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.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Summer in Seal

Here is your update for events in our community from June onwards:-

SUNDAY 4TH JUNE - SEAL PARISH PICNIC - SEAL RECREATION GROUND FROM MIDDAY - 3PM.
Free event. Bring your own picnic and drinks, and let your children enjoy Messy Church activities, games and races.

MONDAY JUNE 5TH - SEAL HISTORY GROUP - 7.30PM IN SEAL VILLAGE HALL.
An interesting talk from Jean Stirk, about the history of papermaking in Kent. Members and non-members welcome.

SATURDAY JUNE 10TH - SEAL ALLOTMENTS PLANT SALE - 2PM-6PM.
Plants, refreshments and cakes for sale.

SATURDAY JUNE 24TH - A PILGRIMAGE TO ST ALBAN'S
This involves a train journey to St Alban's, with members of Seal Church, to enjoy the procession through the city, St Alban's street fair, and take part in the Cathedral Eucharist. Home around 6pm. Please contact Stephen 01732 461431, for further information.

SATURDAY JUNE 24TH - 11AM-MIDDAY - TOP BANANA SUMMER FETE ON SEAL RECREATION GROUNS/SEAL PAVILION.

SUNDAY 25TH JUNE - SEAL FOOTBALL CLUB TRIALS DAY - MIDDAY - 2PM.
Come along to try out for Seal Football Club. All welcome.

SUNDAY 25TH JUNE 4PM - 6PM - STRAWBERRY TEA - SEAL VICARAGE-
High tea served, including sandwiches, cakes, strawberries and cream, at a cost of £6 per adult, £3 per child, or £15 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children). Please book your tickets by signing the list at the back of church, or e mail me.

SATURDAY JULY 1ST - 10AM-4PM - SEAL ALLOTMENTS AND HOSPICE IN THE WEALD - OPEN DAY AT SEAL ALLOTMENTS, CHILDSBRIDGE LANE.
Open day to visit the allotments, view the improvements which have been made with lottery funding. Entrance by donation. Refreshments, tea and cakes available. 11am - Tai Chi demonstration, 2.30pm - Mini concert from Local Folk for Concertinas. There will be a RSPB stand with childrens' activities, and many items for sale, including plants, veg, used books, greetings cards and a raffle.

SATURDAY JULY 8TH - SPONSORED WALK FROM BROMLEY TO SOUTHWARK IN AID OF SEAL CHURCH.
No need to walk the full 14 miles. Please contact Stephen (as above) for more info.

SATURDAY 15TH JULY 7PM - SUMMER QUIZ NIGHT IN SEAL CHURCH HALL.
BYO drinks and glasses. Supper will be provided. More info to follow soon.

FRIDAY 18TH AUGUST - 9.30 - 5PM - DAY TRIP TO BROADSTAIRS - TAKING IN THE LAST DAY OF BROADSTAIRS FOLK WEEK.
Seats are going fast, so please book quickly, by e mailing me . Seats are £12 per adult and £10 per child. Payments to be made by June 30th please.

NEWS FROM SEAL FOOTBALL CLUB
The club has now appointed a new manager to take the club forward, and they hope to join the county league next season. They are looking for new players at a good standard, to join the team. The trials day has been arranged for June 25th as above, so please contact Dennis on 07523619856 for more info.

EXTRA INFO -
PLease support your local library. None of us would want to lose this great community facility, so in this time of radical cutbacks, we all know the potential outcome if this library is not used. USE IT OR LOSE IT!!
Look out for the Bump and Rhyme Sessions for your little ones in the library on Friday mornings.

Did you know that there are dancing sessions held in the Village Hall on Tuesday evenings. This is for traditional ballroom and Latin. Please call in on a Tuesday evening.

There is also Short Mat Bowls held in the Village Hall on Thursday afternoons.

Meanwhile, the Friday Group still meets between 10am and midday every Friday in the Church Hall. All welcome for coffee, a chat , darts, board games, cards,or to follow your own hobbies such as sewing, knitting, embroidery, etc.

If you would like information added to these updates for your organisation - please e mail me with details.

Looking forward to meeting many of you at some of these events.
Enjoy June!


Marion.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Approaching Christmas in Seal

A quick update on village events to the end of this year.
Firstly, many thanks to all those who donated bags of clothing to the Seal Cubs and Church collection. I am unsure of the figure raised as yet, but will let you know in the next update.

The diary until the end of December (as I know it) is as follows:-

Saturday 26th November - 11am - 2pm TOP BANANA CHRISTMAS FAIR - Seal Village Hall.

Saturday 26th November - 7.30pm - 11pm SEAL SCHOLL PTA - CHRISTMAS QUIZ - SEAL SCHOOL HALL. Bok your tickets from the school office at £3 per head and teams of 6 - 8 people. BYO drinks and nibbles - Mince pies  to be served and there will be a raffle, a silent auction and games. SEV 762388.

MONDAY 28TH NOVEMBER - 7.30pm SEAL CHURCH HALL - Make your Christmas door wreath with Chris and Maggie. Proceeds to the Church - always a fun evening. £15 PER HEAD (ALL EQUIPMENT SUPPLIED BUT BYO SECATEURS)  glass of wine and mince pie included. Call Chris 0n 01732 763585
Should you wish to take part in both Wreath Making and Table Decoration making - the cost is £25 for the two.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 6th - 7.30PM SEAL CHURCH HALL- MAKE A CHRISTMAS TABLE DECORATION . Same details as above!

SATURDAY DECEMBER 10th - ST  PETERAND ST PAUL SEAL CHURCH CAROL-A-THON - 1PM - 5PM IN CHURCH.  Funds to be shared between Church and Seal Primary School. There will be stalls selling Christmas gifts and decorations, along with mulled wine, mince pies and cakes to purchase. SPONSOR VIA MY DONATE - CAROL-A-THON- SPONSORED CAROL SINGING - STEPHEN BLOXHAM.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 11th - ST PETER AND ST PAUL SEAL CHURCH CHRISTINGLE SREVICE - 10.30am. ALL WELCOME.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 18TH - 6.30PM - ST PETER AND ST PAUL SEAL CHURCH CEROL SERVICE. ALL WELCOME - MINCE PIES AND MULLED WINED TO BE SERVED. 

That completes all the event information I have for this year. If you know of any others you would like shared, please let me know before December 5th, and I will do my best to include in the next update.

Meanwhile, the Know Your Neighbours/Seal Church Friday Group (still not named), goes from strength to strength. The group meets in Seal Church Hall every Friday morning between 10am and midday, for coffee, tea, crafts, chats, darts, cards, and anything else (within reason) you wish. There have also been a few outings to local places of interest, and the coast during the summer. All adults are welcome ( we would love to include children, but simply do not have the space), male, female, young, and not so young. Please let us know if you need more information, or just turn up any Friday morning!


Also, should you be aware of anybody who has recently moved into the village, and may be interested in joining this email circular information, please ask them to email me or call 01732 763727 to leave their email details.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Coming soon...



On Saturday September 24th, the Sevenoaks Guide Dogs Group, will be holding a Michaelmas Fair, from 2 30 - 5 30pm at Sevenoaks Community Centre in Cramptons Road. There will be many stalls, including Christmas cards and gifts, and a 30 minute magic show for the children, from Robert Pound. Entry is free, but there will be plenty of opportunities to dig deep and contribute to this great cause,

On Saturday October 1st, Seal Church will be holding a Harvest Supper and Quiz. This will include a barbecue supper and the results of the annual Scarecrow Competition will be announced. This event is being held in Seal Primary School from 6 - 9 pm and tickets cost £10 per head or £25 per family. Bring your own drink. Vegetarian food will be available. Please contact sealchurchevents@hotmail.com, or Stephen Bloxham on 01732 461431.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

St Peter and St Paul, Seal: The Queen's Birthday Street Party

St Peter and St Paul, Seal: The Queen's Birthday Street Party:  Here are some pictures of yesterday's Street Party. Despite looming rain, and competition from the opening matches of Euro 2016, we had...

Friday, 1 April 2016

Friday Group - a great start


 We had a good start to our new Friday Group (we might think of a better name for it one day!). About a dozen people came, enjoyed coffee, cake and a natter.

We mended the village bunting so it would look good for the Queen's 90th Birthday Street Party on Sat June 11 (put the date in your diaries!).


We also thought about what we might like to do in this group in the future, and wrote down our ideas as we chatted. We thought we might do some gardening - planting up pots for the school - and have some outings too. There might also be some play/ poetry reading, art, skill sharing in computers/tablets/mobiles, games and various other ideas. We also thought we might organise some outings.




Next week, some of the group are going to teach us some card games to play,  and we're going to do some knitting - it doesn't matter what previous knowledge and experience you have; the whole point is to have some fun learning together.
This group is for all adults- not just those who are retired. If you are at home on Friday mornings and would like to come along to get to know others in Seal, just drop in. It is free, but there will be a pot for donations to cover refreshments and heating.



Sunday, 27 March 2016

Friday Group



FRIDAY GROUP **New**A new group is starting on Friday April 1, and every Friday after that. 10 am – 12
noon in the church hall. Come along and join us for coffee and chat, crafts, board games. We will be undertaking some activities to support charities and local organisation too – on this first occasion we’ll be sprucing up the village bunting so that it is ready for the Queen’s 90th Birthday Street Party on June 11.
After that what we do will depend on who comes, so it’s up to you!
It is open to adults of any age, but I’m afraid we can’t cater for children at this group.
A joint project of Seal Church and Seal Know Your Neighbours group.