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.

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,