Alison Southcombe

Reverend Alison Southcombe


It is with very great sadness that I have to tell you that Alison Southcombe, a member of our Committee, former Secretary and Vice Chairman passed away on 30 September 2021.

She was diagnosed with cancer many years ago, which brought a premature end to a successful business career and, after enduring the harsh treatment and being given the all clear, she set her sights on becoming a Minister in the Church.

Alison had known and loved cats since a very early age and agreed to spend some of her free time as our Secretary, which was the first time that I had met her. She was very keen to get going but didn’t know how the cat world worked and so we spent many happy hours either on the phone or emailing. Everything had to be done properly and she became very efficient, keeping me on my toes, and I quickly grew to care for her very much indeed.

At our shows, Alison and Elizabeth Amies used to do the raffle and she would sit at our table engaging everyone she spoke to with her warm smile and gentle way.

Alison completed her studies, becoming the Minister at The Purley Chase Retreat, but unfortunately cancer returned and she had to give up being our Secretary. In her usual way, though, with her will power and determination, she put up a real fight and managed to continue her community work until just a few weeks before her death.

All of the Committee will miss Alison very much. She was the kindest lady I have ever met and she didn’t have a nasty bone in her body.

So you will never be forgotten, Alison, and I very much hope that you have found your god and will at last have the peace and rest that you deserve.


Maureen Smith