Farewell to PELO
After ten successful years of football coaching in the field next to The Old Grammar School in Gallery Road, PELO has had to close. Its closure is a combination of an inability to obtain funding assistance and the decision to retire by its founder, Mauritius born Mario Fauvrelle. Mario has dedicated the last fifteen years to providing football training with a difference to a largely Afro-Caribbean young membership. The name PELO is an acronym for Positive - Education - Learning - Organisation. The Club has provided more than intensive football coaching, in a room in the pavilion are two banks of computers for the youngsters to work on and next door is a clubroom with table tennis.

Mario who is approaching 60 years of age is a little sad but philosophical about the closure. He speaks with pride about the success in life that many of the boys have gone on to have. He can be assured that he has given huge support and encouragement to the young players all of whom were a credit to PELO.

Flood alleviation works for Dulwich and Herne Hill
On 25th March 2014, Southwark Council granted planning permission for a £3.745m scheme to tackle the risk of surface water and sewer flooding in Dulwich and Herne Hill.
The project sees Southwark Council, Thames Water and the Environment Agency working together to deploy a number of innovative techniques across the area to create a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS).

Work will be focused in Dulwich and Belair Parks, as well as in the Dulwich Community Sports Ground in Turney Road. This follows many months consulting with residents and local community groups. The scheme of works includes the construction of grass covered banks (bunds) to channel rain water towards drainage points, a new wetland area in Belair Park and underground tanks providing storage for rainwater which will be gradually released into the sewer system over time.

In Dulwich Park, a works compound with portacabins and equipment has been established along the spur road leading to Queen Mary Gate. The construction phase is expected to last approximately six months. Works vehicles will exit under supervision via the Court Lane Gate. The works necessitate the closure of the children’s playground for around three months. The main carriageway will be raised by up to a metre in two places, as well as the pathway between the café and the playground, with dedicated footpaths to be installed on a temporary basis to circumvent the closed sections.

Thames Water has set up a website giving details of the works, together with an indicative timeline. They will update this regularly. The link is :

There will be noticeboards in the Park highlighting the affected areas.
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Unfortunately, the flood alleviation works are likely to impact on the installation of the new sculpture to replace the stolen Barbara Hepworth statue. A planning application has been made and the work was expected to be installed by the autumn. But this might be delayed.

Send for The Pied Piper!
The services of Hamelin District Council might have to be sought soon as the problem of rat infestation around the lake in Dulwich Park grows. As many as twenty rats at one time have now been seen around the reed beds and along the boardwalk. If not dealt with soon this will bring into question the safety of boating on the lake where the threat of Weil’s disease might be present.

Garden Safari: Sunday 15 June 2014 2pm-6pm
2014 marks the seventh year of the annual Garden Safari - launched by Dulwich Helpline (now Dulwich Helpline & Southwark Churches Care) as a way of raising money within the community to support its work offering friendly, volunteer support to isolated, older people living locally. The Safari comprises four or five gardens open on the same Sunday afternoon, all within walking distance of each other. Safari-goers buy a ticket that has a map printed on it showing where the gardens are and, most importantly, which garden is serving the tea and home-made cakes! There is always a great atmosphere at the Safaris with families embarking together for a lovely afternoon out (even in those years when the weather has been challenging ...). The plant stall is placed at the opening garden so that people can easily carry their purchases back to their cars.

We have always taken care to locate the Safari in a different part of Dulwich each year. We have been in the Village, up Court Lane; down Burbage/Stradella Road and over the South Circular to Alleyn Road. Last year we held the Safari in Grove Park, Camberwell to underline the fact that Dulwich Helpline had merged with Southwark Churches Care and now helps isolated, older people over a broader swathe of Southwark. We also look to provide variety in the kinds of gardens we include. This year we are focusing on the southern part of our catchment area and highlighting some beautiful woodland gardens in Sydenham Hill. The Safari will start at Fountain House , 17 Sydenham Hill SE26 6SH and two of the gardens featured also open for the NGS so the Safari will be offering amazing value for money at £5 to see all the gardens! I hope we shall have a great turn-out this year to help our work with older people.

Katharine St John-Brooks
Chairman, Dulwich Helpline & Southwark Churches Care