All posts tagged: community

The Last Word: Shannon Reed, Owner of Mockingbird Makes

I am the owner of Mockingbird Makes and a speaker on Creativity for Wellness with over 15 years experience in creative innovation and personal development. I am also trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and am a mum of two boys. How long have you lived in the area? I’m originally from New Zealand but have lived in East Dulwich for over 10 years. What brought you here? My husband and I moved here to have a garden, as we previously lived in an apartment in Battersea. What do you most value about the street you live in? We live in a cul-de-sac and the boys can enjoy playing out with other children. We also live close to Dulwich Hamlet Football Club and are delighted they are back in their home ground. The way the community have come together to bring them home is so inspiring. I donate to their 12thman fund for everything I make in the team’s colours. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? Whenever we’ve discussed moving …

Me & ED Photo Competition Winners

2019 started with a show of Community Spirit in East Dulwich with the Jeannie Avent Gallery on North Cross Road kindly showcasing the entries from the @loveeastd #meanded photo competition. The 411 entries, depicting what entrants think captures the spirit of the area, created a wave of colour around the walls. From people and places, to art work and animals, what SE22 means to each individual is wonderfully unique and certainly diverse. Back in October a panel of independent judges selected the winning images which will appear as an outdoor exhibition running from East Dulwich station, to Goose Green, down Lordship Lane and in to North Cross Road. For more info on the winners, or to see all the entries, visit www.loveeastdulwich.com

The Last Word: Tania Brown, Yoga Teacher

I’m Tania Brown, a local and international yoga teacher and mum of two teenage boys. I run community yoga classes in SE21 and SE5 which are open to EVERYONE!  No ego, no competition, no matter what your fitness level, age, status or body shape. Classes are affordable, but can be free if you need them to be.  How long have you lived in the area? 5 years What brought you here? Schools! We lived in Peckham for 10 years and we were not in the catchment for our local community school. We chose to move to get into The Charter School instead of home-schooling! What do you most value about the area/street you live in? Our community and neighbours. We really look out for each other’s kids and homes.  I feel I can really rely on them. We enjoy a glass of wine often and can always get a cup of sugar if needed! What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without?  Yoga! The most famous person you’ve seen or met? George Clooney Describe your perfect weekend Being …

Around Dulwich – February news!

I made it through the wilderness, somehow I made it through (oooh-oooh)… and it’s FEBRUARY! Like many of us, I tend to hibernate in January. It’s cold, it’s dark and I’ve spent most of my money on mince pies, fizzy wine and sequin skirts that will lurk at the back of my wardrobe until December rolls around again. By February, I usually feel sufficiently detoxed/exercised/rested enough from Christmas for my normal activities to return (hello, wine). Although, January wasn’t all gloom and doom! I saw a couple of great films at the East Dulwich Picturehouse – Mary Poppins Returns with my 9-year old and The Favourite, which was brilliant but most definitely not for children! I also discovered that my favourite cheese and wine bar – Grounds and Grapes in Honor Oak – is also open during the day for coffee and brunch! Powered by an unexpected blast of New Year motivation, I joined the gym. Again. My challenge this year is to continue the healthier habits I started last month into February and beyond! There’s a …

Local Greens coming to Station Hall, Herne Hill

Above Herne Hill Station is a great long empty space with beautiful views across the park. It’s currently mothballed and inaccessible, but Herne Hill Forum is working hard with South Eastern to bring it back into use as a new town hall and community centre for Herne Hill.  They have secured funding from the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund to explore the feasibility of this concept within the community and are planning a programme of events, activities and consultations up above the station to sow the seeds for a new civic space right at the heart of the community. They are also working with architects to develop a detailed vision for the space with a view to securing further funding in mid-2019 to cover the necessary capital works (e.g. accessibility) to make Station Hall a permanent venue in our community. The story so far Station Hall is situated above Herne Hill’s main station concourse and runs the entire length and breadth of the ticket hall. It is a large, historic, well-maintained space but has been empty …