All posts tagged: the last word

The Last Word: Laura Swidzinska – co-founder, Gather

Laura is one half of the duo behind Bellenden Road’s, Gather, the first refillery and sustainability hub to open in the area. Alongside her Peckhamite co-founder Tash Gorst, they’ve opened Gather to make it easier for local people to live a life which produces less waste and harm to the environment. How long have you lived in the area? I’ve been a South Londoner all my life. My Babcia (grandma in English!) has been in the same house in Balham for 70 years. I took the ‘big’ leap from SW to SE 3½ years ago. What brought you here? The greenness, shops run by locals rather than big corporates, and a quick train ride to my parents. What do you value most about the area? The community – it’s super strong here. People really care about where they live and do things together to make it better. Take the East Dulwich Forum for example – that’s where I met my friend and business partner Tash, and Gather was born. What one thing would you change? I’d …

The Last Word: Hayley John-Charles, personal travel consultant

I am a personal travel consultant and run my own franchise of Not Just Travel, I love finding the ideal holiday for my customers and hearing all about their travels on their return. I am also BNI ambassador that supports members in growing their business. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in Lewisham Borough all my life and I have lived in SE23 for 31 years. What has changed most during that time? Forest Hill has a handful of shops and I have seen them change ownership so many times. The biggest change is no longer having any banks in the area. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? My neighbours. We don’t live in each other’s pockets but whenever we need to come together to support each other we do. It’s a real sense of community. Kids can play safely on the green areas. What one thing would you change? To end online businesses that rip people off with cheap alternatives and make it harder …

The Last Word: Andrew Geoghegan, Jewellery Designer

How long have you lived in the area? You could say that I have been in and out of West Dulwich all my life although I have been an actual resident for about 2 years. What brought you here? My grandparents lived on South Croxted Road and this was inherited and is now the family home. But I would also say I love it as a place to live. What has changed most during that time? In West Dulwich I would say there have been superficial changes but on the whole it is the same lovely place it always has been. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? Incredible sun-drenched and quiet gardens  – but easy access to the city when a bit more activity is required!  What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? My pad and pencil – and quiet! As a jeweller designer (job and passion!) I find myself sketching whenever I get the opportunity to. I never know when inspiration will strike so I need to be …

The Last Word: Dena Blakeman – founder of the East Dulwich Picturehouse

Dena is the founder of the East Dulwich Picturehouse, which she worked on getting for many years. The building is her children’s old school St. Anthony’s and later, St Thomas More Hall.  Dena has worked in the film industry off and on for over 30-years as well as in arts community regeneration in the local area. How long have you lived in the area? I moved here in 1997 when my first son was two. What brought you here? I loved the indie shops like SMBS, Cheese Block and the houses were then affordable. What has changed most during that time? We’ve become known as a trendy place to live, eat, shop, drink and watch films. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? The schools are great, parks are beautiful and the independent shops, market, pubs/cafes and Cinema! What one thing would you change? The old harvester pub turned into an affordable spa. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? Films, hence the cinema. Do you know your neighbours? Yes.  …

The Last Word: Alice Godfrey, Nutritional Therapist

Alice Godfrey is a Registered Nutritional Therapist who lives in Forest Hill with her partner and their two children.  She specialises in anxiety and menopause and is keen to spread awareness of the importance of nutrition for mental health.  She does consultations from her home clinic and online. How long have you lived in the area? I’ve lived in Forest Hill for 3 years but before that I was in Sydenham for 8. Sydenham has changed far more in 3 years than it did in the 8 I was there! What brought you here? I’ve always felt at home in South London as my grandmother lived in Brixton.  I started there after university and then moved to Herne Hill then to Penge to afford a tiny flat and then came further east. I love this area’s leafy-ness. What do you value most about the street you live in? We live on Sunderland Road which is a lovely wide road which has some beautiful old houses on it (ours isn’t one of those unfortunately!). I like to imagine horse-drawn …