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, 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!

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! 

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.


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

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

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.