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Car Free Day is Coming!

Environment Matters by Sylvie Waudby What would London be like without any cars on the streets? On Sunday 22nd September, the capital will experience its biggest Car Free Day. Billed as “Reimagine” by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London is inviting Londoners to reimagine our city without cars. There will be 20 km of closed roads around Tower Bridge, London Bridge and the City of London, with free events such as e-bike rides, pop-up playgrounds, and guided walks. Why have a Car Free Day? This is a great opportunity to reclaim the capital’s streets, moving them away from vehicle domination, giving children the chance to play safely in the roads, to hold a street party, explore London by foot, public transport or bicycle. More importantly, it’s a spotlight on London’s air pollution.  Nitrogen dioxide levels in London are regularly exceeded and every school in London experiences levels of PM2.5 (tiny particles that can penetrate deep into the lungs) above limits set by the WHO.  Vehicles contribute to over half of air pollution. What is Lewisham doing on this …

Apple, and quince tart with a hazelnut crumble topping

If you have a tree bearing the old-fashioned quinces, don’t let them go to waste — it is a wonderful fruit that is ideal for poaching, stewing, or baking as a dessert as well as being ideal for use in jams, jellies and preserves because of its high pectin content.  I love to combine them with Apples and this is one of my favourite recipes – the perfumed quince puree and hazelnut crumble really make this apple tart special: Apple, and quince tart with a hazelnut crumble topping (serves 4) Allow approximately 1.5 hours Ingredients For the tart 30g unsalted butter 2 Quince, peeled, cored and chopped 3-4 tbsp caster sugar 230g pre-rolled puff pastry 1 egg yolk 2 apples, cored and thinly sliced (Cox’s orBraeburnswork well) Honey to drizzle 30g unsalted butter, melted For the hazelnut crumble 100g Self Raising flour 50g butter 50g sugar 50g chopped hazelnuts Method Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Melt the butter in a pan, add the chopped quinces and cook over a gentle heat for 8-10 minutes. Stir …

Dulwich Hamlet FC – September news!

It’s been a perfect start to the season for Gavin Rose and his squad with three wins out of three, sadly this winning start ended with a one – nil away defeat to Hemel Hempstead in mid-August.  However, heading into September, the team sits in the top half of the table and with the squad Gavin has assembled this year supporters should be already thinking about the posibilty of team challenging for promotion at the end of this season. After arranging a four pre-season home fixtures against hgher league oppostition, Dulwich Hamlet’s Women’s team is ready for the challenge of the season ahead and having come so close to promotion last season, they hope to go one better this year.  The team has have already made a big impact on the local community, averaging crowds of 200+ for each of these games, with their home games on Sunday set to become a firm fixture in the diary for many supporters’ and local families. During the summer the Football Club put in a joint planning application …

The Last Word: Maya Berthou, Head Chef at Babette

Maya is the Head Chef at Babette in Nunhead, SE15. How long have you lived in the area? I moved to South London from Brittany 15 years ago.  Since then I have lived in Herne Hill, Brixton, East Dulwich and now just near Peckham Rye Park. What brought you here? I moved to London to learn English at first, then I just loved the city and stayed. When I arrived in East Dulwich I was hoping to be a full time artist, so I looked for part-time work. Six months later I got an opportunity to open a pop-up restaurant on North Cross Road (Pretty Tapas).  After two months our chef burnt his hand badly so I stepped in and found I loved cooking.  After working at House of Tippler with Tim Oakley, I applied for Head Chef at Babette. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? Well, I live on East Dulwich Road by a 24/7, knowing by job title you will understand why this shop is the most valuable to me! …

Hydrangeas for high summer impact

Hydrangeas are gorgeous shrubs – their large blousy heads create abundance and colour into late summer, often taking on pinky hues in autumn, with dried seed heads adding winter structure too. They can be broadly categorised into two species, including Asian (paniculataand macrophylla) that prefer acid soil, some shade and moisture. For sunnier spots, opt for an American species such as the popular North American H. arborescens‘Annabelle’, which can handle full sun and less water. Hydrangeas come in a vast range of colours, sizes and forms – from the globular mopheads to lacecaps with flatter heads of flowers. Here are a few to consider: Hydrangea Macrophylla If the standard pink and blue mopheads (pink in alkaline and blue in acidic soil), conjure up an old fashioned image, opt for classic white varieties such as the flamboyant H. macrophylla ‘Madame Emile Mouillere’ or H. macrophylla ‘Zebra’ which has striking black stems. Otherwise, go for dramatic colours such as H. macrophylla ‘Westfalen’ with its large rich purple mophead blooms.Lovely lacecaps include subtle grey blue and white H. …