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, 7 February 2020

February Update from Know Your Neighbours

Welcome to February's Update email for Know Your Neighbours in Seal.
Today, we held the draw for this month's 100 Club, and here are the results:-

This month we were drawing from 58 numbers, and the first number drawn was 
No 24 - L Talbot £96.66
second was
No 12 - A Lewis £48.33
If you haven't yet joined our 100 Club and wish to join, please email mail me and I will send you joining details, so you can be added from next month's draw.

Some of the monies raised from this will be used to distribute between some of our Village organisations. If you belong to a voluntary organisation or society in Seal, and wish to apply for a grant for up to £250, from the Seal Village Fund, please see the poster below, and get your application in before our AGM on March 5th, which will be held in the Village Hall at 8pm. For more details, please see the attachment at the end of this week mail.

Also, at the end of this week mail, I have added a copy of the updated Parish Plan for your perusal.

We are pleased to welcome Herman and his team, at Deniz's (formerley Birch's) Cafe, and to announce that our Monday afternoon Talking Village sessions will be back on the premises. We would also like to thank Tyna and her team of hosts at Wildernesse House Pavilion Restaurant, who have made us welcome whilst the cafe was closed. We will be meeting at the beautiful Pavilion Restaurant again on Monday 10th February from 1.45-2.45, and we are looking into the possibilities of holding a regular session there. Watch this space!


Do you have an interest or skills in the following?
Flower arranging 💐
Gardening 👨🏻‍🌾
Sewing/cross stitch ✂️
Card making 📩💌
Snooker /darts   🎯
Card and board games 🎲♣️♥️♦️♠️
Reminiscence groups 📽📸 🎠🖋👩🏾‍⚖️👸🏾

If you are interested in any of these, there will be opportunities to set up groups for anybody to take part in floral workshops, sewing circles, snooker games, board games and cards, and greeting card making. These groups will be open to the public, giving opportunities for residents to take part and socialise with members of the wider Seal community. Lavender Fields creates a beautiful environment, in which you could join one of these groups to develop your own talents.
All that is needed is a few volunteer leaders - one or two for each group. IT COULD BE YOU! If you, or maybe you and a friend, could spare a couple of hours each month, to help organise these activities, please contact me at

Gardening volunteers will be given small tasks, organised by the gardener, and help to involve a few of the residents.
We really look forward to hearing from some of you .

Kent County Council wish to make us aware of Doorstep Criminals. We know that people are targeted on their doorsteps, by home owners being told that roof tiles are loose, chimney stacks are dangerous, trees are diseased, driveways need her washing for safety, etc. Help keep your community safe by reporting doorstep crime to your local Community Warden or the police. Our town police desk is situated in the offices of Sevenoaks District Council.

The Parish Council has shared the following link which gives full guidance on how to prevent the spread of 
2019-nCoV infection:-

Events for 2020, we are aware of so far:-

Thursday March 5th 8pm Seal Village Hall - AGM of Seal Village Fund and Seal Know Your Neighbours.

Sunday March 22nd 10 am St Peter and St Paul Church Seal - Mothering Sunday Service, followed by cake and gift stall.


Friday March 27th Seal Village Hall - Quiz in Aid of 2020 Garden Safari set up costs. More info Frances Fish 07749 240456

Monday April 6th 7.30 PM Village Hall - Seal History Group - Talk on The History of the Darenth Valley.

Monday 4th May 7.30pm Seal Village Hall - Seal History Group - A Talk on The Battle of Britain (to be confirmed)

Sunday June 14th PM - Seal 2020 Garden Safari in Aid of Kent Air Ambulance.

Saturday July 4th - 2-4pm LAVENDER FIELDS SUMMER FAIR

Monday 6th July 7.30pm - Seal Village Hall - Seal History Group - A Talk from Bob Ogley - Kent in 19th Century.

Planning well ahead! 
Saturday November 21st and Saturday November 28th - Seal Christmas lights up.
Saturday December 5th 2.30-5pm Family Christmas Celebration and Christmas lights turn on. Seal Village Hall.

Please remember to contact me to advertise your events for your Seal organisations and societies.

Best Wishes,

On behalf of Seal Know Your Neighbours.