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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 …

The Last Word – Ryan Chandler, owner of Meet Bernard

Hey, I’m a local dad, husband and owner of Meet Bernard the fashion and lifestyle store in Greenwich and East Dulwich. I’m a massive fan of this vibrant pocket of South East London that we live in… How long have you lived in the area? Dani and I have been loving in South London for the best part of 20 years around Brixton, Clapham, Camberwell and now Brockley. What brought you here? At the time it was the nightlife, but more recently affordable housing and good schools! What has changed most during that time? Apart from the house prices, the amount of really good places to eat. 10 years ago it was hard to find good restaurants in the area, now there is an abundance of fantastic restaurants. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? Without doubt the community of like-minded people around us, it’s so diverse and bohemian and creative and everyone is so supportive of what everyone else is doing. What one thing would you change? The pollution in …

The Last Word: Helen Balkwill, Author, Boy from the Moor

How long have you lived in the area? In August of this year I celebrated 10 years of living in Dulwich Village. What brought you here? As a family, we did things backwards to the traditional way: we relocated into London from the countryside. Wanting a good co-educational school for our teenage daughter and son where they could also both indulge their love of sport, we felt lucky that both were accepted at that time at Alleyn’s, and so we moved to Dulwich to be close to their new school. Do you know your neighbours? My street is very friendly and I got to know many of my near neighbours very quickly, it didn’t take long to meet people from throughout the area either. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? Because I worked in the hospitality industry for a time in my younger days I have met quite a few famous people. Perhaps the most famous being Frank Zappa, who I once had to evacuate a hotel fire with! Do you belong to …

The Last Word: James Edwin, Reflexologist

My name is James Edwin and I live in Forest Hill with my wife and our dog, Jackson. I have recently retrained as a reflexologist and practice here in SE23. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in Forest Hill for 20 years What brought you here? My then girlfriend, now wife, already lived here and we loved the green open spaces What has changed most during that time? There are definitely more interesting independent coffee bars and food places now Do you know your neighbours? Yes, unlike other places I have lived in London- we know them, we socialize and it is lovely Do you belong to any groups? Well I am a member of the Association of Reflexologists if that counts! My wife is more the person to ask- she is in The Forest Hill Gin Club and a local rock choir… Describe your perfect weekend Ultimate Cheese Toastie and coffee at Agas’s Little Deli, food shopping at Beetroot & Beans and Jones of Brockley, a walk in Beckenham …

The Last Word: Eva Viola Tedeschi

My name is Eva and I have been a lot of things in my life; a mum, a life & business partner, a project manager, a business owner and now a virtual assistant supporting small businesses like mine! How long have you lived in the area? Three years. I moved to East Dulwich from Brockley although I am originally from Milan, where I lived until I was 23. What brought you here? My thirst for adventure. I was only 25 when my partner, Andrej, and I decided to open our first business, La Scala coffee shop on Grove Vale. We ran the coffee shop for 5 years, before we decided to do something a little different and opened our second business, a gift shop called ‘Home’, just next-door to where La Scala was! What has changed most during that time? Everything has changed very fast as it commonly happens here in London! After two years of running La Scala, we had our first daughter, Fiona, followed by the arrival of our second baby Bianca that …