Visit Chislehurst Liaison & Trustee
I moved to Chislehurst in July 1991 & am passionate about the place! I am driven by the wish to ensure it remains special and a desire to support and build a cohesive community.
In the 1990s I was chair of Governors at Mead Road Infant School which both my children attended. Since leaving full time employment at Bullers Wood School in 2009, I have immersed myself in a wide variety of community projects in Chislehurst as a volunteer. I co-founded the Friends of Chislehurst Recreation Grounds in 2010 which has made a number of significant improvements in the Rec, including the new playground, bear carvings and supporting FC Elmstead with the new pavilion build. I joined the Chislehurst Society Executive Committee in April 2011 and formed the Chislehurst Town Team in March 2012 in response to the need to address the issues facing our High Street. I created the Visit Chislehurst brand and have worked tirelessly since to ensure the High Street and other parades are as vibrant and attractive as they can be. I have served on the Chislehurst Community Advisory Panel (which meets with our local Safer Neighbourhood Police team periodically) since February 2013, in recent years as Secretary and was also secretary of the Chislehurst Playing Fields Association from October 2011 until it was wound down in March 2019 having paid our grants to numerous local causes, notably the new pavilion in the Rec.
In 2012, my efforts were recognised by the Mayor of Bromley from whom I was the recipient of an award “in recognition of many years of unstinting voluntary service to the people of the London Borough of Bromley”.
In December 2013, I was awarded “Champion of the High Street” by The Daily Telegraph/Mary Portas for my work as chair of Chislehurst Town Team.
In March 2019, I was included on the Mayor of London’s “Hidden Credits” list having been nominated by local residents for my voluntary work in Chislehurst. This list recognises women “for the amazing contribution they make to working, living and studying in our city.”
In April 2019, I received a Community Service Award from Chislehurst Rotary Club for “services to the community of Chislehurst “.
In response to the Coronavirus crisis, in March 2020 I took the lead on setting up The Chislehurst Society and Visit Chislehurst Community Support Group, a comprehensive support network of volunteers throughout Chislehurst to assist people in isolation with shopping, delivery of prescriptions and other essential items.
Find out more about Visit Chislehurst and Alison’s role here.
I can also be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.