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Public Meeting - Getting Around Dulwich - Towards a healthier, safer and more active future. Hosted by The Dulwich Society. Held on Saturday 12th January 2019 at the Herne Hill Methodist Church Hall, 155 Half Moon Lane, SE24 9JG at 2.30pm. Notes from the meeting are now available - click here to download (PDF).
Helen Yemm on “The modern cottage garden”
7.30pm Wednesday 10th April 2019
at Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, London SE22 8SU
This year’s Spring talk will be given by Helen Yemm, who writes the weekly Thorny Problems column in The Telegraph. Helen’s talk, “The modern cottage garden” builds on her experience of establishing gardens in both London and in West Sussex, where she now lives. Helen’s books include the RHS Grow your own flowers and Gardening in Pyjamas: horticultural advice for obsessive dawn raiders. After the talk there will be an opportunity to meet Helen over a glass of wine.
Tickets are £10 each (including a glass of wine) and may be purchased through www.eventbrite.co.uk (search “Dulwich Society”), or by sending a cheque payable to the “Dulwich Society” and SAE to Jeremy Prescott, 142 Court Lane, London SE21 7EB.
Enquiries to Carol Britton
Visit to West Dean Gardens and Woolbeding Gardens, West Sussex
Thursday 20th June 2019
Coach from Dulwich Picture Gallery, College Road, SE21 7AD. 8.30am for 8.45am departure; back around 6.15pm. Early booking advised.
West Dean Gardens, in the South Downs near Chichester, comprise some 100 acres of gardens and parkland surrounding the historic West Dean House. The gardens have been restored since the 1987 storm and include a large working kitchen garden and a cutting garden with 13 Victorian glasshouses. Beyond that, there is a sunken garden, a 300 feet long Edwardian pergola and Spring and Wild Gardens running alongside the River Lavant.
Woolbeding Gardens (National Trust) have been leased to Simon Sainsbury and his partner since 1972, since when they have created a theatrical country retreat with remarkable gardens. Features of these are the extensive Formal Garden Rooms designed by Lanning Roper and the Longwalk, a wooded Pleasure Garden designed by Julian and Isabel Bannerman which includes architectural follies such as a ruined abbey.
We will arrive at West Dean at around 11am. Following lunch (not included) we will move on to Woolbeding. Refreshment facilities are available at both locations, as are plant sales (limited at Woolbeding). We aim to arrive back in Dulwich Village around 6.15pm. Please bring bags for plants.
Tickets, including transport and entrance to West Dean Gardens, are £27 each and may be purchased on through Eventbrite (www.eventbrite.co.uk – search “Dulwich Society”) or by sending a cheque (payable to The Dulwich Society) with a note of your email address and a stamped addressed envelope to Jeremy Prescott, 142 Court Lane, London SE21 7EB. No cancellation refunds will be given.
Entrance to Woolbeding Gardens is not included in the ticket price. Entrance is free to National Trust members so do please bring your membership card. Non-NT members will have to pay £8 for entrance which will be collected on the coach.
Visit to Polesden Lacey and Moleshill House gardens, Surrey
Wednesday 17th June 2020
The visit has been cancelled for Covid 19 reasons, and ticket refunds have been issued
Saturday 12th January. Time: 2.30pm.
The meeting’s aim is to discuss how to move forward and make our area a better place to live. Local MP Helen Hayes, Southwark Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport Management, & Air Quality, Richard Livingstone, plus Village Ward Councillors and an expert on the health effects of traffic related air pollution will be speaking. The Agenda is:
- National & London Context
- Southwark Council’s current policies
- Potential Dulwich impacts - CPZs & low Traffic Neighbourhoods
- Health effects of traffic related air pollution
- School streets initiative at Bessemer Grange
- Next Steps
Time: 2.30pm. Saturday 12th January
Getting Around Dulwich - Towards a healthier, safer & more active future
Location: Methodist Hall, Half Moon Lane
Potential delays to works at College Road & Dulwich Common junction. TfL are funding and managing these works and they will apparently involve completely shutting College Road (north) for two weeks, together with a series of short-term overnight closure of the South Circular. It now appears that TfL are waiting on the completion of the planned Thames water works at the junction of Lordship Lane & Dulwich Common before starting. TfL won’t allow that section of Lordship Lane to be dug up at the same time as College Road (north) is shut because of the potential major traffic disruption. Our Councillors are extremely frustrated with Thames Water about their delayed works but no date for them to start has yet been confirmed.
The Proud Sow is open and trading. There are no further updates on ‘Simply Fresh’ (though its licence has been granted), or the rumoured Yoga Studio going in the former Park Motors building. The Sari Project, currently in the former Audi Showroom, will remain until April.. The Estate tells us that it is actively looking for tenants but that the empty units will need refitting first. As always there are rumours as to potential occupiers - including a make-up shop and a national coffee shop chain. On the plus side, Hotpod Yoga will be opening their fifth studio in London in one of the new units in the Croxted Road shops and there is a sign in the window about an alcohol licence application for the Dulwich Bazaar restaurant next to Tescos.
The club returned to its Champion Hill ground on Boxing Day with a match against Eastbourne. The team won 2-1 in front of a large home crowd of over. There are also reports that Dulwich Hamlet’s landlord, Meadow, will submit a planning application for a new stadium shortly. In a statement issued just before Christmas the developer said that the revised proposal will have capacity for 4,000 fans and include 230 new homes, without impinging on any Metropolitan Open Land. The council has also now agreed a new lease for the AstroTurf pitch on Greendale.
West Dulwich is one of 22 South-eastern stations nominated for step-free access. The Department for Transport will consider the nominations it has received from operators across the country, together with individual submissions from stakeholders and passengers, before making a final decision on which stations will receive funding under the scheme.
At Denmark Hill, a new passenger one-way system has been launched to reduce the level of congestion at the station. The new system will require passengers to access the platform by the old footbridge, and exit the platform by the new footbridge. Network Rail are looking at plans to build a second station entrance on Windsor Walk but this won’t be open until 2020 at the earliest.
The Society has set up a public meeting for 12 January to review the ‘holistic’ traffic report prepared as part of the Village junction works and also to talk about the potential impact of the new controlled parking zones coming out for consultation – these are in Croxted Road (West Dulwich) and in Dog Kennel Hill & Lordship Lane (East Dulwich). Local councillors and the cabinet member for environment, transport planning and air quality will be joining us.
If residents want to be considered for CPZs, they should email
The ‘Proud Sow’ has finally started fitting out works, hopefully it will be open for Christmas. There is no further information on ‘Simply Fresh’ who are taking over the former Shepherds unit. As far as we know, the former ‘Park Garage’ is still under offer as a yoga studio, as is the former ‘Audi Showroom’ unit but we don’t know as what. The relocation of Harvey and Wheeler has also been delayed following construction delays.
In West Dulwich, there has been no progress on the new Eastern Mediterranean restaurant, ‘Peckham Bazaar’, nor has there yet been any fitting out in the new chemist shop which had been expected to open shortly.
The spike in youth on youth robbery in the last few weeks continues. The use of force has increased and masks/balaclavas are now being used. Although the local Safer Neigbourhood Teams are doing their best in adjusting shifts etc – some wards are currnently under-strength and we have now learnt that, at this time, there are no designated school’s officers in any of the Dulwich wards.
Local MP Helen Hayes has met the local police Inspector to discuss the issue, and she will then be meeting local schools. She is also planning to attend the next meeting of the Dulwich Village Safer Neighbourhoods ward panel on 21 November, to update residents on this issue. Burglary & car crime also remain concerns.