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Southwark Council is now consulting on an updated version of the Dulwich SDP. There will be two public consultation meetings on Saturday 24th March and Wednesday 10th April, locations to be confirmed. It is important that both the Society and other amenity groups have a positive influence on the document as it will guide planning in the area over the next 5-10 years.
The Dulwich Society is to unveil a commemorative plaque to World War II victims of Court Lane on Sunday 6th January 2013 at 12 noon (at the junction of Court Lane and Dovercourt Road)
In commemoration of those killed there by a V2 rocket on 6th January1945
ETHEL CARTWRIGHT 55, JAMES CARTWRIGHT 59, PEGGY GOULD 20, WILLIAM GOULD 58, EMILY HOLLAND 54, PATRICIA HOLLAND 6, JOSEPH STONE 59
The Dulwich Society will unveil a commemorative plaque to World War II victims of Lytcott Grove, Playfield Crescent and Melbourne Grove on Saturday 12th January 2013 at 12 noon (at the junction of Melbourne Grove and Lytcott Grove)
In commemoration of those killed in an air raid on 16th September 1940
GRACE BUSBY 68, ANNIE HINTON 41, ELLEN HINTON 64, JANET HINTON 36, KATHLEEN HINTON 34, WILLIAM HINTON 69, OLIVER PITCHES 60, SARAH PITCHES 61, CHARLES WRIGHT 48
And those killed in an air raid on 17th January 1943
EMILY AYERS 62, CHARLES BRACE 60, CHRISTOPHER DIX 31, EVAN EVANS 46, LILY EVANS 41, GERTRUDE MASON 62, WILLIAM PHEASANT 60, ETHEL ROBERTS 58, WINIFRED ROBERTS 30. ETHEL SPELLER 55, HARRIET WALES 65
Sunday 6th the Dulwich Society: Unveiling at 12 noon of a commemorative plaque to seven civilians killed by a V2 rocket in Court Lane on 6th January 1945. Junction of Court Lane and Dovercourt Road.
Thursday 10th Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture – The Schroder Collection of Renaissance Silver by Tim Schroder. James Allen’s Girls’ School, 6th Form Study centre 8pm
7.30pm Friends of Dulwich Park - A Homage to Hepworth an event to celebrate the artist and her work. Iin the Michael Croft Theatre at Alleyn’s School.
Saturday 12th The Dulwich Society: Unveiling at 12 noon of a commemorative plaque to the nine civilians killed in Lytcott Grove, playfield Crescent and Melbourne Grove during an air-raid on 16th September 1940 and the eleven killed in an air-raid on 17th January 1943. Junction of Lycott Grove and Melbourne Grove.
Sunday 13th Christ’s Chapel Dulwich Village – Organ Recital by Tim Harper 7.45pm
Saturday 26th The Dulwich Society’s 50th Anniversary Reception and Exhibition , Lower Hall Dulwich College at 6.30pm. Admission by ticket (see application form with this Journal)
Saturday 2nd The Allegri Singers Concert – JOSHUA a rarely heard work by Handel. Soloists and orchestra, conductor Tom Ballard. 7pm All Saints Church, Rosendale Road SE21. Tickets available at the door
Sunday 10th Christ’s Chape Dulwich Village – Organ Recital by Peter Wright 7.45pm
Sunday 17th Peckham Society 3pm - Recent archaeological discoveries in Southwark Christopher Constable Archaeological Officer Goose Green Centre, St John’s
East Dulwich Road, London SE22
Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday 21st-24th The Dulwich Players present – Ladies Day by Amanda Whittington directed by Jane Jones. Edward Alleyn theatre, Dulwich College at 8pm. Tickets from the Art Stationers, 31 Dulwich Village SE 21.
Thursday 14th Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture – From Posset Pots to Pew groups – the Fashion for Early English Pottery by Jane Gardiner. James Allen’s Girls’ School 6th Form Study Centre 8pm.
Sunday 17th Dulwich Society 50th Anniversary series – talk by Bernard Nurse 'Setting the scene' - covering the period in Dulwich between 1850 and 1920. Dulwich Picture Gallery, Linbury Room 2.30pm in conjunction with Friends of DPG.
Sunday 3rd Dulwich Society 50th Anniversary – Local history walk - Dulwich Common Old & New led by Ian McInnes. Meet corner of College Road and Dulwich Common at 2.30pm
Monday 4th Dulwich Society - A Public Meeting with Councillors and representatives from all three main political parties. It should give local residents an opportunity to hear what the Council has planned for our area and to ask questions on any aspect of the council’s work.
Wednesday 6th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery - El Greco (1541 – 1614) Lecturer: David Davies, emeritus professor of the history of art, University of London 10.30 -11.30am Linbury Room tickets £10
Wednesday 13th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery Lecture - Velasquez (1599 – 1660) Seville and beyond . Lecturer: Gail Turner, independent lecturer, lecturing at V&A and Courtauld 10.30am-11.30am Linbury Room. Tickets £10
Thursday 14th Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture – The Phillips Collection : the First Modern Art Collection in America by Hilary Hope Guise. James Allen’s Girls’ School 6th Form Centre 8pm
Friday 15th 7.30 - 9.30 p.m. In the Holst Hall at JAGS, East Dulwich Grove. Dulwich Helpline and Southwark Churches Care (DH&SCC)
“ALL THAT JAZZ”
An Informal evening of sing and swing, blues and brass, big band, bebop and barbershop jazz by the talented pupils of Alleyn's, Dulwich College, Charter School, Dulwich Prep, JAGS and Kingsdale.
Tickets in advance from DH&SCC 020 8299 2623 or www.dulwich-helpline.org.uk or s.a.e. DH&SCC, Dulwich Community Hospital, East Dulwich Grove, SE22 8PT
Tickets £10 including glass of wine. Children under 16 £5 including soft drink. Wine, soft drinks and snacks for sale.
Sunday 17th Dulwich Society 50th Anniversary series – talk by Ian McInnes Wates and reinvention 1945-1969. Dulwich Picture Gallery, Linbury Room 2.30pm in conjunction with Friends of DPG.
Wednesday 20th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery Lecture - Picasso (1881 – 1973)
Lecturer: Gijs van Hensbergen, author of Guernica: The Biography of a 20th century 10.30am-11.30am Linbury Room. Tickets £10
Sunday 24th Dulwich Society 50th Anniversary series – talk by Ian McInnes Leasehold Reform, conservation and wealth 1979-2013. Dulwich Picture Gallery Linbury Room 2.30pm, in conjunction with Friends of DPG.
Tuesday 9th Dulwich Society 50th AGM 8pm Crown & Greyhound, Dulwich Village (upstairs) to be followed by the showing of the restored film of the Millennium celebrations to mark Dulwich’s 1000 years of history in 1967.
Thursday 11th Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture – Isabella D’Esate, Collector and Patron of Art: by Fair Means or Foul by Shirley Pamela Smith 8pm James Allen’s Girls’ School 6th Form Study Centre.
Saturday 13th Dulwich Society World War 2 memorial ceremony. Unveiling of a plaque at the junction of Burbage and Turney Roads at 12 noon.
Thursday 18th . Dulwich Society Garden Group
Evening talk by Mr Paul Cooling, Chairman: Cooling’s Garden Centre
7.30 for 8.00pm at the new Belair Recreation Centre, Gallery Road. Admission free. Non members welcome. Refreshments served at 7.30pm
Paul Cooling will tell us how to get the best from our plants and gardens. He will suggest suitable plants and shrubs for the smaller garden which give both interest and colour. His talk will be illustrated with examples of many of the plants that he will be talking about. Plants will be available for sale after the meeting.
Saturday 20th Dulwich Helpline and Southwark Churches Care (DH&SCC)
Antiques Discovery Day in association with Rosebery's Auctioneers 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Herne Hill Baptist Church, Half Moon Lane. Experts will identify and value pictures, ornaments, jewellery, small items of furniture and other antiques. Stalls selling cakes, books, bric-a-brac and handcrafts. Refreshments
Tickets available on the day.
Tuesday 23rd Dulwich Park Friends AGM and Review of the Year - speaker Letta Jones, tree specialist. Francis Peek Centre 7pm.
Monday 6th - 1.00pm – 4.00pm- Old Alleynian Club, Dulwich Common. Parents at Dulwich Village Pre-school are holding a Jubilee Barbecue to celebrate the opening of the original group, Dulwich Village Playgroup, fifty years ago. They hope that lots of parents from the Playgroup era will see this invitation and come to join current parents to share their memories. www.dulwichvillagepreschool.com , or phone 0208 693 2402.
Thursday 9th Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture – The Musée D’Orsay and its Collection by Margaret Davis. 8pm James Allen’s Girls’ School 6th Form Centre.
Friday 10th – Sunday 19th DULWICH FESTIVAL
Sunday 12th 2:30 pm Dulwich Society ‘Wates in the Woods’ – A walk led by Ian McIness
The 1960s saw the Dulwich Estate and Wates Homes build a number of innovative housing developments in the woods between College Road and Sydenham Hill. Sensitively designed and landscaped to respond to their wooded locations, and still largely unchanged, they remain excellent examples of mid-century modern housing aspiration.
Meet at the Tollgate on College Road and please note we will be walking up steep hills and there will be some rough ground in the woods.
Wednesday 15th Dulwich Society - Illustrated talk by Brian Green – Dulwich and World War Two: Evacuation, Air raids, Rationing, Civil Defence, Spies – Dad’s Army and real bombs. 2.30pm Dulwich Library Lecture Hall. Admission Free
Sunday 19th Dulwich Helpline and Southwark Churches Care (DH&SCC) Garden Safari 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Explore four lovely private gardens plus the famous Lettsom Gardens near Camberwell Grove (by kind permission of the Lettsom Gardens Association, an active community group) Plant stall, tea and homemade cakes.
Programmes/maps available on the day from 189 Camberwell Grove SE5 8JU
Adults £5 children under 16 FREE
2.30pm Dulwich Society - Delving Further into the history of the old village of Dulwich – Local History Walk led by Brian Green. Meet Belair Car Park.
Tuesday 4th 'Beyond Words' poetry venue is pleased to invite Hylda Sims to read her poetry and sing for us. Hylda spent much of her life performing jazz and skiffle and was a member of The City Ramblers in the 60's(and still performs with The City Ramblers Revival ). On the same evening prize winning poet Jill Abram, the Director of Malaika's Poetry Kitchen will read some of her poignant and satirical poems. The Gipsy Tavern, Gipsy Hill SE19 8pm.
Saturday 8th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery - Walk - Dulwich Common and Beyond led by Ian McInnes 2.30-4pm £6. Tickets from the Gallery
Wednesday 12th Dulwich Picture Gallery Exhibition A CRISIS OF BRILIANCE 1908-1922 Paul Nash, CRW Nevinson, Stanley Spencer, Mark Gertler, Dora Carrington and David Bomberg opens
Thursday 13th Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture - BANKS, BURGUNDY AND PIRACY : the Fifteenth Century artists of Bruges by Christopher Herbert. James Allen’s Girls’ School Sixth Form Lecture Theatre, James Allen’s Girls’ School 8pm
Saturday 16th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery Walk - Hidden Herne Hill led by Ian McInnes 2.30-4pm. Tickets from the Gallery
Sunday 23rd 6-8pm The Dulwich Society Wildlife Group SWIFT WALK led by Steven Robinson and Dave Clark. Meet at 5.45pm at Dulwich Park, College Road entrance. Bring binoculars.
Monday, June 24. A date for your diary. Dulwich Society Garden Group.
Full day visit to Parham House and Garden
Tuesday 2nd. ‘Beyond Words’ poetry venue presents - 'LiTTLe MACHiNe' - Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy said of them "the most brilliant music and poetry band I've seen in decades!" From Ovid through Shakespeare to Larkin and the present day their range of work is 3000 yrs long and their musicianship is powerful.
Local poet and editor of South Bank Poetry Magazine Peter Elliot will be there too reading from his brand new first collection. The Gispy Tavern, Gipsy Hill SE 19 at 8pm.
Friday 5th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery - AN EVENING OF RUSSIAN OPERA
6.30pm Reception with sparkling wine included in the price. 7.15pm Performance in the Gallery with long interval for picnics. £40
Thursday 11th Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture - TWENTIETH CENTURY WOMEN COLLECTORS: their influence and legacies by Marina Vaizey. James Allen’s Girls’ School Sixth Form Lecture Theatre 8pm
Saturday 13th All Saints Church, Rosendale Road. Concert - The Ionian Singers, conductor Timothy Salter, and Nephele Ensemble (flute, harp, violin, viola, cello). French and English music from the late 19th century to the present. Pre-concert illustrated discussion at 6.15pm with Nephele Ensemble included with ticket for concert at 7.30pm. £15 (students £8) at the door or from 0208 693 1051
Advance notice - Tuesday 3rd September ‘Beyond Words Poetry’ brings Ros Barber, author of three previous collections of poetry, who will introduce his 'The Marlowe Papers',
a thrilling novel in verse that brawls and loves its way through Christopher Marlowe's alternative life. The Gipsy Tavern, Gipsy Hill SE 19 at 8pm.
Saturday 7th Friends of Dulwich Upper Wood - Fungi course - a day course of Identifying Wild Mushrooms & information about edible & poisonous species. £40 with all monies going to help manage the Woodland. Contact Jim Murphy on
Sunday 8th Dulwich Society unveiling of a WW2 memorial plaque in Albrighton Road, Dog Kennel Hill at 12 noon
Tuesday 10th Dulwich Picture Gallery Contextual Lecture Series– From Darwin to DNA – Professor Peter Holland.
Linbury Room 10.30am Ticket £10
Sunday 15th Dulwich Society unveiling of a WW2 memorial plaque in Quorn Road, Dog Kennel Hill at 12 noon
Saturday 21st 12-5pm. Rosebery Lodge, Dulwich Park.Dulwich Vegetable Garden Autumn Open Day,
Sunday 22nd Dulwich Society unveiling of a WW2 memorial plaque at Dulwich Library for Woodwarde Road victims 12 noon.
Dulwich Picture Gallery – exhibition – A Crisis of Brilliance closes
Tuesday 24th Dulwich Picture Gallery Contextual Lecture Series – Our debt to Plato – Baroness Mary Warnock Linbury Room 10.30am ticket £10
Sunday 26th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery – Walk – Baroque the Streets – led by Ingrid Beazley. Meet outside the Gallery café 2pm. Walk ends 4.30pm tickets £10
Tuesday 1st Dulwich Picture Gallery Contextual Lecture Series– 200 Million and Counting – Dr Khalid Khoser. Linbury Room 10.30am Tickets on the door £10
Wednesday 2nd Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery – Lunchtime concert – From Blues to Bach. Christ’s Chapel 1.30-2.00pm – entrance from the Gallery cloister
8pm Italian Supper with Italian Opera. 7.00 for 7.30pm in the Gallery Café. Arias sung by Alexandra Carter accompanied by Serge Pachine. £10 per person (including a glass of Prosecco), menu £17-£20
Saturday 5th Dulwich Helpline - Come and Sing a mixture of choral classics and rousing hymns and raise funds for a local charity supporting isolated older people. Afternoon rehearsal and evening performance. Open to everyone who loves singing at any level. More details on DH&SCC website www.dulwich-helpline.org.uk or ring 020 8299 2623
Tuesday 8th Dulwich Picture Gallery Contextual Lecture Series – Secularisation: or not? Dr Grace Davie. Linbury Room 10.30am Ticket £10
Thursday 10th From Fresco to Frame: Artists' Techniques from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century, James Allen's Girls' School Sixth Form Centre, 8pm; see www.ddfas.org.uk
Saturday 12th Dulwich Society 50th Anniversary Party. St Barnabas Hall 7.30pm Tickets in advance £7.50
Tuesday 15th Dulwich Picture Gallery Contextual Lecture Series– The World in which we live: religious ideas and belief - Rev. John Bowker. Linbury Room 10.30am Ticket £10
Wednesday 16th Dulwich Picture Gallery Exhibition – An American in London: Whistler and the Thames opens
Saturday 19th Dulwich Society unveiling of a WW2 memorial plaque for Dovercourt Road victims, Alleyn’s School railings Townley Road 12 noon
Thursday 24th Dulwich Society Trees Committee Autumn Colour Trip (see booking form page ?)
Wednesday 30th – Saturday November 2nd The Dulwich Players present Rope a play by Patrick Hamilton at the Edward Alleyn Theatre, Dulwich College at 8pm. Tickets from 07582 002559 or The Art Stationers, Dulwich Village (£8 in advance, £10 on the door)
Saturday 2nd Dulwich Society unveiling of a WW2 memorial plaque in Friern Road (corner of Lordship Lane) 12 noon
Wednesday 6th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery – Concert – Leonore Piano Trio 7.30pm in the Gallery. Tickets £15 including a glass of wine during the interval.
Tuesday 12th Dulwich Picture Gallery Contextual Lecture Series – Human Evolution: Ancestors and relatives you never knew you had – Dr Bernard Wood. Linbury Room 10.30am ticket £10
Thursday 14th: Great Photographs of the 20th Century, James Allen's Girls' School Sixth Form Centre, 8pm; see www.ddfas.org.uk
Tuesday 26th Dulwich Picture Gallery Contextual Lecture Series – The Future of (artificial) intelligence – Dr Stuart Russell. Linbury Room 10.30am Ticket £10
Thursday 5th Friends of Du;wich Picture Gallery lecture – Margaret Drabble – in her own words. Linbury Room 7 for 7.30pm. £16 (incl a glass of wine and a copy of her latest book, published price £16.99)
Sunday 7th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery – Children’s Puppet Show – Small fables. Linbury Room 10.15am-11.45am £5 adult or child
Thursday 12th Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society – Lecture – In the Bleak Midwinter: artists’ responses to snow. Brian Stater. James Allen’s Girls’ School 6th Form centre. 8pm.
Wednesday 18th The Dulwich Players present – Cinderfella – a traditional family pantomime by Lydia Dickie and Mike Foster. St Barnabas Hall, Dulwich Village 7.45pm tickets £8 & £5 (under 18’s) Box Office 07936 531356 or The Art Stationers, Dulwich Village.
Friday 20th Dulwich Players – Cinderfella at 7.45pm
Saturday 21st Dulwich Players – Cinderfella – Matinee 3pm, evening performance 7pm
Much to many people's surprise, a 'pop up' art gallery has appeared in the heart of Dulwich Village. Taking advantage of the short delay before fitting out work starts on converting the former wine shop into a Gails Artisan Bakery, Londonart.co.uk will be occupying the unit until Monday 24 December.
The exhibition will be constantly changing reflecting the online gallery's vast choice, the 200 works on display include sculpture, painting and photography with all manner of subject matter represented, from intriguing abstract art through to exquisite still lives and glorious landscapes to intimate portraits.
Londonart Pop-Up will be showing works by artists with South London connections, including the vibrant Kate Kessling, a former Goldsmiths graduate who is aptly showing among other prints her witty and colourful Village People. There is more formal work on show from Gerry Hunt, who taught at Camberwell School of Art for many years.
Unfortunately the response to the survey was very disappointing. Only 35 members came back to us, just over 3% of our total membership. While this level of response could not be considered representative, of those that did respond:
- A small majority thought that solar panels should never be installed on front roofs
- A large majority thought that solar panels should be permitted on side roofs with no restriction
- A large majority thought that solar panels should be permitted on rear roofs with no restriction
- A large majority thought that solar panels on brackets should be permitted
- Most people thought that the period and character of a property should be taken into account when assessing applications for solar panels but a number said that this should only apply if a building is listed.
The survey results have been sent through to the Estate Scheme of Management Office.
Talk by Nicholas Reed, author of ‘My Father, The Man Who Never Was’ – the story of Ronnie Reed, Dulwich Society member and MI5 officer and handler of the spy and double-agent Eddie Chapman during WW2. A fascinating first hand account of this extraordinary man by his son. Sunday 4th November at the Francis Peek Centre, Dulwich Park at 2.30pm. Dulwich Society members free, visitors £5, concessions £3. (tickets available on the door)
The Velodrome site is jointly managed by British Cycling and Velo Club Londres who run it as a grassroots training and race facility open to the general public and specifically promote use of the facilities by novices, school children and less able cyclists. The velodrome featured strongly during the Olympics for inspiring and nurturing some of Great Britain’s top athletes who have gone on to dominate the sport at an international level, including Bradley Wiggins and Laura Trott.
The Dulwich Estate is proposing to convert the upper floors of the pub to provide hotel accommodation - a facility currently lacking in Dulwich Village.
The pub and a restaurant will remain but the premises will be refurbished. This proposal is subject to receiving planning consent and you are invited to review the plans and meet with the architects.
Time: Thursday 6 September between 4pm to 7pm
Location: The Old Grammar School (on the corner of Gallery Road and Burbage Road).
The Dulwich Estate Trustees are currently reviewing their Scheme of Management Guidelines on the installation of roof mounted solar panels. The current Guidelines are available on the website http://www.thedulwichestate.org.uk/som/policy-guidelines/14-solar-energy-panels
The Dulwich Society is keen to know whether its members are satisfied with the current guidelines as outlined below, or whether they consider them too restrictive, or too generous.
Response to the consultation on the combined Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern Franchise – August 2012
The Dulwich Society represents 1100 homes in the Dulwich area (i.e. over 2,000 residents).
The Society actively encourages use of rail services and has produced locally-focussed train timetables for local distribution in order to promote rail travel.
The Society also played a leading role in the improvement of the frontage of North Dulwich station.
2. Detailed Consideration
2.1 The western edge of Dulwich is served by Herne Hill, West Dulwich and Sydenham Hill stations. All these stations and their rail services are included in the comprehensive response from the Herne Hill Society. The Dulwich Society fully supports the submission of the Herne Hill Society, including its detailed analysis of services provided to the communities it serves. The key feature of services from Herne Hill is that they provide direct services to the West End (Victoria), the City and services to the north of London via the Thameslink route.
2.2 In contrast central and eastern Dulwich are served by North and East Dulwich stations. Both stations provide a good service to the City (London Bridge) and demand has increased significantly over the past decade with the improved transport links now serving London Bridge. However services during the peak periods are very congested and there is a clear need for an expansion of services especially during the peak periods.
Links to the West End
2.3 While there are no direct services from North and East Dulwich stations to the West End (or a link to services to Gatwick Airport) this has been provided by a twice an hour connecting service (using the same platform transfer) at Peckham Rye. This is the South London Line service – London Bridge to Victoria via Denmark Hill. With the introduction of the new Overground service linking services from Dalston Junction to Clapham Junction via Surrey Quays, services on the South London line will cease. This will remove a vital service for Dulwich residents to the West End. It is appreciated that the new Overground service referred to in 3.2 below could be used to reach Victoria but this would require a complicated second change of platforms at Clapham Junction.
2.4 It is possible to argue that the residents travelling from North and East Dulwich stations, once the South London line service is removed, could travel to Victoria by making a single change at West Norwood. However this is only practical for the most able as it requires the use of steep staircases to effectively cross the line. For the elderly, individuals with pushchairs etc. this is not a viable alternative1.
2.5 It is fully appreciated that the new Overground service will provide a significant improvement in services from Peckham Rye providing additional service to the City (Bishopsgate) and stations further north. The track for this new service will use the existing South London tracks from Wandsworth Road station to a new junction north of Queens Road Peckham station (the new service).
2.6 The new service will provide four trains an hour on the section of track between the new junction and stations to the west of Peckham Rye. Given that the twice an hour London Bridge to Victoria service will no longer run, the service on this section of the line will only be increased by a net two trains an hour
2.7 The Dulwich Society have identified that there is serious congestion on the Dulwich services. It is understood that a similar situation arises on services through Streatham Hill and Balham serving Victoria.
2.8 Over 100 years ago overhead electric trains provided rail services on the former Southern region lines in South London. Residents in Dulwich had a fast and direct service to Victoria from a service which ran from London Bridge to Victoria via Tulse Hill. The Dulwich Society believes that by using the platform allocations at London Bridge and Victoria (currently used by the South London Line – appropriately rearranged) it would be possible to reintroduce this service. This would provide increased capacity through North and East Dulwich stations (and also Streatham Hill and Balham) and make a significant contribution to reducing congestion.
2.9 The Herne Hill Society has stressed the importance of the Thameslink Brighton services continuing to serve Herne Hill station. This arrangement has existed to provide cross London Thameslink services when London Bridge has not had the capacity during peak periods. These services have also previously stopped at Tulse Hill enabling easy connections (flat surface) with services from Peckham and North and East Dulwich stations without the need to travel into Central London. The Dulwich Society wishes to see this service maintained especially as there are very limited services to East Croydon from the Dulwich Area to facilitate changes onto the Brighton Line.
2.10 – on question Q18 - What services that run via Elephant & Castle do respondents think should run via the Thameslink core route?
The text of para 7.21 is not entirely clear. It implies that the Wimbledon loop trains cause particular problems because of crossing moves but then appears to suggest that Wimbledon loop trains count as part of the routes via Elephant and Castle now being considered for up to 8 possible through trains.
This seems to be a slight change from the previous proposal in that there seems to be an acceptance that there will have to be some through trains from the Wimbledon loop.
It is unreasonable to expect all the different lobbying groups for each line to answer Q18 as clearly all will support their route. The DfT and the bidders for the franchise no doubt have details of passenger usage and growth predictions.
As far as Herne Hill and the Wimbledon loop is concerned:
1. The Secretary of State has endorsed an objective to ensure that train services perform to the highest practicable reliability and punctuality standards and continue to be amongst the most reliable and punctual services on the network. It is clear that with up to 16 trains an hour from the southern E&C routes there is a greater risk of delay and financial penalties for missing performance targets. Customers have rated all the railway franchises badly for poor handling of delays, and it is evident that strategically this will continue to drive service changes rather than commuter convenience of having through trains.
2. The Dulwich area has gradually lost services over the past few years with cutbacks to the North Dulwich to East Croydon route and the South London loop. Transport provision in the southern part of Southwark is already poor.
3. It appears the Wimbledon/Herne Hill trains are being sacrificed for the benefit of the overall strategy linking South England to North. We have already put up with considerable disruption with weekend and evening engineering works for many months, and to what effect? A worse service. We should not be put in a worse position than before. The opening of the tunnel between Blackfriars, City Thameslink and Farringdon was a boon to City workers and those working in the new industries around Clerkenwell/Farringdon and Old Street. Much of this good work would be destroyed by forcing some commuters to change at Blackfriars. It would be a retrograde step.
4. The Wimbledon line commuters would have reduced benefit of Crossrail because they would have to change at Blackfriars to get to Farringdon.
5. Herne Hill line commuters need through trains to St Pancras to access Eurostar and reduce the need for carrying/wheeling luggage between platforms. As a minimum a sensible number of through trains to St Pancras is required 24/7.
2.11 - on question Q 19: The interchange at Blackfriars needs to be as simple and easy aspossible for passengers. The main issue is that the new Blackfriars is a huge station on a grand scale. This increases the amount of walking (a nightmare for asthmatics and others with difficulties walking). The platforms at the new Blackfriars are very long and already a tiring walk - it will be a tiresome and time consuming change at Blackfriars especially for people with luggage travelling to King’s Cross and St Pancras, elderly and disabled travellers and cyclists with bikes. There may be a need for mobility vehicles and additional staff to help less mobile passengers, provision of moving walkways, better advice about which coaches to use if you need to change at Blackfriars, lifts, escalators and clear signage. A further problem is that the platforms are so long that you have to run or walk up the platform at Blackfriars to get on the last coach of the train.
2.12 the frequency of services through North and East Dulwich stations to London Bridge should be restored to 6 trains per hour (rising eventually to 8 trains per hours), with at least 2 trains per hour going to East Croydon and with 2 trains per hour providing the service to Victoria suggested in 2.8 above.
2.13 The Dulwich Society also proposes some improvements at the franchised stations:
* Passenger lifts at West Dulwich and North Dulwich;
* Waiting rooms on platforms at West Dulwich, North Dulwich, East Dulwich and Peckham Rye. The substitution of exposed shelters for existing waiting rooms at Peckham Rye has recently been consulted on.
* Renaming of Sydenham Hill Station as South Dulwich, to avoid the confusion for passengers caused by the station’s not being at Sydenham;
* Provision for an increasing number of cycle parking stands at all stations to match increasing demand, with CCTV security coverage.
3.1 The Dulwich Society fully supports the proposals made by the Herne Hill Society which will provide improvements to services for residents in Western Dulwich. In contrast residents in Eastern and North Dulwich continue to face over-crowded services into a congested London Bridge. This will be further increased over the next five years with the redevelopment of London Bridge.
3.2 The new Overground service to be introduced from December 2012 will provide additional capacity to the City via Shoreditch High St and to stations further north. However this new service will remove the current flat level interchange service to Victoria. While this service is convenient to Dulwich residents it is a worse service than was provided over 100 years ago by the overhead electric services which provided a direct link with Victoria.
3.3 The Dulwich Society recommends that the London Bridge to Victoria service via Tulse Hill is reintroduced. This will both improve services for Dulwich residents and provide an appropriate replacement for the loss of the South London Line service. The proposal will also have a major impact on reducing congestion both in the Dulwich and Peckham areas in South East London but also for the communities in Balham and Streatham Hill.
3.4 The Dulwich Society recommends improvements at stations in line with modern standards and increasing use.
DULWICH COLLEGE SCIENCE BLOCK
Dulwich College is holding an open consultation meeting regarding development proposals for its new science block. This will replace the existing building to the south of the main Victorian block that faces onto College road.
The meeting will be held in the old Library adjacent to the main entrance on Dulwich Common at 5:30pm on Monday, 10th September
The Master, Dr Joe Spence, and the architects, will be present.