20th Dulwich Festival

The 2013 Dulwich Festival was largely blessed with good weather which allowed the large number of outdoor events to pass off successfully. As reported in the Spring Journal, street art played an important role in this year’s festival some of which has left a legacy of twelve massive murals painted on the end walls of buildings throughout Dulwich. The project, organised by Ingrid Beazley, led to leading street artists being invited to Dulwich Picture Gallery to take inspiration from its Baroque paintings and reinterpret their choice on the walls around the Dulwich area. To view these again, and hear an explanation join Ingrid on Sunday 26th September at 2pm, when she will conduct a walk to look at these murals. Baroque the Street tickets are available at the Gallery at £10.

Southwark Council sponsored several major street art initiatives during the festival, one of which was the SCARECROWS project, created by Graham Shackell of Sometime Soon Arts, a historically inspired type of performance art where scarecrows carrying messages of incidents or people from Dulwich’s past were made by schools, clubs and groups and placed at sites around the area – and mysteriously moved at night! They were a source of great fun for children who followed a printed trail leading to them in the course of which they were made aware of some of Dulwich’s historical heritage.

Traffic Gridlock

Traffic congestion has been a feature in Dulwich this summer and drivers’ tempers have flared and P4 buses have been delayed. The last weekend of the Festival was a problem again and it is hoped that in future, arrangements will be made to place No Parking cones down one side of College Road and on the build out on both sides of Gallery Road if the event is held in Dulwich Park next year.

The problem was repeated several other times during the summer, especially on Sunday 23rd June when there was a major cycling event finishing at the Velodrome, a new exhibition at the Gallery, a large football tournament at the Pelo ground in Gallery Road, a fun fair at Belair, the Dulwich Players were performing an open-air Shakespeare production in the Park, a major cricket day was in progress at Southwark Community Sports Trust ground in Turney Road and it was as a sunny day which made Dulwich Park extra busy as well.

At the end of July Southwark Council circulated a consultation document regarding car parking in Dulwich Park where there has been serious congestion on some occasions during the summer months and setting out options to improve the matter. The options which people were asked to consider was limiting parking to 4 hours; making the display of a blue badge mandatory when parking in disabled blue bays; enforcement against dangerous or obstructive parking.

Perhaps parking on the long driveway from the Queen Mary Gate with access from Dulwich Common might be considered for busy weekend, provided of course that the road is closed off where it joins the main park loop.

Local police safer neighbourhood team

The local Safer Neighbourhood Teams in College, East Dulwich and Village Wards moved their home base to Camberwell Police Station on 24th June, and the new policing model came into force. We welcome a new sergeant on Village ward, Pete Shaw, while Stewart Turnbull and Warren Gregory remain at East Dulwich and College respectively. They all come under the Southwark South West Quadrant led by Inspector Richard Hynes.

Barbara Hepworth Statue Replacement

The four artists selected to design the replacement artwork for the stolen Barbara Hepworth statue - Anya Gallaccio, Ryan Gander, Eva Rothschild and Conrad Shawcross - will present their formal submissions for public consultation on the last two weekends of September at an exhibition in the Francis Peak Community Centre, Dulwich Park.