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, 19 March 2021

National Day of Reflection

  We're marking the anniversary of the first covid lockdown with a recorded service available next Tuesday morning (23rd) in time for the minute's silence at midday. It will include reflections from local people on what this year has meant to them, a Bible reading, a time of silence and prayer. Join us to pause and think of all that has happened in this last year, acknowledging the grief and loss that this year has brought and giving thanks for those who have worked so tirelessly to support others.

You can also from this afternoon, tie a ribbon to our remembrance tree - the yew tree just inside the church lychgate. There will be ribbons in the church porch, or you can bring your own.
Finally, at 8pm on Tues 23rd, you are invited to place a light in your window.
Join in however you are able!

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Know Your Neighbours weekly update

 Welcome to this week's KYN update newsletter. It's a day early, so hopefully, this won't confuse you as much as it is me!

Today, we had our 100 Club draw via Zoom, at the Friday Group session. This month's winners are:-
No 14 - Catherine Ella £100
No 35 - Brian Sutton £55.
We are currently drawing from 62 numbers, which is why the second prize is slightly higher this month. We will discuss the prize fund at the KYN/SVA AGM next week.

Which brings us nicely to the second item. We will be holding the AGM of Know Your Neighbours and the Seal Village Fund, on Friday of next week (March 12th), at 11.15am If you would like to attend, please send a return email to this address, and I will make sure you receive your Zoom invitation. During this meeting, we will be discussing how we might spend the money we have in our funds at the moment, (approx £2,000) to enhance our community in some meaningful way. So, please do join us if you can, or send in your ideas to this email address. This is our community fund, and as members of our community, your input is really important. We will be sending our accounts out to anybody who wishes to attend, or who may like to see them.

Although it will be different from our normal event, there will be the opportunity to worship in Church again from next Sunday 14th March - so Mothering Sunday in Church. However, there will be restrictions, so please see Anne's newsletter on Sunday for further information.

Tonight sees the third of our fortnightly Zoom quizzes, organised by Frances and Annie Fish. These are free, and lots of fun. If you wish to join us, please contact Frances for your Zoom invitation. We would love to see you there.

Now some news from Chris Tavarre of Seal Parish Council:-

Wildflower Verges Project and Talk

Seal Parish Council has embarked on an exciting project to bring back wildflowers into our verges and public areas.

There will be an illustrated talk on Zoom on Wed 28th April from 7.30 - 8.30pm.

Do join us to learn more about our native wildflowers and what we can do in the Parish to encourage more in our roadside verges and other open spaces.

If you would like to attend the talk please email christavspc@btinternet.com

This sounds like a wonderful project, and I will be putting reminders up on this newsletter regularly, so that we don't forget about the talk on zoom.

Next, we have an appeal from Emily Durling, regarding the retirement of Denise Larkin, our super librarian.

Librarian Denise Retirement Collection
Our lovely village librarian Denise retired during lockdown. Emily (Durling) thought it would be nice to put together a card and collection from the village as Denise was such a friendly, constant presence for so many of us.

To add a message to Denise's card fill in this form here https://forms.gle/Kc1nScDk9BhuqoCe8

If you'd like to donate to the present you can do so via paypal here https://paypal.me/pools/campaign/115573910627197616

We still have some beautiful hand made Mothers' Day, Easter cards, and in fact, all celebration cards and Easter gifts available, with proceeds going to Seal Church . Frances also has some of her beautiful knitted egg bearing chicks for £1.50 each. Photos of all are available.
For chicks, please email me.

Please remember to complete your census forms by visiting http://www.census.gov.uk

SEAL PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL ASSEMBLY _ VIA ZOOM MAY 5TH 7.30pm - please email sealparishc@outlook.com for an invitation.

SEND YOUR FAVOURITE LOCKDOWN RECIPES TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS for a book we hope to publish later this year .

GET MOVING WITH LUCI'S DANCE FOR FUN ZOOM CLASSES - ONLY £5 A SESSION - contact Luci at luci.napleton@gmail.com

Please remember to let me know if your organisation has anything planned so that we can help you to get the word out there.
As always, I will be sending Anne's Church newsletter out on Sunday morning, so you have the latest Church news, podcasts, and links to Zoom activities throughout the week.

Have a good weekend everybody.
Best Wishes,

Marion. (On behalf of Know Your Neighbours).