Alex Simpson

  • Type of Governor: Co-opted Governor
  • Appointed By: Appointed by Governors
  • Relatives Working at School: N.A.
  • Declaration of Interests: N.A.

In the mid nineteen sixties the head master of ‘Hurley’ primary school Mr Castle retired and Mr Davis took over. Mr Davis approached us, the parents, asking us if we would be interested in forming a parent teachers’ association. We readily agreed and I was elected chairman.

Our main function was raising funds for the school, and to that end we ran weekly ‘Whist’ & ‘Beetle Drives’. We eventually raised enough money to purchase a mini bus.  I also served as treasurer for a time, I stepped down in 1982 when my youngest daughter left the school.

During the sixties and seventies, I was a member of the Hurley Amateur Dramatic Society. Rehearsals and plays were performed in the village hall where I came in contact with the Village Hall management committee.

I joined the management committee, and shortly afterwards the then secretary Olive Baxter retired, and I was elected to replace her, I have been involved in the Hall’s management ever since.

Some years ago the Borough Council decided to demolish the old ‘Hurley School’ building.    A group of spirited villagers set up a protest group under the heading ‘Hurley Community Association’.  I became involved and joined them.   The protest was unsuccessful, but the Association stayed in being to become the umbrella under which other village groups could function, one of which was the ‘Hurley Fun Run’ and it’s still running, and I’m still involved in that. Shortly after the Association was formed, they took on the Village Hall management, at which time I was still on the management committee.

I became a Kingsbury Parish Councillor for the Hurley ward, and continue to do so. As a parish councillor I was approached by a group on villagers asking me to assist them seeking a site in the village for allotments, we were successful, and the Allotment Association is one of Hurley’s success stories, I’m still involved as chairman in an advisory position.

I have been continually involved with the above groups/committees over the past fifty years.

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