Sid Green honoured for his 45+ years as a volunteer

By Manny Robinson

UPDATE: We are very sad to share the news that local legend Sid Green has passed away. A full tribute will be in the next issue of the Essex Jewish News. You can read about the recent party in recognition of his incredible volunteering work here.

Warm tributes were paid to Sid Green at a surprise party in his honour to mark not only his 93rd birthday, but to celebrate his more than 45 years as a volunteer for Jewish Care.

Sid’s major contribution was to start, nine years ago, with the help of Ivor Lethbridge, the Chaps That Chat group where men could come together once a month to discuss current events, go on outings and have a chat among themselves.

Sid was presented with a framed certificate by Jewish Care CEO Daniel Carmel-Brown (pictured) to mark his incredible volunteering efforts and recognise his valuable commitment and contributions to the charity.

Sid said: “I am really blown away by this party and the lovely words said about me. Volunteering is something I do without thought, and I’m so grateful for such a wonderful day.”

The party took place at Woodford Forest United Synagogue and, among the tributes both in-person and via message, was one read out from Wes Streeting.

The Ilford North MP wrote: “Many years ago, at Sinclair House, you saw the need for a local group where men could get together and talk about current events affecting them and enjoy each other’s company.

“That journey would take you and Chaps That Chat to places like City Hall, the Imperial War Museum and, of course, the Houses of Parliament.

“The incredible success of Chaps That Chat speaks for itself. Your group has grown, not only because your members enjoy it… but because of your own determination.”



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