Author: Around Dulwich

Pexmas Festive Market: 7th & 8th Dec

Pexmas is Peckham’s home grown free entry festive market, and celebration of local business, creativity and community spirit. Last year saw over 7000 visitors. This year, our 9th annual Pexmas market, sees us find a new home at the legendary Peckham cultural hotspot, ​Copeland Park​, already teeming with fantastic local independent businesses, studios and creative hubs. At Pexmas this year you will find over 100 independent boutique stalls including prints, plants, bath products, ceramics, clothes, accessories, jewellery, homewares, foodie gifts, craft beers and wines, textiles and a million things you never knew you wanted. There is something for everyone on your Christmas list among our stalls. PLUS: Streetfood, DJs and our infamous mulled wine. New for this year! Pick up a Pexmas Parcel! Available to purchase online in advance of Pexmas for collection on the day, or delivery after, get an excellent deal on a beautifully curated and presented selection of items from our Pexmas Stallholders. Designed around themes to suit all the people in your life, and taking the stress out of shopping! This …

Bell House, Dulwich Awarded Prize for Education Initiative

Bell House, Dulwich – a charity only three years old – has been awarded the prestigious Frances Garnham Award 2019 by Historic Houses for innovation in education and outreach in historic houses – selected from 1,500 houses. Director of Historic Houses, Ben Cowell, said, “it’s wonderful to see such an energetic and dynamic approach underway at Bell House. This beautiful place is a beacon for its local area showing how historic houses continue to serve vital purposes.” Louise Wood, receiving the prize on behalf of Bell House charity pointed out, “Bell House is a place of calm and inspiration where people can learn new things, from bee-keeping to learning to read.  A huge thank you to all the volunteers who have put time into Bell House and made it a welcoming community.” The judges were hugely impressed by the reach and creativity of Bell House’s offer to its local community, including the increasing work in dyslexia, adult literacy, cookery, garden volunteering and film-making. As a relatively new charity, Bell House particularly welcomes the Frances Garnham …

The Massive Violins return to Dulwich this Christmas

The seven singing cellists who are the Massive Violins return to Dulwich this Christmas with another display of vocal and instrumental virtuosity. Last year they wowed the audience with their crazy and musically mind-blowing versions of iconic rock and pop songs and they even managed to show off with the odd operatic aria. And they are planning to wow this year’s audience even more if that’s possible. Of course, there are no violins in the Massive Violins but seven glorious cellos, some of them made by the band’s founder, Ricky Chatto. He says that whenever he travels on buses and trains with his cello some joker will shout, “That’s a massive violin”, or, possibly, “That’s a bloody bastard big violin.” So that’s how they got their name. Who are the band members, though, and how did they get together? Well, their story began about nine years ago when Ricky and his wife Ruth went to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain performing their mad melange of musical masterpieces at Cecil Sharp House in Camden. Plucking fantastic, they thought. But wouldn’t …

Plastic Free East Dulwich

East Dulwich is the first London community to be Awarded ‘Plastic Free Communities’ Status as it Takes Action on Single-Use Plastic. East Dulwich has joined a network of communities across the UK who are leading the way to tackle throw away plastic at source. East Dulwich has been awarded Plastic Free Community status by marine conservation charity, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), in recognition of the work it has done to start reducing the impact of single-use plastic on the environment. Local parent Ric Baldock started the campaign last year after responding to a call out from the charity for volunteers to lead their community. Registering with the SAS Plastic Free Communities movement, Ric pulled together key organisations and businesses in the town to put in place a five-point plan. The objectives include; setting up a community led steering group, instigating the SAS Plastic Free Schools education programme, getting local council commitment and working with local businesses, organisations and community groups to spread the word and minimise the amount of disposable plastics they use. “I’d always …

The Last Word: Eva Viola Tedeschi

My name is Eva and I have been a lot of things in my life; a mum, a life & business partner, a project manager, a business owner and now a virtual assistant supporting small businesses like mine! How long have you lived in the area? Three years. I moved to East Dulwich from Brockley although I am originally from Milan, where I lived until I was 23. What brought you here? My thirst for adventure. I was only 25 when my partner, Andrej, and I decided to open our first business, La Scala coffee shop on Grove Vale. We ran the coffee shop for 5 years, before we decided to do something a little different and opened our second business, a gift shop called ‘Home’, just next-door to where La Scala was! What has changed most during that time? Everything has changed very fast as it commonly happens here in London! After two years of running La Scala, we had our first daughter, Fiona, followed by the arrival of our second baby Bianca that …