Author: Around Dulwich

Kit Amnesty match – Dulwich Hamlet v Lowestoft Town

Spectators attending the Dulwich Hamlet v Lowestoft Town fixture at Champion Hill on 8th April 2017 are invited to bring donations of old sports shirts or any other sports related clothing (shorts, socks etc) or equipment (boots, pads, gloves etc) to the game in aid of charity. Benefiting from the donations will be the African Bible University in Kampala, Uganda and the Thembalethu Foundation based in Zimbabwe. Hamlet fans will recollect that a similar Kit Amnesty game was held last season supporting the same two great causes. Hamlet supporter James Virgo is a friend Sean Kinsella who is a missionary and a professor at the African Bible University and Sean also passes kit out to teams in Uganda who are in need of kit. The Thembalethu Foundation works with young people by bringing them together to play football and make them feel part of the community. In doing so they educate them in live choices as well as HIV/AIDS and try to show them the opportunities that life can offer. This forms part of a project run by football supporter …

The Dulwich Players present The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson

Three estranged sisters return to the family home for their mother’s funeral. There’s Teresa the long-suffering one, Mary the clever successful one, and Catherine the flaky neurotic one. Their bickering is punctuated by moments of hilarity, and emotions are laid bare as some unwelcome truths are unearthed. The theme of memory runs through the play like water. How reliable are our memories? Why do the sisters have such different recollections of their childhood, and why is Mary so obsessed with finding that green tin? Their mother, Vi, had lost her memory by the end, but she has one last opportunity to give her version of events before she goes. The earthy dialogue sparkles in this witty yet emotional play, which won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2000. The Memory of Water will be performed on 
5, 6, 7 April at 8pm, Saturday 8 April at 7.30pm
Edward Alleyn Theatre, Dulwich College, SE21 7LD . Tickets £10 (£12 on the door)
 and are available by email boxoffice@dulwichplayers.org.uk, phone 07936 531356, online www.dulwichplayers.org (Ticketsource) and from The Art Stationers, Dulwich …

NatWest CricketForce Showcase

Streatham & Marlborough CC is proud to have been chosen by the England and Wales Cricket Board (out of 2500 other clubs) as a national showcase club to launch 2017’s NatWest CricketForce. This is one of the biggest events in our club’s history, so please offer your support! What is NatWest CricketForce? It’s the largest annual volunteering initiative in UK Sport, aiming to rejuvenate the nation’s cricket facilities. It encourages cricket supporters, their friends and families, and local businesses, to give something back to their local community cricket club by volunteering to participate in major renovation projects to clubhouses and grounds. Participation in NatWest CricketForce has rocketed since its launch in 2002, when just one showcase club took part. It’s now grown to over 2,500 clubs across the country and 100,000 volunteers. When is it? The main day will be on 31st March 2017 but the work will continue on 1st & 2nd April. Registration begins at 9.30 a.m. This event is also a major opportunity to raise awareness regarding our bid for a new pavilion and is one of the …

The Benefits of Community Gardening

Statistics from the Mental Health Foundation show that mental ill-health is a growing concern. In addition to this, a recent article in the Guardian by George Monbiot, loneliness kills just as many people as smoking 30 cigs a day. Over the last few years, cut backs have hit services hard and the people most affected are those who are most vulnerable due to ill health or poverty. However, some of the causes of loneliness, depression and anxiety can be alleviated by spending time outdoors interacting with nature and with other people, at minimal cost. Community gardens provide a fantastic free, accessible resource for people of all ages and abilities to do this. Frendsbury garden in Brockley offers two weekly gardening clubs for wellbeing: Dig It on a Wednesday afternoon at 2pm and We Dig It 2 on a Monday afternoon at 1.30pm. Both clubs finish at 4pm. They are open to all adults in the area, especially those who are under-employed, socially isolated and recovering from mental ill-health. It is also open to anyone who …

Dulwich Symphony Orchestra – Spring Concert

The DSO’s Spring concert at 7pm, on Saturday 25 March in West Dulwich at the beautiful All Saints Church SE21, features local soprano Ruth Holton who is renowned for her recordings of Bach cantatas and oratorios. She has toured Germany, England and America in a series of recitals marking CPE Bach’s 300th anniversary and is singing Howells Hymnus Paradisi and the Odes to St Cecilia by Purcell and Handel in the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester this summer. Ruth is also the organist and Director of Music at All Saints Church where she has directed Bach’s St John Passion and the Cantata Sleepers wake. She also directs Sing4All, a community choir for older people in Herne Hill. Ruth will be singing the highly admired and gloriously sweeping Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss;
a wonderful marriage of soprano and orchestra in a passionate and poetic collection, completed in 1948 a year before Strauss’ death at 85 years old. The songs are suffused with calm, acceptance and completeness. In contrast, the orchestra will play Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No.10; written after …