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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.
The results of the initial public consultation have now been collated and the preferred way forward is Option 2 - to approach 3 or 4 artists to propose design options for a new artwork.
A list of appropriate artists would be identified by the Steering Group advised by an external art consultant. The artists would be approached directly, with a brief, and asked to put forward proposals demonstrated by drawings and models. They will be paid a fee to do this. The designs would then be put out to a further public consultation so that the Steering Group is fully aware of the public’s preferences.
A brief for the art consultant role will be sent out at the end of August with the aim of appointing by the end of October.
Dulwich “Chariots of Fire” Coach to get Blue Plaque
A blue plaque is being unveiled in a short ceremony at 11.30 on Wednesday 11th July at 84 Burbage Road. All are welcome to come and celebrate a Dulwich sporting great.
Only think of two things - the gun and the tape. When you hear the one, just run like hell until you break the other.
The athletics coach Scipio Africanus “Sam” Mussabini (1867-1927) is to be commemorated with an English Heritage blue plaque at his former home at 84 Burbage Road. A pioneering figure in both professional and amateur sport in Britain, Sam transformed athletics. The house backs on to the Herne Hill Velodrome, where he worked as a cycling and athletics coach from the 1890s until his death and where he trained many medal-winning Olympic athletes.
Mussabini’s innovative training methods led to his runners winning eleven Olympic medals, including five gold. He addressed every aspect of training, using scientific methods, and instilled powerful self-belief in his athletes. He is best known for coaching Harold Abrahams, who won gold in the 100m sprint at the 1924 Paris Olympics. Mussabini’s vital role in Abrahams’ success was later immortalised in the film Chariots of Fire (1981), in which he was played by Ian Holm. Mussabini also helped to ensure female athletes received high quality coaching. He told his athletes, “Only think of two things - the gun and the tape. When you hear the one, just run like hell until you break the other”.
DULWICH SOCIETY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - 2012
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS for 2011
The Society was founded in 1963 and its fiftieth anniversary occurs in 2013. A comprehensive programme of activities and events is currently being planned and the celebrations will open with an exhibition at the Dulwich College Archive Centre in January. Its theme will be Dulwich in the 1950s and 60s.
MINUTES OF THE 48th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE DULWICH SOCIETY held on Monday 23rd May 2011 at The Crown & Greyhound.
President (Chairman): HH. Michael Rich QC.
Vice-Presidents: Marion Gibbs, Peter Lawson, and approx 45 members.
The members were welcomed by the President who announced he was not standing for re-election as he was leaving Dulwich and proposed:
ELECTION OF PRESIDENT: Dr.Colin Niven (long a resident of Dulwich, educated at Dulwich College & former headmaster of Alleyn’s School). The Meeting confirmed the appointment unanimously.
PRESENTATION: A presentation was made to Michael Rich made, with sincere thanks by Ian McInnes for Michael’s support, advice and enthusiasm over the 10 years he had served as President (and previously a Vice-President) including chairing the committee which spearheaded the Edward Alleyn statue project.
Dr.Niven took the Chair, and thanked the Society for his election
Vice-Presidents: HH Michael Goodman & Dr. J.Spence.
Vice-Chairman: Dr.K.Wolfe; Alastair Hanton, Jill Manuel.
MINUTES of the 47th AGM
The meeting was held on 25th May 2010 – the minutes were previously available on the Society’s website and at the meeting. The minutes were approved and there were no matters arising.
These were previously available on the Society’s website and at the meeting. These were summarised by the relevant Committee member as follows:
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT: (Ian McInnes)
The report was highlighted by a power point presentation.
Particular points made included:
The Dulwich Estate is continuing to publish the planning applications under the Scheme of Management, and its decisions, monthly on the website, which the Society had pressed for.
The Society had given £5000 to assist in setting up a charity to run the Herne Hill Velodrome.
The Society promoted six successful Cleaner, Greener, Safer funded projects from Southwark including two benches in Dulwich Village, improvements to gate to Cox’s Walk, Red Post Hill fingerpost, re-turfing part of the Village verge and the new boundary fence on the South Circular to the Marlborough Cricket Club. All work had been completed, and the refurbishment of part of Roseberry Lodge was in hand.
Other projects we have been involved with in included the refurbishment of College Road Lodge, the improvements to the carpark and the new changing rooms at Belair, the zelkova tree and saving the tulip trees opposite the Gallery.
All these activities would not be possible without the hard work and advice from the members of the Executive and Sub-Committees.
SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Patrick Spencer)
The Executive Committee met 9 times
We were saddened by the death of Ken Jeffries who had been the honorary auditor for 42 years, from the founding of the Society until 2006.
We were represented at the dedication on 19th March of the restored War Memorial at Dulwich Hospital which we had campaigned for; we have also had a bench installed nearby.
Similarly, we were present on Remembrance Sunday when the bench in Dulwich Village was dedicated to the memory of Lt.Mark Evison.
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Wilf Taylor)
Membership remained at just under 1100 with 58 new members joining. We received £2590.83 in Charity Gift Aid.
PLANNING & ARCHITECTURE GROUP: (David Roberts)
Monthly visits were made to the offices of the Dulwich Estate to inspect licence applications (approx 340), and appropriate comments submitted.
An important planning application was for a new Community Music Centre at JAGS which we supported subject to adequate parking being provided.
The 5 year battle to have the listed wall in Red Post Hill rebuilt was finally won and the construction appears to be of excellent quality.
We have been involved with work in Gallery Road relating to the installation of lamp posts, kerbs, and parking bays.
We are in the process of preparing an Architectural Poster Map of the area for publication.
TRAFFIC & TRANSPORT SUB-COMMITTEE: (Adrian Hill on behalf of Alastair Hanton)
We continue to work for the improvement of the environment, road safety, facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, and better public transport.
The Herne Hill junction, with which we have been very actively involved, has been virtually completed and seems to be a great improvement. More minor works at the Village Way/Red Post Hill junction were also completed successfully.
Improvements have been made to the timetable of the evening train service to/from North Dulwich Station and London Bridge.
We are keen to support the new Car Club (by which registered members may hire a car for a short period).
Several questions were asked by members including pedestrian safety under the railway bridge at Herne Hill, a proposed railway telecoms mast at Sydenham Hill station to improve train safety and the layout of the junction at Court Lane/Calton Avenue.
LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: (Bernard Nurse)
About 70 people attended the unveiling of the red signpost at the head of Red Post Hill which commemorates the original post which gave the road its name, and was an unusual feature in London.
The annual walk was led by Brian Green along the Sydenham Hill ridge; a later walk led by Brian and Stephen Humphrey was in the Bankside area featuring places associated with Edward Alleyn, including the excavated remains of the Rose Theatre where Harvey Sheldon, the archaeologist involved, gave a talk.
We were saddened at the death of Mary Boast, one of the sub-committee’s longest serving members; she had been Local Studies Librarian for Southwark and author of local guides and histories; a road in Camberwell has been named after her.
An increasing number of articles have appeared in our Journal of local historic subjects, both on buildings and individuals.
GARDEN GROUP: (John Ward)
5000 copies distributed of ‘Dulwich Gardens open for Charity’ and the information and publicity were warmly received by the garden owners and visitors.
Successful events included visits to Leonardslee and Buckingham Palace Gardens, and a talk on auriculars.
TREES SUB-COMMITTEE: (Stella Benwell on behalf of Jill Manuel):
After years of discussion action had to be take,n on the grounds of safety, to cut back the Zelkova tree at the junction of College Road and the South Circular. It was reduced from 100ft to some 20ft with the hope that it will produce new growth.
It was contended that several trees on the east side of College Road were causing subsidence and we fought to preserve these, and this resulted in the construction of a root barrier outside No.11.
A walk in Peckham Park was poorly attended as the weather was foul but a successful visit was made to Sheffield Park and Nymans.
The beech grove we had planted in the Horniman Triangle has suffered under adverse weather conditions.
The Tree Map continues to sell well.
WILDLIFE GROUP: (Angela Wilkes)
We commissioned a number of plant and wildlife surveys in Dulwich Park and Gallery Road. Also we noted the continued presence of owls in Belair Park and Dulwich Woods.
Grants were applied for to install nesting boxes for owls and swifts, and we supported a successful grant bid of £10,000 from the Dulwich Community Council for work on Belair lake. Six disease-resistant English Elm whips were planted in the Gallery Road area.
We have been consulted to advise Natural England on visitor access to Sydenham Hill Woods and the damage caused by over use by professional dog walkers.
TREASURER’S REPORT: (Russell Lloyd ACA)
Audited Accounts for 2010 were circulated. Total income was £18,843, an increase from the previous year of £1,257, principally due to the increased number of subscriptions.
Expenditure was £13,489, a reduction of £1,474. We made donations of £10,521 (previous year £1,873) resulting in a loss in the year of £5,167 (the profit in previous year was £750).
The net bank account balances at the end of the year were £24,545 (previous year £25,690).
Donations in the year were:
Herne Hill Velodrome Trust £5000.
Marlborough CC fence £2250.
Dulwich Hospital war memorial landscape & bench £1000.
Complete Ecology £206.
Architectural Map of Dulwich (on account) £1965.
South London Botanical Trust £100.
Approval of the Accounts was proposed and seconded and passed by the Meeting.
We are very grateful to our Honorary Auditor, Sally-Ann Jeffries, who was re-appointed.
AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION:
Notice as required had been published in the Journal that Rule 6 should be changed to allow an increase in the number of Honorary Vice-Presidents to be elected from the present number of 6 to 10. No objection being made to this, the amendment was confirmed by the Meeting.
ELECTIONS FOR 2011/12:
The following, having been proposed and seconded, were elected:
Chairman: Ian McInnes
Vice-Chairman: Kenneth Wolfe
Hon.Secretary: Patrick Spencer
Hon.Treasurer: Russell Lloyd
Membership Sec: Wilf Taylor
Brian Green Journal Editor
Alastair Hanton Traffic & Transport Sub-committee
David Roberts Planning & Architecture Group
Jill Manuel Trees Sub-committee
Angela Wilkes Wildlife Sub-committee
John Ward Gardens Group
Bernard Nurse Local History Group
Ian Dejardin MA
Marion Gibbs BA Mlit
HH. Michael Goodman
Peter Lawson FRIBA, FRSA
HH. Michael Rich QC
Dr. Joseph Spence.
On behalf of the Society Ian McInnes thanked Barbara Richardson, who had stood down, for her contribution to the Executive Committee, and welcomed Sue Badman. We have not lost the services of Michael Rich who becomes a Vice-President. After many years organising the distribution of the Journal and the advertising, Margaret McConnell had decided to step down and the Society owes her a great debt of gratitude.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
Appreciation was expressed for the Society’s donation towards the development of the Herne Hill Velodrome.
Michael Rich, who had installed a bench alongside the front boundary of his house for the benefit of passengers awaiting a bus, confirmed that he was donating this piece of ground to Southwark on his vacation of the property to ensure the continued benefit of this amenity.
Thursday 12th Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture – Wedding Presents of the Italian Renaissance by Launce Gribbin. 8pm James Allen’s Girls School 6th Form Lecture Theatre.
Thursday 8th Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society – Lecture Medicine and the Human Body through the artist’s eye by Mary Acton 8pm James Allen’s Girls’ School 6th Form Lecture Theatre.
Friday 16th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery 7.30pm Concert – An evening of Tales and Travel - Martin Martineau piano with Stephan Loges (baritone) songs by Schubert, Jacques Ibert and Vaughan Williams in the Gallery. Tickets £26 (includes glass of wine) from the Gallery Friends Desk.
Tuesday 20th Dulwich Picture Gallery Jubilee Series Lecture – The Royal Portrait –Image and Impact by Jennifer Scott 10.30am £10 Linbury Room.
Thursday 12th Dulwich decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture – The Ring Finger in Europe 1600-1900 by Judy Rudoe 8pm James Allen’s Girls’ School 6th Form Lecture Theatre.
Tuesday 17th Dulwich Picture Gallery Jubilee Series Lecture – Imperial Monarchy by Lawrence James 10.30am £10 Linbury Room.
Wednesday 18th Dulwich Park Friends – Review of the Year and AGM in the Francis Peek Centre, Dulwich Park 7pm
Thursday, April 19th Dulwich Society Garden Group. Talk by Gordon Lucas, Head Gardener, Horniman Gardens on ‘The redevelopment of the Horniman Museum Gardens’
7.45 for 8.00pm at the new Belair Recreation Centre, Gallery Road
Dulwich Players production of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde Thursday 19th – Saturday 21st April, 8pm Edward Alleyn Theatre Dulwich College. Tickets £8 from The Art Stationers, Dulwich Village.
Saturday 5th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery present A Childrens’ Puppet Show with Drew Colby Linbury Room 10.15am-11.45am. Fruit in the interval. Tickets £5 parents welcome. From the Gallery Friends desk
Tuesday 8th Dulwich Picture Gallery Jubilee Lecture Series – Kings and Queens – The Biblical Tradition by Rabbi Professor Dan Cohn-Sherbok 10.30am £10 Linbury Room.
Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture – Landscape, Poetry and Power: British Neo-Romantic Painters in World War II 8pm James Allen’s Girls’ School Lecture Theatre.
Friday 11th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery 7.30pm Concert – St James Quintet perform works by Arnold, Barber and Mozart in the Gallery. Tickets £18 (includes glass of wine) from the Gallery.
Dulwich Festival and Artists’ Open House Commences
Saturday 12th Dulwich Society Tree Walk as part of The Dulwich Festival led by Letta Jones. Meet outside the College Road Gate, Dulwich Park 2.30pm
Sunday 13th Dulwich Society Local History Walk as part of Dulwich Festival led by Brian Green – The Old Village of Dulwich / Meet outside The Crown & Greyhound at 2.30pm. Walk lasts 90 minutes and is suitable for those in wheelchairs.
Sunday 20th Dulwich Park Friends Dulwich Park Festival Fair – falconry displays, steam fair, Vauxhall City Farm, Dog Show, music and dance displays, food craft and charity stalls.
Dulwich Society Local History Walk as part of The Dulwich Festival led by Ian McInnes. Meet at Wst Dulwich Station 2.30pm. Walk lasts about 90 minutes and is suitable for those in wheelchairs.
Thursday 24th Dulwich Picture Gallery Late Night Viewing 5-9pm Van Dyck in Sicily exhibition (closes 27th May)
Tuesday, June 19th Dulwich Society Garden Group visit to the Savill Garden including River trip, lunch and tea.
Monday 4th 6-8.00pm Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery - Diamond Jubilee Garden Party -an elegant evening in the Gallery gardens with music from the 50’s and a traditional tea. Croquet available for gentle or competitive exercise. Wine bar. The Director and his team will conduct short tours of the Gallery.
£18, £16 Friends
Tuesday 5th Cultural Olympiad - The Austerity Olympics: London 1948 Lecturer: Rosalind Whyte
Art at the Modern Olympics, Series of four lectures at 7.45 - 9.15pm, Linbury Room, Dulwich Picture Gallery. £35, £27 Friends, Single lectures £10, £8 Friends
Saturday 9th Friends of West Norwood Cemetery - to celebrate the London Olympics - Sportsmen’s Walk in the Cemetery led by Colin Fenn. Meet 2.30pm at West Norwood Cemetery entrance. The walk coincides with Open Day and there will be two general guided tours at 11.30am and 3.00pm.
Tuesday 12th Cultural Olympiad - Poor Art: Rome 1960 Lecturer: Peter Scott (see DPG above)
Thursday 15th Dulwich Decvorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture - Art for an Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Tomb Scenes and Funerary Goods by Lucia Gahlin. James Allen’s Girls’ School 6th Form Lecture Theatre 8pm.
Friday 15th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery 7.30pm in the Gallery- The David Rees-Williams Trio. This popular trio, known to BBC radio 3 and Classic FM listeners, recreates the works of classical masters in a jazz-inspired idiom - a feast for all music lovers.
£26, £24 Friends, includes a glass of wine
Tuesday 19th Dulwich Picture Gallery - Contextual Lecture series - Jubilee Series - The Queen and her Prime Ministers from Churchill to Blair Lecturer Dr R Thorpe. Linbury Room 10.30am tickets £10 (£9 concessions and Friends)
Saturday 23rd Friends of West Norwood Cemetery - to celebrate the London Olympics - Walk the World at West Norwood Cemetery meet at the Cemetery entrance at 2.30pm.
Sunday 24th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery 11am - 5pm at Dulwich Picture Gallery and Herne Hill Velodrome Going for Gold - A Summer Party to celebrate the Olympics
A cornucopia of events to entertain the whole family; balloon races, food and drink stalls, carousels, flying falcons, fancy dress and a vintage cycle race to the Velodrome.
Entrance via purchase of Gala programme only £1.00 per family
Tuesday 26th Cultural Olympics - Art and Angst in post-war Germany: Munich 1972
Lecturer: Alan Reid (see DPG above)
Tuesday 3rd Cultural Olympics - Up, Down and Around, Involving the Viewer: London 2012
Lecturer: Melanie Paice (see above)
Wednesday 4th - Sunday 7th The Dulwich Players Present - Pericles by William Shakespeare in the open air in Dulwich Picture Gallery Garden.
Thursday 12th Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture - Italian Memorial Sculpture 1820-1940: a Legacy of Love by Robert Freidus. James Allen’s Girls’ School 6th Form Lecture Theatre 8pm.
Saturday 21st Cultural Olympics - Cool Fusion celebrates the Olympics and Paralympics within London’s vibrant culture, in four performances of new music and drama in historic venues. The world premiere takes place at All Saints West Dulwich. Lambeth Wind Orchestra, drama, electronica and young stars from Kids' Company evoke a soundscape of past, present and future Olympic endeavour. Supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Visit http://www.forumcomposers.org.uk/projects/coolfusion/ for updates and catch the latest multimedia tasters and teasers! Doors open at 6:45 pm, concert starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets £12/£10 concessions, from www.ticketline.co.uk/cool-fusion or 0844 888 9991, booking fee applies; group bookings of five tickets or more qualify for the concessionary rate on all tickets. All Saints Church, Lovelace Road, West Dulwich, London SE21 8JY.
Tuesday 4th Beyond Words Poetry Group – Readings by Gale Burns – and Open Mic. Gipsy Hill Tavern, 79 Gipsy Hill SE 19 7pm for 7.30pm. £4 concessions £3
Friday 21st Ensemble 360 – piano quartets by Mozart and Brahms. Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery 7.30pm £20, £18 Friends, includes a glass of wine
Sunday 23rd Friends of Kingswood House – OPEN DAY 1- 4.30 pm. Talks at 2pm and 3.30pm. Displays by the Crystal Palace Foundation and The Norwood Society and music provided by the Beckenham Concert orchestra. Entrance free.
Saturday 29th Jazz in the Garden with Charles Cary-Elwes and Friends. Mainstream jazz and swing. Café open for light meals or bring a picnic - Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery. 6.30-9.30pm Gallery Garden. £18, Friends £15, £5 students aged 18 and under
Tuesday 2nd Dulwich Picture Gallery Lecture:Venus and Adonis unveiled
7.00 for 7. 30pm Linbury room £10, £8. Friends (Includes a glass of wine)
Lecture given by Dr Xavier Bray, Arturo and Holly Melosi Chief Curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Beyond Words Poetry Group – The Poets Scratching Heads Collective will be reading from their eclectic range of poems. These six London poets have had their work published in numerous magazines and anthologies. Gipsy Hill Tavern, 79 Gipsy Hill SE 19. 7pm for 7.30pm. £4 concessions £3 Open Mic
Thursday 18th – Dulwich Society Autumn Colour Visit to Audley End, Cost (including admission £30 or £20 for English Heritage members). Leave from Dulwich Picture Gallery 8.30am
Tuesday 23rd Dulwich Picture Gallery Lecture – The Scottish Colourists by Rosalind White. 7.45pm Linbury Room. £10.
Tuesday 23rd Faber Poets Christopher Reid & Sam Riviere 7.30pm £5.00 tickets bookable online http://www.dulwichbooksevents.com/ Hear two of the UK’s leading poets read from their new books.
Wednesday 24th Spanish Supper and Flamenco Music by Francisco Antonio. Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery. 7 for 7.30pm. £10 to include glass of wine (tapas at £4 dish)
Thursday 25th Friday 26th Saturday 27th The Dulwich Players present Bleak House by Charles Dickens directed by Kevin Smith. Edward Alleyn Theatre Dulwich College at 8pm. Tickets £10 from the Art Stationers, 31 Dulwich Village SE21
Thursday 25th Tom Reiss talking about his biography of The Black Count: The Real Count of Monte Cristo In celebration of Black History Month and the publication of his new book, we are delighted to welcome New York author for his only London event. Entry free, but booking essential: http://www.dulwichbooksevents.com/
Tuesday 30th Dulwich Picture Gallery Lecture – Irish Art by Peter Scott. Linbury Room 7.45pm £10
Saturday 3rd 1pm – 4pm “Crafty Saturday” with Lisa Comfort & Kerri Lewis – a demonstration of all things craft. Find out how to sew brilliant, knit the perfect top and make all the alterations you need.
Sunday 4th Dulwich Society Talk by Nicholas Reed – ‘My Father, the Man Who Never Was’ based on his book of the same title. 2.30pm Francis Peek Centre, Dulwich Park. Dulwich Society members free, visitors £5, concessions £3
Tuesday 6th Beyond Words Poetry Group - readings by Adrian al-Sayegh. Conscripted in the Iran-Iraq war, his uncompromising criticism of injustice and oppression led to him being exiled. Later the publication of his book-poem ‘Uruk’s Anthem’ led to him being sentenced to death. Following refuge in Sweden he came to London where he still lives in exile. 7pm for 7,30pm Gipsy Hill Tavern, 79 Gipsy Hill SE 19. £4 concessions £3 Open Mic
Thursday 8th 7.30pm we welcome Victoria Hislop for “One Cretan Evening. Victoria will talk and read from her new book and we will have wine and Greek nibbles on offer. Tickets £6.00, bookable online: http://www.dulwichbooksevents.com/
Tuesday 13th Dulwich Picture Gallery Lecture – The Norwich School by Jessica Saraga Linbury Room 7.45pm £10
Thursday 15th A Literary dinner with the Queen of UK Crime: Val McDermid. At Porcini restaurant on Croxted Road we are delighted to host an evening of talk and dining with Val. Tickets bookable online: http://www.dulwichbooksevents.com/
Saturday 17th in association with Alleyn Park Garden Centre we host Debora Robertson demonstrating making gifts from her new book: Gifts from the Garden.
Thursday 29th A Bicentenary Evening with Charles Dickens Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery. Scenes, readings and music by members of The Dulwich Players in a programme devised by Jill Alexander and Brian Green..7.30pm Christ’s Chapel. £12 (Friends £10) to include a glass of interval wine.
Thursday 13th Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture – The Forbidden City: Secrets of China’s Imperial Palace and Museum by Anne Haworth. James Allen’s Girls’ School 6th Form Study Centre 8pm
The Society has recently been shown the Estate’s detailed proposals for converting the Grade II listed Crown and Greyhound into a twenty bedroom hotel.
The existing ground floor bars, the restaurant, and the main function room at the front of the first floor will all be retained. There will be no alterations to the front elevation, the dormer windows or the main roof. The unsightly escape stair and kitchen vent will be removed from the rear elevation and a new lift shaft added – in matching brickwork, which will finish at second floor level so as not to impact upon the appearance of the roof profile. The building will also be completely rewired and re-plumbed.
The entrance to the proposed hotel will be from the passageway on the left hand (north) side. The large garage at the rear of the north side will be demolished and the former skittle alley converted into bedrooms and a manager’s flat. The rear function room on the first floor will be converted into bedrooms and there will be additional rooms built over the existing restaurant extension at the rear. The second floor will be all bedrooms and there will two more bedrooms in the third floor attic.
Off street parking (20 spaces) will be located partly on the site of the former garage and partly on a currently vacant site on the southern boundary. All the existing trees on the site will be retained as will the large garden area at the rear backing on to the gardens of houses in Woodward Road.
The basic construction work is expected to take around 12-15 months and the building will be out of use for that period.
The Estate has confirmed that it will be consulting local shopkeepers and residents who live nearby but the Society has urged it to hold a public exhibition as the pub is a very popular local amenity and consultation should be as wide as possible.
To save money, Southwark Council is terminating forthwith the employment of several school crossing patrollers across the borough. This will affect the patrols at the junctions of Red Post Hill and Townley Road with East Dulwich Grove. Parents are organising protests, including emailing Ward Councillors, relevant Council Executive Members and Council officers.
The Dulwich Society supports this protest, and believes that the Council’s decision to do away with the much loved lollipop people is misjudged. We are sure that many of our members will agree. The Society urges its members to email their views to the Council. The addresses for such emails are as follows:
The Village Ward Councillors:
Our Member of Parliament, Tessa Jowell:
Our London Assembly Member, Val Shawcross:
The Executive Member of Southwark Councill responsible for Transport:
Cllr Barrie Hargrove:
Southwark Council’s Head of Public Realm, Des Waters:
Chair of the Society’s Traffic and Transport Committee
June 29 2011
The Herne Hill Velodrome is the oldest cycle track in Britain and was the venue for cycling for the 1948 Olympic Games. It is an important community asset contributing to the health and cultural prosperity of South East London. A vigorous campaign has been mounted to save the Velodrome from possible closure.
A charitable trust has been formed to lease the Velodrome site from the freeholders, The Dulwich Estate, create new facilities and manage the operation of the Velodrome. Trustees are needed with professional skills and/or ability to relate well with the track cycling and local communities. These challenging voluntary appointments will provide opportunities to serve sport and the local community.
To express interest or to find out more, contact one of the three initial trustees, Hillary Peachey, Peter King and Alastair Hanton, at:
THE DULWICH SOCIETY
MINUTES OF THE 47th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Held on Tuesday, 25th May 2010 at the St.Barnabas Centre, SE21 7DG
PRESENT: Vice-President (Chairman) HH. Michael Goodman, and
approximately thirty members.
Apologies: President: HH. Michael Rich QC, Vice-Presidents: Dr.Colin
Diggory, Marion Gibbs, Peter Lawson, Dr. Joseph Spence. Bernard Nurse, John Ward, Angela Wilkes, Sylvia Daniels.
PREVIOUS MINUTES: The minutes of the 46th AGM held on 2nd April 2009 approved and signed. There were no matters arising.
REPORTS FOR THE YEAR 2009: were available on the website from the end of February & at the meeting. The following is a summary of points highlighted by the Committee member presenting each Report:
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT: (Ian McInnes)
Highlights of a successful year included the first edition of ‘Dulwich Gardens Open for Charity’, the management of a bid grant for fencing at Marlborough Cricket Ground on Dulwich Common, and the Local History Day at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
The Journal maintains its high standard and some 200 residents attended the Public Meeting we arranged to hear from, and question, the Dulwich Estate Trustees. We also organized a meeting with other local residents’ organisations to share information and problems.
Velodrome - we are pressing all the bodies involved with this to come to an agreement so that this facility is properly used.
We remain concerned with the Estate’s approach to their shop tenants.
Representatives of the Society and the Dulwich Estate Trustees meet 3 times of year as the Scheme of Management Advisory Committee and we hope that relevant decisions of the Trustees will be made public on their website during the coming year.
We persuaded Southwark to renovate some of the fingerposts and verge posts & chains in the Village.
We were pleased to note that Dulwich won further medals in The London in Bloom, and Britain in Bloom competitions.
The whole Society is very grateful to those members who serve on the committees and deliver the Journal.
SECRETARY’S REPORT: (Patrick Spencer)
The Executive Committee met 9 times in the year.
We were delighted that Dr. J Spence, Master of Dulwich College, agreed to become a Vice-President.
Margaret McConnell has, after many years, retired from organising the distribution of the Journal and we owe her a debt of gratitude, but are pleased that she will continue to recruit advertisers which greatly reduce the cost of producing the Journal.
A happy and historic event was the registration of the Post Office handcart by the Lord Mayor of London at Guildhall Yard under the auspices of the Worshipful Company of Carmen. We were able to re-site the Society’s notice board to the more prominent position adjacent to the Post Office and are grateful to those that gave permission.
To improve security of the Edward Alleyn statue we have had a CCTV camera installed, and the figures treated with ‘smart water’.
MEMBERSHIP: (Wilf Taylor)
Membership numbers averaged 1070 during the year. A membership drive is planned in certain roads. Charity Aid contribution amounted to £2606 and we urge members who have not completed the requisite form to do so.
We hope members will try and recruit amongst their friends and neighbours.
PLANNING & ARCHITECTURE: (David Roberts)
We continue to check on Planning and Scheme of Management applications and to comment as we consider appropriate, and these were generally upheld.
The saga of the collapsed listed wall in Red Post Hill continues but hope in the coming year to see it rebuilt.
Dulwich Millpond - The Estate has commissioned a report on its condition. The first of a series of articles has appeared in the Journal dealing with energy generation and conservation.
We are working on the production of an Architectural Poster to inllustrate examples of house design in the area.
TRAFFIC & TRANSPORT: (Alastair Hanton)
Matters considered included road safety, reduction of traffic congestion, improvements for walking & cycling, and better public transport.
Work in progress or completed for which, with others, we have pressed for include the Court Lane entrance to the Park, and the Herne Hill junction project.
We continue to work on a safe walking and cycling network.
Cleaner, Greener, Safer Bids were obtained for renovation of the Webster fountain at the south end of the Village (£2000) and for the car park at the Herne Hill end of Stradella Road (contribution of £10000).
Car Clubs: Southwark is making progress in implementing the scheme to make available cars for short time hire.
LOCAL HISTORY: (Bernard Nurse)
Collaboration with the Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery resulted in 2 very successful events: ‘Dulwich House Detective Day’ (talks on the development of the area, display of archives, and information to research the history of your home), and ‘The Dulwich Assembly- a Georgian Entertainment’ devised by Brian Green and based on the diaries of Richard Randall, organist at the College in the late C18.
A number of articles on relevant subjects were published in the Journal, and the Gazette of Dulwich Road names was revised and put on our website.
The War Memorial at Dulwich Hospital was researched by members, and has now been renovated.
GARDEN GROUP: (John Ward)
The first edition of ‘Dulwich Gardens open for Charity’ listed 40 garden openings. 4,000 copies were distributed.
The annual talk was on ‘London’s ‘secret’ parks & garden, and the visit was to the late Lord Beaverbrook’s garden at Cherkley Court and then on to Denbies Wine Estate.
TREES: (Jill Manuel)
The Dulwich Festival Tree Walk was in Horniman’s Gardens and about 50 attended. We have also planted 6 beech trees in the field opposite Horniman’s Museum
The Copse in Dulwich Park prospers.
For the London Squares weekend we arranged guided tours of the Picture Gallery garden.
The leaning Zelkova continues to give great concern, and we hope that a means of preserving it will be found.
WILDLIFE: (Angela Wilkes)
Grants from Southwark were obtained for signage for the wildlife areas in Dulwich Park (£3000), and working with Friends of Belair Park for hedgerow and wildflower planting in Belair (£8000).
Members have been amongst those weeding in the Copse area of Dulwich Park.
A number of interesting birds, butterflies, bees and insects were noted. Four species of bat were recorded on a July visit to Belair Park. Articles and report of sightings were included in the Journal.
TREASURER’S REPORT: (Russell Lloyd)
Audited accounts for 2009 were circulated. The excess of income after expenditure and donations was £750 (previous year £4018). Income fell by £889 principally due to low interest rates. Operating expenditure was higher but it included the cost of planting the beech trees opposite Horniman’s Museum and security work for the Edward Alleyn statue.
Donations included £1873 to the Horniman Garden Development Project (£1000), Dulwich Going Greener (£500), Community Space (£273) and London Wildlife Trust (£100).
Bank balances at the end of the year amounted to £25,690.
Approval of the accounts was proposed and seconded and passed by the meeting.
We are very grateful to our Honorary Auditor, Sally-Anne Jeffries, who was re-appointed.
ELECTIONS FOR 2010/11:
The following, having been proposed and seconded, were elected:
Officers: Chairman Ian McInnes
Vice-Chairman Kenneth Wolfe
Hon.Secretary Patrick Spencer
Hon.Treasurer Russell Lloyd
Membership Secretary Wilf Taylor
Brian Green Editor of the Journal
Alastair Hanton Traffic & Transport sub-committee
Jill Manuel Trees sub-committee
Bernard Nurse Local History sub-committee
David Roberts Planning & Architecture sub-com.
John Ward Gardens sub-committee
Angela Wilkes Wildlife sub-committee
President HH. Michael Rich QC
Vice-Presidents Ian Dejardin MA
Dr.Colin Diggory (to 31 August)
Marion Gibbs BA Mlit
HH. Michael Goodman
Peter Lawson FRIBA FRSA
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
Queries were raised regarding the proposed Music Centre at JAGS; this will also be available for community use but concerns were raised about car parking space although an area off Green Dale is to be made available.
The Meeting ended at 8.45pm and wine etc was served.