Author: Around Dulwich

Christmas fairs in and around Dulwich!

There are so many wonderful fairs planned for this month, I hope that I have brought you the details of the best! Thursday 5 December: Artisan Christmas Market 5pm-10pm.  Locally made Christmas gifts by local artists. Live music, mulled wine, kids meals available. Honor Oak Pub, 1 St German’s Road, Forest Hill SE23 1RH. Saturday 7 December: East Dulwich Christmas Cracker 2019 11am-5pm. The 2019 East Dulwich Christmas Cracker will be a wonderful way to get everyone in the festive spirit. Lordship Lane, North Cross Road and beyond. Saturday 7 December: Dulwich Craft and Design Fair 10am-5pm. St Barnabas Village Hall, Dulwich Village, London SE21 7BT. Admission: Adults £2.50, Children under 18: Free, Concessions £1.50/with flier £1.50. www.dulwichcrafts.co.uk. Saturday 7 December: Workshop Christmas Sale 10am-4pm.  A wide range of beautiful handmade gifts for you, your home and the ones you love. Christ Church Centre, 263 Barry Road, East Dulwich SE22 0JT. www.theworkshopsale.co.uk. Saturday 7 December: Fairlawn Primary School Winter Fair 12-3pm. Something for everyone! Fairlawn’s fantastical donkey rides, explore the enchanted garden, visit Santa in his grotto, …

Art exhibition prompts questions on meaning of Christmas

An art exhibition including a painting that depicts the baby Jesus and his mother Mary as refugees in a camp in Calais will be held this December in St John’s East Dulwich. The massive 8ft square painting called ‘Our Lady of Calais’ will hang in the sanctuary where the altar normally sits throughout Advent and Christmas and will form the backdrop to all the activities and services at St John’s this December. First exhibited in St Paul’s Cathedral, the painting will form part of an exhibition called ‘What are you expecting?’ that the organisers hope will get people thinking about the true meaning of Christmas. ‘For many of us, Christmas is a lot about our expectations of presents and parties’ said Curate, Reverend Raymond Baudon, ‘but we hope these paintings will get people to encounter the meaning of Christmas in an unexpected way. We know the nativity story so well, that we forget Jesus was born to what might be described today as a homeless migrant family.’ The exhibition opens on Sunday 1st December at …

An Unholy Row – Jazz in Britain and its Audience 1945-1960

Award-winning jazz writer and musician, Dave Gelly will be talking about his book on Tuesday 10th December in the Carnegie Library, Herne Hill. This is part of the series of monthly talks by local authors.An Unholy Row describes the years when jazz was the Youth Music of the day – along with The Goon Show, Skiffle, Ealing Comedies, Giles Cartoons etc. Illustrated with snatches of music to bring it all back – if you`ve reached the age of discretion! The talk, in the series of monthly free events, is hosted by the Friends of Carnegie Library and begins at 7pm. Refreshments will be served, and any voluntary contributions will be gratefully accepted! Carnegie Library, Herne Hill Road, SE24 0AG Public transport: By bus – P4 (Lewisham to Brixton) 68 or 468, (buses stop at top of Herne Hill Road) Please note: As space is limited in the library, it`s advisable to come early to avoid disappointment. Doors open at 6.30pm.

The Last Word: James Edwin, Reflexologist

My name is James Edwin and I live in Forest Hill with my wife and our dog, Jackson. I have recently retrained as a reflexologist and practice here in SE23. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in Forest Hill for 20 years What brought you here? My then girlfriend, now wife, already lived here and we loved the green open spaces What has changed most during that time? There are definitely more interesting independent coffee bars and food places now Do you know your neighbours? Yes, unlike other places I have lived in London- we know them, we socialize and it is lovely Do you belong to any groups? Well I am a member of the Association of Reflexologists if that counts! My wife is more the person to ask- she is in The Forest Hill Gin Club and a local rock choir… Describe your perfect weekend Ultimate Cheese Toastie and coffee at Agas’s Little Deli, food shopping at Beetroot & Beans and Jones of Brockley, a walk in Beckenham …

Horniman Museum and Gardens Events

Exhibitions and Displays Meltdown: Visualizing Climate Change 23 November–12 January 2020 The Horniman is hosting the UK premiere of this exhibition that features images of glaciers to demonstrate the impact of climate change across the world. Since 2008, Project Pressure has been commissioning artists to document the impact of retreating glaciers across the world and the resulting consequences for billions of people. The exhibition emphasises the importance of glaciers in an artistic and scientific way, and provides unique insights into the world’s fragile ecosystem and our changing global climate. Free. Stages of Making Now until 19 April 2020 Do you know how the things around you were made? What materials were used and who was involved in making them? Step into this immersive exhibition in The Studio where all the artworks have a story to tell about design, techniques and time. Inspired by the history of the Horniman and its collections, Stages of Making is produced by a collective of local community members working with artist Katie Schwab. Works include painted walls, table tops made from …