Save the Date - The Dulwich Society’s 50th Anniversary Party:
The Society will be holding a 50th anniversary party at St Barnabas Parish Hall in the Village on 12th October at 7.30pm. Further information will be provided in the September Journal.
Subscriptions and Postage
We are very keen to maintain the membership subscription at the current level of £10 per annum (it has been at this level for over 10 years) and we are very pleased that we have been able to improve the quality of the Journal without having to seek additional funds. Most Journals are delivered by hand but the cost of those we have to post to members who no longer live in Dulwich, or have moved abroad, is starting to become a problem - we have members in Australia and Africa and that costs us nearly £4 per issue to send. Over the next 9 months we will be approaching members who receive postal copies to seek a contribution towards postage costs.
As reported at the AGM, Wilf Taylor will be standing down as Membership Secretary during the summer. He has been in post for over 20 years and his wife, Robin, held the position before him. He has overseen a seamless move from a paper system to a computer database and has been a welcoming figure to new members. We are very grateful for his long standing contribution. Diana McInnes will be taking over from him.
Margaret McConnell, who has efficiently carried out the role as Advertising Manager of the Journal (and earlier of the Newsletter) has also announced her retirement after a similar period of long service. Margaret has also until recently been in charge of distribution of the Journal. We thank her sincerely for her long standing contribution to the Society.
The Crown and Greyhound
The Dulwich Estate’s planning application to refurbish the Crown and Greyhound in Dulwich Village and turn it into a boutique hotel was approved by Southwark Council on 26th March. The Society welcomes the proposal as it will bring a much needed benefit to Dulwich while retaining the historic character of the pub itself. It is not clear when work will actually start on site as the Estate still has to complete its ongoing negotiations with the current tenant, Mitchell & Butler.
The Half Moon
In April the Dulwich Estate published plans to refurbish the upper floors of this Grade 11* listed pub to provide five new flats and also build a new house on the site of the old garages in the rear garden. A public consultation took place on 12th April. The Society has no particular concerns other than to ensure that the pub’s future as a live music venue is not affected.
The ‘Concrete’ House
The refurbishment work on the well-known ‘concrete’ house on the eastern side of Lordship Lane and Dulwich Common junction has gone well and the work was completed during May. The project, funded by the Heritage of London Trust, started last year after Southwark Council had compulsorily purchased the property from its former owner who had left it derelict. When completed the building will have five social housing flats managed by the Hexagon Housing Association.
Local police safer neighbourhood team
Our local Safer Neighbourhood Teams in East Dulwich and Village Wards moved their home base to Camberwell Police Station during April and, despite a campaign supported by Tessa Jowell, our MP, Val Shawcross, the member of the London Assembly for Lambeth and Southwark, and all local councillors, the closure of East Dulwich Police Station has been confirmed. The College Ward team will retain a part-time local base on the Kingswood Estate and it seems that Gipsy Hill police station is also being retained.
Meeting with Local Councillors
The public meeting arranged by the Dulwich Society on 4th March and held at the Michael Croft theatre at Alleyn’s School was well attended and was very useful in briefing residents on how the Council’s current programme impacts on the local area. Subjects ranged from health to education and traffic. There were questions about the future of the East Dulwich Hospital site, the East Dulwich Police Station, and what the Council was doing to address the shortage of primary school places in the area and its attitude to free schools. Unfortunately, on some of these issues the councillors were as much in the dark as the audience. Concerns were also raised about traffic speeds, problems over parking, and pedestrian safety. Councillors, from all three political parties, and all three wards, answered question for an hour and a half. The councillors present were Toby Eckersley, Helen Hayes, Robin Crookshank-Hilton, Jonathan Mitchell, Michael Mitchell and Andy Simmons and the meeting was chaired by Ian McInnes.