All posts tagged: community

SE22 Councillor Jon Hartley

By Jon Hartley, Dulwich Hill Ward At the most recent Dulwich Community Council meeting, my fellow Dulwich Hill Councillor Maggie Browning and I were able to assign funding to local projects via the Cleaner Greener Safer fund, Neighbourhood Fund and Highways Capital Investment fund. These snappily titled local council budgets are a really important way for us as your representatives to be able to support good ideas from the community and protect and enhance some local services that are under increasing pressure. This year we were able to provide funding towards improvements in Goodrich School playground and St Clement’s orchard, support the Plastic Free Dulwich initiative, and resources for the local Police team. We also reserved funds to deal with any extra street cleaning that’s required in the area, supported developing local resident groups, promoting links between different generations and funded traffic speed restrictions. Adding to an initial grant last year, we were glad to be able to fully fund improvements to the pathways in Dawson’s Hill park, making them safe and accessible. The need …

The Dulwich Festival returns this May

The Dulwich Festival returns this May with its annual celebration of Art, Music, Theatre, Literature and Walks for all. In a time of uncertainty, this year’s theme is ‘Belonging’ and the community event has something to appeal for everyone aged 0-100 years! As always the Festival also celebrates the local artistic community with the ever-popular Artists’ Open House taking place across both weekends when over 200 artists invite the public into their homes and studios, providing a close up and personal dialogue and insight into their art. The Festival is also a celebration of the local history and architecture as local treasures such as the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Bell House, Dulwich College and Christ Chapel, amongst others, play host to the events. For music lovers, The Harlem Meer Cats are back! Recreating the music heard at the Cotton Club in the 1920’s and 30’s, these musicians play the great hits of Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway among others. The sounds are infectious, mysterious, seductive, at times menacing, yet always swinging! Dancers will be most welcome, …

The Last Word: Alice Godfrey, Nutritional Therapist

Alice Godfrey is a Registered Nutritional Therapist who lives in Forest Hill with her partner and their two children.  She specialises in anxiety and menopause and is keen to spread awareness of the importance of nutrition for mental health.  She does consultations from her home clinic and online. How long have you lived in the area? I’ve lived in Forest Hill for 3 years but before that I was in Sydenham for 8. Sydenham has changed far more in 3 years than it did in the 8 I was there! What brought you here? I’ve always felt at home in South London as my grandmother lived in Brixton.  I started there after university and then moved to Herne Hill then to Penge to afford a tiny flat and then came further east. I love this area’s leafy-ness. What do you value most about the street you live in? We live on Sunderland Road which is a lovely wide road which has some beautiful old houses on it (ours isn’t one of those unfortunately!). I like to imagine horse-drawn …

The Last Word: Deborah Henry-Pollard, Catching Fireworks

Deborah Henry-Pollard’s business is Catching Fireworks which she started 10 years ago. She is a coach to creative people and also the author of “What’s Your Excuse for not Succeeding as an Artist” How long have you lived in the area? Since December 2001. What brought you here? I lived in Chester for 10 years but got homesick so came back for a job at English National Opera. Nunhead was intended to be for 6 months whilst I looked for somewhere north of the river where I had lived before. Now, I can’t imagine leaving south London. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? Paper and pen. I know we are in a digital age, but nothing is better for me than the ‘old school’ way of capturing ideas. I have notebooks in every room of the house and always one in my handbag. I am one of the few remaining Filofax carriers! The most famous person you’ve seen or met? I used to work in theatre, so met people like Kenneth Branagh and …

Plastic Free Charter

The Charter School North Dulwich is a coeducational, non-selective school in the London Borough of Southwark with over 1,200 pupils The school aims to be free of single-use plastic by 2021. Good progress has already been made; for example, the school’s caterers are now using compostable packaging for almost everything – bottled water is the main exception. Currently, around 600 plastic bottles are purchased at school every day, adding up to over 100,000 every year. The next step is to stop selling bottled water and replace single-use plastic water bottles with reusable bottles that pupils can fill themselves from new water stations providing fresh, chilled water. The school currently has only a small number of water fountains which are dilapidated and in need of upgrading. The pipework that serves the fountains is old and rusty, leaving the water from the fountains tainted with a metallic taste. The Friends of Charter School North Dulwich are campaigning to raise funds for the new water stations, which will provide fresh, chilled water – and to provide reusable bottles …