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Homemade Autumn Table Decoration

You will need: A wet oasis wreath base, I used 14inch Greenery of your choice, I picked mine from the garden Flowers of your choice, I used crystamums Munchkins and/or miniature guards Cocktail sticks, secateurs and a chopping board Step 1 Prepare your oasis wreath by soaking it in cold water. Step 2 Place the damp base on a chopping board, to avoid staining any surfaces. Step 3  Cut your foliage into 4/6inch piece, using your secateurs. Step 4 Place them into the oasis, working in a clockwise direction to make an even base Step 5 Add your munchkins using the cocktail sticks Step 6 Finish your creation by adding flowers. You can now enjoy the warm glow of autumn in the comfort of your own home! This article first appeared in the October 2018 issue of SE22 magazine.

New Head Coach at Dulwich Lawn Tennis Club

Sebastien Blanchon, Dulwich Lawn Tennis Club’s new head coach, has a racket bag full of ideas and plans. Seb, who hails from just outside southeast Paris, joined the club in Burbage Road a month ago from Telford Park in Streatham where he led the junior competition programme. He arrived in London 15 years ago to work in catering (he managed a restaurant in the City) but restarted his coaching career in 2007 – he’d worked as a coach in his late teens – with sessions in his local park. He moved to Telford Park full-time in 2010. He’s an accomplished player (he started early when his parents took him to a local club when the thump of the six-year-old banging tennis balls against their house got too much), reaching the singles semi-final in a regional schools event held at Roland Garros. Not on Phillipe Chatrier, but underneath where there is a hidden complex of hard courts. He also won the men’s singles title at Telford Park last year and hopes to play for a team …

The Last Word: Shona Chambers – Space at 61

I’m Shona Chambers, I have lived and worked in the SE London for almost 20 years; (Deptford, Lee Green, Nunhead and currently Forest Hill). I have always loved the strong sense of community to be found in this area and have participated in many aspects of it from the Tulse Hill & Dulwich Hockey club to running the SE15 Tea Group (Mums & babies social group) – it’s a great place to live! What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? At present the song track from The Greatest Showman on my MP3 player, I challenge anyone to listen to it and not be hooked. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? I met quite in my former business, a cafe. Including Shirley from Eastenders (Linda Valiris) Mike McShane – who played Friar Tuck in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Joel Dommet (I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here) and others who are actually really nice locals and I’d rather not name drop! Where are you likely to be found on Saturday? If …

Salon announces Levan, a new restaurant in Peckham

This October, following the success of Salon, Nicholas Balfe and his team, Mark Gurney and Matt Bushnell, are heading to Peckham to open their second restaurant, Levan. Inspired by the new wave of bistronomy that began in the quartiers of Paris and has spread through the neighbourhoods of Copenhagen and Barcelona, Levan will be open all day, with a focus on contemporary European dishes, and low-intervention and natural wines. Housed in a converted warehouse block with large wooden sash windows allowing natural light to stream in throughout the day, Levan will be split into two parts. One side is dedicated to the bar, with diners able to perch at high tables and window ledges, and tables kept aside for walk-in guests. The other part of the space will be home to the dining room, with low mahogany-topped tables and mid-century modernist chairs. Levan will throw open its doors early in the morning for breakfast, seasonal pastries, freshly baked on site as well as sourdough tartines with house cured salmon, goat’s curd & pickled elderberries as …

Local parents get active… to get kids active

With the aim of inspiring pupils to get active and of funding new fitness facilities at the new Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich, a peloton of parents and other amateur cyclists left the playground on Saturday morning and rode to the pebbled beach of Brighton. Recent news linking childhood obesity and diabetes, along with the endeavours of the 20-strong group, continues to attract strong support from local businesses and sponsors. The team have smashed their initial sponsorship target and with a bit of additional help might top £8,000; money earmarked by the school for valuable fitness facilities for pupils. To help them over the line, readers can support their efforts by donating here. Whilst sending off the riders at 07:30 on Saturday, Principal Jo Conduit said: “Thank-you to everyone for raising an amazing sum of money but more importantly for being active, inspiring role models. We all have a duty to our children to develop those important life-long habits.” She added, “The stats about childhood obesity are widely known and don’t need repeating.” Many of …