Oh, the excitement!

Around Dulwich has only been shortlisted for Best Website at the Association of Independent Magazine Publishers’ Awards! Not only that but our mothership, SE Magazines, is up for Best Social Media Presence. Angela is off to the glitzy award ceremony in the West Midlands and will hopefully return to East Dulwich with a gong or two for our (tragically bare!) trophy cabinet.

Win or lose, we think a celebration of some sort is definitely called for so expect to see us hitting the fizz hotspots on our high street soon. The newly spruced up Palmerston is now open for brunch from Friday-Sunday and will set the perfect scene for a midday buck’s fizz. Meanwhile, Toasted are running even more superb events over autumn following the huge success of their recent wine tastings.

Now the new school term is well underway, routine has found its way back into our lives. However, no amount of planning seems to prevent the morning chaos before the post-school run calm. Shoes are still being hunted for at 8.45am, book bags are eternally disappearing and coats that fitted just 2-days ago are now straining at the seams.

The end of summer also spells the end of one of England’s great rituals _ the cricket season. Fortunately, I was on hand to see my husband’s cricket team, the mighty Dulwich 7th XI, beat Wiltshire’s Fonthill Cricket Club for the first time in seven attempts. Fonthill will no doubt be plotting revenge when Dulwich turn up next May on their annual cricket (and cider) tour of the West Country.

I may no longer be a cricket widow, but it seems when one sports season ends, another begins! Our TV is permanently switched to the footie at the moment so when local friends invited me for dinner at Pedler, a vibrant neighbourhood eatery new to Peckham, I jumped at the chance to escape for a few hours over a glass of Mother’s Ruin. The menu changes daily and uses fresh seasonal ingredients, all served with an array of Little Bird Gin cocktails.

But there was obviously so much more to September than gin and wine. There was tea, Prosecco and cakes galore at Fiona Nott’s annual Open House for Macmillan. Hosted over 2-days, the event raised much-needed funds for a great cause. Well done Fi!

This month we are looking forward to the Herne Hill Music Festival on 9th October, as well as the highly anticipated first Dulwich Literary Festival from 16-18th. We are particularly excited about seeing the legendary comedian and author, Helen Lederer, who will open her event on 18th with a short stand-up performance and then talk about her fab and funny book ‘Losing it’. Keep your eyes peeled for an exclusive interview with Helen on the site soon.

Our events page has full listings of all the local news, events and ticket information. Just visit our website for more details www.arounddulwich.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @arounddulwich.

This feature first appeared in the October issue of SE22 magazine.