Author: Around Dulwich

East Dulwich Student Showcased his Talents at DLD College London Art Exhibition

East Dulwich student Eddy Pearson showcased his creativity at the annual Art Exhibition hosted in DLD College London’s stunning atrium. Eddy, (19), has recently completed his Art Foundation Programme at the Westminster Bridge based college and passed with a distinction. The artist showcased a collection of intricate and colourful paintings which generated a great deal of interest from guests who enjoyed an evening filled with fine art, cheese and wine. A variety of mediums were on display throughout the college which included photographs, paintings, drawings and 3D projects. Eddy, who will be attending Glasgow School of Art to study for a Fine Art degree commented: “This full-time course has allowed me to develop my skills and ideas in a highly independent and creative way, beyond my A-Level Art training. I now feel I have developed my skills, ideas and understanding so that I will be really prepared for my Fine Art Degree studies when they start in September.” Principal Rachel Borland commented: “Eddy has shown us he has an eye for creating thought provoking but …

Upper Norwood Library Hub is Re-opening!

The Upper Norwood Library Hub re-opens to the public on Saturday 15th July after having recently undergone a major refurbishment.  Extensive work has been done to the roof, floors and internal decoration, transforming the library hub into a bright, contemporary space for local people and businesses to meet, learn, work and socialise. The upgrade takes the 116 year old library into an exciting new chapter, and the library hub is celebrating its re-launch with activities, a showcase of some great community services and refreshments. The newly decorated lending library has a wide and up to date range of books and other media with an efficient ordering service for anything not in stock. There is free wi-fi access and computers to use, as well as copying and scanning facilities. There are different size spaces available for hire, these are suitable for meetings, conferences, learning and educational events, community group activities, for local business use, parties and much more. There are also car park spaces for hire at reasonable rates. Apart from the regular library reading group …

The Last Word – Jackie McLaren, Little Shop Of company

 Born in Forest Hill, Jackie initially worked as a landscape designer, until she was inspired to use her creative skills and insights to design a product to make everyday life easier. With her husband Simon, she set up the hugely successful Little Shop Of company, with their trademark jewellery “Little Books”, stocked in over 250 stores in the UK, sold through their website, as well as in stores in Canada, Singapore and Australia. How long have you lived in the area? I was brought up in Forest Hill. When I married 33 years ago, we liked the area so much we didn’t consider leaving! What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I love how green and leafy this part of London is, with the bonus of the great views. It has been a great base for us to set up a business, with an office in Dulwich and even our very first customer was a local business, The Dulwich Trader. That first customer then helped give us the confidence to continue …

Celebrate golden years of local hospice care at Southwark Cathedral

For the last 50 years St Christopher’s Hospice has been caring for the communities of South East London, and in that time has supported over 55,000 people and their friends and families. To commemorate its 50th anniversary, and all the families, friends, volunteers, and professionals in end of life care that have been involved with St Christopher’s over the years, a very special service of celebration and thanksgiving will be held in Southwark Cathedral in London on the 20 July at 7pm. The service is free to attend and all are welcome (tickets must be booked). Speakers at the evening event include Baroness Julia Neuberger, former Chair of the Kings Fund, Julia France, the mother of Sadie Rance, 24, who was cared for by St Christopher’s, and Shaun O’Leary, Joint Chief Executive at St Christopher’s Hospice. There will also be a candlelit procession, with a participant chosen to represent each year of the hospice. Shaun O’Leary comments, “St Christopher’s means so much to so many people, right across South East London. Very many people know someone …

Sydenham High Symposium celebrates modern relevance of the Humanities

Famous authors and poets joined forces with eminent university lecturers and politicians at Sydenham High School GDST on Thursday 22 June, to celebrate the fundamental value and modern relevance of studying the Humanities at the first Sydenham Symposium. Over 70 senior school pupils from Blackheath High, St Olave’s in Orpington, Bishop Thomas Grant in Streatham, Dulwich College and Elmgreen School West Norwood, as well as from Sydenham High, took part in the day of workshops and talks to celebrate the value of Humanities subjects and to demonstrate what areas of study and careers they can lead to post-GCSE. The Sydenham Symposium: A Humanities Festival was opened by Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood. Ms Hayes, who is a geographer, told the audience of pupils from year 10 to year 12 that the Humanities provide vital perspective on our increasingly complex world, whether we are looking to examine the motivations of past leaders, the interactions between physical and human geography or the reasons for a particular ethical standpoint.  They enable us to move forward by learning …