Author: Around Dulwich

St John the Evangelist Church war memorial receives a funding boost from Grants for War Memorials scheme

The Calvary War Memorial in the grounds of St John the Evangelist Church, East Dulwich will benefit from a grant of £7,730 from Grants for War Memorials scheme supported by the First World War Memorials Programme and Historic England. The money will enable them to repair the braces that hold up the memorial, which have suffered from rot, and to sand and finish the memorial to ensure it remains weatherproof. The work will be conducted by Dolmen’s Construction Ltd and has been organised by the Parish Church Council of St John the Evangelist. Frances Moreton, Director, War Memorials Trust said “War memorials are a tangible connection to our shared past creating a link between the fallen and today. It is vital we ensure all our war memorials are in the best possible condition for their age and the charity is delighted to support this project. The centenary of World War I is a wonderful opportunity for local communities across the country to protect and conserve their war memorials. If anyone knows of any other war …

The Last Word: Silvia Sardinero, interior designer and decorator

Silvia Sardinero is a Spanish interior designer and decorator, and founder of Blue Patio. She lives in Dulwich with her children, Emile and Celeste, husband Phil and cat Rubens. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in the area for seven years now; in three very different houses that my husband and I have renovated. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I live in a house that is part of a set of modernist houses in the Dulwich Estate, built in the late 60s. We have been living here for almost 2 years, yet I am still fascinated with the urban plan set out by the architects, Austin Vernon and Partners. The articulation of the community around the nature of the Dulwich Woods creates a very peaceful environment to live. Also, the houses are connected by a series of footpaths and I value the security this provides for the children. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? It would be very difficult to move to …

Education news: Acting Up

According to the Oxford Student’s Dictionary, the word ‘Drama’ relates to an exciting or emotional series of events. Bryony Foley and Becky Manning, Drama teachers at Alleyn’s Junior School, tell us about the benefits of Drama for children and how to get your child involved. The benefits Drama helps children explore feelings, make sense of events, and encourages empathy, collaboration, and teamwork. This helps to increase a child’s confidence and self-belief – all while having fun. Encouraging the young ones Remember that a love of performance often starts with the dressing up box and you are your child’s first audience and play-mate. Help them to make the most of it: Read to your child and tell them stories to ignite their imagination. Have fun with role-play. Taking on the role of a character in a story will help your child gain insight into what they are reading and connect it to the real world. Role-play can also be a powerful tool to prepare for real life situations, like a first day at school. Use puppets: Puppets …

Girls – Athenlay Football Club needs you!

Attention all girls in years 3,4,5,6 & 7 who would like to play football as part of the 3Kicks football development program for girls. The 3kicks program is a new initiative aimed at supporting Athenlay Football Club and Southwark Council’s strategy for increasing physical activity and sports at the Homestall Road Sports Ground. The girls football program is for girls aged 7-11 (school years 3-7) and runs all year round in parallel with the school terms.  The program is designed to progress their football development and enhance the technical ability for players of all standards including more experienced players. Tuesday – Year Group 6 & 7 (girls aged 10-11) 4.15pm-5.15pm Thursday – Year Group 3,4 & 5 (girls aged 7-9) 4.15pm-5.15pm Venue: Homestall Road Sports Ground, London SE22 0RS. For full details of the program and to get your booking form, please e-mail the Program Coordinator Lee Evans on info@hssleisure.co.uk “It is amazing, the coaches give you advice and help to get better at football. They help us a lot and each week we improve. To …

New Head Coach at Dulwich Lawn Tennis Club

Sebastien Blanchon, Dulwich Lawn Tennis Club’s new head coach, has a racket bag full of ideas and plans. Seb, who hails from just outside southeast Paris, joined the club in Burbage Road a month ago from Telford Park in Streatham where he led the junior competition programme. He arrived in London 15 years ago to work in catering (he managed a restaurant in the City) but restarted his coaching career in 2007 – he’d worked as a coach in his late teens – with sessions in his local park. He moved to Telford Park full-time in 2010. He’s an accomplished player (he started early when his parents took him to a local club when the thump of the six-year-old banging tennis balls against their house got too much), reaching the singles semi-final in a regional schools event held at Roland Garros. Not on Phillipe Chatrier, but underneath where there is a hidden complex of hard courts. He also won the men’s singles title at Telford Park last year and hopes to play for a team …