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The Beautiful Houses of Dulwich

I love Dulwich; to my mind it is one of the most beautiful areas of London. I think it is the captivating combination of serene calmness, quiet sophistication and the cerebral atmosphere of a university town, accentuated with its fine schools, art gallery, local amenities and community life. The neighbourhood offers locals and visitors alike an eclectic mix of the most stunning properties in South London from the grand Georgian mansions, the palatial Victorian and Edwardian houses, the pre- and post-war homes, to the lovely hidden cottages tucked away down secluded alleyways. One cannot fail to be impressed by the distinctiveness and diversity of the elegant properties that make up the unique residential district around Dulwich. The other evening I was strolling around the village just as twilight fell. The homes lining the streets suddenly proffered a passer-by a quick, tantalising glimpse through the warm glow of tungsten lit windows into the private worlds of their occupants. As I peeped through the glazed windowpanes into the concealed private lives behind these enclosed walls, my curiosity …

Kit Amnesty match – Dulwich Hamlet v Lowestoft Town

Spectators attending the Dulwich Hamlet v Lowestoft Town fixture at Champion Hill on 8th April 2017 are invited to bring donations of old sports shirts or any other sports related clothing (shorts, socks etc) or equipment (boots, pads, gloves etc) to the game in aid of charity. Benefiting from the donations will be the African Bible University in Kampala, Uganda and the Thembalethu Foundation based in Zimbabwe. Hamlet fans will recollect that a similar Kit Amnesty game was held last season supporting the same two great causes. Hamlet supporter James Virgo is a friend Sean Kinsella who is a missionary and a professor at the African Bible University and Sean also passes kit out to teams in Uganda who are in need of kit. The Thembalethu Foundation works with young people by bringing them together to play football and make them feel part of the community. In doing so they educate them in live choices as well as HIV/AIDS and try to show them the opportunities that life can offer. This forms part of a project run by football supporter …

Garden Talk: Your gardening to-do list

  Things are getting busy in the garden – here’s what to do this month. Fertilise and mulch * After weeding, sprinkle soil with an organic fertilser, such as chicken pellets or fish, blood and bone and lightly fork around trees and shrubs. Give roses a special rose feed or a balanced fertiliser. * Cover bare soil with a 5cm layer of organic matter such as well rotten manure to stop it losing water as weather warms up, watering first if it’s dry. A mulch suppresses weeds and looks smart too. Move and plant * If there’s a shrub that’s outgrown its spot, now’s the time move it. Take as large a root ball as you can, drag it over to its new home on a plastic sheet, add well rotted compost to the hole, water it well and it should take off. *This is the last chance to plant bare root trees, roses and shrubs as those little hair roots need to be making their way into the soil by now. * Plant new …

Triple Ginger Cheesecake with Poached Rhubarb recipe

It’s that time of year when I fall in love with pink again, even though it isn’t the best colour for my complexion. Beautiful, pink, forced Yorkshire Rhubarb at it’s best! Triple Ginger Cheesecake with Poached Rhubarb Serves 8-12 Preparation time about 30-45 minutes Cooking time approximately 30 minutes in total plus chilling minimum 3 hours Ingredients for the base 100g Duchy Original Stem Ginger Biscuits or Ginger Nuts Finely Crushed 50g Digestive Biscuits 60g butter, melted You will also need a 20cm (8”) spring form tin, greased Ingredients for the filling 4000g forced rhubarb trimmed and cut into 2.5cm batons 50g caster sugar (for the rhubarb) 1 tbsp grated stem ginger 1 tbsp stem ginger syrup from the jar 800g cream cheese (or full-fat soft cheese such as Philadelphia) 75ml double cream 200g caster sugar (for the filling mixture) 1 vanilla pod, split in half lengthways and seeds scraped out 2 whole eggs 2 egg yolks Method For the base, place the biscuits and butter in a bowl, stir well and then press into the base …

Dulwich Hamlet FC – March news

Dulwich Hamlet Supporters Trust (DHST) hosted a joint meeting with the Football Committee on Monday 20 February to urge supporters to make their views heard regarding Southwark Council’s refusal to take a decision on the proposed redevelopment of Champion Hill. The proposed redevelopment of Champion Hill offers the best chance to secure the long-term sustainability of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club and protect its future by placing ownership into the hands of supporters.  It provides a new ground and leisure facility that will be accessible to the local community, including local schools. Before the meeting Alex Crane, the new Chair of DHST said “It is imperative that the Planning Inspectorate understands the wide backing the scheme has from the community”. He continued, “the future of our Football Club is being put into severe jeopardy and will be put at risk if supporters and the local community more broadly do not act to back the scheme”. Further information on how to show your support can be found on the DHST website. A star-studded XI representing the youth homelessness charity …