South London Gallery receives funding increase

The South London Gallery has announced that it has secured funding from the Arts Council for a further three years.  The grant for 2011/12 of £346,752, will rise to £646,752 in 2012/13, £746,752 in 2014/15, £846,752 in 2014/15.

Margot Heller, Director of the South London Gallery said: “Everyone at the SLG is thrilled with the increase to our funding.  This is a wonderfully heartening and much needed acknowledgement of the quality and impact of our programmes.  The Arts Council’s decision recognises the degree to which the SLG has grown, having doubled in size and significantly expanded the scope of its programmes following the recent expansion of the building.

It will also enable us to forge ahead with exciting plans for the future, further developing our contemporary art, film and live art programmes, and our award-winning education work with schools, young people and local residents.”

New Tenants for the Dulwich Estate

The Herne Hill Velodrome has been leased to The Herne Hill Velodrome Trust (HHVT) which has been incorporated and granted charitable status:
(1) Terms have been agreed with the Dulwich Estate for a 15 year lease of the track and the area within the track. Based on this, British Cycling will resurface the track, probably in June, at a cost of £300,000, borne by them.
(2) Sport England  have obtained a grant of £8,000 from the Marathon Trust. This will enable them to prepare a Business Plan in collaboration with the HHVT. This is a sine qua non of a long lease from the Dulwich Estate for the whole area (i.e. the track, the area within the track and that outside the track).
(3) An open process of recruitment of additional trustees will shortly be set up.

The Dulwich Estate has also confirmed that the lease for the sports ground in Turney Road has been assigned by South Bank University to Southwark Community Sports Trust CIC.

Paxton Green gyratory

Southwark Council has allocated £280,000 of their much diminished budget to works to make this roundabout safer for pedestrians, bus users, school pupils, cyclists and vehicles. In parallel with this, Lambeth Council will be making the roads leading into the gyratory from the Lambeth side safer.

Dulwich’s Vintage TV

Early in March the Society was contacted by Bonhams auctioneers seeking more background information about a very early pre-war television set coming up for auction in April.

Originally owned by a Dulwich resident, Mr G B Davis who lived at 118 College Road, it is the oldest working set known in this country and was the seventh unit manufactured by Marconi – it has a 12 inch horizontal screen and the picture is viewed via a mirror in the lid.  Mr Davis’s daughter, Rosa, a  long-time member of the Society’s trees and wildlife committees passed away last year.

The set was bought 4 days before transmission began in November 1936. It cost £99 5s and came complete with the original bill of sale, an instruction manual and the service sheets which confirm that, following WW2 (when there was no TV transmission), it was sent back to Marconi EMI’s Hayes factory for testing prior to the re-start of TV transmissions in 1945.

118 College Road is about 200 metres from the house where John Logie Baird, the inventor of television, lived and, amazingly, the Marconi engineer who tested it and offered upgrading suggestions and testing formulas, was the world-famous Gerry Wells, who runs the British Wireless and Television Museum from his house in West Dulwich, only a mile away.

The television was sold on 20th April for £16,800 to an American buyer.

The Concrete House, 549 Lordship Lane

At a ceremony at the House of Commons on 21st March the chairman of the Heritage of London Trust officially handed over one peppercorn to Southwark’s chief executive as the annual rent for the property. Southwark Council have finally obtained the site under compulsory purchase and the Heritage of London Trust will be reconstructing the house as five housing association flats. The design team are currently working up the scheme and hopefully work will start on site towards the end of the year. This is a great result for Dulwich as the house has been largely derelict for at least 20 years.

The full story of The Concrete House was published in the winter 2010 edition of the Journal and can also be read on the Society’s web site.

Highgrove Garden with the Mark Evison Foundation

Prince Charles has very kindly offered his garden Highgrove, near Tetbury, Gloucs, to the Foundation for a lunch and reception on 17 June 2011. This will include a garden visit of about two hours, at a time that the garden is looking at its June best, also the Wild Garden will be in abundance. It is extremely kind of him, and is because of his interest in the Foundation through the Welsh Guards. It is a great opportunity not often available at this time of the year, for a wonderful garden experience and lunch.

There are a limited number of tickets still available at £85 each, to include a two-hour garden tour, and a two-course lunch with wine. Tickets at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 020 8693 2254, 07789 765 867.

Dulwich Garden Safari - Sunday 12th June 2011 2pm-6pm

Come and explore five beautiful Dulwich gardens (not normally open to the public!) Ticket/map available on the day from 22 Court Lane Gardens, SE21 7DZ.  Adults £5, children under 16 - free!  Sorry – no dogs please! Tea and home-made cakes will be available to refresh you, and a Plant Stall will enable gardening enthusiasts to add to their collection! 

The various gardens incorporate a wonderful variety of trees and shrubs, herbaceous borders, climbing roses, winding paths, water features, ceramics and statuary…..and more!  All proceeds from the Safari are in support  of Dulwich Helpline. Dulwich Helpline, founded in 1993, is a small local charity providing friendly volunteer support for over 300 isolated older people living in Dulwich and neighbouring areas.  Through their team of excellent volunteers, they offer practical help with escorted shopping, gardening, odd jobs, and transport.  They also provide social and emotional support through befriending, and a variety of activity and friendship groups.  Daytime volunteers and help with fundraising are always needed!  If you would like to find out more, please contact Caroline Dunmail on 020 8299 2623 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Post Office

Mr Patel, who came to the Post Office in Dulwich Village twenty-one years ago has retired.   He always preferred to run it single-handedly and despite the Post Office being very heavily used, at Christmas especially, when long queues loop around the shop, he never became flustered.  He always made time to help the older members of the community to complete the unfamiliar forms they had to fill up.

He was also instrumental in getting the post office retained in the Village when other offices were closing elsewhere and he was well-supported in his efforts by the community in the raising of petitions and letters of protest.

For the Dulwich community, the Post Office is one of the most important shops in the Village, so it is vital that Mr Patel’s successors, Nathan and Vimala Rajan are supported in their new enterprise.