All posts tagged: community

Time Banking in Dulwich

Paxton Green Time Bank (PGTB, a registered charity) is now nine years old and recognised as one of the best time banks in the country, but still there are many local people who don’t know about it – or even what time banking is and the benefits it can bring to individuals and the community. To explain briefly, time banking believes everyone has something to offer, whether a skill or just time to be with someone. Members offer to help other members on a one-to one basis or volunteer in a local charity and “bank” the hours they gave. They can then “spend” those hours on help for themselves, or on training opportunities, workshops, social events, or special outings. Among the three hundred members of PGTB there are over 150 different skills on offer, for example: learning Arabic or chess, dog walking, computer support, gardening, befriending, shopping, de-cluttering. All skills are valued equally: an hour is an hour is an hour. A personal example: I helped one member whose first language was not English fill …

The Last Word – Karen Wood and Kathy Daniel, The Chair Sanctuary

We’re Karen Wood and Kathy Daniel, we live in East Dulwich from where we run our upholstery and furniture renovation company, The Chair Sanctuary. How long have you lived in the area? Both of us have lived in East Dulwich for over 20 years, we’ve had workshops across south London during that time but we’re very pleased that for the last few years both work and home have been in East Dulwich. What do you most value about the street you live in? We live in a rather secret road, it’s a cul-de-sac with a really rural feel, full of trees and birds and loads of blackberries in the summer – our home-made jam cannot be beaten! Do you know your neighbours? We live in a really creative corner and it’s the friendliest road we’ve ever lived in. We’re really lucky to know our neighbours one of whom knocked on our door to present us with a home grown marrow the day we moved in – and we knew we’d found the right spot for …

Successful Night For “Crystal Palace Library Of Things” at The Mayor’s Fund! 

An exciting new project at Upper Norwood Library Hub has received funding  from the Mayor Of London ‘s Fund to help make it a reality. “Crystal Palace Library of Things”, a project in partnership with Crystal Palace Transition Town, will be a lending library where the public can borrow DIY Tools, gardening equipment, camping gear and much more at low prices. At City Hall, Library Hub Directors Margaret Adjaye and Emily Jewell pitched their project to the funders alongside Joe Duggan, co-chair of the transition town. “This will be the first Library of Things in a Library in the UK” said Margaret, and is re-inventing the library for the 21st Century, paving the way for our community to  access books, things, advice, training, learning, support, services they need all under one roof.” On the night, the project received a £3000 pledge from the Mayor’s Fund,  £500 from Barclays Lifeskills, and pledges of £500 each from the B & Q branch in Sydenham, and Martin & Co Estate Agents in Crystal Palace. Italso received in-kind support from the …

The Last Word – Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson was born a long time ago in the north of England. He worked as a teacher, a pianist in clubs and pubs, and a bus conductor. He was a BBC correspondent in the 1980s and 90s doing spells in Asia, the Middle East, the Soviet Union and eastern and central Europe. He also read the news on BBC World TV. He turned freelance in 2002, writing articles on all sorts of subjects and trying his hand at thrillers. His first one, A Wicked Device, about a plot to restore totalitarian rule to Germany, won the Scottish Association of Writers Pitlochry Award for Crime-Writing in 2006. His wife, Kathryn Davies, is also a journalist. She’s worked for the BBC, the Financial Times and The Guardian. She now translates Russian texts into English. How long have you lived in the area? We came to Dulwich in 1986. We had lived in Forest Hill in the 70s before our first foreign assignments as journalists in south east Asia. Knowing we would eventually have to set up …

The Last Word – Jim Halliday

Jim Halliday from Dumfries and a Queen of the South supporter, has lived in South London since 1977 and fully considers himself a Jockney! Since 2001 he has been involved in the local community as secretary at the volunteer-run, Aquarius Golf Club. How long have you lived in the area? 40 years What brought you here? When I graduated from Stirling University, I was offered a job with the Post Office, now BT in IT. I stayed with them for 37 years. What has changed most during that time? The traffic, it take ages to get anywhere. In the afternoon I find it is quicker to walk to Sydenham High Street rather than drive. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? The greenery as we overlooking Wells Park. Do you know your neighbours? Yes all of them, including their kids, dogs and cats. Though the least friendly is my own Bengal cat. We have a residents’ association, with a quarterly newsletter and we hold an annual garden party in June. It …