All posts tagged: the last word

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!  …

The Last Word: Jessica Rose, founder of London Jewellery School

Hello I’m Jessica Rose I Live in Forest Hill and am the Founder of the London Jewellery School and Jewellers Academy. We teach jewellery-making skills to people of all walks of life including silver-work, stone setting,metal clay, beading, glass and business skills. I am also mummy to a lovely (almost) 2 year old boy. How long have you lived in the area? A long time, I grew up in Dulwich moved around south London for a while in my early 20s and moved to Forest Hill around 4 years ago. I love it! What brought you here? Havelock walk – that is where I live and the houses are so beautiful and unique. I love that many of them are also artists/ creative studios and the community that creates. I am a jeweller and I help other jewellers to run successful jewellery businesses online with the Jewellers Academy so being part of a creative community was invaluable to me. What has changed most during that time? Lots of new coffee shops – which is my …

The Last Word: Michele Simon, Bridewell Care

My name is Michele Simon and I run a values-based at-home care company called Bridewell Care. We provide support for people who, although aging, want to remain at home. Often all they need is some companionship and a bit of help round the house or some support after an operation to get them back on their feet. How long have you lived in the area? 18 years. What brought you here? My partner, now my husband, lived here.  He told me he loved East Dulwich and wasn’t going to move out to Woking. So, I had to move to Dulwich!  It was however a good choice and I’ve never looked back. What’s changed most during that time? Pretty much everything – new shops, new bars, new restaurants – and loads of children.  You never used to see a child but now there are loads of families living here.  It’s been good for the area. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I like being within walking distance of everything – shops, …

The Last Word: Shannon Reed, Owner of Mockingbird Makes

I am the owner of Mockingbird Makes and a speaker on Creativity for Wellness with over 15 years experience in creative innovation and personal development. I am also trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and am a mum of two boys. How long have you lived in the area? I’m originally from New Zealand but have lived in East Dulwich for over 10 years. What brought you here? My husband and I moved here to have a garden, as we previously lived in an apartment in Battersea. What do you most value about the street you live in? We live in a cul-de-sac and the boys can enjoy playing out with other children. We also live close to Dulwich Hamlet Football Club and are delighted they are back in their home ground. The way the community have come together to bring them home is so inspiring. I donate to their 12thman fund for everything I make in the team’s colours. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? Whenever we’ve discussed moving …