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The Last Word: Annabelle Dowler, actress

Annabelle Dowler is an actress and voice over artist living in Forest Hill. Among other theatre, TV and film work Annabelle plays Kirsty in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers. What brought you here? We’d been renting for years in Shepherds Bush and then Kilburn but wanted to buy and just couldn’t afford the prices there. I was doing a job and half the crew were based in South East London and said I should have a look at the area. As soon as I got out of the station at Forest Hill for our first flat viewing I got such a good feeling about the area and knew we’d be happy living here. That was over 7 years ago. What has changed most during that time? Pubs being renovated. Nice independent cafes popping up. House prices getting crazily high. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? The community feel. We have lovely friends and neighbours on our street who we and our kids socialize with. Plus the fact that although we’re …

The Last Word: Councillor Charlie Smith

I became Mayor of Southwark in May 2017 following a year as Deputy Mayor. I had hardly begun my term of office when we suffered that horrible terrorist attack on London Bridge. My role was to visit the First Responders and thank them for the courageous work they carried out and on subsequent days. I also visited the various hotels that put people up for the night following the attack. I thoroughly enjoyed my year. How long have I lived in the area? I am a Londoner and have lived in East Dulwich for about 25 years. What brought you here? It was mainly house prices but I soon discovered East Dulwich was that little bit more rural compared with say Brixton. What has changed most during that time? I guess it is the shops and stores that have gone to be replaced by many eateries and watering holes. Oh, and of course the rise in property prices. What do you most value about the street you live in? There is a primary school on …

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 …