Author: Around Dulwich

Stay Alert Quiz is Back!

  Stay alert and join Link Age Southwark for another fantastic quiz LIVE on Facebook from the comfort of your own sofa! The quiz will take place live from our Facebook page on Wednesday 1st July at 7.30pm. Follow Link Age Southwark to watch it live on the night. After the success of their previous two lockdown quizzes, Andrew has kindly agreed to return and host another fun and intriguing evening. Play with those at home or join a team using video calling. As always it’s free to take part, but Link Age Southwark ask you to consider making a £5 donation per team towards their Bloomin’ Lovely fundraiser – a new project to adapt their gardening service and supply plants and flowers to brighten up the homes and gardens of older people who are shielding during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding from the project will also help to make up the shortfall from their cancelled community fundraising events which raise vital funds to facilitate their services. You can make your pledge here.

Dulwich Croquet Fundraiser

Over the Summer Solstice weekend Dulwich Sports Club held an exhausting but fun croquet marathon raising funds for both the club and St Christopher’s Hospice. For many lock-down has meant no sport at all, so Guy Scurfield and Peter Haydon of the croquet section decided to create some excitement. Croquet is one of the few sports where social distancing is easy to maintain while still giving the pleasure of knocking a ball about! All sections of the club were invited to join them on a 25-hour slog, and overnight 50 people, many usually tennis, hockey, cricket or squash players as well as croquet stalwarts, made up doubles partnerships to see them through the night. They started at noon on Saturday (20) and finished with muscles aching and eyes going out of focus, at 1pm on Sunday lunchtime.  So far they have raised over £4000.   You can still donate via their fundraising page. For more photos including a beautiful time-lapse video of the sun rising over the lawns for the people playing the 4-5 am stint, go to their …

NHS Marathon 20th June

Five runners from Dulwich will each run a full 26.2 mile marathon on Saturday 20th June to raise funds and awareness for The NHS charity. The course, when mapped out, was designed by David Robbins and spells out the letters N-H-S. The runners are hoping to raise £10k for the NHS charity. 3 of the 5 runners were due to run this year’s London marathon which was due to take place on 26th April 2020 but has been postponed until (provisionally) 4th October 2020.  But there is a lot of doubt about whether the rearranged London marathon will go ahead, so the group decided to run their own marathon on the specially created course. The runners will run through Dulwich, Herne Hill, Brixton, Clapham, Loughborough Junction, Peckham, Nunhead, Camberwell and East Dulwich and run past literally hundreds of local businesses.  We will also run by Kings College Hospital on Denmark Hill. Other notable places we will run by include Dulwich Hamlet Football Club on Champion Hill. The 5 runners (left to right on the attached photo) are Steve …

Oakfield Prep School release video in tribute to the NHS’s ‘Heroes in Blue’

We have all been taking part in clapping every Thursday to show our support for the bravery and dedication of NHS and frontline workers at this time. Over the last few weeks Oakfield Preparatory School in West Dulwich decided to go one step further and recorded an original song, ‘Heroes in Blue’, in tribute to all NHS staff. The video for the song, which you can find on their YouTube channel, was written, recorded and filmed entirely in lockdown. It features Oakfield staff, pupils and their families singing, dancing and dressing-up as part of the moving singalong. Mr Sam Howes, Oakfield’s Director of Music and writer of ‘Heroes in Blue’, said, “We wanted to do something to demonstrate our appreciation for all that frontline workers are doing to help those in need, and hopefully bring these real-life heroes some much-needed cheer. We hope this song reaches as many of them as possible” Mrs Moyra Thompson, Head of Oakfield Prep School, is in awe of the solidarity and community spirit, “Oakfield has always been a warm, …

Local Comedy Star Tom Allen helps raise nearly £12K for South East London’s St Christopher’s Hospice

Local comedian Tom Allen has helped St Christopher’s Hospice in South East London raise nearly £12,000 much-needed funds for its Emergency Appeal, by hosting a live quiz on Facebook and YouTube on Friday 22 May 2020. Tom kept his audience of over 1,000 viewers entertained with shout-outs and banter, and even top tips for making a martini. In between answering the quiz questions, the audience found the time to donate the fantastic sum of £11,953 to St Christopher’s Emergency Appeal. Host of TV’s ‘Bake Off, The Professionals’, and regular guest TV panel shows such as ‘Have I Got News for You’ and ‘Saturday Kitchen’, local comedy star Tom visited the hospice last year to see its work for himself. “The hospice is a wonderful organisation,” Tom Allen said, on the night. “It supports over 1,200 people every day across South East London but at the moment, with their charity shops shut and fundraising events curtailed, they have had none of that money coming in. They are there for you, your family and your neighbours, so …