The archived pdf Newsletters (1 to 81) were edited by Dr Martin Heath as  superviser of  the Belair Project, and include attributed  contributions by others.  Some  have been reconfigured here as blog posts for ease of browsing and viewing. (An archive of the original PDFs is available here.) More recent newsletters are posted below.

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Avaaz’ petition to stop destruction of Ancient Forest

In order to build a ski slope for the 2018 Olympic Games, a swathe of Ancient Korean woodland is under threat. Avvaaz has petitioned the Olympic Committee thusly:

To the International Olympic Committee and the South Korean government:

As concerned citizens from across the globe, we call on you to stop the destruction of forest on Mount Gariwang for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and to protect what remains of this forest that has been a sanctuary for over 500 years. We urge the IOC to ensure that all Olympic Games truly live up to ideals of sustainability and environmental protection.

If you are interested in reading and possibly signing this petition, go here:

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Tom Bolton’s River Effra Walk

This event is coming up on Saturday 19th September. It should be an insightful event, exploring the area’s watery past and the influence that it still holds on local neighbourhoods and wildlife today. The walk will start from the Railton Road entrance to Herne Hill train station at 10am, setting off through Herne Hill and hopping on the bus for a brief stretch to end up on the Thames foreshore near Vauxhall Bridge at 12.30pm. Please bring an Oyster card or contactless payment card for the bus trip and wear shoes suitable for walking along pavements.

We are requesting a donation of £10 to cover the costs of the walk and you have the choice of either making a payment online in advance using Paypal or through a cash donation on the day. If you would like to pay in advance, please send a Paypal request for £10 to Tom Bolton at and feel free to get in touch with me or Tom if you have any queries (or need IT support!).

Finally, if you are no longer able to make it along, please let me know in advance so I can allocate the space to someone else and so that we know not to wait for you in the morning. I will have my mobile on me 07971 315 245 on the day.

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Community Autumn Fair Saturday September 19, 2015

This ever-popular annual event will take place at All Saints Church West Dulwich and outside in Lovelace Road SE21 8JY from 2.00 to 5.00 pm.

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Martin Knight’s Autumn River Effra Walk

When: Afternoon, Sunday October 11, 2015.

River Effra walks and talks are always very popular and a walk last year led by Effra expert Martin Knight was predictably over-subscribed. Here’s another chance to find out about our local “lost” river. First priority will be given to those who could not be accommodated on the previous walk, but all are welcome (space permitting).

We have received the following notice from Martin Knight: “We will be walking about 2 1/2 miles of Effra watershed from Upper Norwood to Hornimus, via Sydenham Hill. There will be no charge, but a small charity donation will be invited, as before. If anyone is interested they can contact me for further details.”

If you want to come please contact Martin by email (, or telephone (020 8693 8639).

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local blogger Candy Blackham visits Belair Park

Local blogger Candy Blackham set out in 2013: “I am going to explore London using shoe leather and my Freedom Pass and enjoy activities and events which are free of charge.”  She began with the tour as recommended by ‘Bradshaw’s Illustrated Hand Book to London and its Environs, 1862′ – which was used as a starting point for interesting and historically-informed day-trips around the capital.   You may be interested in reading her recent experiences of Belair Park on her blog: www.

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Southwark – please change your mind over Southwark Woods

This is the newsletter of May 25th, 2015 as a PDF:

Community Action May 25, 2015

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Southwark should re-think and preserve our woodland insists May 13 campaign meeting.

This newsletter edition is formatted as a PDF:

Community Action May 20, 2015

I direct you to the website of  should you wish to sign any of their many petitions.

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Belair Park nominated for flood award

FOBP reproduce this e-mail from John Kissi of Southwark Council:

Dear All,

 I am pleased to inform you the Herne Hill Flood Alleviation Scheme has been shortlisted for the Institute of Civil Engineers – London Evening Standard People’s Choice Award. The winner will be decided by public vote.

 I should be most grateful if you could please vote for us and also encourage others to do likewise. The Herne Hill FAS is on third column, third row on the link below.

 Thank you very much for your support.

Best wishes

John Kissi

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Election Time Questions

Norwood forum motto

But who will speak for us in Parliament?

Who will be our next MP?

Rathy Alagaratnam – UK Independence Party

James Barber – Liberal Democrats

Helen Hayes – Labour Party

Resham Kotecha – Conservative Part

Steve Nally – Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Rashid Nix – Green Party

It’s up to you!

To help you make up your mind, come and raise the issues that concern you at our
To make sure your topic is covered, send your questions, particularly local constituency issues, in advance

All candidate have been invited; so far only the above have confirmed.

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Anyone for Tennis?

Have you been meaning to get back into tennis? Would you like to meet new people to play? Join the brand new Belair and Dulwich Parks Tennis League! Open to men and women (aged 18+) of all standards, it’s a great way to have some competitive fun and set yourself a new sporting challenge. Players arrange their own time to play over 8 weeks, from Thursday 14 May to Wednesday 8 July.
Entries close: Monday 11 May
Join online:
For more details, email or ring Sally or Nigel on 0750 328 1732


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