Our objects are to create the sense of community that one would hope to find in a good village, to increase awareness of local history and the character that make Dulwich special, to foster an appreciation of open spaces and trees, to introduce the people who live and work here to each other, and to help them to enjoy the atmosphere and life of Dulwich.
The extent of our membership confirms our concern for the whole area, not just Dulwich Village. Conservation areas cover most of the Dulwich Estate, which was founded by Edward Alleyn in the early seventeenth century. The environmental protection these areas afford is welcome but does not on its own go far enough.
Dulwich Woods was where both John Ruskin and Robert Browning learnt much of the love for nature. Visitors who look at the sweep of these woods, along the crest of Sydenham Hill, find it hard to believe they are within five miles of Charing Cross. Dulwich is fortunate to possess an important art collection in a Picture Gallery in a delightful setting. We are glad to share a realization that Dulwich is an oasis so near central London, where wildlife, birds, and plants flourish in relative peace and add to the quality of our own survival. Dulwich is a recognisable place with its own history and character. The Dulwich Society welcomes everyone who appreciates this. We don't oppose change, but try with some success to defend Dulwich against the pressures of inappropriate development, increasing traffic and urban erosion.
A commitment you give to The Dulwich Society will help to shape the future of our community. Join us to make sure that we do just that.
Dulwich Society - Constitution And Accounts
The Dulwich Society Constitution (The Rules of the Dulwich Society) was adopted 12th March 1964. The most recent version of the constitution was last amended on 25th April 2016 (PDF)
The Society Annual Report and Accounts can be found on these Charity Commission pages:
apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/.. and beta.charitycommission.gov.uk/..
and the 2015 accounts are available as a PDF Download.
The Dulwich Society - Conflict of Interest Policy
All executive committee members, volunteers and organisation members of The Dulwich Society will strive to avoid any conflict of interest between the interests of the Dulwich Society on the one hand, and personal, professional, and business interests on the other. This includes avoiding actual conflicts of interest as well as the perception of conflicts of interest.
The purposes of this policy is to protect the integrity of the Dulwich Society's decision-making process, to enable our stakeholders to have confidence in our integrity, and to protect the integrity and reputation of executive committee members, Society volunteers and members.
Examples of conflicts of interest include:
- An executive committee member who has an interest in a solar panels business and who is involved in recommendations for new solar panel policies in Dulwich.
- An executive committee member whose own household planning application (or that of a spouse, partner, family member or close relative) will be subject to a recommendation by the Society in the course of its normal activities.
- An executive committee member who is also on the committee of another organisation whose interests conflict or could conflict with the Society’s.
- An executive committee member who has shares or an interest in a business that may be awarded a contract to do work or provide services for the organisation.
Upon appointment each committee member will make a full, written disclosure of interests, such as relationships (including those of spouses, partners, close family and relatives), and posts held, that could potentially result in a conflict of interest. This written disclosure will be kept on file and will be updated as appropriate, and at least annually (before the AGM).
In the course of meetings or activities, committee members will disclose any interests in a transaction or decision where there may be a conflict between the Society’s best interests and the committee members’ best interests or a conflict between the best interests of two organisations that the committee members are involved with.
After disclosure, the committee member may be asked to leave the room for the discussion and may not be able to take part in the decision depending on the judgement of the other committee members present at the time.
Any such disclosure and the subsequent actions taken will be recorded in the minutes.
This policy is meant to supplement good judgment, and executive management committee members, volunteers and members should respect its spirit as well as its wording.