Author: Around Dulwich

Exhibition: In the Tracks of Pissarro

To coincide with Pissarro’s Dulwich College (1871) coming to the Picture Gallery and the College’s 400th anniversary, Bell House is hosting a small exhibition looking at 1871, a key moment of change in our part of South London. Dulwich had been a rural retreat, at the front of Bell House you can still see the ‘ha-ha’, a sunken wall designed to keep out the sheep that were driven along College Road. It was transformed by three major developments: the relocation of the Crystal Palace to Sydenham in 1854, the arrival of the railways, and London’s expansion south. The railways paid for the new Dulwich College and made the area more accessible, encouraging development. Pissarro was fascinated by such turning points and captured the area in its transition, painting not only the new College but also the Crystal Palace and Lordship Lane station. Bell House residents were also affected by Dulwich’s transformation. George Widdowson, a silversmith, exhibited at the Crystal Palace and must have been thrilled to see it relocated just a short distance from his front …

May events at Bell House

LIFE DRAWING FOR ALL – every Tuesday for 4 weeks, starting May 14th, 7pm Would you like to develop your life drawing skills? Whether you are a complete beginner or seasoned practitioner, join in this four-week course with tutor Liz Charsley. AN EVENING OF POETRY AND MUSIC – Tuesday 14th May, 7:30pm Bell House Poets are back, following on the success of previous evenings, with music and poetry to lighten the soul as summer approaches. AN EVENING WITH STEPHANIE CALMAN: CONFESSIONS OF A BAD MOTHER – Wednesday 15th May, 7:30pm Stephanie Calman, the founder of the ground-breaking Bad Mothers Club website and the author of six previous books including the bestselling Confessions of a Bad Mother, will be talking to her husband Peter Grimsdale about her new book and how to navigate the teenage years. FROM SCRIPTWRITING TO SHOOTING: FILM ON YOUR SMARTPHONE – Saturday 18th May, 10am This creative, hands-on course will cover some of the basics of film-making, including scripting, lighting and directing, to enable you to create a short film that you can shoot …

Dulwich Opera Company present Epic Momentsan Opera Gala concert

Dulwich Opera Company are making their debut at the newly opened, state of the art Vaughan Williams Auditorium at James Allen’s Girls School in Dulwich on Saturday 25th May with a gala evening of unforgettable arias and ensembles including music by Verdi, Puccini, and Tchaikovsky. The evening, which marks the 5thanniversary year of Dulwich Opera Company’s founding, will feature Loretta Hopkins, soprano, Phillipa Thomas, mezzo-soprano, and Borja Gómez-Ferrer, tenor. The young professional singers will be accompanied by the Dulwich Opera Company Chamber Orchestra, conducted by David Fletcher. Dulwich Opera Company was established in 2014 to showcase young professional artists and to attract new audiences to opera. Described by Opera Today as “compulsive and enjoyable”, the young company presents exciting concerts and fully staged productions, and tours across the UK. Tickets are available in advance from – £23 / £21 / Under 16’s £10.

The Last Word: Andrew Geoghegan, Jewellery Designer

How long have you lived in the area? You could say that I have been in and out of West Dulwich all my life although I have been an actual resident for about 2 years. What brought you here? My grandparents lived on South Croxted Road and this was inherited and is now the family home. But I would also say I love it as a place to live. What has changed most during that time? In West Dulwich I would say there have been superficial changes but on the whole it is the same lovely place it always has been. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? Incredible sun-drenched and quiet gardens  – but easy access to the city when a bit more activity is required!  What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? My pad and pencil – and quiet! As a jeweller designer (job and passion!) I find myself sketching whenever I get the opportunity to. I never know when inspiration will strike so I need to be …

St Christopher’s Fun Walk

St Christopher’s Fun Walk on 19 May 2019 is the biggest fundraising day of the year for Dulwich’s local hospice and by taking part, walkers will help to keep essential services running and freely available for local families in South East London when they need it most. The walk through Keston, Kent and its surrounding countryside is a life-enhancing day out and an infectiously positive communal experience. Many people take part year after year, and come in fancy dress or customised t-shirts remembering someone special.  The Fun Walk starts and finishes at Keston Common in Kent on Sunday 19 May 2019 and meanders through some of Kent’s prettiest countryside. Walkers can choose their sponsored route with a choice of 3, 5, 8 or 11 mile walks, and there are refreshments to refuel the ramblers and entertainment too. For more information or to sign-up visit