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Herne Hill Welcomes Refugees is a Community Sponsorship Group that welcomed a family from Iraq in December 2018. We have been featured by The Economist and Reuters and won the award for Best New Community Sponsorship Group 2018.

We have decided to apply to the Home Office to welcome a second family in early 2020 and need to raise funds to support the application.

Join us at this fundraising event on Sunday 13th October 2019 from 3-6pm to boost our efforts to sponsor the new family and to learn about the positive impact of community support for refugees worldwide.

The Wine Tasting

Like refugees, grapes cross national boundaries and establish new lives for themselves. Many flourish and become more successful in their new country. Others may be natives in their own country that you have yet to meet and some reinvent themselves. The guided tasting of 6 wines will be led by Helen Foster of Wandering Vine. There will be sparkling wine upon arrival, two white wines, two red wines and a dessert wine with cake to finish.

Led by Helen Foster

Helen started her tasting career with chocolate whilst working in the Research and Development laboratories at Cadbury’s in Bournville where she belonged to a tasting panel which met twice a week. In 1991 she set up her own wine tasting circle with a group of friends and it still meets on a monthly basis. Next she began running wine tastings in the workplace and found there was a steady demand. Her wine studies include an Advanced Certificate in Wines, Spirits and other Alcoholic Beverages awarded by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in 1999.

Bell House is an educational charity that offers support outside the mainstream school curriculum, lifelong learning, short courses, exhibitions, talks and musical events.

When  3-6pm  Sunday 13 October 2019

Where  Bell House,  27 College Rd,.  Dulwich London, SE21 7BG

Entry ticket £35

Book now here.

The Dulwich Players present The Rover by Aphra Behn

King Charles II is in exile, and his supporters have fled Puritan England for sunnier, more entertaining climes. As the lads exhibit some 17th century ‘Brits Abroad’ behaviour, Hellena, ‘a gay young woman designed for a nun’, is convincing her sisters and cousins that they too should take the opportunity to disguise themselves in masquerade and explore the world of sex and romance. Love and lust, wealth and wit all intermingle in a libertine world tinged with danger as noblewomen Hellena and Florinda escape the confines of the lives set out for them since birth to experience the freedom of the streets. But with freedom comes risk; as is still the case today, male attitudes towards women can lead to a passionate kiss, terrible abuse or anything in between.

Written by Englands first female playwright forced to write for bread and not be ashamed to own it, Aphra Behns most successful play continues to hold a mirror up to our society today, 350 years after it first took to the stage. Through a cast of nobles, courtesans and soldiers, she explores the relationship between gender, power and sexual liberty in the 17th century, which remains surprisingly pertinent today.  

We will be supporting the charity Advocacy for All.

Some sexually explicit language.

Age 14+

Tickets: £12 available online (small fee payable), Dulwich Players Box Office: 07936 531356, email in person from Art Stationers, Dulwich Village or on the door. To be performed at the Edward Alleyn Theatre, Dulwich College, SE21 7LD.

The Dulwich Players present The Rover by Aphra Behn
Wednesday 23rd October – Saturday 26th October 2019 at 8 p.m.

Personal drawings by Rembrandt to travel outside of The Netherlands for the first time for Dulwich Picture Gallery exhibition

A book containing two personal entries by Rembrandt will travel outside of the Netherlands for the first time since its creation in 1652, as part of Dulwich Picture Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition, Rembrandt’s Light (4 October 2019 – 2 February 2020).

The Album Amicorum (‘Friendship Book’) of Rembrandt’s influential friend and patron, Jan Six (1618-1700), will be displayed on the page showing the intricate drawing, Minerva in her Study, 1652 (Collectie Six, Amsterdam). This and Homer Reciting Verses (two pages earlier) are the only known drawings that Rembrandt dedicated to someone and will be loaned to the Gallery by a direct descendant of Jan Six.

Rembrandt and Jan Six were in closest contact from the early 1640s to early 1660s and this completed work of art was made to be looked at by the magistrate and his acquaintances. Rembrandt’s use of light in the piece draws out the symbolism of the Roman goddess’s attributes, while simultaneously flattering Six, who, like Minerva, was a protector of culture and learning.

Marking the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death (1669), Rembrandt’s Light will explore the artist’s mastery of light through 35 of his greatest paintings, etchings and drawings. The exhibition will be lit by leading cinematographer, Peter Suschitzky, and will reflect the drama and theatre in Rembrandt’s visual storytelling, as well as the artist’s more contemplative and spiritual work. The addition of this loan will reveal how Rembrandt blended a mythological subject with his personal world. He imagined Minerva sitting in Jan Six’s own study, her power conveyed by the strong light from the window behind.

Rembrandt’s Light, London’s moment in the ‘Year of Rembrandt’, will bring together major international loans including The Pilgrims at Emmaus, 1648 (Musée du Louvre, Paris) and – shown for the first time ever in the UK – Philemon and Baucis, 1658 (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC), Tobit and Anna with the Kid, 1645 and The Dream of Joseph, 1645 (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin).

Baron Jan Six van Hillegom of Collectie Six, Amsterdam, said:

“It is important to me to share this incredibly special and private work of Rembrandt’s, which travels outside of the Netherlands for the first time since its creation in 1652. It is an insightful representation of a personal relationship that Rembrandt held with Jan Six; the artist addresses him without the word ‘sir’ or ‘lord’ in the book, implying a close degree of friendship. This is an important work in what will be a beautiful exhibition that demonstrates how Rembrandt used light to reflect emotion; whether this was coming from within the works, or, like in this drawing, from him.”

GE Moore Lecture: TS Moore OA and view of Exhibition

The fifteenth and final lecture on Monday 14th October will bring the GE Moore series at Dulwich College full circle, with two talks about the work of his brother, and fellow OA, Thomas Sturge Moore (1870-1944), poet, dramatist and wood-engraver. The evening will begin at 5.30pm in the Old Library with an opportunity to view the exhibition ‘Phoenix and Unicorn’. Following the exhibition at 6.30pm please make your way to the James Caird Hall for the Reception, followed by the Lecture at 7:00pm in the Auditorium.

GE Moore Lecture: TS Moore OA and view of Exhibition

Money 14th October at 5.30pm

The Old Library followed by the George Farha Auditorium
Dulwich College, Dulwich Common, London, SE21 7LD

Tickets available here

Around Dulwich: October news!

The biggest mistake I made this summer was booking our holiday in the last 2-weeks of the school break. By the time our departure date finally came around we were all knackered and already starting to think ahead to the new school year. My next mistake was flying home the day before our son was due to start his final year of primary school (sobs) and I went back to work. It’s only now we’ve been home for a few weeks that I feel a bit more on top of my inbox and ready to get on with the overwhelming task of selecting a secondary school for my Year 6 ‘baby’. I still have a huge pile of laundry that I never seem to make a dent in, but this seems to always be the case no matter when we go away!

There were also some really exciting things to look forward to on my return! After a brief hiatus in August, my Film Club resumed with a visit to ED Picturehouse to see the new Tarantino movie ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. I’m not quite sure what was going on in the film, but both Brad and Leo put on excellent performances and I could re-watch Brad’s scene on the roof over and over and over again… (and again)

Join Village Books for an evening of chat and food demonstration with chef and bestselling author Ching-He Huang (1 October). Ching will be demonstrating recipes from her new book Wok On: Deliciously Balanced Meals in 30 Minutes or Less. 

The lunchtime concert series at Christ’s Chapel is back this month (3 October) for its 4thseason. Talented music students from local schools will entertain from 1.30-2pm. Entry is free.

A book containing two personal entries by Rembrandt will travel outside of the Netherlands for the first time since its creation in 1652, as part of Dulwich Picture Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition, Rembrandt’s Light (4 October). The Album Amicorum (‘Friendship Book’) of Rembrandt’s influential friend and patron, Jan Six, will be displayed on the page showing the intricate drawing, Minerva in her Study, 1652.

Learn a simple and easy to use breath technique that can support you in all areas of your life at an evening workshop ‘Breathe Yourself to a Happier Life’ (October 2nd, 16th and 30th at Station Hall, Herne Hill; October 7th and 21st at South London Tabernacle Baptist Church, 57-63 Bushey Hill Road, SE5 8QF).

The dates for the Art@57 autumn and winter markets have been announced (26 October, 30 November, 7 December & 14 December). The Art Markets have become a lively addition to the street market in North Cross Road. Over 40 local artists and makers have already bought their work to sell inside no 57. and there are many more lined up all with unique beautifully crafted hand-made items.

As October draws to a close, the witching hour will be upon us once more. I was hoping my now 10-year old would think himself far too grown-up to wander the streets, dressed as Dracula, collecting treats. However, the lure of the Haribo was enough to tempt this particular Vampire out of early retirement…

Details of all local events including ticket and booking information can be found on our events page and Instagram @arounddulwich.