The Easter Bunny

Age: A bit long in the tooth, shall we say a whisker over 300.

What do you do for a living? Hiding; hiding chocolate eggs from kids for one week, hiding myself the rest of the year.

How long have you lived here? Not long. Hare today, gone tomorrow is how I live.

Why did you move here? There is ample forest to hide in for 364 days a year. 

What do you like about South Woodford? So many hare-dressers.

What would you change about South Woodford? Cover the North Circular and turn it into an eggcellent park for kids and carrot growing.

Tell us about your most memorable moment in South Woodford. When the year-six boys at Snaresbrook primary pulled my tail off. Amazingly it grew back.

Tell us something we don’t know about you. I come from Germany and I don’t lay eggs.

Please describe South Woodford in 3 words? Not enough carrots.

Richard

Age: 37.

What do you do for a living? Owner at R L Morris Estate Agents.

How long have you lived here? Grew up and lived in South Woodford for over 30 years.

What do you like about South Woodford? The short travelling time into the City and West End and having Epping Forest on your doorstep.

What would you change about South Woodford? Would like to see it made easier for new independent start-ups to secure commercial space in George Lane, which will ultimately enhance the curb appeal and encourage people coming from further afield to shop here.

Tell us about your most memorable moment in South Woodford. Moving into my lovely new office in 2017, which is Grade II Listed.

Tell us something we don’t know about you. My shop is on the same street as the primary school I attended!

Do you have any recommendations regarding the South Woodford area that you would like to share? Little Woodford for breakfast, Salway Cookhouse for brunch and Grand Trunk Road for dinner – Not all in one day!

Please describe South Woodford in 3 words? Friendly, diverse, community.

Naomi

Age: 41.

What do you do for a living? I am the founder of Nurtured Mother which provides pregnancy, birth and postnatal services to families in Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

How long have you lived here? I’ve lived here for 10 years.

Why did you move here? I moved here to be with my boyfriend who is now my husband.

What do you like about South Woodford? I love the diversity, community spirit and closeness to London.

What would you change about South Woodford? I would change the dirty subways and box junction camera outside Waitrose.

Tell us about your most memorable moment in South Woodford. Finding out I was pregnant with my first child was probably my most memorable moment in SoWo.

Tell us something we don’t know about you. I gave flowers to Princess Diana at the premiere of Back To The Future and stood next to Michael J Fox.

Do you have any recommendations regarding the South Woodford area that you would like to share? I adore the turmeric lattes at Kikirocs, having my hair cut at EZ and clothes shopping at Viva.

Please describe South Woodford in 3 words. Urban, convenient , diverse.

Manav

Age: 38.

What do you do for a living? I am a Cosmetic Doctor, I specialise in non-surgical treatments, which I also teach on Harley street. I am also a local GP and used to be a surgeon.

How long have you lived here? I have lived here for 10 years.

Why did you move here? I grew up locally, went abroad for university then worked all around the UK, always with the aim of coming back!

What do you like about South Woodford? It’s a fantastic area with many restaurants and a great community spirit…not to mention a cinema!

What would you change about South Woodford? Perhaps more community events to help us connect.

Tell us about your most memorable moment in South Woodford. Opening my cosmetic clinic in Lily House on George Lane!

Tell us something we don’t know about you. I was recently in a short film called ‘Happy Retirement’, which has been accepted for 3 film festivals…and I am on IMDB! Haha!

Do you have any recommendations regarding the South Woodford area that you would like to share? My Cosmetic Clinic called ‘Dr Bawa Skin & Facial Aesthetics’ for all non-surgical treatments!

Please describe South Woodford in 3 words. Friendly, vibrant and peaceful!

Robert

Age: 73.

What do you do for a living? I’m a milk sales man.

What do you like about South Woodford? The friendly and polite folks.

What would you change about South Woodford? There are too many parking restrictions.

Tell us about your most memorable moment in South Woodford. I once called 999 about a person who had drowned in the bath.

Tell us something we don’t know about you. I get up at 12.30am six days a week.

Do you have any recommendations regarding the South Woodford area that you would like to share? Parker Dairies can deliver fresh milk to your door.

Please describe South Woodford in 3 words? Well kept area.

Suzanne

Age: 50.

What do you do for a living? Owner of Sid & Evie’s children’s boutique in South Woodford.

How long have you lived here? 27 years.

Why did you move here? I moved out from the East End, it’s what most of my friends and family were considering at the time. South Woodford offered character properties which I love and access to green spaces, but still has the London vibe.

What do you like about South Woodford? South Woodford is a great melting pot of cultures. I love the fact that my kids have friends from all different backgrounds speaking different languages and have an understanding of different cultures. South Woodford has great restaurants offering a variety of cuisines. Cafes with arts and crafts, French patisserie or a good old fashioned English breakfast. Community is a key part of South Woodford. At Sid & Evie’s we have watched our customers go from ‘babes in arms’ to senior school. We feel privileged to share that small part of their families lives. Often customers bump into their friends in store, it’s lovely to see them chat and catch up and be part of that.

What would I change in South Woodford? Well that’s a question close to my heart at the moment. People’s shopping habits! Without realising, our local community, like many others, are relying on shopping online. Of course there is a place for this, but remember the reason people chose to live in South Woodford is because of the schools, parks, restaurants and HIGH STREET. I truly believe the high street is the heart of the community where you can chat to friends and neighbours, just think, some people may not have family and this is their only contact with others. I don’t want South Woodford High Street to become a barren, soulless landscape, which it’s in danger of becoming if we don’t think before we spend. Think next time, could I shop local? Support your local high street!

Tell us about your most memorable moment in South Woodford. Finding my family home and business and watching my kids grow up in our home that I love.

Tell us something we don’t know about you. I’m passionate about my business and serving the community and making Sid & Evie’s  accessible to everyone.

Do you have any recommendations regarding the South Woodford area that you would like to share? Of course my recommendations are to support South Woodford in any way you can, look after what we have and work towards improving, even if it’s the tiniest thing.

Please describe South Woodford in 3 words. Diverse, caring,  community.

John

Age: 39.

What do you do for a living? Sales Director for Imperial Engineering, a bus and coach parts supplier.

How long have you lived here? I bought a house here in 2010 but spent a year renovating it before finally moving in.

Why did you move here? I grew up in Woodford and have always lived in the area. All of my and my wife’s family are within about two square miles too which is great. We’ve both lived in other places but always knew we’d end up back here somehow.

What do you like about South Woodford? I love having the forest on our doorstep but only being a short hop on the tube into town. We love eating out and there are so many great options all over East London so we’re in a great position to explore.

What would you change about South Woodford? I’d love to have a great butcher and nice wine bar on the high street. We like to go to Burgess and Hall Wines in Forest Gate; something like that in SoWo would be a great addition.

Tell us about your most memorable moment in South Woodford. It was just after I’d moved in to the house that I met my wife. I’d spent a year getting my bachelor pad ready and met her within a matter of weeks after moving in! That will always mean that South Woodford will be a special place for me.

Tell us something we don’t know about you. I’m related to Elton John.

Do you have any recommendations regarding the South Woodford area that you would like to share? For coffee I love Kikirocs and Dada. Wood Oven is a great option to have just up the road and we’re really fortunate to have a cinema too. I’ve been a member of Woodford Rugby Club since I was 13 and I’ve made many friends through the club and would highly recommend it to anybody of all ages who’s interested in watching or playing to go and check it out. 

Please describe South Woodford in 3 words. Bustling, leafy, home.

James

Age: 38.

What do you do for a living? Investment management.

How long have you lived here? Just over 3 years.

Why did you move here? Friends in the area, convenient for work but also has the forest right on the doorstep and a house we loved.

What do you like about South Woodford? Close to Epping Forest. You feel like you’re in the countryside but can get into the City in about 40 minutes.

What would you change about South Woodford? It would be nice to see a few more cafes with outdoor seating on George Lane.

Tell us about your most memorable moment in South Woodford? I think the day we moved here really sticks out. Within about an hour of moving in we had to get National Grid out to deal with a gas leak. No gas for the first day, would’ve been fine except it was February!

Tell us something we don’t know about you. I’m a Brummie originally but hide the accent well. 

Do you have any recommendations regarding the South Woodford area that you would like to share? Make the most of the forest. You can walk or cycle for miles and really feel like you’re not close to a major city.

Please describe South Woodford in 3 words. So Wonderfully Outstanding!

Rokaya

Age: 35.

What do you do for a living? Founder of Baby Love – a local mother and baby support group.

How long have you lived here? 11 years.

Why did you move here? I’ve liked the area since I was a child at school and visited my friend who lived here. I dreamed of living in South Woodford ‘when I grow up’. It just goes to show dreams can come true!

What do you like about South Woodford? The beautiful houses, walks in Epping Forest on my doorstep. Lovely little cafes and restaurants. The International Supermarket with weird and wonderful food from all over the world. Independent shops. The Odeon. It’s so quick and easy to get into central London for the hustle and bustle but you can unwind in a nice spacious house and garden.

What would you change about South Woodford? I wish we had a better park with lots of swings…everyone loves swings! A hub for young families somewhere you can meet with lots of space for buggies.

Tell us about your most memorable moment in South Woodford? Moving in to my first house everything was packed in boxes we had no plates, cutlery, table, chairs so we ended up eating on the floor! We were tired and hungry but so happy.

Tell us something we don’t know about you. I used to be a punk.

Do you have any recommendations regarding the South Woodford area that you would like to share? I highly recommend Redbridge Drama Centre as it’s a great way to introduce your child to theatre. My 3 year old has watched so many performances and she is utterly captivated. I also recommend Baby Love for new mums – it’s a great way to meet other mums in the area whilst teaching you how to be a cool, calm and a confident parent.

Please describe South Woodford in 3 words. Family friendly, relaxed, homely.

Christian

Age: 50.

What do you do for a living? I’m owner and head chef of Salway Cookhouse.

How long have you lived here? I grew up in Wanstead, moved around a bit including a year in Australia and then came back to South Woodford 5 years ago.

Why did you move here? I moved back to somewhere familiar with friends.

What do you like about South Woodford? We have a local cinema on our doorstep and George Lane has a good range of shops and restaurants.

What would you change about South Woodford? Nothing, it’s always been a nice place to live and it’s getting better.

Tell us about your most memorable moment in South Woodford: Opening Salway Cookhouse in summer 2018.

Tell us something we don’t know about you: My dad launched Smash Hits!, the Face and Arena magazines, I worked at the Face as a fashion stylist and there’s a relaunch planned for 2019 at Granary Square in Kings Cross.

Do you have any recommendations regarding the South Woodford area that you would like to share? Come along to Salway Cookhouse!

Please describe South Woodford in 3 words? Home and work.