Following on from a very successful fortieth anniversary party, this year promises to be a most exciting one for the Dulwich Society. Elsewhere in this issue are details of events planned by some of the sub-committees. A unique event will take place on 26 May when the designs of the six finalists for the life-size bronze statue of Edward Alleyn are exhibited in the Linbury Room of the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
However, the main function of the Society is to fulfil its object - To foster and safeguard the amenities of Dulwich - to this end the practical work continues to be done by members. This work is widely appreciated and has attracted the substantial membership the Dulwich Society enjoys. It tries to be fair in its views, especially over often contentious issues such as planning applications. It remains vigilant and apolitical yet tries to channel changes, when inevitable, towards acceptable conclusions.
The Society's funds come from the modest annual subscription, from profits made on its publications and from occasional gifts or legacies from members. The careful management of its finances has meant that the Society has again been able to respond to requests for financial assistance from local concerns.
Recently these have included a substantial sum being given to the campaign of the Friends of Dulwich Park for the completion of the new car park and towards matching funding for the Heritage Lottery Fund grant and a further sum to assist the development of more flower beds. Further substantial sums were awarded to All Saints Church, Rosendale Road and St. Stephen's, College Road for repairs to their fabric. The Society has also underwritten costs associated with meetings concerning traffic, transport and planning. Seats have been placed through Dulwich and trees planted. Last year's production of Dulwich Cavalcade, performed at Christ's Chapel was sponsored by the Society. A recent traffic survey commissioned by the residents of Burbage Road at a cost of £1000 was subsidised by £500 by the Society in response to concerns from residents that Southwark Council's own survey of traffic impact on the proposed Velodrome development was flawed. The sum of £2500 has also been earmarked as the Society's share of a Southwark Council scheme to improve the streetscape of the Village. In December, the Society's 40th anniversary party was partly underwritten from its funds. In May, the Society will bear the costs of the competition for a sculpture of Edward Alleyn.
This all represents a worthy contribution towards fulfilling the Society's object.