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New business awards to reward firms that bind the community together

Southwark’s prestigious new business awards will recognise the firms “at the heart” of what is one of London’s biggest and most vibrant communities. The Southwark Business Excellence Awards in association with Lewisham Southwark College, is open for entries from all 18,000 businesses in a borough that stretches east from Southbank to London Bridge and Surrey Docks, and south to Bermondsey, Peckham, Camberwell and Dulwich. Welcoming the new programme, Stuart Berkoff, Chief Financial Officer of launch sponsor, Sellar, said they were a measure of how far Southwark has come since the company bought the site of The Shard 20 years ago. He said: “Once overlooked and ignored, Southwark has become one of the capital’s great places to live, work and play.” Speakers on the launch night included Southwark Chamber Chairman Richard Kalmar, the Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Charlie Smith, Barry Langfield, Vice-Principal of Lewisham Southwark College, and Stuart Berkoff, Chief Financial Officer of launch sponsor, Sellar. Urging firms to enter, Councillor Johnson Situ, Southwark Council’s Cabinet Member for Business Culture and Regeneration, said the awards will also …

First ever Woof Cancer Day organised to raise cash for Cancer Research UK

A family fundraiser welcoming four legged friends has been organised to raise vital cash for Cancer Research UK. Pet pooches and their owners are being invited to sign up for Woof Cancer Day – a 5km dog walk around Dulwich, which has been organised by the Dulwich Woof Committee in aid of Cancer Research UK. The event takes place on March 4th at 11am and there will be a number of activities to get involved in including top dog and fancy-dress competition, refreshments and of course some poochtastic stalls! Entry is just £5 for each adult and £5 for each dog. Cancer Research UK is dedicated to saving more lives by preventing, controlling and curing all cancers. The charity funds the work of thousands of scientists, doctors and nurses who are fighting over 200 types of cancer. Laura Megatli, local fundraising manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “Thanks to Cancer Research UK’s work, more people are surviving cancer than ever before. “Survival rates have doubled over the last 40 years and the charity’s work has …

The Last Word: Julie Peakman, author and historian

Julie Peakman is a highly acclaimed author and historian. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Honorary Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is a frequent contributor to newspapers and popular magazines, as well as academic journals. Her TV and radio work includes television documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and the Biography Channel, Radio London and BBC Radio 4. She has written biographies on Emma Hamilton and Peg Plunkett, and various books on historical culture. Her new book, Hitler’s Island War. The Men Who Fought for Leros, is her first foray into the social history of war and a homage to the men who fought in Leros. She is a resident of Leros and Forest Hill. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in Forest Hill for over 35 years now. I met my husband here all those years ago and we have remained in the area ever since. What brought you here? I came for my friend’s wedding party and ended up staying the …

An Evening with Julian Barnes

Over the past few years Julian Barnes has been writing compressed, spare fiction and non-fiction which addresses the great themes of our time. In The Sense of An Ending (winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2011), The Noise of Time and now The Only Story, he has created an outstanding triptych of short novels that will emerge as a towering achievement of early 21st century English-language writing. The Only Story opens in stockbroker country in the 1960s, complete with a tennis club, a golf course, unreliable cars, and prodigious quantities of alcohol and love. Paul is nineteen, home from university for the summer, and partnered with Susan, a local housewife of forty-nine, dressed in tennis whites with green piping, in the mixed doubles tournament. This chance pairing leads to a lifelong relationship but one laced with tragedy and regret, violence and repression. Barnes examines what happens when we allow ‘a social life to stand in for an emotional life’ and how co-dependency and its concomitant shame affect all concerned. A masterpiece of both restraint and insight. Barnes does very few events …

Around Dulwich – February news

Thank goodness February is here! I am welcoming the arrival of this fabulous month as only someone who attempted simultaneously to do Dry January and Veganuary can! I mean, what was I thinking?! January is bleak enough with its dark, grey skies and icy cold breeze to also go without a warming plate of spag bol, and the occasional glass of fizzy wine. Although, eating out as a vegan was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Norris and Knight on Forest Hill Road and Spinach on Lordship Lane both offer delicious vegan options. In fact, the avocado and roasted tomatoes on toast I devoured at Spinach inspired many a lunch at home! I also had a great vegan meal at The Real Greek in Dulwich Village, and even Pizza Express now has a vegan pizza on their menu! My January was mostly dry, but after a couple of weeks of following a more plant-based diet, I found myself secretly squirrelling away my son’s leftover pork sausages in the kitchen. Saying that, I am …