Having spent my formative years in Welling and Bexleyheath and then later Gravesend, I moved to Petts Wood in late 2014 when I moved in with my now wife. I'd only cycled through the town beforehand with my cycle club, mouth open at the beautiful houses on Chislehurst Road.
When I met my wife by chance in The Bull's Head Hotel at Chislehurst in the summer of 2014, I had no idea what was around the corner and if you'd told me Petts Wood would become my home, I would never have believed you.
7 years, a wedding and 2 (almost 3) children later, Petts Wood feels very much like home now.
I know my neighbours. Unlike anywhere else I've lived before, I know every neighbour within 400m of our home by name. The covid-19 pandemic brought that to the fore. We've been there for each other and we've looked out for each other. Strangers offering to run errands for those less able and those in need.
I've spent the past year walking around Petts Wood, aiming for a minimum of 10km every day. I've walked probably every road of Petts Wood East and beyond in that time. I've been pleasantly surprised by the number of people that say hello and good morning when we pass, socially distanced of course. If you've seen a mad man walking in a bright blue jacket with a beanie hat and blue sunglasses, that's me.
I regularly see the same faces. One runner has always exchanged pleasantries. No matter what the weather, he's been out running in it. So friendly and laid back. I was amazed to discover he is actually a Knight of the Realm. In Petts Wood!
All across the neighbourhood, I'd like to think the pandemic has brought out the very best of Petts Woodians.
So where am I going with this I hear you ask...
Petts Wood and its residents are unique in many different ways and I'd like to celebrate the People of Petts Wood by introducing...
The People of Petts Wood Project
I'm looking for nominations from you for Petts Wood People who you feel are unique and have contributed to Petts Wood and/or society in general.
As a suggestion, maybe they:
are NHS Staff (front line nurse, A&E Doctor, etc)
an important keyworker with a story to tell
supported others during the covid-19 pandemic
charity fund raiser
run a local business, club or association
are a local PW resident with a great story to be heard / or a message to be shared
The only rule is that the nominees must live in Petts Wood.
The lucky winners will be given a photoshoot, a mix of studio and outdoor and I will perform a short interview so I can write/publish a little piece on them to celebrate and share their stories. I'll also throw in a bottle of bubbly (or chocolates for those who don't drink) to say thank you from me on behalf of Petts Wood. The winners will receive a selection of the photographs from the shoot for personal use.
So, if you want to nominate a great Petts Woodian, please get in touch here
Please be sure to include:
your name and email address
nominees email address ( so I can contact them if they are a winner!)
reason for your nomination (maximum 500 words)
I look forward to receiving your nominations and announcing the winners in due course!
Last Date for nominations: 31/07/2021. Winners will be contacted by email, so be sure to include this info in your nomination.
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