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The Last Word: Claire Empson, owner of Daisy Lets

Claire Empson is a local resident, mum of two, the owner of Daisy Lets & Sales and is standing for election in the council elections on the 3rd May in the Goose Green ward. How long have you lived in the area? I lived in East Dulwich for 10 years and on the edge of ED/Forest Hill border now for 5 years What brought you here? I wanted to move from Croydon and start a family, East Dulwich was the only part of London I wanted to live in, mainly due to it’s village feel. I’d always liked driving through Dulwich Village past the gallery with the white signposts on the roundabout! I moved Daisy Lets & Sales to Lordship Lane in 2011 after working from home in East Dulwich and then moved towards Forest Hill to get a larger garden for my two very active boys! Do you belong to any groups? I run a support group for Mums in Business in East Dulwich, attend CwS, a local networking group and I’m now the co-chair …

The Last Word: Gill O’Neill, Vicar of St John’s East Dulwich

My name is Gill O’Neill, and I am the Vicar of St John’s East Dulwich. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in East Dulwich for just under two years, before that I lived in West Norwood and worked as Curate of All Saints, West Dulwich. What brought you here? I came here in 2016 as the new Vicar of St John’s. The church is just next to Goose Green, the one with the red spire near the Goose Green playground. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I love that East Dulwich is a diverse place, with a history of different kinds of people making a home here over the decades, and retains something of a village feel to it. I also love the William Blake mural on the end gable of the house on Hinckley Road. It depicts Blake’s childhood vision of angels on Peckham Rye, and reminds me to look for the angelic in people. What one thing would you change? House prices! What’s …

The Last Word: Nic Kemp, co-founder of Oomami

Nic Kemp is the co-founder of Oomami, a consultancy for film, video & broadcast companies to help them expand and streamline their creative processes through technology and innovation. She also runs a gluten free blog Eggainst The Grain which is full of nutritional child friendly recipes and advice. She lives with with her partner, Matt, and their two young daughters. How long have you lived in the area? About 13 years. What brought you here? We had the opportunity to rent a friends 3 bedroom house in Ladywell for the same price as I was paying for a room in Shoreditch. We then had kids and decided to stay and settle in Honor Oak. What has changed most during that time? Places to eat and drink! When we first arrived, we never really hung out locally as there wasn’t much here. The Ladywell Tavern was the only pub really near us and was pretty dire then, though we did love the old Mr Lawrence’s. I remember when Jam Circus and The Orchard opened – it …

The Last Word: Matt & Ubie

We are West Dulwich residents, Matt and Ubie. Matt moved to Dulwich back in 2001. We had a whirlwind romance having met in Hong Kong. We got married in 2017 and Ubie moved over permanently then. Matt has worked in investment in London for many years. Ubie is an artist and teacher. We have been really enjoying getting our different skills together and launching our art class business in the local area! What brought you here? We don’t have roots here, but Matt has worked in London for many years. So, it was all about getting on the housing ladder! Believe it or not, back in 2001, West Dulwich seemed very good value for money. It probably still is, albeit relatively speaking, compared to other London suburbs of course! How long have you lived in the area? Over 15 years. When I bought my home here I didn’t foresee living here quite this long! But, Dulwich surroundings are so great, with proximity to London and all its attractions, but also a sense of leafiness and …

The Last Word: Lol Johnson, Photographer

Lol Johnson is a local professional photographer whose work mainly revolves around interiors and kids. When not busy artily draping a throw, or coaxing kids into throwing a pose, she can be found out and about with her husband and kids or jogging around the local parks. How long have you lived in the area? What brought you here? I’ve been a South Londoner ever since I made the move from my hometown of Newcastle in 1996, but made the move to Forest Hill just before the birth of my first child in 2006. It was the only place we could afford to buy a property! It’s not quite so affordable now. What has changed most during that time? What do you most value about the area/street you live in? What one thing would you change? Property prices! And transport links – the East London Line makes central London much more accessible, but the best thing about Forest Hill is one of it’s oldest institutions – The Horniman Museum and I’m lucky enough to live …