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Dulwich Hamlet Football Club – February news!

Boxing Day saw Dulwich Hamlet’s return to playing football in its home of East Dulwich with a National League South fixture against Eastbourne Borough.  Having last lost against Eastbourne in an earlier round of this season’s FA Cup, the team was hoping for a little revenge in the form of three valuable league points.   They did not disappoint a crowd on 3,000 spectators and ran out winners with a 2 – 1 victory.   The next two home league fixtures fell within the next week and Champion Hill witnessed further crowds of 3,000 for both games.  In fact the crowd for the first home game of 2019 on Saturday 5 January, unfortunately saw several hundred people being unable to enter the ground due to it reaching capacity. Whilst it is great to be playing home games back at Champion Hill, the current form of the football squad has been a concern for fans of late.  It is clear that Gavin Rose and his coaching staff are working hard to get the results on the field, with …

Around Dulwich – February news!

I made it through the wilderness, somehow I made it through (oooh-oooh)… and it’s FEBRUARY! Like many of us, I tend to hibernate in January. It’s cold, it’s dark and I’ve spent most of my money on mince pies, fizzy wine and sequin skirts that will lurk at the back of my wardrobe until December rolls around again. By February, I usually feel sufficiently detoxed/exercised/rested enough from Christmas for my normal activities to return (hello, wine). Although, January wasn’t all gloom and doom! I saw a couple of great films at the East Dulwich Picturehouse – Mary Poppins Returns with my 9-year old and The Favourite, which was brilliant but most definitely not for children! I also discovered that my favourite cheese and wine bar – Grounds and Grapes in Honor Oak – is also open during the day for coffee and brunch! Powered by an unexpected blast of New Year motivation, I joined the gym. Again. My challenge this year is to continue the healthier habits I started last month into February and beyond! There’s a …

Local Greens coming to Station Hall, Herne Hill

Above Herne Hill Station is a great long empty space with beautiful views across the park. It’s currently mothballed and inaccessible, but Herne Hill Forum is working hard with South Eastern to bring it back into use as a new town hall and community centre for Herne Hill.  They have secured funding from the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund to explore the feasibility of this concept within the community and are planning a programme of events, activities and consultations up above the station to sow the seeds for a new civic space right at the heart of the community. They are also working with architects to develop a detailed vision for the space with a view to securing further funding in mid-2019 to cover the necessary capital works (e.g. accessibility) to make Station Hall a permanent venue in our community. The story so far Station Hall is situated above Herne Hill’s main station concourse and runs the entire length and breadth of the ticket hall. It is a large, historic, well-maintained space but has been empty …

Hotpod Yoga arrives in Dulwich

Europe’s largest yoga company is celebrating the launch of two new London locations. Fresh out of the relentless indulgence of the festive period, the first month of the year is renowned for being a little depressing. From the cold weather, to being back at work with no payday in sight (not to mention the endless hangover after a month spent mainlining gin and mince pies), it’s no wonder that most of us want to spend the month hiding in bed until it’s all over. Step forward Hotpod Yoga – an otherworldly purple heated cocoon of glowing lights, heady aromas and enveloping soundscapes – taking you a million miles away from the grey streets of London. This is yoga reinvented. Breathe deeper. Stretch further. Sweat harder. Melt into it. To understand it you’ve got to experience it. Heated to a blissful 37 degree temperature (warm enough to banish the chills, not so hot that you can’t bear to move), it’s designed to be a physical escape, the next best thing to sneaking back under the duvet …

Pets Corner: Introducing new pets in the home

New Year is a time many of you will choose to introduce a new pet to your family group and quite often that involves an existing pet cat or dog. In this article I want to give some quick tips on how to make introductions and settling in as smooth as possible. I am focussing on cats and dogs. Clearly pet prey animals like mice, rabbits and hamsters will need a different approach and unless you have an unusually laid back cat or a dog with zero prey drive, physical introductions are best avoided.  Controlled, slow introductions It is advisable that animals are not simply placed together in the hope they will sort things out between them. Some get away with this strategy but it is risky and could lead to injured pets or worse. A negative experience on first meeting can lead to long-term fears and damage a potentially good pet relationship forever. Try not to rush introductions. Over a week plan brief but positive meetings at a controlled distance, perhaps using a glass …