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Marathon Update

  We are delighted to bring an update from the runners from Dulwich who completed their own marathon last week.  Tom Fender tell us more.     We set off at 8am on Saturday morning.  The weather was warm but it was a bit cloudy – this made running conditions perfect.  No wind or rain.  Susie had missed five weeks of running due to an achillies injury in the run up to Saturday which we all had in the back of our minds….but thankfully, her achillies held out brilliantly. We ran as a group the whole way round.  We had loads of friends and family support us on the route – including Leo Fender being our ‘outrider’ for the whole route.  Friends and family set up water / drinks/snack stations every 6-7km on average which was a godsend as 26 miles is quite a long way to go without refreshments and fuel/energy. Our route took us from Brockwell Park/Herne Hill to Brixton, Clapham, back to Herne Hill, Loughborough Junction, Camberwell, Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill, …

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 …

Prizes for creative bakers in Horniman’s Great Walrus Tea Party

Clever cakes and creative cookies could win you a prize in the Great Walrus Tea Party on 24 June. The Horniman Museum and Gardens in south London is looking for keen bakers and Horniman Walrus fans to host their own socially-distanced Great Walrus Tea Party – at home or online – and is offering two prizes for their favourites. The most creative cake will win a year’s Family or Gift Membership to the Horniman – giving free entry to paid attractions and access to special Members’ only events. The most creative biscuit or cookie wins a £50 voucher for the Horniman’s gift shop. Both prizes will be valid for one year from when the Museum reopens. The Great Walrus Tea Party invites people to bake walrus-themed and ocean-inspired cakes and biscuits, add in some fishy treats such as sustainably-sourced fish finger sandwiches, and hold a tea party for their household, or online with family and friends. Inspired by the Horniman’s iconic taxidermy walrus, the Great Walrus Tea Party is also asking for donations to support …

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 …

Link Age Southwark adapts services for older people in Southwark and achieves top quality standard award!

The past two months have been trying for the whole community. And charities such as Link Age Southwark have had to step up to a whole new level while serving the needs of our older people. With the social distancing rules in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have had to suspend their over 20 groups and converted face to face befriending relationships to telephone befriending. Fortunately, with their amazing army of volunteers, they have risen to the challenge and have succeeded in reaching out to even more older people, having set up over 40 new matches on top of their 160 existing ones. Their group volunteers and tutors have been heroes too, keeping up their activities with group members, conducting chats, singing and exercise over the telephone and Zoom.  Link Age Southwark has also set up a shopping service for the first time for people who are completely isolated. More plans are in place including setting up conference calls with groups of older people. Living their ‘can do’ value has never been so …