Charity Work and Events

Bedding for Scrubbs!

Following an article on NextDoor about The Tunbridge Wells Scrubbers, Roy Patey, President of The Rotary Club of The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells contact Shauna King of the group to see how we could help. 

There is a requirement for sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases to make into scrub bags and for scrubs, and for sewers too.  The Pantiles Rotary Club firstly started collecting bedding from members and then began to roll this out locally by having neighbours drop off spare bedding with their members. Bedding is then cut up and made into scrubs.

Any bedding that could not be used is being put aside for local charity shops to sell once this is over and they are able to open again.  In addition we are now collecting buttons for mask extenders and other useful items as well as putting in touch machinists with spare machines.

Any bedding can be dropped off at the home of Roy Patey at 21 Hilbert Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3SA or Roy can collect this on his rounds by contacting him on pres@pantilesrotary.org or mobile 07887 568116. The darker the better as far as bedding is concerned and more will be appreciated all the time.


The Pantiles Rotary Club Golf Day Cheque Presentation Evening

Thanks to the continued hard work of The Pantiles Rotary Club, some local charities have had a brilliant start to 2020.

Thursday 16th January representatives from four lucky charities arrived at the Nevill Golf Club where they each received valuable donations. All the monies donated were raised from The Pantiles Rotary annual golf day which will be held again this year on Friday June 19th.

Each year we discuss which local charity should be our main benefactor, receiving the lyons share of the charity pot. The chosen charity for last year was Pickering Cancer Drop in Centre, a charity that surely everyone in the Tunbridge Wells area must have heard. The huge efforts that Polly & Gaynor & team put in to organise their own events & raise money from others, so they can carry on providing a very valuable service to people far & wide. Polly & Gaynor received their cheque from our golf days main sponsor, Ian Steadman of BSR Bespoke Accountancy, Tunbridge Wells.

The second charity to receive a large donation was Fegans, received by Nadine Cowell from John Chapman our Chairman of Community Services.

The third charity receiving their donation was TW Street Team, received by Peter & Margaret Querstret. Their cheque was presented to them by Chris Bennett who is the main organiser of the Pantiles Rotary Golf Day. Chris has worked on the golf day since day one & it was started five years ago. Chris has also been the club treasurer for many years & in recognition of his continued hard work, he received the highest honour in Rotary last year, The Paul Harris Fellows Award.

The fourth & final charity this evening to receive a sizeable cheque was Brains Matter. This is a charity that some may not instantly recognise the name as it was formally Headway. The cheque was received by Jo Clark-Wilson, Judy Horwood & Helen Goddard from the President of The Pantiles Rotary, Roy Patey.

Finally the club wish to thank all the generous golfers who attended last years golf day. Without the money from their team entry & fantastic auction in the evening, we would not be able to give such valued support to some of our local charities.

For the first time at this years Charity Golf Day on June 19th, we will be offering sponsorship by individuals or companies on each of the 18 holes.

For more information, contact Richard Benoy via the Pantiles Rotary Club website.


The Rotary Club of The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells Charity Golf Day 2019

The 5th Annual Pantiles Rotary Charity Golf Day was held on Friday 21st June at The Nevill Golf Club, organised by Chris Bennett & his committee. The Nevill was in A1 condition due to the hard work of the grounds staff & could not have looked better as it was bathed in sunshine all day. Another person very grateful for the dry conditions was David Bartholomew our professional photographer who snapped away all day giving us plenty of photographs to upload on our website. David kindly gave his services free of charge.
 
A very special mention must go to our main sponsor BSR Bespoke Accountancy of Tunbridge Wells. They have sponsored our golf day for the last three years which helps us enormously.
 
Now to our golfers for the 2019 Charity Day. A total of 23 teams of four readied for the shotgun start, the 92 golfers were ready to begin their competition. The club marshal John Benoy blasted the air horn for all to hear & then busied himself around the course keeping the golfers moving at a reasonable pace, after all there was a lovely meal awaiting them on their return to the clubhouse.  With their cards in hand, sunblock applied & the best equipment any golfer could wish for, they shuttled around the 18 holes A quick shower & fresh set of clothes, it was time to recharge with a lovely meal washed down with beer or wine of your choice.
 
The golfers now relaxed & full with food & good cheer, the serious business of a successful auction was upon us. Arise John Pilcher the man for the occasion, there could only be one auctioneer in this Rotary Club ready to prise open the happy golfers wallets & splash the cash for several very worthy causes. The main beneficiary this year is a much loved local charity “ Pickering Cancer Drop in Centre”. Our Rotary Club had a little joke at the previous business meeting, how short  could we keep Polly Taylor’s thank you speech but on the day she felled us all by advising, “this is the longest day of the year, I will have longer to speak”.
 
Back to the auction & JP had focused, there were plenty of excellent lots to sell off, from a weeks stay in a Yorkshire holiday cottage, to rounds of golf at various clubs including a round at the Nevill with Paul Way, cases of wines, a trip around a gin distillery, meals at restaurant’s with chauffeur driven Rolls Royce or vintage Austin Shearline & after all these fantastic lots, we still had Polly’s speak to get through, it was going to be a long day.
 
At the end of all the fun in the sun the big question, how well have we done for the charity pot. Well we smashed it again this year, just over £10,000.00 was raised from this wonderful day & its generous golfers without whom the day would not exist. Approximately £6,000.00 going to Pickering Cancer Drop in Centre & £4,000.00 going to other worthy charities yet to be announced.
 
An amazing total of £40,000.00 has been raised by this outstanding Pantiles Rotary Club in just five years of Charity golf days. So a huge thank you must go to the three members who started this event five years ago, John Benoy, Mike Tunnel but in particular the member still running the event today, Chris Bennett & his equally involved wife Susan.   
 
As the Club recently inducted seven new members, most of whom were on a canal boat holiday the day of the golf, we very much hope this event will go from strength to strength when we do this all again in 2020.


Kids Out June 2019 with Rotary Club of The Pantiles

Rotary Kids Out 12th June 2019 - with Meadows School and the Rotary Club of the Pantiles.

For the past 28 years The Rotary Club of The Pantiles has been very actively involved with Kids Out. In more recent times we have taken pupils from Meadows School in Southborough which is a Barnardos School. This event is partly funded by the Kids Out charity, partly by our own club and partly with funds we receive from Royal Tunbridge Wells Round Table in recognition for our help in their excellent Firework Event.


Round Table Giveaway

Photograph of Vice President Dave Buckley receiving a £1000.00 donation from (centre) Kim Hartlev, Chairman of Royal Tunbridge Wells Round Table
in the company of a senior partner (left) from Buss Murton.

The Round Table Giveaway is an annual event where worthy causes & charities receive a donation towards an activity day or piece of equipment they are saving up for.

We at The Pantiles Rotary Club use this money each year to help fund a kids day out at The Chessington World of Adventure.

Also in attendance were Jon Chapman & new members Richard Benoy & Robert Hickmott.


Golf Day Presentations 2018

Following the success of our Charity Golf Day we invited representatives from the various local charities to an evening meeting where a superb meal was laid on and cheques were presented. 

Cheques from our charity fundraising were awarded to:

  • Kent Sussex Surrey Air Ambulance - John Needham £5200. Plus a cheque for £1000 was presented by Roy Stevens of Auditware.
  • Chailey Heritage Trust - Joan Martin £500 Eye Gaze Project and £500 Disabled Riding
  • Crossways Community - Penny Rist £500
  • Fegans - Linden Sanders £500
  • Pickering Cancer Drop In Centre - Polly Taylor £1000

The main sponsor for this event was BSR Bespoke.


TW Half Marathon

Working with our local ‘sister’ club Tunbridge Wells Rotary Club once again we helped to provide much needed marshalling. Our members were stationed at various points along the route. We will appreciate the donation we  receive later this year towards the various local charities we support.

Quicken Trust School Bus Project

The Rotary Club of the Pantiles is helping to raise money for the Quicken Trust Kabubbu Development Programme Bus Project.  The Quicken Trust was founded in 1996 to tackle poverty and education in Kabubbu, Uganda.  The club has been associated with the Trust since 2001 and has helped educate some of its pupils through funding educational programmes. 

Find out about the Quicken Trust Bus Project and how the Rotary Club of the Pantiles is helping...... Read more


Rotary Fireworks

For a considerable number of years The Rotary Club has been helping out Royal Tunbridge Wells Round Table with their Annual Fireworks event in Dunorlan Park.  Helping to set up and take down the equipment as well as manning the gates and taking the money our aid to RTWRT has been invaluable.  The donations we receive for this activity have enabled us to take a large group from Meadows School, a Barnados school, on Kids Out.  This charity event takes place at Chessington World of Adventure.


Golf Day Presentations 2017

Following the success of our Charity Golf Day we invited representatives from the various local charities to an evening meeting where a superb meal was laid on and cheques were presented.  The main sponsor for this event was BSR Bespoke whose Partner, Ian Steadman, is a member of our club. The main Benefactor for the Golf Day was The Pickering Trust however cheques from our charity fundraising were also awarded to TW Hospital Radio, Headway, Porchlight, The Counselling Centre and Parkinsons UK


Fundraising day at The Nevill Golf Club Friday July 7th 2017

The Rotary Club of the Pantiles put on another splendid fundraising day at The Nevill Golf Club in Tunbridge Wells on Friday July 7th 2017. Supporting The Pickering Cancer drop-in centre, and other Rotary charities.


Renovation of Pepenbury Hut

As a club it is important to us to not only raise funds for various charities holding mixed events but to be hands on too.  Over a number of years now we have actively helped to renovate the huts on the Rusthall Allotments that are used by Pepenbury Primrose Project.  Starting with just basic sheds we were able to get local companies to donate various fittings and time and put together a rather splendid shop and staff rest room.  We went on later to create raised beds and paved areas for easier access.  In 2017 the Project moved ‘in house’ to Pepenbury in Pembury and we continued to work with them there.