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The Last Word – Vivien Piercy

In the July issue of SE21, local resident and business owner Vivien Piercy had the last word.  See what she had to say: My name is Vivien Piercy. This is the 20th year I have been running a family law firm of solicitors in West Dulwich where I work from home with my partner, Mark Piercy. How long have you lived in the area and what has changed most during that time? When we were looking for more space for our growing family, nearby parks and a friendly neighbourhood, we found this in West Dulwich where to our surprise we have remained ever since. 30 years ago the area was a leafy family suburb and a touch dull. Unwelcoming pubs, unenterprising restaurants, and certainly no takers for hot pod yoga, clothes shops, a Sicilian deli or food stalls.  Things have begun to change in West Dulwich. What do you value most about the street you live in? Do you know your neighbours? Carson Road is more a community than a street, where neighbours look out for one …

Link Age Southwark launches Bloomin’ Lovely

Local charity Link Age Southwark has launched a brand new project with the aim of bringing colour and nature back to the lives of older people in Southwark, but they need your help to make it happen. Bloomin’ Lovely is a fundraiser with a vision of gifting plants to older people who have been unable to leave their homes for many weeks due to the COVID-19 crisis. Throughout the pandemic, the charity have been supporting over 60s who have been unable to do any kind of shopping, which includes buying plants and flowers to spruce up their homes and gardens. This project aims to raise funds to deliver bedding plants, a bunch of flowers or a houseplant to show our older friends that the local community hasn’t forgotten them. A willing band of volunteer gardeners will deliver the plants and can also offer practical help with planting and tidying garden spaces to ensure our older friends’ gardens aren’t left untended. The charity’s fundraising goal is £5,000 which is being raised through an online crowdfunder page …

July Magazines Out Today!

Our July magazines are being distributed today.  Each magazine (SE21, SE22 & SE23) is available to read as a flipzine.  Please do free free to share them with your friends and family. Local charity Link Age Southwark has launched a brand new project with the aim of bringing colour and nature back to the lives of older people in Southwark, but they need your help to make it happen.  You can read all about the Bloomin’ Lovely campaign in each magazine . Suzanne James is back with a wonderful recipe.  Janine Winlaw is back with her gardening tips.  Leanne Spencer talks about how the lockdown has changed her exercise routine.  Becca Teer is back with a very relevant article including Mindset Tips for Coping with Change. Local photographer Julia Hamilton took to the streets of East Dulwich to photograph our High Street Heroes last month; look out for part two. The Last Word features Vivien Piercy in SE21, Tarik from High Vibe in SE22 and Orlene Henry in SE23.  They make for an interesting read. This …

The Last Word – Bercem Budak

In the June issue of SE23, local student Bercem Budak had the last word.  See what she had to say: I’m Bercem Budak, a student studying Media at Sussex University who is very interested in journalism. I also love music, I sing as well as play a Turkish instrument called the ‘baglama’. I’m the daughter and niece of the owners of the family run business Lazy Chef and currently manage their social media, create their menus and work part-time as a barista for additional income.   How long have you lived in the area? I’ve lived in Forest Hill for my entire life; I was born here and grew up to be a part of the lovely community. What has changed most during that time? Growing up here I have seen some lovely changes, businesses have improved, there has been an addition of some lovely cafes, bars and pubs. What do you most value about the area? There is a lovely sense of community in Forest Hill, which I have found to be more important and …

Marathon Update

  We are delighted to bring an update from the runners from Dulwich who completed their own marathon last week.  Tom Fender tell us more.     We set off at 8am on Saturday morning.  The weather was warm but it was a bit cloudy – this made running conditions perfect.  No wind or rain.  Susie had missed five weeks of running due to an achillies injury in the run up to Saturday which we all had in the back of our minds….but thankfully, her achillies held out brilliantly. We ran as a group the whole way round.  We had loads of friends and family support us on the route – including Leo Fender being our ‘outrider’ for the whole route.  Friends and family set up water / drinks/snack stations every 6-7km on average which was a godsend as 26 miles is quite a long way to go without refreshments and fuel/energy. Our route took us from Brockwell Park/Herne Hill to Brixton, Clapham, back to Herne Hill, Loughborough Junction, Camberwell, Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill, …