Dulwich Composer Celebrated

Richard Dawre (1847-1881) was a talented composer and organist at St Peter’s Church, Dulwich Common until his untimely death in 1881. He composed a number of lively Victorian marches. Some of these can be heard on YouTube played on the organ by Riccado Bonci, organist at St Barnabas.

The St Barnabas director of music, Dr William McVicker is presenting the Dawre Project at St Barnabas on Sunday June 12th at 7pm. Both he and Riccardo and the St Barnabas choir and musicians will perform and the programme will be narrated and introduced by David Beamish.

Dulwich Village Post Office

Nathan and Sandra Rajan completed their fifth year running the Dulwich post office and tried hard to tempt customers with their books, especially those for those young ones facing examinations.

They were stalwart in their commitment not the least coping with the demanding journey from their home in North London. It was always comforting to know that come what may, one or other would be at the counter doing their duty to a public mostly brought up on the Post Office tradition rather than delivery firms; they realised that the world was changing.

They are now about to enjoy their retirement and we hope they will carry away fond memories of serving the Dulwich public however impatient especially when the Christmas queue was beyond the door but happily still under cover.

We wish them well and hope they sleep soundly - and for longer.

Long Term Investment Pay Off

Many readers will have heard of Philip Henslowe, the father in law of Edward Alleyn who was his business partner in various theatre ventures and bear baiting on Bankside. Henslowe was a very astute businessman, and, perhaps surprisingly, a devoted churchman at St Saviour’s Church which in 1905 would become Southwark Cathedral.

The parishioners had bought the church for parish use and one of those involved was Henslowe. Later, he was also responsible for buying a house two doors east of his own home on Bankside as a clergy house. Overtime this became Southwark Cathedral’s Provost Lodgings and is adjacent to the present Globe Theatre in a handsome Georgian house built on the site in 1712. Later it was extended to include the neighbouring property. It was recently valued at in excess of £6 million.

Part time, full-on journalism course to launch

Dulwich Village is to host a new training centre for would-be journalists. Newly formed Splash! Journalism Training is recruiting for its first part-time course leading to a gold-standard qualification. It will based in Au Ciel café on Calton Avenue. Splash! is run by Roger Wilkinson and Andrew Kelly, both previously tutors with the Press Association and other training organisations.

Roger says: ‘Most new entrants to journalism complete a full-time training course soon after graduation. But there is an unmet demand for part-time training from those already in work, who would rather not lose income. The Splash! course, on Saturdays and Wednesday evenings, plus distance learning, is, Roger says, ‘a fast-track course; part-time, but full-on.’

Andrew adds: ‘Splash! will prepare candidates for the National Council for the Training of Journalists diploma exams towards the end of the year. The diploma covers digital, print and video journalism. It opens doors. More than 90 per cent of diploma holders are in paid media work within a year. ‘We chose Dulwich because it’s a stress-free, accessible location with fine facilities close at hand.’

Splash! will hold free explanatory seminars in spring and the course will begin in the early summer. See splashjt.com

Dulwich Festival 2016

As we enter a new season, the centre-piece of the cultural calendar is in sight as preparations for the 23rd Dulwich Festival gather momentum. This annual celebration of the arts once again promises a wealth of cultural entertainment and stimulation for everyone, and takes place from 6th-15th May 2016.

This year, the Festival is honoured to welcome Professor Robert Winston who will be speaking about the nature of happiness. In a world where happy people tend to live longer, Professor Winston will be discussing what makes us happy and considering how science can help us achieve it.

In the year marking 400 years since Edward Alleyn established Christ's Chapel in Dulwich Village, Brian Green will delight listeners with an evening exploring the history of the Chapel and the following evening, the Joglaresa ensemble will be on hand with their show Nuns and Roses to give us an insight into the musical backdrop to this era in their show of minstrelsy from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.

The internationally-acclaimed Tangram Theatre will be bringing their much-lauded performance, Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking to this year's Festival. Their collaborative, challenging and entertaining approach to theatre seeks to actively engage the audience, so be ready to join in! And before you get the chance to catch your breath, Nedwardo and the Rumbanauts band will be taking up residence at The Grafton, playing some infectious music and encouraging us all to cast off our inhibitions and take to the floor - no experience is necessary so everyone can have a go!

Over 200 artists will once again be throwing open the doors of their studios and homes to offer us an insight into the artistic process for Artists' Open House which will take place across both weekends of the Festival. We also see the return of the Street Art Walk around Dulwich and new to the very popular walks programme will be a Dawn Chorus Walk and a Bat Walk at dusk for local wildlife enthusiasts led by the London Wildlife Trust team - so there's something for the early bird and the night owl!

This is just a flavour of the line-up for this year's Festival, with so much more on offer over the 10 days of its duration, including the always popular and well-attended Festival Fair, Love West Dulwich Fair and Dulwich Park Fair which bookend the Festival week.

If you'd like to help out as a volunteer at the Festival, we'd love to hear from you. Details of how to contact us, and further information on all Festival events, venues and dates can be found on our website: http://dulwichfestival.co.uk/