All posts tagged: community

The Last Word – Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson was born a long time ago in the north of England. He worked as a teacher, a pianist in clubs and pubs, and a bus conductor. He was a BBC correspondent in the 1980s and 90s doing spells in Asia, the Middle East, the Soviet Union and eastern and central Europe. He also read the news on BBC World TV. He turned freelance in 2002, writing articles on all sorts of subjects and trying his hand at thrillers. His first one, A Wicked Device, about a plot to restore totalitarian rule to Germany, won the Scottish Association of Writers Pitlochry Award for Crime-Writing in 2006. His wife, Kathryn Davies, is also a journalist. She’s worked for the BBC, the Financial Times and The Guardian. She now translates Russian texts into English. How long have you lived in the area? We came to Dulwich in 1986. We had lived in Forest Hill in the 70s before our first foreign assignments as journalists in south east Asia. Knowing we would eventually have to set up …

The Last Word – Jim Halliday

Jim Halliday from Dumfries and a Queen of the South supporter, has lived in South London since 1977 and fully considers himself a Jockney! Since 2001 he has been involved in the local community as secretary at the volunteer-run, Aquarius Golf Club. How long have you lived in the area? 40 years What brought you here? When I graduated from Stirling University, I was offered a job with the Post Office, now BT in IT. I stayed with them for 37 years. What has changed most during that time? The traffic, it take ages to get anywhere. In the afternoon I find it is quicker to walk to Sydenham High Street rather than drive. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? The greenery as we overlooking Wells Park. Do you know your neighbours? Yes all of them, including their kids, dogs and cats. Though the least friendly is my own Bengal cat. We have a residents’ association, with a quarterly newsletter and we hold an annual garden party in June. It …

The East Dulwich Literary Festival 2017: FEAST!

Once again Harris Girls’ Academy is celebrating the literary arts with opportunities open to our local community, including performances, readings and talks from 10th-21st July. The theme for 2017 is Feast, with many of the scheduled events focusing on food in literature and the exploration of culture and identity through food. This year all of our public events will be run in partnership with the Ivy House, our local Community led Inn on Stuart Road and all of the scheduled events, except the pub quiz are free entry. Students will be taking part in a range of activities linked to the theme throughout the week including a big lunch; a pop-up bookshop; talks from local authors and performances from visiting theatre companies. Join us for an enriching week of events; we look forward to seeing you!   Monday 17th July 19.30 Spark London: Story Telling Driven by the principals of community, authenticity and sharing, storytelling nights have been popping up across London and one of the most popular is Spark. Every week Spark hold nights …

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 Great Wall of Stillness!

The Reception Team at Stillness Infants School in Brockley had been researching ideas for the outside space and wanted to make something bright and colourful for the children. The area is an extension of the classroom and as such any images needed to complement the curriculum clearly defining each learning space. We decided to create individual panels that would provide backdrops for the topics covered throughout the year. A rainbow scene for ‘Once upon a Tale’ a unit that covers traditional fairy tales, a map of the World for our unit on travel ‘On the Move’ treasure maps and landscapes of London for role play etc, which was 48 meres in length. We had a limited budget to work with so wanted to be able to spend as much of the money we had on equipment, costumes and learning resources for the children.  Brock, father of Olive in Red class offered to help and organised with two other Dads, Neil and Lawrence to paint the scenes on the wall for us. Before the walls could …