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Dulwich Hamlet FC – December news!

Last month saw Dulwich Hamlet playing in the front of the BBC2 cameras for their First Round FA Cup tie against Carlisle United. Great cup runs create such excitement and the team, supporters’ and the local community showed the viewing public why this is such a great football club and fully deserve the plaudits that have come our way in recent weeks. The sold out crowd of 3,330 saw the game finished with a four – one win for the visitors Carlisle United, however for long periods of the game The Hamlet matched them and we were pressing for an equaliser when Carlisle scored their third goal, which effectively ended the tie.  In the end, the League Two club was simply too strong for Dulwich on the night. Sadly, in the run up to last weekend’s cup-tie, the Supporters’ Trust had been informed that Farouk Menia, Coach of Dulwich Hamlet FC women’s team, had passed away after a long battle with cancer. The Supporters’ Trust sends its collective condolences to his family and two children. …

East Dulwich Councillors update – November!

Local schools take on environment and road safety Greta Thunberg is the most well-known young climate activist but she’s not alone. Closer to home, local schools are leading the way on the environment and road safety. Every breath you take Air pollution is a real danger to children’s health. According to Friends of the Earth, Southwark is one of the most climate-friendly boroughs in London, but we must do much more. East Dulwich schools lead by example. Some have used council funding to cover their playground fences with anti-pollution plants – ‘green screens’. But what about the classroom? Harris Primary, its PTA and the council have collaborated to install air purifiers in all its classrooms. I was delighted to meet the Year 5 Eco-Committee at their ‘thank you’ ceremony. Every move you make Pollution is not the only danger for children on our roads. Earlier this year there was a serious incident outside Heber Primary that could have ended much worse. A moving car smashed into the door of one double-parked. The child who opened …

Environment Matters: Street Trees for Living

By Stuart Checkley Street Trees for Living (STfL) is a local charity which works with residents and Lewisham Council to raise funds to pay for street trees and to care for them. In recent years we have raised over £50,000 annually for trees and we have been able to plant more than 200 trees each year. Street trees come to SE23 We planted our first tree in Forest Hill in the winter of 2017/8 and since then across SE23 we have planted more than 50. Tree planting in our area is challenged by a steep and windy hill, by more than our fair share of London Clay and by a number of narrow pavements. Yet we have planted a range of small colourful trees which are now thriving. Modern varieties of Crab Apple such as those illustrated here are good examples of small trees with colourful flowers and fruit, which are of interest throughout the year. Surprisingly, many of these modern varieties are completely new to the streets of Forest Hill and Perry Vale. Local …

CPZ update from Councillor James McAsh

Since before I was elected, the main local issue raised with me in Goose Green ward has been parking. It comes from two distinct groups. One’s experience of parking is a nightmare: road rage and dangerous driving on congested streets, hours wasted scouring the streets for a parking space, and air pollution soaring above safe levels. These residents demand controlled parking and cannot understand why the council is dragging its feet. For the other group, unrestricted parking is easy and free, and they worry that controlled parking would deter customers to the high street. Why would the council impose this on them – or is there an ulterior motive? These groups don’t live on different planets. Just different ends of East Dulwich. My response is always the same: It is illegal for the council to introduce controlled parking on our local streets just to raise revenue. Controlled parking should only be implemented with the consent of residents in any zone. A consultation can result in full implementation, full rejection, or partial implementation in a zone …

Everything is changing! Including The Illusioneer

Some of you may know it as a tiny “shop front” you walk past on your way to the station in Herne Hill, others may have booked the tiny venue for a “Party Show” or special occasion. Some people believe “it only appears when you need it!” The reality is, I opened The illusioneer Theatre and Studio nearly 10 years ago, as a place for me to perform and develop a number of shows in a theatre style for all ages. I developed three core shows that worked well for The illusioneer brand and the Little Theatre but now it’s time for change. Over this time I sought to diversify the audience so a parlour show called “Midweek Magic Mix” was developed with other Illusionists and Magicians to bring in a new adult audience. The core team of Illusioneers have now been with me for over 5 Years and because of my background in theatre, events and TV they wanted me to promote a stage show and event to a bigger audience After lots of …