In Loving Memory of


Val Harrison

This book of condolence is for family and friends to share memories, stories and tributes for us all to remember our Mum, Valerie Doris Harrison, who sadly and unexpectedly, passed away on Thursday 27th April 2023.


Mum was born in Dulwich, London, the only child of William ‘George’ Drywood and Doris Drywood (née Nurse).  She lived in Dulwich until she married our Dad, David Harrison, and moved into Beckenham in 1975.  Mum lived in their house ever since.  In the 1980’s Mum and Dad joined Beckenham Baptist Church, both sang in the Church choir regularly until Dad passed away in 1993 (himself a Police Officer for over 33years).  Since then, Mums joys came from being part of the Church community, and membership of many related groups, as well as being member of other Choirs enjoying her passion of singing.


Over the years Mum had worked as a member of the Metropolitan Police Civil Service, within the nursery and crèche facility at the Church, and as a clerical assistant for two local businesses.  She had also volunteered for various roles over the years, including being a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) collection official,  Chair and Secretary of the local Safer Neighbourhoods Team, and as a ‘stooge’ for the training of Police drugs dogs, along with many other voluntary roles that she had undertaken through the Church over her 40+ years of membership.


We invite everyone, to take a moment to remember Mum in your own way, in her memory.


Thank you.


Remembering our Mum, Val Harrison 13.02.1947 – 27.04.2023 

Book Owner: John & Graeme Harrison
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Heather and Ken

Our thoughts with John and Graeme, and John’s family – and with the circle of friends who will miss Val so much. We have so many memories of Val at Elm Road Baptist Church, of singing at different choral days and events, West Gallery occasions etc. There was the hospitality in the home, and …

Catherine Baldwin

It was such sad news to hear about Val’s passing. We struck up an online friendship at a family funeral many years ago (either my Aunty Muriel or Uncle Alec Smith…I’m not sure which). We conversed through e-cards and messages at Christmas and Easter ever since then and it was always lovely to catch …

Diane Thomas

I met Val in the playground of Marian Vian nearly 40 years ago. We got chatting and she mentioned a friend she had met was into coss-stitching and asked if I was interested in joining a friday morning sewing group. So began a regular Friday sewing session with people dropping out and new people …

Sue Highmore

Val was the first person I chatted to at BYMT adult choir.  I was very nervous, having never sung in a choir before, but Val made me welcome, reassured me that I would enjoy singing and showed me what to do. She was the reason I kept coming along in those early days and …


Val, it was always a pleasure to see you here at Keston when volunteering (mainly with Ken’s courses) and I know you had a lot of laughs doing it!!  RIP and my thoughts are with your family at this time. Sara-Jane and the staff at the DTE …

Anne Crouch

I only met your mum annually, when I arranged the lunch to thank all the people in Beckenham U3A who ran a group on behalf of the other members. She ran one of our mahjong groups, very successfully too (which is at why I only met her once a year). It was good to …