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 May 2022

Big Lunch


 

KYN update May 30

 JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS


JUST A REMINDER, WE HAVE REQUESTS FOR THE FOLLOWING DONATIONS PLEASE;-

Old dresses - the larger the better (that you may not get returned)
Small old fashioned (40's/50's style) handbags
Hobby horses - YES - I did say hobby horses - these will be returned.
Soft toys which could be mistaken for corgis.

DO NOT ASK! ALL WILL BE REVEALED AT THE FAMILY FUN DAY ON THE RECREATION GROUND ON SUNDAY JUNE 5TH!
If you can help with any of these requests, please contact me by email or call 07909905975 or see Barbara Martin or Annie Fish.

We now have several more names of helpers to assist with the games and contests on the day, but more of you are still needed please. Again, please contact Barbara, Annie or myself if you can spare a little energy on the day,



DETAILS OF JUBILEE WEEKEND IN SEAL

EXHIBITION OF SEAL THROUGHOUT THE PAST 70 YEARS.
There will be a display of Seal through the past 70 years  in the Village Hall .After the Jubilee weekend, the exhibition will be moved to the library .
The exhibition in the hall, will be open during the following times:- 
Thursday June 2nd from 2pm-6pm
Friday June 3rd from 10am-2pm
Saturday June 4th 10am - 2pm
Sunday June 5th 10am - Noon

If you can spare an hour or two during these times, to help man the exhibition, please let me know via this email.
THIS EVENT WILL BE OPENED BY OUR OWN CENTENARIAN (PLUS 1) BARBARA ARNOLD, AT 2PM ON THURSDAY JUNE 2ND IN SEAL VILLAGE HALL.
THE OPENING WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A HISTORY WALK WITH DAVID WILLIAMS UNTIL APPROX 3.30pm. THE WALK IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO HAVE BOOKED. THESE WALKS ARE VERY POPULAR, BUT WE HAVE A FEW SPACES SO PLEASE EMAIL ME FOR YOUR PLACE. COST OF THE WALK IS £5 PER HEAD TO INCLUDE GUIDE BOOK.

GARDEN SAFARI

Saturday June 4th - pm Frances Fish is organising another Garden Safari around the gardens of homes in Seal village.(Proceeds ro Kent Air Ambulance). We now have all the gardens in place, so tickets are now on sale very soon!  This is a great opportunity to explore local private gardens and get ideas for your own!
Tickets are available from Ahmed in Seal Supermarket.



BIG LUNCH AND FAMILY FUN DAY TO CELEBRATE OUR QUEEN'S PLATINUM JUBILEE
is being held on the recreation ground, on Sunday June 5th from midday to 4.00.
You can, of course bring your own picnic, but we will also be having the fish and chip van (already well known by some in Seal), who will be providing portions of their excellent fish and chips at a cost of £8 per portion.  WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE PROPRIETOR OF THE FISH AND CHIP VAN, THAT IF WE DO NOT REACH 50 ORDERS, THE COST WILL HAVE TO BE £10 PER PORTION, SO PLEASE, IF YOU WANT FISH AND CHIPS, PLEASE ENSURE YOU ORDER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.Clearly, the proprietors of this business  need to know that there will be a certain amount of portions served, so if we could give some idea of numbers to them, that would help immensely. Please could you just send me an email if you are likely to purchase fish and chips from the van, so that we can guarantee their presence, Thank you for your help with this.
IF YOU DO NOT PRE-ORDER, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE YOU WILL GET WHAT YOU NEED ON THE DAY.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU BRING WHAT YOU NEED FOR YOURSELVES AND YOUR FAMILY, BY WAY OF FOOD, DRINKS, CHAIRS, BLANKETS, ETC. THERE WILL BE  NO TEA AND CAKE SERVED THIS YEAR,

There will also be an ice cream van, who will pop in and out of the rec throughout the afternoon.
THERE WILL BE BOUNCY CASTLES, FUN FAMILY GAMES, TODDLERS' PLAY AREA, MESSY CHURCH, AND SOME  COMMUNITY GAMES AND CONTESTS DURING THE AFTERNOON.

PLEASE SUPPORT THESE EVENTS - THERE REALLY IS SOMETHING FOR ALL AGES AND MOST TASTES, SO JOIN US AND GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS!

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We hope that many of you will participate in sprucing  up our village beforehand, so look out for dates and times of community litter picks, etc. Also, we felt it would be great to encourage as many people as possible, to decorate/adorn the village appropriately. Here are some ideas:-

Planting your front gardens or outside areas in red white and blue - hanging baskets or borders, etc.
Display a 'Royal Scene' in your windows - rather along the line of Advent Windows, but with a royal theme
Display a royal scarecrow outside your home or in a public area where he/she or it, will be seen.
Decorate your home with red, white and blue bunting and flags
PLEASE DON'T BE SHY - GIVE US MORE IDEAS - WE ARE ALWAYS OPEN TO NEW ONES! WE ALSO NEED PEOPLE TO COME ALONG AND HELP TO ORGANISE THE EVENT AS WELL!

AND NOW - BACK TO VILLAGE LIFE AS WE NORMALLY KNOW IT!

We would like to thank Seal Village Allotments for inviting us (Seal Know Your Neighbours), to their open day last Sunday. It was a great opportunity to meet old friends and meet new ones, and spread the word about what KYN dos in our community.

 

Looking for an Allotment?


We have a large vegetable garden – four beds of around 55sq metres each, been well tended over the years but we are now looking for someone who would like to take them on, on an allotment basis.

 

We live in Underriver.  Tel Fidelity Weston on 01732 463372 for more information.


SEAL VILLAGE HALL

will hold their AGM (in Seal Village Hall) on Monday June 13th at 7.30pm. 


SEAL LIBRARY NEWS.


May’s theme in the library reflects National Walking Month, with a selection of books relating to walks near and far.  

 

Next month’s talk on Tuesday June 28th will feature local historian David Williams talking about Seal during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Details of the next 6 months activities will be available from the end of May.

 

David has also curated a lovely display of art by local artists of the village as it was in the 1950’s and 2000’s and these will be on show together with his exhibition in the village hall which will be moving into the library after the Jubilee weekend.

 

Leading up to and for the Jubilee I will be displaying bunting decorated by the community in the library windows. The bunting template is available in the library and several community groups are taking part. If you would like to join in, please ask for a template .

 

During half term there will be Jubilee craft activities during opening hours including corgis, puppets, paper chains and culminating in a crown making session on Sat 4th June ready for the village picnic and fun day on Sunday 5th June.       

 

Thank you to everyone who is using the library facilities and attending our events.




SEAL HISTORY GUIDE BOOKS
Deniz's coffee shop still has some copies of our Seal Historical Guided Walk books for just £5 a copy. All proceeds go to the Seal Village Fund. A perfect time to walk around our beautiful village and see it through new eyes!

SEAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
We are giving you plenty of time to organise yourselves for this - we will be looking for a small team of people to come forward, to organise the installing of the Christmas lights this year. It is not that arduous, and, of course, I will support whoever takes this on in whatever way you might need. If you would like to lead on this project, please give me a call on 01732 763727 or 07909905975, and we can have a chat. There is no problem with fund raising, as this is already in place (unless you have plans for a much more dramatic display). It will mainly involve getting the lights PAT tested for safety, organise teams to hang ( we already have insurance sorted), and to take back down and store safely for the following year. 
For further information, please email me or visit our KYN table at the Allotments Open Day on Sunday.


SEVENOAKS URBAN AREA LOCAL WALKING AND CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN (LCWIP).
This has been recommended by Matt Durling, so if you are a keen/interested walker, hiker, or cyclist, please spend a moment to take a look. Matt says the mapping tool is brilliant!
If you would like to participate in this local survey, please click on the link below:-


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REGULAR VILLAGE ACTIVITIES AND INFO (This section is repeated every week, so please feel free to skip if you don't need it this week).

TALKING VILLAGE
Monday afternoons between 2pm and 3.30 in Deniz's on the High Street. Buy a cup of tea or coffee and join us on the Talking Village table, for a chat and to make new friends, or catch up with old ones!

Saturdays - First Saturday of each month in Seal Library from 10.15am-11.15am. Join us for a coffee whilst out browsing for your library books.(Please note change of timing)
At both these venues, there will always be two hosts to welcome you, and we look forward to meeting with you and getting to know each other better.

FRIDAY GROUP
Meets each Friday morning in the Church Hall between 10.30 and 12.30   Coffee, chat, by all means, bring your crafting with you but mostly, enjoy the company.

MESSY CHURCH
May 15th (and all following dates) 3-4.30pm Seal Church Hall
June 19th
July 17th
Aug no Messy Church
Sept 18th
Oct 16th
Nov 20th

SEAL TIDDLERS 
 In Seal Church Hall £2 per session pre schoolers and parents/Carers Monday mornings 9.30-11.30 tea drinks snacks for children art activities singing.

JESSIE'S YOGITRIBE
Seal Village Hall Saturday mornings plus much more - see www.yogitribe.com or call Jess 07976 522726

JuJitsu Seal Church Hall at various times during the week - contact Adam - hello@adamwattsbjj.co.uk

Seal Allotments - Contact Zoreen - zoreengibbens@gmail.com

SEAL CHURCH CHOIRS

Adult and junior choirs looking for new members - practice Wednesday evenings -sealpandp@gmail.com


Seal Over 60s every 2nd Saturday of each month following, from 2.30-4pm at Seal Village Hall.£3 per head for a lovely tea.


SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB Thursday evenings Seal Village Hall contact Alan Davies jandadavies@hotmail.co.uk


SEAL SEQUENCE DANCING - Village Hall Tuesdays 8pm -10pm contact awatts@talktalknet 


SEAL BEAVERS CUBS AND SCOUTS Please contact 9thgsl@sevenoaks.scouts.org.uk for current info during the pandemic.


Dance For Fun Classes - Village Hall - Tuesday mornings -10.30am - contact Luci 07748 008431.


SEAL LIBRARYOpening  hours - Tuesdays 2pm - 5pm, Thursdays 10am - 1pm, Fridays 10am-3pm and Saturdays, 10am - 2pm.

Derek - the IT Guru/Buddy, is available for appointments on Thursday mornings from 10.15am. If anybody would like any help, please book an appointment in the library.
From Friday October 8th, Rhyme Time at 10.15, followed by Story Time at 10.45, will make a very welcome return, with Clare. 
Book Club First Tuesday of each month 2.30-3.30
Tea Set - Fourth  Tuesday of the month - 2.30 - 3.45 - Tea, cakes, good company and an interesting speaker at each session.


CHURCH HALL BOOKINGS - Maggie Fox - 01732 762840
VILLAGE HALL BOOKINGS - Gerry Froggat - 01959 522545


If you are planning, or already running some activity in Seal you would like to share with us, please contact us at this email address, and we will do our best to spread the word. Also, please remember to tell any new neighbours about this group, so that we can add them to our circulation list, or they can use the FaceBook page. Emily Durling has kindly started work on the new 'Welcome Card', and we will be asking you to let us know where these need to be sent, as you become aware of a new neighbour moving in!

Have a great week everybody.
Best wishes,

Marion (on behalf of Know Your Neighbours).

Saturday, 26 March 2022

KYN newsletter: March 26


Welcome to this week's Know Your Neighbours update.

So - finally after this weekend, my car clock (along with many others I know of), will be correct again, due to the springing forward for our summer time. We are still enjoying beautiful spring weather and can look forward to Mothering Sunday this weekend. It feels like we really may be leaving winter behind doesn't it?? So, let's see what we have ahead of us in Seal.


DISTRICT WEEKEND SPRING CLEAN;-

I'm a little late to this party, but this weekend, sees the Sevenoaks District Care For Our Community Spring Clean. If you have any time over this weekend, and would like to take part in a general litter pick, we do have some grabbers and hi vis jackets if you could let me know asap though please.




Know Your Neighbours Get Together in Seal Village Hall on Saturday April 23rd Between 11am and Midday


Following our very successful get together last November, we are re-visiting this event, to give new neighbours, and old, the opportunity to find out more about our village organisations and societies. Please come along for a coffee and a chat, and meet those people that are currently running or participating in village school, church, groups , organisations, societies,and explore the possibilities of starting new ones to suit our neighbours in 2022.
REMEMBER TO BRING ALONG ANY SEEDS< PLANTS OR CUTTINGS YOU WISH TO SWAP! LET'S GIVE THIS PROJECT A CHANCE!




Looking for an Allotment?




We have a large vegetable garden – four beds of around 55sq metres each, been well tended over the years but we are now looking for someone who would like to take them on, on an allotment basis.



We live in Underriver. Tel Fidelity Weston on 01732 463372 for more information.



Parish Council News


Now, this week, some encouraging news from Seal Parish Council:-




"English Rural Housing Association is currently developing a small development of affordable homes at Foxbury Farm, Seal.

The homes are built to meet the needs of local people and we are now ready to begin the allocation process for the new homes.

To be eligible for the properties, applicants must have a local connection to Seal and also be registered for housing with Sevenoaks District Council.

The properties will be advertised through Kent Homechoice from Wednesday 30th March - Sunday 3rd April 2022."





Kerry’s Pets Meadow Challenge


Kerry has hidden some things in her window scene. Can you find them? Quiz sheets are available from Kerry and Deniz next door for 50p cash. All entries will be put into a prize draw for a £10 Kerry’s Pets Voucher. Proceeds to Folly Wildlife Trust.



SEAL CELEBRATIONS FOR THE PLATINUM JUBILEE.


EXHIBITION OF SEAL THROUGHOUT THE PAST 70 YEARS.
Throughout the whole jubilee celebration period, we are hoping to have a display of Seal through the past 70 years - probably in the Village Hall (to be confirmed) and the library .


HISTORY WALK
David Williams has also kindly offered to guide another of his ever popular historic walks or two! If you would like to take part in these walks, we are starting to take provisional bookings. These are always very popular, so please book early
Thursday June 2nd - History walks around Seal - please book by responding to this email. BOOKING ESSENTIAL! These walks take around 90 minutes and will cost £5 per head including a guide book.


MESSY CHURCH IN ST PETER AND ST PAUL CHURCH
Fun for children from 1 - 101.
Messy Church dates for the coming year are:
April 15 10 -11.30am (Good Friday) in churchMay 15 - (and all following dates ) 3-4.30pm in the church hall
June 19
July 17
No Messy Church in Aug
Sept 18
Oct 16
Nov 20
No Messy Church in Dec


GARDEN SAFARI


Saturday June 4th - pm Frances Fish is going to organise another Garden Safari around the gardens of homes in Seal village.(Proceeds ro Kent Air Ambulance). If you have a garden that could be safely shown to others (or know somebody else that does), please let us know. You don't have to have a huge space - in fact sometimes, the smaller gardens are more inspiring, as we realise our small space can accommodate big ideas. If you think you might be able, but feel unsure, just say, and we can put you in touch with others who have participated before. I'm sure they will reassure you.
IF YOU HAVE ANY UNWANTED CHRISTMAS GIFTS OR ITEMS THAT MIGHT BE APPROPRIATE< FRANCES IS LOOKING TO PUT SOME RAFFLE PRIZES TOGETHER FOR THIS AND OTHER EVENTS IN THE VILLAGE. Please let me know and we will arrange collection.


BIG LUNCH AND FAMILY FUN DAY - HELP NEEDED PLEASE TO ORGANISE, BOOK FOOD OUTLETS AND BOUNCY CASTLES ETC.
Sunday June 5th - The Big Lunch on Seal Recreation Ground, with food outlets being present but you can bring your own picnic if you prefer. We have a fish and chip van and an ice cream van booked at present. There will be games and fun for all ages - competitions, races and general fun activities for all.Annie Fish and Barbara Martin have already started planning our fun activities. If you have any ideas for games or contests, or would like to help with the planning, please get in touch and we will pass your details on.


We hope that many of you will participate in sprucing up our village beforehand, so look out for dates and times of community litter picks, etc. Also, we felt it would be great to encourage as many people as possible, to decorate/adorn the village appropriately. Here are some ideas:-


Planting your front gardens or outside areas in red white and blue - hanging baskets or borders, etc.
Display a 'Royal Scene' in your windows - rather along the line of Advent Windows, but with a royal theme
Display a royal scarecrow outside your home or in a public area where he/she or it, will be seen.
Decorate your home with red, white and blue bunting and flags
PLEASE DON'T BE SHY - GIVE US MORE IDEAS - WE ARE ALWAYS OPEN TO NEW ONES! WE ALSO NEED PEOPLE TO COME ALONG AND HELP TO ORGANISE THE EVENTS - CO-ORDINATE BOOKING OF FOOD OUTLETS, SOURCE FAMILY FUN ACTIVITIES ETC. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE JUST A LITTLE TIME TO SPARE.
I am aware that some people are already creating and planning for this. We will keep you updated weekly via these emails.
There will be lots of opportunities for you to get involved in the planning of these events, so please let us know if you are interested to help (before you get press-ganged)!


QUEEN OF PUDDINGS QUIZ
This event has been booked for Friday April 29th from 7.30pm in the Church Hall. This event will cost £5 per head and include a quiz with a 'loose' royal theme, and tasters of puddings between each round, In all, we hope to have around 20 different desserts for you to try, so eat before you come by all means, but do leave room for some sweet treats during the evening.
AS ALWAYS, WE WILL BE ASKING FOR HELP FOR THIS EVENT - PEOPLE WILLING TO MAKE A DESSERT, WASHERS UP AND CLEARERS PLEASE!
We look forward to welcoming you on the evening and putting your names forward in advance for help please!
Thank you to those who have already offered their help! Always room for many more!
TICKETS NOW FOR SALE FROM FRANCES 07749 240456 or MARION 07909905975.


SEAL HISTORY GUIDE BOOKS
Deniz's coffee shop still has some copies of our Seal Historical Guided Walk books for just £5 a copy. All proceeds go to the Seal Village Fund. A perfect time to walk around our beautiful village and see it through new eyes!


SEAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

We are giving you plenty of time to organise yourselves for this - we will be looking for a small team of people to come forward, to organise the installing of the Christmas lights this year. It is not that arduous, and, of course, I will support whoever takes this on in whatever way you might need. If you would like to lead on this project, please give me a call on 01732 763727 or 07909905975, and we can have a chat. There is no problem with fund raising, as this is already in place (unless you have plans for a much more dramatic display). It will mainly involve getting the lights PAT tested for safety, organise teams to hang ( we already have insurance sorted), and to take back down and store safely for the following year.






REGULAR VILLAGE ACTIVITIES


TALKING VILLAGE
Monday afternoons between 2pm and 3.30 in Deniz's on the High Street. Buy a cup of tea or coffee and join us on the Talking Village table, for a chat and to make new friends, or catch up with old ones!


Saturdays - First Saturday of each month in Seal Library from 10am-11am. Join us for a coffee whilst out browsing for your library books.
At both these venues, there will always be two hosts to welcome you, and we look forward to meeting with you and getting to know each other better.


FRIDAY GROUP
Meets each Friday morning in the Church Hall between 10.30 and 12.30 = PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIMES. Coffee, chat, by all means, bring your crafting with you but mostly, enjoy the company.


SEAL TIDDLERS

In Seal Church Hall £2 per session pre schoolers and parents/Carers Monday mornings 9.30-11.30 tea drinks snacks for children art activities singing.


JESSIE'S YOGITRIBE
Seal Village Hall Saturday mornings plus much more - see www.yogitribe.com or call Jess 07976 522726


SLIMMING WORLD
Seal Village Hall Monday evenings at 7pm. Call Lorraine on 0774086058




SEAL CHURCH CHOIRS

Adult and junior choirs looking for new members - practice Wednesday evenings -sealpandp@gmail.com


Seal Over 60s every 2nd Saturday of each month following, from 2.30-4pm at Seal Village Hall.£3 per head for a lovely tea.


SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB Thursday evenings Seal Village Hall contact Alan Davies jandadavies@hotmail.co.uk


SEAL SEQUENCE DANCING
- Village Hall Tuesdays 8pm -10pm contact awatts@talktalknet


SEAL BEAVERS CUBS AND SCOUTS Please contact 9thgsl@sevenoaks.scouts.org.uk for current info during the pandemic.

Dance For Fun Classes - Village Hall - Tuesday mornings -10.30am - contact Luci 07748 008431.

SEAL LIBRARY- Opening hours - Tuesdays 2pm - 5pm, Thursdays 10am - 1pm, Fridays 10am-3pm and Saturdays, 10am - 2pm.
Derek - the IT Guru/Buddy, is available for appointments on Thursday mornings from 10.15am. If anybody would like any help, please book an appointment in the library.
From Friday October 8th, Rhyme Time at 10.15, followed by Story Time at 10.45, will make a very welcome return, with Clare.
Book Club First Tuesday of each month 2.30-3.30
Tea Set - Last Tuesday of the month - 2.15 - 3.45 - Tea, cakes, good company and an interesting speaker at each session.


There are also plans for a new martial arts group meeting in the Village Hall weekly and a new keep fit class meeting in the Church Hall. If you have any further details of either of these groups, it would be great to share please.


CHURCH HALL BOOKINGS - Maggie Fox - 01732 762840

VILLAGE HALL BOOKINGS - Gerry Froggat - 01959 522545


If you are planning, or already running some activity in Seal you would like to share with us, please contact us at this email address, and we will do our best to spread the word. Also, please remember to tell any new neighbours about this group, so that we can add them to our circulation list, or they can use the FaceBook page. Emily Durling has kindly started work on the new 'Welcome Card', and we will be asking you to let us know where these need to be sent, as you become aware of a new neighbour moving in!


So - enjoy the sun while it lasts,and have a great week.


Marion (on behalf of Know Your Neighbours).
marionjgilchrist@gmail.com

Saturday, 5 March 2022

KYN update March 5

 Welcome to this week's Know Your Neighbours update.


So, this morning, we held the March 100 Club draw at Friday Group. Once again, the first prize was £100 and 2nd prize £65, with £165 going into the Seal Village Fund.
This month's winners were:-
1st prize £100 No 30 Kelly Durrant
2nd prize £65 No 34 Julie Hudson
Congratulations to you both!

All the proceeds of this draw go to SVF, which finances various village projects throughout the year. If you would like to take part in this monthly draw, at a cost of £5 per calendar month, please respond to this email for joining details.

Now, a remind of a fund-raising event for Seal St Lawrence Primary School:-


THERE WILL BE AN AGM FOR SEAL VILLAGE FUND 
This meeting will take place via Zoom on Thursday 17th March at 8pmt. This meeting will include a report of Know Your Neighbours funding throughout the past year.
Those who 'Live, Work or Play in Seal', are encouraged to join the meeting to hear how monies raised by our village are being utilised in our community.

To register your interest in receiving a Zoom meeting invitation, for March 17th, please send your email address to Becky Watson (Seal Village Fund Secretary)

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESS TO AMEND EARLIER ERROR. .

 
SEAL CELEBRATIONS FOR THE PLATINUM JUBILEE. 

Throughout the whole jubilee celebration period, we are hoping to have a display of Seal through the past 70 years - probably in the Village Hall (to be confirmed) and the library .
David Williams has also kindly offered to guide another of his ever popular historic walks or two! If you would like to take part in these walks, we are starting to take provisional bookings. These are always very popular, so please book early!

Thursday June 2nd - History walks around Seal - please book by responding to this email. BOOKING ESSENTIAL! These walks take around 90 minutes and will cost £5 per head including a guide book. 

Friday June 3trd 12.30-4.30 Seal Village Allotments will hold a Jubilee Picnic. More details to follow.

Saturday June 4th - pm Frances Fish is going to organise another Garden Safari around the gardens of homes in Seal village.(Proceeds ro Kent Air Ambulance). If you have a garden that could be safely shown to others (or know somebody else that does), please let us know. You don't have to have a huge space - in fact sometimes, the smaller gardens are more inspiring, as we realise our small space can accommodate big ideas. If you think you might be able, but feel unsure, just say, and we can put you in touch with others who have participated before. I'm sure they will reassure you.
IF YOU HAVE ANY UNWANTED CHRISTMAS GIFTS OR ITEMS THAT MIGHT BE APPROPRIATE< FRANCES IS LOOKING TO PUT SOME RAFFLE PRIZES TOGETHER FOR THIS AND OTHER EVENTS IN THE VILLAGE. Please let me know and we will arrange collection.

Sunday June 5th - The Big Lunch on Seal Recreation Ground, with food outlets being present but you can bring your own picnic if you prefer. We have a fish and chip van and an ice cream van booked at present. There will be games and fun for all ages - competitions, races and general fun activities for all.Annie Fish and Barbara Martin have already started planning our fun activities. If you have any ideas for games or contests, or would like to help with the planning, please get in touch and we will pass your details on.

We hope that many of you will participate in sprucing  up our village beforehand, so look out for dates and times of community litter picks, etc. Also, we felt it would be great to encourage as many people as possible, to decorate/adorn the village appropriately. Here are some ideas:-

Planting your front gardens or outside areas in red white and blue - hanging baskets or borders, etc.
Display a 'Royal Scene' in your windows - rather along the line of Advent Windows, but with a royal theme
Display a royal scarecrow outside your home or in a public area where he/she or it, will be seen.
Decorate your home with red, white and blue bunting and flags
PLEASE DON'T BE SHY - GIVE US MORE IDEAS - WE ARE ALWAYS OPEN TO NEW ONES! WE ALSO NEED PEOPLE TO COME ALONG AND HELP TO ORGANISE THE EVENTS - CO-ORDINATE BOOKING OF  FOOD OUTLETS, SOURCE FAMILY FUN ACTIVITIES ETC. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE JUST A LITTLE TIME TO SPARE.
I am aware that some people are already creating and planning for this. We will keep you updated weekly via these emails. 
There will be lots of opportunities for you to get involved in the planning of these events, so please let us know if you are interested to help (before you get press-ganged)!  

QUEEN OF PUDDINGS QUIZ
This is now in the early planning stages and has been booked for Friday April 29th from 7.30pm in the Church Hall. This event will cost £5 per head and include a quiz with a 'loose' royal theme, and tasters of puddings between each round, In all, we hope to have around 20 different desserts for you to try, so eat before you come by all means, but do leave room for some sweet treats during the evening.
AS ALWAYS, WE WILL BE ASKING FOR HELP FOR THIS EVENT - PEOPLE WILLING TO MAKE A DESSERT, WASHERS UP AND CLEARERS PLEASE!
We look forward to welcoming you on the evening and putting your names forward in advance for help please!

The Village Covid Commemoration Tree and Talking Village Benches

We have recently heard that the benches have been ordered, to be placed, as agreed, on the recreation ground, in a horseshoe shape, as Talking Village benches. KYN are funding 3 of these benches, with help from a generous annonymous donation made last year. They will be placed beyond the pavilion, and at the edge of the trees, to enable a good view of the football, and providing a little shelter from our blazing summer sun.

Meanwhile, the tree is still under some discussion. Chris Tavare has provided some very interesting articles on the best container grown trees, and so far, the most votes go to  the Amelanchier. There was some discussion about the viability of container grown trees, so this discussion goes on. Please, if you have expertise in this field, do give us your views. Whatever the decision regarding the tree, we will be having a planted up (probably wooden)  container on the forecourt in front of the dentist, to beautify the space. 
Once this has been decided upon we will be looking for a group of volunteers to build the planter as a community project. If you are interested and would like to join this group, please let me know via this email. Obviously, if you are a craftsman, with experience and patience with us poor mere mortals, we would LOVE to hear from you!

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SEAL LIBRARY NEWS

THE TEA SET IS BACK - see below for more details
This month in Seal library:
Clare is as usual providing a fabulous hour for any pre-schoolers and their carers on Fridays with
Baby Rhyme and Storytime. After last week’s fantastic Teddy Bears Forest theme, she is focusing on
Transport and things that go this Friday the 3rd. Other topics this half term include Colours, Shapes
and Numbers, Safari, Farm and Pirates. We have lots of books available to borrow to match the
themes.
On Saturday 5 th March Clare is back with a free Spring crafts session from 11am - 12:30pm. Everyone
is welcome, all children should be accompanied by an adult.
The library scarecrow Ms A Page-turner is also dressed ready for Springtime gardening, and she will
be looking for tips from Frances Fish in her propagation talk which will be the first of the returning
Teatime talks. I am thrilled they are making a welcome return on the last Tuesday of each month
from 2:15- 3:45pm.
Tuesday 22 March 2022 Welcome Back
Propagation of Plants by Frances Fish
There will a raffle and a chance to buy some plants
Tuesday 26th April
Scrapbooking by Jenny Fairman
Tuesday 24th May
Metal Detecting by Gill Peters
Tuesday 28th June
Seal during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II by David Williams
This will be linked to the village and library Platinum Jubilee exhibition.
Details of the remaining talks for the rest of the year will be provided in due course. If anyone has any interests
which they would like to share, or ideas please contact Frances Fish via the library.
If you would like to come to any of the talks, there will be a sign-up sheet available in the library to help the
volunteers in preparing enough tea and cake!

ALL ARE WELCOME

Thanks to Frances to organising the first 6 months of topics. She has also arranged a group of
volunteers to help with the teas and I am looking forward to seeing this popular activity back in the
library. We would be grateful if people could sign up if they are coming to ensure the right amount
of catering is provided!
The Reading Group continues to grow and one of last month’s books A Woman made of Snow by
Elizabeth Gifford was a resounding hit with the group, for anyone looking for a book
recommendation.
Adult Author of the Month for March is Susan Hill

the author of numerous novels, collections of short stories, non-fiction, and children&#39;s fiction as well
as a respected reviewer, critic, broadcaster, and editor. Hill is best known for her mystery and thriller
novels and books related to fiction and literature genre.
Adult Book of the Week is The Time Between Us by Marina McCarron – The first novel by a Canadian
author. A dual-timeline Second World War romance novel that crosses decades and oceans.
The prize-winning children’s author and illustrator Shirley Hughes, possibly best known for her ‘Alfie’
books sadly, died earlier this week. We have several of her books available to borrow in the porch
display and even more to reserve free to children on-line.
I have also a couple of middle grade children’s book recommendations this month.
The Escape Room by Christopher Edge, Illustrator David Dean: An adventure story with a surprise
twist- an original thought-provoking book.
and
Loki by Louie Stowell written in a similar style in Tom Gates, a funny diary style book centred on the
naughty Norse god Loki sent to Earth as a boy as a punishment. This is the first in a series.
Last but definitely not least Derek is available by appointment on Thursday mornings each week
from 10:30 am to help with for all I.T. Queries.


Best wishes
Jillian

SEAL PARISH COUNCIL WILDFLOWER PROJECT - REMEMBER TO SIGN UP FOR NEXT WEEK'S SESSION!

Following on from our wildflower talk from the Kent Wildlife Trust's WILD ABOUT GARDENS team, are running a series of zoom sessions this winter on WILDLIFE FRIENDLY GARDEN, This is a great way of encouraging wildflowers and pollinators to your garden, This, is combination with our wildflower verges project, will also help create joined up 'pathways' for bees, butterflies and other key pollinators in our parish.
Details of the events can be seen on the Parish Council website, but the zoom sessions cost £5 a session, and are as follows:-
Monday March 7th 7.30-9pm - Wilder Lawns
Sat March 26th 11-12.30 - Using weeds and wildflowers in a garden to attract bees, butterflies and moths.

SEAL HISTORY GUIDE BOOKS
Deniz's coffee shop still has some copies of our Seal Historical Guided Walk books for just £5 a copy. All proceeds go to the Seal Village Fund. A perfect time to walk around our beautiful village and see it through new eyes!

ST PETER AND ST PAUL CHURCH SEAL
Just a reminder that Anne is still making podcasts of the weekly services, so please log on to the church website www.sealpeterandpaul.com to get the link. These were very popular with our KYN readers during lockdown, and we are aware that many are still not comfortable to go to church during the pandemic, and many still benefit from the healing ministry via these podcasts. If you are having trouble downloading, let me know via this email, and I will add you to the list of people I forward them to.

SEAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
We are giving you plenty of time to organise yourselves for this - we will be looking for a small team of people to come forward, to organise the installing of the Christmas lights this year. It is not that arduous, and, of course, I will support whoever takes this on in whatever way you might need. If you would like to lead on this project, please give me a call on 01732 763727 or 07909905975, and we can have a chat. There is no problem with fund raising, as this is already in place (unless you have plans for a much more dramatic display). It will mainly involve getting the lights PAT tested for safety, organise teams to hang ( we already have insurance sorted), and to take back down and store safely for the following year. 

We will be looking to hold another KYN drop-in at the Village Hall later in the spring. So - please organise somebody from your group or organisation to bring along some information and photos maybe, to promote your group, especially to new neighbours! Remember to encourage any new members to our community to come along as well. I will be publishing the date shortly, but it will certainly be for a couple of hours on a Saturday morning, as this worked well for most last time.



SEAL VILLAGE ALLOTMENT DIARY FOR Mar - June 2022

Mar 12th - Spring working party
Mar 19th - Q and A workshop 10.30-12
April 23rd Q and A workshop 10.30-12
May 15th Spring Plant Sale and Open Day 12-3pm
June 3rd - Jubilee Picnic 12.30-4.30.
Oct 15th Autumn Plant Sale and Open Day 12-5pm
Oct 29th Autumn Working Party 9.30-12.00


REGULAR VILLAGE ACTIVITIES

TALKING VILLAGE
Monday afternoons between 2pm and 3.30 in Deniz's on the High Street. Buy a cup of tea or coffee and join us on the Talking Village table, for a chat and to make new friends, or catch up with old ones!

Saturdays - First Saturday of each month in Seal Library from 10am-11am. Join us for a coffee whilst out browsing for your library books.
At both these venues, there will always be two hosts to welcome you, and we look forward to meeting with you and getting to know each other better.

FRIDAY GROUP
Meets each Friday morning in the Church Hall between 10.30 and 12.30 = PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIMES.  Coffee, chat, by all means, bring your crafting with you but mostly, enjoy the company.

SEAL TIDDLERS 
 In Seal Church Hall £2 per session pre schoolers and parents/Carers Monday mornings 9.30-11.30 tea drinks snacks for children art activities singing.

JESSIE'S YOGITRIBE
Seal Village Hall Saturday mornings plus much more - see www.yogitribe.com or call Jess 07976 522726


SLIMMING WORLD
Seal Village Hall Monday evenings at 7pm. Call Lorraine on 0774086058

SEAL CHURCH CHOIRS

Adult and junior choirs looking for new members - practice Wednesday evenings -sealpandp@gmail.com


Seal Over 60s every 2nd Saturday of each month following, from 2.30-4pm at Seal Village Hall.£3 per head for a lovely tea.


SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB Thursday evenings Seal Village Hall contact Alan Davies jandadavies@hotmail.co.uk


SEAL SEQUENCE DANCING - Village Hall Tuesdays 8pm -10pm contact awatts@talktalknet 


SEAL BEAVERS CUBS AND SCOUTS Please contact 9thgsl@sevenoaks.scouts.org.uk for current info during the pandemic.


Dance For Fun Classes - Village Hall - Tuesday mornings -10.30am - contact Luci 07748 008431.


SEAL LIBRARY- Opening  hours - Tuesdays 2pm - 5pm, Thursdays 10am - 1pm, Fridays 10am-3pm and Saturdays, 10am - 2pm.

Derek - the IT Guru/Buddy, is available for appointments on Thursday mornings from 10.15am. If anybody would like any help, please book an appointment in the library.
From Friday October 8th, Rhyme Time at 10.15, followed by Story Time at 10.45, will make a very welcome return, with Clare. 
Book Club First Tuesday of each month 2.30-3.30

There are also plans for a new martial arts group meeting in the Village Hall weekly and a new keep fit class meeting in the Church Hall. If you have any further details of either of these groups, it would be great to share please.


UNUSED LAPTOPS WANTED PLEASE for use of Seal School learners - please contact me and I will collect and deliver to Derek,  for cleansing and prep for use. (Thank you as always Derek).
CHURCH HALL BOOKINGS - Maggie Fox - 01732 762840
VILLAGE HALL BOOKINGS - Gerry Froggat - 01959 522545


If you are planning, or already running some activity in Seal you would like to share with us, please contact us at this email address, and we will do our best to spread the word. Also, please remember to tell any new neighbours about this group, so that we can add them to our circulation list, or they can use the FaceBook page.

Meanwhile, have a great week.

Marion (on behalf of Know Your Neighbours).