Community and Social Events
Many who come to live at Sevenoaks Place and Lambarde Cottages choose to join in a variety of social activities including coffee mornings, lunches and outings. There is also a strong tradition of residents organising their own fundraising events for worthy causes.
The Burlington Room at Sevenoaks Place is available to all residents of both sets of properties. A large bright room, it is equipped with tables, chairs, armchairs, books and games, and there is also a small kitchen. The residents hold a weekly coffee morning, regular parties and social events, and the room is also available for private functions with their families or friends. A monthly lunch and a Christmas lunch are provided by the catering team at Sevenoaks School. During the summer months, residents also socialise in the gardens of Sevenoaks Place.
I enjoy living here and I like the community environment because when you don’t work you don’t meet people to make friends.
The Trustees organise an annual outing and a social evening with the residents. Recent excursions include a day trip to Ypres and the First World War battlefields; Buckingham Palace; the London Eye; a day in Brighton and a day in France.
An informal gathering of Trustees and residents takes place in November to mark the accession of Queen Elizabeth I, who granted a charter to the school and almshouses in 1560 after visiting the area the previous year. Her accession day of 17 November was once an annual national celebration, and was marked in the Sevenoaks almshouses with food and drink. This custom died out during the eighteenth century, but we still celebrate the event.
Paid for Bread and Beer for the poor people in the Row on the 17th Day of November last.
Warden’s Account Book for the Free School and Almshouses, 1709
While there is no obligation to join in with any group activities, all such occasions are open to everyone living in Sevenoaks Place and Lambarde Cottages.
Photo shows the Burlington Room, Sevenoaks Place