreamland.

Christmas comes to Dreamland on Friday 19 December 2014 in the shape of a great big Cracker – PAUL FOOT!

Taking a mini-break from his UK Tour, the cult TV comic (Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Would I Lie to You, 8 Out of 10 Cats), Paul Foot, will host The Private Widdle Social Club’s Christmas Cracker show at the Arcade, Dreamland.

Paul Foot will be joined by favourites, Duo Bogof, Miss Dolly Doowop, Dickie Beau and Bobby the Organ, while a roasty, toasty musical element will be provided by Kent’s premiere alternative folk outfit, Cocos Lovers – unplugged! So – two exclusives, never to be seen elsewhere for Widdle’s Dreamland Christmas Cracker!

Music, laughter, grand raffle prizes, Santa’s Sack and Dolly’s Dance Club will be playing tunes till late, making this THE Christmas Party of the Season!

Tickets now available at Eventbrite at http://dreamlandchristmascracker.eventbrite.co.uk and from the Dreamland Expo in the Visitor & Learning Arcade, Marine Terrace, Margate open on Saturdays and Sundays between 11am and 5pm.

Seated tickets are £18.00 and Standing tickets are £15.00 – book early to bag the best seats in the house.

Dress code: leave your onesie at home.  Club rules, there are no rules.

DREAMLAND ARCHIVE WEEKEND

The Dreamland Trust invites you to join us in a celebration of Dreamland’s past over a weekend of shared experiences, stories, photographs and memorabilia in partnership with the South East Archive of Seaside photography project with special guest appearance from celebrity TV antiques expert, Mark Stacey.

The Dreamland Trust is responsible for connecting people with Dreamland’s rich heritage which dates back to the Great British railway boom of the early 1860s, through ‘Lord’ George Sanger’s 1870s pleasure gardens and menagerie of exotic beasts from all parts of the universe to the opening of John Henry Iles’ Cony Island inspired Dreamland in 1920.

Over the past five years, The Dreamland Trust has been working with the community to build an historic record and archive of Dreamland’s extraordinary past.

Perhaps you, or your family and friends, visited Dreamland during one of its many hey days; maybe you had your first kiss on the Caterpillar ride – a firm favourite with courting couples! There might even be some family cine film in your attic or photographs under the bed?

Did you work in Dreamland or know someone who did? Whatever your experience, whatever your story, whatever you’ve got – we would love to meet you, see your snaps and share those treasured memories!

There is no need to book to take part. This is a free activity taking place between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 22 November 2014 and Sunday 23 November 2014 at the Dreamland Expo in the Visitor & Learning Arcade, Dreamland Cinema, Marine Terrace, Margate, Kent CT9 1JX.

EDUCATION AND FAMILY FUN

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Bobbie

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Half term was busy in the Visitor & Learning Arcade and we would like to thank all the families who came along to take part in our activities – we visited Garlinge and Piggy Bank nurseries to paint faces and tell spooky stories the week before in preparation.  Here are some photos taken during the week:

George Scott who is 9 and from Westbrook won our Spooky Margate prize draw by completing his ghost trail and has received his prize of a gift card and Dreamland goodies, so many congratulations George!

The Dreamland Trust has been busy with other schools, presenting in assemblies at Cliftonville Primary and running a workshop on the animals that Sanger used to keep at the Hall-by-the-Sea at Ellington and Hereson. We are currently working on an exciting project with both Chatham and Clarendon House and St Nicholas at Wade schools and planning dates and activities with various others, so will keep you posted!

OPENING TIMES

The Dreamland Visitor & Learning Arcade winter opening times are as follows:

FREE ENTRY Saturdays and Sundays 11am until 5pm

Open weekdays by appointment and available for pre-booked school visits, community activities, workshops, projects, research, film screenings, presentations and celebrations.

If you or your group would like to book the Arcade for an event or activity, please email us at arcade@dreamlandmargate.co.uk for more information and to check availability.

Do keep checking our website and fb for up-dates on our winter programme in the Arcade.

THANK YOU! 

Once again, a heartfelt thank you to all our dedicated volunteers and supporters – particularly for helping during half-term family fun week and for supporting the Cabaret of Horrors.

SUPPORT US 

If you would like to make a contribution toward helping The Dreamland Trust to continue delivering our objectives and serve our community, please contact arcade@dreamlandmargate.co.uk. 

The Dreamland Trust is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee (06936961) working in partnership with Thanet District Council and awaiting charity status.

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DREAMLAND ARCHIVE DAY

The Dreamland Trust invites you to join us in a celebration of Dreamland’s past over a weekend of shared experiences, stories, photographs and memorabilia in partnership with the South East Archive of Seaside photography project with special guest appearance from celebrity TV antiques expert, Mark Stacey.

Dreamland in the seaside town of Margate on the South East Kent coast is the oldest surviving amusement park in the UK and home to the iconic Grade II*-listed Scenic Railway, currently undergoing restoration to its former working glory.

The Dreamland Trust is responsible for engaging people with Dreamland’s rich heritage dating back to the Great British railway boom of the early 1860s, through ‘Lord’ George Sanger’s 1870s pleasure gardens and menagerie of exotic beasts from all parts of the universe to the opening of John Henry Iles’ Cony Island inspired Dreamland in 1920.

Over the past five years, The Dreamland Trust has been working with the community to build an historic record and archive of Dreamland’s extraordinary past.

Perhaps you, or your family and friends, visited Dreamland during one of its many hey days; maybe you had your first kiss on the Caterpillar ride – a firm favourite with courting couples! There might even be some family cine film in your attic or photographs under the bed?

Did you work in Dreamland or know someone who did? Whatever your experience, whatever your story, whatever you got – we would love to meet you, see your snaps and share those treasured memories!

There is no need to book to take part. This is a free activity taking place between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 22 November 2014 and Sunday 23 November 2014 at the Dreamland Expo in the Visitor & Learning Arcade, Dreamland Cinema, Marine Terrace, Margate, Kent CT9 1JX.

 
Following the success of last year’s campaign, Explore Your Archive is back for 2014.
Explore Your Archive week 2014 www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
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DREAMLAND’S CHRISTMAS CRACKER!

The Dreamland Trust is delighted to announce Private Widdle Social Club’s Christmas Cracker fund raiser in the Arcade at Dreamland.

Christmas comes to Dreamland on Friday 19 December 2014 in the shape of a great big Cracker – PAUL FOOT!

Taking a mini-break from his UK Tour, the cult TV comic (Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Would I Lie to You, 8 Out of 10 Cats), Paul Foot, will host The Private Widdle Social Club’s Christmas Cracker show at The Arcade, Dreamland.

Paul Foot will be joined by favourites, Duo Bogof, Miss Dolly Doowop, Dickie Beau and Bobby the Organ, while a roasty, toasty musical element will be provided by Kent’s premiere alternative folk outfit, Cocos Lovers – unplugged!

So – two exclusives, never to be seen elsewhere for Widdle’s Dreamland Christmas Cracker!

Snowballs on arrival, a Christmas buffet, grand raffle prizes and Dolly’s Dance Club will be playing tunes till the small hours, making this THE Christmas Party of the Season!

Tickets available on Eventbrite from Friday 14 November 2014.

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THANK YOU!

What a fabulous half-term and cabaret we’ve had – all possible with the support of our wonderful team of volunteers!  Thank you all for helping The Dreamland Trust deliver our free family fun activities and the Cabaret of Horrors fund raiser.  We can’t do it without you :)

The Dreamland Trust volunteers by Dan Faulkner.

The Dreamland Trust volunteers by Dan Faulkner.

 

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OCTOBER 2014 NEWSLETTER

NEW TIMBERS FOR THE SCENIC RAILWAY!Timbers arriving at Dreamland: Dreamland Archive

Timbers arriving at Dreamland: Dreamland Archive

Such a buzz in the Dreamland Visitor and Learning Arcade this week when the new timbers for the Scenic Railway arrived in Margate.

Since our September newsletter, Dreamland’s 1920 Grade II*-listed Scenic Railway has been a hive of activity with design and build specialists, Topbond, removing the buildings and structures in, and around, the UK’s iconic historic thrill ride. Sections of the old timber have been removed (much of which is in a rotten state, and some we hope to salvage). The new wood has now been delivered to the Dreamland site.

The Dreamland Trust is working with Howard Griffin from the Kent School of Architecture to create a time lapse video of Dreamland’s evolution. Howard is uploading footage onto our YouTube channel each month. The first episode, shot two weeks ago, is now available to view, the second episode will be posted shortly – please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBUS6_s5dNw to watch this amazing transformation!

You can also follow The Dreamland Trust and Dreamland’s progress on facebook and twitter.

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT!

Dreamland Stowaway: Dreamland Archive

Dreamland Stowaway: Dreamland Archive

As you might expect Dreamland has its fair share of ghost stories from sightings of ‘Lord’ George Sanger in the original Hall by the sea ballroom to paranormal activity in the river caves.

In the 1990s work had to be halted on the installation of a new dark ride at Dreamland, in the basement of the Grade II*-listed cinema complex. Workmen reported strange and ghostly goings on in a new version of the former Dreamland favourite, The River Caves, latterly known as the Stowaway, underneath the current Dreamland Expo in the Visitor & Learning Arcade.

Ghost Hunter, Andrew Green (1927-2004), known in the media a ‘The Spectre Inspector’ was brought in to investigate having previously hunted ghosts at the Royal Albert Hall and Battersea Park. Then followed an investigation by TV presenter of Haunted Homes and clairvoyant to the stars, Mia Dolan.

It transpired that the disturbance was being caused by the spirit of a murdered young woman who had been wrongly accused of immoral practices and was making contact with the living from beyond the grave to clear her name.

And if you watch the Dreaming of Dreamland documentary you will hear more about the spooky Stowaway ride – mwahahaha! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9KMMH6QXP0.

Schools and community

Hartsdown Pupils: Dreamland Archive

Hartsdown Pupils: Dreamland Archive

We appreciate old fashioned things like letters here at Dreamland and so when we received one from Jude McCreath in Hitchin we got very excited. He is 11 years old and has been visiting Margate every year since 2008 for his summer holidays. He wants to be an architect when he’s older and likes restoration and designing buildings. He is building a town near the sea on Minecraft that he’s trying to make look like Margate – the Turner Contemporary has already been built and he is soon tackling Dreamland.

In his words, ‘I thought that when I was older I’d bring it back to life. It seems that you’re doing it for me though! Dreamland will be amazing when it opens. To think it could have been a housing estate!’

Thanks for your support Jude and we hope to see you here soon!

The beginning of this academic term has seen us establish partnerships with local schools in the area, holding a successful teacher’s information event in the Visitor & Learning Arcade and we are now pleased to be working with 2 nurseries, 5 primary schools, 4 secondary schools and 2 other educational establishments in the lead up to Dreamland’s 2015 phase one opening.

Hartsdown Academy students in Margate have been presented with a brief to design a Dreamland postcard and another to design and build a bandstand mentored by Dreamland designers Wayne Hemingway MBE and Jack Hemingway.

In Ramsgate, Ellington and Hereson School’s Year 10 photography GCSE students met with the learning team to talk about Dreamland and Margate’s revival in advance of a trip to the Visitor & Learning arcade and Dreamland Expo after half term.

We also are proud to announce that we are now an Arts Award centre, meaning that we can offer a range of unique qualifications that support anyone up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders. Through Arts Award young people gain a nationally recognised qualification enabling them to progress into further education and employment. Arts Award has five levels, four of which (Explore, Bronze, Silver, Gold) are accredited qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Arts Award Discover is an introductory level.

If you’d like to book a school trip to or hold a community activity in the Dreamland Visitor & Learning Arcade, please email Donna@dreamlandmargate.co.uk.

Who is the artist?

Dreamland wall painting: Dreamland Archive

Dreamland wall painting: Dreamland Archive

 So, two fabulous wall paintings survive at Dreamland – does anyone know who the artist is?  We’d love to meet them!  If you have any info, please email archive@dreamlandmargate.co.uk.

WHATS ON AT DREAMLAND 

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Halloween@theArcade

Four days of free family fun activities in the Arcade from Monday 27 October to Thursday 30 October from 12pm to 2pm. Scary stories, face painting, mask making and apple bobbing. Get a map and follow our ghost trail around Margate to claim your free spooky prize!  Free event, no need to book, just drop in!

Late@theArcade

Following the sell-out success of the launch event in July, The Private Widdle Social Club returns to Dreamland’s late@theArcade slot to entertain, thrill, chill and make you blush!

Freaks, creeps and creatures of the night are all welcome to join The Private Widdle Social Club for a Cabaret of Horrors late@theArcade Dreamland, Margate on Hallow’s Eve, Friday 31 October 2014 from 7pm through to the witching hour.

The Cabaret of Horrors is hosted by Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist, and winner of the Best Drag Act at the London Cabaret Awards 2014, La Voix, who is on a one woman mission to bring back glamour, class and sophistication back to Margate.

In the traditional cabaret style, this soiree includes the fabulous Miss Blackendecker on the Musical Saw; hybrid impersonator, Frank Sanazi; Fire Eating Miss Jones; taxidermy puppeteering, gothic poetry, music, hilarity and dancing with a twist of the macabre and bizarre.

Jugs of Bloody Mary and the Nutty Professor’s test tubes will steel your nerves whilst the Burger Bros meal in a basket will fortify the feint-hearted. The celebrated Social Club’s Amy Winehouse raffle promises to yield devilish tricks and delightful treats.

Due to demand, we have increased the VIP offer to include the Fairground Round Stall VIP enclosure as well as the ever popular VIP Whip Cars with Personal Service. Allocated tables and standing tickets also available.

For event, venue and ticket details please visit   http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/latethearcade-cabaret-of-horrors-tickets-13027302011?aff=es2&rank=1. Adult entertainment. Booking is absolute essential. Club rules: there are no rules. 

AND FINALLY…

An enormous THANK YOU to our tireless volunteers and generous supporters in particular this months special thanks goes to Peter King for assisting with refreshing the Dreamland Expo!  

SUPPORT

To make a contribution toward helping The Dreamland Trust to continue to delivering their objectives and serving the community, please contact office@dreamlandmargate.co.uk.

 

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BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES – DREAMLAND’S SCENIC RAILWAY RESTORATION WORKS NOW IN PROGRESS!

Here is a link to our time lapse video showing the restoration of Margate’s iconic Grade II*-listed Scenic Railway https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBUS6_s5dNw.

The machine house, locker room and Continental Café now removed to make way for restoring the ride’s timber structure.

Watch this space as work progresses over the next few months.

Dreamland's Grade II*-listed Scenic Railway restoration September 2014

Dreamland’s Grade II*-listed Scenic Railway restoration September 2014

 

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