All posts tagged: people

The Last Word: Helen Balkwill, Author, Boy from the Moor

How long have you lived in the area? In August of this year I celebrated 10 years of living in Dulwich Village. What brought you here? As a family, we did things backwards to the traditional way: we relocated into London from the countryside. Wanting a good co-educational school for our teenage daughter and son where they could also both indulge their love of sport, we felt lucky that both were accepted at that time at Alleyn’s, and so we moved to Dulwich to be close to their new school. Do you know your neighbours? My street is very friendly and I got to know many of my near neighbours very quickly, it didn’t take long to meet people from throughout the area either. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? Because I worked in the hospitality industry for a time in my younger days I have met quite a few famous people. Perhaps the most famous being Frank Zappa, who I once had to evacuate a hotel fire with! Do you belong to …

The Last Word: James Edwin, Reflexologist

My name is James Edwin and I live in Forest Hill with my wife and our dog, Jackson. I have recently retrained as a reflexologist and practice here in SE23. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in Forest Hill for 20 years What brought you here? My then girlfriend, now wife, already lived here and we loved the green open spaces What has changed most during that time? There are definitely more interesting independent coffee bars and food places now Do you know your neighbours? Yes, unlike other places I have lived in London- we know them, we socialize and it is lovely Do you belong to any groups? Well I am a member of the Association of Reflexologists if that counts! My wife is more the person to ask- she is in The Forest Hill Gin Club and a local rock choir… Describe your perfect weekend Ultimate Cheese Toastie and coffee at Agas’s Little Deli, food shopping at Beetroot & Beans and Jones of Brockley, a walk in Beckenham …

The Last Word: Maya Berthou, Head Chef at Babette

Maya is the Head Chef at Babette in Nunhead, SE15. How long have you lived in the area? I moved to South London from Brittany 15 years ago.  Since then I have lived in Herne Hill, Brixton, East Dulwich and now just near Peckham Rye Park. What brought you here? I moved to London to learn English at first, then I just loved the city and stayed. When I arrived in East Dulwich I was hoping to be a full time artist, so I looked for part-time work. Six months later I got an opportunity to open a pop-up restaurant on North Cross Road (Pretty Tapas).  After two months our chef burnt his hand badly so I stepped in and found I loved cooking.  After working at House of Tippler with Tim Oakley, I applied for Head Chef at Babette. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? Well, I live on East Dulwich Road by a 24/7, knowing by job title you will understand why this shop is the most valuable to me! …

The Last Word: Laura Hepworth, conceptual artist

Laura Hepworth is a Conceptual Artist; her work explores process through themes of creativity and connection. Laura recently made her sixth London appearance in her exhibition ‘Land Over Sea’ with local ceramicist Katie Iacovou at the Jeannie Avent Gallery on Northcross Road, East Dulwich. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in South East London my entire life. I grew up in Honor Oak Park but I have recently moved in with my partner of nine years in East Dulwich. What do you value most about the area/street you live in? As a local independent artist living in the heart of South East London, I find myself surrounded by an unbelievable and ever-growing mass of community spirit. From local artists to small businesses, there is a connectivity each one of us has and by helping each other, we help ourselves to grow. That is the reason Dulwich makes for such a vibrant place to live. Do you belong to any groups? First Friday, a wonderful networking group run by Marketing Consultant and …

The Last Word: Alice Tate-Harte, founder of Clean Air for SE23

Alice Tate-Harte is a painting restorer and local Mum living in Forest Hill.  She set up Clean Air for SE23 this year and is a campaigner on air quality and greening London. How long have you lived in the area? Only one year but I know the area really well and have lived in SE London for 15 years. What brought you here? Friends, good schools and a nice community. What has changed most during that time? Air pollution has become a big thing in the press recently and I started to find out more about it. I was familiar with how Air pollution affected the old paintings that I work on, but I didn’t realise how bad it was for our health.  People are also getting more aware and concerned about climate change and want to know what they get can do to help. What do you most value about the area you live in? The fantastic green spaces and woodland, the swimming pool and the library and the interesting old buildings.  I also …