All posts tagged: the last word

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 …

The Last Word: Deborah Henry-Pollard, Catching Fireworks

Deborah Henry-Pollard’s business is Catching Fireworks which she started 10 years ago. She is a coach to creative people and also the author of “What’s Your Excuse for not Succeeding as an Artist” How long have you lived in the area? Since December 2001. What brought you here? I lived in Chester for 10 years but got homesick so came back for a job at English National Opera. Nunhead was intended to be for 6 months whilst I looked for somewhere north of the river where I had lived before. Now, I can’t imagine leaving south London. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? Paper and pen. I know we are in a digital age, but nothing is better for me than the ‘old school’ way of capturing ideas. I have notebooks in every room of the house and always one in my handbag. I am one of the few remaining Filofax carriers! The most famous person you’ve seen or met? I used to work in theatre, so met people like Kenneth Branagh and …

The Last Word: Suzanne Hemming

My name is Suze Hemming and I live on Lordship Lane with my husband Rich, and our daughter Thea who is almost 6.  I used to work in the film and TV industry, but am now an author, writing rhyming children’s books.  How long have you lived in the area? We moved here in October 2001, so it’ll be 18 years this year! What brought you here? We were living in our first 1 bed flat in Tooting Bec and wanted to try and buy somewhere with a garden.  One day we took an A to Z (shows how long ago it was!) and drove around looking at areas we’d never been to before. We drove down East Dulwich Grove, onto Lordship Lane and decided to stay! What do you most value about the area/street you live in?  The sense of community that’s here. People who live outside of London often say Londoners are an unfriendly bunch, but that’s not been our experience since we moved to East Dulwich. Do you know your neighbours? Yes!  …