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, 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.



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