All posts tagged: community

The Last Word: Silvia Sardinero, interior designer and decorator

Silvia Sardinero is a Spanish interior designer and decorator, and founder of Blue Patio. She lives in Dulwich with her children, Emile and Celeste, husband Phil and cat Rubens. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in the area for seven years now; in three very different houses that my husband and I have renovated. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I live in a house that is part of a set of modernist houses in the Dulwich Estate, built in the late 60s. We have been living here for almost 2 years, yet I am still fascinated with the urban plan set out by the architects, Austin Vernon and Partners. The articulation of the community around the nature of the Dulwich Woods creates a very peaceful environment to live. Also, the houses are connected by a series of footpaths and I value the security this provides for the children. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? It would be very difficult to move to …

The Last Word: Shona Chambers – Space at 61

I’m Shona Chambers, I have lived and worked in the SE London for almost 20 years; (Deptford, Lee Green, Nunhead and currently Forest Hill). I have always loved the strong sense of community to be found in this area and have participated in many aspects of it from the Tulse Hill & Dulwich Hockey club to running the SE15 Tea Group (Mums & babies social group) – it’s a great place to live! What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? At present the song track from The Greatest Showman on my MP3 player, I challenge anyone to listen to it and not be hooked. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? I met quite in my former business, a cafe. Including Shirley from Eastenders (Linda Valiris) Mike McShane – who played Friar Tuck in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Joel Dommet (I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here) and others who are actually really nice locals and I’d rather not name drop! Where are you likely to be found on Saturday? If …

Around Dulwich – October news

We have embraced the start of the new school year and all of the routine that comes with it. The long days of summer are but a distant memory as our attention returns to homework, swimming lessons, PTA cake sales and – for pupils entering Year 6 – secondary school open mornings! We did an early tour of a few of the local secondary schools in the area (our son has just started in Year 5) as we wanted to get a feel for them, but will go back again with him next September. Anyway, back to the here and now! The Catford Gin Festival returns this month (5-8 October) at The Broadway Theatre. The 3-day festival is hosted by the Forest Hill Gin Club and Team Catford and sponsored by Fever Tree Premium Tonic Water. It will showcase local distillers such as Dulwich based Fatty’s Organic Gin alongside those from further afield. The Herne Hill Music Festival is also back (5-14 October) and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever with …

The Last Word: Sarah Botting, owner of Lucy Sparkles & Friends

Sarah Botting is a local mum and owner of Lucy Sparkles & Friends in Brockley, Forest Hill & Crystal Palace, running music, dance and drama classes for early years children. Sarah works part time across the area and spends the rest of her time looking after her two young children (who occasionally get to join in the classes…). How long have you lived in the area? I’ve lived here for 6 years. What brought you here? I’ve lived in London all my life, and having explored most of south London on foot in search of the right mix of convenience and cafes, we realised that Honor Oak would do the trick! What has changed most during that time? We are so fortunate to live in a little village bubble that’s still part of one of the greatest cities on Earth (not that I’m biased…). There have been lots of additions to the area since we moved in, but the atmosphere we loved when we first came here hasn’t changed. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do …

SE22 Councillors – September news

Hello. My name is Victoria Olisa, one of your three councillors for the new Goose Green Ward, with James McAsh (who wrote last month’s article) and Charlie Smith. It’s been a busy three months since our election in May, but here’s a snapshot of what we’ve been doing. Vale Residents’ Association   We met the organisers of the VRA, which represents residents living near East Dulwich station, to hear about innovative ways of engaging their neighbours to improve their area, which we will continue to support. As ward councillors we are committed to supporting residents to set up their own tenants’ and residents’ associations – especially for those living in street properties and small housing complexes – so that they can have an active voice. What do you think about residents’ associations? Northcross Road Business Group    We’re listening to the concerns of local traders who are working together and discussing how best to support the vibrant business district that is Lordship Lane. If you would like to find out about getting advice and funding to set …