Wednesday 8th May will see an important event for Herne Hill.
With wide, compassionate and practical support from all around Herne Hill, including a good number of Fawnbrake Avenue neighbours (and a boosted by generous contribution collected at last July’s Fawnbrake Street Party), a group of local people – Herne Hill Welcomes Refugees (HHWR) – have overcome many challenges to welcome a refugee family into our neighbourhood via the government’s Community Sponsorship scheme.
It was never going to be easy. The talents, skills, time and financial support of dozens of individuals made it happen. But Herne Hill can be proud of what the team, with widespread support and encouragement, have achieved. After a painful and stressful time in the refugee camps of the Near East, a grateful family arrived in December 2018 and is now settling in well.
All are invited to hear about this remarkable project and join in celebrating the journey thus far. The occasion (supported by the Herne Hill Society) is an opportunity for the team to report on what they have learned, to thank the community for its support, and to look ahead.
Wednesday 8th May , Herne Hill Baptist Church, Half Moon Lane, SE24 9PW, starting at 7:00pm
Free, everyone welcome. No tickets are required, but the organisers would be grateful if those planning to attend would RSVP as they will be offering refreshments. Please RSVP to: email@example.com
In this bi-centenary year of Herne Hill resident John Ruskin, the Herne Hill Music Festival is hoping to include a musical based on Ruskin’s only children’s story in its programme.
Professional composer Paul Ayres plans to turn The King of the Golden River by Ruskin (recently republished by Thames & Hudson with wonderful illustrations by Quentin Blake) into a musical to be performed by St Saviour’s Primary School.
However, they need, quite rightly, to pay a fee to the composer, and there are other costs of production as well.
The Festival organisers have already had generous support from the Herne Hill Society and other business sponsors, but they are still short of £350.
So there’s a fund-raising campaign
If you can help celebrate John Ruskin and give the young performers from St Saviour’s the unforgettable experience of taking part in a musical, have a look at the fund-raising page and perhaps consider making a donation.
This March sees the 400th anniversary of the death of Richard Burbage – artist, entrepreneur, friend of Shakespeare, and celebrated during his lifetime as the most eminent actor of his age.
Our neighbours in Burbage Road, built across the fields in late Victorian times to join Half Moon Lane to Dulwich Village (or vice versa), have launched a timely festival to commemorate Mr Burbage, entitled Exit:Burbage, with the first event (waiting list) – a guided Burbage walk between Shoreditch and the Globe Theatre – on 13 March, the exact anniversary of Burbage’s death.
They have created an excellent website and we can follow them on Twitter: @ExitBurbage
It’s outside our area of course, but quite a few of us drive to Dulwich Park, to visit either the Park or the world-famous Picture Gallery.
Now, as just announced on Twitter by the Dulwich Society, it appears that the London Borough of Southwark plan to start charging £2/hr to park in Dulwich Park and Belair Park.
It all sounds a bit rushed. The decision is due to be determined this coming week, and will be followed by a 21-day statutory consultation. Read more here.
It’s probably not surprising that Councils take every opportunity these days to extract a bit more revenue like this (even if they then need to employ wardens to check that people have paid). It’s just a pity that alternative ways to get there, e.g. the P4, are so unreliable. And isn’t £2 per hour a bit steep?
The Dulwich Park Friends are urging the cabinet member not to make a decision until they’ve had a chance to canvass views and respond. No doubt the Gallery will have a point of view too.
Handel’s great oratorio “Messiah” is being performed on Saturday 2 March at All Saints Church, Rosendale Road.
This performance is in memory of the immensely popular Timothy Penrose, who was Musical Director at All Saints for 26 years, leading the choral music through the devastating period after the fire which destroyed the church in 2000. He was also a celebrated counter-tenor, who appeared in over 100 recordings, singing with The Sixteen conducted by John Eliot Gardiner and with Pro Cantione Antiqua, among others.
7:30 pm, tickets at the door (£15 / £12 concessions)
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