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, 27 February 2019

March update from Know Your Neighbours

Hello Everybody,

I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful, if a little eerie, spring weather. I seem to remember that this time last year, we were battling down the hatches in preparation for ‘The Beast From The East’. This year, the garden centres are heaving with optimistic gardeners, all risking tasks, not usually considered until well into March. Don’t you just love the diversity of our fine, British weather?

So, possibly due to the brilliant weather, several groups have come up with some dates for events, so here we have the dates, venues and contact details for each:-

Seal Village Association AGM and Know Your Neighbours Have Your Say -
Seal Church Hall on Friday March 1st at 11am. This will take place during the Friday Group session and all are welcome! (Agenda and SVA accounts can be found here). Please note, the evening meeting mentioned last month, will now take place a little later in spring,hopefully, in the Five Bells. (More details to follow). The first of our 100 Club draws will also take place on Friday March 1st at 11am in the Church Hall.

Lavender Fields Spring Fair 
Thursday March 7
All are welcome to join the residents and friends of Lavender Fields between 10am and midday for their Spring Fair, where there will be cakes, Easter gifts, a raffle, tea, coffee etc.

St Peter and St Paul Church Seal Lent Lunch 
Sunday March 10th
Seal Church Hall - Midday to 2.30pm. Enjoy a simple lunch of homemade soups, bread and apple pudding for £5 per head. Proceeds to be shared between Christian Aid and the Church. All welcome.
For tickets, please email marionjgilchrist@gmail.com.

Seal’s First Community Lunch
Seal Church Hall at midday on Wednesday March 20th. This will be repeated every 3rd Wednesday of the month. A good, nutritious lunch for free? Indeed it is! Please contact Lise for more information 
Lise@michaelides.plus.com or 07570125115.

Seal History Group 
Monday April 1st 7.15 for 7.30 in Seal Village Hall
A talk on the history of Chartwell from a representative of The National Trust. For more information please contact the Chairman on 01732 762719 or Secretary on 01732 760013.

Seal Know Your Neighbours Pamper Evening - Thursday April 25th - Lavender Fields - 7-10pm.
A wide range of treatments will be available.  Tickets and bookings for treatments will be available from mid March.

Let’s Get Plastered - An evening of music with Dan Clews and his students, at St Peter and St Paul Church Seal - Friday May 10th. More details to follow next month.

Coach Trip to Broadstairs During Their Famous Folk Week - Friday August August 16th. Tickets remain at £12 per adult and £8 per child.

So, that is where we are so far this year. Please watch these updates for further information, and please remember, if you represent a local organisation, feel free to give me details of your events, to pass on to others.

Meanwhile, our regular events continue to thrive:-

Talking Village on Monday afternoons in Birch’s, Thursday mornings at Tiddlers , Friday mornings at Friday Group and Saturday mornings in Seal Library.  ( morning meetings from 10am and afternoons, 1.45-2.45).

Friday Group at the Church Hall every Friday from 10-12.

The Tea Set, Childrens Rhyme Time, Book Club and Childrens’ Craft Club in Seal Library. 

Various weekly yoga and Pilates classes in Seal Village Hall and Church Hall.

We still have numbers available for our Know Your Neighbours 100 Club.
PLEASE NOTE, IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED AN EMAIL ABOUT FEBRUARY’S PAYMENT, YOU ARE NOT SIGNED UP, THEREFORE, NOT IN THE DRAW. IF YOU WISH TO TAKE PART, PLEASE CONTACT ME ON marionjgilchrist@gmail.com. This month, we should have 30 numbers sold, which will mean £75 in prize money and £75 in the village fund. The draw will be made at Friday Group (which is open to all) on the first Friday of each month at 10.30am. The winners will be informed on the day of the draw, and their names and numbers will be published in the Local Advertiser and the KYN update, the following month. The proceeds from this will go toward projects to enhance the community of Seal in whatever ways you care to put forward for discussion.
In the past, SVA funds have been used for projects put forward by Seal Cubs and Beavers, Seal School, , Seal Church and Sevenoaks National Childbirth Trust. This year we still have some improvements to make to our Christmas lighting, plus we would like to improve on the family celebration which is booked for Saturday December 7th. If you have ideas for a summer event, and are able to help organise one, please bring your ideas to the KYN Have Your Say sessions, on Friday morning March 1, or at the evening event at The Five Bells (date to be confirmed)

We are close to having the Village Directory of organisations and activities, complete, so hopefully, we will be able to put out next month.

We look forward to seeing many of you at some of these events.
Very Best Wishes,


Saturday, 23 February 2019

A good start for Talking Village in the Library

We had a good morning at the second of our new Talking Village sessions at the Library, with a number of people joining us to chat over coffee and biscuits. Our Next Talking Village is on Monday in Birch's cafe. 

More details about Talking Village, which offers a variety of places and times through the week to chat, here http://www.sealpeterandpaul.com/tv.html

Come and join us!