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During August, the Wildlife Group would like you to tell them what you see in your garden. Anything that grabs your attention: birds singing, butterflies flying, beetles beetling, insects pollinating, whatever. Just give a date and a species name if you know it (but ‘flying ant’ will do).
Watching your garden wildlife is not only enjoyable, recording your observations will help the Wildlife Group understand what we are gaining and losing in Dulwich, in the context of the climate crisis.
Email your information to
The Dulwich Village Safer Neighbourhoods Ward Panel (SNP) has asked us to make available the minutes from their April 2022 meeting: Google Doc.
As this exceptionally hot weather continues, please take sensible precautions and look after any vulnerable friends, family or neighbours, including the elderly, those living alone, and those with chronic or severe illnesses.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Stay out of the sun between 11-3pm where possible and apply sun cream when you are outdoors.
- Avoid travelling during the hottest times, if possible, and carry water with you.
- Use water wisely so as not to waste it. If you can, use leftover water from washing up or baths to water your plants and trees.
Transport for London (TfL) are consulting on the cutting of bus routes. There do not appear to be changes to routes through the centre of Dulwich Village or East Dulwich but the 12 bus is due to be cut, though the 148 will be extended from Camberwell Green to the Plough which would provide another route from Dulwich to Victoria. The 3 bus is also due to be extended from Lambeth Bridge to Victoria. Many of the proposed changes reflect the introduction of the Elizabeth Line which now provides fast travel through the West End and City via Herne Hill or London Bridge to Farringdon. Have your say on the consultation here and we would like to hear from members with views on the subject,
Join Dulwich Wood Ward Councillors Catherine Rose and Andy Simmons in an online meeting to discuss the Cox's Walk footbridge and adjacent trees including an update on the design, next steps and a questions and answers session. Advance registration is required, see here.
Dulwich Wood Ward Meeting 8.00pm-9.30pm, Thursday 14 July.
Dulwich celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee in style in June 2022 with a talk on Royal Dulwich by the Local History group, a Tree Trail by the Trees group, a Flower Festival at Christ's Chapel, a children’s treasure hunt in the Village, crocheted post box toppers, flower flags in East Dulwich and street parties galore.
Craig Bowhill, a student at King's College London, is looking for the insights of Dulwich residents for a dissertation research project. As part of his final year of BA Geography at King's College London he is undertaking a study into the development of urban villages in South-East London and how it affects residents. He has a short, anonymous, online questionnaire to record your views which will then be used in his research project. All data collected is completely anonymous and any question which you do not feel comfortable in answering can be skipped. The questionnaire can be found here.
There will be a service of celebration for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at 2pm, Thursday 2 June at Christ’s Chapel conducted by Rev. Tim Buckler, Dulwich College Chaplain, together with a Jubilee Flower Festival (free admission) during which Marilyn & Norman Harper will play the organ and Brian Green will lead short tours of the Chapel. Also on view will be an art installation inspired by the Chapel’s ‘Instruments of the Passion’ stained glass, by local artist Angela Wright.
Thursday 2 June: 2pm service; 3pm tour; flower festival until 5pm.
Friday 3 & Saturday 4 June: 11am-4pm flower festival and organ music. Tours at noon and 3pm.
Dulwich Village is decorated and is celebrating the Platinum Jubilee with a free children's local history treasure hunt. Bring your under 12s, pick up an entry form from Green's Village Toyshop & Art Stationers, Village Books or other shops and answer the 10 questions about Dulwich for a chance to win a £10 voucher. There are seven prizes up for grabs - one for each decade of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.
The historic post cart, decorated with flowers, will be displayed in the Village over the weekend.
Our AGM on 9 May 2022 was well attended at the Dulwich Room in the Crown and Greyhound, Dulwich Village. It was good to see so many of our members in person following our meetings having to be online, and especially good to hear what our volunteers have been up to during the past year. There are so many people working to improve our community, from gardens to planning, from history to wildlife, from trees to travel. Our volunteers deliver our beautiful and informative quarterly Journal which keeps down our postage costs and thus makes more of our income available to help improve the amenity of Dulwich. In the past year we have made grants to many local groups, details are in our annual report and accounts, available in pdf form here.
Following the local elections on 5 May 2022, the councillors listed below were elected:
- Dulwich Hill: Maggie Browning, Jon Hartley
- Dulwich Village: Richard Leeming, Margy Newens
- Dulwich Wood: Catherine Rose, Andy Simmons
- Goose Green: James McAsh, Portia Mwangangye, Charlie Smith
- West Dulwich: Judith Cavanagh, Fred Cowell
Photo credit: Hello Social London, hellosocial.media
Dulwich Festival is back live and in person, following its move online due to the pandemic. The 29th Festival offers forty events, many of them free, with a diverse programme of art, music, literature, comedy, walks, talks and more.
The Dulwich Society is hosting four local history events. On 14 and 15 May, Ian McInnes is guiding two walks around Dulwich's Mid Century modern estates as a complement to his recently published book 'Dulwich: Mid Century Oasis'. And on 18 May Brian Green will give a talk, 'Hell's Bells', about the Dulwich Picture Gallery and Bell House during World War Two, in person with an online talk following a week later on 25 May. You can book for these and other events here.
Artists Open House bookends the Festival as usual, offering over 400 local artists in 180 venues. Participants include Bell House which is opening its doors to show works from more than 30 artists, and designer turned sculptor, Nicole Farhi, who will exhibit in the home of Dulwich Prep London’s first female Head Master, Louise Davidson. Details of all the artists exhibiting can be found here.