Blacon Beacon is a food charity which exists entirely for the benefit of Blacon residents. Registered with the Charity Commission as 'Pantry for Blacon' CIO registration number 1183763. We're based at Holy Trinity Church hall. We have fantastic volunteers working for us, who help with stock taking, serving food, and welcoming members to Blacon Beacon, but we're always on the look out for more volunteers, so please get in touch if you can help.
Meet the Staff:
Manager -Lesley Smith
Lesley has recently joined the team as General Manager for Blacon Beacon. She is a trained teacher and taught Drama for twenty years. In the last three years Lesley has worked as a Community Volunteer Manager for Safe Families on the Wirral. For her, it was a real blessing to see friendships develop and families feeling supported, empowered and connected with people and groups in their community. She is really excited about ensuring that Blacon Beacon continues to offer healthy food to people and families from Blacon who benefit from this support. Lesley also has a heart for looking at how we can offer and link up to other needed services that help Blacon residents to feel that they are not alone and that the support they need is available.
Administrator - Naomi Powell
Naomi works part time for the Beacon, assisting with the admin and communication for projects and activities. Alongside working here, she is a trainee counsellor, studying at Chester University. Naomi is a local Blacon resident, she's lived here for the past three years and is excited to see how the area and its community members develop and grow.
Sheila's lived in Blacon for more than 30 years and was elected as a Councillor for the Blacon ward in 2019.
Tina Upton is Chair of Trustees. She has been the Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Blacon since 2012, and she is passionate about supporting the local community and people in need. She is married with three grown up children and two grandchildren.
Jen De Leie
Jen has lived in Blacon for four years and is married with one son. She's come to live in Chester after living on a narrow-boat and also volunteers at The Boat Museum and The Hospice of the Good Shepherd. She loves helping the community in and around where she lives.
Originally from London, Ed and his wife have lived and worked in Blacon since 2002 running children’s and youth clubs and he is really passionate about the community. Ed is a Baptist minister with HBC Chester and Blacon Central.