About us

We are a small, friendly, informal club, who are actively working in our community and on fundraising intiatives. We invite you to come along and meet us with a view to joining, and getting involved with our work for local and international communities, and to take part in our social activities. 

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PORCHLIGHT EVENT Monday September 18th 2023. 

We are delighted to announce that the evening raised over five hundred pounds for Porchlight. Members of Sevenoaks Unitarians and four local Rotary Clubs were present, as well as other members of the local community. Porchlight commented, "Thank you ever so much! That is an amazing amount, so generous. It will go not just a small way but a long way to supporting our work – thank so so much for your continued kindness." 
The most extraordinary aspect of our evening event to raise a few pennies for (and awareness of) Porchlight was the news that homelessness, and hopelessness, exists in a town like Sevenoaks – frequently earmarked as the “happiest” and “wealthiest” in the country.
 The information came from Porchlight volunteer Min Oliver as she explained how this wonderful Kentish charity is helping to break down the barriers to housing, mental and physical health, education and daily living skills.
Sevenoaks Rotary Club had already raised more than £3,000 for Porchlight through our charity dinner. Those who attended a second event at The Friends Meeting House in Bessles Green heard, in a little more detail, how the work of volunteers is helping so many people to reach their full financial independence. 
Here is a photo:
The joint presidents of Sevenoaks Rotary with Mim Oliver, our wonderful and informative and engaging speaker from Porchlight, in the middle
The joint presidents of Sevenoaks Rotary with Mim Oliver, our wonderful and informative and engaging speaker from Porchlight, in the middle.


Event poster with info and image of purple and yellow hands reaching out to each other.

Porchlight is Kent's largest charity for homeless and vulnerable people. They exist for people who have nowhere to go and no-one to turn to. Some are living on the streets, others need support because they are risk of losing their homes. Porchlight offers a wide range of support, including helping people into employment. Homelessness is a growing problem in Kent.

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CHARITY DINNER Friday 17th March 2023

 

Wreath Laying on Rememberance Sunday 13th November 2022

 

Members of Sevenoaks Rotary Club were pleased to attend our local Rememberance Service at the War Memorial by the Vine Cricket Ground. We joined with members of the Council and many other community groups for this moving ceremony. Our Co-Presidents laid a wreath on behalf of our club to honour all who had served, and especially those who gave their lives. 

 

 

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Charity Event with Local Unitarians for the SERV Kent Bloodrunners Charity

 

Here are some photos and a report of our recent event with SERV Kent/Bloodrunners.

 

 

 

Co-president David Craik handing over the donation cheque from our club

 

Terry Sayer of Bloodrunners delivering his fascinating talk

 

 

If you are driving on a motorway, or through a town or even along a dark country lane and suddenly spot a motorcyclist wearing a distinctive red and yellow braded jacket with the word BLOOD inscribed on his you should know he is an Emergency Response Volunteer on his way to the nearest hospital. Securely strapped on the back of his bike will be two large covered boxes containing precious supplies of blood.

 

In October 2022 members and guests of Sevenoaks Rotary Club were delighted to welcome fundraising co-ordinator Trevor Sayer to explain more about Kent's volunteer team and their extraordinary mission in delivering blood and other vital supplies to hospitals and homes throughout the county.

 
Mr Sayer, who was accompanied by a few fellow ‘bloodrunners’, said they were officially known as ‘Service by Emergency Response Volunteers’ and proudly told his guests that his Kent team had recently won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

 
The Kent Bloodrunners normally set off on their motorbikes (a few use cars) to deliver blood products to hospitals overnight and during the weekend. However, the Covid pandemic called for a 24-hour service which put great pressure on the team. They responded brilliantly, chalking up more than 8,000 calls since the start of the outbreak. This was more than twice the number of their usual annual average.

 
Explaining more about the blood-bike missions Mr Sayer said the two, or four wheel couriers also often carried other emergency medical items including X-rays, samples, drugs, and documentation between hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

 
He explained how the first blood bike volunteer group was started in Surrey by Margaret Ryerson and her husband. In time this grew into a Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes and by 2008 was promoting professional standards across all the member blood bike groups, including Kent. Today the team is based at the Medway Services on the M2 near Chatham. How proud they were to be given the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service with “special designation for additional impactful support during the early months of the COVID pandemic.”

 

 

It was a privilege to meet them and hear their amazing story -- how from their humble beginnings they now have more than 180 members and around 20 controllers who coordinate operations from their own homes. 

 

 

 

The evening received over £300 in donations for Bloodrunners, who have kindly provided us with a certificate.

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Proclamation of King Charles III, Sunday 11th September 2022

Members of Sevenoaks Rotary Club were pleased to attend our local Civic Proclamation of King Charles' accession to the throne. 

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Do get in touch with our Membership Officer to find out how you can take part in our club activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Where and when:

We meet on Mondays at 18.30

(Meetings are held twice a month.) London Road

Sevenoaks
TN13 2DR  01732 455107

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