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Holocaust survivor talks to Dulwich schoolgirls about challenging hate and prejudice

On Wednesday, students from James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) heard the moving testimony of Holocaust survivor Freda Wineman who also gave her message of hope for eliminating intolerance. Freda Wineman, 94, spoke to the students about her ordeal of being captured by the Nazis and held in four concentration camps, including Auschwitz where her mother and brother were sent straight to the gas chamber. Mrs Wineman told how she was selected to work, sorting through the belongings of those who had been murdered, then later being forced to dig trenches for mass graves. The students then heard how she was transferred to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where she suffered illness and starvation in the appalling conditions as well as abuse by the guards. She explained how the lessons of the Holocaust are still relevant today: “We need to understand what happened. To see the underlying causes of hatred and to learn from them. My hope and prayer is that telling our stories will strengthen you, especially the young people, to challenge prejudice wherever it raises its ugly …

Dulwich runners storm into national cross country final

Runners from James Allen’s Girls’ School have qualified for the National Cross Country Cup final after double victory in the South East qualifying round. Cross Country runners from James Allen’s Girls’ School took on schools from across the South East in the regional qualifier for the 2017 National Cross Country Cup and finished first in the individual and team standings. Phoebe Bowen shot to victory in the Under 13s race finishing in front of more than 100 of her rivals. She was also part of the overall winning team with her team mates, Annabella Bailey, Ivana Tymczyszyn, Gaby Stein, Daisy Pickering, Phoebe Bowen and Louise Maignan. The six girls will now head to the national finals in Sevenoaks on 25th November. The competition, organised by the English Schools Athletics Association, took place on 11th November and was run over a distance of 2.5 Kilometres. Phoebe also competes for the Herne Hill Harriers and her victory adds to the first places she took last month in the Run Southwark schools race and the Surrey League cross country …

Around Dulwich – December news!

Wrap up warm, December is here! The skies of SE22 are already sparkling with Christmas spirit and our high street is buzzing with winter menus, warm wine, and festive windows. There is plenty to make you feel merry and bright around Dulwich this month. The opening of Terroirs Bistro (formerly Toasted) on Lordship Lane proved popular with regulars and with weekly wine tastings, meet the winemaker events and guest chef pop-ups, this could be a great place to get your first sprinkling of Christmas cheer! Local resident, Chloe Gounder-Forbes, invited Angela and me to her permanent pop-up restaurant, Platform 1, to sample the tasting menu from guest chefs-in-residence, Fodder. We enjoyed 6-courses of wild seasonal cooking and not one of them disappointed. Chloe’s wine list features rare and indigenous grape varieties and we opted for the wine flight, which carefully matches each dish with a wine. The sparkling Pinot Grigio rosé from Romania was sooooooo good that we will both be ordering a case to see us through the party season! Sadly, Fodder’s residency at …

Crofton Park Railway Garden needs your help!

Just off the busy high street of Crofton Park lies a precious little space which the Crofton Park & Honor Oak Park Neighbourhood Forum have been gradually clearing and weeding since 2014. They’ve succeeded in digging up three truck-loads (and counting) of buried rubbish (having suffered many years of fly-tipping) and have fought the persistent weeds. They‘ve succeeded in generating a lot of interest in the area and see new volunteers coming along all the time. They now have bigger plans for the space and want to transform it into an oasis of calm and natural beauty – a sensory garden that will provide a unique recreational and outdoor learning space for all residents to reconnect with nature and their senses. It will be a tranquil retreat away from the noisy and polluted high street. Its unique location adjacent to Crofton Park Railway Station means that commuters will also be able to enjoy the garden while they wait for or alight from the trains, allowing them to de-stress, ready for their hectic journey that awaits …

Dulwich student brings No Waste November to UK to fight culture of waste

A sixth former at James Allen’s Girls’ School is asking everyone to join her global fight against all types of waste throughout November. Tilly Gratton has launched a new campaign to cut down on waste next month and wants as many people as possible to join her in taking action. She has started the global No Waste November campaign with a team of fellow young environmental champions across four continents and over the next few weeks will spread the message on social media. Whether it’s reducing water use, avoiding single use plastic products or throwing away less food, Tilly is asking everyone to make a pledge and do what they can to help. For her part Tilly has pledged to only use naked cosmetics and drink from reusable cups. She developed the idea for No Waste November through her work with Dr Jane Goodhall DBE’s Roots and Shoots programme which empowers schools and universities around the world to make positive changes that help communities, animals and the environment. Explaining why she feels so strongly about …