Five years of believing in Dover
Dover Big Local came about because the town was recognised as one of 150 places in the UK that had been lees successful at being awarded National Lottery Funding. Since that time, the money entrusted to Dover’s people has been used to support learning, employment skills, business training, arts events and young people’s theatre groups, social inclusion projects and much more. Our Co-Innovation project, in partnership with DDC has seen the former Co-Op supermarket turned into a thriving shopping experience that is developing fledgling businesses. Destination Dover is actively promoting Dover as a tourist attraction to cruise and holiday companies and Art 31 has established itself as a group of creative people who show and sell work and organise events together.
Help us make a difference – have your say
Dover Big Local is a membership group of “Partners” and anyone living or working in the town, as well as organisations can become a partner. We would love you to do just that and help us decide where we aim our focus for the next five years as we develop future DBL plans required by the Lottery funders to make sure we use Dover’s funds wisely. Our executive committee is elected from DBL’s Partners at our Annual General Meeting, and these committee members then undertake to assess the grant applications for project funding for both large grants of up to £500 and major grants for larger amounts, as well as guideing the overall project work of Dover Big Local.
Volunteers are Vital
If you have a few hours a week or a few hours a day to spare we would love to have you as a volunteer! Our community hub at the Charlton Centre in Dover hosts social and learning sessions most days of the week. People who are willing to help out with tasks from reception to helping with events, admin work or leading activities make a huge difference to what we can offer the town. Maybe you have a skill you would love to share or would like to lead a special interest group – we would love to have your input.
Dover Christmas Lights Switch On Event
On Saturday 1st December 2018 it was the Dover Christmas light switch on event and festive fun was had by all! There was entertainment throughout the town with street performers and market stalls. The market square itself was packed with children’s rides and traditional fairground stalls. There was also live entertainment on the stage with performances from Dover Youth Theatre, Robbie White, St Edmunds School Choir and more. A Chinese Lion and Dragon Dancing entertained the crowds before Councillor Susan Jones, the Dover Town Mayor switched on the Christmas lights along with Kung Foo Panda!
Whilst all of that was going on, we were hosting our own special festive workshop inside the Dover Discovery Centre. There was wooden decoration making, face painting, personalised stocking embroidery, the DBL stitching group, a magician and more! Plus Olaf and our very own fairy were walking/flying about.
Mark.C – Marketing & Publicity Volunteer
Spooky goings on at the Dover Big Local Hub!
During the October Half Term, Dover Big Local organised activities for children that were not only creative but fun and a little bit scary.
On Monday Children made pom-poms, on Tuesday there was loads of fun to be had with scary mask making and bunting creating. Wednesday was the costume making and face painting day which lead to some very interesting make-up ideas. On Thursday there was a Town Treat Hunt where Children had to find certain items throughout the town hidden within twenty local businesses and there was a craft table in the DBL Hub.
Friday was the big day with pumpkin carving in the afternoon with over 80 children carving out funny faces and scary designs. Then the week of fun culminated in the Halloween disco, which proved a huge success with 74 children partying away and their parents enjoying hot drinks & pumpkin soup. The evening ended with a pumpkin parade with children and parents parading their carved pumpkins down to the Market Square.
The week was a massive success with an average of 45 children each day enjoying the free activities during the daytimes and we hope to hold more free fun activities during the Festive holidays as well.
Mark.C – Marketing & Publicity Volunteer
🎃 There have been so many smiles this Halloween half term week, are you in our gallery?