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, 5 February 2021

Know Your Neighbours update


Hello Everybody,

Welcome to this week’s KYN update. 
So - another week of winter lockdown, but it is lovely to see so many people out walking, and getting their daily exercise,  often despite the weather.
The immunisation programme appears to be going to plan, and it is heartening to hear of so many already having had their jabs. Please get in touch via this email address, if you are called and cannot get to the medical centre. We will help you access travel if you have no way to get there.

From my window, I am encouraged, and inspired, by seeing so many people, of all ages, striding out and doing what they can to get fresh air and exercise. If I ever feel discouraged when I see the rain and sleet, I only have to look out at our 80 and 90 year old friends, to make me don my coat and get out there! 

Talking of exercise, please remember to contact Luci, if you would like to join in with her Tuesday morning zoom Dance For Fun sessions. For more information, please email Luci 

We are now ready to begin our fun quiz evenings. These will take place via Zoom, alternate Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm, starting this Friday, February 5th. I have a list of people who have already expressed an interest in taking part, and they will all receive their invitations in advance. If you haven’t put your name forward yet, but would like to join in, please contact Frances direct, as she will be sending out the invitations:-
The quizzes will be just for fun, and you will mark your own papers, so no pressure at all. Just a pleasant way to ‘meet ‘with others and have some fun.

Chris Rampton is still making beautiful Valentine cards and Easter cards, at a cost of just £1,  and Frances Fish has joined with Chris to sell some of her Easter cards in aid of Seal Church as well. 
Frances is also making some super little Easter Chicks, each one bearing a little Lindt chocolate egg. These cost £1.50 each, with £1 from each, going to Church funds. Please email me if you would like to see photographs of the cards and chicks.

Our IT guru, Derek, has managed to cleanse and prepare another two laptops for the use of Seal School children, and we believe there are another couple on their way. If you have a laptop or tablet which you no longer use, and are happy to donate, please get in touch and we will see if they can be used. 

Our next 100 Club draw will take place on Friday during the Friday Group Zoom. If you would like to join in with these sessions, where people get together each week for a chat, share their coffee time, and enjoy a laugh together. Also, if you would like to join the 100 Club, please contact me for further details. We are currently running on 59 or 60 numbers, which mean 2 monthly prizes of approximately £100 and £50 for the cost of £5 per month per number. The rest of the money goes to Seal Village Fund for community projects.

There are also opportunities to Zoom socially with Seal Church on Sunday mornings at 11.15am. The invitations for these sessions get sent out each Sunday morning, when I forward Anne’s newsletters. These also give links to her podcasts for services and the opportunity to request invitations to the Wednesday morning informal services.

Finally - please remember to send in your favourite recipes - simple or not- with just a sentence, explaining how they have helped you through the past year, in my case, they tend to be recipes where certain normal ingredients have been missing, and somewhat strange substitutes have been used. They don’t call me Letitia Crowley for no reason though! So, don’t be shy - this is no competition as you can see!

Meanwhile, please do get in touch if you, or somebody you are aware of, might need help or support right now. We will do our best to help, or steer you in the right direction.
Have a good week everybody.

Best Wishes,
Marion. (On behalf of Know Your Neighbours).

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