Sidcup Rotary Club
District 1120 RI Club No 19449
Sidcup Rotarian Erik Foster is a “Champion of Change”
Club member Erik Foster has been named as “A Champion of Change” by RIBI having been nominated by immediate Past District Governor Chris Barnett. He was presented with his award by Nick Clegg who thanked him for his services to the community, at a ceremony held at Dover House in Whitehall.
He has developed a scheme designed to help unemployed young people into work. It was developed after Erik recognised the urgent need for help amongst the young unemployed in the London Borough of Bexley. He contacted the Job Centre Plus youth team in Bexleyheath who were enthusiastic about his ideas. After intensive planning, regular mentoring sessions with a team of Rotary volunteers from Sidcup were commenced and now take place every fortnight.
L to R Chris Barnett Past District Governor Disrict 1120, Erik Foster, Nan McCreadie RIBI past President, James Brokenshire MP
Click here to read more about Erik and the award
Click here for more information on the Youth Unemployment Project
Sidcup Rotary members answer the call
Council cuts backs meant that the once beautiful walled garden at Sidcup Place was allowed to decline, and become overgrown through lack of maintenance. The garden, often known as Sidcup’s Secret Garden was home to a collection of beautiful roses, and a place to relax and admire the flowers and foliage.
The Sidcup Community Project has now been launched. After seeing the sad state of the garden himself, local Sidcup Councillor, Rob Leitch, decided to set up a community takeover of the site, to clear the out-of-control weeds and re-plant the beds. The restoration project has gone down well with local residents with over 50 signing up to the voluntary initiative.
Two members of Sidcup Rotary Club responded to the call for help and joined other local residents signing up in the community initiative. Malcolm Greening and David Dennis, both members of the Club’s Community Service Committee were hard at work cutting back the overgrown trees and bushes that form the centrepiece of the gardens. David, who is chair of the Community Service Committee said: “It was such a lovely place, but has declined dramatically in recent months, it will be good to see it all restored to its former glory”. Malcolm said: “Everybody is getting really stuck in; it’s amazing how much progress has been made in such a short time”. Local businesses along with Sidcup Rotary Club have sponsored flower beds at the site.