We now have a way ahead for the Timeball mast repair. Scaffolding has just been erected at the front of the Timeball Tower up to the top platform. The operating mechanism and ball is scheduled to be removed in the next few days.
It is planned to crane out the mast on Wednesday 16th December, after which it can be examined more closely to assess whether a repair or replacement is the correct choice. We anticipate that the mast and ball assembly will be replaced in Spring 2021.
Regretfully we have to confirm that 2020’s New Year’s Eve ball drop will not take place.
The Timeball Tower repaint plan is being prepared and should take place next Spring. Our landlords, Dover District Council (DDC), are on the case for both the mast repair and the repaint.
Saturday 26th September saw the launch at the Tower of a new book: "FROM THE RINK TO THE REGENT", about the formerly magnificent Victorian building next door to the Tower. The authors have kindly offered 50% of the profits from their book to Deal Museum Trust to help with costs of upkeep; copies are available from the Tower.
The mast replacement will be a significant cost which we will share with DDC. As yet we do not know how much it will cost but we believe it will be considerably in excess of £10,000.
Should you wish to make a donation please send it by post to The Treasurer, Deal Museum Trust, Timeball Tower, Victoria Parade DEAL CT14 7BP. Cheques should be payable to Deal Museum Trust. If you are a UK tax payer, it would be very helpful if you would sign our form for Gift Aid - which enhances your donation by 25% - and include it with your donation cheque. The Gift Aid form can be accessed here. Should you have difficulty downloading the form please use the Contact Us link to ask for a form and we will e-mail one to you.