Crown & Greyhound

Mitchells and Butler, the tenant, have confirmed that the pub and hotel will open on 7th November. The hotel will trade under the ‘Innkeeper’s Lodge’ brand and, under a heading of ‘More than just a good night's sleep’, the company’s website says ‘Whatever your plans for the day, you can rely on Innkeeper's Lodge to provide a night of comfort for an affordable price, with a complimentary buffet breakfast provided. Each hotel has a cosy pub conveniently located right on the doorstep and with nearly 50 locations, from Brighton to Edinburgh and everywhere in-between, Innkeeper's Lodge can always be first choice for stays in the UK.’

S G Smith housing development:

The site has been acquired by McCullogh Homes Ltd, a developer/builder based in Bromley. They will build the scheme that has planning consent, and will now come under the Scheme of Management. This consists of 8 three-storey town 4 and 5 bed houses, and four affordable dwellings- 1 three bed wheelchair accessible house, a two bed house and 2 one bed flats. Parking for all the properties will be in a basement car park, with access off Gilkes Place. A social housing provider is already on board to manage the social housing and the company will be working up the detailed planning submissions over the next few months.

Cycling Quietway 7:

The Dulwich Community Council meeting (DCC) on 22 June heard representations from local residents, Southwark Cyclists, Dulwich and Herne Hill Safe Routes to School, and local MP Helen Hayes over the implementation of the proposed new Quietway. Local councillors recommended a pause in the process while key issues were reviewed.

They suggested a trial, not only of the change of priority at the junction in Dulwich Village, but also the reduction of three lanes to two on Court Lane/Calton Avenue. They also wanted no further action on the current proposals until the results were in from a study into alternative routes for the school coaches for Alleyn’s, JAGS and Dulwich College, which all currently use the proposed Quietway

Dulwich Village Farmers’ Market:

A planning application has been made to run a farmer’s market on the playground of the Dulwich Infants School in Dulwich Village. It started in June, without any consent and appears to be quite successful. There have been, as yet, no complaints about additional parking stress in the area, the main comment has been the proliferation of signs, banners on the railings in the Village, and AA signs on lamp posts. These need to be removed.

Impact of new North Dulwich Triangle controlled parking zone:

While the CPZ has made a considerable difference to parking availability for residents in the roads in the North Dulwich triangle, as was expected, it is also now very clear that it has displaced parking further south into the Village, Turney and Burbage Roads. How long before residents there ask for a CPZ?

JAGS Music School:

Revised plans for the JAGS music school have been submitted to Southwark Council (Southwark ref: 16/AP/2403). The scheme has been reviewed following the arrival of a new Head last autumn and both reduced in size and modified to integrate better with the existing school buildings.

C B Core Paintings presented to Society:

The Society has recently been generously given three pictures of Dulwich scenes painted in the 1920s and 30s by local artist Charles Browne Core. They show the Tollgate, Pickwick Cottage and the Dulwich Picture Gallery and will be hung in Rosebery Lodge. They were acquired by the donor’s grandmother who worked between 1945-52 as secretary to Miss Barnes, the Head of the Dulwich Hamlet School in the Village. The donor thinks they were bought at a sale following the artist’s death in 1947.

C B Core was a well-known local builder whose office was where the chemist’s now stands in Dulwich Village. He lived at 57 Dulwich Village, the Georgian house next to the Burial ground, from the 1920s until his death in 1947 aged 86. The picture shows him and his two sons outside his office in about 1910. Sadly both his sons were killed in action in the First World War.

His claim to fame artistically was his conspicuous failure to have any of his paintings exhibited at the Royal Academy. An article on him appeared in the Daily Mirror in May 1939 headed ‘UNLUCKY FORTY YEARS, HOPING’. It said that every year from 1899 until 1939 he submitted three pictures to the Academy - and all of them were returned (it may have been 50 years as a cut out from another newspaper on the back of one of the paintings says he started sending pictures in 1888). He was quoted as saying “All I can think is that some of the pictures are never seen by the committee. Many of the pictures hung are excellent, but some of the stuff that gets on the Academy walls is absolute tripe. Every other exhibition I have tried has been pleased to accept my work, though I have not been able to sell any of it.”