All posts tagged: local

Car Free Day is Coming!

Environment Matters by Sylvie Waudby What would London be like without any cars on the streets? On Sunday 22nd September, the capital will experience its biggest Car Free Day. Billed as “Reimagine” by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London is inviting Londoners to reimagine our city without cars. There will be 20 km of closed roads around Tower Bridge, London Bridge and the City of London, with free events such as e-bike rides, pop-up playgrounds, and guided walks. Why have a Car Free Day? This is a great opportunity to reclaim the capital’s streets, moving them away from vehicle domination, giving children the chance to play safely in the roads, to hold a street party, explore London by foot, public transport or bicycle. More importantly, it’s a spotlight on London’s air pollution.  Nitrogen dioxide levels in London are regularly exceeded and every school in London experiences levels of PM2.5 (tiny particles that can penetrate deep into the lungs) above limits set by the WHO.  Vehicles contribute to over half of air pollution. What is Lewisham doing on this …

Art@57 Exhibitions and Markets

Art@57 Exhibitions and Markets is an initiative by local Artist and Curator Louise Ward and hosted by Suzanne James. Itis a lively street-facing window gallery with  regular pop up art markets. It aims to showcase the work of local Artists and Makers, highlighting the quality of the creativity in and around East Dulwich. Louise is a Fine Art Photographer who recently showed her work locally at the lovely Jeannie Avent Gallery. She has also exhibited this year with Shutterhub at their exhibitions in Cambridge, Rotterdam and at Pil’ours Festival in France.  Louise has been a local resident in East Dulwich for nearly 30 years, and takes part in the Artists Open House Event every year in May. She is also a graduate of 2 local colleges Camberwell Art School and Goldsmiths College. How Art@57 came about Nearly two years ago, Louise noticed that the old pet shop in North Cross Road had closed and that the property had been refurbished, but wasn’t sure what the space was being used for. She loved the look of the shop …

Dulwich Hamlet FC – September news!

It’s been a perfect start to the season for Gavin Rose and his squad with three wins out of three, sadly this winning start ended with a one – nil away defeat to Hemel Hempstead in mid-August.  However, heading into September, the team sits in the top half of the table and with the squad Gavin has assembled this year supporters should be already thinking about the posibilty of team challenging for promotion at the end of this season. After arranging a four pre-season home fixtures against hgher league oppostition, Dulwich Hamlet’s Women’s team is ready for the challenge of the season ahead and having come so close to promotion last season, they hope to go one better this year.  The team has have already made a big impact on the local community, averaging crowds of 200+ for each of these games, with their home games on Sunday set to become a firm fixture in the diary for many supporters’ and local families. During the summer the Football Club put in a joint planning application …

Be Uplifted… Join the Dance!

Mention dance to some and they shy away. Why? It is great fun, joyous even, and a good way to meet people. Scientists say it is one of the best activities to enhance your emotional mood and cognitive abilities as well as the physical1. Imagine! Dance can be just as good and perhaps better than doing sudokus and crosswords in slowing the decline in mental abilities! “People are born to move. People are born to move rhythmically” says Dr Peter Lovatt of the University of Hertfordshire. So, what is holding some people back from doing what comes naturally? Especially when it is so good for us? It is true we are not all blessed with the same degree of musical coordination but there is certainly a massive interest in dance. Do we have secret aspirations? We may never get close to the expertise of Fred or Ginger but we watch “Strictly”. We go to see flamenco; samba; tango; ballet; African; Russian; Greek; Irish and Scottish dancing-perhaps joining in when encouraged, especially when relaxed or on …

September events at Bell House Dulwich

Making and Creating Cooking Course: How to Meal Prep – Sunday 22nd September How to Make a Film in a Weekend – 28th & 29th September Literature & Performance Journal Writing for Parents – 5 week drop in course, starting Tuesday 24th September FOOD Bigger than the plate: Curator Talk – Wednesday 25th September Health & Caring Windrush Injustices: Memories and Mental States – Wednesday 11th September This event aims to highlight and discuss the mental plight of the victims of the Windrush Scandal and the wider society in which they live. With a panel of contributors, including David Neita (the Poetry Lawyer) and Helen Hayes (the MP for Dulwich and West Norwood), participants will be invited to discuss ideas around healing and restoration within the context of the Windrush scandal. Mental Health in the Workplace – Tuesday 17th September Learning to Care: Planning Ahead – Saturday 21st September An event looking at preparing for the next stages of caring, such as setting up Lasting Powers of Attorney or Advance Decisions, applying for benefits such as Attendance Allowance and Carer’s Allowance and encouraging people …