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, 6 December 2019

December news from Know Your Neighbours

Hello One and All,

So - we are almost there! At the end of another year, and looking forward to welcoming the third decade of the 21st century! (Do you feel really old now)?

We will kick off with the results of this morning’s draw of our 100 Club.
We were playing with 58 numbers, giving £144 to the Seal Village Fund and a first prize of
£96 to number 26 L.Bain
£48 to number.36 J.Scarlett
As always, if you would like to join this 100 Club, please e mail me and I will get you the joining instructions, or you can pick some up from our Christmas lights Switch On Party tomorrow.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you who turned out last Saturday, to help decorate the village with lights in the High Street, The Green, Zambra Way, Church Street and Bentleys Bungalows. It was a great turnout, and what a lovely atmosphere. So many people meeting each other, and coming together to beautify our village for Christmas!

Another massive thank you goes to Ashley, from Birch’s Cafe, who donated bacon sandwiches for all our helpers. Not a mean feat, as this year, there were at least 30 helpers! Thank you Ashley - hugely appreciated! By the way - just heard news of your future plans - we all wish you the best of luck, but you will certainly be missed in this village! 

Whilst we are talking generosity, the team of ladies co-ordinating the British Legion Poppy Appeal in Seal this year, would like to report a taking of £1335.24 this year. That is an amazing amount compared to previous years. Thank you Seal! They would like to hand over this job to someone else next year. Is there anyone in the community who would be able to take it on? 

PLEASE REMEMBER YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS TABLE DECORATION TONIGHT AT SEAL CHURCH HALL AT 7.30 WITH CHRIS AND MAGGIE, in aid of Seal Church. Please call chris on 01732 763585 to book your place. All equipment supplied, have a glass of wine and a mince pie for just £20.

TOMORROW WE HAVE OUR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION IN THE VILLAGE HALL FROM 2.30pm - 5pm. This is a free party with a great local magician to entertain you all. Anybody of any age, who lives, works or plays in seal is welcome! The entertainer will be present from 3-4pm, then santa will pay a visit and help us to turn on the lights at 4.30 after a light tea. We just ask you to bring a small plate of food to share. We shall come back into the hall for a few traditional carols after the lights are on. There will be the opportunity to 'win the gin' by rolling any pound coins you may have about your person, and the closest after 10 minutes will 'win the gin'. Also a pound coin raffle to win half the proceeds so please bring plenty of pound coins with you if you wish to take part!


NEXT WEEKEND WE HAVE OUR CHRISTINGLE SERVICE AT ST PETER AND ST PAUL CHURCH AT 10.00 am ON SUNDAY 15th DECEMBER, followed by a cake stall and Christmas gift stall at 11.30am. All welcome,


THE CAROL SERVICE AT ST PETER AND ST PAUL TAKES PLACE AT 6.30pm on SUNDAY 22nd. Please join us for this beautiful service and stay for a glass of wine and mince pies.


THEN, AS ALWAYS, AT 4pm ON CHRISTMAS EVE, WE HAVE OUR EVER POPULAR, CRIB SERVICE. Children of all ages (1-99) love this celebration, where the nativity crib is built up throughout the service. Please join us! Midnight Mass starts at 11.30pm (with carols from the choir from 11pm), and the Christmas Day Communion service, with a story in place of a sermon, is at 10 am.


Without wishing to sound like THE GRINCH, the lights come down on Saturday January 4th. We will, of course need our willing volunteers (and anybody else we can drag along), to assist with taking them down and boxing up for next year.
There will, of course, be an incentive by way of bacon sarnies, to encourage the crowds back. Please, if you can, join us at 9.30 outside Seal Village Hall to remove and get together after for brunch and maybe a pint!

Sorry to break the magic!

That pretty much brings us to a close on 2019, but we are already hearing of planned events for 2020!

On Saturday January 25th, there will be a Scottish themed Beetle Drive in honour of Robbie Burns. BYO  DRINKS AND SNACKS. SOME NIBBLES WILL BE PROVIDED.£5 a ticket. This will take place in the Church Hall at 7.30pm. Please call Jill to book your tickets on 01732 762803. Proceeds to Seal Church.

On Saturday March 14th, Frances Fish is holding a Quiz night in the Village Hall, to raise set up costs for Seal’s next Garden Safari on June 14th! LOOK OUT FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Meanwhile, have a very Happy Christmas and enjoy your New Year celebrations, and we look forward to welcoming many of you to the events above,and meeting lots of new people, both at these and throughout 2020!

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

Friday, 15 November 2019

Christmas Wreath and Table Decoration making evenings

Sign up soon for these Christmas Wreath and Table decoration making evenings. They are always popular, and great fun. There's a lot of laughter amidst the holly and the ivy, (probably helped along by the wine!)


Friday 29th  Dec- Wreath making

Friday 6th  Dec - Table Decorations

7.30pm in Seal Church Hall
£20 each or £30 for both.

 Includes everything you need to make wreath/table decoration, and mince pie and glass of wine. Please bring secateurs. Please phone Chris  01732 763585 or Maggie 01732 762840 if you would like to come. 

Friday, 1 November 2019

November update from Know Your Neighbours

We held our November 100 Club Draw this morning at the Friday Group in the Church Hall. This month we were playing with 56 numbers, so that puts a further £140 in the Seal Village Fund, and makes a first prize of £94 and a second prize of £47.4Should you wish to join this 100 Club, please email me for details.
The outcome of today is:-
1st prize of £94 goes to No 19 - Sally Thompson
2nd prize of £47 goes to no 41 - Trevor Watson

Thanks to those who support this 100 Club, and if you would like to join, please email me for a joining form.

We had a very productive get together in The Five Bells on Wednesday October 9th. Thank you to all who turned out, on a particularly dismal, damp evening. We discussed the plans for the Christmas lighting in the High Street, and looked to pinpoint other areas, where our battery lights could be used to the best advantage. If you would like to see some of our community lights in your road or neighbourhood , please get a small team of willing volunteers together to put them in trees, shrubs, or other communal areas, and we can provide you with some strings of battery lights ready to go. The main High Street lighting will be put up on Saturday November 30th, and, as ever, we are looking for willing volunteers to help with this please. We will be starting at about 9am and work through until around midday, when we will all be treated to a bacon sandwich (or alternative if appropriate). Please don't be shy - come forward, and let me know by email if you can help please.

Other topics raised, included how we can enhance this community with various new activities to keep us all occupied during the long, dark winter evenings. I will put a list together separately for this and send soon.

Chris Tavare is still looking for a couple of further volunteers to join the Seal Speedwatch Group. This is a very important project, so please contact Chris by email christavspc@btinternet.com

You will see further down, that Seal Scouts are holding their Christmas Fair on Saturday November 30th. Please , if you can help with this, let me know, and I will pass your details on to Helen Davies. They are holding a meeting at the Scout Hut in Julilee Rise at 12 midday this Saturday, so if you can make that, the Scout leaders would be very grateful for your input.

The Scarecrow Festival in aid of St Peter and St Paul Church, and the Harvest Lunch, was very successful, and enjoyed by many. The winners were:-
1st Prize for individual entry - The Critchers at Church Farm
1st Prize for group entry - The Decline of Judge Judy Cator - The Friday Group.

Please remember that our Talking Village initiative takes place 4 times every week -
Monday 1.45-2.45pm in Birch's
Thursday - 10am - midday at Tiddlers in the Church Hall (for parents/carers and children)
Friday - 10am- midday at Friday Group in the Church Hall
Saturday - 10-11am in the library.
You are all welcome to join our Talking Village Hosts for a chat and a cup of tea or coffee. Apologies to those who turned up this Monday, and found the cafe closed. This was unexpected, but occasionally, things happen beyond our control. I would like to thank Ashley and her team, for always making us so welcome, and, of course, Denise and her team at the library on Saturdays.

Also a reminder that our Church Hall is available for hire - call Maggie on 07517 234557
and our Village Hall is available by calling Gerry on 01959 522545.
These two halls provide great facilities in this village, and we need to support them both to keep them from falling into disrepair, and worse - losing them altogether.

Our Pamper Evening which was held at Lavender Fields Care Home last Thursday, was a very enjoyable evening, enabling several of the residents to benefit from the treatments, as well as ladies from the area. I would like to thank the residents and staff at Lavender Fields, for accommodating us in this lovely setting. The evening wasn't an amazing financial success, but made in the region of just £200, but we did purchase some screens for future events, and the general feeling, was a good time was had by all.This money, as with other Pamper Evenings, will be ring-fenced for the Christmas lights and celebrations.

We have a childrens' entertainer booked for our Family Celebration in the Village Hall on Saturday December 7th. The doors will open at 2.15, the entertainer is with us from 2.30-3.30, then there will be a shared light tea, and at 4pm, we will watch the turning on of the High Street lights, with a few Christmas carols. This will be over by 4.30, so be prompt and don't miss out. This is a free event, paid for by Know Your Neighbours and Seal Village Fund - all you have to do is turn up, and bring a small plate of food to share for the shared tea.

Many of you will have noticed that Coldbreath Butchers held a PINK DAY FOR CANCER RESEARCH on Monday October 21st. This event raised £472.85 for this very good cause. Well done all of you!

Seal Library has new opening hours, so please note the changes:-
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday -2pm-5pm
Wednesday - CLOSED
Thursday - 10am-1pm
Friday - 10am-3pm
Saturday 10am-2pm

Baby Rhyme Time Fridays 10-10.30am (term time only)
Storytime - Fridays 10.30-11am (term time only)
Book Group - 1st Tuesday of each month - 2.30-3.30pm
Tea Set - 3rd Friday of each month - 1pm-2,30pm
Computer Buddy Sessions - Tuesdays 2pm-4pm BOOKING ESSENTIAL.

EVENTS FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1ST 6.30PM - ST PETER AND ST PAUL CHURCH - ALL SOULS SERVICE.


MONDAY NOVEMBER 4TH  -SEAL HISTORY GROUP - - 7.30PM SEAL VILLAGE HALL - A TALK BY DAVE MARTIN ON THE HISTORY AND LIFE OF SEAL RETAINED FIRE STATION.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14TH - LAVENDER FIELDS CHRISTMAS FAIR - - 11AM-2PM . VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP PLEASE. CONTACT MARION AT marionjgilchrist@gmail.com

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15TH 8PM - SEAL VILLAGE HALL -  - SEAL VILLAGE HALL - TEAMS OF 4 - £3 ENTRANCE - TEA SERVED AT HALF TIME BYO NIBBLES - TICKETS FROM ALAN - 01732 459636

SAT NOV 16TH - SEAL VILLAGE ALLOTMENTS WINTER FAYRE -  1PM-4.30PM - crafts, cakes, honey, Christmas decorations, pottery, wood carving, spring bulbs, house plants, garden items, leather goods, sculptures, candles and more! ENTRANCE FREE!

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29TH - SEALCHURCH HALL - 7.30PM - WREATH MAKING WITH CHRIS AND MAGGIE IN AID OF ST PETER AND ST PAUL CHURCH. CALL CHRIS FOR MORE INFORMATION -   01732 763580 - £20 OR £30 IF ATTENDING DECORATION EVENT ON DEC 6TH AS WELL.

SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO PUT UP CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN THE HIGH STREET PLEASE - CONTACT MARION.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30TH - SEAL VILLAGE HALL - 9TH SEAL SCOUT GROUP CHRISTMAS FAIR - SEAL VILLAGE HALL 2PM-5PM. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED PLEASE.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 6TH 7.30 - SEAL CHURCH HALL - CHRISTMAS DECORATION MAKING WITH CHRIS AND MAGGIE IN AID OF ST PETER AND ST PAUL CHURCH - DETAILS AS 30TH NOVEMBER.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 7TH - SEAL VILLAGE HALL - 2.30PM-5PM - FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY AND TURNING ON OF LIGHTS. FREE PARTY WITH ROB POUND - FIRST CLASS CHILDRENS' (AND ADULT) ENTERTAINER. ALL WELCOME.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 15TH 10AM - SEAL CHURCH CHRISTINGLE SERVICE AND 11.30 CAKE AND CHRISTMAS GIFT STALLS

SUNDAY DECEMBER 22ND 6.30PM SEAL CHURCH CAROL SERVICE WITH WINE AND NIBBLES.

TUESDAY 24TH DECEMBER 4PM - SEAL CHURCH CRIB SERVICE
11.30 pm MIDNIGHT MASS

WEDNESDAY 25TH DECEMBER - 10 AM - SEAL CHURCH CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE FOR ALL AGES

Remember, Frances Fish already has June 14th 2020 earmarked for our next Garden Safari, along with a quiz night in April to fund the set up costs of this event.
I do hope I haven't missed anything out this month, but please let me know if I have, and I will try to put things right.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at some of these events.
Best Wishes,

Marion.



Friday, 4 October 2019

October update

Welcome to the October newsletter for KYN in Seal.

We held our October 100 Club Draw this morning at the Friday Group in the Church Hall. Despite two new people joining our project this month, we had two non-payments of regulars, therefore, the figure remains the same as September. Hopefully, we will get on top of this for November, and have a little more in the kitty. Should you wish to join this 100 Club, please email me for details.
The outcome of today is:-
1st prize of £90 was no   33 Audrey Dean 
2nd prize of £45 was no 26 Laurence Bain
This leaves £135 in the SVF again this month, which continues to add to the ascending funds for community projects, including the Christmas lighting and family Christmas party, which was one of the reasons the 100 club was originally set up. I would like to take this opportunity to thank 2 of our local residents who have generously made donations over the past recent weeks, towards this year's lighting - one of £50, and another has donated their 100 club winnings of £90. We will be discussing plans for this year's Christmas lighting  at our meeting in The Five Bells next Wednesday evening. Please join us - everybody who works, lives or plays in Seal, is considered part of Know Your Neighbours, so you are all welcome to come along and have your say. Just buy your own drinks from the bar, and partake of some light snacks we which will be provided . This is your opportunity to put forward ideas for village activities and discus how village fund is spent.

Chris Tavare is looking for volunteers to join the Seal Speedwatch Group. This is a very important project, so please contact Chris by email christavspc@btinternet.com

There are just a few tickets left for the Scarecrow Safari and Harvest Lunch on Sunday, so if you are intending to come along, please email me as soon as possible. For those who wish to follow the safari, but are not able to attend the lunch, please come to the church lychgate at 11.30 this Sunday, and for a small donation, you will be given a map and childrens' trail to follow.

Please remember that our Talking Village initiative takes place 4 times every week -
Monday 1.45-2.45pm in Birch's
Thursday - 10am - midday at Tiddlers in the Church Hall
Friday - 10am- midday at Friday Group in the Church Hall
Saturday - 10-11am in the library.
You are all welcome to join our Talking Village Hosts for a chat and a cup of tea or coffee.

Also a reminder that our Church Hall is available for hire - call Maggie on 07517 234557
and our Village Hall is available by calling Gerry on 01959 522545.
These two halls provide great facilities in this village, and we need to support them both to keep them from falling into disrepair, and worse - losing them altogether.

We have our KYN Pamper Evening booked for Thursday 24th October, at Lavender Fields . This year we are starting early - 3.30pm and will finish at 9pm. We listened to what you told us last time - most people didn't want such late appointments, so hopefully, those that can, will fill the earlier slots, leaving the later ones for those of you coming after work, or putting children to bed, etc. Please book your tickets and appointments early, to avoid disappointment. Last time, many left their bookings to the last minute, and were unable to get the treatments they wanted. We are also looking for more volunteers for this event please, as we are a few regulars down, and the event is somewhat longer. Don't be shy - get in touch, and get involved. Of course, this will give you free entry, but any treatments will still be payable to the therapist.

EVENTS FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 6TH - SCARECROW SAFARI AND HARVEST LUNCH ORGANISED BY ST PETER AND ST PAUL CHURCH SEAL - The Harvest Service will start in Church at 10am as usual, then at 11.30, meet at the lychgate to collect your maps and trail sheets. Lunch is then served for ticket holders, in the Church Hall at 1pm.
Tickets available from Marion 07909 905975.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 9TH - 7.30 FOR 8PM - FIVE BELLS SEAL - KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS GET TOGETHER AS ABOVE.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 12TH - SEAL VILLAGE HALL - 2.30 -  SEAL OVER 60'S GROUP Invite you all to a talk from Emma Toomey, about her life as
A mounted police officer. £3.50 to include a full tea. To book, call Chris on 01732 763585.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16TH - COMMUNITY LUNCH IN CHURCH HALL - ALL WELCOME. Contact Lise for more details 07570 125115

THURSDAY OCTOBER 24TH - LAVENDER FIELDS  3.30PM-9PM- SEAL KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS PAMPER EVENING - non-residents £8 entry and treatments paid to individual therapists on the night. See our Facebook page for more details of treatments available and prices.

SEAL HISTORY GROUP - MONDAY NOVEMBER 4TH - 7.30PM SEAL VILLAGE HALL - a talk by Dave Martin on the history and life of Seal retained fire station.

LAVENDER FIELDS CHRISTMAS FAIR - THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14TH - 11AM-2PM . Volunteers needed to help please. Contact Marion at marionjgilchrist@gmail.com

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29TH - SEALCHURCH HALL - 7.30PM - WREATH MAKING with Chris and Maggie in aid of St Peter and St Paul church. Call Chris for more information -   01732 763580 - £20 or £30 if attending decoration event on Dec 6th as well.

SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER - volunteers needed to put up Christmas lights in the high street please - contact Marion.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30TH - SEAL VILLAGE HALL - 9TH SEAL SCOUT GROUP CHRISTMAS FAIR - Seal village hall 2pm-5pm. Volunteers needed please.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 6TH 7.30 - SEAL CHURCH HALL - CHRISTMAS DECORATION MAKING with Chris and Maggie in aid of st peter and st paul church - details as 30th November.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 7TH - SEAL VILLAGE HALL - 2.30PM-5PM - FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY AND TURNING ON OF LIGHTS. Free party with Rob Pound - first class children’s' (and adult) entertainer. All welcome.

That would seem to be it for a while, but there will no doubt be more Christmas news next month.
Remember, Frances Fish already has June 18th 2020 earmarked for our next Garden Safari, along with a quiz night in April to fund the set up costs of this event.

SOME LAST MINUTE INFORMATION FROM SEVENOAKS DISTRICT COUNCIL

SDC have arranged a public information event for local residents in order to showcase proposals for two rural exceptions housing schemes in Seal Parish.  The event is taking place on Wednesday 30 October, 3pm through to 8pm, in Seal Village Hall.
Sevenoaks District Council officers will be in attendance from the Property Team and the Housing Policy Team

This looks to be an interesting meeting for all of us. I'm sure many of you would like to attend.

There are also several road closures planned in the near future, which will affect us as residents in Seal. Please lok at the Parish Council website for full information.

We look forward to seeing many of you at these events, but please feel free to email me if you have anything to add next month, or have any questions regarding this email

Best Wishes,
Marion.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Seal Speedwatch, Scarecrows and Pampering


SEAL SPEEDWATCH!

Chris Tavaré has said "Having recently joined Seal Parish Council
I am setting up a Seal Speedwatch Group.
I am looking to put together a group of 7 or 8
to monitor vehicle speeds in and around Seal.
The purpose of the group as described on the
 Community Speedwatch website can be seen below. "
Responses can be emailed to Chris Tavaré on christavspc@btinternet.com


















If you have some time to spare, please contact Chris as soon as you can,
so that the project can get off the ground very soon.
We all know how speeding traffic affects this village,
so it is time we do our bit to keeping it in check.

It is great to see so many scarecrows rising from the depths this year.
We have lots of new people entering, which is always great,
but please remember to submit your fee and entry form
if you wish to be added to the trail map,
and judged on October 1st.
Forms are available on St Peter and St Paul Church website,
or at the back of the church. Julian also has some in Highland Printers.

Tickets are also on sale now, for the Harvest Lunch and Scarecrow Safari on October 6th.
Please contact me for tickets by using this e mail address.
A great harvest lunch of lasagne or shepherds' pie, garlic bread and salads,
followed by apple pie and ice cream.
Vegetarian/vegan options available., served in the Church Hall at 1pm,
after the Scarecrow Safari, which kicks off at the church lychgate at 11.30.
Tickets are £7.50 per adult, £3 per child or 2 of each family ticket for £20.

I also have details of many of the treatments on offer at our Pamper Evening
on October 24th at Lavender Fields.
These will be put out next week, but if you want info beforehand,
please contact me directly, and I will send on what I already have.
Book your tickets now by emailing me or calling 07909 905975.
Many Thanks All,
Marion.

Friday, 2 August 2019

August update


Good Morning Seal Neighbours,

Welcome to your August update !

Firstly, we have just held the August draw for the KYN 100 Club, and these are the results. This month we were playing with 54 paid numbers (a few have moved on, so we are a little fewer again), leaving a prize fund of £135 and £135 in the Seal Village Fund.
1st Prize - £90 No 9 Sue Buddin £90
2nd Prize - £45 No 31 Becky Watson £45
Congratulations to them, and as always, if you wish to join, please e mail me for details.


Please remember to complete the Sevenoaks District Council parking survey if you haven't already done so. If you do not live in the centre of the village, you may not have been sent a hard copy, but you can still have your say on line at www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/parkingconsultations. This is an important issue for the residents and businesses in our village, and the Parish Council have asked SDC to look at this as a matter of importance. Anybody that needs to park in the village - residents, businesses, workers, shoppers and other visitors need to complete this if you want your views listened to, by August 9th at 5pm. 

I have  been asked to spread the word of the new bus which is running through the village.  Go Bus have added Routes 6 and 56 and here is the first review - ' So impressed with our new bus service this morning .7am bus, lovely driver £1.70 to station (less if you buy a 10 trip ticket).
Let's hope enough people use this new service to keep it! Timetable available from Go Bus.

I have also been asked to mention that a cat was hit by a car outside the Ganga Restaurant on July 14th, and was taken to the Out of Hours vets - Pennards in Sevenoaks.
 Apparently Pennards were great and did all they could, but sadly , they had to put the cat down. We send our sympathy if this was your pet, but would like to thank the kind driver of the car following the distraught person who hit it, for taking him to Pennards. 

LAVENDER FIELDS SUMMER FAIR - SATURDAY AUGUST 3RD - 2PM-4PM IN THE GROUNDS OF LAVENDER FIELDS - AND A HUGE THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE COME FORWARD TO MAN STALLS!

All the seats for our Broadstairs trip are now filled. For those coming, please arrange payment to me as soon as possible. Cheques to be made payable to Seal Village Fund.

Remember that The Pavilion Restaurant at Wildernesse House is now open on Thursdays 6pm-0pm, Fridays 12-2pm, and 6-9pm, Saturdays 10-2pm and 66-9pm and Sundays for lunch 12-2pm.

A reminder that our Talking Village takes place 4 times weekly - Monday afternoons 1.45-2.45 in Birch's Cafe, Thursdays at Tiddlers in Seal Church Hall 10-12 term time only, Fridays at The Friday Group 10-12 Seal Church Hall and Saturdays, 10-11am in Seal Library. Why not join our TV hosts for a cuppa and a chat? 

Do we all know that we have 2 halls in our village for hire - Seal Village Hall - contact Gerry on 01959 522545 and Seal Church Hall - contact Maggie on 07517 234557. Both ideal for childrens' parties and other functions and meetings.

Look out for information about Seal's next Scarecrow Festival which will take place between Sunday 15th September and October 6th. Get your thinking caps on, and create
 your very own scarecrow to adorn your property, or another agreed space in the village.

We have our next Pamper Evening booked for Thursday October 24th from 3.30-9pm at Lavender Fields. We already have some really interesting therapists booked, so start planning what treatments you may want to try.

Plans are already afoot for Christmas too! Keep the date of Saturday December 7th for a family afternoon party, before turning on of lights!

That's all for now,
Best Wishes,
Marion.


Wednesday, 17 April 2019

May 10 - two local events


FRIDAY MAY 10TH

7.30PM IN SEAL CHURCH - LET'S GET PLASTERED - ADMISSION IS £10 WITH TICKETS OR £12.50 ON THE DOOR.
AN EVENING OF FOLK AND BLUES MUSIC, SHOWCASING THE TALENTS OF THE STUDENTS OF DAN CLEWS, WELL KNOWN LOCAL MUSICIAN, WHO WILL ALSO BE PERFORMING. DAN IS ORGANISING THIS EVENT IN THE INTERESTS OF AT PETER AND ST PAUL CHURCH SEAL, TO HELP TOWARD THE COST OF RENEWING PLASTERWORK IN THE CHURCH BUILDING. LICENSED BAR AND SNACKS AVAILABLE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT info@stonepitts.com 
or tel 07977 487 277.

SEAL VILLAGE HALL - 8PM - QUIZ NIGHT - £3 PER HEAD - TABLES OF 4. TEA OR COFFEE AT HALF TIME, PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN NIBBLES. PROCEEDS TO GO TOWARDS THE CONSIDERABLE EXPENSE ABOUT TO BE SPENT ON REPLACING THE HIGH STREET DOORS, AND UPDATING THE ELECTRICS INSIDE THE BUILDING.

Who says nothing happens in Seal? Quite a diverse choice for May 10th! Do, please try and support one of these events, and get involved.
Look forward to seeing you,

Monday, 15 April 2019

"Know Your Neighbours" in Seal: Late April Update

Latest update from Know Your Neighbours. There is a lot going on in the village - check it out and come along!



"Know Your Neighbours" in Seal: Late April Update: As there is so much going on at the moment, I have decided to send an extra update to Know Your Neighbours. The first 2 items, are from ou...

Late April Update

As there is so much going on at the moment, I have decided to send an extra update to Know Your Neighbours. The first 2 items, are from our Parish Council, who, as you may understand, are having a particularly busy time right now. So, here goes:-
FYI

Further to the occupation of the Seal Recreation Ground, the Seal District Councillors and the Parish Clerk accompanied by 2 police officers went around all 24 caravans/campers to serve request to leave notices. Most were polite and there will be some repairs making good required and tidying up to do when they leave. The notice gives 24hrs notice and if they haven’t moved off the site legal proceedings will be taken. In the mean time the Parish Council advise not to go to the recreation ground.

Secondly, 
 DO YOU USE YOUR COMMUNITY HALLS?  HOW DO YOU USE THEM? HOW COULD YOU USE THEM DIFFERENTLY?

Seal Parish Council are conducting a survey on the use of the local community halls - the Village Hall, the Pavilion and the Church Hall (the first two are run by the Parish Council, the third by the church) You can find the survey here. Please complete this if you can, particularly if you are not going to be able to visit the Village Hall on the bank holiday weekend of May 4th-6th, for the U3A Art Exhibition. This will be a very interesting activity anyway, but there will also be a chance to speak to some of your Parish Councillors, about our community hall facilities. 

On a different note, Seal Parish Council will be electing their officers on May 2nd. Please see their website for more information.
On Thursday May 15th, you will also have the opportunity to meet and speak to your new Parish Council, at the Annual Parish Meeting, which will take place in Seal Pavilion at 7.30pm. The Council will be presenting its annual Community award, so please come along to congratulate this year's winner!


OTHER EVENTS TAKING PLACE IN SEAL APRIL - MAY 2019.

PAMPER EVENING - THURSDAY 25TH APRIL 7PM-10PM  AT LAVENDER FIELDS-
TICKETS £8 TO NON-RESIDENTS, TO INCLUDE A DRINK ON ARRIVAL AND GOODY BAG,  AND ALL TREATMENTS PAYABLE TO THERAPISTS. PLEASE SEE FACEBOOK PAGE (SEAL PAMPER EVENING) FOR PRICES AND TREATMENTS AVAILABLE. PLEASE CONTACT ME ON 07909 905975 OR marionjgilchrist@gmail for tickets and to book appoointments for treatments.


THURSDAY  MAY 9TH - 7.30 - THE FIVE BELLS - KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS TO HAVE YOUR SAY-
COME ALONG AND JOIN US FOR A DRINK IN OUR LOCAL PUB, AND LOOK AT WHERE WE ARE GOING IN OUR VILLAGE. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPENING? WHAT COULD YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS ORGANISE WITH OUR HELP? HOW DO YOU WANT TO SEE THE VILLAGE FUND BEING SPENT? PLEASE JOIN US!


SUNDAY MAY 12TH - SEAL VILLAGE ALLOTMENTS - 11AM-3PM
ANNUAL PLANT SALE. ALL PLANTS, FLOWER AND VEG, ALLOTMENT GROWN, REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE. SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO:- www.sealallotments.wixsite.com


SATURDAY MAY 18TH - SEAL SCHOOL MAYFAIR. 12-3PM 


SATURDAY MAY 25TH - 1.30PM - SEAL HISTORY GROUP TOUR AROUND TENTERDEN.
MEMBERS £5 AND NON MEMBERS £7. PLEASE LET MIKE OXTOBY KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED  ON 01732 760013 OR michaeloxtoby@sevenoaks.gov.uk


The 100 Club is now running at 47 participants, so gradually rising month on month. This will make for a healthy total to be spent on village projects, whether events, activities, or any other form of enhancement. Please let me know if you wish to purchase a number for £5 each month.
We are still looking for a Treasurer for our Village Fund, so please be on the look out for any likely candidates. The 100 Club will run much more easily when people can set up standing orders if they wish to.

The Spring Clean went really well on April 7th, with many of you, young and not so young, turned out in force to clear up our village. Many people have commented that this is something we might be able to repeat at more regular intervals, so that it isn't such an arduous task.

Our Seal Talking Village goes from strength to strength, with the chance to meet up with others regularly, on Monday afternoons in Birch's (1.45-2.45), Thursday Mornings at Seal Tiddlers in the Church Hall (10am-midday), Friday mornings at Friday Group in the Church Hall (10am-midday) and Saturday mornings in Seal Library (10am-11am). A big 'Thank you' to our hosts at these events.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TICKETS FOR THE TRIP TO BROADSTAIRS ON AUGUST 16TH, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

I don't think there is anything else to report, but please get you information in to me so that we can put it out in these regular updates.
Best Wishes,
Marion.


Sunday, 31 March 2019

April update from Know Your Neighbours



Hello All
Welcome to our update of village events and activities, for you to join in with, for this month.

Monday April 1st - 7.30pm - Seal Village Hall The History Group have a talk from a representative of the National Trust, to talk about the History of Chartwell.
They are also organising a trip to Tenterden on Saturday May 25th. Please contact their secretary, Mike Oxtoby, for more information.michaeloxtoby@sevenoaks.gov.uk

SUNDAY APRIL 7TH
Seal Village will be getting a Spring Clean, but we need you to join us to help. All ages welcome! This is to spruce up areas of the centre of the village needing attention. If you are aware of any 'hot spots', please let me know, and I will pass the information on to Matt, who is organising this project.
You can come along to the Village Hall at 11am, or to the Church  at 12.30, where you will be fully equipped with hi-vis jackets, pick-up grippers, bags, etc, and are welcome to join us in the Church Hall at 2.30 at the end, for light refreshment. For more information, please contact Matt matt.brown@hatmatic.co.uk

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN TO BUY A MOTHERS' DAY PRESENT? DON'T PANIC - BUY YOUR MUM A TICKET FOR THE NEXT EVENT!
THURSDAY APRIL 25th 7pm - 10pm at LAVENDER FIELDS
Know Your Neighbours will be holding their second Pamper Evening. Come along and enjoy the beautiful relaxing and luxury environment at Lavender Fields, and purchase one or more of the beautiful treatments on offer from local therapists, and nail technicians. The tickets are £8 to non-residents, and individual treatments will be booked in advance by contacting me, or there may be some appointments left on the night.Please e mail me marionjgilchrist@gmail.com or text 07909905975, to book your appointments.

MAY 2nd PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS 
If you are interested in standing for Seal Parish Council, please look at their websitr www.sealparishcouncil.org.uk

SAT MAY 4th - MONDAY MAY 6th SEVENOAKS U3A ART GROUP EXHIBITION IN SEAL VILLAGE HALL
10AM-4PM
Come along and see their work displayed and learn more about U3A.
THERE WILL ALSO BE PARISH COUNCILLORS AT THIS EVENT, TO LISTEN TO YOUR VIEWS ABOUT THE HALL FACILITIES WE HAVE IN OUR VILLAGE, HOW YOU USE THEM NOW, OR HOW YOU MIGHT USE THEM MORE, SHOULD THEY BE CHANGED IN ANY WAY. PLEASE COME ALONG AND HAVE YOUR SAY!

THURSDAY MAY 9TH 8PM THE FIVE BELLS KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS GET TOGETHER
ALL WELCOME TO COME AND SHARE YOUR IDEAS AROUND VILLAGE ACTIVITIES, AND DECIDE HOW WE MIGHT WISH TO SEE OUR 100 CLUB AND EVENTS MONIES SPENT.

SATURDAY MAY 11TH AFTERNOON
SEAL SCHOOL MAYFAIR. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

SATURDAY MAY 10TH EVENING - ST PETER AND ST PAUL CHURCH SEAL 'LET'S GET PLASTERED' - AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND FUN PUT ON BY DAN CLEWS AND STUDENTS. MORE INFO NEXT MONTH.

Wednesday May 15th - Seal Parish Council Annual Parish Assembly in Seal Pavilion 7.30pm.
Come along to meet your Parish Councillors, have a glass of wine and nibbles, and share ideas about your community. All are welcome. There will also be an award presented to a member of our parish in recognition of their contribution to the community over the past year. Please come and support this event.

Seal Talking Village continues to meet every Monday 1.45-2.45 in Birch's, Thursdays 10-12 at Tiddlers, Seal Church Hall, Fridays at Friday Group, 10-12 Seal Church Hall, and every Saturday, 10-11am in Seal Library.Please pop along to any of these meeting places for a cuppa and a chat.

The 100 Club has its next draw on Friday April 5th. If you wish to sign up, please contact me as above. I will publish the winning names and numbers in next month's Advertiser, and send out an added update nest weekend.

Please join us for these events. We need you if we are going to have any sort of community spirit in this village. By the way, a Treasurer is still needed to help manage our village fund. Please let us know of anybody who may be interested to take on this role.

Looking forward to seeing many of you this month,

Marion.




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Thursday, 28 March 2019

TWO EVENTS COMING UP SOON ! Prayer walks and a Spring Clean

PRAYER WALKS Sat 30th March, Sat 6th April, Sat 13th April
Babs Bartholomew will be leading three informal & gentle Lent Prayer Walks . The first will be between Seal church & Kemsing Well. The second will climb the Kemsing hillside to the cross of daffodils. The third may be in Hadlow: details to be confirmed. Meeting at the lych gate, St Peter's & St Paul's at 11.15am.
PARISH SPRING CLEAN April 7
Matt Brown, one of our Parish Councillors, is organizing a village spring clean on April 7th. This is the same day as the APCM, but he has kindly reorganized the start time to take account of this. A group will start at 12.30 from outside the church hall. Equipment and maps will be provided, and there will be refreshments for the workers in the church hall. Please consider helping, to show support for our local community.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

March update from Know Your Neighbours


Hello Everybody,

I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful, if a little eerie, spring weather. I seem to remember that this time last year, we were battling down the hatches in preparation for ‘The Beast From The East’. This year, the garden centres are heaving with optimistic gardeners, all risking tasks, not usually considered until well into March. Don’t you just love the diversity of our fine, British weather?

So, possibly due to the brilliant weather, several groups have come up with some dates for events, so here we have the dates, venues and contact details for each:-

Seal Village Association AGM and Know Your Neighbours Have Your Say -
Seal Church Hall on Friday March 1st at 11am. This will take place during the Friday Group session and all are welcome! (Agenda and SVA accounts can be found here). Please note, the evening meeting mentioned last month, will now take place a little later in spring,hopefully, in the Five Bells. (More details to follow). The first of our 100 Club draws will also take place on Friday March 1st at 11am in the Church Hall.

Lavender Fields Spring Fair 
Thursday March 7
All are welcome to join the residents and friends of Lavender Fields between 10am and midday for their Spring Fair, where there will be cakes, Easter gifts, a raffle, tea, coffee etc.

St Peter and St Paul Church Seal Lent Lunch 
Sunday March 10th
Seal Church Hall - Midday to 2.30pm. Enjoy a simple lunch of homemade soups, bread and apple pudding for £5 per head. Proceeds to be shared between Christian Aid and the Church. All welcome.
For tickets, please email marionjgilchrist@gmail.com.

Seal’s First Community Lunch
Seal Church Hall at midday on Wednesday March 20th. This will be repeated every 3rd Wednesday of the month. A good, nutritious lunch for free? Indeed it is! Please contact Lise for more information 
Lise@michaelides.plus.com or 07570125115.

Seal History Group 
Monday April 1st 7.15 for 7.30 in Seal Village Hall
A talk on the history of Chartwell from a representative of The National Trust. For more information please contact the Chairman on 01732 762719 or Secretary on 01732 760013.

Seal Know Your Neighbours Pamper Evening - Thursday April 25th - Lavender Fields - 7-10pm.
A wide range of treatments will be available.  Tickets and bookings for treatments will be available from mid March.

Let’s Get Plastered - An evening of music with Dan Clews and his students, at St Peter and St Paul Church Seal - Friday May 10th. More details to follow next month.

Coach Trip to Broadstairs During Their Famous Folk Week - Friday August August 16th. Tickets remain at £12 per adult and £8 per child.

So, that is where we are so far this year. Please watch these updates for further information, and please remember, if you represent a local organisation, feel free to give me details of your events, to pass on to others.

Meanwhile, our regular events continue to thrive:-

Talking Village on Monday afternoons in Birch’s, Thursday mornings at Tiddlers , Friday mornings at Friday Group and Saturday mornings in Seal Library.  ( morning meetings from 10am and afternoons, 1.45-2.45).

Friday Group at the Church Hall every Friday from 10-12.

The Tea Set, Childrens Rhyme Time, Book Club and Childrens’ Craft Club in Seal Library. 

Various weekly yoga and Pilates classes in Seal Village Hall and Church Hall.

We still have numbers available for our Know Your Neighbours 100 Club.
PLEASE NOTE, IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED AN EMAIL ABOUT FEBRUARY’S PAYMENT, YOU ARE NOT SIGNED UP, THEREFORE, NOT IN THE DRAW. IF YOU WISH TO TAKE PART, PLEASE CONTACT ME ON marionjgilchrist@gmail.com. This month, we should have 30 numbers sold, which will mean £75 in prize money and £75 in the village fund. The draw will be made at Friday Group (which is open to all) on the first Friday of each month at 10.30am. The winners will be informed on the day of the draw, and their names and numbers will be published in the Local Advertiser and the KYN update, the following month. The proceeds from this will go toward projects to enhance the community of Seal in whatever ways you care to put forward for discussion.
In the past, SVA funds have been used for projects put forward by Seal Cubs and Beavers, Seal School, , Seal Church and Sevenoaks National Childbirth Trust. This year we still have some improvements to make to our Christmas lighting, plus we would like to improve on the family celebration which is booked for Saturday December 7th. If you have ideas for a summer event, and are able to help organise one, please bring your ideas to the KYN Have Your Say sessions, on Friday morning March 1, or at the evening event at The Five Bells (date to be confirmed)

We are close to having the Village Directory of organisations and activities, complete, so hopefully, we will be able to put out next month.

We look forward to seeing many of you at some of these events.
Very Best Wishes,

Marion.


Saturday, 23 February 2019

A good start for Talking Village in the Library

We had a good morning at the second of our new Talking Village sessions at the Library, with a number of people joining us to chat over coffee and biscuits. Our Next Talking Village is on Monday in Birch's cafe. 

More details about Talking Village, which offers a variety of places and times through the week to chat, here http://www.sealpeterandpaul.com/tv.html

Come and join us!