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The Last Word: Alice Godfrey, Nutritional Therapist

Alice Godfrey is a Registered Nutritional Therapist who lives in Forest Hill with her partner and their two children.  She specialises in anxiety and menopause and is keen to spread awareness of the importance of nutrition for mental health.  She does consultations from her home clinic and online. How long have you lived in the area? I’ve lived in Forest Hill for 3 years but before that I was in Sydenham for 8. Sydenham has changed far more in 3 years than it did in the 8 I was there! What brought you here? I’ve always felt at home in South London as my grandmother lived in Brixton.  I started there after university and then moved to Herne Hill then to Penge to afford a tiny flat and then came further east. I love this area’s leafy-ness. What do you value most about the street you live in? We live on Sunderland Road which is a lovely wide road which has some beautiful old houses on it (ours isn’t one of those unfortunately!). I like to imagine horse-drawn …

The Last Word: Deborah Henry-Pollard, Catching Fireworks

Deborah Henry-Pollard’s business is Catching Fireworks which she started 10 years ago. She is a coach to creative people and also the author of “What’s Your Excuse for not Succeeding as an Artist” How long have you lived in the area? Since December 2001. What brought you here? I lived in Chester for 10 years but got homesick so came back for a job at English National Opera. Nunhead was intended to be for 6 months whilst I looked for somewhere north of the river where I had lived before. Now, I can’t imagine leaving south London. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? Paper and pen. I know we are in a digital age, but nothing is better for me than the ‘old school’ way of capturing ideas. I have notebooks in every room of the house and always one in my handbag. I am one of the few remaining Filofax carriers! The most famous person you’ve seen or met? I used to work in theatre, so met people like Kenneth Branagh and …

The Last Word: Suzanne Hemming

My name is Suze Hemming and I live on Lordship Lane with my husband Rich, and our daughter Thea who is almost 6.  I used to work in the film and TV industry, but am now an author, writing rhyming children’s books.  How long have you lived in the area? We moved here in October 2001, so it’ll be 18 years this year! What brought you here? We were living in our first 1 bed flat in Tooting Bec and wanted to try and buy somewhere with a garden.  One day we took an A to Z (shows how long ago it was!) and drove around looking at areas we’d never been to before. We drove down East Dulwich Grove, onto Lordship Lane and decided to stay! What do you most value about the area/street you live in?  The sense of community that’s here. People who live outside of London often say Londoners are an unfriendly bunch, but that’s not been our experience since we moved to East Dulwich. Do you know your neighbours? Yes!  …

The Last Word: Jessica Rose, founder of London Jewellery School

Hello I’m Jessica Rose I Live in Forest Hill and am the Founder of the London Jewellery School and Jewellers Academy. We teach jewellery-making skills to people of all walks of life including silver-work, stone setting,metal clay, beading, glass and business skills. I am also mummy to a lovely (almost) 2 year old boy. How long have you lived in the area? A long time, I grew up in Dulwich moved around south London for a while in my early 20s and moved to Forest Hill around 4 years ago. I love it! What brought you here? Havelock walk – that is where I live and the houses are so beautiful and unique. I love that many of them are also artists/ creative studios and the community that creates. I am a jeweller and I help other jewellers to run successful jewellery businesses online with the Jewellers Academy so being part of a creative community was invaluable to me. What has changed most during that time? Lots of new coffee shops – which is my …

The Last Word: Michele Simon, Bridewell Care

My name is Michele Simon and I run a values-based at-home care company called Bridewell Care. We provide support for people who, although aging, want to remain at home. Often all they need is some companionship and a bit of help round the house or some support after an operation to get them back on their feet. How long have you lived in the area? 18 years. What brought you here? My partner, now my husband, lived here.  He told me he loved East Dulwich and wasn’t going to move out to Woking. So, I had to move to Dulwich!  It was however a good choice and I’ve never looked back. What’s changed most during that time? Pretty much everything – new shops, new bars, new restaurants – and loads of children.  You never used to see a child but now there are loads of families living here.  It’s been good for the area. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I like being within walking distance of everything – shops, …