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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 …

Buy Them A Coffee – Community News

The BuyThemACoffee_KCH fundraiser was set up on March 23rd.  I have lived in this area for nearly 20 years so I know a lot of people who work at Kings; my eldest son was born there and a number of friends have received essential and sometimes lifesaving treatment from the hospital. When the pandemic started, I searched to see if there were any local initiatives set up to support Kings during the crisis, and not finding any, I decided to do it myself.  Early on, I was advised to speak to the hospital to find out what support they needed:  King’s was already handling covid patients when we spoke to them – and the management quickly decided that staff wellbeing needed to be an essential part of their response to the crisis. They centralised all the wellbeing through the hospital boardroom which was set up to serve staff with a growing set of support services: within a week meditation, massage, counselling support, chaplaincy; meal deliveries and food donations were all being centralised through the hubs. BuyThemACoffee_KCH was lucky enough to speak to the …

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, …