All posts tagged: forest hill

Charity Fundraising Video

Like most of us, local personal trainer Holly Russo has found the lockdown difficult, but she decided to do something quite different! I was inspired to create this charity fundraising video after watching another lockdown fight game created by some of the most successful Hollywood actresses. I decided to choose Mind charity as I have seen how mental health affects people first hand, including losing my uncle to suicide. This has been a very tough time with lockdown and people will need as much care and support as possible in moving forward with their lives. I am a local girl born and raised in Forest Hill and am also an actress and trainee stuntwoman. If you would like to help Holly, please watch her video and you can donate to her JustGiving page here. Follow Holly on Instagram.

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 …

Featured in Fifteen

Featured in Fifteen was set up in 2017 by two good friends, Helen Holden and Maya Weier. After the devastating impact of Grenfell and the terrorist attacks in London, they wanted to create an evening of positivity and hope that would pull their community together. They sat and thrashed out ideas around ‘What would be our perfect night out?’ The answer was – an evening of interesting discussions that provoke us to think more openly. The idea of providing an audience with more than one speaker (with a drink in hand) in a considered time frame (15 minutes) felt like an interesting challenge for them…So that’s when Featured in Fifteen first came to life. Their events (up until Covid19) were a live event held bi-monthly in the Signal Pub, Forest Hill. Helen and Maya would work together finding their features with very different personal stories to explore their theme; be it someone that has been challenged by mental health, an artist that is working for societal impact, explorer, writer, someone living with terminal illness… you …

5 Reasons to Shop Local

One unexpected and welcome outcome from the Coronovirus lockdown is the way in which many small businesses have been able to adapt so that they can keep trading. We’ve seen cafes become grocers, restaurants develop collection and take-away services almost overnight, shops develop online e-commerce stores, and salon owners becoming YouTube stars as they share their skills and expertise with ever widening and appreciative audiences. Even during times of crisis, the demand to shop can open up new opportunities in many industries. At SE Mags we’ve always believed that shopping local plays a vital role, and no matter what our world will look like in the future we should all carry on supporting local enterprise. So here are 5 reasons why shopping local matters, now more than ever. 1. It builds local communities & strengthens local economies When you support a local business, you are supporting your friends, family, and neighbours. The availability of local shops is especially important for the elderly, vulnerable, young people and those without access to private transport. Plus the more …

Cooking Online In Lockdown

Nena Foster wrote a lovely article for the May issue of SE23 which we are happy to share. As a freelance nutritional chef, my work revolves around working with people; whether it is a cookery class or workshop, working with clients on a 1-2-1 basis or cooking on a set for a cookbook or magazine. My job also revolves around consistent access to food, so it was no surprise, but still came as a shock, that when we ended up in lockdown all my work completely dried up or needed to be delivered without making contact with others. After an initial panic, I decided to take my experience as a cookery teacher, former university lecturer delivering remote teaching sessions and use my limited (but growing) tech skills to move the parts of my business that I could online. The first week of lockdown was spent trying to make sure my family had what we needed and was spent getting up to speed with transitioning to online class delivery. At times it felt completely impossible; juggling …