All posts tagged: people

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 …

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 …