Continuing the discussion from Kirkdale Christmas Tree Cancelled:
Yes, I’ve noticed this difference too, from what I’ve seen of both Forest Hill and Sydenham.
Forest Hill has @Pauline, @Simon, Maja Hilton, @CllrDavis and @Michael, all of whom go way beyond the call of duty to organise community events, and to take on significant projects like the Community Library.
Having a single active forum helps, too - in 2016, SE23.life quickly became the go-to resource for organising big community activities, and involving as many residents as possible in decision-making in an open and transparent way (on the www, as opposed to closed social media groups). The Forest Hill mural project, run through SE23.life is clear evidence of how effective SE23.life can be.
In Sydenham, we need a go-to forum too, with a culture that encourages civic societies and councillors to participate. Promoting SE26.life, and encouraging the councillors to take part here, we could really make some headway, and get the same sort of community engagement that SE23.life brings to Forest Hill.