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Melissa Hemsley’s Fridge-Raid Frittata

The beauty of a frittata is that anything goes – really, it does! In this case, broccoli is the star, but let whatever is in your fridge take the lead. Always aim for some green as it’s often the green veg that most of us could do with more of. Not only is a vegetable frittata an easy and delicious way to start your day, but in this case you eat the whole broccoli in all its glory – stems and stalks – and, even better, everything happens in the same pan. If you’ve got cooked broccoli ready to go, then skip step 1 and save time. And if you know you’ll be rushing out the door a lot this week, bake it in a 12-hole muffin tray at fan 170°C/Gas mark 5 for 10–15 minutes for a grab-and-go breakfast or snack. Ingredients Feeds 4, takes 20 mins 1 large head of broccoli, florets evenly chopped and stem finely chopped 1 small onion, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 tbsp butter 10 eggs …

Forest Hill Society Environment Committee

Forest Hill Society Environment Committee Environment Matters by Quetta Kaye Eleven members of the Forest Hill Society form the Environment Committee – aided by occasional volunteers. Activities vary from chasing telephone companies about dirty, broken junction boxes, washing the walls of the underpass, organising group litter picks, arranging for solar powered lights in the trees outside the station, persuading local businesses to sponsor tubs of plants, and planting activities in the town centre. Planting: Our planting efforts are concentrated around the railway station and town centre in an effort to add colour and brighten the streets for locals and commuters. Plants create a sense of well-being and mental health, but also counter pollution and provide much needed sustainable niches for bees and other insects. This year the Forest Hill Society received its seventh “Outstanding” award from the RHS’s In Bloom “It’s Your Neighbourhood” category and, in addition, we were awarded a National Certificate of Distinction. In October, over a hundred mixed tulip and daffodil bulbs were planted outside the station’s entrance and the platform planters given …

Dulwich Hamlet FC – December news!

Last month saw Dulwich Hamlet playing in the front of the BBC2 cameras for their First Round FA Cup tie against Carlisle United. Great cup runs create such excitement and the team, supporters’ and the local community showed the viewing public why this is such a great football club and fully deserve the plaudits that have come our way in recent weeks. The sold out crowd of 3,330 saw the game finished with a four – one win for the visitors Carlisle United, however for long periods of the game The Hamlet matched them and we were pressing for an equaliser when Carlisle scored their third goal, which effectively ended the tie.  In the end, the League Two club was simply too strong for Dulwich on the night. Sadly, in the run up to last weekend’s cup-tie, the Supporters’ Trust had been informed that Farouk Menia, Coach of Dulwich Hamlet FC women’s team, had passed away after a long battle with cancer. The Supporters’ Trust sends its collective condolences to his family and two children. …

East Dulwich Councillors update – November!

Local schools take on environment and road safety Greta Thunberg is the most well-known young climate activist but she’s not alone. Closer to home, local schools are leading the way on the environment and road safety. Every breath you take Air pollution is a real danger to children’s health. According to Friends of the Earth, Southwark is one of the most climate-friendly boroughs in London, but we must do much more. East Dulwich schools lead by example. Some have used council funding to cover their playground fences with anti-pollution plants – ‘green screens’. But what about the classroom? Harris Primary, its PTA and the council have collaborated to install air purifiers in all its classrooms. I was delighted to meet the Year 5 Eco-Committee at their ‘thank you’ ceremony. Every move you make Pollution is not the only danger for children on our roads. Earlier this year there was a serious incident outside Heber Primary that could have ended much worse. A moving car smashed into the door of one double-parked. The child who opened …

Environment Matters: Street Trees for Living

By Stuart Checkley Street Trees for Living (STfL) is a local charity which works with residents and Lewisham Council to raise funds to pay for street trees and to care for them. In recent years we have raised over £50,000 annually for trees and we have been able to plant more than 200 trees each year. Street trees come to SE23 We planted our first tree in Forest Hill in the winter of 2017/8 and since then across SE23 we have planted more than 50. Tree planting in our area is challenged by a steep and windy hill, by more than our fair share of London Clay and by a number of narrow pavements. Yet we have planted a range of small colourful trees which are now thriving. Modern varieties of Crab Apple such as those illustrated here are good examples of small trees with colourful flowers and fruit, which are of interest throughout the year. Surprisingly, many of these modern varieties are completely new to the streets of Forest Hill and Perry Vale. Local …