Jean Chudleigh

Jean has lived in Purley for over 40 years and has been involved in many aspects of village life. She was Barn Manager for several years and was active in developing the barn into the valuable community asset which it is today. Needless to say the barn is close to her heart.

She was co-founder of the Village Drama Group, Purley Players, and has also been a member of Thames Vale Singers for over 10 years where she has also played an active role.

Jean was part of the Steering Committee which organised the extensive celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and, more recently, organised events to commemorate the Queen’s 90th Birthday.


Debbie Mackay

Debbie has lived in the Purley/Tilehurst borders for 20 years. Her children attended Purley Infants and Long Lane Schools, where she was Chair of PTA and Parent Governor. Debbie works at Purley Park Trust, as the Learning and Development Manager. She is a regular user of the Barn, as a venue for staff training, and has a keen interest in encouraging the development of inclusive social interaction within the local community, that benefits all members of that community.


Angela Grindley

I lived in Kent/London most of my life but moved to Purley nearly 6 years ago to be near my daughter and 3 grandchildren and it was the best decision.  A lovely change from the Legal Profession I left behind.  I have two boys as well, one in London and the other in Rome both of whom had baby boys last year.  I play badminton and a lot of Bridge – I am on the committee of the Barn Bridge Club and ran the successful bridge drive last year.  I am an enthusiastic cyclist and can be seen everywhere on my electric bike helping me up those Purley hills.   

Ordinary Member

Catherine Sampson

As a resident of Purley for around 24 years, chairman of Project Purley, and a member of Purley Players, Catherine has enjoyed many events and activities in the Barn. She believes that ensuring our historic Barn remains a viable asset for the village, is one of the best ways of protecting its long term future, whilst also helping the community to continue to thrive and develop.

Catherine was a member of the second Village Plan steering group, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee committee and the Armistice Centenary Commemorations working group, and over the years has been involved with a wide range of village events at venues across the village. She is also a keen social historian and photographer.