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St John the Evangelist Church war memorial receives a funding boost from Grants for War Memorials scheme

Photo credit: St John’s

The Calvary War Memorial in the grounds of St John the Evangelist Church, East Dulwich will benefit from a grant of £7,730 from Grants for War Memorials scheme supported by the First World War Memorials Programme and Historic England.

The money will enable them to repair the braces that hold up the memorial, which have suffered from rot, and to sand and finish the memorial to ensure it remains weatherproof. The work will be conducted by Dolmen’s Construction Ltd and has been organised by the Parish Church Council of St John the Evangelist.

Frances Moreton, Director, War Memorials Trust said “War memorials are a tangible connection to our shared past creating a link between the fallen and today. It is vital we ensure all our war memorials are in the best possible condition for their age and the charity is delighted to support this project. The centenary of World War I is a wonderful opportunity for local communities across the country to protect and conserve their war memorials. If anyone knows of any other war memorials in need of help, please contact us.”

Rev Gill O’Neill, vicar of St John’s East Dulwich said “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant and are very grateful to the War Memorials Trust. We hope that conserving our War Memorial will enable our whole community to honour the memory of those killed in WW1 and 2 for generations to come. It is fitting that we do this in 2018, when we keep the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, do come and visit.”

St John’s Church are very pleased to be receiving the funding to repair and conserve the war memorial from the War Memorials Trust. However, the fence around the memorial is not covered by this grant and needs to be replaced. They would like the replacement fence to last just as long and to be remain faithful to the original design and are currently fundraising to meet the cost of the fence and asking for people to consider sponsoring the cost of one or more fence posts. Each post will cost £35. Donations are welcome and can be given at the church using one of their envelopes or via their donations website.

The hope is that the work will be complete in time for the centenary of the armistice on Sunday 11th November, when St John’s will be having a remembrance service. This will include a re-dedication of the memorial. All are welcome to attend the service and ceremony – please visit St John’s website for more details.

The Last Word: Silvia Sardinero, interior designer and decorator

Silvia Sardinero is a Spanish interior designer and decorator, and founder of Blue Patio. She lives in Dulwich with her children, Emile and Celeste, husband Phil and cat Rubens.

How long have you lived in the area?

I have lived in the area for seven years now; in three very different houses that my husband and I have renovated.

What do you most value about the area/street you live in?

I live in a house that is part of a set of modernist houses in the Dulwich Estate, built in the late 60s. We have been living here for almost 2 years, yet I am still fascinated with the urban plan set out by the architects, Austin Vernon and Partners. The articulation of the community around the nature of the Dulwich Woods creates a very peaceful environment to live. Also, the houses are connected by a series of footpaths and I value the security this provides for the children.

What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without?

It would be very difficult to move to another place where I was not able to see the woods changing through the seasons.

Do you know your neighbours?

Yes, I do know many of my neighbours. I like the diversity of nationalities around the street. The community celebrates an annual party in one of our communal gardens where everyone brings food and drinks.

Describe your perfect weekend

I think the usual is to find me doing work in my house – gardening, painting or researching. We have still a long way to go with our current renovation so there are always things to do when I am not working on a project. In the evening I love to host dinner parties with my friends. We are all food and wine lovers, and there are always a lot of laughs involved.

Coffee or tea? Where?

Coffee, always! In the Volcano café as it’s great coffee and they prepare it very nicely. Also in my house. Every time I travel to Madrid, my city, I bring coffee from a roaster that has been open since 1890. The man who weighs out the beans likes to give a lolly to the kids. I come from a family of coffee lovers so that tradition has been passed to me since I was very young.

Where’s your favourite place to walk?

I love to walk around the Dulwich Woods. Our community has easy access to them so it is one of our usual routes. It is nice to be in London whilst feeling you are in the countryside.

When I want to relax

I sit in my living room and knit while looking to the greenery and the parakeets.

What is your favourite shop?

My favourite shop is Hawkins Framing in East Dulwich. I am a regular client for many years now. I think their work is outstanding. Jamie has very good ideas to increase the visual value of the artwork.

What was the last thing you bought there?

A few days ago I went to frame two pieces of art that I bought during the summer from one of my favourite art galleries in Spain. I cannot wait to receive them.

If money was no object…

I would still live in my house but every little item on the to-do list would get done! I have never felt an emotional attachment with any house until now, not even when I took an old factory in Madrid and made it my first home. But if money really was no object, I think we’d buy something in a little village on La Costa Brava in Spain where we love to spend our summer holidays.

My secret ambition…

My secret ambition is to grow my Blue Patio business and study a PhD in Art History.

Sausage, Pumpkin and Chilli Casserole

Sausage, Pumpkin and Chilli Casserole

Preparation Time: Less than 30 mins

Cooking Time 1-2 hours

Serves 2 



  1. Preheat the oven to 1800C/350F/Gas 4
  2. Heat half the butter in a large casserole over a medium heat and fry the sausages for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown all over.
  3. Add the remaining butter, the onions and shallots and fry for 3 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and chilli powder and cook for a further 3 minutes stirring well.
  4. Add the pumpkin and stir the mixture well until combined. Increase the heat to high and add the white wine vinegar. Continue to cook until most of the mixture has evaporated.
  5. Add the tomatoes, cannellini beans and stock and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Bring the mixture to the boil, then transfer the casserole to the oven for an hour, or until the sausages are cooked through and the pumpkin is tender.
  7. To serve, ladle the casserole into two large bowls and sprinkle with the flat leaf parsley.


In season this month

Fruits, Nuts & Fungi
Apples, blackberries, chestnuts, elderberries, figs, grapes, pears, quince, tomatoes, walnuts. Lots of lovely mushrooms; chanterelles, chestnuts, horse mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, parasol mushrooms, puffballs, giant shaggy ink caps and summer truffles

Vegetables & Herbs
Beetroot, borlotti beans, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chard, courgettes, fennel, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, onions, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins & squash, rocket, salsify, scorzonera, spinach, turnips

Meat & Game
Duck, wild goose, grouse, guinea fowl, hare, mallard, partridge, pheasant, rabbit, venison, wood pigeon

Fish & Shellfish
Cod, crab, eels, lobster, mackerel, mussels, oysters, prawns, scallops, sea bass, sprats, squid, brown and rainbow trout

Going out of season
Aubergine, beetroot, butternut squash, chicory, cobnut, damsons, elderberries, fennel, fig, globe artichoke, lamb, mackerel, pear, plums, radish, raspberry, rocket, sweetcorn, watercress

Suzanne is a professional chef, wife and mother who has lived in East Dulwich all her life!

This article first appeared in the October 2018 issue of SE22 magazine.

Education news: Acting Up

According to the Oxford Student’s Dictionary, the word ‘Drama’ relates to an exciting or emotional series of events.

Bryony Foley and Becky Manning, Drama teachers at Alleyn’s Junior School, tell us about the benefits of Drama for children and how to get your child involved.

The benefits

Drama helps children explore feelings, make sense of events, and encourages empathy, collaboration, and teamwork. This helps to increase a child’s confidence and self-belief – all while having fun.

Encouraging the young ones

Remember that a love of performance often starts with the dressing up box and you are your child’s first audience and play-mate. Help them to make the most of it:

  • Read to your child and tell them stories to ignite their imagination.
  • Have fun with role-play. Taking on the role of a character in a story will help your child gain insight into what they are reading and connect it to the real world. Role-play can also be a powerful tool to prepare for real life situations, like a first day at school.
  • Use puppets: Puppets can give a shy child an opportunity to speak through something else. You can create a simple puppet together with a card and craft sticks and make them into any character you choose.
  • Play language games to develop language and imagination:One favourite is a word-at-a-time story, where you take turns telling a story, one word at a time. Children soon learn that what they say needs to make semantic sense, but may be as wacky and funny as their imagination dictates.
  • Use improvisation: A simple start is by letting them dance around to music, and freeze when the music stops. At a signal, they come to life as any character they like, moving and speaking as that character.

Being part of an audience

Watching theatre is thought provoking, educational and fun. There are plenty of opportunities in our local area to see performances, whatever your child’s age, most notably the Unicorn Theatre and the Polka Theatre, but you can also benefit from innumerable opportunities to see productions of every genre in central London.

Drama in and out of school

Many schools encourage drama and your child may have the opportunity to participate in collaborative performances such as class assemblies and plays or in individual performances such as talent shows, comedy evenings and poetry competitions. Even a reluctant performer will find a way to express themselves, especially when given the opportunity to ‘become’ another character, and all children will benefit from the confidence boost these experiences offer.

Outside school, there are many local groups where children can explore their dramatic instincts and express themselves, and a local club can be a fantastic way of giving children an opportunity to experience drama and make new friends. Here are some links to help you get started in immersing your children and in the wonderful world of drama:

South London Youth Theatre

Theatre Peckham




Take Flight Youth Theatre


This article first appeared in the October 2018 issue of SE22 magazine.

Girls – Athenlay Football Club needs you!

Attention all girls in years 3,4,5,6 & 7 who would like to play football as part of the 3Kicks football development program for girls.

The 3kicks program is a new initiative aimed at supporting Athenlay Football Club and Southwark Council’s strategy for increasing physical activity and sports at the Homestall Road Sports Ground.

The girls football program is for girls aged 7-11 (school years 3-7) and runs all year round in parallel with the school terms.  The program is designed to progress their football development and enhance the technical ability for players of all standards including more experienced players.

Tuesday – Year Group 6 & 7 (girls aged 10-11) 4.15pm-5.15pm

Thursday – Year Group 3,4 & 5 (girls aged 7-9) 4.15pm-5.15pm

Venue: Homestall Road Sports Ground, London SE22 0RS.

For full details of the program and to get your booking form, please e-mail the Program Coordinator Lee Evans on

“It is amazing, the coaches give you advice and help to get better at football. They help us a lot and each week we improve. To give you a clue it’s near Peckham Rye park and the club have got their own ground.”
Emme & Raia

“I like my football because it is challenging and fun. After years of watching my big brother play I finally get to learn cool skills for myself.”