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Nunhead Garden Risotto

Our lovely allotment in Nunhead is flourishing, everything is planted and now it’s all about the watering, weeding and feeding. Meanwhile we are dreaming of making one of our favourite risotto’s next month when we will be harvesting homegrown Peas, Garlic, Mint, Onions, Thyme, Bay Leaves, French Beans and Runner Beans – not a bad haul – if only white wine grew on trees we’d be laughing! Nunhead Garden Risotto Serves approximately: 4 People Preparation time: 30 Minutes Cooking time 20-30 Minutes Ingredients: ·       250g / 5oz Peas ·       250g / 5oz Broad Beans ·       100g / 3½ oz French Beans, but into small pieces ·       50g / 2oz Butter ·       3 tbsp Olive Oil ·       1tbsp chopped fresh Mint leaves ·       1 Finely chopped Onion ·       3 Finely chopped Baby Leeks ·       2 Garlic Cloves crushed ·       3-4 Sprigs fresh Thyme ·       1 long strip of Lemon Zest ·       1 Bay leaf ·       150g / 5oz Arborio Risotto Rice ·       150ml / 5oz Dry White Wine ·       750ml / 1-pint 7fl oz hot vegetable …

Pets Corner – Park Petiquette

Summer seems finally to have arrived and as the mercury rises so do the numbers of visitors to our glorious public spaces. The majority of responsible dog owners make daily, even twice daily forays to the park come rain or shine and in colder months the range of park users is fewer. However, warmer weather brings out other visitors in force: families and picnickers, those wishing to sunbathe or play games with the kids, learner cyclists, skateboarders and even Nordic pole walkers. All of these present major temptations to dogs, always on the lookout for new and exciting opportunities to scavenge or chase things that don’t belong to them. In the face of such ‘novelties’ many owners lose control and with it the respect of other park users. Recently Southwark Council implemented Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOS), with a view to cracking down on irresponsible dog owners in local parks and cemeteries. These supersede and replace any existing Dog Control Orders. According to Southwark, members of the community are tired of their children being jumped …

The Last Word: Dr Christine Langhoff

Dr Christine Langhoff is a local resident, mum of two, clinical psychologist and director of Circle Psychology Partners and Dulwich Psychologist, a counselling and therapy service for children, adolescents, adults and couples. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in Dulwich since 2008 when I started working as an assistant psychologist at the Maudsley. What brought you here? My first job in London. One of my friends had recommended Dulwich to me and he was quite right. We still love it. Even though commuting to various places during my doctorate was not always easy, we stuck it out. It is such a great place to live in now that we have children. I have also done away with the commuting by running my private practice in Dulwich. What do you most value about the area you live in? I love Dulwich Village as it doesn’t feel like we are living in the middle of a big city. Not only is it a wonderfully green place to live in but it is …

The Great North Wood by Tim Bird

An atmospheric, mythical history of South-East London’s long-lost ancient woodland, The Great North Wood, stunningly brought to life by award-winning comic artist Tim Bird. Forest Hill. Honor Oak. The names of South-East London’s leafy suburbs evoke the ancient woodland from which they arose. There was a time, many centuries ago, when all of the southeast was covered in dense forest – ‘England slumbered beneath a canopy of leaves’ – that is, until Man began to pull it apart, bit by bit. One particular forest stretched from what is now Croydon to Southwark, from Lambeth to Lewisham. As Man claimed ownership of this land, they wrote a name on a map: The Great North Wood. Over time, The Great North Wood was cleared – Empire called for wood to make ships; a growing population required land for farming; industrialisation allowed railway lines and roads to cut through the forest and bring people into newly-formed suburbs; war and rebuilding brought a new kind of destruction in the form of bombs, then concrete. Now, only small patches of woodland remain amidst …

Chair required for Link Age Southwark’s board of trustees

Link Age Southwark is seeking a new chair of its board of trustees to carry on the fantastic work of their current chairperson who is stepping down in the Autumn. The charity is in good financial shape, with a great team of staff and fellow volunteer trustees who are all completely dedicated to the charity’s cause. If you possess good leadership skills, have a passion about the issues facing older people in our society and are keen to take on the responsibility of the governance ofa great charity as well as leading it to build more success in the future, this is the opportunity for you. Link Age Southwark is a successful, award winning, vibrant, local charity providing support to over 600 people over 60 in Southwark through its free volunteer services including: befriending; activity groups; transport and light gardening and DIY. Link Age Southwark also provide specialist support to people of all ages with a diagnosis of mild to moderate dementia, with dedicated groups and befriending on offer. Over 500 volunteers are engaged in providing …