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The Last Word – Toni Horton

I’m Toni Horton and I live in SE21 with my husband and two cats. I am a Life Coach and I work with my clients to help them make positive changes that move them forward into the life, career or relationship that they wish for. What brought you here? I was born in Camberwell and grew up in Streatham. I knew the Dulwich area through visits to family and friends and first visited the Dog (Crown and Greyhound) when I was two weeks old. I moved to Dulwich in 1987 and I’ve been here ever since. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? If I can only have one thing then it would be the Rumsey Pharmacy and Post Office. The staff are so lovely and always go the extra mile to help everybody. Do you know your neighbours? Yes I do – I have fantastic neighbours. It’s the first place I have lived where everybody on the road knows each other and we look out for one another. I love our road, it’s …

Thalia Droussioti wins Stevie Award for Women in Business

Thalia Droussioti, a longstanding resident of Dulwich who is also the founder and CEO of international media company Global Listings, is named the winner of the hotly contested Stevie® Award in the CEO category for Women in Business for Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Europe, the Middle East & Africa. Following thousands of submissions from more than 60 countries, the Stevie Award winners were unveiled in a glittering ceremony in Manhattan on Friday night and the event was also broadcast via Livestream. Thalia Droussioti said: “I am genuinely delighted and truly honoured to be a recipient of the world’s premier business award! It has been a hugely exciting journey to reach this moment – and for my achievements as both a female CEO and entrepreneur to be recognised by such a distinguished panel of international experts is incredibly flattering. I’ve also loved meeting the other nominated top female executives from around the world, each of whom has their own success story to tell.” Michael Gallagher, President of the Stevie Awards, said: “The judges were …

The Last Word: Robyn Perkins

After a number of creative professions (potter, marine biology, furniture design & landscape architecture), I have settled into stand-up comedy. I also started Laugh Train Home in 2013, a comic run comedy night who (since September) have their second club night in SE23. On a day to day basis, I am an upbeat, chatty American who plays water polo, is a massive foodie, decent cook and is often seen riding a bright pink Brompton. How long have you lived in the area? I moved to London from Boston in 2008 and into SE London in 2014. Do you know your neighbours? Oh yes. Probably too well. While at the Fringe, I had one enter my flat and search for a photo I needed for my show. I was about to ask him to go through my hard-drive when someone informed me ‘British people don’t ask that of their neighbours’. Whoops! The most famous person you’ve seen or met? I feel like naming comedians is cheating a bit, especially as they come to play my club. …

The Last Word: Linda Drake

 I am a Dulwich resident, and have lived in Southwark for nearly 40 years. I love the variety and vibrancy of this a young, multi cultural area. I work locally as a practice nurse, I job adore, and can recommend to anyone. My husband and younger son both work for the NHS, whilst my older son is a vicar. How long have you lived in the area? 33 years What brought you here? Open spaces and good schools for our young family What has changed most during that time? The changes to Lordship Lane, which is now the go-to SE london road for independent restaurants, bars, cinema and shops. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? My job as a general practice nurse, specialising in diabetes. I can cycle to work, and together with the local community and businesses we all can encourage people to get tested for diabetes [see diabetes.org.uk ‘preventing diabetes’]. I have worked at the same practice for over 30 years, which either shows how much I love …

The Last Word: Dorothea Vogel, Violist

My name is Dorothea Vogel; I am the violist in the Allegri Quartet, Primrose Piano Quartet, Kings Consort and also play in lots of others groups – I like to have variety in my life. When I’m not playing, I’m the mother to two children, who are now 13 and 10, and going to school locally, which has been a great way to meet some of the lovely families in the area. As I do a lot of playing around the country and abroad, and not enough close to home, I’ve decided together with my friend Anna Butt to start a regular season of Classical Concerts at St. Augustine’s church on One Tree Hill. The first concert will happen on the 29th of September, and we are also raising money for St. Christopher’s hospice, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. I’ve lived here since 2001, when we moved into our first own house. After a few years the family grew and we moved to a bigger house but stayed in the area. I …