Frances goes to Downing Street

Horn Park resident Frances Walker met Tony and Cherie Blair at a reception at 10 Downing Street last Monday. Frances was invited to the reception by Eltham MP Clive Efford.

The reception was held to honour ordinary men and women who had worked hard to help improve their local communities. “When Downing Street asked me to invite someone who had made a real difference to their local area, I told them I could fill their reception with people from my constituency who are working hard to improve their local communities.”

“But Frances was an obvious choice. She chairs the Horn Park Forum which brings together local residents with the local community centre, the council’s young people’s services, housing, the local police, Charlton’s charitable trust and London and Quadrant Housing Association. The Forum has already overseen major improvements in the park, where a new ball park and swing park have already been installed. The Forum has also worked closely with Charlton Athletic who run a number of football training schemes in the park. The Forum has achieved a lot in its first year, but there is still a lot to do. I would have liked to take the whole group, but Frances’ invitation is a tribute to everyone involved with the forum.”

Frances said, “it was really special experience that I have been able to tell my grandchildren about. I will never forget it.”

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