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, 26 December 2018

Christmas Drop in Sat 29 Dec

Come and join us on Saturday for a coffee and natter in church, and a chance to see our Christmas Crib. This is a Talking Village initiative, open to everyone. It is also part of the Sevenoaks crib trail - so you may want to drop in on the way to see the others, or you can just stay with us for as long as you like. Details of all the churches and shops displaying cribs are here. 
http://www.ctsd.org.uk/…/2…/12/29/crib-trail-follow-the-star


Saturday, 17 November 2018

Update - Christmas is coming!


Hello Everybody,

Firstly, a huge 'Thank You' to all of those who supported the Pamper Evening in any way, last Thursday. It made around £400, which will be verified when David (SVA Treasurer) is back from his Indian hols. Along with the collection that the Friday Group has been making over the past few months, this will go towards paying for the batteries and a few new additions, to our Christmas lighting. The evening was very successful, and will certainly be repeated next year, as all therapists, stall holders and those 'pampered', have made it clear that they would llike to have more of the same. So... watch this space!

We have a reasonable group of able bodied young men, who have either volunteered, or been press ganged, into helping Annie and Sylv (our first volunteers as seen in September's Advertiser), to get the lights up in the High Street and on the green, home zones, etc. However, if you (and a ladder), are free on the morning of Saturday December 1st from 10am, you will be very welcome to join us and help.We are hoping to partake in some bacon sarnies when the work is done!

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Charlie of Charlie's Pilates, which takes place in the Village Hall on Tuesday mornings from 9.15 - 10.30. This is a great addition to the regular activities which take place in the village. To book your place, and pay, on a week by week basis, please visit her website, charliespilates.

We have an addition to the events for this month as well. The residents at Lavender Fields, our new care home on Seal Road (near the recreation ground), will be holding their first Christmas Fayre on ThuRsday November 22nd from 11am - 3pm. Thios is taking place in their cafe, and you will be able to purchase cards, gifts, toiletries, books, decorations and Sheila and Dot's Christmas crafts. Please do visit, support and get to see this wonderful facility for yourself! By the way, I am still compiling a list of potential volunteers to help out with various activities at Lavender Fields. If you are interested, please contact me.

Another addition, is that the Seal Cubs and Beavers Christmas Fair on December 1st, are asking if anybody would like to hold a stall for their own organisation at a cost of £10 per stall.They are also still looking for some extra help for their own stalls. If you can help with either, please contact Helen at Melonseal@yahoo.co.uk.

EVENTS TO THE END OF 2018:-

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22 - 11am - 3pm - LAVENDER FIELDS CHRISTMAS FAIR - ALL WELCOME.

SUNDAY Nov 25th 3-4.30pm - Seal Church Hall. Craft, worship, story and tea with a Christmas Theme for all ages. 

SATURDAY DECEMBER 1ST - SEAL VILLAGE HALL - 2PM - 5PM - SEAL CUBS AND BEAVERS CHRISTMAS FAIR.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 7TH - 7.30PM - SEAL CHURCH HALL - JOIN MAGGIE AND CHRIS TO MAKE YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS DOOR WREATH - EQUIPMENT AND WINE AND MINCE PIES INCLUDED £20 OR £30 FOR BOTH THIS EVENT AND CHRISTMAS DECS ON 14TH DECEMBER. PROCEEDS TO SEAL CHURCH. To book your place on this event or the event on December 14th, please contact Chris on 01732 763850 or Maggie on 01732 762840 or e mail me.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 8TH - SEAL VILLAGE HALL 5-6.30 - KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS  FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY - ALL WELCOME - BRING A SMALL PLATE OF PARTY FOOD TO SHARE. ACTIVITIES, SING ALONGS  AND FUN FOR ALL AGES.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 9TH - SEAL CHURCH 10AM - CHRISTINGLE SERVICE FOLLOWED BY
                                                                           11AM - MINI CHRISTMAS FAYRE.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 14TH - SEAL CHURCH HALL - 7.30 - MAKE YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS TABLE DECS - AS DEC 7TH.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 16TH - 6.30 - SEEAL CHURCH - CAROL SERVICE WITH NIBBLES AND MULLED WINE TO FOLLOW.

CHRISTMAS EVE - SEAL CHURCH - 4PM - CHRISTMAS CRIB SERVICE. 
                                                                    11.30pm MIDNIGHT MASS

CHRISTMAS DAY - SEAL CHURCH - 10 AM CHRISTMAS MORNING COMMUNION

Please contact me if you have anything already planned for 2019!
Best Wishes,

Marion.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

November update


Welcome to our November update for KYN!

Firstly, a couple of messages from Seal Parish Council.
There is currently a vacancy on the council, and elections will be coming up in May 2019. 
The PC have recently updated the Parish Plan, which can be found on their website, www.sealparishcouncil.org.uk under the heading of 'Responsibilities', or copies are available from the library or on the parish notice boards.
Please take a look and maybe join the PC to make a contribution to parish life.

Seal Talking Village is expanding!
Our Monday afternoon sessions in Birch's, are proving popular, and we have had some very interesting afternoons, with lots of laughter thrown in! We would like to thank Ashley and her team, for making us so very welcome.
We now have two other sessions each week, both in the Church Hall.
The first will be on Thursday mornings, as part of Seal Tiddlers , and on Friday mornings as the regular Friday Group, have also agreed to be part of this initiative. These are great opportunities to come along for a friendly chat during the week.Both between 10am and midday.
There are also plans to have Talking Tables, in the beautiful setting of Lavender Fields, Seal's new care home, for the whole community to join in with , and possibly, some Saturday mornings in the library. 
So - watch this space, and let's see the Talking Village grow in so many directions!
Talking Village has been attracting a wide range of people, including some who work from home, and perhaps, miss the human contact they would have in an office environment. 

If you have an hour or so to spare, to help host these sessions, particularly on Saturdays, please contact either myself, or Anne le Bas .

PAMPER EVENING - PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE IF YOU WANT TO BOOK SPECIFIC TREATMENTS!!


Diary of Events for the rest of 2018!

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8TH - 7-10PM SEAL PRIMARY SCHOOL - PAMPER AND PROSECCO EVENING.
please contact Jessica to book your tickets and treatments on 07801 187 029 or like the Facebook Page for more details of treatments available.

MONDAY NOVEMBER 12TH - SEAL VILLAGE HALL - 7.30PM - SEAL HISTORY GROUP - TALK ON THE OVERLOOKED TRIUMPH -VICTORY 1918.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 1ST - SEAL VILLAGE HALL - 2-5PM - SEAL BEAVERS AND CUBS CHRISTMAS FAIR - SANTA'S GROTTO, CAKES, TEA AND LOTS OF FESTIVE FUN.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 7TH - 7.30PM - SEAL CHURCH HALL - CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING WITH CHRIS AND MAGGIE IN AID OF SEAL CHURCH 
Book your tickets with Chris 01732 763850 Maggie 01732 762840 - £20 or £30 if attending both this event and decoration making on 14th.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 8TH- SEAL VILLAGE HALL- 5-6.30PM- KYN CHRISTMAS FAMILY PARTY 

SUNDAY DECEMBER 9TH - 10.30 - SEAL CHURCH - CHRISTINGLE SERVICE FOLLOWED BY  MINI CHRISTMAS FAIR-11AM - 1PM - CHRISTMAS GIFTS, DECORATIONS, CARDS,GAMES, ETC.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 14TH - SEAL CHURCH HALL - 7.30PM - MAKE YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS TABLE DECORATIONS WITH CHRIS AND MAGGIE (INFO AS ABOVE FOR WREATH MAKING)

SUNDAY DECEMBER 16TH - 6.30PM - SEAL CHURCH - CAROL SERVICE WITH WINE AND NIBBLES TO FOLLOW.

MONDAY DECEMBER 24TH - SEAL CHURCH - 4PM - CRIB SERVICE - COME EARLY TO THE MOST POPULAR FAMILY SERVICE OF THE YEAR!

That's all for now, but please remember to let me know of any events you have planned for 2019, so that we can plan our diaries!
Best Wishes,
Marion.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

"Talking Village" is expanding!

We are having a great time at Birch's on Monday afternoons, with lots of friendly conversation, so we thought we would include some other sessions in our "Talking Village" initiative. Seal Tiddlers are coming on board - a great place to drop in for a chat if you have small children, every Thursday morning in term time. The existing "Friday Group" which meets every Friday morning in the Church Hall has also decided to "rebrand" itself as a Talking Village session. A good group gathers already for this, often bringing crafts with them, or having a game of darts (other games available!). It is for anyone, and there's no charge, though donations are welcome to help cover the cost of refreshments and heating. 

We are hoping, too, to start a Saturday morning session - possibly in the Library - and a session in Lavender Fields care home too. If you would like to help by volunteering to host a session, please get in touch with Marion Gilchrist or Anne Le Bas. We need a large enough group of volunteers so that we can have two hosts at each session and no hosts need to commit themselves to more than one session a month. Could you spare time on Saturday mornings once a month, or some time during the week to help with a session at Lavender Fields (open to all in the community)? 

Talking Village has been attracting a wide range of people, including those who work from home and who perhaps miss the human contact that they had in an office. It's a great substitute for the water cooler! Do you know someone who works from home who might value a tea- or coffee- break with some company laid on? If so, why not let them know about Talking Village?

Feel free to print out or share the new poster below. 



Friday, 26 October 2018

Pamper and Prosecco evening - corrected phone number

If you've had trouble getting in touch with the organiser to book your tickets, it is probably because the phone number on the original poster was wrong. Here's the corrected poster!

Friday, 19 October 2018

Coming soon! Don't miss these community events.


Hello Everybody,
A little reminder to get your tickets for the following events!

SEAL SCHOOL FIREWORKS - THIS SUNDAY - GATES OPEN AT 4PM
Please don't forget to buy your tickets for Seal School Fireworks, in advance, to save money. This is always a brilliant evening with a great display of fireworks, in a safe setting. For more info see Seal CofE Primary School FB page. Advance tickets are £5 per adult, £2.50 per child or £15 per family. Available from Seal School PTA or Seal General Store. 
On the gate they will cost £6 per adult, £4 per child. Under 4's go free! 


SEAL KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS PAMPER AND PROSECCO EVENING - 7PM-10PM - SEAL PRIMARY SCHOOL
There is a lot of interest in the KYN Pamper and Prosecco Evening to be held on Thursday November 8th in Seal Primary School. Tickets are £8 to include a goody bag and glass of Prosecco or Bucks Fizz on arrival. Treatments include, massage, facials, Reiki, waxing, eyebrow and lash tints, nails, mini peds, Indian head masseage and reflexology from local therapists. Treatments from £10. For full price list see Facebook Pamper and Prosecco Evening Seal. To make sure you receive the treatments you would like, please purchase your tickets, and book your treatment through JESSICA on 0780 1187 029

Hopefully see many of you at these 2 community events.

Monday, 8 October 2018

October news from Know Your Neighbours


Hello All and Welcome to October's KYN Update.

Before we get on with the village news, we have had a note from Seal Parish Council, to let everybody know that GP surgeries are extending their hours. This is to  improve access for people who have struggled to take time away from work, school, etc. Please check your own surgery website, to see how access is improved for you.

As ever, the scarecrows (many of which are still with us), have put smiles on the faces of people as they pass through our village. We changed the system a little this year, by giving you the chance to vote for your own favourites. The votes were counted last night, at Seal Church's Harvest Supper, and the winner was Seal Beavers' Campers on Church Street Green. Many other votes were made, and no entry was passed by with no votes at all. However, the Beavers won by quite a way. Congratulations to them - a great entry!


Watch out for next year's festival, as there will more changes still. We are setting up a Facebook page with photos of all entries, and voting can take place on FB. For those who do not engage in social media, you will still be able to take the trail and vote as this year. Many thanks to those of you who got involved, and entered a scarecrow, and to those of you who voted.

Just a little aside, a few  scarecrows were vandalised ( though successfully operated on). and one  was actually kidnapped (crownapped??) and was found dumped in Childsbridge Lane. He was taken to safety to Seal School, but I'm not sure that we found the poor chap's creator in time for the judging. However, as always, the perpetrator of these acts, probably had less fun carrying out their attacks, than we did enjoying these creations. Whoever he or she is, is a very brave soul, or possibly never read Worzel Gummage!

The Harvest Supper and Quiz, was a great evening - excellent food, good quizzing, and lots of laughter! What more could you want on a rainy Saturday night in October. The event raised £362 for St Peter and St Paul Church Away Giving.

Our brand new care home, Lavender Fields, is now well and truly open, and the staff and residents are getting involved in our community. You will have noticed their beautiful scarecrow, STRICTLY KAREN (modeled on Karen ,the Manager of Lavender Fields allegedly). It would be great if some of you could join the small team of volunteers, already visiting, or planning to visit, the residents in this beautiful home. Of course, DBS checks will be essential, but the staff at Lavender Fields will organise this for you. If you are interested, either give them a call, or e mail me.

Don't forget our regular "Talking Village" drop in sessions on Monday afternoon at Birch's cafe. 1.45-3pm, and Friday Group every Friday morning in the church hall from 10-12 noon.


NOW, OUR DIARY OF EVENTS FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS (JUST SO YOU SAVE DATES)!

SUNDAY OCTOBER 21ST - SEAL SCHOOL FIREWORK  DISPLAY - SEAL SCHOOL FIELD - GATES OPEN AT 4PM - ADVANCED TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM SEAL SCHOOL  PTA OR SEAL GENERAL STORE. 
Advance tickets Adults £5 Children £2.50 or Family £15 
Tickets on the gate Adults £6 Children £4
Under 4's enter free.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8TH - KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS - AT SEAL SCHOOL - PAMPER AND PROSECCO EVENING - 7PM-10PM. Another first for Seal!  Tickets £8 to include a glass of Prosecco on entry and a take home goody bag. A variety of treatments available at approximately £10 per treatment - reflexology, facials, Reiki, Indian Head Massage, Shoulder, neck and back massage, mini manicures, pedicures etc. Book your tickets and treatment with Jessica Stupple 07801 187 029 or like the Facebook Page - Pamper and Prosecco Evening Seal. The proceeds from this event will go to Seal Village Association, which will be financially supporting our Christmas lights this year.

Sunday November 4th - 6.30pm - ALL SOULS SERVICE at St Peter and St Paul's Church. A gentle service commemorating those we love who have died. 

Sunday November 11th - REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
9 am - Short act of Remembrance at Godden Green War Memorial
10 am - Remembrance Service at St Peter and St Paul's Church, finishing with 2 minutes silence at the War Memorial in the churchyard.
6.30 pm Short service to mark the anniversary of the end of WW1, followed by the ringing of the church bells. 

Monday November 12th - 7.30pm - Seal Village Hall - History Group - Talk on The Overlooked Triumph - Victory 1918.

Saturday December 1st - Seal Village Hall - Seal Cubs and Beavers Christmas Fair - More details to follow.

Friday December 7th - 7.30 Church Hall - Make Your Own Christmas Door Wreath - A Seal Church Event.

Saturday 8th December - Know Your Neighbours Family Christmas Party - Village Hall 5pm - 7pm.

Sunday December 9th - 10am St Peter and St Paul Church Christingle Service followed at
11am - Mini Christmas Fair. - Christmas gifts, Christmas decorations, games, cards, etc.

Friday December 14th - 7.30 - Church Hall - Make Your Own Table Decorations - A Seal Church Event.

Sunday December 16th - 6.30pm - St Peter and St Paul Church Seal - Carol Service, followed by wine and nibbles

CHRISTMAS EVE 
4pm Crib Service at St Peter and St Paul, Seal
11.30pm  Midnight Mass at St Peter and St Paul, Seal

CHRISTMAS DAY
10am Christmas Day Communion at St Peter and St Paul, Seal. An informal service, 
           with a story in place of a sermon


Well - that appears to be it so far, for 2018. Please let me know what you are planning for 2019, so that we can help you to spread the word.

Marion

Friday, 28 September 2018

Scarecrow voting and Harvest Supper and Quiz


Just a timely reminder! If you want to have your scarecrow judged for the competition, please have it out by Thursday of next week, and have your entry forms in so that we can add your address to the trail map for people to view and vote. Also, remember to vote for your favourites this year! The judge, Judy Cator, who is sitting outside Seal General Store, will have a basket on her lap from Thursday, to collect your votes and they will be counted on Saturday 6th, so only 3 days! The voting forms will be in your next Advertiser, or can be collected from Judy, herself, between Thursday and Saturday.

We are also needing people to book their tickets for the Harvest Supper and Quiz please, as we have limited numbers this year, and some people are thinking they can just turn up on the night!  You can book by e mailing me at this address.

That's all for now!
Have a great weekend!
Marion.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Afternoon Musical Soiree at Seal Church

Everyone's welcome to help us celebrate Philip's birthday (Philip runs Seal Church Choir) with a musical soiree. Let us know if you are coming, so we can make sure we have enough cake. Free - with a retiring collection in aid of church funds.

September update and report

It's been a busy summer. The Village Allotments  made a total of £1216 for the charity at their open day in July. An amazing achievement, and a great afternoon. Well done SVA.

The coach trip to Broadstairs was a massive success, with ages from 4 - 90, enjoying a great fun day at the beach and enjoying random 
music from the Folk Week participants. The coach cost £550 including a tip for the driver, so we had £25 excess, which was also added to the Village Association pot. Apologies to those families unable to book seats this year. The coach sold out very quickly, but not sufficient for more than one!

30 people came and enjoyed David Williams' History Walks around Seal, and once again, comments about 'thinking you know where you've lived for so long, and still learning about it' were rife! And we made another £150 for Seal Village Association. This is the group that holds the finances made by local fund raisers, to help finance village projects.
Seal Talking Village kicks off on Monday September 10th in Birch's from 1.45pm - 2.45pm. We will have a Talking Table set in the cafe every Monday for the time being, until we see where we need to take it further. We welcome all to come along and join the Talking Table, where there will be 2 Hosts each week, waiting for you to get yourself a drink, and join them for a chat. Apparently, Costa are now doing something similar, but we all know that the Seal chats will be far superior!😘 Thank you Ashley for supporting this project.


Now to September/October Activities

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 - AFTERNOON MUSICAL SOIREE
Philip Le Bas, Seal Church's choirmaster, is celebrating a significant birthday this year, by putting on a concert with some of his friends in aid of church funds on Saturday Sept 22 at 4pm. It will include a variety of chamber music (for small ensembles of wind instruments) including Faure’s Dolly Suite, Gabriel’s Oboe and Poulenc’s trio for oboe, bassoon and piano. The concert will be free, with a retiring collection. It will last about an hour and will be followed by tea and wine. Please let ajlebas@gmail.com know if you are coming, so we know how much cake to make!

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND - SEAL SCARECROW FESTIVAL BEGINS - SCARECROWS TO BE SHOWN FROM TODAY! Please complete the form from Your Local Advertiser, and take with your £5 entry fee, to Highland Printers. If there is nobody there, please leave in the post box. This year, you will have the opportunity to vote for your favourite entries. Outside Seal General Stores from October 4th to October 6th, there will be a female (of sorts), sitting with a closed box on her lap. Her name is' Judy Cator', and is happy to take your voting slip, which will be hanging from her somewhere!  A map showing all the scarecrows displayed, will be in the shop windows.The votes will be counted at the Harvest Supper and the winner will be announced there. on October 6th. Proceeds from the scarecrows to St Peter and St Paul Church.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD SEAL CHURCH HALL - 3 - 4.30pm - MESSY CHURCH. A warm welcome to all ages, with fun activities, singing and a little bit of worship. Free, no need to book - just turn up.

MONDAY OCTOBER 1ST - STAG COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE SEVENOAKS - 10AM-1.30PM - OLDER PEOPLE CAN - AN INVITATION. An opportunity to explore activities and services available for older members of our community. Luci Napleton and some of her 'Dancing For Fun' team will be there, so please try and support them.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 6TH - 7PM - SEAL CHURCH HALL - HARVEST SUPPER AND QUIZ. £7.50 ADULTS AND £5 CHILDREN. TO INCLUDE A COOKED 2 COURSE MEAL SERVED AT 7.15PM. BYO DRINKS AND GLASSES. 

We look forward to seeing many of you at these events. Enjoy the community you live in! The more you take part, the more you get back!

Best Wishes,
Marion (on behalf of Know Your Neighbours Seal).

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Talking Village starts tomorrow!

If you’re free tomorrow, between 1.45 and 3pm, please pop into Birch's café in Seal High Street, for the first session of our Talking Village initiative. 

Everyone is welcome – just come along between 1.45 and 3pm, buy yourself a drink and sit and chat with us -  we will have a signposted table, and a couple of volunteers each Monday afternoon to act as hosts. 
You don’t have to talk about anything in particular. There’s no agenda – just a chance to be with others. 

We are hoping to start another session soon, possibly in the Library, and of course Friday Group is another place where you can drop in for coffee and chat from 10-12 noon, so you can always join us there too. We hope that this scheme will expand to include other times, venues and activities as soon as we have enough volunteers. 

Thursday, 5 July 2018

July news and events in Seal

Welcome to your July update for KYN!

Firstly, to report on a fantastic achievement for Seal community! On Sunday 1st July, we welcomed our very first Seal Garden Safari. This was organised by Frances Fish, who managed to persuade 9 people to have their gardens open to us for the afternoon. 

 Of course, we were totally blessed with good weather, but what an amazing project. The gardens were so diverse, inspiring, and many new relationships were forged. And on top of all that - £1,500 was raised for The Kenward Trust. 

Kenward is a fantastic local charity, based in Yalding, and provides re-habilitation for alcohol addiction and substance misuse.If you have the chance to visit the centre in Yalding, please do, and see for yourself, the fantastic work they do!
 Congratulations to Frances and a huge thank you to those of you who have been slogging in your gardens for the past weeks, to get them pristine for us to trample all over them!

This of course was followed by the Strawberry Tea in the vicarage garden, in aid of St Peter and St Paul Church. This is always a popular annual event, but this year, a record 100+ teas were served, making a total of £600 profit.Sorry Anne and Philip Le Bas - more garden trampling!

The two events were linked by a very interesting exhibition of 'Seal Then and Now', in the church, and put together and manned by our own, local historian, David Williams. It was so interesting to see our own properties as they were back in the day!(You will see David features several times in this update)! He is conducting a historic walk around the village from 11.30 - 1pm on Sunday August 12th.He is also the speaker at Seal History Group in September.

The Talking Village:-

How often have you just fancied a chat, but everybody seems to be in a group already?
Wouldn't it be good to know there were times and places where you could be sure of finding people who also just fancied a chat, and were looking forward to meeting new people?
We are planning to move this idea forward very soon.
Please e mail Marion or Anne to learn more. marionjgilchrist@gmail.com or priest@sealpeterandpaul.com . There is a leaflet to download here which gives more details. 

Trip to Broadstairs Friday August 17th:-

This trip is almost fully booked. Money to be paid by July 20th please. Contact marionjgilchrist@gmail.com for more info.

Seal Rocks:-

We still hope to get this project off the ground for this summer. Please contact me if you would like to get involved in the set-up.

We have started to make plans for this year's 'LIGHT UP SEAL FOR CHRISTMAS'. We are in need of MANY people to come forward to offer help with fund raising, sorting the lights we already have, and getting them up and taken down in December and January. PLEASE - come forward with your ideas and offers of help and support, as we cannot manage this without you!

World Mental Health Day is always held on October 10th. There is a move to organise as many local events to support this as possible. DO WE WANT TO DO ANYTHING AS A COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT THIS? Please contact me with your ideas if you do and we will try to help facilitate something.

Sevenoaks District Council are arranging guided bike rides around Knole Park, to encourage new cyclists, and those who may not have ridden for a while. Please see information at communities@sevenoaks.gov.uk
The events are arranged for 10.30 am on Sunday July 22nd, August 12th, September 2nd and September 16th.

Top Tips For Saving Water During The Heatwave:-
Please see Seal Parish Council's Website for information.

Seal Football Team are looking for over 16's to play for them. Please contact Mike Deamer on 07801240927, or turn up for the first training session of the year, on Thursday 10th Julky at 7pm.

Details of the rest of the years planned events are below. 

SUNDAY 15TH JULY - 3PM-4.30PM - SEAL CHURCH HALL - MESSY CHURCH. CRAFTS, ACTIVITIES, WORSHIP AND TEA FOR ALL AGES.

FRIDAY JULY 20TH - ALL MONEY TO MARION FOR BROADSTAIRS TRIP.

SATURDAY 21ST JULY MIDDAY TO 4PM - SEAL VILLAGE ALLOTMENTS OPEN DAY WITH HOSPICE IN THE WEALD.- Entrance by donation - stalls, refreshments, cakes, sweets, crafts,nearly new stall, veg, plants and honey from Mrs Bee. Seal Allotments, Childsbridge Lane Seal.

THURSDAY AUGUST 2ND - FAMILY FUN DAY - 10AM-2PM SEAL RECREATION GROUND. GAMES AND ORGANISED FUN PROVIDED BY IMAGO AND SEVENOAKS DISTRICT COUNCIL. TURN UP FOR FREE ON THE DAY,

SUNDAY AUGUST 12TH - HISTORIC WALK AROUND SEAL VILLAGE WITH DAVID WILLIAMS.11.30-1PM. MEET AT SEAL CHURCH LYCHGATE. BOOK WITH ME - marionjgilchrist@gmail.com or 01732 763727.

FRIDAY AUGUST 17TH - COACH TRIP TO BROADSTAIRS - 9.30 - 5.30 FROM SEAL CHURCH LYCHGATE - £12 PER ADULT £7 PER CHILD (NOT £8 AND £5 AS IN ADVERTISER - SORRY). ALMOST SOLD OUT! Book with marionjgilchrist@gmail.com.

Enjoy your summer, but please remember, we need you, your ideas and your support, to make these projects work! We look forward to meeting many of you at these events, and hearing from you in the near future!


FURTHER EVENTS


Sunday August 19th – Alternative date for guided historical walk with David Williams, should weather not allow on 12th.

September
Mon Sept 3rd – Seal Village Hall 7.15 for 7.30 start – Seal History Group AGM, followed by An Illustrated History of Seal by David Williams.
Sat 8th September – 1pm – Seal Village Allotments BBQ.See their website for further details.

Sat 22nd Sept – Sat Oct 6th – Seal Scarecrow Festival.

October
Sat. October 6th – Seal Harvest Supper and Quiz– Seal Church Hall – book via marionjgilchrist@gmail.com

November
Monday 12th November – 7.15 for 7.30 start – Seal History Group – Talk on  The Overlooked Triumph – Victory 1918.

December
Saturday December 8th – pm Family Christmas Party in Village Hall and  Turning on of village lights 





Friday, 1 June 2018

Events in Seal - June 2018 onwards


JUNE
Mon June 4th – 7.15 for 7.30 start – Seal Village Hall – Seal History Group – a talk on Ightham Mote – History and Restoration – by Mrs Pat Mortlock.
Sat June 9th – 10am – 2pm –  17 Zambra Way, -Garden Coffee Morning, light lunches, and Bring and Buy, in aid of St Peter and St Paul Church Seal.

JULY
Sun July 1st 1pm – 4pm Seal Garden Safari for charity – details to follow shortly.
ENJOY TOGETHER WITH
Sun July 1st 4pm – 6pm – Vicarage Garden – Strawberry Tea in aid of St Peter and St Paul Church.
Sat July 21st – Midday to 4pm - Seal Village Allotments – Open Day with Hospice in the Weald. Entrance by donation – Stalls, refreshments, cakes, sweets, crafts, nearly new stalls, veg, plants and honey from Mrs Bee.

AUGUST
Thursday Aug 2nd 10am -2pm – Seal Recreation Ground – Family Fun Day – Turn up on the day.
Fri August 17th – Coach Trip to Broadstairs for last day of Broadstairs Folk Week. (Email Marion for booking) Email me for booking details.

SEPTEMBER
Mon Sept 3rd – Seal Village Hall 7.15 for 7.30 start – Seal History Group AGM, followed by An Illustrated History of Seal by David Williams.
Sat 8th September – 1pm – Seal Village Allotments BBQ.
Sat 22nd Sept – Sat Oct 6th – Seal Scarecrow Festival.

OCTOBER
Sat. October 6th – Seal Harvest Supper and Quiz– Seal CEP School Zambra Way.

NOVEMBER
Monday 12th November – 7.15 for 7.30 start – Seal History Group – Talk on  The Overlooked Triumph – Victory 1918.

DECEMBER
Saturday December 8th – pm Family Christmas Party in Village Hall and Turning on of village lights


Monday, 30 April 2018

Roundup of events in Seal 2018


I am sure there will be other events to add to this list as we go along, but here are some dates for your diary.

PLANNED EVENTS FOR SEAL IN 2018 SO FAR.
May:-
Thursday May 3rd 7.30pm – Seal Pavilion – Parish Annual Assembly – Short meeting followed by community awards and time to chat over refreshments.
Sat May 12th – Seal History Group – Guided Tour around the historic Kent village of Charing. £2 for members and £4 for non members. Please contact Mike or Brian with your name, number in party and whether you have transport, or will need a lift.01732 762719.
Sat May 12th 12 noon – 3pm – Seal CofE Primary School, Zambra Way – School May Fair.
Sat May 19th – St Peter and St Paul Church – Folking For the Roof  Dan Clews Concert, and introducing some of Dan’s students  - Proceeds to Seal Church roof.
Sun May 20th – 12.30pm Seal Recreation Ground – Parish Family Picnic – Just bring your own picnic and join the family games on the recreation ground THEN
Follow this with
A Visit to Seal Village Allotments in Childsbridge Lane from 1pm – 4pm, for their plant sale, refreshments, and a Family Fun Trail around the allotments.

June
Friday June 1st – KYN Coach Trip – Family friendly- Choice of destination trip to Hythe or Dymchurch. Email Marion Gilchrist for booking details.
Mon June 4th – 7.15 for 7.30 start – Seal Village Hall – Seal History Group – a talk on Ightham Mote – History and Restoration – by Mrs Pat Mortlock.
Sat June 9th – 10am – Midday –  17 Zambra Way, -Garden Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy, in aid of St Peter and St Paul Church Seal.

July
Sun July 1st 1pm – 4pm Seal Garden Safari for charity – details to follow shortly.
ENJOY TOGETHER WITH
Sun July 1st 4pm – 6pm – Vicarage Garden – Strawberry Tea in aid of St Peter and St Paul Church.
Sat July 21st – Midday to 4pm - Seal Village Allotments – Open Day with Hospice in the Weald. Entrance by donation – Stalls, refreshments, cakes, sweets, crafts, nearly new stalls, veg, plants and honey from Mrs Bee.

August
Thursday Aug 2nd 10am -2pm – Seal Recreation Ground – Family Fun Day – Turn up on the day.
Fri August 17th – Coach Trip to Broadstairs for last day of Broadstairs Folk Week. (Email me for booking) Email Marion for booking details.
September
Mon Sept 3rd – Seal Village Hall 7.15 for 7.30 start – Seal History Group AGM, followed by An Illustrated History of Seal by David Williams.
Sat 8th September – 1pm – Seal Village Allotments BBQ.
Sat 22nd Sept – Sat Oct 6th – Seal Scarecrow Festival.

October
Sat. October 6th – Seal Harvest Supper and Quiz– Seal CEP School Zambra Way.
November
Monday 12th November – 7.15 for 7.30 start – Seal History Group – Talk on  The Overlooked Triumph – Victory 1918.

December
Turning on of village lights and family Christmas party.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Mid April update


A quick mid- month update, as two events have been confirmed, that will be popular, and places need to be booked early!

FOLKING FOR THE ROOF!

Firstly, well known singer songwriter, Dan Clews is putting on an event at St Peter and St Paul Church, Seal, on Saturday May 19th at 7.30.This will be an evening of folk and blues, showcasing Dan's young musicians, under the 'WE TEACH' label.Combining with other bands, the show will include Dan, performing some of his latest songs.
Dan is kindly doing this to help raise funds for our church, particularly the current round of roof renovations, among the other, never ending repairs!
There will be a licensed bar and snacks available.
For further information, please contact Martin on 07977 487277 or e mailing info@stonepitts.com

TRIP TO HYTHE AND DYMCHURCH

On Friday, June 1st, (the last day of spring half term holiday for most), we have a coach booked for another dual destination trip to Hythe and Dymchurch. The coach will pick up at Seal Church at 9.30am and be back by 5pm. You have the option of being dropped at Hythe or Dymchurch, and in the past, some people have  then taken the miniature railway to the other destination and collect the coach from the other end. As long as you tell us on the day, where you would like to be collected, you won't get lost or left behind in Shepway! 
This is a combined Know Your Neighbours and Seal Church event, so the tickets will go quickly. At the moment, the cost stands at £8 per adult and £5 for children. This is the maximum cost, but we have a deal being made, and may even get the costs down further. To book your places, please contact me on 07909 905975 or e mail :-

Next, I have to apologise for the error in last month's update! If you are interested in helping with our Seal Speedwatch, please contact sealparishc@btconnect.com rather than the email address I provided before (which is many years out of date)!

Please . also, remember to contact either  Frances, by emailing  frances88@hotmail.co.uk  or myself as above, if you are willing to open your garden for Seal's 1st Garden Safari on Sunday July 1st. (or, of course, if you'd like to suggest somebody else with a great garden.They do not have to be large gardens. In fact, people love to be inspired by seeing small spaces turned into something special!
We are also still asking people to vote on their favourite charity, to benefit from this event. The local charities that have been put forward are:-

Eleanor Foundation - A charity providing hospice facilities for children

Porchlight - A well known local homeless charity, providing many support services 

Kenward Trust.- A local service working with alcohol and substance misuse .

Please e mail me with your preference by the end of May.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT OTHER EVENTS TAKING PLACE THIS MONTH! FULL DETAILS ON ATTACHED SHEET!

FUN FAMILY BINGO - SEAL CHURCH HALL 7PM FRIDAY APRIL 20TH
THURSDAY MAY 3RD - SEAL PAVILION 7.30PM - PARISH ANNUAL ASSEMBLY
SATURDAY MAY 12TH - SEAL SCHOOL - MAY FAIR.
SUNDAY MAY 20TH - SEAL RECREATION GROUND 12.30 - PARISH PICNIC
SUNDAY MAY 20TH - SEAL VILLAGE ALLOTMENTS - PLANT SALE AND FAMILY TRAIL.

HOPE TO SEE MANY OF YOU AT SOME OF THESE EVENTS,

Marion.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Coming soon in Seal

March 30 - Good Friday
Messy Church at Seal Church  10-11.30am Crafts, activities, worship and a hot cross bun for all ages.
For details of other services in Holy Week, see the Church website here. www.sealpeterandpaul.com
 
April
Mon April 9th – 7.15 for 7.30 start – Seal Village Hall TN15 0AL – (entrance in Zion Street) – a talk on The Wealden Iron History by Jeremy Hodgkinson.

Fri April 20th – 7pm – Seal Church Hall – Family Fun Bingo.- £6 per adult and £3 per child to include Ploughmans’ Supper. BYO drinks and glasses.

Fri April 27th – Seal Village Allotments – Behind the Scenes Tour Around Coolings Garden Centre followed by cream tea – 2pm in front of Arthur’s Restaurant (inside Coolings). £6.50 per head. Please book with Zoreen by e mailing sealvillageallotments@gmail.com


May
Sat May 12th – Seal History Group – Guided Tour around the historic Kent village of Charing. £2 for members and £4 for non members.Please contact Mike or Brian with your name, number in party and whether you have transport, or will need a lift.01732 762719.

Sun May 20th – 12.30pm Seal Recreation Ground – Parish Family Picnic – Just bring your own picnic and join the family games on the recreation ground THEN
Follow this with
A Visit to Seal Village Allotments in Childsbridge Lane from 1pm – 4pm, for their plant sale, refreshments, and a Family Fun Trail around the allotments.

June
Friday June 1st – KYN Coach Trip – Family friendly Venue to be agreed.
Mon June 4th – 7.15 for 7.30 start – Seal Village Hall – Seal History Group – a talk on Ightham Mote – History and Restoration – by Mrs Pat Mortlock.
 

Thursday, 22 February 2018

February update - what's on in Seal


We would like to invite you all to our first KYN meeting for 2018.
We have three sessions booked:-

Friday February 23rd at 10.30am - 12 Seal Church Hall
Friday February 23rd 7.30pm- 9pm  - Seal Church Hall 
Saturday February 24th 10am- 11.30 - Seal Village Hall

Refreshments will be available at all three sessions.

The idea is that as many people in the community as possible, can get to one of these sessions. We are hoping that the local organisations will be able to send some representation, and information about themselves, so that we can all see what is going on in our village. These are open to anybody who lives, works, or plays (in any capacity) in Seal. Not only do we get to meet new friends (and old), but also have the opportunity to put our own ideas forward, for activities we would like to see happening in our community. We know there are loads of you out there with all kinds of skills, talents and innovative ideas, so please bring them with you, and let us see your ideas take shape! The session on Friday 23rd at 10am, will also hold the AGM of Seal Village Association. There is a vacancy on this group, for Secretary. (Not arduous - look out for further details from SVA).

At the end of this update, you will find some info regarding SVA, so please take a look.

Now, on to the events already planned. (Hopefully, there will be more to add as the year goes forward)!


Friday Feb 23rd and Sat Feb 24th Know Your Neighbours Meetings as above.

Sunday March 11th 10am  - St Peter and St Paul Church Seal - Mothering Sunday service and cake stall.

Saturday April 20th 7pm - Seal Church Hall - Fun Bingo Night. Ploughmans included in price of £6 adults and £3 children - BYO drinks and glasses.

Saturday May 12th - Seal History Group - Guided Trip around the historic village of Charing. £2 for members and £4 for non members. Please contact Brian or Mike with your name, number in your party, tel no, and whether you have your own transport. (Also if you could offer a lift to others).

May - ABBA NIGHT - watch this space!

May 20th - Seal Recreation Ground - Parish Picnic - 12.30 - 3pm.BYO picnic and drinks and join the fun!

Friday June 1st - Trip to Howletts Zoo - contact Marion for more info.

Saturday June 9th - 10am - midday - Coffee Morning and Garden Party in Zambra Way.

Sunday July 1st - Seal Vicarage - 4pm - 6pm. Strawberry Tea in celebration of the Patronal Festival.

Friday August 17th - Coach Trip to Broadstairs Folk Week. Some pics from last year's trip below - the rain soon cleared, and we had a lovely day!





Meanwhile, just a report on past events:-

Waitrose donated £260 to Seal Over 60's through their community awards. Thank you for your support.

The Childrens' Choir in Seal Church goes from strength to strength and many children are having lots of fun. Please bring your singing children along on Wednesday evenings to see if they will enjoy this too. 5pm - 5.30pm Seal Church Hall (term-time only).

Dance For Fun continues in Seal Village Hall on Tuesday mornings from 10.30 to 11.30. £3 per session. 
Call Luci on 07748 008 431 for more information.

Seal Village Association - This is a group which was set up  in the 90's, as Seal Charter Fayre Committee, to celebrate the new millenium, when we held a full village event, It changed its name to the more appropriate, present one in 2010. The SVA has supported a number of village events organised by Know Your Neighbours over those years. These include, Sealfests, Street Parties, Big Lunches and several village fetes. The SVA was the recipient of excess funds from the sale of SEAL - THE HISTORY OF THE PARISH, published in 2007, and the events mentioned above. It has distributed most of these funds to different parish organisations, but retains a float of about £1,000 to meet set-up costs of any future village events. There is a small committee comprising Chair - Barbara Martin, Secretary, Peter Mountfield and Treasurer, David Williams. Peter, having moved from the village, is retiring, and a replacement is needed. The duties are very light, setting the agenda for meetings, taking minutes, and occasionally signing cheques. SVA would also welcome further committee members, whose required contribution, would be no more than a little time and some ideas.

Finally, two announcements from Sevenoaks District Council via Seal Parish Council:-

1 - Sevenoaks District Council are undertaking a survey of housing needs for local employees. If you are interested in local housing, please complete the survey, to be found at https://surveymonkey.co.ok/localemployeesurvey. This is particularly aimed at those working in the district, and how lack of affordable housing affects them.
The results of this survey will be fed into the Local Plan and future SDC housing policies, so make sure you have your say. 

2 - Sun May 13th - Knole Park Sevenoaks - Run/Walk/Push Against Dementia' event.There are 3, 5  and 10k courses, so something for most to tackle. For further information, please visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/run/walk/push, or call Sevenoaks Communities at SDC on 01732 227000.

Quite a lot to look forward to already, but more to come I am sure!