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.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Seal School Fireworks

Seal Primary School will be holding their annual firework display on Saturday 26th October. The gates open at 4.30pm with the first rocket fired at 6.30pm. The bonfire will be lit at 6pm. There will be a barbeque, a bar and a 'Night Sky' themed dressing up competition.
Tickets are available from the School Office at £15 for a family ticket, or £5 per adult and £2.50 per child.
For further information, please e mail seal.pta@gmail.com

Friday, 27 September 2013

Tile signing

If you missed your chance to sign a tile for Seal Church's roof appeal on Saturday at the fete, don't despair. They will be available for signing in Seal Library, in the High Street (TN15 0AL) tomorrow (Sat 28th, from 10.30 to 1.30pm). Make yourself history as "your" tile is put on the organ loft roof - who knows who will one day read your name next time the roof is repaired! £5 per tile.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Seal School invites you to coffee tomorrow in aid of Macmillan

SEAL SCHOOL INVITES YOU TO THEIR MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING TOMORROW from 9.15 onwards in the school hall in Zambra Way.
The children have been busy baking all day, and if no one else comes I will have to eat all the cake myself...

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Seal Fete: A roaring success

All the hard work was worth it. The fete was buzzing with  people, the rain held off (the sun even shone now and then), and everyone had fun.
Here are a few pictures to give a flavour of what went on.
Many thanks to all who helped.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

One week to go!

We've just put up miles of bunting (it felt like it anyway!) on Seal Recreation Ground, and got very damp in the process. It's just one week to SEAL VILLAGE FETE...

There will be Morgan Cars, Belly Dancing (at 1 pm), Climbing wall, delicious cakes and tea in the pavilion, bbq, hog roast, fairground rides, lots of stalls from local organisations and businesses, (and the weather forecast looks a lot better than this Saturday!)

All we need is you...!
Please put the date in your diary, tell your friends, repost this, and turn up from 12 noon to 4pm to join in the fun.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Fete Planning Meeting Thurs 5 Sept

There will be a fete planning meeting on Thursday 5th September at 7.30 in the Church Hall. All are welcome to come along and add their talents and skills to the bank of people we already have. As you will be aware, the fete takes place on Saturday 21st from 12 noon until 4.30pm. We still need volunteers to assist with setting up, clearing away, and manning a few stalls.
We are also looking for more donations of cakes and tray-bakes, wine, tombola prizes and donations for the silent auction. Please do not be shy! If you have any contacts, please ask/beg for donations, and drop me an e mail or come along on Thursday (or both!)
The programme looks good, but we do still need some extra pairs of hands to help out.

Look forward to seeing a good throng on Thursday - only 2 more meetings after this one!


Friday, 16 August 2013

Sept 21st - Keep the date!

Seal's Village Fete takes place this year on Saturday September 21st, with lots of stalls, activities and fun on offer. All it needs to be a success is people! We need people to come on the day, of course, but also to offer to man stalls, set up and clear away, bake cakes and tray bakes for the afternoon teas, provide prizes for the tombola and bottles of wine for the "Water and Wine" stall etc... If you can help, please contact Marion Gilchrist on 01732 763727. Donations can be brought to the vicarage or to a Sunday service, but please don't leave them in church when no one's there, in case they go missing!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Notes from the planning meeting Aug 15

Notes From Know Your Neighbours Fete Planning Meeting Thursday August 15th
Present:- Anne Le Bas, Nicky Harvey, Eleanora, Jo Argyle, Peter Mountfield, Chris Rampton, Maggie Fox and Marion Gilchrist.

Update from last meeting:-
Creed Outdoor Learning have confirmed they will attend and we have a copy of their PL Insurance. They will man this themselves and give a donation from their takings.
Grenville Allen has had to decline.
Andrews have not responded to having an advertising banner yet.
Fox Archery have had to back out due to lack of people to run the event.
Sevenoaks Boxing have also had to pull out.
Chris has not yet heard from Gymboree – to be contacted.
We will not go ahead with Sunflower Lettings boards due to lack of response.
We now have several lots for the silent auction, but still need more.
Ben Colnett is providing the PA system and music.
Due to lack of response from various contacts, we will not be having the dog show this year.
The extra evidence for the Public Liability Insurance now is ready to send off.
We discussed the banner and agreed to have one made just advertising Village  Fete Here Saturday with KYN logo and transferable dates.
Robert Martin is bringing his hog roasting machine.
Sally still has to contact Rafferty’s, The Vine, Tesco and Sainsbury’s for donations of prizes or auction lots.
No news as yet from Anna about the boot camp organisers.
Peter has approached Seal Chart Studios, but we won’t hear until they return at the beginning of September.
Marion will e mail Radio Kent, KFM, and Around Sevenoaks to place ads.
Eleanora will e mail The Vine.
David Williams is changing the dates on the roadside boards and will contact Marion when they are ready for collection.
Nicky will ask the school if we can still use the playground for parking.
We decided not to have a programme printed this time, but to have a large display board on the Pavillion showing the programme of events and thanking people who have supported,. They will then be thanked through The Local Advertiser and The Chronicle.
KYN stalls will include Tombola, Bottle Stall, and a cake stall if we have sufficient after the Tea stall has taken what are needed.
Chris will make some doggy bags containing the bandannas and other bits.
Chris will send the posters to us electronically, now that we know there is no dog show.

We still need more people to offer to man stalls on the day.
We still need more offers of help to set up and clear away on the day.
We still need people to encourage anybody to hold commercial stalls.
We still need people to find donations of good auction lots.
We will also need some help on Saturday 14th September from 10 – 11am, to put up some bunting and the banner.

As always, many thanks to those of you who came along this evening. We will meet again just 3 times before the event:-
Thursday 5th September 7.30pm Church Hall
Thursday 12th September 7.30pm Church Hall
Thursday 19th September 7.30pm Church Hall.
Please do join us or e mail me if you can assist but not make the meetings.
Many Thanks,


Thursday, 4 July 2013

Monday, 1 July 2013

July 4th Planning Meeting

The next planning meeting for the fete is on Thursday July 4th at 7.30pm in the church hall.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

June 6th 2013 - planning meeting for Fete

Notes From Seal Know Your Neighbours Fete Planning Meeting Thursday June 6th.
Seal Fete and Dog Show Saturday September 21st.

Several more stalls have been booked since last month’s meeting. However, we are still looking for more commercial stalls to swell the revenue. Some great ideas were brought forward tonight from people who had gathered information and business cards from stall holders at other local fairs and fetes. These include an artist from Iden and an outdoor learning company who bring a climbing wall. Both these will be approached to see if they would like to attend.
  If you are attending anything similar in the near future, please send on any information you may have of people who may be willing to participate. If you speak to them yourselves, please give them Chris Rampton’s details. (01732 763585).
Ray and Dot suggested we approach Kent Fire Service to see if they would be willing to have a stand where fire safety demonstrations could be arranged. They will contact KFS and get any information.
They also found a very interesting display of vintage Morgan cars at a fete further down in Kent, and we discussed the possibility of seeing if we could have something similar. Brands Hatch Morgans at Borough  Green will be approached.
Anna suggested we might approach Harrington’s Nursery in Swanley Village to see if they might donate some plants for a stall. This is the nursery that supply the village planted tubs for the Parish Council. Marion will see to this.
Sally Thompson is going to approach Sunflower Estates to see if they would be prepared to advertise via bill boards outside properties as they do for Seal School. If this is a possibility, please consider whether you would be prepared to have a board outside your property to advertise this event. It is a good source of extra revenue, so please let me know if you would be happy to take part in this.
Marion will approach Andrews Estate Agents to see if they would be happy to erect a banner and make a donation as they did in 2011.
Anna is getting information about a pet stall who may wish to take part.
Jo and Sally have kindly offered  to work together to approach local businesses for donations for a silent auction.
Jill brought the information about Public Liability Insurance, which was discussed and will be sorted out in the next couple of weeks. ‘Dangerous activities’ taking part will need to provide their own insurance. This will include the bouncy castle. Archery and the fun fair rides. Seal Village Association to be approached for the cost of this.
Nicky is also going to need funds up front for Mr Bouncy Castle.
As we have had problems with the PA system over the past couple of events, Marion will approach Ben Colnet to see how much he would want to provide this service. He did a great job at Seal School a couple of weeks ago, and there were no problems with music for the displays.
Unfortunately, Sue Harwood will not be able to organise the dog show this year due to a very heavy workload. We will miss her input. Anna is going to approach The Sevenoaks Veterinary Practice to see if they might want to organise something along these lines.
Gymboree, the childrens’ activity class in Seal Hollow Road, Seal Belly Dancing and Zumba, and Seal School Street Dance will all be putting on displays throughout the afternoon.
We have a very healthy list of people willing to volunteer for stall holding, setting up and clearing away. One area which is always in need of more people to volunteer, is the collection of tressle tables from the halls, and the delivery back in the evening. If you feel you could help with this (especially if you have access to a trailer), please let me know.
The next meeting will take place on Thursday July 11th at 7.30pm. Please do come along and put your ideas forward. You will be made very welcome.
Look forward to seeing many of you there,

Friday, 26 April 2013

Seal Fete - Sept 21 - would you like a stall?

We have started planning for the village Fete on Sept 21. 
Notes from the meeting on April 25th are here

We are actively looking for prospective stallholders, so if you have something to sell, or know someone who might, please get in contact.
Pitches are £25 (£35 for a double), but charities are free.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Thurs 25th April - Planning meeting

We will be meeting in Seal Church Hall on Thursday April 25th at 7.30pm .
During this meeting, we will be making plans for the Village Fete and Dog Show, to be held on September 21st. We would also like to catch up with any of our volunteers that can make it on this evening.

Village Fete:-
Chris has already had a few stalls and stands booked, and the fairgrground rides are booked but please encourage as many people as you can to join us on this day, and bring any ideas with you on 25th April. Anybody out there that may want to volunteer for any stall holding or preparation for this event will be made very welcome on 25th, but if you cannot make the meeting, please e mail me and I will add your name and details to the list.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Know Your Neighbours drop ins

We will be holding 3 drop-in sessions of Know Your Neighbours in this coming week.
If you belong to any local organisation, please do bring along any literature on your group, so that we can promote and help to grow them with potential new members. There will be refreshments on offer at all the drop in sessions, and we would love to see you there.
The times and venues will be as follows:
Thursday February 21st 2.30 - 4pm in Seal Church Hall.
Thursday February 21st 7.30- 9pm in The Five Bells
Saturday February 23rd 10am - Midday in Seal Village Hall.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

What's planned for 2013?

Happy New Year to you all (though it probably doesn't seem quite so new anymore).

We will be holding 3 drop-in sessions of Know Your Neighbours in February. We have decided to make 3 sessions at different locations and differing times of day. Hopefully, we will be able to reach more people this way! It would be great to see as many of you as can come, and please encourage anybody that has not been along before.
If you belong to any local organisation, please do bring along any literature on your group, so that we can promote and help to grow them with potential new members.

The times and venues will be as follows:

Thursday February 21st 2.30 - 4pm in Seal Church Hall.
Thursday February 21st 7.30.- 9pm in The Five Bells
Saturday February 23rd 10am - Midday in Seal Village Hall.

At these Drop-in sessions, we will be putting our 2013 plans in place, but here are a few dates various organisations already have:-

Sat Feb 16th 7pm Seal Church Hall for 'Musical Bingo' Evening
Saturday 9th March - Seal Scouts fund-raising event - WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE INFO.
Saturday 27th April Seal Church Hall for Help For Heros Quiz Night
Sunday 30th June Seal Church Patronal Festival Strawberry Tea.
Sunday 25th August Village Picnic
Saturday September 21st Seal Village Fete
Saturday October 5th Seal Church Harvest Hog Roast
Friday December 5th Seal Church Hall for 'Christmas Chaos' - Make Your Own Christmas Decoration Evening.

Please help us to add to this list by giving your ideas, time and talents! As usual, we will be begging for help for all of these events, so if you want to commit yourselves now, you will be more than welcome to contact me!

We look forward to seeing as many of you at one or more of these Drop-Ins as possible. Anybody who can spare some time to meet and greet, please let me know!

Many Thanks,