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, 2 June 2014

Seal Fest and Big Lunch

It was a wonderful afternoon. The sun shone, the people came, and the atmosphere was great.

Relaxing in the sunshine

Loads of people came!

We ran a marathon Messy Church session lasting six hours... We made kites, bunting and a giant community banner - see the end of the post for a glimpse of the finished article. Many thanks to all the team who helped out, and cheerfully kept going throughout. It was much appreciated by children and adults, many of whom were surprised to learn that, no, there was no charge for any of this - we were just doing it for love. It was a lovely experience, and one day I might even manage to wash all the glitter off my clothes and person...

Future chess grand masters ?

There were teas, cakes and cheerful waitresses...
It's well known, of course, that cakes consumed at community events are entirely free of calories, and can be enjoyed without any effect on the waistline... That's my story, anyway!
There was music of all sorts - this is Cabin Fever. I didn't get away from the Messy Church tent enough to take any photos of the musicians, so thanks to Jennifer Kent and Anna Linley for these.
Rampant Rooster Morris dancers

A lot of the work of organising the music was done by a tireless group of teenagers and Harriet Linley did wonderful job of compering the afternoon's events. 

The finished banner - everyone lent a hand to make this event such a success! 
It's now hanging at the back of the church, if you'd like to pop in and take a closer look. We are open every day between about 9.30 and 5 pm.

There was a professional photographer taking pictures at the event, and he's captured some lovely moments. The link to his online album, where you can buy copies of his pictures is here http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/harperphotography/albums. Scroll down the page - Sealfest is at the bottom.