Honorary Freeman Councillor Shirley Jones was elected the Chairman of Alsager Town Council for the third time on 22nd May 2018 at the Alsager Institute.
Her Consort is Councillor Carrie Pletscher and they are looking forward to an interesting year of visits both within Alsager and beyond, as the representatives of the Town and the Council.
Shirley came to Alsager in 1966 to lecture at Alsager College of Education now known as Manchester Metropolitan University, though sadly the Alsager Campus closed some years ago. Her marriage to Jim in 1968 was a ‘College romance’ and they enjoyed thirty-six very happy years together before Jim regretfully passed away in 2004. They raised two children, Gillian who lives in London and Rupert who lives in Alsager and is well known for his community work with Alsager Round Table and latterly ‘41’ Club. He is also a member of the B’Hoys of Alsager, following in his late father’s footsteps. Shirley enjoys spending time with her four grand-children, three of whom live in Alsager and one in London.
Community service plays a significant part in Shirley’s life and she has represented Alsager on several Local Authorities over the last thirty years including Cheshire County Council, Congleton Borough Council and Cheshire East Council as well as Alsager Town Council In 2015 she was made an Honorary Freeman of Cheshire East Borough and an Honorary Alderman of Cheshire East Council.
In 2012 Alsager Town Council became a service provider by taking ownership of Alsager Civic and other provisions in the town. She has been Chairman of The Civic and Services Committee since 2012 and has overseen the total refurbishment of the Alsager Civic building which she hopes the people of Alsager will see as her legacy to them. Throughout this time she has been supported by an excellent team of managers and staff to whom she gives her sincere thanks.
Recently she has worked with the Dementia Services Steering Group of Alsager Partnership and has nominated them as one of her Chairman’s charities this year following the example of her predecessor Councillor Colin Burgess. Shirley is a Dementia Friend and supports the monthly Memory Café run be the Group in Alsager Library. Her second chosen charity is the Alsager Girl Guides to recognise the important work they do for young people in our local community.
Shirley is a member of Alsager Tangent Club, Alsager Women’s Institute and the U3A and is proud to serve on the Governing bodies of Alsager Highfields Primary School, St Gabriel’s Primary School and as a Trustee on the Alsager Multi Academy Trust .
Shirley worships at Christ Church, Alsager where she will be holding her Civic Service on Sunday 1st July 2018 at 3pm followed by tea in the Church Hall.