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BREADWINNER: Beloved Chorleywood bakery manager steps down after 32 years

 Published on: 12th December 2023   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

A beloved bakery manager has stepped down after serving the community for 32 years.

Alison Flynn has been bakery manager at Stratton Bakery in Chorleywood for over three decades but, after moving to Oxford last year, the lengthy commute prompted her to hang up her hat.

Alison grew up in Little Chalfont but went to Russell’s Primary School in Chorleywood so has had a connection to Chorleywood for more than 60 years. Sallyann Carr, who worked with Alison, said she is known and loved by everyone in the village and is a fundamental part of the hub and heart of the community.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Alison kept the shop running on her own and was the only point of contact for many people in the village. Sallyann says that Alison always prioritised interaction with customers, especially with elderly residents, and encouraged staff to sit down and have a chat with customers.

Alison was deeply loved and appreciated, and many customers were “gutted” and even in tears when they discovered she would be stepping down.

Sallyann said: “People always thought she owned the bakery because she had such a presence. The staff in the bakery absolutely loved her. She was always very kind and would bend over backwards. She was a team player and would never ask someone to do something she wouldn’t do.”

Alison’s final shift was on November 25 and was celebrated with a luncheon.

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