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, 10 September 2018

Afternoon Musical Soiree at Seal Church

Everyone's welcome to help us celebrate Philip's birthday (Philip runs Seal Church Choir) with a musical soiree. Let us know if you are coming, so we can make sure we have enough cake. Free - with a retiring collection in aid of church funds.

September update and report

It's been a busy summer. The Village Allotments  made a total of £1216 for the charity at their open day in July. An amazing achievement, and a great afternoon. Well done SVA.

The coach trip to Broadstairs was a massive success, with ages from 4 - 90, enjoying a great fun day at the beach and enjoying random 
music from the Folk Week participants. The coach cost £550 including a tip for the driver, so we had £25 excess, which was also added to the Village Association pot. Apologies to those families unable to book seats this year. The coach sold out very quickly, but not sufficient for more than one!

30 people came and enjoyed David Williams' History Walks around Seal, and once again, comments about 'thinking you know where you've lived for so long, and still learning about it' were rife! And we made another £150 for Seal Village Association. This is the group that holds the finances made by local fund raisers, to help finance village projects.
Seal Talking Village kicks off on Monday September 10th in Birch's from 1.45pm - 2.45pm. We will have a Talking Table set in the cafe every Monday for the time being, until we see where we need to take it further. We welcome all to come along and join the Talking Table, where there will be 2 Hosts each week, waiting for you to get yourself a drink, and join them for a chat. Apparently, Costa are now doing something similar, but we all know that the Seal chats will be far superior!😘 Thank you Ashley for supporting this project.


Now to September/October Activities

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 - AFTERNOON MUSICAL SOIREE
Philip Le Bas, Seal Church's choirmaster, is celebrating a significant birthday this year, by putting on a concert with some of his friends in aid of church funds on Saturday Sept 22 at 4pm. It will include a variety of chamber music (for small ensembles of wind instruments) including Faure’s Dolly Suite, Gabriel’s Oboe and Poulenc’s trio for oboe, bassoon and piano. The concert will be free, with a retiring collection. It will last about an hour and will be followed by tea and wine. Please let ajlebas@gmail.com know if you are coming, so we know how much cake to make!

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND - SEAL SCARECROW FESTIVAL BEGINS - SCARECROWS TO BE SHOWN FROM TODAY! Please complete the form from Your Local Advertiser, and take with your £5 entry fee, to Highland Printers. If there is nobody there, please leave in the post box. This year, you will have the opportunity to vote for your favourite entries. Outside Seal General Stores from October 4th to October 6th, there will be a female (of sorts), sitting with a closed box on her lap. Her name is' Judy Cator', and is happy to take your voting slip, which will be hanging from her somewhere!  A map showing all the scarecrows displayed, will be in the shop windows.The votes will be counted at the Harvest Supper and the winner will be announced there. on October 6th. Proceeds from the scarecrows to St Peter and St Paul Church.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD SEAL CHURCH HALL - 3 - 4.30pm - MESSY CHURCH. A warm welcome to all ages, with fun activities, singing and a little bit of worship. Free, no need to book - just turn up.

MONDAY OCTOBER 1ST - STAG COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE SEVENOAKS - 10AM-1.30PM - OLDER PEOPLE CAN - AN INVITATION. An opportunity to explore activities and services available for older members of our community. Luci Napleton and some of her 'Dancing For Fun' team will be there, so please try and support them.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 6TH - 7PM - SEAL CHURCH HALL - HARVEST SUPPER AND QUIZ. £7.50 ADULTS AND £5 CHILDREN. TO INCLUDE A COOKED 2 COURSE MEAL SERVED AT 7.15PM. BYO DRINKS AND GLASSES. 

We look forward to seeing many of you at these events. Enjoy the community you live in! The more you take part, the more you get back!

Best Wishes,
Marion (on behalf of Know Your Neighbours Seal).

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Talking Village starts tomorrow!

If you’re free tomorrow, between 1.45 and 3pm, please pop into Birch's café in Seal High Street, for the first session of our Talking Village initiative. 

Everyone is welcome – just come along between 1.45 and 3pm, buy yourself a drink and sit and chat with us -  we will have a signposted table, and a couple of volunteers each Monday afternoon to act as hosts. 
You don’t have to talk about anything in particular. There’s no agenda – just a chance to be with others. 

We are hoping to start another session soon, possibly in the Library, and of course Friday Group is another place where you can drop in for coffee and chat from 10-12 noon, so you can always join us there too. We hope that this scheme will expand to include other times, venues and activities as soon as we have enough volunteers. 

Thursday, 5 July 2018

July news and events in Seal

Welcome to your July update for KYN!

Firstly, to report on a fantastic achievement for Seal community! On Sunday 1st July, we welcomed our very first Seal Garden Safari. This was organised by Frances Fish, who managed to persuade 9 people to have their gardens open to us for the afternoon. 

 Of course, we were totally blessed with good weather, but what an amazing project. The gardens were so diverse, inspiring, and many new relationships were forged. And on top of all that - £1,500 was raised for The Kenward Trust. 

Kenward is a fantastic local charity, based in Yalding, and provides re-habilitation for alcohol addiction and substance misuse.If you have the chance to visit the centre in Yalding, please do, and see for yourself, the fantastic work they do!
 Congratulations to Frances and a huge thank you to those of you who have been slogging in your gardens for the past weeks, to get them pristine for us to trample all over them!

This of course was followed by the Strawberry Tea in the vicarage garden, in aid of St Peter and St Paul Church. This is always a popular annual event, but this year, a record 100+ teas were served, making a total of £600 profit.Sorry Anne and Philip Le Bas - more garden trampling!

The two events were linked by a very interesting exhibition of 'Seal Then and Now', in the church, and put together and manned by our own, local historian, David Williams. It was so interesting to see our own properties as they were back in the day!(You will see David features several times in this update)! He is conducting a historic walk around the village from 11.30 - 1pm on Sunday August 12th.He is also the speaker at Seal History Group in September.

The Talking Village:-

How often have you just fancied a chat, but everybody seems to be in a group already?
Wouldn't it be good to know there were times and places where you could be sure of finding people who also just fancied a chat, and were looking forward to meeting new people?
We are planning to move this idea forward very soon.
Please e mail Marion or Anne to learn more. marionjgilchrist@gmail.com or priest@sealpeterandpaul.com . There is a leaflet to download here which gives more details. 

Trip to Broadstairs Friday August 17th:-

This trip is almost fully booked. Money to be paid by July 20th please. Contact marionjgilchrist@gmail.com for more info.

Seal Rocks:-

We still hope to get this project off the ground for this summer. Please contact me if you would like to get involved in the set-up.

We have started to make plans for this year's 'LIGHT UP SEAL FOR CHRISTMAS'. We are in need of MANY people to come forward to offer help with fund raising, sorting the lights we already have, and getting them up and taken down in December and January. PLEASE - come forward with your ideas and offers of help and support, as we cannot manage this without you!

World Mental Health Day is always held on October 10th. There is a move to organise as many local events to support this as possible. DO WE WANT TO DO ANYTHING AS A COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT THIS? Please contact me with your ideas if you do and we will try to help facilitate something.

Sevenoaks District Council are arranging guided bike rides around Knole Park, to encourage new cyclists, and those who may not have ridden for a while. Please see information at communities@sevenoaks.gov.uk
The events are arranged for 10.30 am on Sunday July 22nd, August 12th, September 2nd and September 16th.

Top Tips For Saving Water During The Heatwave:-
Please see Seal Parish Council's Website for information.

Seal Football Team are looking for over 16's to play for them. Please contact Mike Deamer on 07801240927, or turn up for the first training session of the year, on Thursday 10th Julky at 7pm.

Details of the rest of the years planned events are below. 

SUNDAY 15TH JULY - 3PM-4.30PM - SEAL CHURCH HALL - MESSY CHURCH. CRAFTS, ACTIVITIES, WORSHIP AND TEA FOR ALL AGES.

FRIDAY JULY 20TH - ALL MONEY TO MARION FOR BROADSTAIRS TRIP.

SATURDAY 21ST JULY MIDDAY TO 4PM - SEAL VILLAGE ALLOTMENTS OPEN DAY WITH HOSPICE IN THE WEALD.- Entrance by donation - stalls, refreshments, cakes, sweets, crafts,nearly new stall, veg, plants and honey from Mrs Bee. Seal Allotments, Childsbridge Lane Seal.

THURSDAY AUGUST 2ND - FAMILY FUN DAY - 10AM-2PM SEAL RECREATION GROUND. GAMES AND ORGANISED FUN PROVIDED BY IMAGO AND SEVENOAKS DISTRICT COUNCIL. TURN UP FOR FREE ON THE DAY,

SUNDAY AUGUST 12TH - HISTORIC WALK AROUND SEAL VILLAGE WITH DAVID WILLIAMS.11.30-1PM. MEET AT SEAL CHURCH LYCHGATE. BOOK WITH ME - marionjgilchrist@gmail.com or 01732 763727.

FRIDAY AUGUST 17TH - COACH TRIP TO BROADSTAIRS - 9.30 - 5.30 FROM SEAL CHURCH LYCHGATE - £12 PER ADULT £7 PER CHILD (NOT £8 AND £5 AS IN ADVERTISER - SORRY). ALMOST SOLD OUT! Book with marionjgilchrist@gmail.com.

Enjoy your summer, but please remember, we need you, your ideas and your support, to make these projects work! We look forward to meeting many of you at these events, and hearing from you in the near future!


FURTHER EVENTS


Sunday August 19th – Alternative date for guided historical walk with David Williams, should weather not allow on 12th.

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.See their website for further details.

Sat 22nd Sept – Sat Oct 6th – Seal Scarecrow Festival.

October
Sat. October 6th – Seal Harvest Supper and Quiz– Seal Church Hall – book via marionjgilchrist@gmail.com

November
Monday 12th November – 7.15 for 7.30 start – Seal History Group – Talk on  The Overlooked Triumph – Victory 1918.

December
Saturday December 8th – pm Family Christmas Party in Village Hall and  Turning on of village lights 





Friday, 1 June 2018

Events in Seal - June 2018 onwards


JUNE
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 – 2pm –  17 Zambra Way, -Garden Coffee Morning, light lunches, 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 Marion for booking) Email me 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
Saturday December 8th – pm Family Christmas Party in Village Hall and Turning on of village lights


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.