Author: Around Dulwich

August update from Cllr Victoria Olisa

So much has happened in the last year since I have been elected. We have agreed more than £90,000 of funding for local groups and projects; from bicycle hangars in residential streets, water fountains and benches in shopping streets, to funding much needed green screens at Goose Green Primary School, to combat the increased air pollution in the area. The climate issues are very real in East Dulwich, so every small action can help. It’s officially Summer, with blue skies and warm, but the wait will soon be over, not Brexit, but the CPZ! The final decision will be made by the Cabinet member, Richard Livingstone early next month, due to the unprecedented high number of feedback and questions from local people and businesses in East Dulwich. There will be another period of public consultation on his decision, so will be no change, if at all, until the Autumn. Warmer days and nights also bring other issues to our area, an increase in street and home robberies, so please be safe, keep your valuables secure and …

Alleyn’s anniversary year sees students post first-rate A-Level results

Boys and girls at co-educational Alleyn’s School in Dulwich achieve 30% A* grades during an auspicious anniversary year. Year 13 students at Alleyn’s have once again posted a very strong set of A level examination results, upholding the School’s long-held record of academic success. The grades add to the School’s many causes for celebration during 2019, which marks 400 years since Founder Edward Alleyn established his School. The headline results are: 30% of all grades awarded were at A* 68% of all grades awarded were at A* and A 89% of all grades awarded were at A*, A and B 16 students gained 3 A* grades or better 77 students gained at least 3 A* or A grades Both boys and girls performed very strongly at Alleyn’s, as befits one of the UK’s leading co-educational day schools. Headmaster Dr Gary Savage said: “We are truly delighted with our students’ A level achievements this year. Their results are well-deserved, and attest to their hard work and commitment to learning throughout their time at Alleyn’s. Our congratulations …

The Last Word: Alice Tate-Harte, founder of Clean Air for SE23

Alice Tate-Harte is a painting restorer and local Mum living in Forest Hill.  She set up Clean Air for SE23 this year and is a campaigner on air quality and greening London. How long have you lived in the area? Only one year but I know the area really well and have lived in SE London for 15 years. What brought you here? Friends, good schools and a nice community. What has changed most during that time? Air pollution has become a big thing in the press recently and I started to find out more about it. I was familiar with how Air pollution affected the old paintings that I work on, but I didn’t realise how bad it was for our health.  People are also getting more aware and concerned about climate change and want to know what they get can do to help. What do you most value about the area you live in? The fantastic green spaces and woodland, the swimming pool and the library and the interesting old buildings.  I also …

Elle Nash and Ruby Rare in Conversation at Review bookshop

Join Review bookshop for an evening of discussion on Wednesday 21st August to celebrate Animals Eat Each Other, the searing coming-of-age debut by US novelist Elle Nash. During her brief visit to the UK, Elle will be at Review to discuss her book with sex educator, artist and body positive crusader Ruby Rare. Picked by the I paper as one of the best debuts for 2019 and described by Oprah.com as a ‘edgy, erotic fiction’; Animals Eat Each Other tells the story of a young woman with no name who embarks on a fraught three-way relationship with Matt, a tattoo artist, and his girlfriend Frances, a new mum. As she grows closer to Matt, she begins to recognise the dark undertow of obsession and jealousy that her presence has created, finding herself on a knife’s edge between pain and pleasure, the promise of the future and the crushing isolation of the present. With stripped-down prose and unflinching clarity, Nash examines madness in the wreckage of love, and the loss of self that accompanies it. Animals Eat Each Other: Elle Nash and Ruby Rare in Conversation Wednesday …

From Fork to Fork

At the start of this year, practice staff and patients of the Old Dairy Health Centre (ODHC), led by Dr Rosemary Leonard, met informally to explore how spaces at the former Unigate Dairy site might become inclusive, multi-sensory gardens to be enjoyed all year round, promoting well-being and maybe also forging links with local community groups who don’t have gardens. From this, the Old Dairy Health Centre (ODHC) Gardening Group was born: a group of patients who dedicate some of their time voluntarily to develop and tend the spaces. Progress has been swift, thanks to the excitingly varied range of skills, backgrounds and enthusiasms contributed to date by group members, who have been working on both the plant beds at the front entrance and the rear garden, which is bounded by the practice’s consulting rooms and back offices. There are now raised veg plots in place in the rear garden. Filling them with seedling fruit, veg and herbs is not just helping to promote gardening for exercise and well-being, but also, it’s hoped, healthy eating …