Author: Alex Crane

Planning Update: Appeals withdrawn

DHST are aware of a letter from Meadow’s legal team to LB Southwark’s planning officer confirming that following last week’s lease hearing on Green Dale, they have decided to withdraw their planning appeals. In the letter it states:

see url As you are aware, we act for the above Appellant [Greendale Property Company] and have today notified PINS of the withdrawal of the  go here above linked appeals [3164823 & 3166766].  

This decision has been made in light of the outcome of the hearing on Monday in relation to the lease proceedings and what our client considers to be subsequent defamatory statements made against it by the Council. With that background our client regrettably considers it cannot continue with the appeal.

The stance that has been taken by the Council generally is extremely disappointing due to the impact on the deliverability of housing and the future of DHFC. Without the ongoing support of the Council our client’s continuing intervention is, with regret, futile.

DHST are in discussions with Meadow to confirm how they plan to proceed in terms of their support of the Club generally and what they intend to do with the land. We will update as soon as we have further news. 

DHST supported the proposals because it offered the Football Club an opportunity for a sustainable future in East Dulwich under the ownership of its fans. We stand by that model of ownership as the preferred option and will continue to act in the best interests of its members and the Football Club. We continue to maintain dialogue with all major stakeholders and will review all available options to ensure the future of the Club is secure.

Non League Day 2017

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This year the fixture computer has been kind to us and gifted us a home fixture on Non League Day which is taking place on Saturday 7th October. We will be playing Needham Market and once again the Club is operating a ‘pay what you like’ policy at the turnstiles. Non League Day has traditionally seen some of the largest gates at Champion Hill in recent history and we hope this will be the case again. As has happened previously, the Club’s charity partner for the season, the Copleston Centre and, the Lambeth and Southwark MIND charity will benefit from the profits. The organisers of Non League Day are also supporting Prostate Cancer UK whose mission to stop men dying from prostate cancer. The Football Committee have very generously decided to donate the profits fro the 50/50 tickets to this charity.

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New Southwark Plan Update: Some success!

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Earlier this year we asked our members and supporters of the Football Club to write to Southwark Council in response to their proposed new site allocations and area visions in the New Southwark Plan. We were copied into some of the emails and were greatly encouraged by the number of responses. you can try here We are happy to say that the Council have taken on board some of the comments and amended the wording in the site allocation for Champion Hill to include the ‘associated facilities’ in addition to the pitch as required uses on the site. However, there are still a number of outstanding comments that we made which we still feel should be addressed. Continue reading “New Southwark Plan Update: Some success!”

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Planning Update

This update contains the latest on the planning application, feedback from our meetings with local councillors and MPs and important news regarding the Council’s proposals for the new Southwark Plan consultation which includes proposals for Champion Hill which are not currently in the best interests for the future of our Club and requires your help.

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End of season round up

click here now Our most recent Summer newsletter ‘The Hamletter’ included an end of season round up of our community and outreach work from outgoing Trust Board member, Walter Johnson…

It’s the end of another amazing season both on the pitch and off it!  The team performed admirably well on four fronts but ultimately ended with no silverware to show for their efforts. We reached the semi-finals of the Alan Turvey Trophy going down 3-1 against Tonbridge Angels. We narrowly missed out on reaching a home final in the London Senior Cup, agonisingly going down 3-2 in extra time against Cray Valley Paper Mills. Who could forget our epic cup run in the FA Trophy which ended at the quarter final stage? After a thrilling match at Champion Hill in which Dulwich came back from 2-0 down to force a replay they eventually bowed out at Macclesfield Town losing 2-0. Our run in the FA Trophy reignited our season with Gavin Rose’s men in superb form coming into the home strait. With games in hand mounting up because of our cup exploits the team showed great belief and strength and managed to propel ourselves into third place and into the play-offs before sadly losing out to our old foe, Bognor Regis Town in the play off final.

Off the pitch we have had an incredible season too. Back in September the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust (DHST) sent a small group of fans to Grande-Synthe in Dunkirk to participate in the inaugural Liberté Cup to represent the Club. The Liberté Cup was a football tournament which brought together refugees from the La Linière refugee camp in Grande-Synthe and football fans from France, Ireland and England. The group that went had an amazing time engaging with the refugees from the camp, along with meeting aid workers from the camp and other football fans. This was an excellent example of the Club enhancing its reputation as a caring community club.

Walter Johnson and new friends at the Liberte Cup

In October the club commemorated 80 years since the Battle of Cable Street and the start of the Spanish Civil War.  In a collaboration with the Dulwich Hamlet Football Club Committee, Trade Union members were able to attend our home fixture against Bognor Regis Town at a concessionary rate which resulted in one of our highest attendances of the season. We invited the International Brigades Memorial Trust to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War, through bucket collections. The match was sponsored by ASLEF and Hope not Hate and local trade union branches proudly displayed their banners at pitchside.

In late October, DHST arranged an interview with our former player and legend Benjamin Odeje. Benjamin Odeje is recognised as the first black footballer to represent England at any level, having represented England Schoolboys on five occasions. Benjamin represented Dulwich Hamlet, as well as Hendon and Charlton. He now works part time as a teacher and football coach. It was inspirational to hear his stories about what is was like to represent the club at a time when football supporters had much to learn about the way we should treat footballers on the field.

Walter Johnson meets Benjamin Odeje

In December we organised our annual Christmas party which was enjoyed by all who attended and again featured excellent musical entertainment from Dulwich fans, And Other Nihilists and Brixton Buzz’s Mike Urban on the decks.  We held an auction and raffle with 50% of the proceeds going to the Football Club’s charity partner for 2016/17, Football Beyond Borders.

In the spring we helped to celebrate International Women’s Day by highlighting the contribution that women have made to Dulwich Hamlet FC, our local community and the game as a whole. On the match day itself the First XI wore a special all purple kit, the primary colour of the International Women’s Day organisation (IWD). The kit was specially produced for the occasion and featured IWD’s charity partners Catalyst and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ (WAGGGS) logos. Following the match a number of shirts were auctioned raising over £2000 for the charities. In addition to this DHST interviewed a number of women participating in football including actress and activist, Adrienne Alcover, World Player of the Year, Carli Lloyd and our very own First Team physio, Toni Miller.

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Interviewees for International Women’s Day 2017

With the season over the Trust turned its attention to summer community events with Goose Green Fair being the first off in May. It felt like a real curtain call, with fans new, old and prospective all coming over to our stall for a chat. It was great to hear their season in review and also good to sign up some new members. In equal measure it was great meeting new residents to the area and being able to tell them all about our fantastic Club and inviting them to the Champion Hill for the first time with the offer of a free ticket thanks to the Football Club.

DHST stall at the Goose Green Fair

To illustrate the fantastic work that DHFC does in and for the community, the Club was awarded the Barry East Community Club of the Year award at the Isthmian League’s annual dinner. This is the second year in a row that the Club has won this award and really does prove that the great work that the Supporters’ Trust, Football Committee and our fans do does not go unnoticed. Well done to everyone who has played a part in this and long may it continue.


New Southwark Plan – Area Visions and Site Allocations: WE NEED YOUR HELP!

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Southwark Council are in the process of drafting new site allocations and area visions for the New Southwark Plan. Included within this was an allocation for the existing Champion Hill stadium site including the land around the stadium (car wash, car park) and the land on which the stadium buildings sit (health club, bar, changing rooms etc.) but specifically excluding the football pitch. The important bit here is that development of all land except the pitch means that the Club would have to function without any of the basic ancillary elements (turnstiles, stands, bar, changing rooms) that are essential to be able to function at even a basic level of football let alone one at Isthmian level or above. Whilst we welcome the inclusion of the Champion Hill site in the proposals (in the sense that there is an understanding from the Council that the site can be redeveloped in the future), the current proposals do not have sufficient consideration for the Football Club and its ability to function properly. We urge all supporters to take the opportunity to make comments on this document by 7 July.

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