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Monday, 02 May 2022 07:38

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Updated Opening Times for 2022

 

Easter: Friday 15th, Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th and Monday 18th April; 11:30am to 4:30pm

Spring: Saturdays and Sundays only from 30th April to 29th May inclusive; 11:30am to 4:30pm

Public Holidays: Monday 29th August 11:30am to 4:30pm;

Summer season: From Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 2nd October, Wednesday to Sunday inclusive; 11:30am to 4:30pm.

During this summer period, the Tower will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Sunday, 17 April 2022 11:55

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Due to staff Covid sickness and isolation requirements we are unable to open today 17 April. We apologise for the inconvenience.

We will however open tomorrow Easter Monday 18th April.

Friday, 15 April 2022 13:26

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We are open!

After much hard work by  trustees and volunteers The Timeball Tower is again open.

 

Please do pop by and visit us this Easter weekend!

Opening times this Easter holiday: -

Open between 15th - 18th April

Hours open 11:30 am - 4:30pm

Tuesday, 11 January 2022 21:39

Opening Times for 2022

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Easter: Friday 15th, Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th and Monday 18th April; 11:30am to 4:30pm

 Spring: Saturdays and Sundays only from 30th April to 29th May inclusive; 11:30am to 4:30pm

 Public Holidays: Mondays 2nd and 30th May; 29th August 11:30am to 4:30pm

 Summer season: From Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 2nd October, Wednesday to Sunday inclusive; 11:30am to 4:30pm.

During this summer period, the Tower will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Monday, 20 December 2021 01:44

TIMEBALL TOWER - New Years Eve 2021

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1. The scaffolding around the Timeball Tower is being removed. The Tower is looking really smart after its repaint.

2. The ball will be floodlit from 2300 on New Year’s Eve. There will be a commentated countdown and Timeball drop at midnight. At 2355 the Timeball will rise halfway up the mast. At 2357 it will go to the top of the mast. It will drop at precisely midnight. The timing of the Timeball drop is controlled by the atomic clock at Anthorn Radio Station in Cumbria.

3. Shortly after the midnight drop, it is hoped there will be a firework display from the beach near Deal Pier.

4. Do come and watch the drop and the fireworks but please do maintain social distancing.

Monday, 06 December 2021 20:58

Timeball Tower Restoration - 5th December 2021

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Mast repair and Tower restoration

 1. The Timeball mast has been replaced and the mechanism set to work. The ball drops at 1300 daily. There will be a commentated Timeball drop and countdown on New Year’s Eve.

 2. The exterior of the Timeball Tower has been restored. The roof has been repaired. The windows and doors have been refurbished and replaced, where necessary. The building is now properly watertight. Some of the internal plasterwork has been removed as a damp reduction measure. The scaffolding will be removed before Christmas.

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3. We are not able to open for New Years Day because of continued internal damp reduction measures. We plan to re-open for Easter weekend, 15-18 April 2022.

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 19:55

TIMEBALL UPDATE

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The new mast has been fitted. The Timeball has been restored and the mechanism set to work.

The ball drops at 1300 daily.

Monday, 11 October 2021 18:51

MAST REPAIR UPDATE – 11 October 2021

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Mast repair

The mast was replaced today. Over the next two days the mechanism will be re-assembled. The plan is for the Timeball to be working by Wednesday 13th October.

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We are not able to open for safety reasons whilst the building is clad in scaffolding. It is planned to remove the scaffolding in early December. Therefore we will not be able to open for the October half term, 24th-29th October.

We next plan to open on New Year’s Day 2022 from 1130-1430. We will of course have a commentary and countdown to midnight on New Year’s Eve this year. We will have a more formal re-opening at Easter 2022.

Saturday, 02 October 2021 15:16

A new mast at last!

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A new mast has been fabricated and fitted out. It is ready to fit to the Timeball Tower.

It was planned to fit the new mast on Tuesday 5th October. Due to the weather forecast this option has been cancelled. The crane will be in position from 0800 on Monday 11th October ready for replacing the mast.

Saturday, 14 August 2021 17:06

TIMEBALL UPDATE AUGUST 2021

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Work has started to refurbish the exterior of the Timeball Tower. The rear courtyard has been paved and proper drainage installed. This should alleviate flooding and damp penetration in the rear ground floor.

Scaffolding was erected in the first week of August. This is to facilitate the mast replacement and roof repairs. The newly fabricated mast was sent to Gillett & Johnston in mid-Julyht ago to fit the moving parts which to connect to the raising/lowering mechanism. It is not expected to be ready for a few weeks. We hope that the new mast will be in place by early September. The whole mast replacement costs are in the region of £60K.

Whilst the scaffolding is erected work will be undertaken to re-slate and repair the roof. Essential exterior and some internal damp reduction measures will also be put in place. When further funding is available a comprehensive restoration of the exterior of the tower will be undertaken. The building is 201 years old and is showing its age.

Accordingly, the Timeball will not open this summer season.

However, we do plan that we open for the week of the October school half term (Saturday 23rd October to Sunday 31st October). Our next important event would be to open New Years Eve & Day. The New Year’s eve drop will have commentary to celebrate the 167th anniversary of the first Timeball drop.

Our income has been severely impacted due to the pandemic closure.

The Deal Museum Trust are seeking to raise funds to replace our lost revenue and assist our landlord, Dover District Council, to cover some of the costs of the replacement of the Timeball mast. We are looking to raise £10K. For details of hown to make a donation please see our website - www.dealtimeball.co.uk OR our Facebook page - Deal Timeball Tower.