New Appointment for Dulwich Gallery Director

Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery has been appointed to the position of Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures. He joins the Royal Collection in April and will succeed the present Surveyor, Christopher Lloyd who retires in July.

The Royal Collection, one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, is held in trust by The Queen as Sovereign for her successors and the Nation. The paintings comprise one of the best known and most significant elements of the Collection. The Surveyor has overall curatorial responsibility for some 7000 oil paintings and 3000 miniatures.

Desmond Shawe-Taylor has been Director at Dulwich since 1996. He has overseen the major refurbishment of the Gallery and has been responsible for staging a number of superb exhibitions. He has been active in promoting the Gallery, not least by a heroic sponsored walk from Litchfield to London thus echoing the journey made by Dr. Johnson - the difference being that Johnson arrived penniless but Desmond arrived laden with hard-earned sponsorship money!

He has given whole-hearted support for the Edward Alleyn Statue Competition organised by the Dulwich Society and acted as Chairman of the Selection Panel

The Dulwich Deluge - Southwark Council report

The investigation by Southwark Council environment officers into the severe flooding which affected much of Dulwich last April found that the rainfall was largely confined to the local area which received up to 6inches (15cm) of rain in the space of ninety minutes. The volume of water which drained north- west towards Herne Hill was so great that the bore of the main flood relief and other sewers was insufficient to carry the water away and in some cases emitted from street drains causing further flooding to property. While Southwark Council admitted that some of the street drains for which they are responsible were blocked they say that made no difference on that occasion. However, they stated that they had issued instructions for more frequent clearance of street drains. The matter of the size of the main sewer pipes and their ability to cope with such volume of water as had been experienced on 27 April 2004 has been referred to Thames Water.

Dulwich Festival: 13-22 May 2005

After a year's break, the organisers of the Dulwich Festival are delighted to announce that the Festival will be happening once again this year from 13-22 May 2005. The Dulwich Festival began in 1993 and is run by a team of volunteers

For the past 12 years, the Dulwich Festival has been bringing a fascinating mix of music, words, walks, art and family events to the Dulwich area. Many of the events are free of charge. Venues range from pubs to parks, schools to churches and libraries in and around Dulwich.

Everyone in south-east London can enjoy the Dulwich Festival on their doorstep. The Festival aims to showcase local artistic talent, professional and amateur, as well as Dulwich's buildings, history and wonderful open spaces with a week-long programme of events.

The Festival puts on arts events for all members of the community. Highlights of this year's programme will be:

  • 'The Art of Permanence and Change' - an exciting exhibition of contemporary art set within the unique backdrop of Sydenham Hill Woods. Over 20 artists from the UK and abroad have been invited to develop a discourse between the past, present and future function of this uniquely changing habitat. Curated by Helen Morse-Palmer and John Deller in conjunction with the London Wildlife Trust.
  • a children's art trail focussing on Dulwich's history since 1605, the year when Edward Alleyn bought the manor and estate of Dulwich
  • an open studio weekend where visitors will be able to see local artists' studios and look at their work
  • the South East London Community Short Documentary Competition
  • Jon Snow in conversation at the Dulwich Picture Gallery
  • an evening of 1920s, 30s & 40s music and dancing with Blue Harlem at Beauberry House, Belair Park.

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Dulwich Community Hospital - Exciting Times Ahead

An outline design for the new £36million Dulwich Community Hospital is now available and a newsletter on progress can be obtained by telephoning Sharon Kesto on 7346 6444. The hospital will provide local people with a full range of primary care services, community health and rehabilitation services including a chronic disease centre to improve treatment for patients with conditions such as coronary heart disease and diabetes. Diagnostic services including x-rays, ECGs and blood tests, and eventually ultrasound, will also be available. Out of hours care will be provided along with twilight nursing services and out of hours social work.

An Exhibition Room at Dulwich Hospital, linking the past to the present and now the future is being prepared. The Dulwich Society Local History Group has been most helpful and has passed on some old photographs. Do go and look, perhaps you have some reminiscences?

Community Warden Scheme begins

The Community Warden Service was launched recently in the Dulwich area. The wardens will patrol those areas where there has been an identified need to improve the environment. Specifically these areas are Lordship Lane and its surrounding roads, Herne Hill and the Kingswood area.

The wardens will report abandoned vehicles, graffiti, fly tips and fly posts and other hazards including defective lighting and footways. They will also make special efforts to contact community groups, residents associations and other organisations that can work to improve community cohesion. The wardens will also watch out for and report instances of anti-social behaviour to the police. The wardens themselves have no police powers and are expected to be non-confrontational in their approach to people and problems.

According to David Potter, supervisor of the Dulwich Community Warden Scheme, "the approach is for the wardens to plan their response to incidents and problems identified involving the relevant authorities in a problem sharing partnership."

Fair Trade for all

Christ Church, Barry Road, which is made up of Methodists and United Reformed members launched an enterprising and worthwhile venture last autumn. It offers the Bread of Life Cafe, open for traditional breakfasts, lunches, snacks and cakes daily from 10am-4pm and Saturdays 9am-1pm either to eat in or take away. The café is situated in beautiful new space, with disabled access and room for buggies. It also has a Fair Trade Centre selling a wide range of produce from countries where the small producers can get maximum benefit. Coffee, rice, pasta, dried fruit, chocolate and confectionary together with gift items are on sale each morning.

Volunteers are always needed for both the café and the shop and currently there is a need for more help on Thursdays. If you can help contact Freda Nevill (8693 7941) or Mary Watson (8693 5062)

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