All posts filed under: News

Dulwich Hamlet FC – August news!

During the close season, there have been dramatic changes to the squad at Dulwich Hamlet with only a handful of those featuring last season remaining.  After the pre-season games, the team looks very strong and should be looking to challenge for a top table, in not play-off, finish at the end of the 2019-2020.  Pre-season featured home matches against a Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace XI as well as a mini tour of the North West with games against Chester and Marine (Liverpool). There have also been a number of significant changes off the pitch during the summer period, which included adding to the already existing terracing on three sides of the ground.  Whilst plans have recently been submitted for the clubs proposed new stadium, it has been recognised the importance that these works are needed to be done to ensure everyone gets a great match day experience at the current stadium at Champion Hill. The most exciting pieces of news this summer was the announcement that from this season the club will also be …

What is Body Mass Index and should I be worried about it?

I want to talk about some of the better alternatives to BMI. I’ve heard this number bounced around quite a bit. It stands for Body Mass Index, and it is an equation (based on height and weight) that is done to give you a rough indication of whether you are overweight, or underweight, or so on. If you are a very muscular person, your Body Mass Index is going to imply you are overweight, when usually that isn’t the case – it’s because you have got the dense muscle mass. So it’s not an accurate number, but that said, I’m not particularly keen on any number that you can apply to somebody’s body composition (which I think is a better way of describing things). Body composition is how your body is composed of water, muscle, fat, and bone. For most people, we want a little bit more muscle, and in some cases, quite a bit less fat, but body composition is the right term. What am I a fan of? Look in the mirror. Be …

Education news: Sharp Thinking Skills

Matt Neil, teacher at Alleyn’s Junior School, tells us how to encourage sharp thinking skills in our children. How many uses are there for… a brick? I recently showed my form a picture of a house brick and asked them to think about different possible uses for it. The variety of responses was astonishing. Alongside the more obvious suggestions were a plethora of abstract and imaginative possibilities, including using it to squash (juice) fruit or heating it up to make a bed warmer! I asked this question to stimulate thinking skills. Learning lists of facts can be impressive but actually, knowledge-based learning techniques require the least amount of thought while good thinking challenges children to take their minds beyond what they already understand. Most children love the chance to think creatively and in doing so they will have to use more ‘brain power’. There are so many ways to do this: Get creative Encourage your child to invent a machine or a new product, design a building or a book cover, write a TV show, …

The Last Word: Laura Hepworth, conceptual artist

Laura Hepworth is a Conceptual Artist; her work explores process through themes of creativity and connection. Laura recently made her sixth London appearance in her exhibition ‘Land Over Sea’ with local ceramicist Katie Iacovou at the Jeannie Avent Gallery on Northcross Road, East Dulwich. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in South East London my entire life. I grew up in Honor Oak Park but I have recently moved in with my partner of nine years in East Dulwich. What do you value most about the area/street you live in? As a local independent artist living in the heart of South East London, I find myself surrounded by an unbelievable and ever-growing mass of community spirit. From local artists to small businesses, there is a connectivity each one of us has and by helping each other, we help ourselves to grow. That is the reason Dulwich makes for such a vibrant place to live. Do you belong to any groups? First Friday, a wonderful networking group run by Marketing Consultant and …

August update from Cllr Victoria Olisa

So much has happened in the last year since I have been elected. We have agreed more than £90,000 of funding for local groups and projects; from bicycle hangars in residential streets, water fountains and benches in shopping streets, to funding much needed green screens at Goose Green Primary School, to combat the increased air pollution in the area. The climate issues are very real in East Dulwich, so every small action can help. It’s officially Summer, with blue skies and warm, but the wait will soon be over, not Brexit, but the CPZ! The final decision will be made by the Cabinet member, Richard Livingstone early next month, due to the unprecedented high number of feedback and questions from local people and businesses in East Dulwich. There will be another period of public consultation on his decision, so will be no change, if at all, until the Autumn. Warmer days and nights also bring other issues to our area, an increase in street and home robberies, so please be safe, keep your valuables secure and …