Author: Sarah Pylas

Around Dulwich – March news!

Open days have been visited, speeches have been listened to, preferences have been agonised over, applications have been submitted, scholarship assessments have taken place, banding tests have been sat and now there is nothing to do but wait. For parents of Year 6 children, the anticipation is almost over as they will soon discover the result of their child’s secondary school application! This can be such a stressful time – especially if you have a particular school in mind – and for every family celebrating the news on 2nd March, there will be many others calling the admissions team and sitting out the summer months on the waiting list of a higher preference school. Good luck for a happy outcome for us all! Perhaps the ‘Breathe Yourself to a Happier Life’ workshop at Telegraph Hill Centre (4 & 18 March) might be useful? You will learn a simple and easy breath technique that can support you in all areas of your life, including reduced stress and anxiety. Link Age Southwark’s annual All That Jazz fundraiser …

Around Dulwich – February news!

After a month-long hibernation away from late nights, wine, red meat and sparkly outfits, I can honestly say that I missed the sequin skirts the most! I probably say this every year, but I really do enjoy January and all the quiet nights in that come with it. I love being back in a routine, making a start on new books, moving this tired old body a bit more and – after surviving on a diet of Quality Street for most of December – discovering the joy of eating vegetables again. Although, the arrival of February comes with a few of my other favourite things; romance, pancakes, half-term and wine! Link Age Southwark will be celebrating the end of Dry January with a Wine Tasting Fundraiser at fifty seven on North Cross Road (6 Feb). The theme of the evening is ‘Unusual Grape Varieties’ and will be led by Clare Hanson, a judge at the International Wine Challenge and member of the Dulwich Wine Society. The Merry Nude is back this month with a friendly …

Around Dulwich – December news!

‘Tis the season to be jolly… merry and bright, naughty and nice, bake gingerbread houses and eat mince pies. It’s a time when everything sparkles – from the windows on our high street to the sequins on our party skirts. We drink our wine warm, sip our chocolate hot, eat our chestnuts roasted on an open fire – or so the song goes – and add cinnamon and ginger to everything! I love the Christmassy feeling in the air, but not a day before 1st December. I was hoping the new Christmas rom-com with all the music by George Michael was going to be our December Film Club pick, but it came out in the middle of November! November is the month for fireworks, bonfires and kicking leaves, not for movies about an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. I’ll still go and see it though, obviously because… it’s George! This year, we are adapting some of our festive family traditions to have an eco-friendlier Christmas. I shall be giving more thoughtfully too and there …

Around Dulwich – November news!

It is the hottest topic on the school run, in the playground, at home and in the pub. It has divided more opinion among our family than the time my husband ordered pineapple on his pizza. It has occupied most of my waking – and sleeping – thoughts. I also bravely went down the rabbit hole that is the East Dulwich Forum and surfaced days later feeling more confused than ever (but with some excellent new handyman recommendations, thank you!). However, it is done and now out of my hands. Yes, my son’s secondary school application is finally in and I don’t want to think about schools again until March 2020… *pours wine*   I did still manage to get out and about last month, although I can’t guarantee I didn’t bore my friends to tears with my obsessive school chat. The Great Exhibition has reopened following a make-over and I recently enjoyed a lovely night out there with the Editor of this very mag! The Watson’s General Telegraph on Forest Hill Road is under …

Around Dulwich: October news!

The biggest mistake I made this summer was booking our holiday in the last 2-weeks of the school break. By the time our departure date finally came around we were all knackered and already starting to think ahead to the new school year. My next mistake was flying home the day before our son was due to start his final year of primary school (sobs) and I went back to work. It’s only now we’ve been home for a few weeks that I feel a bit more on top of my inbox and ready to get on with the overwhelming task of selecting a secondary school for my Year 6 ‘baby’. I still have a huge pile of laundry that I never seem to make a dent in, but this seems to always be the case no matter when we go away! There were also some really exciting things to look forward to on my return! After a brief hiatus in August, my Film Club resumed with a visit to ED Picturehouse to see the …