Author: Around Dulwich

Sixteen feet Productions presents Wind in the Willows

Sixteenfeet Productions will bring its unique brand of open air promenade theatre to some of London’s loveliest outdoor spaces this summer. Wind in the Willows, is full of high jinks, adventure and camaraderie, with an array of truly unforgettable characters, including the impulsive Toad; good-natured Mole; wise Ratty; and reclusive Badger. This is a promenade production so the audience will be encouraged to explore the beautiful setting in order to watch the story unfold, ably led by a talented cast of actor-musicians. ‘This adaptation is delightful, I can’t recommend it enough.’ – kidsfunlondon.co.uk ‘The Kenneth Grahame classic is perfect for a summer evening’ ★★★★ – The Londonist Wind in the Willows. Adapted by Andrew Walsh from Kenneth Graham’s evergreen classic. Music by Guy Holden. Directed by John Ward. Sexby Garden, Peckham Rye Park (Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd July) Friday at 5.30pm, Saturday at 11.30am & 2.30pm and Sunday at 2.30pm & 5.30pm The Walled Garden, Brockwell Park (Wednesday 25th – Tuesday 31st July) Weekday performances: 11.30am & 2.30pm Weekend performances: 2.30pm & 5.30pm  Tickets Peckham Rye Park, Brockwell Park – Adults £12.50/Children £8.50. Age guide 5+. Performance duration 60 minutes. Book online www.sixteenfeet.co.uk or …

The Last Word: Councillor Charlie Smith

I became Mayor of Southwark in May 2017 following a year as Deputy Mayor. I had hardly begun my term of office when we suffered that horrible terrorist attack on London Bridge. My role was to visit the First Responders and thank them for the courageous work they carried out and on subsequent days. I also visited the various hotels that put people up for the night following the attack. I thoroughly enjoyed my year. How long have I lived in the area? I am a Londoner and have lived in East Dulwich for about 25 years. What brought you here? It was mainly house prices but I soon discovered East Dulwich was that little bit more rural compared with say Brixton. What has changed most during that time? I guess it is the shops and stores that have gone to be replaced by many eateries and watering holes. Oh, and of course the rise in property prices. What do you most value about the street you live in? There is a primary school on …

Bell House – July events

How to… write personal stories This day workshop is for anyone who has their own story to tell – whether it be an early memory, or a whole memoir. Learn how to get those words out, and get your story down on paper. 7th July, 10.30 – 16.30 £30 (free and subsidised places available) Tickets here New volunteers tea Are you looking to volunteer your time, want to meet new people, and help with an exciting new educational charity in the community? On 8th July, we are holding a tea for people interested in volunteering at Bell House, where we will discuss volunteering opportunities 8th July Please email info@bellhouse.co.uk to RSVP and get more info Lets Cook: Zero to Hero In this two-day course for University students, the Lets Cook Project will be covering all the tips, tricks and techniques to make great food at University. It will take you from a kitchen zero, to culinary hero. 11th – 12th July £210 (free and subsidised places available) Tickets here Colour and Shadow: art exhibition We are delighted …

Emmanuel Wildlife Garden

Emmanuel Wildlife Garden in Chalford Road has run into trouble with its restoration work. Two key members of Norwood wildlife team are ill and team leader John Cotter would like new volunteers willing to give up their Saturday afternoons, not just the last Wednesday afternoon of each month. He said: “We have replanted three outlying beds which are now in full flower and giving a lot of pleasure but the main area is only half planted. Besides help we need more plants, wild foxglove would be specially welcome”. Current work is making use of the wood from the dozen trees felled or dug out when they returned to restore the garden created 13 years. ago. The heavier timber is to be made into a gate and an arbour. An orchard of wild fruit trees to feed the birds has been partly restored: there is now a crab apple, wild cherry and wild plum. It is planned to add a wild pear and a bird cherry in the autumn. The team is funding the work in …

Horniman Museum and Gardens – New events

World Gallery Opens 29 June The World Gallery is a new permanent gallery which celebrates human creativity, imagination and adaptability, displaying over 3,000 extraordinary objects from the Horniman’s internationally important anthropology collection. Presented as a series of encounters with cultures from across the continents, the gallery gives visitors a glimpse into other ways of understanding the world. The displays include a beautiful camel saddle from North Africa, Chinese paper offerings, the prow of a Libyan refugee boat, a Native American tomahawk and a sword made of sharks’ teeth from Kiribati in the Central Pacific. These are complemented by new acquisitions and commissions, as well as sections on different ways of categorising objects and on the history of the Museum. The opening of the World Gallery is the culmination of a five-year project that has also involved the transformation of the gallery space to re-introduce daylight and capture the spirit of the original museum building. Displays Yamal: The Stream of Life Opens Friday 29 June Photographer Bryan Alexander has spent the last 25 years documenting the …