How to generate and sustain a love of sport in your child
29 March 2017 | 8:30 am

We are all well versed in the benefits our children gain from regular sport and physical activity. But how do we encourage them to love sport from a young age, and then sustain that enthusiasm? Kevin Molloy, Director of Sport at Alleyn’s Junior School in Dulwich provides some top tips to help you and your child get the ball rolling. MAKE IT FUN There is plenty of time for learning techniques and tactics. Let children experience the thrill of moving and playing. As the great West Indian cricketer Sir Vivian Richards said, “Once they have experienced the thrill of smashing the ball to all parts, the pain of getting out will be enough motivation for them to seek you out and learn how to be patient and defend.” FUNDAMENTALS Don’t jeopardise the fun element but do encourage the basics. Agility, balance, co-ordination and speed are attributes that will stand children in good stead. These core physical qualities, allied with the natural motivation to be active, mean your child is now well on the road towards …

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Herne Hill Velodrome Pavilion Update
28 March 2017 | 8:30 am

The final phase of the historic Herne Hill Velodrome’s renovation comes to fruition this month with the official opening of the new Exodus Travels Pavilion set to take place on 30th March and a public launch to follow this summer. The new pavilion marks a successful and emotional end to the third stage of the Save the Velodrome campaign following previous initiatives to rebuild the main track, develop a kids track and implement floodlights – all having the combined impact of doubling track usage numbers since 2012. The completion of the pavilion is the final step to securing the future of the former 1948 London Olympic venue for generations of champions to come, over 125-years since the track first opened. With local dignitaries and cycling celebrities in attendance, including Baroness Tessa Jowell, MP Helen Hayes, and London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross, the opening of the new pavilion marks a golden phase for the Velodrome with a busy weekend of racing to cap it off. The completed pavilion, thanks to the crucial funding of Sport …

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Love West Dulwich Lamp-post Banner Competition – Exhibition Launch
27 March 2017 | 9:02 am

Twenty eye-catching designs celebrating the spirit of West Dulwich have been selected to adorn new lamp-post banners in the area. All winning and commended entries will be featured in a special exhibition at Volcano Coffee House during the month of April before the completed banners are installed on 60 lamp-posts in the area and officially unveiled at the Love West Dulwich Spring Fair on Saturday 20 May. The ‘LWD Vision Exhibition’ will be held between 1 April to 29 April at Volcano Coffee House (Ground Floor, Parkhall Business Centre, 40 Martell Rd, West Dulwich, SE21 8EN). The Love West Dulwich Lamp-post Banner project has been funded by a grant from the London Borough of Southwark’s High Street Challenge and contributions from local businesses. For further info on the project please contact: Dan Rigby: dan.rigby@rigbyandmac.com

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The Beautiful Houses of Dulwich
24 March 2017 | 1:09 pm

I love Dulwich; to my mind it is one of the most beautiful areas of London. I think it is the captivating combination of serene calmness, quiet sophistication and the cerebral atmosphere of a university town, accentuated with its fine schools, art gallery, local amenities and community life. The neighbourhood offers locals and visitors alike an eclectic mix of the most stunning properties in South London from the grand Georgian mansions, the palatial Victorian and Edwardian houses, the pre- and post-war homes, to the lovely hidden cottages tucked away down secluded alleyways. One cannot fail to be impressed by the distinctiveness and diversity of the elegant properties that make up the unique residential district around Dulwich. The other evening I was strolling around the village just as twilight fell. The homes lining the streets suddenly proffered a passer-by a quick, tantalising glimpse through the warm glow of tungsten lit windows into the private worlds of their occupants. As I peeped through the glazed windowpanes into the concealed private lives behind these enclosed walls, my curiosity …

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