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The Last Word: Ric, Plastic Free East Dulwich

Local parent, husband and ocean lover working to rid our community of single-use plastic. How long have you lived in the area? We’ve been South Londoners for 17 years, gradually moving Eastwards and finally up to East Dulwich from Peckham two weeks before our daughter was born, just in the nick of time! That was 8.5 years ago now. What brought you here? We’ve always loved living in South London, the mixture of cultures, the green spaces, the independent community spirit. Now we’ve settled in East Dulwich we honestly couldn’t imagine living anywhere else in London. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? The proximity to three amazing green spaces: Dulwich Park with its facilities and events, Peckham Rye with the Japanese Garden and kids area where we celebrate our daughter’s birthday every year and Dulwich Wood where I still get lost every time I go, without fail! What one thing would you change? A complete ban on single-use plastic! Do you belong to any groups? I run Plastic Free East Dulwich …

The Last Word: Helen Anderson, womenswear designer

My name is Helen, I am a local womenswear designer and I have recently launched my first collection. I have designed a range of clothes that are aimed at being flattering and comfortable but also stylish, with colours and high quality fabrics specifically combined to achieve this. All of the manufacturing for which has been done in London. How long have you lived here? I’ve lived in SE London for over 30 years and in Forest Hill for the past 15 years. What brought you here? Before moving here I was a fashion student in Manchester.  My ambition was to pursue a career in costume making/design implementing my fashion training, which brought me to London. I worked in the West End at the Piccadilly Theatre, National Theatre and Sadlers Wells amongst others. When I first arrived in London I visited friends in South East London and never looked back. What one thing would you change? More clothes shops! Do you know your neighbours? Yes, I feel lucky to have friendly neighbours who even feed our …

COVID-19 Community Raffle

  East Dulwich resident, Victoria Rennison, has set up a community raffle as a way of showing support for all our brilliant local businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Victoria has lived in East Dulwich for three years and moved here because of the wonderful atmosphere in the area, with so many independent shops and businesses, friendly people and a real sense of community. She said: “With the latest government advice meaning so many of these local businesses have suddenly had to close, the impact was immediate and palpable. I saw online how they were trying to innovate and offer what they could but worrying what might happen to their shops, restaurants, cafes, gyms etc. so I wanted to do something which helped them financially in some way but also raised awareness of their plight and encouraged people to support them, shop and spend locally and help them get through the other side.” The idea of the community raffle is to sell raffle tickets all over East Dulwich and the surrounding areas, with all proceeds raised …

The Last Word: Claudia McKenzie, General Manager of Park’s Edge Bar & Kitchen

 Claudia McKenzie, General Manager of local Herne Hill Restaurant, Park’s Edge Bar & Kitchen has an affinity for the Dulwich area, having gone to one of the Dulwich secondary schools and living close by.  How long have you known the area? A lady never tells her age but let’s just say decades… I used to feed the ducks in Dulwich Park as a child, walked through Dulwich Village almost daily as a schoolgirl and spent many a Thursday evening with my friend gossiping about her divorce at our favourite Italian of old, Porcini’s on Croxted Road. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? My car. Try as I might to drive less, I’m way too dependent on it. As the weather gets warmer, I’m going to try and leave the car at home and take the bus, which I love doing and walk more. Coffee or tea? Where? Coffee AND tea! When I co-work, I drag my laptop to Volcano Coffee Works on Park Hall Road. The aroma of the coffee releases my creativity.  …

The Last Word: Nadia Zohhadi, President of the Forest Hill Women’s Institute

  How long have you lived in the area? I moved to Forest Hill almost four years ago – on my first child’s due date! Luckily she was late, and all went well. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? We moved here from Southwest London, where I had lived my whole life. What I immediately noticed was just how much more of a community spirit there is here. Maybe it’s also because when you have kids you get more involved with local events more, but I feel like everywhere I go I bump into a friendly face. It’s really nice. What one thing would you change? More clothes shops, so I don’t have to trek to town. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? Blythe Hill Tavern – simply the best pub in London. Amazing staff, and a really warm atmosphere. Importantly it’s also really welcoming to kids, which is a rarity in London. Cracking garden too! The most famous person you’ve seen or met?  I once helped Kylie Minogue …