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The Last Word: Caroline Havers, Chair of Link Age Southwark

I am a long time resident of Dulwich and have recently been appointed as Chair of Link Age Southwark, a local charity providing befriending services and 24 groups for older people in Southwark.

How long have you lived in the area?

I have lived in Dulwich for 25 years

What brought you here?

Schools! My daughters were very lucky and were able to walk to school every day of their school career at Dulwich Village Infants school, The Hamlet and then Alleyns.

What has changed most during that time?

One of the lovely things about Dulwich is that things do not change that much, more traffic and different shops but otherwise changes are gentle enough that I have not really noticed them.

What do you most value about the area/street you live in?

I love the green spaces in and around Dulwich, yet can get to central London quite easily. I live down a little alleyway that is tucked away and hidden from view.

What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without?

It is not very environmentally friendly to say my car, but I drive a yellow VW beetle which I love!

The most famous person you’ve seen or met?

We have several famous people who support us at Link Age Southwark and I have been lucky enough to meet Jenny Eclair, Jo Brand, Rob Glenister and Edmund de Waal.

Do you belong to any groups?

I am a member of the choir at St Barnabas which is a wonderful group to be a member of, we rehearse on Friday evening and after singing great music we socialise over a bottle of wine, or two!

Describe your perfect weekend

On Saturdays I enjoy a leisurely breakfast either at home or brunch in any one of the great cafes in Herne Hill and East Dulwich. I have two Jack Russells so any weekend involves a walk in the park and after pottering about at home, I enjoy the theatre or eating with friends. I sing with the choir on Sunday morning and will go out to enjoy an exhibition on Sunday afternoon. I often go for a drink with friends on Sunday evening to bring the weekend to a sociable end.

What’s your favourite place for a night out?

In a relaxed restaurant eating interesting food, with my partner and friends, for example Spinach on Lordship Lane

The best meal I’ve ever had…

Pad Thai sitting at a shady table with my family and some friends on the beach on Koh Samui in Thailand paddling our feet in the sea.

Where’s your favourite place to walk?

I walk a lot in a Dulwich Park with my dogs and love it because I know it so well, but also how different it can be depending on the time of day and season of the year.

www.linkagesouthwark.org