All posts tagged: community

The Last Word: Sam Conniff Allende – life-long south Londoner, multi award winning social entrepreneur and author!

Sam Conniff Allende is a life-long south Londoner, a multi award winning social entrepreneur and recently became an author with his Best Seller debut Be More Pirate, out on Penguin now. Sam has also been a mentor to thousands of young entrepreneurs around the world and received EY’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year and the Queens Award for Enterprise. He lives in SE22 with his wife Vivi and two daughters Frida and Scarlett. What brought you here? The 37 bus. The year I turned 37 (A few years ago) I realised I was born where it begins (St Mary’s Hospital) and was now at the end (Peckham Rye). My whole life, tied to a bus route. Luckily this year I can get the 42 and still remain age appropriate. What has changed most during that time? Bus fares. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I value my neighbours, some days our street is like a Richard Curtis film. When we moved in, my wonderful wife had just relocated from Mexico, …

Around Dulwich – June news!

As the half-term break draws to a close, so the countdown to summer begins! The season of sunshine (if we’re lucky) brings with it longer days, after-school picnics, BBQs, ice-cold glasses of rosé, ice creams in the park and a subtle whiff of factor 50 in the air. Around Dulwich, it also heralds the start of festival season. The Dulwich Festival set the bar high last month with it’s annual 10-day extravaganza of music, performances, talks, Artists’ Open House weekends and festival fairs. Angela and I were honored to be invited to the launch party for the Dulwich Festival, which was hosted at Suzanne James’s fabulous event space, fifty seven, on North Cross Road. Cocktails were provided by Myatt’s Fields, music by the incredibly talented jazz singer, Ainé Cherie, and the food – catered by Suzanne and her team – was, as always, spot on. Brockley Max (1-9 June) is set to return this June for its 17th year. Spanning nine days and more than thirty venues, the popular community arts festival offers a packed …

The Last Word: Patrick Belton, Owner of Romeo Jones

 My name is Patrick Belton, I own a deli & café in Dulwich Village called Romeo Jones. I’ve just turned 50, I’m single and live with my dog, Lionel the lurcher. How long have you lived in the area? In Dulwich since 1999, South London since 1992. What brought you here? Initially to London for work, from rural Rutland. To Dulwich from Streatham as I kept getting burgled! What has changed most during that time? Mmm. Lots. Dulwich I fear it has become less diverse as community, but at the same time it has also become a fantastic to place to shop and hang out. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? The trees and the architecture, and that I live within two minutes of our first public gallery. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? The green spaces around me. I have a dog called Lionel who loves all the local parks and squirrels. Do you know your neighbours? Yes, quite a few. I come from a tiny village …

The Last Word: Holly Russo, Personal Trainer

Holly Russo is a local Freelance Personal Trainer who specializes in pre/postnatal training. She trains her clients either in a local park or in their homes. She is also now venturing into the world of online training. Holly is also an actress and a trainee stuntwoman! How long have you lived in the area? Most of my entire life! I have spent time living in Bristol when at university and I studied drama in New York, but I was born and raised a Forest Hill girl and always seem to come back to my roots! What do you most value about the area/street you live in? The view! I have the most spectacular view of London from the top of my street. Also I love that Forest Hill is in zone 3 so is nice and quick to get into Central London, but is also far enough away from the busy London life! What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? My trainers as I’m always jogging to a house or park to train a …

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 …