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Gordon Brown praises Chalrton Athletic’s community work

Clive Efford and Charlton Athletic invited Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown down to Charlton’s training ground in Sparrows Lane in Eltham to see for himself the enormous amount of community work undertaken by the club.

Speaking to Clive after the visit he praised the club’s work to become a focal point of its local community. “Charlton’s reputation as the leading football club in this field is completely deserved,” said Brown, who observed hundreds of youngsters taking part in football courses organised by the community scheme over the Easter holidays.

“They have clearly grasped that clubs play a vital role and need to be at the very heart of their local communities. The vision here – and I’ve seen and heard about the plans for the new stadium and the créche and the education work and the partnerships with businesses and so on – shows that the club has a clear direction, and I’ve never seen such far-reaching activities.”

Steve Waggott, chief executive of the Charlton Athletic Community Trust, which is responsible for the club’s community work offered his thanks to Clive. “We must offer big thanks to Clive, who has been working extremely hard alongside the trust on initiatives aimed at connecting with people, particularly in the Coldharbour, Avery Hill and South Greenwich areas.”

“We know that our work corresponds perfectly with much of what the government is trying to achieve, such as getting people who are socially excluded back into work, and football is a great vehicle to do that.”

Coldharbour Post Office saved

“I’ve got good news” was the message on Clive Efford’s phone from Mr Chima, the owner of the Mound post office. 

Mr Chima had just heard that his post office will stay open. He told Clive, “I wanted you to be the first to know, because without your help, this post office would have closed.”

Clive wants to thank everyone who supported the campaign. Clive organised a packed public meeting with the local Residents’ Association and has raised the matter in parliament. Clive said, “Hundreds of people helped by signing the petition, writing letters and coming to our meeting. People rely on this branch and the alternatives were too far away.”

Clive put together a deal with the Council to keep the post office open. “The Council’s role has been vital. They have agreed to move all cash payments from the housing office to the post office. This extra business will make the Post Office a viable business.” he said.

Clive adds, “I am glad that the Post Office has seen sense. This branch needs customers to stay open, so please use it.”