What is "Know Your Neighbours"?

"Know Your Neighbours" is a grass-roots community group in Seal, near Sevenoaks in Kent. The group is made up of anyone in the village who wants to get involved - individuals, clubs and societies, businesses, church and schools, parish council,and many others.
We organise local events through the year - fetes, street parties, Christmas events etc. - and we hold social gatherings, just so that people can get to "know their neighbours". There's no "committee" - anyone who turns up for meetings is welcome to help in any way they are able.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE, OR BE ADDED TO THE EMAIL LIST, contact Marion Gilchrist , who coordinates the group, or Anne Le Bas, who maintains this blog.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Roundup of events in Seal 2018


I am sure there will be other events to add to this list as we go along, but here are some dates for your diary.

PLANNED EVENTS FOR SEAL IN 2018 SO FAR.
May:-
Thursday May 3rd 7.30pm – Seal Pavilion – Parish Annual Assembly – Short meeting followed by community awards and time to chat over refreshments.
Sat May 12th – Seal History Group – Guided Tour around the historic Kent village of Charing. £2 for members and £4 for non members. Please contact Mike or Brian with your name, number in party and whether you have transport, or will need a lift.01732 762719.
Sat May 12th 12 noon – 3pm – Seal CofE Primary School, Zambra Way – School May Fair.
Sat May 19th – St Peter and St Paul Church – Folking For the Roof  Dan Clews Concert, and introducing some of Dan’s students  - Proceeds to Seal Church roof.
Sun May 20th – 12.30pm Seal Recreation Ground – Parish Family Picnic – Just bring your own picnic and join the family games on the recreation ground THEN
Follow this with
A Visit to Seal Village Allotments in Childsbridge Lane from 1pm – 4pm, for their plant sale, refreshments, and a Family Fun Trail around the allotments.

June
Friday June 1st – KYN Coach Trip – Family friendly- Choice of destination trip to Hythe or Dymchurch. Email Marion Gilchrist for booking details.
Mon June 4th – 7.15 for 7.30 start – Seal Village Hall – Seal History Group – a talk on Ightham Mote – History and Restoration – by Mrs Pat Mortlock.
Sat June 9th – 10am – Midday –  17 Zambra Way, -Garden Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy, in aid of St Peter and St Paul Church Seal.

July
Sun July 1st 1pm – 4pm Seal Garden Safari for charity – details to follow shortly.
ENJOY TOGETHER WITH
Sun July 1st 4pm – 6pm – Vicarage Garden – Strawberry Tea in aid of St Peter and St Paul Church.
Sat July 21st – Midday to 4pm - Seal Village Allotments – Open Day with Hospice in the Weald. Entrance by donation – Stalls, refreshments, cakes, sweets, crafts, nearly new stalls, veg, plants and honey from Mrs Bee.

August
Thursday Aug 2nd 10am -2pm – Seal Recreation Ground – Family Fun Day – Turn up on the day.
Fri August 17th – Coach Trip to Broadstairs for last day of Broadstairs Folk Week. (Email me for booking) Email Marion for booking details.
September
Mon Sept 3rd – Seal Village Hall 7.15 for 7.30 start – Seal History Group AGM, followed by An Illustrated History of Seal by David Williams.
Sat 8th September – 1pm – Seal Village Allotments BBQ.
Sat 22nd Sept – Sat Oct 6th – Seal Scarecrow Festival.

October
Sat. October 6th – Seal Harvest Supper and Quiz– Seal CEP School Zambra Way.
November
Monday 12th November – 7.15 for 7.30 start – Seal History Group – Talk on  The Overlooked Triumph – Victory 1918.

December
Turning on of village lights and family Christmas party.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Mid April update


A quick mid- month update, as two events have been confirmed, that will be popular, and places need to be booked early!

FOLKING FOR THE ROOF!

Firstly, well known singer songwriter, Dan Clews is putting on an event at St Peter and St Paul Church, Seal, on Saturday May 19th at 7.30.This will be an evening of folk and blues, showcasing Dan's young musicians, under the 'WE TEACH' label.Combining with other bands, the show will include Dan, performing some of his latest songs.
Dan is kindly doing this to help raise funds for our church, particularly the current round of roof renovations, among the other, never ending repairs!
There will be a licensed bar and snacks available.
For further information, please contact Martin on 07977 487277 or e mailing info@stonepitts.com

TRIP TO HYTHE AND DYMCHURCH

On Friday, June 1st, (the last day of spring half term holiday for most), we have a coach booked for another dual destination trip to Hythe and Dymchurch. The coach will pick up at Seal Church at 9.30am and be back by 5pm. You have the option of being dropped at Hythe or Dymchurch, and in the past, some people have  then taken the miniature railway to the other destination and collect the coach from the other end. As long as you tell us on the day, where you would like to be collected, you won't get lost or left behind in Shepway! 
This is a combined Know Your Neighbours and Seal Church event, so the tickets will go quickly. At the moment, the cost stands at £8 per adult and £5 for children. This is the maximum cost, but we have a deal being made, and may even get the costs down further. To book your places, please contact me on 07909 905975 or e mail :-

Next, I have to apologise for the error in last month's update! If you are interested in helping with our Seal Speedwatch, please contact sealparishc@btconnect.com rather than the email address I provided before (which is many years out of date)!

Please . also, remember to contact either  Frances, by emailing  frances88@hotmail.co.uk  or myself as above, if you are willing to open your garden for Seal's 1st Garden Safari on Sunday July 1st. (or, of course, if you'd like to suggest somebody else with a great garden.They do not have to be large gardens. In fact, people love to be inspired by seeing small spaces turned into something special!
We are also still asking people to vote on their favourite charity, to benefit from this event. The local charities that have been put forward are:-

Eleanor Foundation - A charity providing hospice facilities for children

Porchlight - A well known local homeless charity, providing many support services 

Kenward Trust.- A local service working with alcohol and substance misuse .

Please e mail me with your preference by the end of May.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT OTHER EVENTS TAKING PLACE THIS MONTH! FULL DETAILS ON ATTACHED SHEET!

FUN FAMILY BINGO - SEAL CHURCH HALL 7PM FRIDAY APRIL 20TH
THURSDAY MAY 3RD - SEAL PAVILION 7.30PM - PARISH ANNUAL ASSEMBLY
SATURDAY MAY 12TH - SEAL SCHOOL - MAY FAIR.
SUNDAY MAY 20TH - SEAL RECREATION GROUND 12.30 - PARISH PICNIC
SUNDAY MAY 20TH - SEAL VILLAGE ALLOTMENTS - PLANT SALE AND FAMILY TRAIL.

HOPE TO SEE MANY OF YOU AT SOME OF THESE EVENTS,

Marion.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Coming soon in Seal

March 30 - Good Friday
Messy Church at Seal Church  10-11.30am Crafts, activities, worship and a hot cross bun for all ages.
For details of other services in Holy Week, see the Church website here. www.sealpeterandpaul.com
 
April
Mon April 9th – 7.15 for 7.30 start – Seal Village Hall TN15 0AL – (entrance in Zion Street) – a talk on The Wealden Iron History by Jeremy Hodgkinson.

Fri April 20th – 7pm – Seal Church Hall – Family Fun Bingo.- £6 per adult and £3 per child to include Ploughmans’ Supper. BYO drinks and glasses.

Fri April 27th – Seal Village Allotments – Behind the Scenes Tour Around Coolings Garden Centre followed by cream tea – 2pm in front of Arthur’s Restaurant (inside Coolings). £6.50 per head. Please book with Zoreen by e mailing sealvillageallotments@gmail.com


May
Sat May 12th – Seal History Group – Guided Tour around the historic Kent village of Charing. £2 for members and £4 for non members.Please contact Mike or Brian with your name, number in party and whether you have transport, or will need a lift.01732 762719.

Sun May 20th – 12.30pm Seal Recreation Ground – Parish Family Picnic – Just bring your own picnic and join the family games on the recreation ground THEN
Follow this with
A Visit to Seal Village Allotments in Childsbridge Lane from 1pm – 4pm, for their plant sale, refreshments, and a Family Fun Trail around the allotments.

June
Friday June 1st – KYN Coach Trip – Family friendly Venue to be agreed.
Mon June 4th – 7.15 for 7.30 start – Seal Village Hall – Seal History Group – a talk on Ightham Mote – History and Restoration – by Mrs Pat Mortlock.
 

Thursday, 22 February 2018

February update - what's on in Seal


We would like to invite you all to our first KYN meeting for 2018.
We have three sessions booked:-

Friday February 23rd at 10.30am - 12 Seal Church Hall
Friday February 23rd 7.30pm- 9pm  - Seal Church Hall 
Saturday February 24th 10am- 11.30 - Seal Village Hall

Refreshments will be available at all three sessions.

The idea is that as many people in the community as possible, can get to one of these sessions. We are hoping that the local organisations will be able to send some representation, and information about themselves, so that we can all see what is going on in our village. These are open to anybody who lives, works, or plays (in any capacity) in Seal. Not only do we get to meet new friends (and old), but also have the opportunity to put our own ideas forward, for activities we would like to see happening in our community. We know there are loads of you out there with all kinds of skills, talents and innovative ideas, so please bring them with you, and let us see your ideas take shape! The session on Friday 23rd at 10am, will also hold the AGM of Seal Village Association. There is a vacancy on this group, for Secretary. (Not arduous - look out for further details from SVA).

At the end of this update, you will find some info regarding SVA, so please take a look.

Now, on to the events already planned. (Hopefully, there will be more to add as the year goes forward)!


Friday Feb 23rd and Sat Feb 24th Know Your Neighbours Meetings as above.

Sunday March 11th 10am  - St Peter and St Paul Church Seal - Mothering Sunday service and cake stall.

Saturday April 20th 7pm - Seal Church Hall - Fun Bingo Night. Ploughmans included in price of £6 adults and £3 children - BYO drinks and glasses.

Saturday May 12th - Seal History Group - Guided Trip around the historic village of Charing. £2 for members and £4 for non members. Please contact Brian or Mike with your name, number in your party, tel no, and whether you have your own transport. (Also if you could offer a lift to others).

May - ABBA NIGHT - watch this space!

May 20th - Seal Recreation Ground - Parish Picnic - 12.30 - 3pm.BYO picnic and drinks and join the fun!

Friday June 1st - Trip to Howletts Zoo - contact Marion for more info.

Saturday June 9th - 10am - midday - Coffee Morning and Garden Party in Zambra Way.

Sunday July 1st - Seal Vicarage - 4pm - 6pm. Strawberry Tea in celebration of the Patronal Festival.

Friday August 17th - Coach Trip to Broadstairs Folk Week. Some pics from last year's trip below - the rain soon cleared, and we had a lovely day!





Meanwhile, just a report on past events:-

Waitrose donated £260 to Seal Over 60's through their community awards. Thank you for your support.

The Childrens' Choir in Seal Church goes from strength to strength and many children are having lots of fun. Please bring your singing children along on Wednesday evenings to see if they will enjoy this too. 5pm - 5.30pm Seal Church Hall (term-time only).

Dance For Fun continues in Seal Village Hall on Tuesday mornings from 10.30 to 11.30. £3 per session. 
Call Luci on 07748 008 431 for more information.

Seal Village Association - This is a group which was set up  in the 90's, as Seal Charter Fayre Committee, to celebrate the new millenium, when we held a full village event, It changed its name to the more appropriate, present one in 2010. The SVA has supported a number of village events organised by Know Your Neighbours over those years. These include, Sealfests, Street Parties, Big Lunches and several village fetes. The SVA was the recipient of excess funds from the sale of SEAL - THE HISTORY OF THE PARISH, published in 2007, and the events mentioned above. It has distributed most of these funds to different parish organisations, but retains a float of about £1,000 to meet set-up costs of any future village events. There is a small committee comprising Chair - Barbara Martin, Secretary, Peter Mountfield and Treasurer, David Williams. Peter, having moved from the village, is retiring, and a replacement is needed. The duties are very light, setting the agenda for meetings, taking minutes, and occasionally signing cheques. SVA would also welcome further committee members, whose required contribution, would be no more than a little time and some ideas.

Finally, two announcements from Sevenoaks District Council via Seal Parish Council:-

1 - Sevenoaks District Council are undertaking a survey of housing needs for local employees. If you are interested in local housing, please complete the survey, to be found at https://surveymonkey.co.ok/localemployeesurvey. This is particularly aimed at those working in the district, and how lack of affordable housing affects them.
The results of this survey will be fed into the Local Plan and future SDC housing policies, so make sure you have your say. 

2 - Sun May 13th - Knole Park Sevenoaks - Run/Walk/Push Against Dementia' event.There are 3, 5  and 10k courses, so something for most to tackle. For further information, please visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/run/walk/push, or call Sevenoaks Communities at SDC on 01732 227000.

Quite a lot to look forward to already, but more to come I am sure!



Saturday, 9 December 2017

Christmas update

Don't forget to bring yourselves and your families to tomorrow's Christingle Service and Mini Christmas Fayre.

The service starts at 10am, with the traditional Church of England Childrens' Society Christingles,  followed by coffee or tea as usual. 

At 11,15 (ish), to about 1.30. the Mini Christmas Fayre will be open, where there will be mulled wine, mince pies, Christmas gifts, a Hand Made in Seal stall, a raffle of a Christmas hamper, beautiful wooden gifts, cake and sweet stall, and maybe 🎅 could make an appearance! The Seal Allotment Society and Seal Tiddlers will also have a stall.

Hope to see you there! The Carol Service takes place next Sunday - 17th December at 6.30pm, where wine and nibbles will be served after.

Before I finish, I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to JD O'Brien and his team, who managed to get the Christmas lights up and illuminating our village . We don't have a final figure yet, as some pledges of donations have still not come in, but also, a massive thanks to all of you who have contributed in any way - financially or otherwise, to this. It was great to see so many people outside the village shops enjoying the mulled wine from Birch's, and supporting our local businesses!  It is hoped that there will be a great SUMMER PARTY 🍹🍸🍺🍾🍭🍮🍰 for the whole village in 2018, so watch this space! As soon as all the donations are in, we will be letting you all know exactly how much you have raised!

In the meantime, for those that are unable to come along tomorrow or next Sunday, have a very Happy, Peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Marion. (on behalf of Know Your Neighbours).