Community Bob continues to serve Bexley
PUBLISHED: 09:28 09 November 2012
Founder of community newsletter the Bexley Chronicle, Bob Griffiths, was born in Crayford and has lived in the borough all of his life.
The 75-year-old started company Stone Leisure eight years ago but unfortunately the Chronicle folded in September as the economy’s troubles bit hard.
He started his working life 60 years ago with the company which had founded the Bexley Times five years earlier, the Norfolk News Company.
Bob, who has lived in Sidcup for the past four decades, has always striven to provide the community with a service.
Speaking about the newsletter, he said: “The feedback we got was all very positive. So many people have phoned saying how they miss it.
“Hopefully we can come back when the economy picks up again because we’ve proved it’s possible to produce a monthly publication and found our own niche.
“I wanted to serve the local community. Doing the Chronicle is like trying to put something back into the community because Sidcup and Bexley have done so much for me.
“The Chronicle proves beyond any reasonable doubt local people who care for their communities really do have a desire to know what is going on in their communities and their individual villages.
“The fact that it really meant something to the community we served is the most important thing.”
Bob is a recognisable face in the borough, especially in Sidcup.
He has been married to his Crayford-born wife Brenda for 54 years and the couple had three children – Mark, Graham and Andrew, who died when he was 13.
Bob said: “This is a great place to live and we’ve never felt the need to move away.
The families of both my wife and myself have always lived here and it feels like home.
“I’ve been lucky to spend a lot of time in America for work. I’ve had a very varied life and career, rubbing shoulders with some interesting people.”
Mike Lowe, owner of Sidcup Barber Shop in the High Street, said: “It’s a great shame the Chronicle has been suspended.
“Bob’s done so much for this community. It’s clear he really cares about the area he serves and hopefully he’ll continue to do so.”
Bob says he has no plans to retire despite his advanced years.
“I couldn’t imagine myself packing it in. I like keeping busy and working too much. I’d much prefer to keep plugging away on new projects than sitting at home twiddling my thumbs.”
He continued: “I’d say I’m a workaholic and there’s no better place to do that than Sidcup.”