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Around Dulwich – August news

School’s out for summer and the rosé is in! The run-up to end of term came with all the usual chaos as we frantically tied up loose work ends, put up gazebos for the school summer fair, watched little legs race with eggs on spoons, visited the dentist, optician and hairdresser, signed teacher thank-you cards, organised gifts, packed picnics, blubbed over glowing school reports and had a last-minute panic over a forgotten homework project due in the last week of term…. arghhhhh! With so much to fit in, it is any wonder I found time to socialise at all, but somehow I always manage to squeeze in a few ice-cold glasses of rosé when the sun is shining. The garden of The Rye pub in Peckham provided a lovely sunny spot for drinks with friends who were visiting from out of town. It was also nice to venture a bit further than my good old local, Watson’s General Telegraph, on Forest Hill Road. Miss Tapas in Peckham was another good find for a catch-up with …

East Dulwich card shop Postmark named UK’s ‘Best Greeting Card Retailer’ 

East Dulwich card shop ‘Postmark’ has beaten off stiff competition from the likes of Tesco, WHSmith and The Card Factory to be named the UK’s Best Greeting Card Retailer, 2017. Postmark, who have four shops in south and west London, including one on North Cross Road in East Dulwich,  was named the UK’s ‘Best Greeting Card Retailer’ 2017 at this year’s RETA’s, which recognises the importance of retailers to the success of the British Greeting Card industry, estimated to be worth around £1.7bn a year, supporting almost 100,000 jobs across the country. The family run, independent retailer also picked up a separate award for their monthly ‘Feel Good Friday’ campaign, which encourages people to send cards ‘just because’ offering a free card and postage to anywhere in the UK to anyone interested in taking part. Run by husband and wife team Mark and Leona Janson-Smith, they currently have four shops – Balham, Dulwich, Greenwich and Chiswick – and champion the very best of UK and internationally designed cards and stationery. Speaking after their win Mark Janson-Smith …

Around Dulwich – July news

We finally made it along to The Robot Zoo at the Horniman Museum last month and I am so pleased that we did! This family-friendly exhibition features larger-than-life animals that have been innovatively recreated using a variety of familiar machine parts and gadgets to reveal how their real life counterparts see, eat, hunt and hide. You can also test your reflexes to see if you can react as fast as a house fly, shoot insects with a chameleon’s tongue-gun, hang like a bat and try jet-propelled squid racing. I feel so lucky to have this wonderful museum and stunning gardens right on our doorstep and we will definitely be going back to visit The Robot Zoo again before the exhibition ends in October. This June was possibly the hottest on record for years and temperatures look set to soar into July. Now, I love it when the sun comes out, but definitely more so when I am poolside with an ice-cold drink in my hand. Commuting to work during a heat wave is far less …

Around Dulwich – June news

We are about midway through school half term (at time of print) and if – like me – you also work for yourself from home, you know you can’t just take a whole week off. You have to find a way to juggle ALL of your balls at the same time. For me, one of the best ways to keep those pesky balls up in the air is to get a head start on the laptop before the house wakes up. I achieve more between 6-8am than in the rest of the day! That being said, it is slightly easier now that my football-obsessed son is slightly older and wants to go to football camp every day! We booked him into Football Magic in Dulwich Village for a couple of sessions over Easter and he loved it so much that we re-enrolled him for a day over half term. This provided a brilliant excuse to escape the work being done in our garden and the endless muddy footprints of various tradesfolk up and down the …

Link Age Southwark honoured with charity awards 

Local charity Link Age Southwark has been awarded ‘Charity of the Year’ at the 2017 Southwark Stars awards. This award recognises the positive impact of Link Age Southwark’s work combatting isolation and loneliness for over 550 older people in Southwark. The annual Southwark Stars awards, organised by Community Southwark, celebrates the huge contribution of voluntary organisations to life in the Borough. The ‘Charity of the Year’ award was collected by the organisation’s Director, Gemma Juma, at a ceremony at Tate Britain on 2nd May. She said “This award is a huge credit to all of Link Age Southwark’s fantastic volunteers who gave over 17,000 hours of their time last year. Our volunteers should be very proud that the wonderful impact of their volunteering on the lives of older residents has been recognised with this award.” Two of Link Age Southwark’s volunteers, Lucy and Robert, also collected well-deserved Southwark Stars awards for volunteering at the ceremony. Robert is a dedicated befriending volunteer, visiting two older gentlemen weekly. Lucy regularly visits older residents in hospital, as well as …