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The world-wide finals of the ‘Last Man Stands’ cricket competition are being held at Lords in late August with Dulwich Cricket Club and the Southwark Community Sports Trust as key partners. Last Man Stands is an eight-a-side national cricket competition which has been running on an annual basis since 2005. For the first time, there will be an International series of finals starting with an opening ceremony at Lords on Monday August 26th and culminating in a grand finals day at Lords on Wednesday 4th September. The winners receive a cash prize of £10,000.
All the qualification and pool games will take place in Dulwich over the week from 27th August until 3rd September. Locations include the Dulwich Cricket Club (Dulwich Sports Club), Southwark Community Sports Trust, Dulwich Preparatory School and Belair Park.
Over 120 teams will be taking part from all over the UK, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand in addition to composite side representing India, West Indies, Bangladesh, Pakistan & Sri Lanka. A particular highlight of the competition will be the appearance of a Maasai Warriors team from Kenya who play good cricket in traditional Maasai attire. In addition to hosting the cricket matches, TV streaming and highlights packages will be screened each evening. This promises to be a unique event which is fully supported by the English Cricket Board, Surrey County Cricket Club and the cricketing organising bodies from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
The rules of the competition state that all 8 wickets are needed to bowl a cricket team out. When the seventh wicket falls, the Last Man Stands on his own! The game has been promoted in the UK by the England & Wales Cricket Board to stimulate more take up of cricket by office workers, men and women and others wishing to play.
Details of the competition can be found at http://www.lastmanstands.com/worldchamps2013/playcricketworldchamps2013 and the venue map for Dulwich can be found here http://www.lastmanstands.com/worldchamps2013/playcricketvenueinformationmaps
Many congratulations to the local volunteers who put the Herne Hill Velodrome back on track. They have won a Big Society Award. See www.gov.uk/.. for more details.
Wilf Taylor, one of the stalwarts of the Society’s executive committee and long-time membership secretary, died on Monday aged 90. He had lived in Dulwich for nearly 50 years and was not only an active member of the Society but also the Dulwich Players, the tennis club and latterly, the croquet club. Our condolences go to his family.
Half Moon Lane experienced a major flood late last week when a 3 foot diameter underground water main burst. A large number of the shops were badly affected but Thames Water has confirmed that it is liable for any costs arising from the flood. Work is on-going to renew the pipe and, hopefully, the road will be re-open shortly. The Turney Road web site has more details here and here.
The Society was featured in this month’s edition of the London Forum Newsletter to mark its 50th Anniversary.
The public exhibition of the Dulwich Estate and S G Smith’s proposed redevelopment of the service area at the rear of the site was held on Monday and Tuesday 15th and 16th July. Following a subsequent meeting with the planning consultant and architect, the Society is waiting to see further options. It will then consult further with members and there will be another public consultation before the planning application is submitted.
The application for the temporary building has been delayed because of the number of objections and the school is carrying out a short term refurbishment of the existing building on the site. The school is still expected to open in September. http://tinyurl.com/l8487qu
There will be a public consultation on Network Rail’s proposed remedial works to the railway bridges in Village Way, Croxted Road and Rosendale Road on 7th November (All Saints Church) and 14th November (Montessori School). They are also currently working at Sydenham Hill Station strengthening the footbridge.
The public consultation will be held at the Francis Peak Community Centre in Dulwich Park on the 14th/15th and 21st/22nd September.
See the excellent video of the Dulwich Festival Street Art on ‘Baroque the Streets’ at http://vimeo.com/71633271
Members will remember the ‘scarecrows’ that appeared around Dulwich in May – the video is on http://sometimesoonarts.co.uk/downloads.html
The subjects are:
- Gypsies and travellers
- Hermits and woods
- Miller and Kingswood (Bovril)
- WWII Plaques and evacuees
- WWII William Joyce and Spies
- Films, literature, poetry (Byron)
- River Effra
- East Dulwich, farming, families
The Festival in neighbouring Herne Hill continues its mission to bring a wide variety of music to south London, and this year the entertainment ranges from opera and a choral evensong to jazz stars, family concerts, and a blues and gypsy jazz evening. The Festival runs from 11th to 19th October. For ticket sales and full information, visit the Festival web site: http://at.orpheusweb.co.uk/Festival/