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The Peckham Festival Fun Run 2018

This year Peckham Festival will be introducing their first FUN run through the amazing Peckham Rye Common on Sunday 16th of September at 9am. Sponsored by Gareth James Property and brought to you in association with Parkrun, Runhead and Peckham Vision. Peckham Festival are looking for participants of all experiences to take part in one of the 3 different sections:

  • 1k for our younger aspiring runners.
  • 5k for our aspiring beginners and more moderately experienced runners.
  • 10k for experienced runners.

Peckham Festival will be timing everyone but if you do want to put the FUN in FUN run we would love to see you in fancy dress. Additionally if you would like to run for a charity that you care about, go for it! Please register your interest at

Peckham Festival is a hyper-local festival with a single aim of celebrating creative and cultural Peckham. It exists to to promote artists, makers, creators, and community groups with a particular focus on an inclusive approach to the BME, youth and LGBTQI groups within the area. For more details of what’s on please visit

Dads Don’t Babysit

James Millar is a political journalist and author living in East Dulwich with his partner and two primary school-aged children. His latest book, Dads Don’t Babysit, published on September 14, looks at why men don’t take on more of the childcare in most families despite saying that they want to and what can be done to change that.

East Dulwich appears a bastion of parental progressiveness.

Go to any of the many rhyme time or little swimmers or baby gym sessions and there’ll be a dad there with his little one.

But only one dad. Or at best a handful, compared to many more mums or even grannies looking to entertain their offspring.

That’s because women are better suited to childcare. Or just like doing it more than men. Right? Cobblers.

Men want to spend more time with their families and the weight of evidence shows that they are just as capable of parenting as their female partners.

But there’s a ‘paternity gap’ – a difference between what men say they want and what actually happens.

I wrote Dads Don’t Babysit to look at why that is and what we can do to close that gap. And in the process I learned that if more men do more parenting it’s good for everyone – dads, mums, children, the economy as a whole.

Men who do more parenting enjoy better relationships with their children, their partners, and consequently better mental health. If you really want to be selfish about it men who are more engaged with their offspring live longer.

Women benefit because they are able to return to work sooner, if that’s what they want, if their partners step up and take on more childcare. Take nine months to a year out of the workplace and a woman will see her earning potential suffer for the rest of her life. Take less than nine months and the impact is negligible.

Children with involved dads do better at school not just in academic results but also in terms of keeping out of trouble, having a wider circle of friends and their outlook will be less gendered.

And the nation flourishes with men doing more parenting. Men and women who are actually happy with their work life balance are fitter, happier and – crucially – more productive.

As a nation we can make it easier for dads to do more parenting, for parents to share the load and the joy more equally because it’s right and fair but also because we probably can’t afford not to. After years of economic sluggishness and some sort of Brexit banana skin around the corner the economy could get a boost worth about half a trillion quid courtesy of a fairer split between paid employment and domestic work.

And best of all making it happen is really simple.

The first step is to talk about it. There’s really no shortage of pregnant women and dads-to-be in our SE22 nappy valley.

Expectant parents need to have a discussion about how they’ll split parental leave. Maybe they can’t split the leave on offer straight down the middle. But even if dad takes just an extra couple of weeks it has a positive impact on the child and the family.

If a man tells his mates he’s going to be a father the discussion needs to move not on to how his sex life is going to suffer but to whether he’ll be taking some parental leave or switching to flexible working.

Of course the current shared parental leave system is imperfect. Change it.

Email Helen Hayes the local MP telling her that you want her to take up the subject, that she ought to get a debate in parliament on increasing the amount of leave available to men. Tell her to back Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson’s bill currently going through parliament that would force companies to reveal their parental policies. If her constituents demand it she’ll do it.

Finally, be the change you want to see.

The more men that go to rhyme time the less awkward the one or two that currently attend will feel. The easier it will be for others to join, the more normal it will be to take a walk through Dulwich Park during the day and instead of seeing a sea of women either about to give birth or having recently done so there’ll be an equal number of mums and dads enjoying all the family friendly activities that our area has to offer.

Dads Don’t Babysit by James Millar and David Freed is out September 14, published by Ortus.

Dulwich Picture Gallery – September events

Exhibitions & Displays

Ribera: Art of Violence
26 September 2018 – 27 January 2019

Ribera: Art of Violence will be the first UK show of work by the Spanish Baroque artist and printmaker, Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652), bringing together his most sensational, shocking and masterfully composed work. This exhibition will explore for the first time the theme of violence in Ribera’s work to demonstrate how his images are neither the product of his supposed sadism nor the expression of a purely aesthetic interest, but rather involve a complex artistic, religious and cultural engagement in the depiction of bodily suffering – challenging visitors to look beyond the shocking imagery.

Lectures & Talks

Contextual Lectures Series
Tuesdays, 10.30 – 11.45am, £12; £10 Friends & Concessions

After the 2017 bicentenary series that looked back on the Gallery’s origins, in this new series accomplished authorities will speculate on how the wider future might look a generation from now across politics, social change, engineering, banking, law and popular culture.

Environment, Climate & a Just Future
18 September with Professor Liz Fisher, Professor of Environmental Law, University of Oxford

Democracies have many choices in how to shape their environmental futures, and law plays an important role in realising those choices. Environmental problems require consideration of incommensurable issues, such as vast numbers of people in many different places. How do we craft a body of law that is both stable and dynamic so as to ensure a just future?

Early Years

Mini Masterpieces
20 September, 10 – 11am & 11.30am – 12.30pm

Explore the Gallery’s paintings and create your own masterpiece in these interactive workshops. Each session includes a visit to the Gallery and messy art-making session. Our themes change monthly to keep your little creatives engaged. Scroll down to see our upcoming sessions.

Suggested age: Sitting – 24 months

Dulwich Hamlet FC – September news

It has been a mixed bag of results so far in the league for Gavin Rose’s team.  However, the performances so far have shown that Dulwich will be competitive in this division.  Stepping up a league, we knew it would take time for the squad to find the consistency that saw them promoted last season.  However, the quality of the squad looks to be at the same level of the teams we have played already.  The opposition generally have just been a little more streetwise on the pitch.

The first few home games in the Vanarama National League have seen good crowds at Imperial Fields, but since the move from Champion Hill they have so far not reached the sort of attendance figures we once recently enjoyed.

For the first time in recent history, Dulwich Hamlet sold over 400 season tickets, which is an amazing achievement, but we seemed to have lost a few supporters since the enforced move away from East Dulwich.

Although currently homes games are being played only 8 miles away, the journey is not easy for fans with no direct trains and buses.  The Supporters’ Trust will be looking at running a number of initiatives to encourage supporters and the local community, who may be finding the journey difficult, that their continued support for the club is so important.

The fans match day support really does make a difference to the on-field performances and brings significant funds into the club, more importantly it shows Meadow Residential (Owners of Champion Hill) and Southwark Council what this football club means to the local community.

The football club’s Community Team are already focused on encouraging schools and youth organisations to attend home fixtures by continuing thier free family ticket offer to these groups.

This season they have extended the offer beyond Southwark by including any school or youth organisations in the vicinity to our temporary home at Imperial Fields.

Any school or youth organisation who would like to take the football club up on this offer, should email George or Rob at .

The Supporters’ Trust will be organising coaches this season for distant away games and fixtures that may be affected by rail closures. This year the Trust will be trailing subsidised coach travel to ensure that travelling to away matches is affordable for as many fans as possible. In the event that any profits are made on coach travel, the Trust will donate these between the 12th Man scheme and the Club’s charity for this season, Redthread (

The first coach to Bath City on 18 August proved very popular with supporters.

On Thursday 16 August, The East Dulwich Tavern’s popular PUB QUIZ raised funds in support of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club. The packed crowd helped raise over £500, with every penny donated to the club via the 12th Man Scheme.  Many thanks to the team at The East Dulwich Tavern and all the local businesses that donated prizes for that evenings raffle.

Home games (Imperial Fields, SM4 6BF) in September;

  • Saturday 1 September – Hampton and Richmond, KO 15:00
  • Saturday 8 September – Wealdstone, KO 15:00
  • Saturday 29 September – Chippenham Town, KO 15:00

Mark (Scolly) Scoltock
DHST Spokesperson

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

Retired? Bored? Lonely? Want to do something different?


“U3A provided me with opportunities to use and develop skills which I had acquired earlier in my life, and that does wonders for one’s self-esteem.”

“Being part of a group which is learning and interacting, gives me a lot of satisfaction”.

“I found coming to U3A I met people who had been in a similar situation to me.”

These are just a few of the comments made by members of U3A.

For many people U3A has been a life-changing experience, particularly when they retired, or perhaps at a difficult time in their life, or when they were bored or lonely, or just wanted to do something different.

U3A began in the UK over thirty years ago and there are now a thousand groups throughout the country with a membership of over 400,000 older people. There is a small fee for membership, which in D &D is £25.00 a year. The groups are all run by members who are volunteers. They learn together (and play together) in subject groups. No qualifications are expected or given. The purpose of the U3A is to promote lifelong learning in groups of like-minded people who want to share an interest, hobby or pastime.

Dulwich & District U3A has over 80 interest groups! The choice is impressive and covers: Art, Archaeology, Astronomy, Boules, Computing, Crafts, Cycling, Films, Genealogy, History, Languages, Music, Museum and Gallery visits, Opera, Poetry, Photography, Quizzes, Scrabble, Shakespeare, Play Reading, Tennis, Theatre, Ukulele, Walking, Writing, Zumba and much, much more!

Evidence commissioned by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) concluded that participation in creative and physical activities could improve mental health and wellbeing.

The Dulwich and District U3A is relatively new but its rapid growth, with over five hundred members, has demonstrated a demand for such a group. Our U3A covers Herne Hill, Forest Hill, Honor Oak, Sydenham and Peckham, although anyone living further away is welcome. Our monthly meetings, with guest speakers usually take place in Herne Hill and individual interest groups meet in private homes or community centres. Outings and visits to museums may incur an extras charge but all monthly meetings and interest groups are covered by the yearly fee.

Our Open Day Interest Groups Fair takes place on Thursday September 13th from 12.00 – 2.00 pm at St Barnabas Hall, 23 Dulwich Village SE21 7BT.

Do come and see what the 80 groups have to offer. Most Groups will have a display of work and Conveners will be available to talk to.

No need for boredom or loneliness. We may have the answer for you, or a friend or a relative.

You can find more information about Dulwich & District U3A at