Author: Alex Crane

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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

Tastylia Supplier 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Deadline for nominations to the Trust Board approaching

 

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A reminder that the deadline for nominations to join the Supporters’ Trust Board is rapidly approaching! You have until midnight on Sunday 28th May to make your nominations. Being on the DHST Board is a great way to volunteer time to help the Club, meet new people, and learn new skills. Nominations are welcome from anyone who is over the age of 18 and is a paid up member of DHST. Continue reading “Deadline for nominations to the Trust Board approaching”

Walking in a Wingate wonderland…

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This weekend a group of Dulwich Hamlet FC fans will be walking from Champion Hill all the way to our away game at the Harry Abrahams stadium, home of Wingate & Finchley FC. The purpose of the walk is two-fold: Firstly to raise money in aid of the InterCity 125 fans’ campaign, and secondly to raise money for Shelter, a charity the club has supported many times in the past. Continue reading “Walking in a Wingate wonderland…”

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Dulwich Hamlet Football Club to celebrate International Women’s Day with special one-off kit

Dulwich Hamlet Football Club will once again celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) this Saturday, 11 March 2017, against Merstham FC (kick off 3pm). The day will be an opportunity to celebrate the contribution that women have made to Dulwich Hamlet FC and our local community.

To commemorate the occasion the Club have adopted the campaign’s theme of #BeBoldForChange and commissioned a special one-off purple kit in lieu of their famous pink and blue colours. Purple is the primary colour used for IWD because it stands for justice and dignity. The kit will also feature the logos of IWD’s charity partners, Catalyst and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Continue reading “Dulwich Hamlet Football Club to celebrate International Women’s Day with special one-off kit”

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Celebrating International Women’s Day at Dulwich Hamlet

Wednesday 8th March marks International Women’s Day, which is celebrated in many countries throughout the world. Thousands of events take place not just on the day itself but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.

As has been customary in recent years Dulwich Hamlet FC will be marking the occasion on 11th March at our game against Merstham, celebrating the contribution that women have made to Dulwich Hamlet FC, our local community and the game as a whole. Continue reading “Celebrating International Women’s Day at Dulwich Hamlet”

Revised MOU signed with Meadow

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In 2015 we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hadley Property Group. This set out the key points of our working relationship with them including common understanding and commitments on key aspects of the proposed development and the transition to fan ownership. With the change from Hadley Property Group to Meadow in October 2016 we felt it was necessary to revisit the MOU and update to reflect the current situation.

We’re now pleased to say that both parties have signed a revised agreement which retains and builds upon all the main sentiments of the original MOU. The updated MoU emphasises how vital the planning application is to the future of the club.  A brand new, fit-for-purpose stadium, a facility for local schools and the community groups, and a sustainable, debt-free future for our club, owned by the fans.  If you haven’t already, please take 10 minutes to tell the Planning Inspectorate – by 7 March – why you #SupportourStadium. Continue reading “Revised MOU signed with Meadow”

Christmas Stocking Fillers!

We have a wide range of Dulwich Hamlet inspired gifts which are priced £10 or under – Calendars, mugs, hats, caps, badges, socks, gloves and scarves.  We also have a new range of badges and t-shirts available to buy from the Mega-Container at today’s F.A. Trophy match v Royston Town. The shop will be open from 2pm. If you can’t make it today then the shop will be open on the following dates :

tastylia side effects Tuesday 13th December – Faversham Town (League Cup) 7:45pm kick off. Shop open from 7pm, half time and after the game.

binary brokers Saturday 17th December – Tonbridge Angels (Ryman League Premier Division) 3pm kick off. Shop open from 2pm, half time and after the game. Continue reading “Christmas Stocking Fillers!”