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The Last Word: Katharine Spence, owner of Wigwam

Katharine Spence owns Wigwam toy shop on Rosendale Road in West Dulwich, which has recently celebrated five years since opening its doors. She lives in West Dulwich with her husband and three children. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in Dulwich my whole life.  I was born in Dulwich Village and currently live in West Dulwich. What do you value most about the area you live in? There is a real sense of community around where I live in West Dulwich. I love walking from my house up to Wigwam and bumping into lots of people I know, many of whom come into the shop for a chat. Where will you find me on a Saturday? First thing on a Saturday I’ll be watching my son play football for Dulwich Village.  Then I will be back at Wigwam wrapping presents for children going to parties. I always enjoy seeing what they choose for their friends. Cafe, Pub or bar? Cafe. I love a good cosy cafe to sit and have a piece of cake, especially now autumn has arrived. …

New M&S Simply Food store to open at East Dulwich station

Marks & Spencer will be opening the doors to its newest Simply Food store in East Dulwich, tomorrow Thursday 15th November at 10am. We were invited to have a look around the store as the final setup was taking place.  It looks fantastic! Located on Grove Vale Road, the store will be led by Store Manager, James Adabie, alongside his team of 30 colleagues. The team will offer the community the very best service at M&S East Dulwich Station and have all been extensively trained in how to make every moment special for customers, drawing on M&S’s 134 years of serving the British public. To celebrate the opening, M&S East Dulwich Station will be giving away exclusive Golden Tickets to the first 200 customers through the doors. The Golden Tickets will include offers for £5 and £25 ‘spend today’ vouchers, as well as 1 x £200 gift card and 2 x £100 gift cards. Store Manager, James Adabie, has worked at M&S for eight years and said, “My team and I are really excited about our new …

The Last Word: Joy Bradshaw, First Glance Hair Salon

Hello my name is Joy Bradshaw. I run a hair salon in Brockley called First Glance with my brother Roan Bradshaw. It’s a small, friendly, family business. We do all aspects of hairdressing – European, Mixed, Afro hair, male and female. This year we are celebrating 30-years in business! How long have you lived in the area? I have lived here all my life as my parents moved from the Brockley end of SE15 (Nunhead) to Forest Hill in the early 1960’s and I absolutely love it!! I think because its surrounded with a choice of parks and greenery it makes a difference and it’s also so central. Luckily, I know my lovely neighbours and they are all so friendly and we do the neighbourly thing to respect each other and look out for each other. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I just love the fact that it’s so accessible to the city and into town, The bus stop is not literally on my door step, but within walking …

Catford Christmas tree charity aims for biggest year yet

Lewisham based social action project, Jericho Road is aiming to sell 700 Christmas trees for charity, in an effort to give a gift to the homeless. Kings Christmas Trees, which is run by Kings Church London, is gearing up for its biggest year yet. All proceeds from the trees, which are premium Normann Firs driven down from Scotland for the project, go to providing meals for the homeless through the Jericho Road Project. Over the nine years the project has been operating, Kings has seen the Christmas trees ordered by customers grow significantly. The most popular size for trees is now six or seven foot, which always sell out first. However, the project also supplies trees to schools, colleges and large-scale organisations, with the biggest tree it sells being 10 feet. Over the last nine years the project has sold 3,545 trees, and it is aiming to sell 700 this year, more than ever before as they mark their 10-year anniversary. The trees will be available to order from early November. “King’s Christmas Trees started …

The Last Word: Sarah Gilfillan, men’s personal stylist/shopper

Sarah Gilfillan is a personal stylist / shopper for men and runs men’s personal style consultancy Sartoria Lab. She helps men who don’t like shopping to get their wardrobes together easily and quickly.  How long have you lived in the area? 14 years What brought you here? I fell in love with Goose Green when I came to check out the area. What has changed most during that time? The shops, bars and cafes have all been updated and now we even have a cinema! What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? The thing I can’t do without (apart from my phone of course) is tea! There’s just something so comforting about a cup of English breakfast tea. Do you know your neighbours? I know the people in my building but sadly not the rest of my neighbours. I thought it was a London thing but a friend in Balham and her neighbours have a Google group and regularly have parties! Maybe it’s time I took charge of our street coming together? The most …