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.

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!

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

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.


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.