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, 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!