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Brockwell Lido carpark shakeup in store soon! Signage already in place for new camera-controlled parking restrictions, so read up before you take off leaving car behind - fines will be substantial!
Looks like there could soon be a new Picturehouse cinema at 116 Lordship Lane, East Duwich. Currently there are local Picturehouses in Brixton (Ritzy), Clapham and Greenwich. Locals to the area have had flyers through their doors noting a pre-planning public exhibition over proposals for a Dulwich Picturehouse at the historic site of St Anthony's Church and former St Anthony's School:
Please come along to our informal exhibition at St Thomas More Hall, Lordship Lane, SE22.
Tuesday 4 March between 6:30pm and 9:30pm Saturday 8 March between 10:00am and 1:00pm
We have now started our pre-planning application dialogue with Southwark Council and would love to share our ideas with you.
We look forward to seeing you on one of the above dates - we hope you will be as excited about our plans as we are!
Best wishes Picturehouse Cinemas
This ends an extensive gestation period dating back to 2011, when St Thomas More Hall was shut. Previous to that time there had been a cinema in Shawbury Road, and the Paradiso Cinema Club ocasionally screened real celluloid (on sheets) in St Thomas More Hall, the site of the area's intermittent Catholic parish church of St Anthony's. The current parish church of St Thomas More is situated much further south along Lordship Lane (adjacent to Dulwich Library) - built in around 1910. The cinema is proposed for the site of the original parish church of St Anthony's and some of the surrounding buildings, these dating back to the 1870s, some aspects undergoing renovation in the 1960s. St Anthony's became the parish centre again for a time after WWII while St Thomas More Church underwent war damage repair. You can read a brief parish history at: http://www.stthomasmorechurch.co.uk/history/
Since the Hall was shut in 2011, there are have been parish and community meetings over what to do with it. This became known as 'The St Thomas More Project'. The freehold was valued at £1.25 million. At a parish consultation last year regarding the needs of the parish, it was made known that between 2012-2013 while viability was being assessed, the parish had several approaches from numerous interested parties asking about the sale/use of the hall. Approaches came from children’s nurseries and a kindergarten, pubs, property development, and several cinema groups with the Picturehouse Group the frontrunner -- among others.
At a further meeting in July of 2013 a parishioner representing Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd put a concrete offer on the table to get the Hall reopened again as a Picturehouse. See Parish meeting notes as a PDF http://www.stthomasmorechurch.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Parish-Mtg-Notes.pdf. Planning application for a nursery and community facility was granted but in due course proposals fell away as business plans did not materialise or could not capitalise. New diocesan policy forbade parishes from involvement with pubs, and the parish decided against still more residential property development in the area, preferring something more community-based. This left the way clear for a new cinema.
East Dulwich ward Lib Dem Cllr James Barber has kept locals informed on his blog and on the East Dulwich Forum, as negotiations have proceeded between interested cinema groups and St Thomas More pastor Father Gerry Mulvihill. It appeared Father Gerry preferred to sell the freehold and invest proceeds for the long term. At least three cinema chains, including Curzon, contacted Barber and then moved on to discussions with Father Gerry. At long last it appeared that the church began finalising contracts for a cinema and that the Picturehouse Group is the chosen party. Go along to the exhibition(s) to find out more.
'After the flood: how the waters brought Herne Hill together' is an interesting Brixton Blog post from 3 weeks ago which describes the enormity of the flood in Herne Hill last August and the scope of damage. It features interviews with many affected traders, going behind the scenes to describe frustration with Thames Water and local government, but also depicts a galvanising, fighting spirit which has helped the area get back on its feet.
Hey Herne Hillians! Help us make the Herne Hill Music Festival better than ever! We're looking for 2 extra people to help out. We need someone to take minutes at our meetings and draw up agendas. We also need someone to look after our membership list and mailing list. You'd also be able to take part in discussing and helping to decide future Festivals. If you think you can help out, we'd really love to hear from you! Send an email to: Secretary@hernehillfestival.org
Work proceeds on restoration of the Brockwell Park clock-tower. Gillett & Johnston engineers removed the dials of the clock-tower last Thusday, 13 February. It's a beautifully made structure but, as you can see from the photographs, over the decades the weather has had a real effect. Read words and see pictures by Theresa Hoare @HerneHillSoc blog:
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