All posts tagged: the last word

The Last Word: Katharine Spence, owner of Wigwam

Katharine Spence owns Wigwam toy shop on Rosendale Road in West Dulwich, which has recently celebrated five years since opening its doors. She lives in West Dulwich with her husband and three children. How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in Dulwich my whole life.  I was born in Dulwich Village and currently live in West Dulwich. What do you value most about the area you live in? There is a real sense of community around where I live in West Dulwich. I love walking from my house up to Wigwam and bumping into lots of people I know, many of whom come into the shop for a chat. Where will you find me on a Saturday? First thing on a Saturday I’ll be watching my son play football for Dulwich Village.  Then I will be back at Wigwam wrapping presents for children going to parties. I always enjoy seeing what they choose for their friends. Cafe, Pub or bar? Cafe. I love a good cosy cafe to sit and have a piece of cake, especially now autumn has arrived. …

The Last Word: Joy Bradshaw, First Glance Hair Salon

Hello my name is Joy Bradshaw. I run a hair salon in Brockley called First Glance with my brother Roan Bradshaw. It’s a small, friendly, family business. We do all aspects of hairdressing – European, Mixed, Afro hair, male and female. This year we are celebrating 30-years in business! How long have you lived in the area? I have lived here all my life as my parents moved from the Brockley end of SE15 (Nunhead) to Forest Hill in the early 1960’s and I absolutely love it!! I think because its surrounded with a choice of parks and greenery it makes a difference and it’s also so central. Luckily, I know my lovely neighbours and they are all so friendly and we do the neighbourly thing to respect each other and look out for each other. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I just love the fact that it’s so accessible to the city and into town, The bus stop is not literally on my door step, but within walking …

The Last Word: Sarah Gilfillan, men’s personal stylist/shopper

Sarah Gilfillan is a personal stylist / shopper for men and runs men’s personal style consultancy Sartoria Lab. She helps men who don’t like shopping to get their wardrobes together easily and quickly.  How long have you lived in the area? 14 years What brought you here? I fell in love with Goose Green when I came to check out the area. What has changed most during that time? The shops, bars and cafes have all been updated and now we even have a cinema! What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? The thing I can’t do without (apart from my phone of course) is tea! There’s just something so comforting about a cup of English breakfast tea. Do you know your neighbours? I know the people in my building but sadly not the rest of my neighbours. I thought it was a London thing but a friend in Balham and her neighbours have a Google group and regularly have parties! Maybe it’s time I took charge of our street coming together? The most …

The Last Word: Shona Chambers – Space at 61

I’m Shona Chambers, I have lived and worked in the SE London for almost 20 years; (Deptford, Lee Green, Nunhead and currently Forest Hill). I have always loved the strong sense of community to be found in this area and have participated in many aspects of it from the Tulse Hill & Dulwich Hockey club to running the SE15 Tea Group (Mums & babies social group) – it’s a great place to live! What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? At present the song track from The Greatest Showman on my MP3 player, I challenge anyone to listen to it and not be hooked. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? I met quite in my former business, a cafe. Including Shirley from Eastenders (Linda Valiris) Mike McShane – who played Friar Tuck in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Joel Dommet (I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here) and others who are actually really nice locals and I’d rather not name drop! Where are you likely to be found on Saturday? If …

The Last Word: Sarah Botting, owner of Lucy Sparkles & Friends

Sarah Botting is a local mum and owner of Lucy Sparkles & Friends in Brockley, Forest Hill & Crystal Palace, running music, dance and drama classes for early years children. Sarah works part time across the area and spends the rest of her time looking after her two young children (who occasionally get to join in the classes…). How long have you lived in the area? I’ve lived here for 6 years. What brought you here? I’ve lived in London all my life, and having explored most of south London on foot in search of the right mix of convenience and cafes, we realised that Honor Oak would do the trick! What has changed most during that time? We are so fortunate to live in a little village bubble that’s still part of one of the greatest cities on Earth (not that I’m biased…). There have been lots of additions to the area since we moved in, but the atmosphere we loved when we first came here hasn’t changed. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do …