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The next Dulwich Hill Ward Safer Neighbourhood Panel meeting is at 6.30pm-8pm on Thursday 7 September at the Bread of Life, Christ Church, 263 Barry Road. The next Dulwich Village Ward Safer Neighbourhood Panel meeting is at 6.30pm on Monday 18 September, upstairs at the Crown and Greyhound. All welcome to both meetings. If you live in Dulwich Hill ward you can complete their survey to help set ward priorities: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/E3WQRJ/
The Dulwich Festival is seeking a new Finance Director to join its management team. The role will suit someone with a relevant professional qualification who is looking to play a key part in a thriving and exciting community organisation whilst working flexibly. The position involves oversight of a Finance Controller and reporting to the Festival Director. An honorarium is attached to this voluntary role.
Join the Friends of Judith Kerr Primary School to celebrate the end of Summer at their family-friendly biergarten. Beer on draft from local breweries plus wine, food and music. Children can roam free, explore the green space or participate in games and crafts. Plus all the Oktoberfest classics: sausages, pretzels, gingerbread and lederhosen! At the Judith Kerr Primary School, 68 Half Moon Lane, Saturday 23 September, noon to 8pm
Dulwich, Mid-Century Oasis, the book co-authored by our Local History Chair Ian McInnes about the collaboration between the Dulwich Estate, house builder Wates and the Estate's architects, Austin Vernon & Partners, has been reissued by RIBA and is available from Village Books and Dulwich Books.
At our 60th anniversary party we displayed illustrated history boards covering the six decades of the Society's existence, giving highlights of what was happening in Dulwich and the wider world over that time. The boards were very well received with several members asking if they could be re-made in a form that allowed them to be shared more widely. Our Executive Committee is on the case and we will be bringing you further details in due course.
Pease help the volunteers at Belair Park by giving them your views on how the proposed wood meadow should look in the future. Take a look at the consultation document here, choose the habitats you’d like to see at Belair, then complete the questionnaire here before emailing it to Joseph Arrowsmith at Southwark Council:
Members came together at Dulwich College to celebrate 60 years of the Society at our Diamond Anniversary party. President Kenneth Wolfe spoke followed by our Chair James Thompson. Calista Lucy, Keeper of the College Archives, gave a spellbinding talk on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s polar adventures, in front of the actual James Caird lifeboat. Members were then entertained by a string quintet while mingling and chatting. A history display gave highlights of life in Dulwich and the wider world over the last six decades. Our thanks to Heather Stubbs for organising the party.
Ian McInnes, Sharon O'Connor, Gavin Bowyer and Steven Hicks, members of the Local History group, enjoyed a visit to the Dulwich College Archives recently. They discussed future collaborative projects with Calista Lucy, Keeper of the Archives at Dulwich College, including digitising further maps and also a project to digitise further Dulwich Estate materials facilitated by a generous donation from member Patrick Darby.
Dulwich Vegetable Garden, the community garden behind Rosebery Lodge in Dulwich Park, is looking for new people to take it over. It's an active voluntary project growing fruit, vegetables and herbs, encouraging local people to learn how to grow their own. Produce is shared among volunteers. Contact Christine at
There is a large free family fun day at Kingswood House on Sunday 30 July from noon onwards. It is an open event for anybody to attend and is linked to the 'Our House' consultation project where Kingswood Arts have been working with different local groups to find out their priorities, ideas and dreams for the future of the house. The event will include performances or exhibits from the groups and there will be fun family activities including a bouncy castle, face painting, live music, stalls, DJs and free food. Anyone interested in getting involved in the event can get in touch with Kingswood Arts. Book your free place with Eventbrite.
A new bicycle repair and service shop has opened at 205 Lordship Lane. L'Atelier du Vélo is run by Josh Castola, who was Responsable Mécanique for Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert (the UCI Pro World Tour team), and Matthew, who has worked in and managed cycle workshops for many years. You can find details of their services and prices on their website here.
Sharon O’Connor from our local history group has written an article for the British Association for Local History (BALH) to share how to set up and run a local history Twitter account, you can read it here. This is just one of several local history articles the group has written for BALH; for example, a guide to running online talks can be found here. Forthcoming articles include our court roll digitisation project, how to use audio listening posts for disseminating local history, and how to research local history using house deeds.