The Garden Group

John Ward has retired after 20 years as Chair of the Group. The Society is very grateful to John for the huge effort he has put into the Group’s activities. He will be succeeded by Jeremy Prescott. Jeremy is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic gardener and opens his garden for both the National Gardens Scheme and St. Christopher’s. We wish him every success.

Enclosed with this issue is the 2014 edition of Dulwich Gardens open for Charity. It has been edited by Ann Rutherford. We are sure that you will find it a very useful pictorial guide to local garden openings and associated events.

The Dulwich Society Garden Group is presenting an illustrated talk by Valerie Muir ‘What’s different about Organic Growing?’ on Thursday 24th April at Belair Recreation Centre, Gallery Road. Admission free. 7.30 pm for 8.00pm (Refreshments served at 7.30 pm). Non - members welcome.

St Peter’s Church, Dulwich Common

After several years of negotiation between the Deeper Life Bible Church and Southwark planning department, concerning car parking on the site, planning consent was finally granted in December 2013 for alterations to and the refurbishment of the stone boundary wall and decorative cast iron railings on the church’s front boundary wall. Primarily promoted by the Dulwich Society, the work will be funded by a Cleaner Greener Safer grant from Southwark Council, a Heritage for London Trust grant, the Deeper Life Bible Church and the Dulwich Society.

This will be an additional improvement to the area following the Dulwich Society’s other successful promotion of improvements at the eastern end of Dulwich Common. Notably, the alterations to the metal wicket gate at Cox’s Walk to allow buggies and small bicycles to access the walk, and the replacement of the unsightly remnants of the concrete post and mesh fencing along the frontage of the Streatham and Marlborough Cricket Club with an Oak paling fence, which has now weathered down to a light grey.

The Society now has around 25% of its members’ email addresses and the first two monthly eNewsletters were sent out at the beginning and end of December - a copy has been put up in the notice board outside the Village Post office. If you wish to receive it please send your email address to the membership secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rosebery Lodge, Dulwich Park

The Society has now agreed a draft lease with the Council to take over Rosebery Lodge in Dulwich Park as a local archive, museum and community facility. Refurbishment work on the building began in January and the aim is to have everything up and running by the Dulwich Festival in May.

East Dulwich Police Station

The Dulwich area is very short of new school places and the site has been identified as a possible site for a new school. Following concerns that the site would be sold for commercial development the Society submitted an application to have the police station identified as an asset of community value under the Community Right to Bid legislation.

Judith Kerr Free School

Members of the main committees of both The Dulwich and Herne Hill Societies were shown round the new school by the head at the end of last year. There are approximately 90 children there at the moment and this will increase to 150 in September 2014. The eventual school role will be 350 and there is proving to be considerable interest from local families.

The school is run by the CfBT Education Trust who also manage Oakfield School on Thurlow Park Road. The Half Moon Lane site used to be the King’s College London’s Sir James Black Laboratories and the existing building appears to have lent itself well to conversion into a school.

Crystal Palace redevelopment

The drop in session on the Chinese ZhongRong Group’s proposed reconstruction of the Crystal Palace building was very well attended and the project managers advertised for architects during December. It is clear that London Mayor Boris Johnson and the London Borough of Bromley are very keen on the scheme but the Dulwich Society is concerned that there are no representatives on the project’s steering group from either Southwark or Lambeth. The potential environmental impact on the Dulwich area from the increase in traffic is considerable and the Society is watching the proposal carefully. Unless there is parking is banned on site, people will drive to it, and Dulwich sits on the direct route south from central London.

Journal deliveries

We had a good response to our request for more volunteers to help deliver the Journal but we always need more. If you enjoy walking around the area, and have the time to help out, please contact the chairman on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Proposed redevelopment of the Crown and Greyhound into a Hotel
Dulwich College new Science
Block (computer generated impression - Grimshaw design)

Dulwich Society Newsletter Digitalisation

For the past ten years, firstly the Newsletter and more recently the Journal have been available to be read online and this has been a valuable tool for anyone interested in Dulwich. The Archives Department of Dulwich College has now offered to digitalise the earlier issues. Our secretary, Patrick Spencer has a complete run for our own archives with the exception of nos.58 & 72. He would be very grateful if any member could supply these. The digitalization process requires a second set which can be taken apart. There is a second set but we are missing Newsletters 85, 88, 94, 98, 103-4. Can you help?


Notice is hereby given that the 51st Annual General Meeting of The Dulwich Society will be held at 8.00pm on Monday 28th April 2014 at St Barnabas Church Community Suite, Calton Avenue, SE21 7DG.
1. Minutes of the 50th Annual General Meeting held on 9th April 2013 to be approved.
2. Chairman’s Report
3. Secretary’s Report.
4. Treasurer’s Report and presentation of accounts for 2013.
5. Appointment of Honorary Auditor.
6. Reports from Sub-Committee Chairmen.
7. Elections for 2014-2015. President, Vice-Presidents, Officers, Executive Committee.
8. Any Other Business.

Note: Nominations for election as an Officer or Member of the Executive Committee must be submitted in writing to the Secretary by two members not later than fourteen days before 28th April 2014 and must be endorsed by the candidate in writing. (Rule 9).
Patrick Spencer Hon. Secretary
7 Pond Cottages SE21 7LE
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting 2013, the Chairman’s report and reports of the Sub-Committee Chairmen for 2013 may be seen on the Dulwich Society Website A hard copy may be obtained by application to the Secretary.