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, 4 October 2019

October update

Welcome to the October newsletter for KYN in Seal.

We held our October 100 Club Draw this morning at the Friday Group in the Church Hall. Despite two new people joining our project this month, we had two non-payments of regulars, therefore, the figure remains the same as September. Hopefully, we will get on top of this for November, and have a little more in the kitty. Should you wish to join this 100 Club, please email me for details.
The outcome of today is:-
1st prize of £90 was no   33 Audrey Dean 
2nd prize of £45 was no 26 Laurence Bain
This leaves £135 in the SVF again this month, which continues to add to the ascending funds for community projects, including the Christmas lighting and family Christmas party, which was one of the reasons the 100 club was originally set up. I would like to take this opportunity to thank 2 of our local residents who have generously made donations over the past recent weeks, towards this year's lighting - one of £50, and another has donated their 100 club winnings of £90. We will be discussing plans for this year's Christmas lighting  at our meeting in The Five Bells next Wednesday evening. Please join us - everybody who works, lives or plays in Seal, is considered part of Know Your Neighbours, so you are all welcome to come along and have your say. Just buy your own drinks from the bar, and partake of some light snacks we which will be provided . This is your opportunity to put forward ideas for village activities and discus how village fund is spent.

Chris Tavare is looking for volunteers to join the Seal Speedwatch Group. This is a very important project, so please contact Chris by email christavspc@btinternet.com

There are just a few tickets left for the Scarecrow Safari and Harvest Lunch on Sunday, so if you are intending to come along, please email me as soon as possible. For those who wish to follow the safari, but are not able to attend the lunch, please come to the church lychgate at 11.30 this Sunday, and for a small donation, you will be given a map and childrens' trail to follow.

Please remember that our Talking Village initiative takes place 4 times every week -
Monday 1.45-2.45pm in Birch's
Thursday - 10am - midday at Tiddlers in the Church Hall
Friday - 10am- midday at Friday Group in the Church Hall
Saturday - 10-11am in the library.
You are all welcome to join our Talking Village Hosts for a chat and a cup of tea or coffee.

Also a reminder that our Church Hall is available for hire - call Maggie on 07517 234557
and our Village Hall is available by calling Gerry on 01959 522545.
These two halls provide great facilities in this village, and we need to support them both to keep them from falling into disrepair, and worse - losing them altogether.

We have our KYN Pamper Evening booked for Thursday 24th October, at Lavender Fields . This year we are starting early - 3.30pm and will finish at 9pm. We listened to what you told us last time - most people didn't want such late appointments, so hopefully, those that can, will fill the earlier slots, leaving the later ones for those of you coming after work, or putting children to bed, etc. Please book your tickets and appointments early, to avoid disappointment. Last time, many left their bookings to the last minute, and were unable to get the treatments they wanted. We are also looking for more volunteers for this event please, as we are a few regulars down, and the event is somewhat longer. Don't be shy - get in touch, and get involved. Of course, this will give you free entry, but any treatments will still be payable to the therapist.


SUNDAY OCTOBER 6TH - SCARECROW SAFARI AND HARVEST LUNCH ORGANISED BY ST PETER AND ST PAUL CHURCH SEAL - The Harvest Service will start in Church at 10am as usual, then at 11.30, meet at the lychgate to collect your maps and trail sheets. Lunch is then served for ticket holders, in the Church Hall at 1pm.
Tickets available from Marion 07909 905975.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 12TH - SEAL VILLAGE HALL - 2.30 -  SEAL OVER 60'S GROUP Invite you all to a talk from Emma Toomey, about her life as
A mounted police officer. £3.50 to include a full tea. To book, call Chris on 01732 763585.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16TH - COMMUNITY LUNCH IN CHURCH HALL - ALL WELCOME. Contact Lise for more details 07570 125115

THURSDAY OCTOBER 24TH - LAVENDER FIELDS  3.30PM-9PM- SEAL KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS PAMPER EVENING - non-residents £8 entry and treatments paid to individual therapists on the night. See our Facebook page for more details of treatments available and prices.

SEAL HISTORY GROUP - MONDAY NOVEMBER 4TH - 7.30PM SEAL VILLAGE HALL - a talk by Dave Martin on the history and life of Seal retained fire station.

LAVENDER FIELDS CHRISTMAS FAIR - THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14TH - 11AM-2PM . Volunteers needed to help please. Contact Marion at marionjgilchrist@gmail.com

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29TH - SEALCHURCH HALL - 7.30PM - WREATH MAKING with Chris and Maggie in aid of St Peter and St Paul church. Call Chris for more information -   01732 763580 - £20 or £30 if attending decoration event on Dec 6th as well.

SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER - volunteers needed to put up Christmas lights in the high street please - contact Marion.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30TH - SEAL VILLAGE HALL - 9TH SEAL SCOUT GROUP CHRISTMAS FAIR - Seal village hall 2pm-5pm. Volunteers needed please.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 6TH 7.30 - SEAL CHURCH HALL - CHRISTMAS DECORATION MAKING with Chris and Maggie in aid of st peter and st paul church - details as 30th November.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 7TH - SEAL VILLAGE HALL - 2.30PM-5PM - FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY AND TURNING ON OF LIGHTS. Free party with Rob Pound - first class children’s' (and adult) entertainer. All welcome.

That would seem to be it for a while, but there will no doubt be more Christmas news next month.
Remember, Frances Fish already has June 18th 2020 earmarked for our next Garden Safari, along with a quiz night in April to fund the set up costs of this event.


SDC have arranged a public information event for local residents in order to showcase proposals for two rural exceptions housing schemes in Seal Parish.  The event is taking place on Wednesday 30 October, 3pm through to 8pm, in Seal Village Hall.
Sevenoaks District Council officers will be in attendance from the Property Team and the Housing Policy Team

This looks to be an interesting meeting for all of us. I'm sure many of you would like to attend.

There are also several road closures planned in the near future, which will affect us as residents in Seal. Please lok at the Parish Council website for full information.

We look forward to seeing many of you at these events, but please feel free to email me if you have anything to add next month, or have any questions regarding this email

Best Wishes,