Author: Sarah Pylas

Around Dulwich – July news!

Last month was possibly one of the most exciting in cinema history! Never before has a new film release been more eagerly anticipated… well in my household anyway! I was so excited that I walked into East Dulwich Picturehouse and pre-booked tickets just so I could see it before anyone else. I have watched the first 3 movies over and over again. I have followed the characters on their adventures and laughed and cried along with them. I have purchased all the film merchandise and spent far too many hours trying to locate a tiny cowboy hat before a 2-year old realised it was missing (I still sometimes wake up in a cold sweat shaking my husband and crying “Where’s Woody’s hat?!”). Yes, Woody and the toys are back for Toy Story 4 and I can’t wait to see what the old gang have been up to! Meanwhile, School PTAs from the green to the hill have been busy planning their annual summer fairs. Goose Green Primary School is hosting a summer carnival on Goose Green (6 …

Around Dulwich – June news!

As one season ends, so another begins. The warmer months mean only one thing in my sport-obsessed household – cricket! No sooner than my son’s muddy football boots were left outside for the very last time this season and the cricket whites were out! Training is every Friday and Monday evenings with matches on a Sunday morning, but football training will also continue on Saturday mornings throughout the summer months so there really is no escape for this reluctant spectator. My husband is also off on his annual cricket tour to Somerset with the Dulwich 7thXI for the 12thyear running. Let’s just say the standard of cider drinking is more impressive than the quality of the play… Sadly, despite the best efforts of Jamie, Rema and the local community, The Palmerston will definitely be changing hands on 3rd June. This is a devastating blow to everyone who has loved and supported this pub over the last 15 years or so. Jamie and Rema have always been the heart of The Palmerston and I will follow …

Around Dulwich – May news!

My BABY (he’s almost 10) has gone away on a residential school trip to swing on ropes and learn to canoe! We have followed the packing list to the letter, but – if his previous trip is anything to go by – most of the ‘essential’ items will no doubt return neatly folded and unworn, and he’ll still be wearing the same pants he left home in! I know he will have the most amazing time, grow 2-inches and age 5-years, but I will miss him terribly. Fortunately, there are lots of things going on around Dulwich this month to take my mind off it. The 2019 Dulwich Festival celebrates its 26thyear (10-19 May) with the theme of ‘belonging’ running through the events. Join the celebration with an array of different music, performances, events and exhibitions. The popular Artists’ Open House will happen throughout both weekends of the Festival (11-12 and 18-19 May) with over 200 artists opening their doors this year. The Dulwich Festival Fair on Goose Green is back (12 May) and bursting …

Around Dulwich – April news!

Spring has officially sprung! Grey clouds have given way to sunshine as we all head back outdoors for Easter bonnet parades, chocolate egg hunts, four-day weekends, beer gardens and – most likely – the occasional rain shower! That’s not to say that we hibernated last month – far from it! SE22 Magazine celebrated its 14th birthday with a big party at The Palmerston. The fizz was flowing all night as local business owners and friends of the magazine turned up to raise a glass and toast this incredible milestone. Last summer, the East Dulwich Action Group asked locals and visitors to submit their favourite photos that capture the spirit of East Dulwich. I was honoured to be asked to join the judging panel of this wonderful competition and am very excited to now see the winning images exhibited on lamp posts around the area. If there was an award going for the best cuppa in ED, then SE Cakery on Upland Road would be a very strong contender! Not a stainless steel teapot-for-one in sight – just a proper …

Around Dulwich – March news!

So, here we are, 9-weeks into the year and I am STILL using my gym membership! In previous years, all fitness dreams have usually been abandoned by early February and my price-per-workout ratio ‘works out’ (oh, the irony!) to around £400 a visit. That’s one very expensive swim! However, I am really getting into it this year and long may it last because I feel great – who knew endorphins were actually a thing?! Don’t worry, I still enjoyed a few nights out and the occasional glass of wine (duh – half-term) last month, including a dinner with some local friends at The Palmerston. I am still so shocked and sad about the news from Jamie and Rema that their lease is not going to be renewed for another year. I have so many special memories of The Palmerston and it really won’t be the same without them, but it’s not over until it’s over so watch this space (and sign the petition)… #savethepalmerston We hosted a small family lunch in February at The Real …