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Around Dulwich 2016 – A Year in Review

By Sarah and Pan Pylas From the deaths of London boys David Bowie and George Michael that bookmarked the year, through the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election as the next US President, 2016 is likely to live long in the memory. No review of a year in any community from Land’s End to John O’Groats can be complete without at least a passing reference to the seismic events of June 23. For most residents of East Dulwich and around, the vote to leave the European Union in the referendum will have come as a bit of a shock. The voting proportions in favour of “remain” in the boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark were some of the highest across the whole country. Bar the collapse in the pound, nothing really has happened yet and life has gone as before. The East Dulwich community has continued to thrive, showcased its local talent, wide-ranging tastes and multicultural nature. From new offerings on the strip through to pioneering endeavours off it, 2016 has been another year of …

Around Dulwich – November Edition

‘The days are long, but the years are short’ or so the saying goes. While many used the extra hour offered last weekend when the clocks went back for a little bit more shut-eye, many parents of young children probably felt like it was the longest day of the year. It has been 15 long years since Bridget Jones got together with Mark Darcy and I could not wait to see what happened next when her third installment hit our screens last month. I giddily organised a night out to see Bridget Jones’s Baby with a couple of other “smug marrieds.” As it was a Friday night, we started with a cocktail at House of Tippler before making our way to East Dulwich Picturehouse. Sadly, in all my excitement I had booked the wrong night. Any smugness duly vanished as the four of us were left stranded in the foyer. We managed to rebook for the following Sunday, which had much less of a margarita feel to it, but even without a bottle of chardonnay …

Around Dulwich – September edition

With children all over Dulwich heading back to school this week, parents from East to West to the Village are shopping for shoes, stocking up on packed lunch supplies and frantically hunting down long-forgotten book bags. Whether you love them or grit your teeth to get through them, the end of the school holidays can be bittersweet. While many of us are sad to say goodbye to the carefree nature of long summer days, there can be something quite exciting about the start of a new school year. Although, it always takes a bit of time to settle back into the new (old) routine. How I used to get us both out of the house fed, washed and dressed by 8.30am is by now a distant memory. I can no longer remember how to persuade a 7-year old out of bed, into his clothes or away from the TV, and it all feels like a bit of a scramble. The peace that immediately follows the first school run feels like a spa day in comparison. …

Around Dulwich – August edition

School’s out for summer and I hope this glorious sunshine is too! I approach the end of every school year with mixed emotions. On one hand, I am happy to be free of the school routine and look forward to a long stretch of lazy mornings and afternoons playing outside in the sun. On the other, it is a reminder of how fast the years are passing by. It seems like only yesterday I dropped my 4-year old off for his first day in reception and in a few short weeks, he will go into Year 3. I admit I had a little tear in my eye on his last day of term as we said goodbye to his wonderful teacher and the end of his infant school experience. There were moments in July when it felt like November, but not a drop (or 300,000 buckets) of heavy rain could dampen the spirit of the school summer fairs! Families flocked in their hundreds to hook-a-duck, bounce on inflatable castles, or just hang out by the popular Prosecco bars. Other highlights included a …

Around Dulwich Round-up – April

Every year, my son receives Easter eggs from various family members and every year I tell myself that I won’t touch any of them. And, every year I do. The unopened eggs line up on a shelf – too high for my 6-year to reach – and wink at me every time I walk past. But, it is the already cracked chocolate eggs broken up into bite size pieces in a bowl in the fridge that are the most difficult to resist. I can’t make a cup of tea without reaching for a shard of milk chocolate deliciousness. I sneak a tiny piece after breakfast, while I am waiting for our dinner to cook, and after my son has gone to bed. Why I am still paying for a Slimming World membership is beyond me! If only I was as active as my son, who has just started tennis lessons at Dulwich Sports Club and can burn off the extra calories on the court. There’s also weekly football and swimming classes to keep him fit …