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The Last Word: Patrick Belton, Owner of Romeo Jones

 My name is Patrick Belton, I own a deli & café in Dulwich Village called Romeo Jones. I’ve just turned 50, I’m single and live with my dog, Lionel the lurcher. How long have you lived in the area? In Dulwich since 1999, South London since 1992. What brought you here? Initially to London for work, from rural Rutland. To Dulwich from Streatham as I kept getting burgled! What has changed most during that time? Mmm. Lots. Dulwich I fear it has become less diverse as community, but at the same time it has also become a fantastic to place to shop and hang out. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? The trees and the architecture, and that I live within two minutes of our first public gallery. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? The green spaces around me. I have a dog called Lionel who loves all the local parks and squirrels. Do you know your neighbours? Yes, quite a few. I come from a tiny village …

10 of the best May flowering plants

  Gardens can often lack colour in late spring/early summer when there’s lots of foliage but not enough flowers. Here’s my pick of plants to fill the gap. 1. Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Black Barlow’ With delicate flowers on long stems, this dark plum variety is equally at home in cottage garden schemes or more contemporary settings with grasses and euphorbias. Aquilegias are short lived but self-seed easily creating a naturalistic feel and are happiest in moist soil in sun or dappled shade. 2. Iris ‘Jane Phillips’ Whether rich velvety purples or this delicate pale blue variety, bearded iris are a spectacular sight in May – and their grey/ blue strappy leaves add texture too. Plant them with the upper part of the rhizome on the soil surface in the sun so they can bake. Another option is the more delicate clump forming Iris sibiricas such as mid blue ‘Silver Edge’, which has narrower leaves and likes more moisture. 3. Papaver orientale ‘Patty’s Plum’ The paper-thin petals of this gorgeous pinky purple perennial poppy are …

Call for aspiring photographers to capture the spirit of East Dulwich

A photo competition has been launched to celebrate everything that’s great about East Dulwich. Open to all ages and abilities, local residents and lovers of East Dulwich are invited to submit their favourite snaps along with up to 240 characters about why their photo captures the spirit of SE22. Up to 15 winning photos will be picked by an independent judging panel to form an outdoor exhibition this summer. The exhibition will be hosted on a route stretching from East Dulwich station down Lordship Lane. Entering the competition is quick and easy with four ways to submit a photo: Post it on Instagram, and include #MEandED @LoveEastD in the photo caption. Post the photo on the MEandED Facebook page and including #MEandED @LoveEastD in the photo caption Email the photo to eastdagroup@gmail.com Entries can also be posted or delivered in person to ED, 41 North Cross Road, East Dulwich, SE22 9ET. Sharing the love for East Dulwich is absolutely encouraged on social media using #MEandED and @LoveEastD, and the deadline for photo submissions is 5pm …

The Single Mums’ Mansion

Janet Hoggarth’s first adult novel, The Single Mums’ Mansion is based on her experiences of living communally as a single parent in East Dulwich. Amanda Wilkie unexpectedly finds herself alone with three children under five in a rambling Victorian house in London, after her husband walks out on them claiming he’s just ‘lost the love’, like one might carelessly lose a glove. A few months later, Amanda’s heavily pregnant friend, Ali, crashes into her kitchen announcing her partner is also about to abscond. Once Ali’s baby Grace is born, Amanda encourages them to move in. When Jacqui, a long-lost friend and fellow single mum, starts dropping by daily, the household is complete. Getting divorced is no walk in the park, but the three friends refuse to be defined by it. And, as they slowly emerge out of the wreckage like a trio of sequin-clad Gloria Gaynors singing ‘I Will Survive’, they realise that anything is possible. Even loving again… The Single Mums’ Mansion by Janet Hoggarth Publication Date: 1st June 2018 • Price £2.99 For all fans …

Shortlist announced for Dulwich Pavilion 2019

Dulwich Picture Gallery and the London Festival of Architecture have announced six shortlisted architectural practices to develop proposals for the second ‘Dulwich Pavilion’ – a temporary, outdoor visitor welcome and public events space within the historic grounds of Dulwich Picture Gallery. The practices will develop designs in response to a site-specific brief. An exhibition of the models will be on display at Dulwich Picture Gallery during the London Festival of Architecture from June – July 2018 as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture. During June the public will have the chance to vote for their favourite design. The winning proposal will be revealed in July ahead of construction – subject to planning consent – at Dulwich Picture Gallery in time for the London Festival of Architecture in June 2019. The primary objective of the 2019 structure will be to offer visitors a refreshing welcome and orientation space to set the tone for their visit to the Gallery. The six shortlisted practices are: 1. Casswell Bank Architects www.casswellbank.com Casswell Bank Architects was founded in …