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Bell House, Dulwich Awarded Prize for Education Initiative

Bell House, Dulwich – a charity only three years old – has been awarded the prestigious Frances Garnham Award 2019 by Historic Houses for innovation in education and outreach in historic houses – selected from 1,500 houses. Director of Historic Houses, Ben Cowell, said, “it’s wonderful to see such an energetic and dynamic approach underway at Bell House. This beautiful place is a beacon for its local area showing how historic houses continue to serve vital purposes.” Louise Wood, receiving the prize on behalf of Bell House charity pointed out, “Bell House is a place of calm and inspiration where people can learn new things, from bee-keeping to learning to read.  A huge thank you to all the volunteers who have put time into Bell House and made it a welcoming community.” The judges were hugely impressed by the reach and creativity of Bell House’s offer to its local community, including the increasing work in dyslexia, adult literacy, cookery, garden volunteering and film-making. As a relatively new charity, Bell House particularly welcomes the Frances Garnham …

The Massive Violins return to Dulwich this Christmas

The seven singing cellists who are the Massive Violins return to Dulwich this Christmas with another display of vocal and instrumental virtuosity. Last year they wowed the audience with their crazy and musically mind-blowing versions of iconic rock and pop songs and they even managed to show off with the odd operatic aria. And they are planning to wow this year’s audience even more if that’s possible. Of course, there are no violins in the Massive Violins but seven glorious cellos, some of them made by the band’s founder, Ricky Chatto. He says that whenever he travels on buses and trains with his cello some joker will shout, “That’s a massive violin”, or, possibly, “That’s a bloody bastard big violin.” So that’s how they got their name. Who are the band members, though, and how did they get together? Well, their story began about nine years ago when Ricky and his wife Ruth went to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain performing their mad melange of musical masterpieces at Cecil Sharp House in Camden. Plucking fantastic, they thought. But wouldn’t …

East Dulwich Christmas Cracker 2019 

East Dulwich will be the place to be on Saturday 7th December when the fabulous Christmas Cracker returns supported by Southwark Council and presented by the Dulwich Festival.  The 2019 East Dulwich Christmas Cracker will be a wonderful way to get everyone in the festive spirit. This year’s street festival programme will include an exciting array of entertainment from choirs and performance groups, exclusive offers from the fantastic local traders, a suitably seasonal North Cross Road market with tempting gifts, delicious festive food and the return of the delightful Children’s Christmas Treasure Hunt in aid of LinkAge Southwark.  The Art Trail will also see many local artists exhibiting throughout spaces in Lordship Lane. The East Dulwich Christmas Cracker will take place throughout the area from 11am to 5pm.  Make a date in your diary to come along and join in the festive fun! The East Dulwich Christmas Cracker is part of the Southwark Presents programme, funded by Southwark Council with contributions from local traders and produced by Dulwich Festival.

Festive Shopping at Cockpit Arts Winter Open Studios 2019

Cockpit Arts is throwing open the doors for its celebrated Winter Open Studios. This twice-yearly shopping event is the only time Cockpit is open to the public, making it an exclusive chance to buy direct from over 140 of the best craftspeople in London, see where it all happens and support this hub of creative talent. Located in Deptford and Holborn over two weekends, it’s the destination for festive shopping and to buy direct from Cockpit’s makers, designers and artists. Whether you’re looking for jewellery, homewares, ceramics or fashion accessories … there’s so much to choose from for a gift that will be truly treasured. Friday night lates: Cockpit Arts is open 11am to 8pm on Friday for festive shopping in Holborn and Deptford. Features from 5-8pm include live music and a chance to win a £50 Cockpit Arts voucher with a hidden Golden Ticket. And for locals, Cockpit is offering free entry to Camden and Lewisham residents for the first hour each day – 11am to 12 noon, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As part …

Christmas Fairs in and around Dulwich

There are so many wonderful fairs planned for this month and next, I hope that we have brought you the details of the best! Saturday 16 November: Christmas Market in support of St Christopher’s Hospice 11am-4pm, Kingsdale School, Dulwich. Admission is free for under 16s. Adult tickets are £3 on the door or £2 in advance and are available at selected St Christopher’s shops and online at www.stchristophers.org.uk/christmasmarket. Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 November: Christmas Shopping Lates 6.30pm-9pm. Dulwich Books Christmas Shopping lates. Come and enjoy a glass of bubbly, get expert advice & recommendations for perfect Christmas present. Dulwich Books. 6 Croxted Road, SE21 8SW. 020 8670 1920. dulwichbooks.co.uk Thursday 28 November: The Charter School North Dulwich Christmas Fair 5.30 – 8.30 pm. Local Artists, Artisans and Designers selling their gorgeous handmade and vintage jewellery and accessories, fashionwear, home-made jams and jellies, hair accessories, Christmas confectionary, furniture and homewares, lighting, cards, massage services, personal care products, limited edition prints plus many more. Fantastic Tombola with prizes including an Apple Watch Series 3 and a tour around the Channel 4 News …