The Town Mayor will choose a specific charity for the duration that they are Town Mayor and will run fund raising events for this charity. After a year all the money that is raised will be given to the chosen charity.
The 2023/24 chosen charities are:
The King’s Arms, affectionately know as ‘KA’ to the young people, is a charity that has been set up to meet the needs of the young people of Petersfield and Alton. Running a range of different clubs for different age groups and have loads of cool things for them to do such as arts and crafts, cooking or just having space to chill!
The Air Training Corps (ATC) is a cadet organisation based in the UK. It is a voluntary youth group which is part of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.
For over a century, the festival has been a hub for the many musical organisations in Petersfield and the surrounding area with choirs, orchestras, chamber groups and wind bands, including those from the local schools all taking part in the Festival Hall built for the purpose in 1935. Petersfield Musical Festival is a registered charity and run by a committee of trustees who all volunteer their time.
Dementia Friendly Petersfield aims to increase the awareness and understanding of dementia across the town, so those affected feel more supported by the business and services they rely on.
JC Crissey, Town Mayor (2023-24)
John is married with two daughters who attended primary and secondary school in Petersfield. He and his family have lived in Petersfield since 1991. He has been CEO of London Pictures Limited since 2002 and before that time he was a marketing director for IBM for 14 years. He has a BA in marketing, an MBA in finance, is a Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Phd from Royal Holloway University of London. He is also a life member of the British Academy of Film and Television. He enjoys walks in the South Downs National Park, football (lifelong Pompey supporter), the performing arts, visiting Chawton House and time with family.
Outside bodies: East Hants Association of Parish Towns and Councils, Petersfield Strategy Group.
Lesley Farrow, Deputy Town Mayor (2023-24)
Lesley studied Law at Newcastle Polytechnic followed by articles. Moving to Petersfield in 1977, Lesley has two children who attended Bedales. Lesley was a committee member of Save the Children for 34 years, and became a Councillor in 2011.
Having served on Petersfield Town Council for 8 years, three of which were are Mayor, she is now a member of Finance & General Purposes, and reserve on the Town Development Committee. Subsequently being chairman of Grounds for 4 years and one of the main facilitators of bringing the Grounds work in-house.
Lesley’s interests include race judging for Cowes Week and general history. Lesley is also on the Staff Panel and Petersfield in Bloom.
Outside bodies: East Hants Association of Parish & Town Councils. New Savoy Cinema.