All posts tagged: community

The Last Word: Alice Tate-Harte, founder of Clean Air for SE23

Alice Tate-Harte is a painting restorer and local Mum living in Forest Hill.  She set up Clean Air for SE23 this year and is a campaigner on air quality and greening London. How long have you lived in the area? Only one year but I know the area really well and have lived in SE London for 15 years. What brought you here? Friends, good schools and a nice community. What has changed most during that time? Air pollution has become a big thing in the press recently and I started to find out more about it. I was familiar with how Air pollution affected the old paintings that I work on, but I didn’t realise how bad it was for our health.  People are also getting more aware and concerned about climate change and want to know what they get can do to help. What do you most value about the area you live in? The fantastic green spaces and woodland, the swimming pool and the library and the interesting old buildings.  I also …

Update from Cllr Maggie Browning

Projects in Dulwich Hill  As local councillors, we are delighted that the council has been able to fund key improvements to pathways and surfaces in the ward, including on Goodrich Rd, Dawson’s Hill and Piermont Green. The Dawson’s Hill pathway improvements were funded by the Cleaner Greener Safer Fund and have meant the steep pathway into Dawson Heights estate is now fully accessible (see picture below) as well as improved pathway access to Mount Adon Park. We welcome feedback on the new pathways and ideas for further improvements to the ward. Dulwich Festival  It was a pleasure to attend a wonderful performance of brass music by Onyx Brass at Dulwich Festival last month. The event took place in the stunning Chapel at Dulwich Gallery. The organisers of Dulwich Festival again put on a wide array of art and music events across the Dulwich area that were enjoyed by a large number of local residents. I look forward to next year’s festival! Mental Health Awareness Week As Southwark Council’s Mental Health Champion, it is my role …

The Last Word: Alice Tate-Harte, painting restorer

Alice Tate-Harte is a painting restorer and local Mum living in Forest Hill.  She set up Clean Air for SE23 this year and is a campaigner on air quality and greening London. How long have you lived in the area? Only one year but I know the area really well and have lived in SE London for 15 years. What brought you here? Friends, good schools and a nice community. What has changed most during that time? Air pollution has become a big thing in the press recently and I started to find out more about it. I was familiar with how Air pollution affected the old paintings that I work on, but I didn’t realise how bad it was for our health.  People are also getting more aware and concerned about climate change and want to know what they get can do to help. What do you most value about the area you live in? The fantastic green spaces and woodland, the swimming pool and the library and the interesting old buildings.  I also …

The Last Word: Laura Swidzinska – co-founder, Gather

Laura is one half of the duo behind Bellenden Road’s, Gather, the first refillery and sustainability hub to open in the area. Alongside her Peckhamite co-founder Tash Gorst, they’ve opened Gather to make it easier for local people to live a life which produces less waste and harm to the environment. How long have you lived in the area? I’ve been a South Londoner all my life. My Babcia (grandma in English!) has been in the same house in Balham for 70 years. I took the ‘big’ leap from SW to SE 3½ years ago. What brought you here? The greenness, shops run by locals rather than big corporates, and a quick train ride to my parents. What do you value most about the area? The community – it’s super strong here. People really care about where they live and do things together to make it better. Take the East Dulwich Forum for example – that’s where I met my friend and business partner Tash, and Gather was born. What one thing would you change? I’d …

The Last Word: Hayley John-Charles, personal travel consultant

I am a personal travel consultant and run my own franchise of Not Just Travel, I love finding the ideal holiday for my customers and hearing all about their travels on their return. I am also BNI ambassador that supports members in growing their business. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in Lewisham Borough all my life and I have lived in SE23 for 31 years. What has changed most during that time? Forest Hill has a handful of shops and I have seen them change ownership so many times. The biggest change is no longer having any banks in the area. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? My neighbours. We don’t live in each other’s pockets but whenever we need to come together to support each other we do. It’s a real sense of community. Kids can play safely on the green areas. What one thing would you change? To end online businesses that rip people off with cheap alternatives and make it harder …