New Primary Schools opening in Dulwich

Two new Primary Schools are due to open in our area which will help to alleviate the school place shortage locally.

Judith Kerr Free School

A new bilingual free primary school – the Judith Kerr Free School  – is to open in Herne Hill, SE24 from September 2013.   The latest news is at

From their 21st May newsletter:

“We have been working exceptionally hard over the last couple of weeks to close a premises transaction, and are now delighted to be able to tell you that – subject to legal formalities – EFA have reached an agreement to acquire what will be the school’s permanent site from this coming September.

EFA, CfBT and the other parties to the transaction will issue a joint press release in the next few days, and until then we are not able to announce full details about the site.  However, we can say that we will be opening in the Herne Hill / SE24 area.  A complete package about the building, grounds, and our plans for them, including pictures, will be on our website as soon as possible.  We’ll hope to organise some site tours during the summer.”


Harris Primary Free School East Dulwich

It has been announced today (22nd May 2013) that Harris Primary Free School East Dulwich has been approved to the pre-opening stage for opening in Sept 2014 and beyond.   Press Release at   Full details of the new free schools are at

No details as to the location of the school site as yet.




Anthony Shoring at KFH discusses the local property market in Dulwich Village

This is the first of  a series of updates on the local property market. 

Anthony Shoring, Sales Manager at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward’s Dulwich Village branch, discusses the local property market:

Anthony Shoring, Sales Manager, KFH
Anthony Shoring, Sales Manager, KFH

“The property market in Dulwich Village is performing phenomenally well at the moment. Prices have risen by approximately 10% in the past 12 months and as a result of a shortage of stock, those homes which are on the market are often attracting multiple bids with many achieving over and above asking price. It’s safe to say that as we enter the summer months, this level of activity will only intensify and in my opinion, now is a great time to sell.

“Both Turney and Burbage Roads are extremely sought after for a variety of reasons but chiefly because they back onto sports fields and green spaces while also falling under the catchment of many of the area’s best local schools. In addition, both sit within the heart of the village, with Dulwich Village road and its assortment of restaurants and amenities a few minutes’ walk away. As a result, the streets do tend to attract a premium of approximately 10 -12%.

“Since the start of the year, every property we’ve sold on either Turney or Burbage Road has achieved a record price and open days are very much the ‘trend du jour’ to ensure that all potential purchasers have an equal and fair opportunity to view. Downsizing to a smaller property within Dulwich Village has also become increasingly popular – with many of the homes on these streets offering in excess of 1,500sqft, they are often suited to larger families and so when all children have flown the nest, we see many of these enter the market again. Although Dulwich is known for its larger homes, there are opportunities for properties with between two and four bedrooms and the key here really is to allow a bit of time for these to be sourced. Streets such as Mitchell’s Place, Boxall Road and Aysgarth Road among others tend to be incredibly popular among downsizers who are keen to stay in the village, while those who don’t mind looking a little further afield usually enjoy West Dulwich’s similar village atmosphere and here streets such as Cokers Lane, Walkerscroft Mead and Acacia Grove to name a few will usually offer just the thing. Speaking to your agent in advance can often help the process, and increasingly we’re seeing that developers are now targeting areas in and around Dulwich and so we’re seeing more townhouses and luxury apartments on offer which can be ideal for a more ‘lock up and go’ lifestyle.

“With many of the properties in Dulwich priced at above £1million, there was concern when the recent stamp duty increases were announced, with many fearing a resulting effect on the local property market. This has generally failed to materialise however as the majority of homes are priced below the £2million threshold. Those above it tend to be priced quite a bit higher than 2million and so what it means is that there is a general lack of stock between the £2million to £2.25million price range.”


Cakes! Cakes! Cakes! Dulwich Village Cake Sale, Sunday 19th May 1pm in aid of BHF

The fabulous Dulwich Village Cake Sale in aid of the British Heart Foundation is on Sunday 19th May at 1pm at 115 Dulwich Village, now in its 7th year.  Don’t miss it.  I have been reliably informed that you need to get there before 1pm and queue!   If you want to donate a cake, please email

Full details are on



Turney and Burbage 14th Annual Summer Party in June

Dear Neighbours

You should all have received a poster for our Annual Summer Party in June.

Full details of date, location and pricing are available from your ticket seller who will call to see you in the next few weeks.

Concessions are available for smaller households and guests are very welcome.

We are collecting donations for the two Residents’ Associations as we sell tickets; we don’t raise funds  by any other means and currently rely heavily on the generosity of Committee Members for printing, web costs,  subscriptions and other expenses.

If you have not received a visit from a ticket seller, please contact us on this web site via the Contact page here …

Here is the main programme:

Party Programme
Party Programme

Open Garden May 12th 2-5pm

15a Sydenham Hill SE26 6SH

Entrance £3, under 12s free.

This is an unusual and delightful hillside garden with lawns and beds descending to a woodland area full of rhododendrons, azaleas and other shade-loving plants which, with the bulbs, will be in full flower. This area is relatively new, having been redesigned and planted over the past five years, and is a good example of what can be achieved in a few years. There are many interesting plants and the owner, Sue Marsh, will be on hand to identify plants and talk about the inspiration for the development of the garden.

Tea and cakes will be on sale and all proceeds will go to Paxton Green Time Bank.

To learn about time banking and Paxton Green TB in particular, visit

There is unlimited parking on Sydenham Hill.

Limited wheelchair access due to slopes and steps. No dogs, please.

Open Garden May 12th – for full information

Paxton Green Time Bank, Kingswood House, Seeley Drive, Kingswood Estate, Dulwich, SE21 8QR, 020 8670 0990


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