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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, …

Virtual South London Dance School

We caught up with Zoe Dawson, Principal of the South London Dance School in Herne Hill to find out how she has adapted her business during the Covid-19 crisis. I would never have thought it possible to teach dance any way other than in person in a studio.  Dance is a physical and collaborative art form which needs plenty of space to travel and close supervision by a qualified or experienced teacher who can guide correct technique as well as sensitively develop performance and musicality.  I believed all of these things needed person to person interaction and contact.  But two months ago, after the announcement of Covid-19 ‘lockdown’, we couldn’t quite believe we were facing the unprecedented challenge of bringing the joy of dancing to the homes of our students and to keep the business, which is a Community Interest Company, afloat. So many of our students desperately wanted to continue with their favourite hobby (or vocation) and stay in touch with their much-loved dance teachers, that we needed to find a way to teach them in …

Herne Hill Flood Alleviation Scheme awarded Community Contribution Award

The Herne Hill Flood Alleviation Scheme in Dulwich has been awarded the prize for community contribution at the Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) London Engineering Excellence Awards 2015 in a ceremony hosted by BBC London reporter Alice Bhandhukravi and ICE President David Balmforth alongside Deputy Mayor for London, Cllr Victoria Borwick MP AM. This project utilised parks in an innovative approach to protect over 100 homes and businesses from risk of flooding in Dulwich and Herne Hill caused by runoff rainfall. Sensitive design helped avoid the appearance of engineering structures in the parks while creating play areas for local children. Six other projects received awards, including the London Overground Capacity Improvement Programme which was chosen as the greatest contribution to London, the Believe in Better Building which won the award for best building, and the Bond Street Station Upgrade which won the award for best infrastructure project. The Circito Bridge in Panama received the ICE’s Designed in London Award, which recognises the significance of work conducted by London’s civil engineers both nationally and globally, and …

The Herne Hill Christmas Craft Sale

A very different early Christmas shopping opportunity is coming to Herne Hill, when seven artists and craftspeople in SE24 and SE21 will join forces to present a special Open House event over the weekend of 8th – 9th November. The Herne Hill Open House Christmas Craft Sale will showcase a wonderful range of unique, handcrafted items, from jewellery, textiles, stationery and cushions to glassware, mirrors, original art and festive decorations, in a range of styles and prices. The idea sprang from the success of this year’s Artists’ Open House event during the 2014 Dulwich Festival. Local craftsperson Catherine Potter and her neighbouring artists had such an enthusiastic response from the public – with many asking when they would be doing another event – that Catherine decided to create a local ‘art and crafts’ hub and organise a pre-Christmas sale in the relaxed surroundings of three local houses. Catherine is also a strong supporter of the local charity 4ALL-Building Community in West Dulwich and spotted an opportunity to do some much-needed fundraising on its behalf. Her entrance …

South London-based Blue Patch invests in UK with new ethical online shop

New south London-based social enterprise Blue Patch has launched a new ‘ethical meets British’ online shopping catalogue. The company will put business back into the heart of UK communities by offering training and apprenticeships with its members and by investing 100 per cent of its profits into education and renewable energy programmes. Blue Patch offers the UK a new way to shop with its colourful online directory of sustainably and lovingly crafted British-made products and services. From eco-fashion and hand-made designer furniture, to artisan bread and biodynamic wine, each carefully selected business has committed to improving their sustainability and delivering goods and services of the highest quality. Blue Patch was born out of a quietly radical desire to foster positive change in the goods and services industry. It offers customers the opportunity to buy from celebrated British businesses who are independent, responsible and ethical, whether that’s by using local fruit and veg in their products, raw materials from sustainable sources, or renewable energy to power their workshops. By cultivating a spirit of collaboration amongst its member businesses, Blue Patch uniquely provides a platform for them …