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Feeling emotional…

Post by leenewham » 21 May 2018 09:05

I was in two minds about writing this. But I got an email a little while ago from AliB who I remember did something similar.

After 10 years of living (and working) in Sydenham we have now left and I feel a little emotional. We have a lot of memories here. On our first night after moving into Fairlawn Park we walked up the high street and had a meal at That's Amore which is now the sushi place. We started our business here, made snow angels in Home Park, our son took his first steps in our living room (and saw snow for the first time in Home park where we made snow angels). We saw some amazing plays by Johnathan and other events at the Sydenham Arts. Our son first rode his bike in Mayow Park and we got involved locally in various schemes. We were even on the front page of the South London press about The Greyhound once and our What if Sydenham project led us to working all over London on high street regeneration schemes (and getting into the Guardian). I hope we have left a little mark on SE26 in our time here, mostly for the good.

Farewell Sydenham. Good luck. Thank you.

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Post by Robin Orton » 21 May 2018 10:21

Sorry you're going, Lee. Although I don't think we've ever met, I've always admired you from afar. All the best for your new life. Robin

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Post by stuart » 21 May 2018 10:56

You hve left Fairlawn. Doesn't mean you have to leave Fairum(!) We need your informed humane approach here even more than ever ...

Best wishes in enriching your new neighbourhood too.

Stuart

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Post by simon » 21 May 2018 11:03

Good by Lee and Mariana. I'm sure I speak for many when I say that Sydenham will miss you. Good luck.

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Post by Parker1970 » 21 May 2018 11:53

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Post by mosy » 21 May 2018 13:11

leenewham, every best wish to you and yours that you enjoy the future in your new location and don't find too much irritation that it would be better if... ;)

I hope you'll keep your Sydenham time fondly in your thoughts, not just as somewhere you lived once. Echoing Stuart, STF is only a second away on a keyboard and your two-penn'orth is always welcome :)

Best regards.

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Post by Tim Lund » 21 May 2018 17:13

And it's a :( goodbye from me too!

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Post by admin » 21 May 2018 19:29

I agree with previous posters, Stuart and Mosy. Hope we'll hear from you again someday.
You will be missed on the STF. Thanks!

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Post by parker » 21 May 2018 21:04

Don’t goooooooo!

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Post by Jollylolly » 22 May 2018 05:23

Thanks for your nice messages about local stuff (Fairlawn in particular) when I first moved here. Good luck with everything.

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Post by Ronski » 22 May 2018 07:10

Good luck Lee, always enjoyed your contributions.

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Post by bensonby » 22 May 2018 17:59

Farewell, where are you off to?

Also, just because you leave Sydenham it doesn’t mean you can’t frequent this place. I left 7 1/2 years ago but never really left here. (I do still have cause to frequent Sydenham every couple of weeks, however)

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Post by Nigel » 22 May 2018 19:26

Lee
Good luck and thanks for the greyhound tile mural - at times I think those 5 millimetres of ceramic tile is all that kept the building standing !
Nigel

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Post by Bovine Juice » 22 May 2018 20:52

Best of luck fella. You were always an interesting and insightful poster and very supportive of my town, Penge.

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Post by Pally » 23 May 2018 06:56

Lee enjoy your new location. You have contributed to Sydenham greatly, even if not as much as you have both wished and offered. Let us know how you get on

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Post by leenewham » 23 May 2018 08:18

Thanks for the kind messages. I'm not going far and my son still goes to school nearby so we pass through. We may even have one final project in Sydenham. We are waiting for the house we are buying to go through probate so we are in a state of limbo at present. It's all been extremely stressful. To be frank, it's been one thing after another this year.

We are looking forward to the fresh start.

I pop into the forum from time to time, especially to update the things to do nearby on the parents section. One of our favourite things about Sydenham was what there was nearby. There are so many places every weekend within 30 minutes to an hour and a half for a fantastic family day out. We packed so much into every weekend, even just camping overnight for a cheap break.

Oh, and the best Pizzas in town as still at Raffs, the best breakfasts at Brown and Green, the best Eggs Benedict at on The Hoof, the best pub garden is the Dolphin, the best hot chocolate at Sugahill and the best local theatre productions are Spontaneous!

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Post by Tim Lund » 23 May 2018 14:36

leenewham wrote:One of our favourite things about Sydenham was what there was nearby.
OK - your professional advice sought here - in future efforts to market Sydenham, which should it be?
  • Dulwich borders
  • South Forest Hill
  • North Penge
  • West Bellingham
  • Lower Crystal Palace

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Post by prince » 23 May 2018 14:50

Tim Lund wrote:
leenewham wrote:One of our favourite things about Sydenham was what there was nearby.
OK - your professional advice sought here - in future efforts to market Sydenham, which should it be?
  • Dulwich borders
  • South Forest Hill
  • North Penge
  • West Bellingham
  • Lower Crystal Palace
None of the above it should just be marketed as Sydenham. All of the above are estate agent waffle.

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Post by leenewham » 23 May 2018 17:38

Tim Lund wrote:
leenewham wrote:One of our favourite things about Sydenham was what there was nearby.
OK - your professional advice sought here - in future efforts to market Sydenham, which should it be?
  • Dulwich borders
  • South Forest Hill
  • North Penge
  • West Bellingham
  • Lower Crystal Palace
I presume you jest Tim. I always joked about being in Upper Beckenham, but Sydenham is Sydenham. But Prince is right, it's estate agent nonsense (and it gives them a bad name, and they aren't exactly in my good books right now).

I had ideas as you know, but trying to get some support on anything locally was surprisingly difficult. One of the first things I raised when I moved here was about giving Sydenham an identity and the whole 'green dragon' idea. There was little, if no support from the SS or local cllrs so it never happened, despite giving presentations to cllrs, getting involved in the Portas pilot etc. I did design something which I was going to put on the flagpole above the flat on Cobbs Corner, but the guy in the flat sadly died before I could do it.

But marketing Sydenham is something that should be done and it's a collective effort and is another reason why I think Sydenham needs a strong traders association. It should not be run by Cllrs. They should support it.

Grrr, see what you have done Tim, you have pulled me back in with my pet topic! Hehehe. This is where it all started!

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Re: Feeling emotional…

Post by Tim Lund » 25 May 2018 17:09

Lee, I jest indeed.

I saw a lonely green dragon recently in Home Park, and thought of you

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