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Bell House – December events!

Journal Writing for New Parents – Tuesdays in December A free event exploring the experience of new parenthood through the therapeutic tool of writing. Revise Right: Dyslexia-Friendly Strategies for GCSEs – Tuesday 10th December  Whether you don’t know how to start your revision, or nothing seems to be sticking in your brain, Mark Sherin, Specialist Dyslexia teacher and manager at the Lyndhurst Dyslexia Centre will lead you through strategies that will work for all learners, especially those with dyslexia. A Christmas Carol (& other stories) – Sunday 15th December Discover a Christmas literary and musical feast at Bell House, helped by JAGS Choral Society and Dulwich Players, while fundraising money for Bell House. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Volunteers needed – Bell House are looking for Volunteer Project Co-ordinators to help run specific projects as part of its educational programme. From Dyslexia Support to Health or teaching English as a Second Language, we are keen to hear from people who would like to help in the organisation of these projects. Email info@bellhouse.co.uk for more information. ONE DONATION, DOUBLE THE IMPACT – …

The Last Word: Helen Balkwill, Author, Boy from the Moor

How long have you lived in the area? In August of this year I celebrated 10 years of living in Dulwich Village. What brought you here? As a family, we did things backwards to the traditional way: we relocated into London from the countryside. Wanting a good co-educational school for our teenage daughter and son where they could also both indulge their love of sport, we felt lucky that both were accepted at that time at Alleyn’s, and so we moved to Dulwich to be close to their new school. Do you know your neighbours? My street is very friendly and I got to know many of my near neighbours very quickly, it didn’t take long to meet people from throughout the area either. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? Because I worked in the hospitality industry for a time in my younger days I have met quite a few famous people. Perhaps the most famous being Frank Zappa, who I once had to evacuate a hotel fire with! Do you belong to …

Christmas fairs in and around Dulwich!

There are so many wonderful fairs planned for this month, I hope that I have brought you the details of the best! Thursday 5 December: Artisan Christmas Market 5pm-10pm.  Locally made Christmas gifts by local artists. Live music, mulled wine, kids meals available. Honor Oak Pub, 1 St German’s Road, Forest Hill SE23 1RH. Saturday 7 December: East Dulwich Christmas Cracker 2019 11am-5pm. The 2019 East Dulwich Christmas Cracker will be a wonderful way to get everyone in the festive spirit. Lordship Lane, North Cross Road and beyond. Saturday 7 December: Dulwich Craft and Design Fair 10am-5pm. St Barnabas Village Hall, Dulwich Village, London SE21 7BT. Admission: Adults £2.50, Children under 18: Free, Concessions £1.50/with flier £1.50. www.dulwichcrafts.co.uk. Saturday 7 December: Workshop Christmas Sale 10am-4pm.  A wide range of beautiful handmade gifts for you, your home and the ones you love. Christ Church Centre, 263 Barry Road, East Dulwich SE22 0JT. www.theworkshopsale.co.uk. Saturday 7 December: Fairlawn Primary School Winter Fair 12-3pm. Something for everyone! Fairlawn’s fantastical donkey rides, explore the enchanted garden, visit Santa in his grotto, …

Art exhibition prompts questions on meaning of Christmas

An art exhibition including a painting that depicts the baby Jesus and his mother Mary as refugees in a camp in Calais will be held this December in St John’s East Dulwich. The massive 8ft square painting called ‘Our Lady of Calais’ will hang in the sanctuary where the altar normally sits throughout Advent and Christmas and will form the backdrop to all the activities and services at St John’s this December. First exhibited in St Paul’s Cathedral, the painting will form part of an exhibition called ‘What are you expecting?’ that the organisers hope will get people thinking about the true meaning of Christmas. ‘For many of us, Christmas is a lot about our expectations of presents and parties’ said Curate, Reverend Raymond Baudon, ‘but we hope these paintings will get people to encounter the meaning of Christmas in an unexpected way. We know the nativity story so well, that we forget Jesus was born to what might be described today as a homeless migrant family.’ The exhibition opens on Sunday 1st December at …

Around Dulwich – December news!

‘Tis the season to be jolly… merry and bright, naughty and nice, bake gingerbread houses and eat mince pies. It’s a time when everything sparkles – from the windows on our high street to the sequins on our party skirts. We drink our wine warm, sip our chocolate hot, eat our chestnuts roasted on an open fire – or so the song goes – and add cinnamon and ginger to everything! I love the Christmassy feeling in the air, but not a day before 1st December. I was hoping the new Christmas rom-com with all the music by George Michael was going to be our December Film Club pick, but it came out in the middle of November! November is the month for fireworks, bonfires and kicking leaves, not for movies about an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. I’ll still go and see it though, obviously because… it’s George! This year, we are adapting some of our festive family traditions to have an eco-friendlier Christmas. I shall be giving more thoughtfully too and there …