All posts tagged: community

The Last Word: Rev Raymond Baudon

I’m Rev Raymond Baudon and I’m the curate (which is kind of like a trainee vicar) at St John’s East Dulwich on Goose Green. I have only just moved to the area from north London but I’ve been working at St John’s since 1stJuly. What do you most value about the area you live in? The sense of community. So many times I’ve bumped into someone I know in the street and I love that. What one thing would you change? A tube station at the end of my street. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? I have a bit of an addiction to kitchen gadgets and I love my Kitchenaid mixer. I use it to make cakes for our Wednesday coffee morning. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? I did meet someone who looked familiar recently and when I found out he was an actor I asked if he’d been in anything recently. He replied that he’d been in “a little thing called Downton”. That’s when I recognized him! It …

Around Dulwich – December news!

You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I’m telling you why… Santa Claus is coming to town! I can’t promise I’ll make it through the entire merry season without crying (almost certainly not without pouting) and after 9-years of Santa Claus, I am starting to wonder whether this will be the year my son decides he no longer requires me to pretend that Santa does even come to town at all *sobs* Until then, I am throwing myself into the festivities with as much Christmas spirit as I can muster! I am all over the Winter fairs, elbow-deep in mince pies, and my cup runneth over with mulled wine. The Link Age Southwark 25th Birthday Gala at Dulwich College last month promised a night of glitz and glamour and it did not disappoint! Over £20,000 was raised for this wonderful charity to support their work in helping older people maintain active lives in the community. Meanwhile, there were gold catsuits, pink catsuits and jokes galore at the Scummy Mummies live comedy …

The Last Word: Katharine Spence, owner of Wigwam

Katharine Spence owns Wigwam toy shop on Rosendale Road in West Dulwich, which has recently celebrated five years since opening its doors. She lives in West Dulwich with her husband and three children. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in Dulwich my whole life.  I was born in Dulwich Village and currently live in West Dulwich. What do you value most about the area you live in? There is a real sense of community around where I live in West Dulwich. I love walking from my house up to Wigwam and bumping into lots of people I know, many of whom come into the shop for a chat. Where will you find me on a Saturday? First thing on a Saturday I’ll be watching my son play football for Dulwich Village.  Then I will be back at Wigwam wrapping presents for children going to parties. I always enjoy seeing what they choose for their friends. Cafe, Pub or bar? Cafe. I love a good cosy cafe to sit and have a piece of cake, especially now autumn has arrived. …

The Last Word: Joy Bradshaw, First Glance Hair Salon

Hello my name is Joy Bradshaw. I run a hair salon in Brockley called First Glance with my brother Roan Bradshaw. It’s a small, friendly, family business. We do all aspects of hairdressing – European, Mixed, Afro hair, male and female. This year we are celebrating 30-years in business! How long have you lived in the area? I have lived here all my life as my parents moved from the Brockley end of SE15 (Nunhead) to Forest Hill in the early 1960’s and I absolutely love it!! I think because its surrounded with a choice of parks and greenery it makes a difference and it’s also so central. Luckily, I know my lovely neighbours and they are all so friendly and we do the neighbourly thing to respect each other and look out for each other. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I just love the fact that it’s so accessible to the city and into town, The bus stop is not literally on my door step, but within walking …

The Last Word: Sarah Gilfillan, men’s personal stylist/shopper

Sarah Gilfillan is a personal stylist / shopper for men and runs men’s personal style consultancy Sartoria Lab. She helps men who don’t like shopping to get their wardrobes together easily and quickly.  How long have you lived in the area? 14 years What brought you here? I fell in love with Goose Green when I came to check out the area. What has changed most during that time? The shops, bars and cafes have all been updated and now we even have a cinema! What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? The thing I can’t do without (apart from my phone of course) is tea! There’s just something so comforting about a cup of English breakfast tea. Do you know your neighbours? I know the people in my building but sadly not the rest of my neighbours. I thought it was a London thing but a friend in Balham and her neighbours have a Google group and regularly have parties! Maybe it’s time I took charge of our street coming together? The most …