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Swimathon at the Lido, April 26

This year’s Swimathon at the Lido will take place on April 26th, 7-9:30am and 5:30-7:00pm. The Swimathon raises money for Marie Curie Cancer Care and Fusion aims to raise £100,000 at their pools this year. You can sign up on the Lido page in the Swimathon website:


Life drawing classes/events with a good old fashioned sense of style!

Two community-based activities taking off like rockets this Spring: free film festivals and life drawing classes! We've previously mentioned a great surge of interest in life drawing classes around SE London and Herne Hill in particular at the Prince Regent through Lisa Brown's SketchPad group. For our area you can also add Betty Frankenstien's Drawing Room at The Cambria (40 Kemerton off Herne Hill) which happens on Wednesday nights from 7-9, and costs £8. She also runs a class at the Sparrowhawk Pub in Crystal Palace (SE19 1RX) on Mondays from 7-9pm.


Betty describes the Cambria class as very relaxed, set to a mix of blues, jazz and folk music, with no need to book. Her tagline is 'Life drawing classes and events with good old fashioned sense of style'.


Local resident enjoying the piano in the sunshine

The piano gets some love and kindness from a local resident.Next stop, Leeds Piano competition.

If you have got pictures of people playing the piano then please do send them them in to info@hernehillforum.org.uk. You saw the future stars here first!

Planning application Committee meeting on Tue Jan 29 for Velodrome



Southwark’s Planning Committee meet this coming Tuesday 29 January to decide on Herne Hill Velodrome’s future.


Two planning applications - precis below or search Southwark planning (there's a Quick Search option) at:




You can find all the consultations there.


Ring Southwark Planning to find out where (which room) the Planning Committee meeting will be: 020 7525 5403. Or write to: planning.enquiries@southwark.gov.uk





HERNE HILL TAI CHI CLUB, Tuesdays at St Paul's, Herne Hill


7pm Tuesdays

St Pauls Church Hall

Herne Hill SE24 9LY


12 class term £90.00


Come along next Tuesday and give one a go. For free! Friendly group! Tai Chi can help to get you balanced, centred and relaxed. Rupert Ingham, the class teacher, has studied with some of the most knowledgeable people in this field. It's a Yang-style 楊氏 Tai Chi Chüan class from 7 till 8:30pm.


There are six major styles of Tai Chi, the Yang-family school is one of them. It focuses most closely on Yáng Chéngfǔ's (1900) thirteen classic tai chi 'Fixed Postures'. Yáng Chéngfǔ removed many of the more acrobatic movements which his grandfather and Yang school founder Yang Lu-chan incorporated.


Herne Hill Life Drawing - new course at The Prince Regent & an auction at Pullens!

In case you haven't noticed, life drawing classes have taken off like a rocket in SE London over the last year, with Bespoke life drawing now being hosted at various venues, plus plenty of other new classes becoming routinely established, very often in pubs!


Life drawing involves drawing the human figure from observation of a live model. In most cases this involves a nude model who is paid to pose. If you've seen the 2006 film "Venus" written by Hanif Kureishi and starring Peter O'Toole, you'll remember he finds co-star Jodie Whittaker a job as a life model. HE: "You said you wanted to be a model!" SHE: "But not take my clothes off!" Or something to that effect.


These days life modeling is a thriving business, in fact moneymagpie ran a feature on it!  http://www.moneymagpie.com/article/make-money-as-a-life-model


Jazz On The Hill closed - what next for JOTH?

Jazz On The Hill as it was has closed, although it may have already reopened under different management. Read more from the Jazz On The Hill's Facebook - an open letter posted by now ex-Jazz proprietor Tony Dyett:


Happy New Year 2013 at Jazz On The Hill - 2 Band Special!

Tonight at Jazz on the Hill a live 2 band special to celebrate the oncoming new year.  Soul band 'Find Your Head' and the 'The Ingham Swing Ensemble' provide the entertainment for what will be a unique way of bringing in the new year.  £7.00 entry till late!

#HerneHill #Dulwich #Norwood #Brixton #Camberwell

Brockwell Lido closing times this weekend, Dec 29th/30th

Don't forget this weekend there are extra special closing times at the Lido for gym and spa - 6pm. This means out of both at 5:30! Then on Monday, the 4pm shutting time means out by 3:30pm. New Years Day completely closed. Back to normal hours on Tues. But not to despair: if you want a swim somewhere (or a gym) nearby tonight (Sat), a later game in town is Brixton Rec with last ticket at 7:30pm! Yay! It will be later on Sunday as well, but ring 020 7095 5100 option 4 to find out how much later!


SPA REPORT (at the Lido)! for Dec 28th

SPA REPORT! All working although two of the hydrotherapy pool's key underwater jets (the big floor jet and the bubble beds) remain out of order. But the water was hot yesterday, so if you're looking for a good warmup, bring a book and camp out! Otherwise sauna at 80 and steam OK. Don't forget the premises will close at 8pm tonight Friday night ... shortened hours this week anyway, but earlier Friday closing constitutes the new routine maintenance hours recently established and which will carry forward into the new year.


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