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The Last Word – Jennifer O’Donnell, Jane Jefferson Cleaning

Jennifer O’Donnell owns Jane Jefferson Cleaning, a commercial and domestic cleaning company based in South East London. Commercial cleans cover zones 1 and 2 and domestic cleaning all of South East London. Jennifer is committed to ensuring low paid workers are protected with fair pay and employment rights and has highlighted the challenges of this through various politicians, press, radio, TV interviews and on a panel at a Living Wage symposium at the House of Commons. In 2015 Heidi Alexander MP held her up in the House of Commons as an example to how big business should operate. How long have you lived in the area? I’ve lived here for 12 years. At the time it was the only area still close to central London where we could buy a house and a garden. I love the feel here, it is like a village in the middle of London. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? I used to work in the entertainment sector where you get to meet lots of interesting people and it’s …

The Last Word – Rob Cassie, Electrician

My name is Rob Cassie, I’m a qualified electrician who works mainly in the domestic sector. I’m registered with a governing body that makes sure that I work to current standards as set out by the wiring regulations. My aim is to make sure that homeowners are electrically safe in their own home. How long have you lived in the area? I’ve lived in the SE area for just over twenty years. What brought you here? My now wife, girlfriend at the time, lived in the area so I moved to the area so we could see more of each other. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? My iPad, it keeps me connected with my customers and has my daily schedule at hand. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? Many years ago, at a military event, I met Prince Charles. I remember thinking how much shorter he was in real life, for some reason I always thought he was very tall. Do you belong to any groups? I belong to a …

The Last Word – Hazel Springall, Village Books

I bought the bookshop (Village Books in Dulwich Village) with Julian Toland, my now retired business partner 20 years ago. After years of working for Waterstone’s I wanted the chance to run my own shop. I knew little about Dulwich at the time but now I live here and I love it – it’s a wonderful place to bring up a child. I enjoy my job every bit as much as when we first bought the shop – to spend your day talking about great books and meeting some wonderful writers is a privilege, although my favourite part of the job is finding the book that’s going to make a child love books. How long have you lived here? 16 years What brought you here? A baby – When our daughter was born I realised that a baby in Wimbledon and a bookshop in Dulwich was going to cause stresses, so like many families we moved here for the schools What I value most about the street I live in: I love the sense of …

The Last Word – Anne Lynch, Painter

I am a painter originally from Edinburgh but I have lived in London since 1973. I now live in Brockley close to Hilly Fields. I have a wonderful studio in my garden and exhibit regularly in lots of groups shown Britain, Europe and USA. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived here for 19 years and did not know of the area until I saw my flat. What brought you here? I was searching for a larger two-bedroom property with good light and in a quiet area. I was immediately attracted to the large Victorian houses and the amount of greenery in all the streets.   Also most of the streets are very wide. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I most value two things one, that I have enough space to have a studio in my garden and two the quietness of this area the space it offers, lots of trees and its wonderful park Hilly Fields at the bottom of the road. The park is …

The Last Word: Maggie O’Farrell

Maggie O’Farrell is appearing at Alleyn’s School on Thursday 18th May at 7.30pm to chat about her most recent smash, This Must Be the Place – a dazzling, intimate epic about who we leave behind and who we become as we search for our place in the world. As the author of seven fabulous books, including The Hand That First Held Mine, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, Instructions for a Heatwave, shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award this is an event not to miss. Ticket are £10  Book tickets online at www.village-books.co.uk or pop into the bookshop on Calton Ave, in Dulwich Village. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? When I was around seventeen or eighteen, I was in Edinburgh one evening at the time of the Festival. I was sitting on the steps of a closed cafe in the Old Town when a man walked up the steps, to try the locked door. I say ‘walked’ when actually it was more of a glide, a float, a human glissando: something in the quality of …