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.

Saturday, 28 November 2020

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Community Connectors 25 November 2020
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COVID-19 Winter Plan

On Monday (23 November) the Government launched its new COVID-19 Winter Plan.
The plan’s objectives are to reduce infections, find better ways of managing the virus and enabling life to return closer to normal while minimising damage to the economy and society, jobs and livelihoods.
The Government has confirmed the national lockdown will end on 2 December, however, a tougher regional tiered approach will be introduced.
We can expect to find out which tier the Sevenoaks District will be allocated tomorrow (Thursday).
We will of course continue to support the Government by sharing its latest campaign materials and you can do the same by downloading their latest assets at [insert link when available]
View the summary of the COVID-19 Winter Plan.

More support for businesses impacted by lockdown

Businesses that had to close or experienced significant financial loss because of the second lockdown can now apply for financial support.
Businesses can apply for funding worth up to £3,000 if they had to close during the second national lockdown from 5 November 2020. Funding is also available to help those that remained open but have seen a significant reduction in income.
Visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/lockdownsupport to view the funding criteria and apply.

Making a Christmas bubble with family and friends 

The Government announced yesterday (Tuesday 24 November) that between 23 and 27 December, residents can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ of no more than three households.
However, residents should continue to take steps to reduce the spread of the virus. This includes ensuring indoor spaces get as much fresh air as possible, washing hands regularly and for 20 seconds, and following rules on self-isolation for those who develop symptoms or test positive for Coronavirus.
Residents should also aim to reduce unnecessary contact with people they do not live with as much as possible in the two weeks before they form their Christmas bubble.
View the Christmas guidance in full.

High streets reopening strategy

We’re working with Sevenoaks, Edenbridge, Swanley and Westerham town councils to support our high street businesses as they prepare to reopen after lockdown.
Our plan includes series of initiatives, including a business recovery toolkit, sanitiser stations and free parking offers throughout December. In addition, there are also a new team of ‘Town Centre Ambassadors’ who will provide support and advice to businesses and visitors in town centres.
Hard copies of the ‘Business recovery toolkit’ will be delivered to businesses in the four towns from this Friday.
We’re also supporting the towns with a mainly digital marketing campaign to encourage the public to visit our high streets safely.
The four town councils will share the publicity materials and we’re encouraging businesses and residents to do the same.
Find out more about the campaign and download the assets.

FREE parking to support our town centres

We’ve agreed to free parking offers to support the District’s town centres when lockdown ends and in the run up to Christmas.
To encourage visitors to stay longer, shop safely and support our local businesses, the first hour of parking will be free in the majority of our short-stay car parks in Sevenoaks, Swanley and Westerham for a month after lockdown ends on 2 December. Bligh’s is not included in the offer.
Visitors will still need to display a parking ticket or register their stay with MiPermit.
We’re also making parking free in all our car parks and on street across the two weekends before Christmas - Saturday 12 and Sunday 13, and Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December.
Find out more about our December parking offers.

Latest local COVID-19 data

The latest data we have received from Public Health England is accurate up to 20 November. It tells us that the trend across most Kent districts was a downward one with rates decreasing.
In Sevenoaks District, the seven-day count of positive cases through laboratory testing was 191, down from the previous week’s count of 221, and at a rate of 158.2 per 100,000, down from last week’s rate of 183.0. The average rate for England is 214.7 cases per 100,000 population, down from 227.1 last week. This indicates that rates in the country are gradually decreasing.
In total, the data we are receiving tell us there are 302 active cases across our District, down from 319 last week. These relate predominantly to residential settings, school, care and workplace settings.

View the latest national COVID-19 data.

Concerns about Coronavirus compliance?

As ever, if you have concerns about people or businesses not following the COVID rules, drop us a line and we’ll see if we or one of our partners can help. Call us on 01732 227000 or email information@sevenoaks.gov.uk.

Go social for the very latest news

We update our social media feeds on a daily basis with the very latest on COVID-19.
We would encourage you to follow our accounts on Facebook and Twitter and share any posts with your contacts that may be useful.
Our Facebook handle is Sevenoaks District Council Official and our Twitter handle is @sdc_newsdesk.
And, if there’s anything you think we should share with our followers, don’t forgot to include our social media handles in your posts!

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Sunday, 22 November 2020

What's on in Seal ... Wreath making and other activities

 As I mentioned the other day, for this time of year, there obviously isn't a great deal going on in the community, but we will endeavour to keep as much of our Christmas spirit alive as possible. In fact, having a different emphasis on Christmas this year, it feels as if we are re-evaluating just what it is all about. That, surely, cannot be a bad thing.

As last week, I have already forwarded Anne Le Bas' Church newsletter, which gives all the information for service podcasts, zoom activities, etc, for the week ahead. Many of you say how much you like to listen to the services, especially during these difficult times.

A huge thank you to those of you that have put yourselves forward to help with putting up the Christmas lights this year, along the High Street, and in communal areas of each road. There is still time to offer your help, especially if you would like to see a little illumination in your neck of the  woods, where we wouldn't normally reach. If you have offered, but have not yet said when you are available to help, please let me know so that we can make sure you can help in a safe way.
Also, most permission slips are back from residents in the High Street, but if you haven't returned them, I will try and collect sometime during this week.

If you would like a Christmas wreath kit for £15 (proceeds to St Peter and St Paul Church), please order by TUESDAY at the latest.The kits will be delivered to your door.
There will be a zoom session on Friday December 4th at 7.30pm, for those wishing to join in this way, but there will be pictorial instructions in each kit, for those wishing to participate but unable to make that zoom session. Please email me for more details or contact sealchurchevents@gmail.com.

The Church also has some Christmas gifts for sale. I will not attempt to send out a photograph to this whole group, as I know what the frustrating consequences can be. However, if you would like to be sent photos individually, please let me know and I will make sure you get them when they are available.

Frances Fish has kindly offered to donate the profits from her 'DRESSED CHOCOLATE ORANGES ' to the Church this year, at a cost of £2.50 each. Many of you will know these as Frances has been running her 'Christmas charity cottage industry' for some years now - they are Terry's chocolate oranges, which Frances knits Christmas Pudding or snowball hats for. They are very popular and make great stocking fillers. So again, let me know if you would like to see a photo, or order from sealchurchevents@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you regarding the wreath making, gifts or help with the Christmas lights, but in the meantime, remember to contact me if you or anybody you know, needs a little support during this time.

Very Best Wishes,

Marion (on behalf of Know Your Neighbours).

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Community Connectors newsletter from Sevenoaks District Council

Community Connectors 11 November 2020


Lockdown update


As we enter the second week of a four-week lockdown, the Government is continuing to ask us to stay at home and only leave for a limited set of reasons. View the guidance on the lockdown restrictions in full.
Public Health England has produced new lockdown social media graphics, videos and posters that you can share with your contacts.




Diwali 2020


This year’s Hindu festival of Diwali takes place on Saturday 14 November. The NHS has produced a leaflet to help people celebrate the festival safely during Coronavirus. You can also download the Diwali social media graphics and posters from the PHE website.




Town Centre Ambassadors


In the coming weeks, we will be setting up a team of ‘Town Centre Ambassadors’ who will operate across the high streets of Sevenoaks, Swanley, Westerham and Edenbridge. The Ambassadors are supported by Government funding up to 31 March 2021.
The Ambassadors will not have an enforcement role but will be there to offer support and advice to businesses and visitors to help them comply with the COVID-19 guidance and rules.
We’re currently advertising for the roles, so if you or someone you know is interested, view the job opportunities and apply on online.
The deadline for applications is 18 November with interviews taking place on Tuesday 24 November 2020.




COVID-19 vaccine news


This week, the pharmaceutical company Pfizer/BioNTech published the results of its latest COVID-19 vaccine trial, showing it to be more than 90% effective in preventing Coronavirus in participants.
However, the Government has urged caution. It says while the potential vaccine is promising, further trials are required and if these are successful, it would be several months before the majority of the population could be vaccinated. Therefore, we should continue to follow the current COVID-19 guidance.
Read the Government’s statement in full.



Get the app!


We’re all being urged to download the NHS COVID-19 app to help control the spread of Coronavirus and protect ourselves and our loved ones as case numbers continue to rise.
The app forms a central part of the NHS Test and Trace service, identifying contacts of those who have tested positive for Coronavirus.
Around 40% of British smartphone users now have the app, with more than 19m downloads since its release.




Latest local COVID-19 data


Up to 2 November, the count of positive cases was up across all Kent districts.
In Sevenoaks District, the seven day count of positive cases through laboratory testing was 127, up from 122 in the prior week, at a rate of 105.2 per 100,000 population, up from the previous rate of 101.0. The average rate for England is 236.3 cases per 100,000 population. Although these figures indicate a rise in the count, the rate of increase is generally slower than seen in previous weeks.
In total, the data tells us there are 162 active cases across our District, down from 175 from the last dataset, and that these relate predominantly to household clusters and cases in medical facilities and care settings. 
The Health Protection Board states that the national lockdown should lead to a reduction in cases in two weeks’ time as long as people adhere to required measure to reduce transmission.

View the latest national COVID-19 data.



Concerns about Coronavirus compliance?


As ever, if you have concerns about people or businesses not following the COVID rules, drop us a line and we’ll see if we or one of our partners can help. Call us on 01732 227000 or email information@sevenoaks.gov.uk.



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