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To mark the publication of his new book, ‘Dulwich, Mid-Century Oasis’, Ian McInnes, Chair of our Local History group and Chair of the Twentieth Century Society, gave an illustrated talk on the collaboration between the Dulwich Estate, house builder Wates and the Estate’s architects, Austin Vernon & Partners, which saw over 2,000 new houses built in the area from the late 1950s through to the early 1970s. The recording is now on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3CfuhCzoE4 The book is available from Village Books in Calton Avenue, Dulwich or please email Chris Vernon at
The Dulwich Society unveiled its new solar-powered listening post in Dulwich Village. The audio post was funded by a legacy from Mary Boast, a local historian who was librarian at Dulwich Library, and is located next to a bench on the Old College green, near the statue of Edward Alleyn. You press a button on the post and an actor playing Edward Alleyn talks about his life and explains how he came to buy the manor of Dulwich and set up his charitable foundation. Mary Green wrote the script and it was recorded by Will Owen. The Society’s new President, Dr Kenneth Wolfe, did the honours, following which local historian Brian Green gave a talk on the Chapel. Norman Harper then played 18th Century Baroque music on the Chapel organ while Society members toured the Chapel. The celebrations concluded with Bucks Fizz in the Cloisters. Society members commented on the clarity of the audio post’s sound and its ease of use. Attendees included relatives of Mary Boast, Dulwich Estate Chief Executive Simone Crofton, Chairman of the Trustees of the Dulwich Estate Andreas Kottering, and local councillors.
You are invited to a small ceremony to unveil our new solar-powered audio post followed by a guided tour of the Chapel by Brian Green and a short organ recital of 18thC Baroque French music by Norman Harper. The post, installed near Edward Alleyn’s statue, gives historical information about Dulwich, read by actor Will Owen. The event is free, booking is not required.
The Society held its AGM on 14th September. We said farewell to President Colin Niven and welcomed new President Kenneth Wolfe. Ian McInnes stepped down as Chairman after 13 years but continues on the Executive Committee as Chair of the Local History Sub-Committee. James Thompson takes over as Chair. The Society’s officers and committee members confirmed at the AGM are as follows:
Chair - James Thompson
Vice-Chair - Sue Badman
Secretary - Heather Stubbs
Treasurer - Russell Lloyd
Membership Secretary - Diana McInnes
Communications & Media - Sharon O’Connor
Journal Editor - Brian Green
Planning & Architecture - Penny Stern
Travel & Environment - Harry Winter
Licensing - Patsy Bramble
Trees - David Beamish
Local History - Ian McInnes
Gardens - Jeremy Prescott
Wildlife Sub-Committee. Peter Roseveare took over as Chair on 7th September 2021. He will join the Society Executive Committee as a co-opted member until the elections at the AGM 2022.
Contact details can be found at www.dulwichsociety.com/contacts
Announcement from Southwark Council Highways: “Thank you to everyone who responded to our consultation on the Dulwich Streetscape Review, conducted between May and August 2021. We have now analysed the responses, alongside monitoring data and an equality impact assessment and have published a report setting out our proposals. The full set of documents can be viewed at www.southwark.gov.uk/...
All supporting documents and the detailed consultation results can be viewed under Southwark Decisions at moderngov.southwark.gov.uk/..
If you have any comments on the proposals, you can respond to the report by emailing
Your comments will inform the formal decision by the Cabinet Member to proceed to consultation on the Traffic Management Orders that permit the changes set out in the report.
We will then launch a three-week consultation linked to the 21-day statutory objection period for the Traffic Management Orders. This will be a further opportunity for residents to have their say on the proposals before any changes come into effect.
THE DULWICH SOCIETY
MINUTES of the 57th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Society held on 24th September 2020 via Zoom
Present: 46 members, four Southwark Dulwich ward councillors, Dr Andreas Köttering, Chair of Trustees of the Dulwich Estate, Adrian Brace and Karen Wood of the Dulwich Estate, Sally-Anne Jeffries.
Apologies: Cllr Catherine Rose joining meeting late.
1. Introduction by Chairman (Ian McInnes)
The Chairman introduced the agenda and informed members that five questions notified in advance would be aired under Any Other Business. The Chairman welcomed Dr Andreas Köttering, Chair of Trustees of the Dulwich Estate who will talk about the Estate and take questions after the AGM business is completed.
The Chairman made the following statement about the meeting.
THE DULWICH SOCIETY DRAFT MINUTES of the 58th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Society held on 14th September 2021 via Zoom
Present: 75 members, two non-members and three Southwark Dulwich Ward Councillors.
Apologies: Nichola McAuliffe; Councillor Andy Simmonds to attend part of the meeting.
1. Introduction by Chairman (Ian McInnes)
The Chairman opened with the following statement: “Good evening and welcome to this Dulwich Society AGM. The Society’s intention had been to hold the AGM in the function room at the Crown and Greyhound in Dulwich Village on 14 September.
Please join the meeting between 7.30pm and 8pm for registration.
1) Why is the AGM being held on Zoom?
The AGM will be held online. The Society’s intention had been to hold the AGM in the function room at the Crown and Greyhound in Dulwich Village on 14 September. The current rise in the rate of Covid-19 infections, and the knowledge that several residents who had been double vaccinated have still caught the virus, has led the Executive Committee to decide that a meeting in an enclosed room at this point would be inappropriate, consequently the AGM will be held on Zoom.
The 58th Annual General Meeting of the Dulwich Society will be held at 8pm on Tuesday 14 September 2021 via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 977 3512 1186
Members will be admitted to the AGM meeting from 7.30pm onwards and the meeting will start promptly at 8pm.
As announced previously, Ian McInnes will be standing down as Chair after 13 years and Colin Niven, the Society’s President is also standing down after ten years. Kenneth Wolfe (vice chairman), Sue Badman (secretary) will also be standing down from their current roles.
The Society’s intention had been to hold the AGM in the function room at the Crown and Greyhound in Dulwich Village on 14th September. The current rise in the rate of Covid-19 infections, and the knowledge that several local residents who had been double vaccinated have still caught the virus, has led the Executive Committee to decide that a meeting in an enclosed room at this point would be inappropriate and, consequently the AGM on the 14th September will be held online, on Zoom. The AGM Agenda is available on our web site.