All posts tagged: local

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 …

New Comedy Night launches in Dulwich

South East London is getting a brand new regular comedy night, featuring big-name headliners and hand-picked favourites from the alternative circuit. Plosive Comedy in Dulwich launches on Friday October 6 in a lovely 300-seat theatre – the MCT at Alleyn’s – and headlining the inaugural show is lager-guzzling poet, Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner and ‘Alan Partridge’ star Tim Key. Joining Tim for October’s show are multimedia mischief-maker and 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Mat Ewins, Bathgate-born stand-up and star of Viceland’s ‘Brexit Stage Left’ Fern Brady, and MC Lloyd Griffith, the new co-host of ‘Soccer AM’. Then, on Saturday November 4, Sara Pascoe – Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, acclaimed author and star of ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Taskmaster’, ‘QI’ and ‘Mock the Week’ – takes the headline spot. Sara’s supported by talented stand-up Tez Ilyas – who’s appeared on ‘The Last Leg’, ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘Live from The BBC’ as well as starring in his own Radio 4 show – shape-shifting absurdist and 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee star Jordan Brookes, and podcasting champ (‘All Killa …

There’s a tiger in South London!

Les Petits Tigres launch French language music sessions for babies & toddlers in South London. A French teacher and musician, Jackie Colchester founded Les Petits Tigres after the birth of her son to support his language learning. She struggled to find French language activities for little ones in south London and wanted to share her love of French language and music with others. With a growing Francophone community in South London and increased interest in Early Years language learning, Les Petits Tigres offers a fun and organic environment to learn French. Sessions are engaging and interactive using puppets and props. Each class begins with a story told in simple French followed by songs with actions and movement to involve the children. They are appropriate for all levels, from beginners to French speakers. Classes are an ideal way to introduce children to the French language or to provide additional support for Francophone families. Les Petits Tigres is the only provider of Early Years French in East Dulwich. You can find them as part of the excellent …

Horniman Museum and Gardens – September events

Horniman Butterfly House 10am-5pm September to October / 10am-4pm November to February. [Last admission 30 minutes before closing] See the website for seasonal opening times Get up close with hundreds of beautiful butterflies in a tropical indoor garden. The specially-planted habitat is the perfect place to experience free-flying butterflies and discover amazing facts about the life-cycle and behaviour of these fascinating creatures. Tickets *Adult £6, Child £6, Family (two adults and two children) £15 *includes voluntary 10% Gift Aid donation which supports the work of the Horniman.   Indian Summer Until Sunday 3 September 2017. The Horniman brings the sounds and spirit of South Asia to south east London with its vibrant Indian Summer season of events, performances and displays. www.horniman.ac.uk/IndianSummer Horniman Mela: Sunday 3 September, 12–6pm Our amazing Indian Summer draws to an end with a fun day of performances and activities inspired by popular South Asian festivals and celebratory traditions, and an arts and crafts market in partnership with Pexmas. The day will culminate with a spectacular gathering to recreate a Holi festival colour throw (it …

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 …