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Around Dulwich – September edition

With children all over Dulwich heading back to school this week, parents from East to West to the Village are shopping for shoes, stocking up on packed lunch supplies and frantically hunting down long-forgotten book bags. Whether you love them or grit your teeth to get through them, the end of the school holidays can be bittersweet. While many of us are sad to say goodbye to the carefree nature of long summer days, there can be something quite exciting about the start of a new school year. Although, it always takes a bit of time to settle back into the new (old) routine. How I used to get us both out of the house fed, washed and dressed by 8.30am is by now a distant memory. I can no longer remember how to persuade a 7-year old out of bed, into his clothes or away from the TV, and it all feels like a bit of a scramble. The peace that immediately follows the first school run feels like a spa day in comparison. …

Animating Lordship Lane Art Trail

Coming soon is Animating Lordship Lane.  It will include six brand new artist commissions in shop windows along Lorship Lane high street in SE22. In place from Tuesday 30 August – Sunday 11 September, the works is responsive to each business and the local area. The range of artwork media is incredibly diverse, ranging from illustration and suspended installations to willow sculptures and paper automata. Delivered by Fantasy High Street, the arts company behind the bike-powered cinema screening of Belleville Rendezvous at Nunhead Green in 2014, this new project includes different installations in the windows and shop fronts of Just Williams, Mary’s Living and Giving Shop for Save the Children, Lush Designs, Roullier White, Karavan Eco and Mrs Robinson. All free to view and enjoy, the art trial will be complimented by a weekend of free family activities including street performance and art workshops on 3-4 September. An event guide is available to pick up for free in partner businesses which includes discounts and offers in high street shops. For more information visit: http://fantasyhighstreet.org.uk Saturday 3 – …

Around Dulwich – August edition

School’s out for summer and I hope this glorious sunshine is too! I approach the end of every school year with mixed emotions. On one hand, I am happy to be free of the school routine and look forward to a long stretch of lazy mornings and afternoons playing outside in the sun. On the other, it is a reminder of how fast the years are passing by. It seems like only yesterday I dropped my 4-year old off for his first day in reception and in a few short weeks, he will go into Year 3. I admit I had a little tear in my eye on his last day of term as we said goodbye to his wonderful teacher and the end of his infant school experience. There were moments in July when it felt like November, but not a drop (or 300,000 buckets) of heavy rain could dampen the spirit of the school summer fairs! Families flocked in their hundreds to hook-a-duck, bounce on inflatable castles, or just hang out by the popular Prosecco bars. Other highlights included a …

Comedian Henning Wehn, brings the house down at the end of Dulwich College Symposium

BBC journalist Justin Webb, Kwasi Kwarteng, MP and comedian Henning Wehn headed the bill on 1 October for a day packed full of enquiry, discussion and debate on the theme of ‘Us & Them’. The Upper School Symposium, held every October, is Dulwich College’s flagship academic day for all boys in the Lower and Upper Sixth forms. This year, the day was opened by Kwasi Kwarteng, who offered his thoughts on integration, political correctness and history teaching in our schools, as well as engaging in discussion about the current migration crisis, with sixth-formers offering a range of probing questions from the floor. Journalist and author Justin Webb, shared his fascinating personal insights into American politics, as well as discussing the future of journalism in a world where the formerly clear divisions between news-gatherers and the public are becoming increasingly blurred. All Upper School boys also attended two seminars or workshops, choosing from the 34 on offer, their subjects ranging from criminal psychology and caricature to feminism and contemporary film. Several seminars were given by sixth …

Link Age Southwark – the charity supporting older people across Southwark for over 20 years gets a new name

Volunteers, supporters and older people who use the charity have welcomed the news that Link Age Southwark is to be the new name for Dulwich Helpline & Southwark Churches Care. The charity, based at Dulwich Hospital, chose the new name to better reflect its work and the range of services it offers to more than 500 over-60s in Southwark. Link Age Southwark keeps older people connected to their local community by providing regular home visits from a dedicated group of volunteers and running 20 groups with activities ranging from crafts and computers to singing and yoga. Volunteers also accompany older people on trips to the shops or to non-medical appointments, as well as offering help around the house and garden, and lifts to social events. The people who use Link Age Southwark pay nothing. Link Age Southwark wants to reach more people across the borough and get more volunteers involved in supporting older people in their local community. The charity has a dedicated service for people with mild to moderate dementia who are living independently. …