All posts tagged: news

SE22 Councillors with James McAsh

Hi, I’m James McAsh: one of your new local councillors. As of May 3rd 2018 East Dulwich has been separated into two wards. Goose Green has three councillors, Victoria Olisa, Charlie Smith and myself, while Dulwich Hill has two, Maggie Browning and Jon Hartley. Your councillors represent you by raising issues on your behalf and by making sure that residents’ interests are prioritised in Southwark Council’s decision-making. Thank you to everyone who voted; it is an honour to represent such a vibrant community. And thank you, too, to Angela for inviting the five of us to continue the successful SE22 Councillors column. This month I want to highlight some of the issues raised with us on the campaign trail, and explain what we are doing about them. We want to hear your thoughts on them, and next month the Dulwich Hill councillors will do the same. Parking Parking is getting more difficult in many areas in East Dulwich, particularly around the train station and near Lordship Lane, and the question of Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) …

St Martin’s celebrates ninety years in SW2

Established in 1699 by St Martin’s church in Trafalgar Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls is preparing to celebrate 90 years of being located in Tulse Hill. Silwood House, an impressive Grade 2 listed building was purchased and in 1928 Her Royal Highness the Duchess of York (later the Queen Mother) officially opened the school in its new site.  Among those present was the then Vicar of St Martin’s, Dick Sheppard. We are celebrating 90 years of being located in Tulse Hill and will be having a special service at our founding church, St Martin-in-the-Fields on 23 May 2018.  We have been educating girls for 318 years and welcome you to visit our school at any time.   SaveSave

Around Dulwich – May news!

May is a fantastic time to live in and around Dulwich. After a shaky start, it seems spring has finally sprung and Instagram is brimming with sunny terraces, alfresco dining, and ice-cold glasses of #rosé! Not that the weather could ever stop me from enjoying the latter… The annual Dulwich Festival will run from 11th – 20th May this year and celebrates the very best our area has to offer! The jam-packed Festival programme includes artists’ open house weekends (12-13 May), street art walks (13 May), talks, food trails, music, and the popular festival fairs (13 and 20 May). This year’s Food Trail features a truly mouth-watering array of scrumptious offerings from some of the best restaurants and cafés in the area. Platform 1 restaurant on Lordship Lane will be offering walk-in wine flights for £15 per person with a wine list that focuses on rare and indigenous varieties. I’ve been on a wine flight with Platform 1 before and can highly recommend it. Other highlights for me include the Havelock Walk May Open Studios …

Around Dulwich – April news!

Of all the school holidays, the Easter break is probably my favourite. It’s longer than half term and spring is – usually – in the air, although the recent spell of cold weather brings no reassurance that there will be any sunshine on offer this year! Last month, my son’s school closed for 2 snow days and parents flocked to the Horniman to sledge race down the snowy hills with their little ones. It was fun for the first hour or so, but then the frost set in and many of us took to hiding under a blanket on the sofa until it melted. However, I did manage to get out and discover a few exciting new places in March. The first is Grounds & Grapes, a fab little wine bar opposite Honor Oak station. If good wine, cheese, and gin are your thing then do pop in! Aneto Café on East Dulwich Road is now open in the evenings and Angela and I had an amazing dinner there with friends. I’ll definitely be going …

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 …