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Mrs Alex Hutchinson named as new Head of James Allen’s Girls’ School

James Allen’s Girls’ School has appointed Mrs Alex Hutchinson to be the next Headmistress from September 2020. Alex is currently Headmistress of Woldingham School. She will replace Sally-Anne Huang who has been Headmistress at the school since 2015. Speaking about the appointment, Alex has said, “It is an exceptional privilege to have been invited to be the new Head at JAGS and to continue the outstanding work of Sally-Anne Huang. JAGS is a school at the heart of its own community and I have such happy memories of my time here teaching Chemistry. I very much look forward to getting to know everyone and working with girls, staff, parents and governors to further embed our vision for a unique and outstanding education.” Alex will join JAGS at an exciting time as the school continues to champion girls’ education in a variety of innovative ways, including building further on close ties with local state schools and community groups and extending its bursary provision. David Miller, Chair of Governors said: “Alex’s wealth of experience clearly demonstrates her …

Satsumas in brandy

  One of the nicest things about Christmas has to be all the ‘naughty but nice’ nibbles we get to enjoy.  The shops have plenty to choose from, but I really like to make my own, and there are plenty of options that are quick an easy – here are two of my favorites; Satsumas in brandy Ingredients 1kg satsumas peeled 350g caster sugar 450ml brandy Optional – Star Anise & Cinnamon Sticks Method Pack the satsumas into clean sterilised jars, layering with sugar as you go and pushing the star anise & cinnamon sticks in around them (If using).  Leave at least 3cm at the top of the jar. Pour in the brandy, tapping the side of the jar to remove any air pockets. Seal the jars, shake well and store in a dark cupboard for up to 1 month. Serve cold from the jar, or heated gently in a saucepan with cream. Fruitcake Truffles Whilst whipping up your Christmas Cake, why not make a little extra and use it for this fabulous recipe. …

Lewisham Council’s regeneration projects shortlisted in the 2020 Building London Planning Awards

Three of Lewisham Council’s regeneration projects have been shortlisted in the 2020 Building London Planning Awards. These awards celebrate outstanding town planning and development in London and showcase the diverse talent working across the built environment sector. Beckenham Place Park is nominated in the ‘Heritage and Culture’ category; council-housing development Bampton Estate for ‘Best New Place to Live;’ and Catford town centre in the ‘Community Engagement in the Planning Process’ category. The nomination for Beckenham Place Park particularly focuses on the restoration of the Grade II listed Georgian stable block and surrounding stable courtyard – now home to a new café and environmental education centre serving Lewisham and beyond. The stables opened in the summer, giving the public access for the first time in decades and offering beautiful views over the extended gardens and parkland. The restoration is part of the Council’s wider regeneration of Beckenham Place Park, which has opened up the greenspace so it can be enjoyed by everyone. Nominated for ‘Best new place to live,’ the Bampton Estate housing development in Perry …

Dulwich Hamlet FC – December news!

Last month saw Dulwich Hamlet playing in the front of the BBC2 cameras for their First Round FA Cup tie against Carlisle United. Great cup runs create such excitement and the team, supporters’ and the local community showed the viewing public why this is such a great football club and fully deserve the plaudits that have come our way in recent weeks. The sold out crowd of 3,330 saw the game finished with a four – one win for the visitors Carlisle United, however for long periods of the game The Hamlet matched them and we were pressing for an equaliser when Carlisle scored their third goal, which effectively ended the tie.  In the end, the League Two club was simply too strong for Dulwich on the night. Sadly, in the run up to last weekend’s cup-tie, the Supporters’ Trust had been informed that Farouk Menia, Coach of Dulwich Hamlet FC women’s team, had passed away after a long battle with cancer. The Supporters’ Trust sends its collective condolences to his family and two children. …

The Last Word: Helen Balkwill, Author, Boy from the Moor

How long have you lived in the area? In August of this year I celebrated 10 years of living in Dulwich Village. What brought you here? As a family, we did things backwards to the traditional way: we relocated into London from the countryside. Wanting a good co-educational school for our teenage daughter and son where they could also both indulge their love of sport, we felt lucky that both were accepted at that time at Alleyn’s, and so we moved to Dulwich to be close to their new school. Do you know your neighbours? My street is very friendly and I got to know many of my near neighbours very quickly, it didn’t take long to meet people from throughout the area either. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? Because I worked in the hospitality industry for a time in my younger days I have met quite a few famous people. Perhaps the most famous being Frank Zappa, who I once had to evacuate a hotel fire with! Do you belong to …