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DULWICH SOCIETY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - 2011
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORTS
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT - 2010
After persistent pressure from the Society, the Dulwich Estate has finally published the monthly schedule of planning applications to the Scheme of Management on their website and also, perhaps more importantly, the results of those applications.
The Society was very pleased to support the considerable local interest in the Herne Hill Velodrome and we agreed to give a grant of £5000 to assist in setting up the new charity - the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust.
The Society promoted six successful projects which secured Cleaner Greener Safer (CGS) funding from the Council. Five of these are complete including the replacement circular bench in the Village, alterations to the gate to Cox’s Walk to enable mothers with buggies to have easy access, a new bench outside Barclay’s Bank, the installation of the Red Post sign at the junction of Herne Hill and Red Post Hill, and the re-turfing of the grass areas between the St Barnabas Church Hall and the Crown and Greyhound in the Village. From last year we can also confirm the successful completion of the new fence to the Marlborough cricket Club, only the refurbishment of Rosebery Lodge is outstanding and initial work on preparing plans and specifications has started.
Amongst other successes, with which we have been involved indirectly, were the conversion of College Lodge in Dulwich Park into a communal facility, the completion of better parking and the new changing rooms for Belair Park, and the new pavements and kerbs in Gallery Road. We have also tried very hard to facilitate a successful conclusion to the Burbage Road roundabout saga – only time will tell whether the final agreed solution is the right one.
The Society has continued to monitor the situation regarding the Village Post Office and we understand that a new tenant has come forward and that he should be in place shortly.
Following a constructive meeting with the new headmaster at Dulwich College, we have recently heard that new architects have been appointed to prepare a master plan for the school’s future development and look forward to seeing the results.
There was a huge demand for the second edition of the Society’s booklet on ‘Dulwich Gardens open for charity’. The third edition published in March (2011) has more pages and an increased print run.
Our work on the Zelkova tree at the Dulwich Common/College Road junction will be covered in other committee reports as will the successful retention of the large tulip tree outside the Picture Gallery.
With its wide range of articles on all aspects of local interest, the Journal continues to be regarded as one of the major benefits of Society membership.
Once again I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of our Executive Committee and the Chairs, and members, of our sub-committees for the time they dedicate to the Society and its activities - continuing to do their best to maintain Dulwich’s unique ambience. I would also include the members who deliver the newsletter around Dulwich and welcome the new volunteer deliverers and co-ordinators who have joined us over the last year.
Last, but not lease, I want to record my thanks to His Honour Michael Rich QC who is standing down at the next AGM as the Society’s President. He has held this position for ten years and for many years before that was an active vice-president. His legal knowledge has been a great help to the Society as has his efficient chairmanship of the Society’s AGM.
Ian McInnes, Chairman
HON. SECRETARY’S REPORT - 2010
The Executive Committee met 9 times during the year.
The Society lost a good friend when Ken Jeffries died on 6th January; he was a link with the birth of the Society, and had been our Honorary Auditor from 1964 to 2006 – 42 years!
For a considerable time we had pressed for the re-erection of the War Memorial at Dulwich Hospital and this resulted in its restoration and re-dedicated on 19th March, and adjacent to it we have had a bench installed.
At the AGM we bid farewell to one of our Vice-Presidents, Dr.Colin Diggory who was retiring from the headship of Alleyn’s School at the end of the summer term.
A major topic during the year was the fate of the Zelkova tree; at the last moment, for better or worse, it was partially saved and on 21st August lopped from some 100 feet to 20 feet in height; we now await to see whether it will re-generate.
Another important event was the ‘unveiling’ on 2nd October of the red painted fingerpost at the head of Red Post Hill which we had initiated, followed by a small celebration in the adjacent church hall.
On Remembrance Sunday the bench at the corner of Dulwich Village and Calton Avenue was dedicated to the memory of Lt. Mark Evison, a local resident, who was killed whilst serving in Afghanistan.
Patrick Spencer, Hon Secretary
MEMBERSHIP REPORT - 2010
Membership: 2010 was a good year for membership, with 58 new members joining (including 10 recruited as the result of a localised membership drive). This enabled us to maintain the total number of members at just below 1100 throughout the year. We will consider another membership drive in the less well-represented areas in Dulwich during 2011. I would like to encourage our members to introduce the idea of membership to friends, neighbours and, in particular, newly-arrived residents. The more members we have the greater the clout the Society has as the only amenity society in the local area.
Charity Gift Aid: We claimed and received £2590.83 in Charity Gift Aid in 2010. This is a valuable addition to our funds each year and we are grateful to the 84% of our members who signed Gift Aid declarations.
Journal Distribution: We have recently re-organised some of the 'zones' for distribution of the quarterly Journal. We are grateful to those members who did in the past or who do now help to deliver Journals. I know from messages I receive how much it is appreciated. New volunteers are always welcome.
Wilfrid Taylor, Membership Secretary
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE PLANNING & ARCHITECTURE GROUP - 2010
Dulwich Estate licence applications: The Planning and Architecture Group continues to make monthly visits to the Scheme of Management office to comment on licence applications. This year has seen a gradual increase in the number of applications reviewed.
39 Alleyn Road: An appeal against Southwark’s refusal to allow demolition of the existing house and construction of a much larger new one was upheld by the Planning Inspector. However, the licence application to the Dulwich Estate was turned down until the design had been amended to comply with Estate guidelines. In this instance the objections we raised during the consultation process were addressed by the ‘safety net’ of the Guidelines and the actions of the trustees of the Scheme of Management to enforce them.
11A Fountain Drive: The appeal against Southwark’s planning refusal was also allowed by a Planning Inspector.
8 Frank Dixon Way: The appeal against Southwark’s planning refusal was also for extensive demolition and large extension with a huge basement was allowed by a Planning Inspector.
60 Dulwich Village: A planning application for part demolition and a large side extension to this listed house was withdrawn after considerable local opposition. A reduced scheme submitted in December to which the Society has also objected.
James Allen’s Girls School (JAGS): A planning application for a Community Music Centre was submitted to Southwark and the Society wrote in support.
Concern about parking, particularly during evening events, was an issue but a draft planning permission has been agreed subject to a series of conditions which would satisfy local residents.
Listed wall on Red Post Hill: This has now been rebuilt. New concrete foundations and concealed concrete piers have been included to provide stability to the re-instated brickwork and the leaning section of the old wall. The original bricks, or bricks of a similar age, have been used as has the correct lime mortar.
The Society acknowledges Southwark Council’s planning enforcement officer’s efforts in taking out legal proceedings against the site owners, Hausman Hughes Ltd. The successful conclusion to this five year project also involved local residents Peter Flaherty at Lyndenhurst, Simon Pimblett at 9 Red Post Hill, the Council’s Conservation officers, and Village Ward Councillors.
Belair Changing Rooms: The new changing rooms and community meeting room have now been completed and were officially opened earlier last year by Southwark Councillors.
Gallery Road: The heritage additions to the new lamp posts have been completed. Meetings were arranged by Southwark’s Public Realm Officer, John Howe, with all interested parties in the road to finalise a scheme for installing granite kerbs, re-surfacing the footpaths, creating indented parking and a section of combined pedestrian and cycle footpath. Work was in progress towards the end of last year until halted by the early snow. The road will be resurfaced shortly.
Edward Alleyn Statue: Signs warning that the statues are now under 24hr video surveillance has been installed. Discreet signs in the surrounding gravel also note that the statues have been sprayed with forensic ‘smart water’.
Dulwich Mill Pond: The Dulwich Estate has experienced slow progress in receiving the detailed scheme for cleaning and managing the pond. The works are now expected to take place in 2012.
Streatham & Marlborough Cricket Club: The new oak paling fencing to replace the unsightly wire mesh fencing was completed last February by Chestnut Products Ltd using sustainably managed oak from the Hever Castle Estate. The Dulwich Estate kindly provided all tender documentation and obtained the prices. The cost of the work was paid for by a combination of a CGS grant from Southwark Council, and contributions from the Society and the club. The unsightly graffiti-covered container in the car park has been moved sideways
in line with the tree screen, and painted dark green. A combined effort by all the parties has achieved a substantial improvement to the visual amenity of this section of Dulwich Common.
Cox’s Walk: A Cleaner Greener Safer grant was obtained to adapt the railings and gate at the bottom end of Cox’s walk to allow easier access for push chairs. The adaptation work and repainting was completed within a day by local metalwork fabricators, E Smith Metal Fabrication Ltd.
St Peter’s Church Lordship Lane – The Deeper Life Bible Church: The Society, assisted by Michelle Pearce, has been in discussion with Pastor Sunday Okenwa regarding our desire to see the boundary wall and railings reinstated along Lordship Lane. We are also concerned over the derelict church hall.
We have made a successful application to the Heritage of London Trust for a contribution to the works but further money needs to be raised. The church and hall are on the English heritage ‘Buildings at risk’ register.
Architectural Poster/Map: Local artist mark Ashmead has provided a series of excellent watercolours of selected houses to illustrate the poster. Vic lee has been commissioned to prepare the actual map
David Lloyd Roberts, Chair
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE - 2010
Much has been achieved in the year to improve the quality of the environment in and around Dulwich. Road safety, a reduction of traffic congestion, improvement of facilities for walking and cycling, and better public transport have been under constant consideration during the twelve month period.
Herne Hill Junction: The £2 million regeneration scheme has proved to be most successful and the official inauguration ceremony took place on 4 December.
Herne Hill Retail Improvement Project: Whilst the work on Norwood Road is substantially complete, the Society, along with the Herne Hill Society, is pressing for the speedy implementation of the work which remains to be done on Half Moon Lane.
Traffic calming in Dulwich Village: The work on the footways of Gallery Road is in progress and will be followed by the resurfacing of the carriageway. Some alterations to the gyratory at the end of Burbage Road have been approved and work has started on modifications to the junction of Calton Avenue, Court Lane and Dulwich Village.
Changes at the junction of Village Way and Red Post Hill, initially recommended by the late David Hollis, a former member of the Society’s Traffic and Transport Committee, have now been implemented and have proved very satisfactory.
Herne Hill Velodrome: The company to eventually take responsibility for the Velodrome, the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust, has been incorporated and been registered by the Charity Commission. The Velodrome Committee is deeply grateful for the Society’s financial support, which is vital to enable preliminary professional work to be undertaken on the lease and the governance structure.
Agreement has been reached between the Dulwich Estate and British Cycling, enabling the latter to resurface the track.
Plans for the possible replacement of the buildings by the architects for the Stratford Olympic Velodrome, have been shown to representatives of local interests and to the volunteers who have kept the Velodrome operating for the past few years.
A reception for fund raisers and others who may have influence in moving the project forward has taken place, as has a further public meeting which was held at Dulwich College in March.
Walking & cycling network: Elements of our walking and cycling network involve the both the Velodrome Project and the work on Gallery Road, and we are delighted with progress so far.
Road danger reduction: We have worked with Ward Councillors to press Transport for London for measures to prevent the frequent over-running onto the footway by westbound vehicles going too fast at the junction of Alleyn Park and the South Circular. We are also in discussion with the Police about their use of the hand-held speed surveillance devices provided for them through the Dulwich Community Council, especially on Half Moon Lane, East Dulwich Road and Gallery Road.
Jags Community Music Centre: The Council has now granted planning consent, subject to conditions, which have been published in draft. We will discuss with the school and Council officers the conditions related to traffic.
Trains: Recently a substantial improvement has been made to the frequency and duration of evening services between North Dulwich and London Bridge stations, and frequency of services to Crystal Palace on Sundays. Surprisingly, the train operator Southern has not publicised this welcome change.
There is a long-standing issue still to be resolved with Network Rail and South Eastern Trains over disabled access to the platforms at West Dulwich Station.
Car club: The Traffic and Transport Committee is keen to support an event proposed by Dulwich Going Greener, to promote the new Car Club. This is under discussion with Southwark Council and the operator Streetcar.
Dulwich Festival 2011: The Festival Committee is keen to extend the Festival from the park into Dulwich Village by excluding vehicles from the Village for part of one of the two Sundays of the Festival. Support for this idea was expressed by Councillors at a Dulwich Community Council meeting and by an extensive consultation with local residents and businesses. The proposal is being pursued.
Alastair Hanton, Chair
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE LOCAL HISTORY GROUP – 2010
The main event of the year was the unveiling of the red signpost at the top of Red Post Hill. This marks the former signpost which gave the road its name and was an unusual feature in London. Financial support from Southwark Council and the Herne Hill Society is gratefully acknowledged. About 70 people attended the ceremony, including the Deputy Mayor.
The annual summer walk took place in May during the Dulwich Festival and was led by Brian Green along the ridge of Sydenham Hill. A second walk in October led by Brian Green and Stephen Humphrey along Bankside featured places associated with Edward Alleyn, the founder of Dulwich College. Harvey Sheldon showed the group the excavated remains of the Rose Theatre where Alleyn had performed. Both walks were well supported.
One of the committee’s longest serving members, Mary Boast, died in June. She had been the Local Studies Librarian for Southwark and wrote “The Story of Dulwich”. A street in Camberwell has been named after her, and a full obituary published in the Dulwich Society Journal.
The Journal has expanded its coverage of local history with well illustrated articles publishing new discoveries, and it is particularly pleasing to see new contributors researching and writing. In 2010, the articles ranged from Christ’s Chapel in the early 17th century to the use of Dulwich Hospital as a military hospital in the First World War and a rocket attack in the Second World War. A number of local buildings, estates, architects, builders and local people have been featured in depth.
Contacts through the Society’s website from as far away as Australia, have provided information on local residents such as Charles Drake, the builder of the early concrete house in Lordship Lane and Lionel Logue, George VI’s speech therapist. A variety of queries have been also answered, such as the location of the former Samuel Jones Sports Club (where the rock group Status Quo played their first gig) and the house of Hiram Maxim.
Bernard Nurse, Chair
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE GARDEN GROUP - 2010
The group produced the 2010 edition of ‘Dulwich Gardens open for Charity’, which for the first time included colour photographs of some of the gardens. We also printed more copies of the booklet (5000) because of strong demand the previous year. The new edition was widely welcomed by both garden owners and visitors.
The first event of our year was a really interesting talk by one of the country’s leading experts on Auriculars, Bill Lockyer. The event was very well attended and plant sales were a record.
In May, we arranged a full day tour to Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens. We were very lucky – it was a glorious day and the gardens were at their best with masses of Azaleas and Rhododendrons in full bloom.
A few days later we went on a private visit to Buckingham Palace gardens. It was a good day with fine weather and the staff were very helpful, but there wasn’t a lot of colour in the garden. It seems that it is designed to be at its best for the Royal Garden Parties – we were a little too early.
John Ward, Chair
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE TREES COMMITTEE - 2010
The Festival Tree Walk was again led by Letta Jones, visiting Peckham Park, largely unknown by Dulwich locals. The weather was deplorable, and in 9 degrees C only about 10 people turned up to see this excellent park, with its NZ Kowhai tree in full brilliant yellow (Letta was not phased by this rare flowering).
The Zelkova at the College crossroads was the cause of much anxiety and variety of opinion. Its ‘lean’ had finally been judged as unsafe by Tfl, and local feeling wanted the tree saved, by means of pollarding the main canopy, with a hope that growth would regenerate in the Spring. This view was supported by expert voices, including those from the LBS. The Dulwich Estate, and their experts preferred that the tree be removed, and another planted as replacement. Time will tell whether any new growth will prove acceptable, but at the moment it is rather a stark statue.
The run of large trees along the east side of College Road is thought to be causing subsidence to the adjacent houses. At least two trees have already been felled, and this year the DE agreed to provide a root barrier beside a very large Tulip tree near the Park gates. The cost of this will be appear on our individual Scheme of Management accounts, but at least the potential threat to our local streetscape of magnificent trees has found an alternative response.
A visit to see the Autumn colours at Sheffield Park, and at Nymans, was well attended and much admired. Another NZ rarity, the newly discovered Wollomi pine, is settling in well.
The Beech Grove in the Horniman Triangle has not had a happy start, with extremes of drought and ice. The café was vandalised, but a proper water source (and toilets) have now been provided, so watering is at least a possibility.
The Tree map continues to sell well (especially through the Pavilion Café) and a copy is given to each new member of the Dulwich Society. Members of the Tree Committee continue to contribute profiles of ‘Interesting Trees in Dulwich’ to the Journal.
Jill Manuel, Chair
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE WILDLIFE COMMITTEE - 2010
Detailed, expert ecological surveys of our natural surroundings are the key to preserving and improving habitats - and hence preventing species sliding off the map in the face of increasing human population pressures. Only by discovering and laboriously cataloguing everything that is living in one hedgerow, stand of trees or span of unimproved grassland can we hope to hang onto our biodiversity heritage, let alone enhance it.
To that end, the Society’s Wildlife Committee commissioned a number of plant and wildlife surveys, focusing on plant life in Dulwich Park and along the Gallery Road corridors, and on bird species locally during the year. The Committee also tapped into the considerable natural history expertise within its own ranks and, as a result, proved the continued existence of hole-nesting Little Owls within Belair Park, and tawny owls in Dulwich and Sydenham Hill Woods.
This, in turn, fuelled a Dulwich Community Council grant for new owl nest boxes in key areas. Migrating swifts, which rely upon returning to known nesting areas each year, have also been given a conservation boost by the upcoming installation of nest boxes on one of the Dulwich Park lodges. Visiting Redwings descended in “startling” numbers during an early year cold snap, both nationally and locally - some 250 were spotted in Dulwich Park. The continued presence of particular birds, of course, “ticks all the right boxes”, conservation-wise, because it shows that the food (whether insects, seeds, berries or bought-in dried mixes of same) and shelter required for successful breeding continue to be in place in sufficient abundance in the Dulwich area, both in private gardens, and on public and Estate lands. Likewise, Dulwich parks have been shown to support a number of Biodiversity Action Plan bat species - locally recorded species include both kinds of Pipistrelles, Leisler’s and Daubenton’s; all use the locality for feeding on insect prey and Daubenton’s are believed to use Dulwich Park as a breeding ground.
The Society’s thanks for their work and advice during the year go to Wildlife Committee “birdmen” Dave Clark, Stephen Robinson and Dr Peter Roseveare, for their observations and enthusiastic campaigning, and to Southwark‘s Ecology Officer, Jon Best, and Head of Parks, Paul Highman, for “making things happen“.
Former Natural History Museum curator of flowering plants, and a specialist in the folklore and uses of plants, Dr Roy Vickery, was “frankly surprised and delighted” by the number of traditional plant species he recorded in Dulwich Park on a number of surveys sponsored by the Dulwich Society. He was equally impressed by the variety of native “countryside” plants he found alongside Gallery Road (where the old hedgerow has been enhanced through whip-planting with the help of Alan Scott Ecology and the London Wildlife Trust). Dulwich Park’s areas of rough grassland yielded meadow grass species with such fascinating names as Timothy, Mouse-ear, Cocksfoot and Yorkshire fog, and its pastureland heritage ecology has been incorporated in the new signage for this park’s Woodland Walk perimeter and Village Copse. A full list of the recorded plants is available from the South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road, London SE24 9AQ,
The Society also supported a successful £10,000 Dulwich Community Council grant bid by the Friends of Belair Park for a removable silt trap and reed bed filter to improve water quality in the lake. Work on this is ongoing and will be combined with tree works that will let more light into the water, following an ecological survey commissioned by Southwark.
A half-dozen disease-resistant English Elm whips were planted in the Gallery Road area, donated by Butterfly Conservation. Elms provide food for the scarce White-letter hairstreak butterfly, still “hanging on by its fingertips!” in the Dulwich area, says Malcolm Bridge, recorder for the charity’s Surrey and south London areas.
Most Dulwich residents welcome the wildlife “on their doorsteps”, but the Committee provided some useful humane deterrence tips in the Autumn Journal for those who draw the line at fox soiling and urine marking on those doorsteps. Finally, the Committee’s representatives were invited to advise Natural England on how best to manage visitor access Sydenham Hill Woods and to tackle problems of trampling and over-use by professional dog walkers in this Nature Reserve.
Angela Wilkes, Chair.
Sunday 9th Dulwich Picture Gallery Bi-centenary Celebrations – THE BIG BANG - from 11am onwards. Fireworks display 5.15pm.
Thursday 13th Dulwich Picture Gallery Lecture – Masterpiece of the Month – Sir John Soane by Thomas Lawrence by Alan Read. Linbury Room 7 for 7.30pm £10
Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture – Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves; the Working Classes in Art by Linda Smith. 8pm James Allen’s Girls’ School 6th Form Lecture Theatre.
Wednesday 19th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery Lunchtime Concert by students from the Dulwich Foundation Schools - From Blues to Bach. Christ’s Chapel 1.30pm to 2.00pm. Admission free. Entrance from Gallery Cloister.
Dulwich Subscription Concerts –Chamber Concert in the Old Library, Dulwich College at 7.30pm Haydn, Bartók and Dvorak String Quartets. Tickets £15 Concs £10 Students £5 Tel 020 8761 6659 or on the door.
Sunday 23rd Christ’s Chapel, Dulwich Village – Organ Recital on the George England Organ by Marilyn Harper at 7.45pm
Wednesday 26th From Blues to Bach (see above)
Wednesday 9th From Blues to Bach (see above)
Thursday 10th Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture – Petra and the Naboteans: the Arabs before Islam by Sue Rollins. 8pm James Allen’s Girls’ School 6th Form Lecture Theatre.
Saturday 12th “The Wizard of Oz” – a special adaptation by Tricia Thorns In aid of St Barnabas Church. Two performances 11.30am and 3.00pm at St Barnabas Hall, Dulwich Village Tickets £10 concs £6 children under 12 £3 from The Art Stationers, Dulwich Village.
Wednesday 16th From Blues to Bach (see above)
Wednesday 23rd From Blues to Bach (see above)
Thursday 24th Dulwich Picture Gallery Lecture- Masterpiece of the Month – The Bufón Velásquez by Peter Scott. Linbury Room 7 for 7.30pm £10.
Sunday 27th Christ’s Chapel, Dulwich Village – Organ Recital on the George England Organ by Simon Johnson, organist St Paul’s Cathedral at 7.45pm.
Tuesday 8th Dulwich Picture Gallery – Contextual Lecture Series – ‘It will not quite eclipse Napoleon’: John Nash’s plans for London. David Watkin. Linbury Room 10.30am £10
Thursday 10th Dulwich Picture Gallery – Masterpiece of the Month Lecture – Vermeer – The Music Lesson by Desmond Shaw-Taylor. 7 for 7.30pm Linbury Room. Tickets £10
Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture – The Art of Conversation: painting & family life in 18th century England by Catherine Parry-Wingfield. James Allen’s Girls’ School 6th Form Lecture Theatre 8pm.
Saturday 19th Dulwich Helpline Antiques Discovery Day/Arts and Crafts Sale from 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. at Herne Hill Baptist Church, Half Moon Lane, SE24 9HU
Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery – Flamenco music, dance and supper – Juan Ramirez St Barnabas Hall, Dulwich Village at 6.30pm £17 (under 16’s £10)
Wednesday 23rd Dulwich Subscription Concerts – Accordion music from all eras and countries. 7.30pm The Old Library, Dulwich College. Tickets £15 (concs £10, students £5).
Thursday 24th Dulwich Society Garden Group – Talk – ‘The work of the Metropolitan Gardens Association, past and present’. Speaker Mrs Joyce Bellamy. 7.45 for 8.00pm at the St Barnabas
Centre, Calton Avenue SE 21. Admission free.
Tuesday 29th Dulwich Picture Gallery – Contextual Lecture Series – The Cockney Moment: Metropolitan Art and Literature in the Regency. Gregory Dart. Linbury Room 10.30am £10
Saturday 9th Dulwich Society visit to Buckingham Palace garden and Trees walk. 3.30pm (see page ?? for booking form)
Sunday 10th Christ’s Chapel Organ Recital – Marilyn Harper, Organist Christ’s Chapel 7.45pm
Thursday 22nd – May 8th. Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery. Friends Easter Open Exhibition. Linbury Room.
Thursday 14th Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture – Emma, Lady Hamilton: scandal, celebrity & art in 18th century Britain by Kate Williams. James Allen’s Girls’ School 6th Form Lecture Theatre 8pm.
Dulwich Picture Gallery Masterpiece of the Month – El Greco. Lecture by Rosalind Whyte Linbury Room 7pm for 7.30pm £10 (includes glass of wine)
Saturday 16th Meridian Brass – Concert – in aid of Practical Action, the international development charity. Music of Haydn, Ravel, Gershwin and Brubeck. St Faith’s Church, Red Post Hill SE 24 7,30pm Ticket £12 020 8670 4800
Tuesday 26th Dulwich Picture Gallery – Contextual Lecture Series – The Peninsular War: the End of the Beginning? Charles Esdaile. Linbury Room 10.30am £10
Wednesday 27th Friends of Dulwich Park Annual General Meeting - 7pm in the Francis Peek Centre, Dulwich Park. Following the meeting there will be a talk by Edward Mayer from Swift Conservation about helping to protect swifts and reducing the threats to them. All welcome.
Sunday 8th Dulwich Festival – Woodwarde Walk- architectural walk conducted by Ian McInnes. Meet junction of Calton Avenue/Woodwarde Road 2.20pm.
Thursday 12th Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture – Art in Paris 1850 – 1900: the most decadent city in the world! By Linda Collins. James Allen’s Girls’ School 6th Form Lecture Theatre 8pm.
Saturday 14th Dulwich Festival Trees Walk conducted by Letta Jones for the Dulwich Society. Meet at the Old College Gate, Dulwich Park in College Road at 2.30pm
Sunday 15th Dulwich Festival – The Life and Times of Richard Randall – a talk by Brian Green with musical illustrations by Marilyn Harper on this eighteenth century professional Dulwich musician. Christ’s Chapel, Dulwich Village 3pm. Tickets £4
Monday 23rd Dulwich Society Annual General Meeting St Barnabas Centre, Calton Avenue
SE 21 at 8pm
Tuesday 24th Dulwich Picture Gallery - Contextual Lecture Series – Jews in Britain under the Georges. Rabbi Dan Cohn-Sherbok Linbury Room 10.30am £10
Wednesday 25th Dulwich Subscription Concert – The Bozza Ensemble (wind and piano ensemble) Mozart and Poulenc quintet and sextet. The Old Library, Dulwich College at 7.30pm. Tickets £15, concs £10, students £5
Tuesday 31st Dulwich Picture Gallery – Contextual Lecture Series – The Founding of the Dulwich Picture Gallery 1811: Dulwich College and ‘the Bourgeois Gallery’. Jan Piggott, Linbury Room 10.30am £10
Sunday 5th Organ Recital by Robert Wooley Christ’s Chapel, Dulwich Village at 7.45pm
Sydenham International Music Festival Concert – Endellion String Quartet Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schubert. 7.30pm St Bartholomew’s Church, Westwood Hill SE 26 Tickets £16.50 concs £12.50 Tel: 020 8778 4701
Thursday 9th Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society – Lecture – The Amish People: their history, culture and quilts. By Jan Jefferson. James Allen’s Girls’ School 6th form lecture theatre at 8pm.
Sydenham Music International Festival concert – Sir Willard White, bass/baritone: Sylvia Kevorkian, soprano: Eugene Asti piano – Schumann. Liszt, Mozart, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein. St Bartholomew’s Church, Westwood Hill SE 26 at 7.30pm Tickets £19 concs £13.50 tel: 020 8778 4701
Saturday 11th Dulwich Picture Gallery - tour of the Gallery’s architecture, alterations and extensions of the past 200 years. 10.15-11.15am. led by Ian McInnes tickets £8 booking required from Gallery desk.
Sunday 12th Dulwich Garden Safari in aid of Dulwich Helpline. Five beautiful gardens to explore 2pm-6pm. Ticket/map on the day from 22 Court Lane SE 21 7DZ. Adults £5, children under 16 free. No Dogs Tea and home made cakes available.
Tuesday 14th Dulwich Picture Gallery Contextual Lecture series – The Tyranny of the Left and of the Right: Georg Hegel’s Unintended Legacy by George Rousseau. Linbury Room 10.30am
Thursday 16th Dulwich Picture Gallery Lecture – Rembrandt (Masterpiece of the month) by Jessica Saraga. Linbury Room 7pm for 7.30pm
Thursday 23rd Dulwich Society Garden Group. Full day visit to Pashley Manor and Scotney Castle Gardens. Price £28 includes transport, tips and admission to Pashley Manor. Bring your National Trust card for admission to Scotney Castle. Reservations via Ian Pulleine, 1 Perifield SE 21 8NG. Telephone 8670 5477 (after 11.00am)
Sunday 26th Sydenham International Music Festival Concert – featuring BBC Young Musician of the Year – Lara Melda. Festival Orchestra conducted by Robert Trory. Weber Overture ‘Der Freisch_tz’, Thomas Hyde ‘ Sinfonia minuscola’, Mozart Concerto No20 in D minor, Beethoven Symphony No 5 in C minor. St Bartholmew’s Church Westwood Hill SE 26 at 7.30pm. Tickets £19 concs £13.50 Tel: 020 8778 4701
Tuesday 28th Dulwich Picture Gallery Contextual Lecture series – The Keys of Spain: The Duke of Wellington and the Peninsula Campaign in 1811. by Kenneth Wolfe. Linbury Room 10.30am
Saturday 9th Dulwich Symphony Orchestra – Concert Programme includes Ginastera Harp Concerto with soloist Elizabeth McNulty and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade”.
at All Saints' Church, Lovelace Road, West Dulwich, SE21 8JY at 7.45pm. Ticket prices £8, concessions £5 and children under 16 free, and includes an interval drink.
Wednesday 13th July – Saturday 16th The Dulwich Players present ARCADIA by Tom Stoppard at 8pm Edward Alleyn Theatre, Dulwich College. Tickets : £8 Available from Box Office : 020 8670 0890 or from The Art Stationers, Dulwich Village or on the door
Thursday 14th Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society – Lecture – Spirituality in 20th Century Art by Rosalind White. James Allen’s Girls’ School 6th Form lecture theatre at 8pm.
Dulwich Picture Gallery Lecture – Ingres (Masterpiece of the month) by Alan Read. Linbury Room 7pm for 7.30pm.
Sunday 11th In aid of Dulwich Helpline - Concert by James Allen Community Orchestra. The programme will include Elgar’s Cello Concerto (soloist Paul Brunner) and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 4. Tickets £7 (concs £5) Send stamped addressed envelope to Music Dept., JAGS, East Dulwich Grove SE 22 8TE
Thursday 15th Dulwich Community Council Meeting - The Future of Dulwich Libraries. 7pm Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane SE 22.
Thursday 22nd Dulwich Picture Gallery Masterpiece of the Month - Presiding Genius Lecture - Gainsborough: Mrs Sheridan - National Gallery of Art, Washington DC 7 for 7.30 pm Linbury Room £10 (includes glass of wine)
Saturday 24th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery - Jazz in the Garden with the Charles Cary-Elwes jazz group. Tickets £18 (students £5) 6.30pm-9.30pm. Bar available, bring a picnic.
Tuesday 27th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery. Lecture - What is Romanticism? by Val Woodgate. Linbury Room 7.45pm £10
Tuesday 4th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery Lecture - Airy Visions painted with Steam: The art of JMW Turner. by Frank Woodgate Linbury Room 7.45pm £10
Thursday 6th Dulwich Picture Gallery Masterpiece of the Month - Presiding Genius Lecture - John Constable: The Leaping Horse - Royal Academy of Arts, London 7 for 7.30pm Linbury Room £10 (includes glass of wine)
Tuesday 11th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery - Lecture: Madmen or Visionaries? By Jo Walton Linbury Room 7.45pm £10.
Thursday 13th Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture - When we were Young: a Social and Design History of Children’s China James Allen’s Girls School 6th Form Lecture Theatre 7.30 for 8.00pm
Wednesday 19th October-Saturday 22nd October at 8pm - “Nuts” by Tom Toper directed by ?Isabelle Manevy and David St Clare Nelson? Set in a courtroom in New York's Bellevue Hospital, the story follows a?high-priced call girl incarcerated on a charge for killing a violent client.?The State, represented by a court appointed psychiatrist and an aggressive prosecutor,?say Claudia Faith Draper is unfit to stand trial. As testimony from experts, physicians? and her parents unfolds, with her psyche and childhood dissected, she attempts to prove?that she isn't "nuts" - and claim the right to trial for manslaughter. At the Edward Alleyn Theatre, Dulwich College . Tickets £8 from The Art Stationers, Dulwich Village
Tuesday 25th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery Lecture - Truth and Nature: The Landscapes of John Constable by Rosalind White. Linbury Room 7.45pm £10
Tuesday 1st Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery Lecture - Gothic Nightmares by Peter Scott. Linbury Room 7.45pm £10
Thursday 3rd Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery In Town Series Lectures - Gerhard Richter at Tate Modern 7 for 7.30pm Linbury Room £10 (includes a glass of wine)
Sunday 6th Dulwich Society - ‘Covering Shakespeare and McKellen’ David Weston talks about, and performs cameos from the literature of the Bard, and about his new book ‘Covering McKellen’. Linbury Room Dulwich Picture Gallery 3pm. Dulwich Society member households free but ticket required (email:
Tuesday 8th Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery Lecture - Neo- Romanticism by Linda Smith. Linbury Room 7.45pm £10 (includes glass of wine)
Thursday 10th Dulwich decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture - A Crisis of Brilliance: Young British Artists 1908-1919 James Allen’s Girl’s School 6th Form Lecture Theatre 7.30 for 8pm
Thursday 24th Dulwich Picture Gallery Masterpiece of the Month - Presiding Genius Lecture -David Hockney: Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy - Tate Britain. 7 for 7.30pm Linbury Room £10 (includes glass of wine)
Saturday 26th Dulwich Symphony Orchestra - Concert - Mendelssohn Overture: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Op 27. Alban Berg: Violin Concerto soloist: Amanda Lake. Butterworth: Rhapsody: A Shropshire Lad. Elgar: Enigma Variations Op 36. Guest conductor - Leigh O’Hara. The concert starts at 7.45pm All Saints Church, Lovelace Road SE 21. Tickets £8 concs. £5, children under 16 free. All available on the door.
Sunday 27th In aid of Dulwich Helpline - an illustrated talk by Brian Green: Three Spies and an Invention: a different account of wartime Dulwich. Linbury Room, Dulwich Picture Gallery at 3pm. Tickets £7 (concs £5) from Dulwich Helpline tel no. 020 8299 2623
Saturday 3rd at 7.30pm. Dulwich Choral Society and Dulwich Festival Orchestra CONCERT conducted by Aidan Oliver. Fantasia on Christmas Carols – Vaughan Williams, Hansel and Gretel Overture – Humperdinck, In terra pax – Finzi, Gloria – Polenc. Soloists: Caroline MacPhie soprano, Marcus Farnsworth baritone . All Saints Church, Rosendale Road SE 21. Tickets £16 (£8 for under 17’s) from The Art Stationers, 31 Dulwich Village SE 21 7BN, South London Music, Grove Vale, SE 22 8DY or call 0207 274 6159
Thursday 8th Dulwich Picture Gallery Masterpiece of the Month Lecture – Domenichino: The Adoration of the Shepherds by Jessica Saraga. Linbury Room 7.30pm £10 (includes glass of wine)
Dulwich Decorative & Fine Arts Society Lecture – Arms and the Man: Heraldry Old and New by Peter Dewar. 8pm James Allen’s Girls’ School 6th Form Lecture Theatre.
Tuesday 13th Dulwich Picture Gallery lecture - Soane and After revisited by Giles Waterfield 7pm. Linbury Room. Tickets £10 (concs £9) includes a glass of wine.
'Save the Velodrome’
An alliance of residents and cyclists has been formed to save a former Olympic stadium from closure. The Herne Hill Velodrome is the oldest cycling track in the country and the home of the 1948 Olympic Cycling Championships. But now it faces closure due to deterioration and lack of funding. There is no alternative track in London for the hundreds of children who ride and race there. In the past, that has included Bradley Wiggins, the three-time Olympic gold medalist, who began his competitive cycling career at Herne Hill.
The Campaign is the brainchild of Hillary Peachey, a local resident whose children use the site regularly. She says, “It seems shameful that, with 2012 approaching, London cannot even sustain the facilities it has. That is why we are calling on Londoners as a whole to save this precious resource.”
The Campaign kicks off with a public meeting at Dulwich College at 7.30 pm on
Wednesday 6th October. But Londoners are asked to register their support on www.savethevelodrome.com or www.facebook.com/savethevelodrome
Campaigners aim to secure the future of the site and make it a viable long-term facility for all, including local residents and schools. Hillary adds, “We are going to find a viable, sustainable and environmentally sensitive solution. The only given is that dit must be cycling-led, inclusive and work for the entire community.”
EDWARD ALLEYN & BANKSIDE – HISTORY WALK
SUNDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2010 AT 2:30PM
Edward Alleyn, the founder of the Dulwich Estate and celebrated Elizabethan actor, performed at the Rose Theatre on Bankside and was also Church Warden of St Saviour’s Southwark (now Southwark Cathedral). Southwark history expert Stephen Humphrey will relate the history of this ancient church and its connection with Alleyn. Archeologist Harvey Sheldon, who discovered the site of the Rose Theatre, will talk about the Elizabethan Stage, and local historian Brian Green will discuss the political and social tensions which overshadowed the staging of plays at that time.
Meet at the south door to Southwark Cathedral
Nearest tube - London Bridge
Tickets £5 – payable on the day
The Dulwich Society Commemorates the Sign of the Red Post
The Dulwich Society, in conjunction with The Herne Hill Society, will unveil a red-painted fingerpost in front of the Herne Hill United Church at the top of Red Post Hill on Saturday October 2nd at 11.am. The new fingerpost will replicate the former ‘cross of direction’, known as the ‘Red Post’, which stood nearby, from at least the middle of the eighteenth century to around 1840, and which gave its name to Red Post Hill early in the nineteenth century; originally the road had been called Aspole Lane, probably meaning Ashpole, and is mentioned in Dulwich’s fourteenth century Court Rolls.
The Red Post, then standing in the middle of the road now named Herne Hill/Denmark Hill, was marked on contemporary maps and appeared in the text of early guide books to the environs of London.
Fingerposts began to appear in England after 1697 when legislation enabled magistrates to order directional signs to be put up at cross-highways. There is a tradition that red-painted fingerposts (which still exist in small numbers in the West Country) marked the route to prisons for convicts sentenced to transportation.
The new red fingerpost, which was awarded a Dulwich Community Council grant under the CGS Scheme (Cleaner Greener Safer), will also have an explanatory plaque.
Many residents will have noticed that the huge Zelkova tree on the north-western side of the junction of College Road and Dulwich Common (South Circular) has been pollarded. The work was carried out by Transport for London (TfL) tree surgeons on Saturday 21st August.
The Zelkova, which dates from around 1780, had been a cause for concern for some years because of the way its enormous branch canopy leant over College Road unbalancing the tree. Over the last year two independent expert reports have confirmed that the tree was starting to lean more and more and that there was a growing risk that it would present a serious threat to the safety of both pedestrians and traffic – several hundred boys from Dulwich College walk past it every day in term time.
After considerable discussion over many months between all the interested parties, TfL, Southwark Council, the Dulwich Estate and the Dulwich Society, it was finally confirmed, at a meeting on 14th August, that the tree should be taken down.
Over the next few days both John Welton of the Dulwich Society Trees Group and Oliver Stutter, Southwark Council’s Tree Officer, continued to argue that the tree should be pollarded, rather than removed entirely. After further last minute negotiations, the Dulwich Estate, the actual owner of the tree, agreed subject to TfL giving an assurance that, with the removal of the heavy overhanging branches alone, the tree would be left in a safe condition, which they did.
The tree is a sad sight at the moment but expert advice is that it will start to grow back in the spring. However, it will need active management by the Dulwich Estate over the next few years to make sure that any branches do not grow over the road again.
London South Bank University Sports Field, Turney Road
The Society has been told that the London South Bank University is likely to cease active management of their Sports Ground in Turney Road in the very near future. The ground is currently leased from the Dulwich Estate and the lease has seven years still remaining.
The LSBU Clubhouse Manager has confirmed that the ground staff expect to be made redundant shortly with the ground closing w/c 30 August. If the ground remains closed for the duration of the lease, it will be made secure and a minimum amount of maintenance will take place to keep it from becoming totally overgrown and run down.
Andy Powlesland, Director, Academy of Sport, at the university has informed the Turney Road Residents Association (TRRA) and other site users that a consultation period is under way which will end on 31 August. At the end of this period it will be decided what will happen to the ground. Apparently it is no longer financially viable for the University to keep the ground open for the remainder of the lease - this would cost the university in excess of £1 million. Mr Powlesland has told site users that it was extremely difficult to use the facilities at the ground to their full potential, due to local restrictions and local opposition to the use of, for example, floodlit pitches, artificial surfaces and late licences for the bar. These are potential areas which could increase the profitability of the ground and its facilities but have not been an option for the university. They feel that it is not justifiable for them to provide sports facilities for local clubs who are based mainly in the Lambeth and Southwark areas. Students no longer use the facility. There are now no University sports teams who play at the ground. From the university's perspective, this makes it unreasonable for them to keep the ground open, given the cost that would be involved in doing so.
Mr Powlesland has said he was not at liberty to disclose whom the university is in consultation with and it is unclear whether the consultation process involves parties who may be interested in taking the lease over. He raised the possibility of the grounds re-opening sometime after Christmas with someone else taking over the lease. At present this must be treated as pure speculation.
The encouraging news is that one of the cricket clubs has told us that a consortium of major site users including the cricket clubs, football and schools’/LSBU sports’ sections has met in the past couple of weeks and agreed to develop a business plan to manage the site. The University has been open with their financials to the consortium who believe that LSBU would welcome a formal approach to run the site. The consortium is meeting with legal advisers, Southwark Council and LSBU to actively progress their plan but it is early days. At this stage it is unclear whether the proposal is financially viable or indeed, will be acceptable to the Dulwich Estate.
The TRRA have asked the site manager and cricket club chairs to keep them posted of developments, and confirmed that residents would welcome a continuation of sports at the ground – to avoid the grounds lying fallow and at risk of being fenced off, poorly maintained and insecure.
Local councillors have been approached and are taking an active interest. The Society has also contacted the Dulwich Estate who have stated that they are not aware of LSBU’s proposed departure.
The most favourable outcome would be for the Sports Ground to be taken over by a consortium of current users who would maintain the current position of an actively used and well maintained Sports Ground.
The Fox Problem
Several local residents have voiced concern about foxes in Dulwich Park and in their own gardens.
Foxes, like other wild British mammals, are protected by law against cruel treatment and also against the use of poisons and illegal traps or snares.
Non-lethal deterrent strategies are the answer, not culling – see this statement from DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs): “Recent events have heightened public concern about urban foxes, however, attacks of this kind are extremely rare and we have no records of any other such attacks in recent years. In light of this, we have no plans to carry out a government-led cull of foxes...
Previous attempts to kill urban foxes to achieve a sustained population reduction have not been successful in the long-term because of the mobility of foxes and their ability to produce offspring in large numbers; territories made vacant by culling resident foxes are rapidly colonised by new individuals. The most effective strategies to resolve fox problems have primarily relied on non-lethal methods, focusing on preventative and deterrent strategies. The availability of food is likely to be a key factor in limiting urban fox populations.”
The Society’s Wildlife Group suggests the following tips for avoiding problematic inter-species encounters.
Firstly, take a good look around your local “territory” (garden, patio, back yard) and see what lies within that could attract a fox to visit. Bear in mind that any creatures living “wild” will be looking for the same things – water, nutrition and shelter from the elements and from enemies. Foxes aren’t, by nature, nocturnal, as their physiology shows, but tend to forage by night as a result of centuries of human persecution.
Do you have a pond or other fresh water that an animal would want to drink from (especially during this last summer’s bouts of extreme heat)? You may wish to make access a little harder if you don’t want foxes as regular callers, e.g. put in a prickly vegetation surround, wobbly stones, etc., in much the same way you might protect pond fish from cat or heron predators. But do be sure to still provide access to fresh drinking water for the birds (and any hedgehogs you may be lucky enough to have in your area), by positioning water sources accordingly (e.g. suspended bird bath, small water dish under a low plank across two bricks).
Do you offer a fox a meal? You may not be deliberately feeding a local fox group, but inadvertently triggering their hunting and scavenging instincts by having in your garden an inadequately protected outdoor-living prey species, such as a pet rabbit or guinea pig (i.e. not housed in suitably tough galvanised metal caging or run that’s too heavy for a fox to lift. It would need to be underwired below the soil to a distance far enough for the pet not to be dug out). Perhaps there is uneaten catfood around, or spilt bird food. Any wild rodents using your garden or living in and around your premises will also be attracting foxes hunting for food. (The mice will have been raiding the spilt bird food first and the rats will have been chasing the mice...it’s amazing what goes on in the garden at night, when you’re not around ). If you are a keen gardener, be aware that certain fertilizers (blood, bonemeal, manure) will all attract foxes. They will dig into the treated soil because their ultra-keen sense of smell will be telling them – falsely – that tasty carrion lies buried below. All members of the dog family routinely “cache” (hide/bury) surplus prey as a kind of wildlife larder.
Has your garden got the ideal spot to shelter a breeding earth? Foxes will lie up under any vegetation, or sunbathe on flat rooves, and rotate their open-air sleeping quarters, but pregnant vixens usually seek out a dry, secluded spot (e.g. under a garden shed) which offers a ready-made roof and protection from predators (such as an unneutered tom cat or inquisitive family pet dog) who might kill and eat her cubs. So block off such zones if you don’t want fox cubs in your garden.
Damage and soiling problems in gardens are usually the result of young foxes practising digging (which uproots your treasured plants in the process), “playing” to hone their hunting and other survival skills in adulthood, or of territorial marking with faeces or urine which has been impregnated with oily pheronome-rich excretions to send signals to other mammals. Faeces are often placed deliberately to act as visual, as well as scented, markers. Many deterrence methods exploit this – for instance, using dog (male or female) urine can be highly effective in telling a visiting fox that a bigger, fiercer animal has already tagged the territory as their own, so the intruder had better beat it. Human urine is also a good deterrent – but for hormonal reasons, it must be male.
Other methods rely on the scarecrow effect – lights, noises, vibrations, jets of water, etc. But any unexpected object, even one as simple as a large plastic container in the middle of the garden, will put a fox off – until the animal has got used to its presence and no longer views it with suspicion.
Then you can find an alternative objet trouve and place it in a new site – cheaper than some other deterrents. John Bryant, a wildlife consultant who advises on non-lethal solutions to urban wildlife problems, is based in Tonbridge, Kent, and offers advice over the ‘phone and on-site consultations, if necessary, at around £80-£90. (Humane Wildlife Deterrence 01732 357355, www.jbryant.co.uk). Foxolutions.co.uk, 0844 8040630, www.foxolutions.co.uk, based in Beckenham, offer a range of deterrents and repellents for all kinds of sites. The Fox Project charity, admin 01892 824111 offers advice and a DIY deterrence helpline 01892 826222.
Southwark Council Advice:
Southwark Council has also put advice on their website. It does not offer a pest control service in regard to foxes, as they are not categorized as pests and are offered protection by the law.
They suggest taking the following practical steps to deter foxes from entering property:
* Remove potential food sources.
* Keep rubbish in bins - closed wheelie bins are fox-proof.
* Don't leave bagged rubbish outside.
* Remove piles of garden clippings.
* Fill gaps under garden sheds (a fox can squeeze under a 10cm or 4 inch gap and like to shelter under sheds).
* Only leave bird food in bird food dispensers.
* Protect small pets like rabbits and guinea pigs in sturdy hutches (chicken wire isn't strong enough to keep foxes out, use strong welded mesh instead).
* Tidy up an overgrown garden
* Repair any damaged air bricks (don't block them up - houses need ventilation).
Wallpaper - An Exhibition at the Cuming Museum
1 July to 28 August 2010
This exhibition is a rare chance to see some of the finest examples of the Arts and Crafts wallpaper design of the late 19th and early 20th century as well as contemporary wallpaper designs created by students from the London Collage of Communication surface design degree course.
Programme of events:
Thursday evening talks at 6pm
July 15 - Dr Christopher Jordan “An introduction to the exhibition”.
July 22 - Tony Roche “Contemporary print making”.
July 29 - David Mabb “William Morris Interventions”
ALSO: Activities for children and families
July 24 Wonderful wallpaper! Family art day. 2012 Open Weekend (london2012.com/openweekend). Look at the historic wallpapers and have a go at making your own. Learn some printing techniques and design your own wallpaper.
August - Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.30am
Summer holiday craft activities for holiday clubs.
The Cuming Museum
Old Town Hall
151 Walworth Road
London SE17 1RY
Tel 020 7525 2332
Transport Train and Tube: Elephant & Castle
Bus: 12, 35, 40, 45, 68,171, 176, 468, P5
Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
The museum is fully wheelchair accessible.
Minutes of the meeting of the Advisory Committee held at the Old Grammar School, Burbage Road on Tuesday 15 June 2010
Present: Mrs Rankine (Acting Chairman)
Mrs Badman (The Dulwich Society)
Mr Green (The Dulwich Society)
Mr Johnson (The Dulwich Society)
Mr David Lloyd Roberts (The Dulwich Society)
In attendance: Mr Major (Chief Executive); Ms Bilbie (Finance Manager); Mr Hoare (Principal Building Surveyor); Mr Chater (Senior Management Surveyor) and Mrs Tuckwell (Scheme of Management Administrator)
Mrs Rankine opened the meeting by welcoming Mrs Tuckwell (who was providing maternity cover in the absence of Nina Rees),
Mrs Badman and Mr Green.
1. Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were received from Mrs Brownbill, Dr Evans, Mr Hogarth and Mr McInnes.
2. Minutes of the meeting held on 16 March 2010
The minutes of the last meeting, which had been circulated previously, were APPROVED by the Committee as an accurate record to be signed by the Chairman.
3. Matters arising
There were no matters arising.
4. The Scheme of Management Charge 2009/2010 – Draft Annual Accounts
Ms Bilbie introduced the report circulated with the agenda.
In response to a question, Mr Hoare confirmed that the gardening contract (shown in the Accounts under ‘Amenity Expenditure’) included works to the Old Burial Ground and to the Millpond. Mrs Badman enquired whether the scope of works was comparable from year to year and Mr Hoare explained that whilst the overall objective was to keep the total expenditure on the Amenity Areas roughly in line year to year, there were fluctuations in
the make up of this, for example, there was a cyclical repairs programme for items such as posts and chains.
In comparing Basic Expenditure for 2010 with that for 2009, it was noticed that Licence Fee income had fallen but Architect’s costs had risen. Mr Major explained that in 2009 there had been some substantial one-off licence fees for new build projects which had not been repeated in 2010. Also the Consultant Architect's time was often spent on relatively minor proposals, such as applications for satellite dishes, which could be time consuming and the cost of which was not fully reflected in the licence fee.
The Committee NOTED the report.
5. The Scheme of Management Charge 2009/2010 & 2010/2011
Ms Bilbie introduced the report circulated with the agenda, which the Committee NOTED.
6. Matters raised by The Dulwich Society
The Committee RECEIVED and NOTED the report circulated with the agenda, with discussion in particular on the following:
Estate's protocol for responding to queries and complaints
Mrs Badman asked if the Estate could send an email acknowledgement, pending full response to correspondence. Mr Major explained that the Estate still received a large volume of post where the correspondent often did not provide an email address.
Mr Green raised the issue of a house in Baird Gardens where the garden was quite overgrown. Mr Hoare replied that this related to a leasehold property (and as such, was not subject to the Scheme of Management) but the Estate had written to the lessee.
In response to a further query, Mr Major replied that it was difficult to give a deadline for the removal of the tree since this depended on the response from Southwark Council to the Estate's application to have the new TPO lifted. Mr Green requested that when the tree is felled, that some of the wood could be retained for distribution to all local schools, as The Dulwich Society was keen to sponsor a project where each school would be invited to make something out of the timber. He confirmed The Dulwich Society would be willing to pay for the transportation costs in delivering the timber to
Mr Green noted that London Wildlife Trust had fenced off part of its section of the
Woods which he considered detracted from the open aspect of the woods. Mr Hoare agreed to raise this with London Wildlife Trust.
London South Bank University Sports Ground
Mr Chater reported that the University had now been in touch with the Estate regarding the preferred shade of green, thus it was expected that the repainting would take place shortly.
Mrs Badman advised that she had received correspondence from the University stating that it was considering its future occupation of the sports grounds and she offered to provide Mr Major with a copy of this.
The representatives of The Dulwich Society also indicated that there was a rumour circulating that Kings College may wish to relinquish its lease of the Griffin Sports Ground. Mr Major responded that the Estate had received no such indication from its tenant.
Mr Green advised that many residents had expressed concern over the 'night time economy' operating in the area and the nuisance this caused to residents. Mr Major replied that whilst the Estate was the freeholder of the commercial units facing Brockwell Park, the occupants had leases from the head lessees and he was unaware of any premises where the user clauses under the lease had been breached. Since there were no houses within the vicinity of these commercial units he expressed surprise that the late trading hours at of some of the premises was resulting in a nuisance to residents.
In response, Mr Green stated that customers using the bars and restaurant were parking in Winterbrook Road and Stradella Road and there was concern over disorderly conduct by some of the users of the facilities.
Herne Hill Cycle Track
With regard to the Open Day held on 6 June, Mrs Badman reported that this had been well attended and the details of those who expressed an interest in the cycling had been recorded.
S G Smith
The representatives of The Dulwich Society reported that parking on the street adjacent to the premises continued to be an issue, due to the number of cars parked by staff or customers using the car dealership. Mr Major reported that as a condition of closing the petrol station, the area must only be used for the parking of customers’ cars awaiting servicing – the tenant is not permitted to park vehicles for sale on the land. The Committee agreed that there was probably nothing to be done which could prevent
cars with valid road tax disc from being parked on the public highway. However, Mr Chater agreed to speak to Mr Smith regarding this issue.
In addition to the report circulated with the agenda, Mr Hoare stated that the works undertaken in Grange Lane had not reduced the width of the roadway and the Estate wished to monitor the effectiveness of the traffic calming measures before considering the proposal for double yellow lines.
7. Any other business
Crown & Greyhound
Mrs Badman commented on the Estate's proposals (reported in The Dulwich Society's Journal – the Summer Edition) to provide accommodation in the upper parts of the Crown & Greyhound Public House. She hoped that this would not result in the loss of the function rooms, which were an asset to the community. Mr Major responded that the Estate's proposal was to retain the public house whilst making better use of the upper floors which
were in a somewhat dilapidated condition; the scheme was likely to include a function room.
8. Date of next meeting
The date of the next meeting was confirmed as 9 November 2010.
Queries raised by The Dulwich Society
The Dulwich Society has raised the following matters which fall within the context of the Scheme of Management; these are followed by the Managers’ responses:
a) Public access to the Scheme of Management Meeting applications and decisions
At the last meeting the Estate agreed to give serious consideration to putting the monthly schedule of planning applications, and the summary reports on the Trustees’ decisions, on its website. The Society chairman met the Chief Executive to discuss the matter further in January and came away optimistic that something would be done. When will this information be on the Estate’s website?
The Estate is to add to the website details of all applications received by the Scheme of Management and their status. The changes have been discussed with the Estate’s website provider and it is hoped that these will be implemented shortly.
b) Unigate Dairy Site
At the last meeting the Estate advised us that an architect had been briefed to develop a revised scheme. What progress has been made and when can the Society expect to be consulted on any proposals? What further progress has there been on coming up with a scheme for finding temporary occupiers for some of the buildings until new work can start?
Architects have produced alternative schemes for the site and these are being discussed with planning consultants. The Estate is not pursuing a policy of letting the units in the short term as it wishes to keep vacant possession of the whole site.
c) Flower stall outside the dairy site
This query has been raised previously and the Estate promised to regularise the situation but nothing appears to have been done. A business that started as one man selling some flowers by hand in the doorway has grown to a large stall with a canopy and lights operated by a generator situated on the pavement - plus two staff and it apparently operates all Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Has the Estate granted the stall holder a licence to trade there or if it has not, what steps are being taken to remove him?
The Estate has granted a Licence to the trader for the sale of flowers on the forecourt area. However, following complaints received from Lambeth Council, it has written to the trader about the use of a generator and encroachment on to the public footpath.
d) S G Smith
What steps is the Estate taking to require S G Smith to implement the agreed scheme and when does the Estate expect work to start on site?
The Licence for the planned alteration and improvement works is likely to be completed soon but the Estate does not yet have a timetable for the works to be carried out.
e) Marlborough Cricket Club – fence
The Society is grateful for the Estate’s assistance on this project. Work on the new fence is now complete.
The Estate is pleased with the improvement which was achieved with the co-operation of its tenant, the Council and The Dulwich Society.
f) Low Cross Wood Lane – gate
Please will the Estate up date us on the current position over the proposed installation of the wooden gate at the entrance of Great Brownings from Low Cross Wood Lane.
The Council wished to proceed with the works without providing the Estate with plans of the scheme. The Estate is awaiting this information from Southwark in order that it can formally licence the works to replace the existing wooden gate and fence with a galvanised metal fence and gate.
g) Low Cross Wood Lane – lights
A recent pamphlet from the Conservatives confirms that additional lighting is to be provided at each end of the road. Is the Estate aware of this?
The Conservative representative on the Council has confirmed to Mr Major that the lighting is to be improved in this area.
h) Low Cross Wood Lane - trees
Has the Estate carried out any remedial work on the dangerous trees in Low Cross Wood Lane noted at the last meeting?
The Estate is unaware that any of the trees in this area are considered to present a danger. However, the Estate’s tree consultant has inspected the trees and reported on those which obscure the lighting in the area and instructions have been given to carry out the works to deal with this.
i) Low Cross Wood Lane - graffiti
At the last meeting the Estate stated that removal of graffiti on the fences along Low Cross Wood lane was the responsibility of the owners of the fences. What steps has the Estate taken to make the owners carry out their responsibilities?
The Administrator is writing again to the freeholders, reminding them of their responsibility for the removal of graffiti from their fencing.
j) ‘Lovers Walk’
Since the Estate appears unwilling to install signs at each end of lovers walk, the Society has put in a CGS bid to fund the work.
Grove Walk is private land in the freehold ownership of The Dulwich Estate and any signage will only be installed if the Estate consents to this.
The Society has noted that the Estate has appealed following Southwark Council’s rejection of its application to remove the TPO. When is the decision expected?
The Estate has been given no indication of the timeframe for the appeal nor has it been advised of the appointment of an inspector to view the tree.
l) South Bank University Sports Ground
The steel fence has still not been painted. Please confirm what further steps the Estate has taken to pressure SBU to do what they promised.
As previously advised (at the meeting of the Committee on 17 November), the University has agreed to paint the fencing in the spring.
m) Dulwich Pond
The Society has received a copy of Lloyd Turner’s report from the Estate. How does the Estate intend to respond and take the matter forward?
Lloyd Turner is drawing up detailed proposals, but these cannot be finalised until the results of additional water/silt testing are received (expected within approximately seven days).
n) Private Roads
What remedial road works does the Estate propose to carry out in 2010?
Works proposed to roads which are Amenity Areas under the Scheme of Management:
College Road – footpath and surface water drainage repairs;
Hunts Slip Road – commencement of kerb repairs and resurfacing;
Grange Lane – partial resurfacing, surface water drainage repairs and provision of kerbs (in conjunction with traffic calming paid for by the Estate).
o) Standy-by Generator in College Road
Has the Estate been told by EDF when the temporary “generator” will move from the garden area on College Road/ South Circular?
The contractor informed the Estate that building works should finish in the next five weeks and that commissioning by EDF should then take another two weeks (weather permitting). The "generator" will then be removed.
p) Lyndenhurst Wall
Following the setting of a court date, the site owner has now started work on rebuilding the wall. Please will the Estate confirm that no licence is required and that it is not involved in any way.
The Managers have not been advised of any proposed changes: the wall is to be rebuilt and thus a ‘like for like’ structure does not required consent under the Scheme of Management.
q) Gainsborough Court
This block is still very poorly maintained. What enforcement action has the Estate taken to make sure the owners comply with the Scheme of Management?
The Administrator has just received confirmation that the Freeholder is currently obtaining quotes for works to improve the external appearance of the property and expects these to be completed by the summer.
r) Belair Cottage
Has the Estate taken any further enforcement action been taken on the owner of Belair Cottage regarding his fence/boundary wall?
The rear boundary fence has been fixed as requested. A further letter is to be sent to the owners requesting that the building materials are moved away from the boundary fence on College Road and the removal of the ripped tarpaulin from the boundary. Should the owners fail to improve the appearance of this boundary then Managers will consider issuing a breach notice.
s) Baird Gardens’ fencing
Parts of the fence along Dulwich Wood Park are in very poor condition. At the last meeting the Estate confirmed that they would look into it. What progress has been made?
The Estate has inspected the fence and the damaged section is the responsibility of a leaseholder. The Estate has written to the leaseholder requesting that repairs are carried out.
t) Beechwood Court fencing
The boundary fence along the upper part of College Road is in a very bad condition. What is the Estate doing regarding having it replaced?
The Estate will inspect and investigate who has liability for this boundary (only part of the property is held freehold).
u) Catholic Church Hall fencing
The fence along Dulwich Wood Park is in a very bad condition. What is the Estate doing regarding having it replaced?
This fence is the responsibility of the Church. The Estate has inspected and has written to the Church.
v) Hogarth Court fencing
Parts of the fence along Fountain Drive are in very poor condition. At the last meeting the Estate confirmed that they would look into it. What progress has been made?
The Estate has inspected the posts and chains to the front boundary of Hogarth Court along Fountain Drive and no repairs are needed.
w) Service Area to Half Moon Lane Shops
Please can we have an update on the current position and when the Estate think that works will start on site?
The Estate hopes to receive planning consent on 18 March and will instruct contractors as soon as the funding arrangements have been agreed with Southwark.
x) Great Brownings
Please will the Estate detail the regular inspection regime (mentioned at the last meeting) for trees in the woods surrounding this development? What progress has been made on eradicating the Japanese Knotweed in these woods?
Various areas of the Woods have been inspected. Where Japanese Knotweed is found this has been treated and the results will be monitored in the coming weeks.
DULWICH SOCIETY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - 2010- REPORTS
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT - 2009
The Society has had another successful year. Particular highlights include the publication of the first edition of ‘Dulwich Gardens open for charity’, the successful Cleaner Greener Safer bid for the Marlborough Cricket Club (work there will start shortly) and the very well attended local history day held in conjunction with the Dulwich Picture Gallery. The Society’s Journal goes from strength to strength and the various specialist groups and committees continue to do their best to maintain Dulwich’s unique ambience.
Once again I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of our Executive Committee and the Chairs, and members, of our committees for the time they dedicate to the Society and its activities. I would also include the members who deliver the newsletter around Dulwich and welcome the new volunteer deliverers and co-ordinators who have joined us over the last year.
Public Meeting - the Society promoted a public meeting in September when local residents were given the opportunity to question the Trustees of the Dulwich Estate. Over 200 people attended.
Residents Associations - the Society invited the officers of all resident’s associations on the Estate to an informal evening at the Dulwich & Sydenham Hill Golf Club in the Autumn so they could get to know each other and share information.
Herne Hill Velodrome - The Society continues to press the Dulwich Estate, British Cycling and the Velo Club de Londres to come to an agreement over the future of the Velodrome so that the refurbishment of the track and the support areas can move forward. Progress is slow but we are moving forward.
Shops - the Society remains concerned over the Estate’s attitude towards their retail properties in the area and, following on from the public meeting, aims to set up a separate committee to look at the situation more closely.
Post Office - the Society is monitoring the situation regarding the rent review and is pressing the Estate to make sure that the post office remains.
Scheme of Management Advisory Committee - The Society met with the Dulwich Estate three times last year. We have hopefully persuaded it to be more open with its decision making processes and this should be reflected in its website content over the next 12 months.
Finger Posts and benches - The Society persuaded Southwark to carry out a programme of refurbishment of the white post and chains in the northern part of Dulwich Village and this is now complete.
Southwark in Bloom - Dulwich won further medals in both the London in Bloom and Britain in Bloom competitions.
Ian McInnes, Chairman.
HON. SECRETARY’S REPORT - 2009
The Executive Committee met 9 times during the year. Following the retirement of Graham Able as Master of Dulwich College we invited his successor, Dr. Joseph Spence to stand as a Vice-President which he has accepted.
Margaret McConnell, after many years, has given up the task of organising the distribution of the Journal (the new name for the Newsletter) but remains our advertising manager – a vital role to reduce the cost of producing our quarterly publication.
A happy and historic event in July was the registration of the Post Office cart by the Lord Mayor of London at Guildhall under the auspices of the Worshipful Company of Cabmen.
We hope you have seen our new notice board under the canopy of the Village Post Office and which is now in a more prominent position then the previous one.
To improve security of the Edward Alleyn statue we have had a CCTV system installed, together with smart water treatment of the statues themselves, which allows the metal to be identified should they be stolen; plaques indicating these security measures are also to be installed.
Patrick Spencer, Hon Secretary.
MEMBERSHIP REPORT - 2009
Membership - throughout 2009 membership numbers remained between 1060 and 1080, slightly below the 1100 figure which we had hoped to achieve. Our plan for a test membership drive in a limited area was delayed for a number of reasons, but has now been carried out in Burbage and Stradella Roads, Tollgate Drive and Ferrings, and early results look encouraging enough to consider targeting other areas. The Society's public meetings in 2009 also brought us some new members. If members have friends or neighbours who are interested in joining I should be happy to supply membership brochures.
Charity Gift Aid – the Society claimed and received £2606 in Charity Gift Aid (recovering tax paid on subscriptions) for the financial year 2008/09. This is always a useful addition to our income and I encourage those members who have not signed a Gift Aid declaration to consider doing so. I can confirm whether members have signed a declaration or not, and provide forms.
Journal Distribution - I would like to thank those members who have recently volunteered to help with distribution of the quarterly Journal, and particularly to thank those who have now retired after many years doing this valuable work.
Wilfrid Taylor, Membership Secretary.
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE PLANNING & ARCHITECTURE GROUP - 2009
Dulwich Estate Scheme of Management License Applications - The Planning and Architecture Group continues to make monthly visits to the Old Grammar School on the corner of Burbage Road. The Group exercises the Dulwich Society’s right to comment on licence applications made to the Dulwich Estate’s Scheme of Management. This year has seen a general reduction in license applications due to the downturn in the economy.
Planning Applications - During the year objections have been lodged with Southwark for planning applications for extensions or new buildings which are considered inappropriate in their setting or to have an adverse affect on neighbours’ amenity as for example, 39 Alleyn Road ( demolition and new much larger house ), 549 Lordship Lane ( demolition of the Concrete Victorian house ), 11A Fountain Drive ( outline planning permission ) 8 Frank Dixon Way ( extensive demolition and massive new structure with a new basement larger than the ground floor footprint ), Dulwich Hamlet School ( five rooflights on main roof on Roseway side ), Dulwich College Science block replacement ( larger and three storey in place of existing two storeys ). These applications have been refused or withdrawn. The application on 120 Court Lane for an extensive rear extension although objected to was approved by the Community Council. The scheme for a high quality rear extension at 61 Alleyn Park by architects Knox Bhavan which was supported by the Group gained approval on appeal to the Planning Inspectorate after Southwark Council had refused planning permission. The Society has been successful in its views being upheld in a very high proportion of cases during this year. Ian McInnes and David Roberts brought this mismatch between schemes which the Dulwich Society object to or support and the planning decisions of Southwark Council to the attention of Gary Rice, head of planning, College Ward councillor Kim Humphreys, and senior officers in a Council office meeting The Society hopes that due consideration will be given to its views by Council officers in the coming year.
Wall on Red Post Hill - The period of time that Hausman Hughes Ltd have for complying with the Section 215 notice requiring rebuilding of the wall served by Southwark Council has passed. The Council has decided to prosecute Hausman Hughes Ltd for failing to comply with the notice and in so doing to put the matter before a Court to verify that it is proceeding reasonably prior to any direct rebuilding of the listed wall.
North Dulwich Station Road Bridge - There is general satisfaction with the view from the station across the road and sandstone paved central reservation without the addition of expensive planters.
Belair Changing Rooms - Discussions between Southwark Council and the Dulwich Estate have delayed a start date for the new changing rooms which are to be built during the coming year.
Gallery Road - A joint meeting between Southwark Council public realm officers and Village Ward Councillor Toby Eckersley, the Dulwich Society, the Picture Gallery, the Old College lawn tennis and croquet club, and others discussed proposals for resurfacing of both the road and the footpaths, car and coach parking, cycle and pedestrian use and other issues. A revised scheme is to be subject of further discussion and consideration by Village Councillors.
Edward Alleyn Statue - The statues are now under 24 hours video surveillance and have had forensic Smart Water applied to them. Warning signs are being prepared for installation in the gravel surround to the statues’ plinth.
Dulwich Pond - The Dulwich Estate have commissioned an independent assessment of the pond condition and environmental matters along with proposals for managing the silt within the site area. The environmental survey is to be passed to the Dulwich Society Wildlife Group by the Estate.
Dulwich going greener - The first of a series of articles dealing with energy generation or energy conservation has been published in the Society’s quarterly Journal. This article described solar water heating panels installed on rear extension outbuildings in Dovercourt Road.
Streatham & Marlborough Cricket Club - The application by the Dulwich Society for a Cleaner Greener Safer grant from the Dulwich Community Council towards the replacement of the derelict concrete and mesh fencing along Dulwich Common was successful. A 50% grant to a maximum of £ 5,000 was granted. The Dulwich Estate generously have prepared tender documents and obtained prices. The lowest price was approval by Southwark’s Project Office and work is to be contracted early in 2010. The Dulwich Society will make a contribution with the remainder coming from the Cricket Club. The Cricket Club has with encouragement from the Society moved the unsightly container behind the line of trees to the carpark. With the new fence and without a prominent container there will be a substantial visual improvement to this important part of Dulwich Common.
Architectural Poster - Local artist Mark Ashmead is being considered by the Society for carrying out watercolour illustrations for an architectural poster to cover 20 the century houses and other buildings.
David Lloyd Roberts, Chair.
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE - 2009
The year 2009-2010 has proved to be as interesting and challenging as last year, and the Traffic and Transport Committee has dealt with matters relating to road safety, reduction of traffic congestion, improvement of conditions for walking, cycling and better public transport.
Traffic calming proposals for Dulwich Village - Work continues, but very slowly. However, changes at the gates to Dulwich Park on Court Lane have been completed, and 20 mph limits are presently being installed in Red Post Hill and Sunray Avenue. We continue to press for a timely implementation of the overall scheme, which received extensive support in the consultation process.
Herne Hill Junction - After a lengthy consultation process, the work on this joint Southwark/Lambeth scheme is progressing well. The large pedestrian island at the entrance to Brockwell Park is substantially complete and work is in progress in Railton Road and Half Moon Lane. We have pressed for standards of footway paving on the Southwark side (in Half Moon Lane and Norwood Road) to match those on the Lambeth side.
Walking and Cycling Network - As reported in the Society’s Journal, in conjunction with the Dulwich Safe Routes to Schools group, we are working on proposals for a network of safe walking and cycling routes between homes and schools in Dulwich. The Dulwich Estate’s senior officers have agreed to support the network, with the proviso that the rights of lessees will need to be respected and that funds will have to be found.Liaison with local schools is continuing and we are working closely with Southwark Council over provision for safe walking and cycling along Gallery Road. Our proposals are embedded in a document by Southwark Living Streets and Southwark Cyclists describing our network and similar networks being developed across Southwark. This document is being submitted to Southwark Council and Transport for London.
Nuisance parking by red vans in the area - We have pressed for more vigorous inspection into the practice of vans, advertising their availability for hire, being left permanently parked in local streets.
Cleaner Greener Safer Bids - In 2009 £2,000 was awarded to repair the fountain at the south end of Dulwich Village and £10,000 (50% of the total cost) was made available to secure the car park at the Half Moon Lane end of Stradella Road.The following bids were presented to the Community Council on 3 February 2010 and results will be available before the Annual General Meeting.- Feasibility study for proposed walking and cycling network- Access to Cox’s Walk- Improving safety for cyclists at the pinch points in Hunts Slip Road - Tree planting at the junction of Village Way and Half Moon Lane- Improving the entrance to Belair Park from the South Circular road
Car Clubs - Southwark Council is making progress on contracting with a car club operator and locating on-street car club parking bays in places across the borough, including Dulwich. The Council will have made an announcement by the time of our AGM.
Paxton Green Gyratory - We are beginning to work with Tyrell Evans’ medical practice and Kingsdale School to formulate proposals to make this safer for pedestrians and other road users.
Alastair Hanton, Chair
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE LOCAL HISTORY GROUP - 2009
Collaboration with the Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery brought good publicity and attendances to joint events arranged by members of the Local History Group. Two were particularly successful. At the ‘Dulwich House Detectives’ day on 11 October in the Linbury Room, short talks were given on the development of Dulwich from the Middle Ages to the post-war estates, and the collections in the Southwark Local History Library and Dulwich College were described by the archivists. An information sheet summarizing the most useful sources for research was prepared. On display were some beautifully drawn nineteenth century plans in private hands, Ordnance Survey maps and copies of old photographs.
‘The Dulwich Assembly- a Georgian Entertainment’ written and devised by Brian Green took place in the Dulwich College Chapel on 7 December. It was based on the diaries of Richard Randall, organist at Dulwich College from 1763 to 1782 and featured the newly restored 18th century organ in the Chapel. Local history walks organised in association with the Friends, the Dulwich Festival and the Herne Hill Society were also well supported.
The Dulwich Society Journal published a number of articles on local history during the year. The series on ‘lost houses’, ‘the street where you live’ and Dulwich architects continued. Other subjects ranged from Dulwich College in the 17th century, Dulwich Mill, and St. Faith’s Church to the Battle of High Wood in 1916. The Gazetteer of Dulwich Roads and Place-names first published in 1997 was revised and placed on the Society’s website. The Dulwich Hospital War Memorial, whose history was researched by members of the group has been re-instated. Future plans include erecting a red sign post on Red Post Hill.
Bernard Nurse, Chair.
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE GARDEN GROUP - 2009
The main activity of the Garden Group this year has been the production of the first edition of ‘Dulwich Gardens open for charity’. This booklet included details of over forty garden openings in the Dulwich area. Four thousand copies were distributed. Quite a number of the garden owners listed have told us that their visitor numbers had substantially increased as a result of its publication. Garden visitors have also commented on the convenience of finding all local garden openings listed in one place. An improved version, covering 2010 garden openings, is currently in preparation.
Our year started with a most interesting talk by Colin Jones on ‘London’s ‘secret’ parks and gardens’. Our other main event was a thoroughly enjoyable visit to the gardens of Lord Beaverbrook’s old estate at Cherkley Court, followed by a tour (and tasting !) at Denbies Wine Estate.
Thanks are due to our committee members, without whose hard work these activities could not take place. We were very sorry, that due to poor health, Rosemary Toler had to resign from the committee. We are grateful to her for her many contributions to our work.
John Ward, Chair.
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE TREES COMMITTEE - 2009
The Festival Tree Walk in Horniman Gardens, led again by Letta Jones, was attended by 50 people. A tree on the London List of Rare Trees, (a 100 yr old Single Leaf Ash) was identified.
The Copse is doing well, with bluebells beginning to flower
For the London Squares Weekend there were two free walks in Dulwich Picture Gallery Garden, led by Stella and Jill.
The funding, by the Society, for planting a grove of 6 beech trees for the Play Field at the Horniman Triangle was agreed and effected. This is on Dulwich Estate land, and was a very neglected area in Lewisham Borough who have now greatly improved the play facilities. This renovation and improvement has greatly attracted family users.
The leaning Zelkova, at the College crossroads, is under much discussion and concern as to its safety. A final decision has yet to be made, and the Committee is following the position carefully in the hope of its preservation.
The Tree Map continues to sell well through several local outlets.
Trees will be planted for the Society in memory of Rosa Davies, a very long term Society member and one of the founders of the Trees Committee, and for Ken Jefferies, long a friend and honorary auditor for the Society.
Jill Manuel, Chair.
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE WILDLIFE COMMITTEE - 2009
Cleaner, Greener, Safer - Successful Bids for Grants - Committee member David Nicholson-Lord successfully obtained a Dulwich Community Council CGS grant of £3,000 for signage for the wildlife areas in Dulwich Park (the perimeter Woodland Walk). The committee, working with the Friends of Belair Park obtained £8,000 for extended native hedgerow and wildflower plantings in Belair Park. These were carried out by Walworth Garden Farm. The Belair Biodiversity Corridor project - a rolling scheme which will be monitored and planned with advice from Butterfly Conservation, Buglife, London Wildlife Trust, The National Trust and Natural England - aims to provide nectar-rich feeding and breeding places for butterflies and moths and areas will be coming into bloom for the first time this summer, 2010, International Year of Biodiversity. Butterflies were our chosen priority species to help because, not only are they in dramatic decline in the UK (many of our 59 species are now facing extinction), but they are an important “indicator” species that can tell us when things are going wrong elsewhere in the natural world around us. This year, the Committee have supported a CGS bid by the Friends of Belair for a removable silt trap and reed bed filter to improve water quality in the Park lake. (Results to be announced).
The Village Copse, Dulwich Park - Helping Hands-on for a Green Solution - Committee members joined Dulwich Park Friends and volunteered to hand-pull invasive Creeping thistles from the copse after successfully persuading park staff not to use Roundup to tackle the problem. The chemical fix would have killed all other vegetation near the thistles, including saplings, grasses and wildflowers. Recent research has shown that an inert ingredient in this best-selling weed killer is known to kill human cells, too - particularly embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells. (Environmental Health News)The Copse was planted in recognition of past work by the now defunct Dulwich Village Preservation Society.
Interesting Sightings - Birds and Bees and the Occasional Beetle - Several types of Bumble bee were seen feeding on wildflowers in Dulwich Park last summer. Dulwich saw an influx of Painted Lady butterflies, too, when they visited the UK in their thousands. Two female Stag beetles were noted along the footpath in Dulwich Park (and were safely relocated to nearby trees to give them the optimum chance of meeting the male of their dreams without having their hopes, and everything else, squashed). Summer bird counts in the park were good and a visiting Reed warbler stayed for two days in thick reeds by the lake boardwalk - a sure sign that lakeside plantings have been a success (bearing out the old ecological saying: “Create the right habitat and the creature you’re after will move in…”) Both pairs of Little grebes (a waterbird that has special conservation status and protection) produced four chicks each. Throughout Dulwich, a notable decline in House martins was noted by our British Trust for Ornithology UK Bird Atlas recorder, Dave Clark, in line with national trends. But Swifts were here in healthy numbers again last year. The Committee continue to work to get Swift boxes installed within Dulwich Park, once work is done on the Lodges. Kestrels have been nesting on the church on the South Circular by the Harvester pub and they produced three chicks. Sparrowhawks, whose main site is near Dulwich Hospital, raised two chicks. Wildlife recorder Dr Peter Roseveare noted the wide range of waterbirds, including Mallard, Tufted and Mandarin duck on Belair Park lake. An influx of Wood pigeons kept our local pigeon count up. But it was the unusually cold start to this year that produced the most dramatic sights: Dave reported “a startling January.” Counts in Dulwich Park and Sydenham Hill Woods revealed high numbers of wintering migrant thrushes - “up to 250 Redwings and a scattering of Fieldfares in the park at any one time within the cold snap.” Also reported were 25 Lesser Redpoll, the odd Blackcap in people’s gardens plus, one afternoon, a very handsome grey, speckled Gadwall duck on the lake in Dulwich Park. “The Saturday after the thaw, there were over 1,000 birds on the playing fields in nearby Peckham Rye Park and I lost count when I reached 450 for Redwing“. Interesting Hearings -
Bats in Belair Park - Not so easy to log as “sightings“, because they hunt for food once daylight dims and stick to the dark corridors on the edges of woodland and railway lines, but their ultrasonic squeaks can be picked up and monitored by hand-held bat detectors. We recorded four species of bat on our July Bat Walk, led by London Wildlife Trust conservation officer Chantal Brown, around the perimeter and lake in Belair. Both Common and Soprano (which “shouts” at a higher-range radio frequency) pipistrelles were recorded, along with a Myotis bat (probably Daubenton’s, but not visually confirmed) hunting over the water, plus a Leisler’s - a first for this area. Sadly, this last record wasn’t cause for unmitigated rejoicing because, although on the increase in London, they flourish where Noctules are in decline - deterred from food-finding by the loss of large, mature trees, their flight paths further limited by bright lighting. The park has lost several large trees in recent tree works. But, on a happier note, tree surgeons inspecting one of the bat boxes installed by the Dulwich Society during pruning work noted signs of occupation - a sprinkling of dry, insect-remains droppings inside. (It is, incidentally, against the law to inspect, or otherwise “interfere” with a bat roost unless you have a special licence).
Plant Surveys and Newsletter Items - Roy Vickery, formerly of the Natural History Museum and currently chair of the South London Botanical Institute, has agreed to survey the plant life along the Woodland Walk in Dulwich Park. The first of his surveys, in January, 2010, took place in heavy snowfall - but succeeded in recording an astonishing number and range of species, both planted and wild - and the group, which included members of the Institute as well as the Trees and Wildlife Committees, even saw a clump of violets on our icy journey - in bloom. The Newsletter (now The Journal) published regular fascinating reports by Dr Roseveare on what has been turning up here in Dulwich (from Nutcrackers, heard if not clearly seen, to a Treecreeper and a Woodcock in a garden which, alas dead, was clearly identifiable. Other items examined the increasing Rose-ringed Parakeets and the decreasing House martins. More of your sightings and suggestions please, and you could see your name in print.
Angela Wilkes, Chair.