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, 29 June 2012

Olympic Torch celebrations - Help needed

As you will all be aware, the Olympic Torch will be coming through Seal on Friday 20th July at approxomately 12.10pm. The Parish Council have organised a celebration of this event on the recreation ground for all the local children, residents and visitors. The Know Your Neighbours Group will be selling teas, coffees and cakes from the pavillion, and we will be needing volunteers to come forward to help with the setting up, serving and making refreshments, and clearing away at the end of the afternoon.

If you can offer any help with making cakes, or any of the above, please could you e mail me to say what you can do. To make sure we have sufficient cakes, if you could let me know what you would be prepared to donate, this would be a great help please.  Nicky Harvey and I will be happy to take any of your donated produce on Thursday 19th.  Also, if you could say what sort of time you could help between 11am and 4pm, this would help us to set up a rota.

This will be a truly historic moment for Seal, and it would be great for as many of you as possible to be part of this afternoon.

I look forward to hearing from you, and many thanks as always for your support for Seal KYN.


Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Diamond Jubilee Big Lunch

Diamond Jubilation!
It may have been a bit drizzly, but that didn't stop lots of  people turning out for our Diamond Jubilee Big Lunch. The children didn't care a bit if they got damp bouncing on the bouncy castles, there was plenty of food and drink, and plenty of people to share it, so a good time was had by all. I spent four hours on the floor of the pavilion making corgis and spinners with the seemingly numberless small children who turned up, aided by Barbara Martin, my long-suffering husband Philip and even my poor mother, who had come up for the weekend for a family celebration of her own birthday on Monday and found herself pressed into service... It is a risky thing being a member of a priest's family...

Many thanks should go to those who laboured to bring this village celebration about - Nicky Harvey and Marion Gilchrist in particular worked long and hard to bring it together, and many others helped on the day to put marquees up, stock and serve beer, tea and coffee etc.
Many people commented on the lovely atmosphere, and there were quite a few who had never been to anything in Seal before, and were bowled over by the warmth of welcome and the fun of the day.

Photos below are from Nicky Harvey and Jill and Katy Myers - if anyone has any more they'd like to share, please send them along!

The bouncy castles were swarming with children all afternoon

Well done to our team of face painters! Very good work, girls!

Patriotic foodstuffs were in abundance

"Bring and share" always results in a mountain of food!

 People just couldn't resist the urge to dress up...

Craft activities - things being glued to other things (and people).

Union flag spinners made out of paper plates...

Corgis - it's amazing what you can make with an old Actimel bottle, a few bits of cardboard and a bit of ingenuity...