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The Last Word: Annabelle Dowler, actress

Annabelle Dowler is an actress and voice over artist living in Forest Hill. Among other theatre, TV and film work Annabelle plays Kirsty in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers. What brought you here? We’d been renting for years in Shepherds Bush and then Kilburn but wanted to buy and just couldn’t afford the prices there. I was doing a job and half the crew were based in South East London and said I should have a look at the area. As soon as I got out of the station at Forest Hill for our first flat viewing I got such a good feeling about the area and knew we’d be happy living here. That was over 7 years ago. What has changed most during that time? Pubs being renovated. Nice independent cafes popping up. House prices getting crazily high. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? The community feel. We have lovely friends and neighbours on our street who we and our kids socialize with. Plus the fact that although we’re …

The Last Word: Councillor Charlie Smith

I became Mayor of Southwark in May 2017 following a year as Deputy Mayor. I had hardly begun my term of office when we suffered that horrible terrorist attack on London Bridge. My role was to visit the First Responders and thank them for the courageous work they carried out and on subsequent days. I also visited the various hotels that put people up for the night following the attack. I thoroughly enjoyed my year. How long have I lived in the area? I am a Londoner and have lived in East Dulwich for about 25 years. What brought you here? It was mainly house prices but I soon discovered East Dulwich was that little bit more rural compared with say Brixton. What has changed most during that time? I guess it is the shops and stores that have gone to be replaced by many eateries and watering holes. Oh, and of course the rise in property prices. What do you most value about the street you live in? There is a primary school on …

The Last Word: Dr Christine Langhoff

Dr Christine Langhoff is a local resident, mum of two, clinical psychologist and director of Circle Psychology Partners and Dulwich Psychologist, a counselling and therapy service for children, adolescents, adults and couples. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in Dulwich since 2008 when I started working as an assistant psychologist at the Maudsley. What brought you here? My first job in London. One of my friends had recommended Dulwich to me and he was quite right. We still love it. Even though commuting to various places during my doctorate was not always easy, we stuck it out. It is such a great place to live in now that we have children. I have also done away with the commuting by running my private practice in Dulwich. What do you most value about the area you live in? I love Dulwich Village as it doesn’t feel like we are living in the middle of a big city. Not only is it a wonderfully green place to live in but it is …

The Last Word: Jeremy Wyatt, treehouse builder

Jeremy Wyatt is a local treehouse builder, running Root and Shoot Treehouses, and makes bespoke lighting and environmentally friendly products. Parent to three boys he doesn’t know anything about sport and needs to find a stand-in to show them the ways.   How long have you lived in the area? We moved here from Hackney 3 years ago. What brought you here? We had two kids and another on the way and wanted to get out of the concrete jungle but stay in London. When we came here to check it out we loved it and thought it would be a great place for the kids to grow up. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I love that our street puts the effort in! It’s no holes barred come Halloween and we’re all getting together for a street party on the day of the royal wedding. I also love how green the area is, it’s so wonderful that you can be in the middle of a wood in minutes. What’s the …

The Last Word: Patrick Belton, Owner of Romeo Jones

 My name is Patrick Belton, I own a deli & café in Dulwich Village called Romeo Jones. I’ve just turned 50, I’m single and live with my dog, Lionel the lurcher. How long have you lived in the area? In Dulwich since 1999, South London since 1992. What brought you here? Initially to London for work, from rural Rutland. To Dulwich from Streatham as I kept getting burgled! What has changed most during that time? Mmm. Lots. Dulwich I fear it has become less diverse as community, but at the same time it has also become a fantastic to place to shop and hang out. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? The trees and the architecture, and that I live within two minutes of our first public gallery. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? The green spaces around me. I have a dog called Lionel who loves all the local parks and squirrels. Do you know your neighbours? Yes, quite a few. I come from a tiny village …