Station Underpass: the Mural is progressing

Yesterday saw a major event in Herne Hill’s modern history: hundreds of people, many of them schoolchildren, mobilised to colour in the the Station Underpass mural, which will be installed in the next week or two.

It was also an attempt to break the Guinness world record for the most people involved in a ‘colouring in by numbers’ event.

A wonderful day, which saw our community uniting in a friendly lively atmosphere to create something worthwhile and lasting.

Congratulations to the Herne Hill Forum for their outstanding organisation of a complex event, and of course to artist Victor Szepessy.

And thanks to the Mayors of both Lambeth and Southwark for their attendance, and also to Sir Mark Rylance to coming along with his two small dogs.

Important road closures in Herne Hill

A sharp-eyed fellow member  of the Herne Hill Society (thank you, John) has spotted a very awkward programme of road closures just announced by Lambeth Council.

To facilitate repairs to the railway bridge, they  intend to make an Order the effect of which would be “to temporarily ban vehicles from entering in a northerly direction those lengths of Norwood Road and Half Moon Lane which
lie between the north-eastern side of Railton Road and the south-western side of Milkwood Road.”

The roads leading to and under the bridge, in other words.


Nightly, from 17 August. But thankfully, this is qualified.

The announcement says “The Order would come into force on 17th August 2018 and it would continue for a maximum duration of
4 months (to allow for contingencies) or until the works have been completed whichever is the sooner, although in practice it is anticipated that the Order would only have effect (1) from 10 pm on 17th August 2018 until 6 am on 21st August 2018 and (2) from 10 pm on 7th December 2018 until 6 am on 10th December 2018.

However …

If the works cannot be completed or carried out during these times the Order may also have effect at other times within the maximum period of 4 months.

Alternative routes when the road under the bridge is closed?

As we all know,there aren’t many convenient alternative routes if the road under the bridge is blocked.

Native Herne Hillians may work out some cunning plan, but public transport and transit traffic will be sent the long way round thus:

Alternative routes for vehicles affected by the above road closure would be available via

(a) Dulwich Road, Brixton Water Lane, Effra Road, St Matthew’s Road, Brixton Hill, Brixton Road (northwards), Stockwell Road, Stockwell Park Walk, Brixton Road (southwards), Gresham Road, Coldharbour Lane, Denmark Hill and Herne Hill; and

(b) Norwood Road, Christchurch Road, Hardel Rise, Tulse Hill, Effra Road, St Matthew’s Road, Brixton Hill, Brixton Road (northwards), Stockwell Road, Stockwell Park Walk, Brixton Road (southwards), Gresham Road, Coldharbour Lane, Denmark Hill and Herne Hill.

Chaos looms. Enjoy the scenic route. We have been warned !

Full text of Lambeth’s announcement here.


Congratulations to the organisers of Fawnbrake’s first street party, held yesterday afternoon!

Fawnbrake’s Street Party [photo by Pete]
It was declared to be a great success by everyone who attended, and stands a good chance of being repeated in 2019.

On top of that, a collection for the Herne Hill Welcomes Refugees project (Twitter:  @HHWR_  ) raised an amazing £250.

And thanks to Pete for the photograph.

Nearly Party Time for Fawnbrake

Our street party is approaching, thanks to the exertions of some efficient and imaginative neighbours.

It’s on Sunday 22 July.


We all want some rain, but not that afternoon, please!

Note that car-owners are asked to park elsewhere for the day of the party, as the section of Fawnbrake between Poplar Walk and Brantwood Road will be officially closed to traffic and supposedly devoid of cars.

So no deliveries that day, OK?


There have been some outbreaks of car-related crime in the area in recent weeks.




Here on Fawnbrake Avenue last weekend, an attempt was made overnight to steal a pedal bike that had been dismantled and was being stored in a hatchback.  The attempt failed but some other items were stolen.

Down in Poets’ Corner off Dulwich Road, several car break-ins and attempted thefts have occurred. One suspect (a woman) has been arrested; another suspect is being sought.

And across on Ardbeg Road in North Dulwich, in the past 3 months, people have reported that 6 different cars have been targeted – 4 break-ins (broken window, petty theft) and two cars stolen, most recently this month.

Relay thefts

Both stolen cars were modern Land Rovers supposedly with all of the modern anti-theft technology. The issue is that professional thieves have found a way to hack these new keys. And almost all modern cars are vulnerable.

So called ‘relay’ thefts happen via a £100 relay device, which allows people to come along in the early hours, open a car and drive off as if it were their own.

This involves one person standing outside your front door, and using a radio device to activate (and get a response from) your car keys inside the house. Then a second person stands near your car, and ‘relays’ the signal from your key which is still safely tucked away in a drawer somewhere, tricking the car into thinking you are there with that key. Some cars (key-less opening) just open up. For others, the thieves smash a small window, open the door from the inside and start the car as if they were inside with your key.  Most car brands are vulnerable including Mercedes, BMW, Land Rover, Volvo, VW, Audi etc.

Car owners with modern keys may be vulnerable to this theft. Many experts recommend buying  a ‘faraday’ pouch off Ebay or Amazon and keeping your car key in it at night. This shields the key from radio signals.

The old-fashioned Krooklock systems are probably worth looking at too.


Our friends in the Herne Hill Welcomes Refugees project (HHWR), who are working energetically  to welcome a Syrian refugee family into our community, are organising a

Community Fundraising Evening

next Saturday 7th July

7 – 9:30pm.

at St. Paul’s Church Hall, next to the church on Herne Hill Road.


Tickets are just £10 at the door, to include a glass of wine and Syrian snack, and there are fantastic raffle prizes donated by generous local businesses.


For catering purposes, please send them a RSVP  to: . Ignore the deadline in the invitation, there are still some tickets available.

Beware Gutter Snipes

The Herne Hill Safer Neighbourhood Police team report that gutter cleaners have been canvassing the area – indeed, some have been leafletting here in Fawnbrake Avenue.

They offer to clean the gutters, then miraculously discover serious problems in the guttering, or roofing (even removing tiles to create a problem which they can then demonstrate).

It is better to use recognised roofing firms to check out any suspected problems in gutters.

Local Author in conversation

On Wednesday 13th June at 7.45pm, local Herne Hill resident and internationally published author Louise Candlish will be reading from one of this year’s critically acclaimed new crime thrillers, Our House, with Q&As and a signing.

Kicking off a brief series of bookish events at Park’s Edge Bar & Kitchen, the modern British eatery on the edge of Brockwell Park, the event will be Louise’s first appearance on home turf to talk about her new bestseller.

Our House is set in a suburban landscape that appears to be not dissimilar from the leafy enclaves of Dulwich, Herne Hill, West Norwood and others.

For further information, contact the restaurant: Tel: 020 8671 0306 or email the venue.