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Around Dulwich: The 2017 Review

It’s a bit like waiting for the P4 bus. You wait an eternity and then two come along at once. That’s certainly the case with regard to two of the local area’s more established drinking dens. Following years of upheaval, it is with great pleasure that this end-of-year review starts off with the news that The Crown and Greyhound in Dulwich Village and The Half Moon in Herne Hill have returned. Welcome back! It is a little bit unfortunate that ‘The Dog’s’ return has coincided with those blasted road-works in the Village. Come on lads, it took less time to build the Northern Line! Another big change in SE21 in 2017 was the departure of Café Rouge, which has been there for as long as this writer has lived in the area. However, for this writer, how welcome to see it replaced by The Real Greek. Though the food can never be as good as my mum’s, surely! As the years go by, it’s quite noticeable how much churn is taking place on the foodie …

Festive Well-Being

by Vicki Badham As I write this, the Christmas lights are already up in East Dulwich (although not yet lit) and the shops are beginning to look increasingly festive. For many, this build-up to Christmas is exciting and joyous. However, for many it is a time that is fraught with worry and pressure. It can also be a very lonely and isolating time for those who for whatever reason can’t spend Christmas with their family or friends. If you are dreading the festive season, remember you are not the only one – despite the messages that we get from TV adverts and the media generally, lots of people do not look forward to Christmas at all. It’s also important to remember that there is no ‘right’ way of doing Christmas – it’s about what works for you so as hard as this is to do, try to ease the pressure from yourself by not seeking to conform to the Christmas stereotypes. For those of you who wish that you could bypass Christmas, here are some …

Dulwich Hamlet Football Club – April News

A crowd of just under three thousand fans saw Dulwich Hamlet entertain National Conference team Macclesfield Town in the quarter-finals of this seasons the FA Trophy competition, the furthest the club has progressed for three decades.  A wonderful strike from open play from Ash Carew in the 87th minute sealed a replay for the team from East Dulwich.  With the initial date of the replay having been postponed due to snow, some 200 fans made the 10 hour round trip to see the trophy run come to a valiant end with a two – nil defeat against the home side. With Dulwich reaching the latter stages of three cup competions this season, league games have been few and far in the past month resulting in the the team slipping out of the play-off places.  With a significant number of games on their rivals there is every confidance around the club that the team will make the Ryman Premier League play-offs for the third year run On Saturday 11 March, Dulwich Hamlet Football Club once again celebrated …

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 …

Keep your pets safe this season

With the festive season just around the corner we are all busy planning how we are going to celebrate, have fun and spoil our loved ones – including our pets. It is a time of year when our home is bursting with family and friends, fancy decorations and treats, which can be overwhelming for our pets. Try to keep your pets’ eating and exercise habits as close to normal during the festivities as you can, and follow these few steps to ensure they are kept safe: The Christmas tree The best place to put a Christmas tree is in a corner, tied with fishing wire to secure it, preventing it being knocked over by your dog or pulled down by your cat. Electrical safety To prevent any accidental electrocutions, exposed indoor or outdoor wires should be taped to the wall or the sides of the house. Poisonous foods and plants Holly, mistletoe, poinsettia plants, grapes, raisins, sweets, liquorice, chocolate… Keep them well out of the way of your pets’ reach. Don’t be tempted to share chocolate …