Retired Crawley teacher elected town mayor


Ex-Thomas Bennett teacher and Crawley FC season ticket holder Chris Cheshire is the new Mayor of Crawley.

Cllr Cheshire (Lab, Bewbush) was elected at the Annual Crawley Borough Council meeting on Friday (May 29).

She said: “It’s a proud honour to be elected as Mayor of Crawley. This town has been my home for 35 years and I’m delighted to be able to represent it as mayor for the next 12 months.

“I’m looking forward to a very busy year, where I’ll be meeting and talking to hundreds of people who give their time to help make this town the fantastic place it is.”

The mayor’s charities for 2015/16 will be Crawley Community and Voluntary Service and the Springboard Project.

CCVS represents and offers support to all voluntary groups in Crawley.

The Springboard Project community group supports disabled children and young people to enjoy active social lives.

Chris Cheshire was elected to represent Bewbush ward in 2004 and has been successful in every election since.

She was born in 1944 and moved to Crawley in 1979. She trained as a teacher and taught in London for six years before departing on a five-year journey working her way round the world through more than 40 countries.

On her return to the UK, Chris spent 12 years teaching integrated humanities at Thomas Bennett Community College in Tilgate. Chris retired from teaching when a serious illness left her needing to use a wheelchair.

Chris, who lives in Gossops Green, holds a Crawley Town FC season ticket and enjoys all sports, music, film, theatre and dancing. Some of her favourite sporting memories are from attending the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Chris sits on various bodies, including the patient group on Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group, and is a trustee of Crawley Community Transport and Crawley Community and Voluntary Service. She is also a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex.

Councillor Raj Sharma was elected Deputy Mayor.