Friday, June 14th, 2024

Sevenoaks businesses invited to celebrate 50th anniversary of Beatles Abbey Road photo

LOCAL businesses are being offered the chance to take part in a re-enactment of the famous and iconic image of The Beatles walking across a zebra crossing in Abbey Road which was used on their album of the same name.

Businesses have the chance to recreate the famous Abbey Road photo featuring George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Lennon

The photo was taken on 8 August 1969 by Iain Macmillan and to celebrate its 50th anniversary year, plans are being made to recreate the scene, which featured John, Paul, George and Ringo, on another Zebra Crossing in London Road, Sevenoaks.

Businesses taking part will be invited to make a donation to The Lewis Project (, the Sevenoaks organisation set up to promote mental wellbeing in young people over 16 through music.

The plan was outlined at the Sevenoaks & District Chamber of Commerce’s recent monthly networking meeting held at The Vine Pavilion. The details are still being finalised and will be announced on My Sevenoaks Community at a later date.

The networking meeting, which attracted around 70 members of the chamber, was sponsored by the Vine Cricket Club. Andy Richardson, the chair of the club, told the audience that ambitious plans are being drawn up to renovate the internal space of the historic Vine Pavilion so it can become a central Sevenoaks hub that can be used by the wider community.

Andy Richardson, Chair of Sevenoaks Vine Cricket Club, addresses members of the Sevenoaks Chamber of Commerce at the recent monthly networking event held at The Vine pavilion.

The project is in its very early stages, but the club is hoping to attract sponsorship from local businesses and Mr Richardson said he would welcome the chance to discuss possibilities with any interested parties. He can be contacted on:

The chamber held another successful golf day earlier this year which raised several thousands of pounds for local charities. Part of the proceeds were donated to Greensleeves Care which runs the Lavender Fields Care Home in Seal and a cheque for £2,250 was presented to manager Karen Cooper and her colleague Andrew Wilson (see more details below).

The remainder of the funds raised at the golf day will be donated to the other Chamber Charities of the year – West Kent Mind, Hospices of Hope and We are Beams.

Bruce Bell from Wilkins Kennedy was the winner of the business card draw and received a bottle of Prosecco donated by the Cricket Club. The proceeds from the draw were donated to Breast Cancer Care and accepted by local fund raiser Steph Harrison. Steph was also celebrating her 60th birthday on the same day and so was presented with a bouquet of flowers. The chamber also welcomed Hilden Park Accountants  to the Business Partner Scheme.

The next Chamber events this month will be the Westerham Wednesday Business Networking meeting in the Conservatory at the Kings Arms Hotel in Westerham High Street on 21 August between 10.30 and noon. The team from Chamber Charity of the Year West Kent Mind will update guests on the services they can offer local businesses and its mission to make sure anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support.

Golfers help raise funds for local care home

Pictured (l-r) are Gareth Walters, Sevenoaks Chamber of Commerce; Karen Cooper, Home Manager at Lavender Fields; Julie Phillips from the Sevenoaks Chamber of Commerce; and Andy Wilson, Family Liaison Manager at Lavender Fields.

Lavender Fields care home in Seal, near Sevenoaks has been presented with a cheque for £2,250 by the Sevenoaks & District Chamber of Commerce following a successful annual golf day organised by the chamber earlier this year.

Lavender Fields is part of Greensleeves Care, a not-for-profit charity which runs 25 care homes across the UK, two of which are located in the Sevenoaks area, Gloucester House which specialises in nursing care and newly opened Lavender Fields which focuses on residential and dementia care.

The Golf Day has become a popular event in the calendar and was once again hosted at Nizels Golf and Country Club which is located between Sevenoaks and Hildenborough.

There were 64 golfers playing this year, making it the largest attended golf day organised by the chamber. The evening event was also a big success with a BBQ, charity prize draw and an opportunity to network with other local businesses.

The event raised £3,250 towards the four chosen charities which were Greensleeves Care, West Kent Mind, We Are Beams and Hospices of Hope. Greensleeves Care was chosen as this year’s main Charity Beneficiary and was well supported with three golf teams and more than 15 additional staff from the organisation’s care homes attending the evening celebrations.

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