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Around Dulwich 2016 – A Year in Review

By Sarah and Pan Pylas From the deaths of London boys David Bowie and George Michael that bookmarked the year, through the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election as the next US President, 2016 is likely to live long in the memory. No review of a year in any community from Land’s End to John O’Groats can be complete without at least a passing reference to the seismic events of June 23. For most residents of East Dulwich and around, the vote to leave the European Union in the referendum will have come as a bit of a shock. The voting proportions in favour of “remain” in the boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark were some of the highest across the whole country. Bar the collapse in the pound, nothing really has happened yet and life has gone as before. The East Dulwich community has continued to thrive, showcased its local talent, wide-ranging tastes and multicultural nature. From new offerings on the strip through to pioneering endeavours off it, 2016 has been another year of …

Learn a new skill, enhance your health and wellbeing and meet new people who share similar interests at Adult Learning Lewisham

If you would like to develop a new skill, meet new people with similar interests or just learn for the sheer pleasure of it, Adult Learning Lewisham (ALL) has a variety of courses on offer to suit all lifestyles and interests. From art to floristry, to photography to film studies, to English and maths there is something for everyone. Courses run from a day to a year, so learning a new skill doesn’t need to be a big commitment. Discover and develop your creativity at the Lewisham School of Arts and Design. You will receive specialist tuition from artists, designers and experts practising in their fields across a wide range of subjects such as drawing and painting, clothes making, jewellery design, pottery, upholstery, interior design, tailoring, printmaking and much more. ALL offer courses in modern facilities with well equipped class rooms, specialist art, design and textiles workshops, a dance and fitness studio and computing suites. They have classes to suit all levels of ability and can support you whether you are a novice who would …

10 Questions for Helen Lederer

What inspired you to get involved with the Dulwich Literary Festival? I am getting addicted to festivals as I tour ‘Losing it’ and have gone around the country – it will be very special to experience it on my doorstep and with such great names as well! I can see Dulwich in action without getting a train ticket. How long have you lived in the area? About 12 years I think. Hopped over from Brixton – a wonderful little cottage where you could leave your door open. What made you decide to base the protagonist in your book ‘Losing it’ in Dulwich? Ah well, I was sitting in The House of Tippler and thought it might be a great setting for ‘women who have drinks’. The moment when Millie loses her Spanx had us howling at Around Dulwich HQ! What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? Being caught on CCTV in Covent Garden having a much-needed nifty pee pee – well I don’t have proof I was caught but I was always embarrassed …

The Dulwich Notebook

The Dulwich Notebook is a new breed of London guidebook. It does not focus on Central London or tourist spots such as Greenwich; it deliberately highlights one of London’s residential quarters. For some time now the capital’s suburbs have been attracting the interest of academic urban historians but their interesting findings hardly ever reach the people who inhabit these suburbs. The Dulwich Notebook also challenges the usual assumption that a book about residential London should be about local history: this publication is about Dulwich now and what makes Dulwich such a special place to live. However, we all realise that the present does not exist in a vacuum, so history frequently underpins the contemporary narrative. The Dulwich Notebook is divided into four chapters which deal with Dulwich Village, West Dulwich, South Dulwich and East Dulwich, each chapter examining topics such as History, Landmarks, Spiritual Life, Culture & Creativity, Contemporary Life, Green Spaces, Movers & Shakers. The Dulwich Notebook is also a book of contrasts: it accommodates the development of schools in the Village alongside rude …

Featured Business – Dolce Vita Catering

Our featured business this month is Dolce Vita Catering – a local award-winning catering company founded by Tracey Whewell. Dolce Vita caters for a wide range of events including corporate lunches, launches and seminars, and any kind of private party including christenings, weddings, baby showers, birthdays…. They can provide a full catering service, including the hire of uniformed professional waiting staff and equipment hire (crockery, cutlery, glassware, etc). They offer an extensive range of delicious and exciting hot and cold party buffets, canapes, dinner parties, and afternoon teas.  They also love to bake and create beautiful handcrafted cupcakes and bespoke wedding and celebration cakes for any special occasion. And, cakes can be ordered with or without a catering order. Tracey has a passion for good food and fine wine and is constantly looking for new ideas and new dishes to offer on her menus. Her food is hand-made using fine, seasonal ingredients from quality, local suppliers as part of her commitment to delivering dishes that are delicious, modern and beautifully presented. Many ingredients are organic or free range and British whenever possible. Dolce Vita …