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Dulwich Hamlet FC – October news

At the time of writing, Dulwich Hamlet are preparing to play in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA CUP, having been given a home tie against current Isthmian football league leaders Tonbridge Angels. Whilst our crowds have been good at Tooting and Mitcham, especially during the traditionally quiet late August / early September period, they are currently below what we recently were achieving at Champion Hill. Significantly, a reduction in crowds means a reduction in match day revenue and this does not only affect the current budget of the club, but also hinders the goal of securing its long-term future. A good run in the FA Cup could bring in some much needed revenue to the club, with the winners of this round securing £9,000 in prize money. Securing a game in the First Round Proper would not only be a fantastic achievement for the club but could also bring with it a big financial windfall. The last time Dulwich reached this round was in 1998, when they lost at home against Southport, who …

Dulwich Hamlet FC – September news

It has been a mixed bag of results so far in the league for Gavin Rose’s team.  However, the performances so far have shown that Dulwich will be competitive in this division.  Stepping up a league, we knew it would take time for the squad to find the consistency that saw them promoted last season.  However, the quality of the squad looks to be at the same level of the teams we have played already.  The opposition generally have just been a little more streetwise on the pitch. The first few home games in the Vanarama National League have seen good crowds at Imperial Fields, but since the move from Champion Hill they have so far not reached the sort of attendance figures we once recently enjoyed. For the first time in recent history, Dulwich Hamlet sold over 400 season tickets, which is an amazing achievement, but we seemed to have lost a few supporters since the enforced move away from East Dulwich. Although currently homes games are being played only 8 miles away, the journey is not easy …

Retired? Bored? Lonely? Want to do something different?

  “U3A provided me with opportunities to use and develop skills which I had acquired earlier in my life, and that does wonders for one’s self-esteem.” “Being part of a group which is learning and interacting, gives me a lot of satisfaction”. “I found coming to U3A I met people who had been in a similar situation to me.” These are just a few of the comments made by members of U3A. For many people U3A has been a life-changing experience, particularly when they retired, or perhaps at a difficult time in their life, or when they were bored or lonely, or just wanted to do something different. U3A began in the UK over thirty years ago and there are now a thousand groups throughout the country with a membership of over 400,000 older people. There is a small fee for membership, which in D &D is £25.00 a year. The groups are all run by members who are volunteers. They learn together (and play together) in subject groups. No qualifications are expected or given. …

SE22 Councillors with Maggie Browning

Hello, my name is Maggie Browning, one of your councillors for the new Dulwich Hill ward, along with my colleague Jon Hartley. It has been a busy couple of months since we were elected on May 3rd. Below is some of the things we have been up to. The Big Lunch As part of the Great Get Together set up by the Jo Cox Foundation, we hosted a community picnic in Dawson’s Hill Park on Sunday 24th June. Despite clashing with the England game (!), the glorious sunshine meant that there was a strong turnout of local residents and their families. A key topic of discussion was how to spend £10 000 of the council’s Cleaner Greener Safer fund which has been secured for Dawson’s Hill Park and for Dulwich Hill ward more generally. Suggestions ranged from picnic tables and a small children’s play area to a bee-friendly, wildflower conservation area. Residents were clear that they wanted the park to remain a quiet haven for nature and residents, with some minor additions, while preserving the …

Dulwich Hamlet Football Club – August news

This year is the 125th anniversary of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club and throughout the year the club and supporters will be celebrating the occasion.  For this season, the club have introduced a ‘new’ club crest to mark to occasion.  Technically this is not a new crest in every sense of the word, it is actually an interpretation of the original used in the early part of the 20th century and it will appear on all team wear throughout the season. In recent years, Hamlet supporters have formed a close relationship with supporters of Hamburg club Altonaer FC von 1893.  Altona 93, as it is more commonly known, was also formed in the year 1893 and so see’s it also celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.  As part of both clubs celebrations Dulwich’s first team squad travelled to Hamburg a couple of weeks ago to play Altona 93 in a pre-season fixture at their Adolf-Jäger-Kampfbahnground.  Just under 200 Hamlet fans travelled over for the weekend, which also saw Dulwich face HFC Falke in another friendly a few days earlier.  Dulwich ran out 4 -1 winners (not …