St. Martin’s Day was celebrated in parts of Germany each year this weekend with lights, procession, bonfires and even fireworks.
Last Friday night saw a long procession from Judith Kerr School in Herne Hill Road to the Alleyn’s Playing Field behind Burbage Road. Surprised homeward-bound commuters were delayed as pupils, families and staff of the school walked in an impressively long line to the playing field. Lanterns as well as a brass band leading the way made for a noisy and exciting event.
Unknown to most locals St Martin Day is annually celebrated in some parts of Europe on 11 November while we remember the tragedy of war on Remembrance Day.
Wikipedia explains where St Martin’s Day is celebrated and tells us that:
Saint Martin’s day, also known as the Feast of Saint Martin, Martinstag or Martinmas, as well as Old Halloween and Old Hallowmas Eve, is the feast day of Saint Martin of Tours (Martin le Miséricordieux) and is celebrated on November 11 each year. This is the time when autumn wheat seeding was completed, and the annual slaughter of fattened cattle produced “Martinmas beef”. Historically, hiring fairs were held where farm labourers would seek new posts.
Saint Martin of Tours was a Roman soldier who was baptised as an adult and became a monk. The most famous legend concerning him was that he had once cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the latter from the cold. That night, he dreamt of Jesus, wearing the half-cloak and saying to the angels, “Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is now baptised; he has clothed me.”  Saint Martin died on November 8, 397.
Residents of Burbage Road have received notice of the Resident’s Association Annual General Meeting and they are all urged to make some time to come along on Saturday from 10-12am.
The issues raised by residents over the last year will be reviewed and priorities for next year agreed. In the last 12 months traffic, parking, burglary and other crimes, tennis courts, mental health & well-being, relations with the sports clubs and noise have been among the many issues dealt with on behalf of residents by the committee. New recruits to the committee are ALWAYS welcome.
The AGM will also learn more about the history of Burbage Road in a talk by Brian Green on how farms became the sports clubs.
If you are new to Burbage Road, you will be pleased to know that the BRRA is one of the most long-established, thriving and well respected residents’ associations in Dulwich.
We represent our 200 households, including those in Courtmead, Donne Court, Royston and Cobb Courts.
We foster communication within the road and with other local organisations with the aims of preserving the utility of our environment, the security of homes and the safety of all those using our road and pavements whilst also supporting neighbourly help and socialising.
The new pavement outside the school is already in place alongside the protected cycle track. At last there’s a wider pavement to safely accommodate the children, parents and passers-by.
This week the council’s contractors have started on the long-planned changes to the layout of the Dulwich Village crossroads.
Many changes have been made to the junction over the years to try to accommodate the many pedestrians, cyclists, motor cyclists, lorries, vans, coaches, buses and cars which use it. The junction is on a popular road route in and out of the centre of London and for traffic going east/west across south London. By and large it is a manageable junction – until school term starts. Then thousands of schoolchildren and their cars, cycles and coaches converge and join in the morning and evening rush.
Changes made in the past to enable the mixed traffic to move more easily have included changing the phasing of the traffic lights, lengthening the time allowed for pedestrians to enter the junction, changing road traffic priorities (several times}, narrowing the entry to Calton Avenue, building a road platform on Court Lane entry, inserting bollards.
Under the previous Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, creating better roads for the fast increasing number of cyclists became a priority. Cycling Superhighways were developed elsewhere in London as well as ‘Quietways’. In Southwark, the Mayor encouraged the creation of a ‘Quietway’ between the Elephant & Castle and Crystal Palace. The route has been planned for over two years and has generally been welcomed north of Dulwich but has met fierce opposition here. Following extensive consultations and many meetings Southwark Council has resolved to proceed with the Quietway and in the Dulwich section has started with the new layout for the Village junction. The re-design of the junction is in the following link: Dulwich Village Junction changes 2017
Changes to Calton Avenue and Turney Road will follow in 2018.
Residents have received a letter through their doors saying works to install the Quietway will start next Monday 7 August. This came as a surprise as the Council has not yet decided to proceed with the Quietway.
Council officers have made their final proposals and it is expected that just a rubber-stamp formal decision will be made, as we were previously told, by 27 July by the relevant Councillor.
That decision has not been made, so maybe there are further thoughts being had at the Town Hall. Maybe Cllr Wingfield whose responsibility it is to make the final decision is having doubts. Or perhaps he has just been too busy on a host of other matters which have taken precedence.
It seems the letters to residents have come out too quickly and before the decision has been made. Village Councillor Jane Lyons tells us she expects a decision TOMORROW and that the works will NOT start on Monday!