Sidcup Rotary Club Benevolent Trust


MUSIC PROVISION IN BEXLEY IS IN CRISIS following closure of Bird College Music Services Hub, related tuition,orchestras and bands. Sidcup Rotary Club (SRC) in collaboration with Friends of Bexley Music (FBM) aim to safeguard enthusiasm, morale and service provision and help find a permanent solution

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 14 August 2020 to 12:00 PM, 15 September 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (280561)

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  • We are grateful for the significant financial and practical support given by the Rotary Club of Sidcup over the past 6 years which has assisted us to provide cherished memories for young people with life-limiting problems.

    — David Hatcher, Founder of Medway Hospice Holidays

  • I cannot thank Sidcup Rotary Club enough for their very generous provision of a new specially adapted Community minibus. It will radically improve our fleet and enable us to maintain our service to our users with mobility and disablity needs, many of whom would be isolated in their homes.....

    — Lorraine Evans CEO Bexley Accessible Transport

  • Allow me to thank you again for your support. This is highly appreciated. This support will be very helpful.and warmly welcome for the populations during this extraordinary situation causing such serious consequences for the most vulnerable..

    — Denis Ripoche, Directeur Regional Afrique des Garnds Lac (incl. Rwanda)

  • Rotary have been extremely generous to SLCF ... Having raised the awareness of the work we do and the need of many families in this area we have also been supported by individual members and have been considered when fundraising events ave been organised.

    — Jeanette Judge, trustee of the St Lawrence Charitable Fund (SLCF)


In June, Bird College discontinued its role as Music Hub & Facilities Provider for Bexley overnight, effectively removing instrumental provision & tuition for 3000 primary and many secondary pupils, ceasing its choirs, orchestras, bands, ensembles & performance opportunities for young & old. SRC & FBM aim to solve the short term funding problem & maintain basic provison until a permanent solution is found by the Arts Council & local agencies. SRC will continue the Bexley Young Musician awards.


Young peole in the UK exhibit some of the poorest mental wellbeing worldwide. Research shows music is vital for language development, mental and physical wellbeing. The SRC Benevolent Trust will work with our MPs, Bexley Council, FBM & local agencies to raise public awareness, maintain youthful enthusiasm and raise funds to ensure the continued availability of music tuition, provision and recreation for all ages in the area.