The Chislehurst Big Friendly Community Draw Initiative began in 2004 as a small ad hoc volunteer group of six mums and one dad who decided to bring the BFC to our local community. We had such fun organising the day to the acclaim of everyone who attended, we decided to make it an annual event. We have now been organising our event on the Common every year since 2004.
Our part of the common is a triangular piece of grassland and woodland bordered by the primary school, the church, houses, and two public houses - the perfect place for a local gathering. Our BFC Draw is the only event that has taken place on this land since the coronation of the Queen.
Our aim is to promote drawing, encouraging as many people as possible to “have a go”: to create an event that brings together a wide variety of community groups, including local families; to further local appreciation of our Common and surroundings; and to raise the profile of and funds for, The Trustees of the Common. Our BFC Draw has raised £35,000 for the Commons over the years!
We have won seven National Awards from The Campaign for Drawing for creative innovation. We have three times won the Trail Blazer Award that designates us as one of the leading lights for inspiration among 1200 venues across the country.
We have over one hundred volunteers who help make the day happen. Would you like to help? Contact us for more information.