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Dulwich Hamlet FC – October news

The start of the season has seen a mixed bag of results for the team in the league and they currently sit mid-table. However at this stage of the season a few wins in a row would see them hit the play-off places, a position we hope to be in (at the very least) at the end of the season.  At the time of writing Dulwich are due to play Slough away in the 2nd Round Qualifying of this seasons FA Cup. The club has not appeared in the 1st Round of this completion since 1998-99 when the team lost out to Southport 1-0, let’s hope that this is the year we reach the 1st Round for the first time in 19 years!

Non League Day 2017

This year the fixture computer has been kind to us and gifted us a home fixture on Non League Day which this year is taking place on Saturday 7th October. We will be playing Needham Market and once again the Club is operating a ‘pay what you like’ policy at the turnstiles. Non League Day has traditionally seen some of the largest gates at Champion Hill in recent history and we hope this will be the case again. As has happened previously, the Club’s charity partner for the season, the Coplestone Centre and, the Lambeth and Southwark MIND charity will benefit from the profits. Please do spread the word amongst friends, colleagues and your family.

Poster Partners

Many of you may have seen DHFC fixture posters at matches or in the local area. These are commissioned and disseminated by a group of volunteers on behalf of DHST.  For a couple of years we have been doing this informally to assist the club in raising its profile locally.  We hope this has contributed to the club becoming the best supported in the league.

DHST has been approaching businesses in the local area to become ‘poster partners’. This entails them agreeing to place a fixture poster on their premises each month.  This serves a dual purpose, it keeps our fans informed and creates even greater awareness of the club in South London. It also involves local businesses with the club which we hope will stimulate important investment in the club through sponsorship.

We need your help

  1. We need volunteers to help put up posters in the local area.
  2. We need introductions to local businesses, societies, employers who might get involved with the scheme

If you think you might be able to assist us in this endeavour please contact us via email:

Any level of help would be appreciated, posters can be printed out by following this link or a supply will be available at the club on match days.

Supporters’ Trust Shop 

Over the summer the Trust merchandise team have been working hard to improve our range of merchandise. New items in stock include badges, scarves, mugs, card holders, t-shirts and of course the current replica shirts which are proving very popular. We also launched our new online shop recently which has the majority of our stock including some items no longer available in the shop at the ground so please do check it out (

Upcoming home fixtures 


Saturday 21 October – v Burgess Hill Town 13:00 KO

Visit the Club’s website for all the up to date and follow them on Twitter@DulwichHamletFC

Dulwich Hamlet Football Club are more than happy to issue complimentary tickets at a future league home match, which can be used by adults or children. If you would like some for your school, community group or workplace then just email the Community Liaison committee member, MishiMorath, at and he will get back to you.

This article first appeared in the October 2017 issue of SE22 magazine.


It’s the Mozart Requiem!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Mozart Requiem is one of the masterpieces of choral music.  The mysterious circumstances of its creation are still debated by scholars, but its overwhelming beauty and unforgettable impact on the listener are beyond dispute.

The Concordia Chamber Choir is proud to be performing it as the centrepiece of their autumn concert to which they welcome The South Circular Orchestra.

Also on the programme are three exquisite Rossini motets while their orchestral guests will be playing one of Bach’s stirring Brandenburg Concertos, which are among the finest works of the Baroque. It will be a magnificent evening of music.

The performance is at 7:30 pm on Saturday 11th November 2017 at All Saints’ Church, Lovelace Rd, SE21 8JY. Tickets cost £12 at the door, or £11 in advance from Concessions (students and those on means tested benefits) half price.


Less is more: five ways to exercise effectively in just 30 minutes or less

One of the most common mistakes people make with fitness is thinking they need an hour or more to exercise effectively. I want to introduce you to five ways you can exercise effectively without spending more than 30 minutes on a session – sometimes it could be as little as 15-20 minutes.

Tabata or HIIT sessions

Tabata is a high intensity type of interval workout based on 4 minutes in total – 20 seconds of high intensity exercise and 10 seconds rest. The idea is that you work very hard for 20 seconds and recover, except that the recovery periods feel less and less as the time goes on! With each tabata only lasting 4 minutes, you could do 3 of these in a workout with great effects.

Interval sessions

If you already have a running or jogging routine, this will be easy to add in. If you don’t, this is a great way to maximise the efficiency of your exercise session and make good progress in terms of cardiovascular fitness and speed. After warming up for at least a mile, identify a tree, lamp post or similar that is approximately 100m away (start at less if you’re a beginner). Run as fast as you can towards that marker, then walk back. Repeat 10 x and then cool down with a slow lap.

Lift something heavy

Everyone should be combining cardiovascular or aerobic exercise with strength work, but especially if you’re over 40 and even more so if you’re a post-menopausal woman. Resistance training like weight lifting, bodyweight training and kettlebells for example, helps promote bone health. This is particularly important for post-menopausal women because they produce less oestrogen, which affects bone density. But whatever your age, lift something heavy every day if you can, whether that’s shopping bags, a kettlebell, a set of dumbbells or pressing your own bodyweight.

Be present and focused

If you only have a short amount of time to workout, make the most of it. Focus on what you’re going to do and why – what’s your intent? By just being present for the exercise you’re doing, you can get more from it. Focus on the muscles you’re working, and maintain that focus for the duration of the exercise. It’s much better to be fully engaged for a short period of time than half-engaged but you’ve ticked the box of ‘one-hour workout done’.


Maximise the time you’re spending on exercise by combining it with something else you love. For example, I now walk a lot more than I used to because I love listening to podcasts. I’ve intersected listening to great content with exercise by buying a pair of noise-cancelling headphones for when I’m walking. If you struggle to get into your workouts, try intersecting exercise with something else – maybe it’s finding a training buddy who you don’t get to see much, or listening to music.

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Leanne Spencer

This article first appeared in the October 2017 issue of SE22 magazine.


Horniman World Gallery Crowdfunding Appeal

Some of you may have seen the scaffolding around the Horniman or noticed that there are a couple of galleries closed. The Horniman team has been working on developing a new World Gallery, celebrating what it means to be human. It will include more than 3,000 objects from around the world, works of art and fun things to touch, play with and even smell. The World Gallery will be a place of inspiration for visitors of all ages and will promote tolerance, respect and empathy.

Thank you to so many of you who have already supported and shared the World Gallery crowdfunding appeal. It’s got off to a great start but the Horniman still really needs your help to make this a success!

Please share the link with all your friends, family, neighbours and everyone you know who loves visiting, and help the Horniman reach the target of £30,000.



Garden Talk: Get ahead with spring bulbs

It may seem a way off, but autumn is the time to plant your spring bulbs – you’ll really appreciate those splashes of colour after the grey winter months. Bulbs look great in drifts under deciduous trees and bushes or at the front of borders, but work well in containers too. Here are a few to try.

One of the first flowers to emerge in February, they create a pretty wash of purple or yellow naturalised in the lawn and are lovely clustered under magnolia trees or crammed into pots. Soft purple C. tommasinianus ‘Barr’s Purple’ with its golden orange stamens is a winner while C. vernus ‘Pickwick’ is more robust and bigger (12-15cm), so good for impact on a dull winter’s day. Sarah Raven’s favourite C.minimus ‘Spring Beauty’ is a stunner and great in pots on the windowsill where you can admire the striking dark purple stripe on the outer petal. Most need well drained soil and sun.

Daffodils are a must for cheerful spring colour and lovely scent, and there’s a variety for every taste. N. ‘Carlton’ (45cm) is for fans of bold bright yellow daffs, they flower early (March) and make great cut flowers. For a subtler look, N. ‘Thalia’ has elegant off white sweetly scented flowers (35cm). Even more dainty is ‘White Lady’, and ‘Tete-a-tete’ is a cute dwarf daffodil with golden petals, perfect for pots. Full sun to part shade.

Flowering from around April these pretty spires of tiny grape-like flowers in blues and whites are easy to grow and look great lining pathways as well as in pots mingled with narcissus or hyacinths. M. armeniacum with its brilliant blue flowers is a classic (though it can colonise a bit) while M. azureum is a less vigorous early flowerer (March) with paler blue heads. They like sun but will tolerate shade.

These are showy highly scented bulbs that flower in April and May and look lovely in pots with tulips as well as in the border. Along with white and bright pink there’s a huge range of purples and blues. One of the most stunning is H. orientalis ‘Woodstock’– a deep plum that looks fab with tulips of the same shade. H. orientalis ‘Peter Stuyvesant’ is a dramatic dark violet colour and ‘Blue Pearl’ is a classic with violet blue flowers and dark green leaves. They like full sun or part shade.

Stunning and stylish, a big block of tulips will brighten up your garden from April/ May and give you weeks and weeks of enjoyment. They come in a mouthwatering array of colours from the stylish dark varieties such as ‘Queen of Night’ and the more beetroot purple ‘Negrita’ to the pastel ‘China Pink’. Pure white ‘Catherina’ is gorgeous, ‘Spring Green’ is pretty and fresh, while ‘Ballerina’ is for those who love hot orange and red. Most like sun and well drained soil.

Plant the smaller early flowerers such as crocuses in late September, daffodils in October and tulips in November when the soil is cold. The rule of thumb is to plant them between twice and three times the depth of the bulb, around 10cm apart depending on the size of the bulb. A bulb planter is helpful to gauge depth. Bulbs tend to need well-drained soil so add a handful of sharp sand to into the hole before planting to minimise rotting. (Snowdrops are best planted in the green in the winter months.)

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This article first appeared in the October 2017 issue of SE22 magazine.