The Executive Committee's proposals for a new set of Rules

The current Rules, the constitution that governs the Dulwich Society, were adopted in 1964 and, together with some minor amendments, have served us well since. The charitable mission of the Society, “to foster and safeguard the amenities of Dulwich” has stood the test of time and will not change. However, the Covid lockdown triggered a review of our rules and we saw that there are several areas where our Rules need modernising. We are proposing to add new clauses to:

  • allow us to sign up members via our website
  • codify the holding of meetings over Zoom and to allow for electronic voting
  • codify the making of urgent decisions of the Executive Committee by email
  • authorise the Executive Committee to permit the use of proxies at general meetings
  • make some of the notice periods more practical
  • increase by two the number of permitted Executive Committee members to allow the diversification of our activities

In addition, we have sought to enhance transparency and accountability by:

  • introducing retirement by rotation, the regular resignation of members of the Executive Committee with the possibility of re-election
  • enacting into the Rules the decisions of the SGM of last year
  • the setting of terms of reference for the work of sub-committees
  • codifying the code of conduct of members
  • requiring a policy for the safeguarding of members’ personal data
  • clarifying the role of the president
  • the elimination of the role of honorary vice presidents

THE DULWICH SOCIETY 
NOTICE OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING at 8pm on 27 JUNE 2022
TO ADOPT NEW RULES FOR THE SOCIETY

To the members of the Dulwich Society

A review has taken place of the Society’s Rules. These were originally adopted in 1964 and were last amended in 2019. There is no proposed change to the Objects of the Society, but a number of changes are proposed to ensure its efficient running and long-term success.

A Special General Meeting of the Dulwich Society will be held at 8pm on Monday 27 June 2022 in the Function Room at The Crown and Greyhound, 73 Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7BJ to consider and, if thought fit, to adopt revised Rules reflecting these changes.

This is a meeting for members only and is not a public meeting.

Agenda

1.    Introduction from the Chair and apologies for absence

2.    Proposal: that the Society adopts with immediate effect the new Rules displayed in draft on the Society’s website.

Questions and discussion

Vote on the revised Rules 

3.    Close of meeting

Notes:

The vote will be for approval of the revised Rules in full. Amendments will not be taken either before or during the meeting.

Adoption of the Proposal requires a majority of at least two thirds of members present and entitled to vote. Voting will be determined by a show of hands, with one vote per household membership.

A set of revised Rules can be found at: www.dulwichsociety.com/society/constitution-and-accounts

Heather Stubbs, Hon. Secretary, Dulwich Society, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Memorable quotes on ‘Rules’

“If you obey all the rules you’ll miss all the fun.” Katherine Hepburn

“Life is short, break the rules.” Mark Twain

“If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.” Marilyn Monroe

“We started off trying to set up a small anarchist community, but people wouldn't obey the rules.”

- Alan Bennett: ‘Getting On’


New Dulwich Society Logo

Sharon O’Connor writes

For almost 60 years our logo has been a swan, taken from a woodcut by Thomas Berwick (1753-1828). It is thought to have been arbitrarily chosen by an editor of the Society’s then newsletter and its use has become increasingly outdated as swans have not been found in Dulwich waters for at least twenty years. When it was suggested in 2007 to reintroduce swans to Dulwich Park Lake or the millpond, this was not carried out as the water was not healthy enough at that time for the birds. Apart from the dearth of Dulwich swans, the intricate lines of the image do not translate well to modern use, causing our logo to look increasingly forlorn, especially online. We have therefore commissioned a new logo to better reflect our identity.

James Alexander of Jade Design has designed a logo that will help carry us forward for the next 60 years. James grew up in Dulwich and knows the area and the Society well. His company has been involved in many local projects, notably the design of the beautiful ‘Dulwich 400’, a history book produced to mark the quatercentenary of the foundation of Dulwich College. 

For our new logo, James has used as inspiration ‘Two Forms (Divided Circle)’, the much loved and sadly missed Barbara Hepworth sculpture that was displayed in Dulwich Park for 40 years until it was stolen in 2011. The symbol in our new logo uses the Hepworth sculpture to inform the ‘D’ of ‘Dulwich’ and gives us a fresh, clean image which will work well in all formats both print and digital, including our social media. The Hepworth Estate were complimentary about the design and touched that we were remembering the lost work. Equally, the Friends of Dulwich Park are supportive of its use and think it is a wonderful link between the statue, the Park and the Society.

Of course, the logo needs to work for those who don’t know the sculpture and we believe it stands alone as a clear reference to the ‘D’ of Dulwich. It points the way to our future as a society that works to foster and safeguard the amenities of Dulwich, both in the interests of its residents and the wider local community.

Sydenham Hill Wood - the Green Match Fund appeal 22nd - 29th April 2022

Sydenham Hill Wood and Dulwich Wood are much- used and important amenities of Dulwich. As is reported in Sam Taylor’s article (page 8), “lockdown” saw a near doubling of numbers using Sydenham Hill Wood to an astonishing 350,000 visits in 2020 and this, with the very wet winter, saw serious erosion and widening of the paths as well as compaction and destruction of the understorey and trampling of ground flora. This was reported in the Summer 2021 Journal, which flagged London Wildlife Trust’s need for funding to deal with the scale of the damage and the Society’s wish to help with this. 

LWT applied for match funding from The Big Give for a Green Match Fund appeal for path improvements in the wood and was awarded £5,000 in late March 2022. The Dulwich Society agreed to provide the same amount so that total matching funds were £10,000 and the formal “Campaign Target” for the appeal £20,000. The Society also helped with local publicity.

In the event, the appeal raised some £23,000, which should enable LWT to complete priority path improvements and to continue its conservation work. The Society’s grant was one of the largest that it has made, reflecting the importance of the woods to Dulwich. 

Dulwich Gardens open for Charity

Dulwich punches above its weight in the number and variety of gardens that open for charity, and these are now in full swing - this year there are over 30 separate gardens opening, some more than once and some as part of a group or safari. Most have refreshments and plant sales which, with the gardens themselves, make for an enjoyable outing.

Full details of the gardens are included in the brochure distributed to members with the last Journal. The brochure is also on the Society’s website www.dulwichsociety.com/gardens and available in local garden centres. 

Dulwich Society coach visit to RHS Wisley & Polesden Lacey, Surrey - Wednesday 15th June

Our annual coach outing this year is to RHS Wisley and Polesden Lacey (National Trust) in Surrey. Full details are in the brochure Dulwich Gardens open for Charity 2022 and on the Society’s website www.dulwichsociety.org/gardens. 

Tickets are £27 each and can be purchased through Eventbrite (www.eventbrite.co.uk - search “Dulwich Society”) or from Jeremy Prescott, 142 Court Lane, London SE21 7EB (cheques payable to “The Dulwich Society” with a note of your email address, telephone number and a stamped addressed envelope please). Please note that non-members of the National Trust will need to pay an additional £13 for entry to Polesden Lacey - this will be collected on the coach. 

Coach departure from the front entrance to Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, SE21 7BG - 8.45am for prompt 9.00am departure, back around 5.30pm. 

All members of the Dulwich Society and friends are welcome, but please do not apply for tickets for yourself or anyone else who has not been fully vaccinated. Enquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - at the time of writing (end April) there were places available.

Local History Talks

The Society’s online Local History talks started in January 2021 and have been very successful in a period of lockdowns and concern about gathering in large numbers. They reach a growing number of members, other Dulwich residents and even people further afield as there are even online attendees from Europe and the US. Feedback on the talks has been good and over 1,500 tickets have been sold, meaning that something like 3,000 people have attended, as many ticket holders watch with someone else. And this doesn’t include the people who watch the recordings on YouTube afterwards, who have numbered over 1,000 so far.

The talks have raised over £6,000 for local charities including £1,700 for St Christopher’s Hospice, £1,100 for King’s College Hospital charities and £2,200 for Bell House educational projects. The talks also contribute to fulfilling the Dulwich Society's charitable objective of increasing awareness of what makes Dulwich special.

The talks are researched and presented by members of the local history group and are run in conjunction with Bell House, who provide the online platform and sell the tickets for us via Eventbrite. The speakers, Ian McInnes, Brian Green, Duncan Bowie and Gavin Bowyer, all give their time for free, so the only costs are from the Eventbrite ticketing platform. Thank you to everyone who has bought tickets. Look out for future talks which we publicise in our eNewsletter (email the membership secretary if you don’t receive this) and on social media. Bell House also has a page on their website: https://www.bellhouse.co.uk/local-history

A Call from Down Under

The extent of the Journal’s online outreach is sometimes quite surprising. We have had a message from New South Wales from Russell Brown whose family have owned a 324 acre farm near East Gresford on the Allyn River called ‘Glenthorne’ since 1906. He discovered that the farm was created by the Rev. Alfred Glennie, who emigrated to Australia at the age of 17 in 1828. He was one of the twelve sons of Dr William Glennie who ran a small boarding school, at which Lord Byron was a pupil, on the site of the Grove Tavern on Dulwich Common at the turn of the eighteenth century. Mr Brown found the article, which appeared in the Spring 2020 issue, of great interest and says that Alfred Glennie’s farm still exists. The farmhouse with its original stone kitchen and outhouse was built by Glennie in 1838.

The Journal

The Society was saddened to learn of the death of Barbara Kley. Barbara will be particularly missed by the Journal as for many years she was the assiduous proof reader of the copy. A long-serving member of the music department of James Allen’s Girls School, she was also an active member of Christ’s Chapel’s choir.

The Journal is delighted to report that Jane Jones, who recently retired from a career in translation, has agreed to take on the important task of proofreading the copy. It also wishes to thank Christine Broomhead who stepped in at short notice to assist with proofreading the last issue.