Carol singing tonight in Burbage Road!

Please do come and join the Burbage Road carol singing tonight!

All ages and abilities welcome; singers, musicians and shepherds.

Dress warmly and festively!

Last year we raised £320 for St Christopher’s Hospice and this year we are proposing to collect for School Home Support. Their aim to is get children into school and ready to learn.

School Home Support’s aim to is get children in school, ready to learn.  Education has the power to change lives and transform children’s futures, but every week thousands of our children miss out on their education through no fault of their own. Domestic violence, desperately poor housing, basic poverty and other complex issues all create barriers to learning for disadvantaged children.  Last year more than 104,000 children (10% of all pupils) in London were persistently absent from school – meaning they missed at least half a day of school each week. For many of them, it was much more than that. The picture is similar in South East London; 9% of pupils in Southwark were persistently absent and as many as 10.7% of pupils in Lewisham. The statistics are similar across Bromley, Croydon and Lambeth.  School-Home Support works in partnership with schools and with families to tackle pupil absence as well as pupil behaviour and engaging parents with their children’s learning.  By getting to the bottom of why a child is not attending school regularly, SHS can help break the cycle of underachievement and transform the lives of our most disadvantaged children.

We are planning to meet at 6.30pm at the Herne Hill end of the Road, and work our way up the road, finishing at 131 for a drink and a mince pie at around 7.30pm.  

If you’d like to join us, could you email so we get a feel for numbers and if you’d particularly like us to sing at your door, then please also let us know!
Merry Christmas!

Fair Funding for all Schools

It looks like the Government’s cuts to our schools in Turney Road are going ahead.  This poster on Turney Road School announces a ‘Carnival Against the Cuts’ on Sunday 16 July.

This seems a strange time to be reducing education provision with rising school roles and a need for the country to become more productive and efficient.  Our schools are taking the plans seriously and are every worried.

Turney Road AGM tonight – volunteers needed!

We are holding our AGM on Wednesday 21st September 2016 at 8pm in the downstairs room at the Edward Alleyn Club. We hope that residents will attend. The bar will be open for drinks!

It is an important time for the Association as a number of committee members have left the Road and others need to step down due to family and work commitments. We therefore desperately need committee members to take the Association forward and ensure its continuation.

The commitment is not great as committee meetings are held once every few months unless there is a major issue that needs coordinating. We do ask members to take on responsibility for attending certain meetings such as the Dulwich Community Council or Police Meetings.

So please come to the AGM on the 21st to discuss the latest issues facing the Road and the Dulwich area and become part of taking the Association forward.

The Turney Burbage Summer Picnic 2016

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The Turney and Burbage Roads Summer Picnic on 12th June not only had a great deal of fun but also raised £160 for Link Age Southwark.

This year, to coincide with the Queens 90th birthday celebrations, we changed the format and the timing of our annual summer party to an afternoon picnic with entertainment for the children and music provided by the Rosendale Steel Band.

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To celebrate the theme of the Queen’s special birthday we filled 90 red, white and blue envelopes with small donations for Link Age Southwark, our local charity for older people. Children undertook arts and crafts with a royal theme and some even dressed up in red white and blue, crowns and ermine and other royal paraphernalia!

Though the format changed for this year, the objective was the same: meet your neighbours, relax while the children play and make the most of being a resident in these two roads at the heart of Dulwich Village.

Save Lambeth’s Carnegie Library – Demo Saturday 9th April 2016, 11.30am Carnegie Library

8th April 2016

Many of you will be aware of the issues relating to the Carnegie Library and Lambeth’s plans to reconfigure their library services.   Campaigners have been occupying the library for over a week and Lambeth is now taking steps to force the campaigners to vacate the library.

The following web sites and articles provide some background:

Follow @hernehillforum,  #carnegieoccupation for latest news

Lambeth news release on Carnegie Library

Toby Litt in The Guardian on why the fight to save Lambeth Carnegie Library continues.

Series of tweets from Lambeth Council today 8th April 2016:

To be clear: We are NOT closing libraries – there are ten libraries in Lambeth now, and there will be ten libraries in the future.  Overall, Lambeth libraries will be open longer and book stocks will be protected.  We have committed to 2 new libraries in the coming years & have recently built a new Clapham library and refurbished Streatham & Brixton. Carnegie will reopen with a library service that will remain free and open to all.  The new gym at Carnegie will be housed in the currently unused basement of the building.  The rest of the building at Carnegie will provide at least as much community space as now, including a library service.

Statement from local Turney/Roseway resident:

“As an old member of the Dulwich Society and a Friend of the Carnegie Library I should like to say a few words on the subject.

The Carnegie Library, as everyone will know, is just over the border in Lambeth, but is used by many Dulwich residents, and those who do not use it may well hold it in some regard.

We are all aware of the threat to libraries and the situation in Lambeth is no exception. However, the librarians and the Friends of the library have devised  financial proposals which, they believe, will enable the institution to continue as initially intended. Up to this moment, the council have not been willing to discuss these solutions. Instead, they have devised a scheme which involves closing the library and inviting  a private company to change the building into a fee paying gym.

To my knowledge, as well as providing the normal services, the library serves a variety of valuable social functions in the neighbourhood. The local people do not want a gym. Yet the council has now closed the building, prior to expensive reconstruction work. No plans have been made available.

The feelings of the local people are so strong on this issue that, following a meeting on April 1st, some 40 people remained behind, now locked inside, determined to occupy the building until the council agrees to discuss the whole situation.

I hope that many local residents will wish to support the librarians and Friends of the Carnegie Library in their struggle for what they believe is right.”

Join the big march on Saturday April 9. Gather outside Carnegie Library, 118 Herne hill Rd., SE24 at 11:30AM. The march will go to Brixton via the threatened Minet Library. 

Saturday’s Big March from Carnegie to Brixton

There is also a Save the Archives event and March at the Minet Library on Saturday April 9 – see Save Minet Library Poster 11am – 1pm  which will join up with the Brixton March

Picture: REX/Shutterstock

Published: 8 April 2016

Act now! Have your say on the proposed cycling Quietway through Dulwich. First Workshop 23 Sept 6.30 Dulwich Sports Ground, Turney Road

Whether we like it or not, a cycling Quietway is proposed for Dulwich Village.   The first Sustrans-led community engagement workshop is on Wednesday 23rd September 2015 6.30pm at the Dulwich Sports Ground (SCST) pavilion on Turney Road.  More details on this PDF file   HAVE YOUR SAY ON TURNEY QUIETWAY  or below

Quietway on Turney Road
                     Quietway on Turney Road