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Lots of you have been asking for the latest on the Half Moon Pub, and feeling a gap in our community where the live music used to be. The Dulwich Estate have kindly provided the following update, both on the squatters and the proposed redevelopment:
"Following the flood in August 2013, the Half Moon Public House, unfortunately, did not reopen and The Dulwich Estate subsequently negotiated with the tenant a surrender of the lease on the 24 July 2014 in order that it could proceed with plans for refurbishment and The Estate recognises the value of this historic building both in terms of visual amenity and as a popular venue for residents and others to meet. In order to protect and improve this listed building and to ensure its financial viability in the long-term, initial proposals were drawn up for the conversion of the upper floors into five self-contained flats and a mews house at the rear, retaining the refurbished public house on the ground floor.
However, following pre-application planning advice received from Southwark’s planning department it was suggested that the Estate should look at alternative uses for the upper floors other than for residential accommodation. This has therefore delayed the Estate in making a planning application whilst its architects draw up alternative schemes. Despite efforts to make the building secure after the tenant vacated on 24 July, squatters entered the property in early August. The Estate has had to apply to the Court for an Interim Possession Order and the squatters agreed to vacate at midday on the 10 October. An inspection on 3 October indicates that the squatters have not damaged or removed any of the internal historic fixtures and fittings and have, in fact, kept the property.
Once the squatters vacate, a security organisation will occupy the property until redevelopment works commence. The Estate hopes to put forward proposals for the redevelopment of the property early in 2015 and a full planning application will be submitted. Depending on the outcome of this, it may take between 12 to 18 months before works commence on site. However, the ground floor will remain as a pub and, contrary to rumour, the Estate has not let the premises to a national pub chain."
Are you a Foodie looking for a new challenge?
Mimosa requires full time Front of House Counter Staff. Looking for applicants with excellent communication skills, proven customer service skills, good European food knowledge plus high energy and enthusiastic experienced Barista.
Food Hygiene training (Level One Certificate) will be provided.
Candidiates will be expected to work independently and on weekends on a permanent basis. Potential to develop into a supervisory role.
References are required. Please contact Catherine@mimosafoods.com or pick up an application at Mimosa, 16 Half Moon Lane, SE24 9HU. Telephone 020 7733 8838.
Sorry for the delay in getting the news out...we've been quarantined in the gym after eating so much lovely cake!
Before getting to the moment you've all been waiting for, a huge thanks to all our sponsors and judges.
With a judges panel to rival that of Mary and Paul, big thanks to Nadia from Crunch (on Dulwich Road), Ashley from Blackbird and Jo-An from the London Cook who graciously gave up their days off to eat cake...well, who wouldn't?!
Winners to be announced shortly...
Benjamin Britten and original production, 1958
Nearly Festival finale! That's Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde at 6pm today - the Herne Hill Music Festival's community opera! And appropriate too for an area affected by flooding for so long! Noyes' Fludde means Noah's Flood. The project took a long time for the Festival team to get going - hard work fundraising, then more fundraising, then organising and rehearsing. Then costumes and props! Based on a 13thC Mystery Play, Britten wrote it to be performed in a church hall by amateur performers, particularly children, so local schools (JAGS and Rosendale) as well as local musicians are involved.
John Holland helped put it all together and in the videoclip below provides an 11th hour status report and encourages everyone in Herne Hill to come out to witness this community spectacular at St Faith's later today!
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