All posts tagged: people

The Last Word: Gill O’Neill, Vicar of St John’s East Dulwich

My name is Gill O’Neill, and I am the Vicar of St John’s East Dulwich. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in East Dulwich for just under two years, before that I lived in West Norwood and worked as Curate of All Saints, West Dulwich. What brought you here? I came here in 2016 as the new Vicar of St John’s. The church is just next to Goose Green, the one with the red spire near the Goose Green playground. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I love that East Dulwich is a diverse place, with a history of different kinds of people making a home here over the decades, and retains something of a village feel to it. I also love the William Blake mural on the end gable of the house on Hinckley Road. It depicts Blake’s childhood vision of angels on Peckham Rye, and reminds me to look for the angelic in people. What one thing would you change? House prices! What’s …

The Last Word: Nic Kemp, co-founder of Oomami

Nic Kemp is the co-founder of Oomami, a consultancy for film, video & broadcast companies to help them expand and streamline their creative processes through technology and innovation. She also runs a gluten free blog Eggainst The Grain which is full of nutritional child friendly recipes and advice. She lives with with her partner, Matt, and their two young daughters. How long have you lived in the area? About 13 years. What brought you here? We had the opportunity to rent a friends 3 bedroom house in Ladywell for the same price as I was paying for a room in Shoreditch. We then had kids and decided to stay and settle in Honor Oak. What has changed most during that time? Places to eat and drink! When we first arrived, we never really hung out locally as there wasn’t much here. The Ladywell Tavern was the only pub really near us and was pretty dire then, though we did love the old Mr Lawrence’s. I remember when Jam Circus and The Orchard opened – it …

The Last Word: Matt & Ubie

We are West Dulwich residents, Matt and Ubie. Matt moved to Dulwich back in 2001. We had a whirlwind romance having met in Hong Kong. We got married in 2017 and Ubie moved over permanently then. Matt has worked in investment in London for many years. Ubie is an artist and teacher. We have been really enjoying getting our different skills together and launching our art class business in the local area! What brought you here? We don’t have roots here, but Matt has worked in London for many years. So, it was all about getting on the housing ladder! Believe it or not, back in 2001, West Dulwich seemed very good value for money. It probably still is, albeit relatively speaking, compared to other London suburbs of course! How long have you lived in the area? Over 15 years. When I bought my home here I didn’t foresee living here quite this long! But, Dulwich surroundings are so great, with proximity to London and all its attractions, but also a sense of leafiness and …

Around Dulwich – April news!

Of all the school holidays, the Easter break is probably my favourite. It’s longer than half term and spring is – usually – in the air, although the recent spell of cold weather brings no reassurance that there will be any sunshine on offer this year! Last month, my son’s school closed for 2 snow days and parents flocked to the Horniman to sledge race down the snowy hills with their little ones. It was fun for the first hour or so, but then the frost set in and many of us took to hiding under a blanket on the sofa until it melted. However, I did manage to get out and discover a few exciting new places in March. The first is Grounds & Grapes, a fab little wine bar opposite Honor Oak station. If good wine, cheese, and gin are your thing then do pop in! Aneto Café on East Dulwich Road is now open in the evenings and Angela and I had an amazing dinner there with friends. I’ll definitely be going …

The Last Word: Sheila Robinson, director of SVREducation

Sheila Robinson is the director of SVREducation an educational consultancy specialising in assessment and educational publishing. She has lived in East Dulwich and West Dulwich since 1987 when her family moved from central London. She has been a Head and has many years teaching experience at Alleyn’s and state schools. She has two grown up children. What brought you to the area? I moved here with my family because I was offered a senior management role at Alleyns Junior School. It was a wonderful school to work in and every day was a challenge. Such a pity that it has become so popular that it is almost impossible to get into. Perhaps they should expand? By far the best school in Dulwich, in my opinion. What has changed most during that time? It has changed so much in the last 30 years since we arrived. There are so many good restaurants and shops ( I’m a big fan of Moxons, William Rose and of course Marks and Spencer) The  cinema has been a welcome addition …