Author: Around Dulwich

The Young Lewisham Project

Two members of staff from The Young Lewisham Project together with six other people will form part of a team of eight who will be competing in 24 Heures Velo (website www.24heuresvelo.fr), a 24 hour cycle race taking place at the legendary Le Mans race circuit in France over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The team decided to take up this challenge so they could help raise much needed funds for The Young Lewisham Project, a registered charity (number: 1118469) based in Forest Hill. Established in 1974, it offers a wide range of supportive, alternative vocational programmes to young people who are not succeeding in mainstream education for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, back in 2015 The Young Lewisham Project which was mostly supported by the local authority had all of it’s funding withdrawn and is now working hard to replace it. Please consider supporting this fundraising initiative which will help ensure the charity can continue to offer young people vocational activities on a weekly basis enabling them to learn new practical skills and lead onto them obtaining …

Horniman Museum and Gardens – September events

Indian Summer Until Sunday 3 September 2017 The Horniman brings the sounds and spirit of South Asia to south east London with its vibrant Indian Summer season of events, performances and displays.  Bandstand Music Sundays 6, 13, 20 August, 3-6pm Enjoy music on the Bandstand with local favourites, and sounds from across South Asia. Free Big Wednesdays – Indian Summer Wednesday 9, 16, 23, 30 August, 10.30am-3.30pm Explore and celebrate India with us every Wednesday in August. Join in activities ranging from storytelling to art and craft and experience dance, films and music performances inspired by traditions from all over India. Suitable for children aged 3+ and for larger groups including Play Schemes. Free Hear it Live! Tuesday 29 August, 3.30-4pm Mehboob Nadeem will introduce and perform on the sitar, North India’s best known stringed instrument. Everyone welcome – but most suitable for children 5+. Free Indian Summer – Exhibitions and Displays Pani Until Sunday 26 November Pani is the word for water across large parts of South Asia. In this thought-provoking display, artist Daksha …

Summer Festival at Community Market Garden

Sydenham Garden charity is holding its annual summer festival in its community market garden. It is being held on the De Frene Road site (between 35 and 37 De Frene Road, Sydenham, London, SE26 4AB) on Saturday 19th August 12-5 pm. As well as live music from local bands there will be workshops. These include crafts, childrens activities (den building, magical clay faces on trees, creating bubbles and nature crowns), garden sustainability and bee keeping talks, hula hoop taster, pizza spinning and more. The majority of the workshops are free, those that are charged for are all under £5 and there in a small charge on the door. All money raised is for Sydenham Garden which supports people recovering from mental and physical ill-health in Lewisham and surrounding London boroughs. As well as on the door tickets can also be bought in advance here.

Sailing the seven seas for ALD Life

Jon Milne is fundraising for ALD Life by going on an exciting adventure across the seven seas in the prestigious 2017 Round the World Clipper Race. Jon is married to the longstanding trustee and treasurer of ALD. Jon has entered a state of temporary retirement while he undertakes the greatest adventure of his life. Setting sail on August the 20th, he will be circumnavigating the world as part of the Clipper 17-18 Round the World Race. As one of a twenty-two member crew taking part in this year’s race, the brainchild of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, he has chosen to take part in the full circumnavigation of the globe and aim to complete the 40,000-mile race which is split into eight legs and will see him sail across five oceans and six continents. The fleet of twelve identically matched 70-foot sea faring racing yachts will be his home for 11 months, with a gruelling 4 hour on, four hours off watch and will take him through some of the most treacherous waters in the world. For nearly twenty years now Jon has had a …

The Last Word – Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson was born a long time ago in the north of England. He worked as a teacher, a pianist in clubs and pubs, and a bus conductor. He was a BBC correspondent in the 1980s and 90s doing spells in Asia, the Middle East, the Soviet Union and eastern and central Europe. He also read the news on BBC World TV. He turned freelance in 2002, writing articles on all sorts of subjects and trying his hand at thrillers. His first one, A Wicked Device, about a plot to restore totalitarian rule to Germany, won the Scottish Association of Writers Pitlochry Award for Crime-Writing in 2006. His wife, Kathryn Davies, is also a journalist. She’s worked for the BBC, the Financial Times and The Guardian. She now translates Russian texts into English. How long have you lived in the area? We came to Dulwich in 1986. We had lived in Forest Hill in the 70s before our first foreign assignments as journalists in south east Asia. Knowing we would eventually have to set up …