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, 8 October 2021

Know Your Neighbours newsletter : Oct 8

 I hope you are all enjoyed that Indian summer we had been promised. It happened on Wednesday, for those who may have missed it! It was lovely to bask in some late summer/early autumn sunshine though wasn't it!

You will all be aware of the roadworks in the village this week. Unfortunately, there was no warning for this, and it took many by surprise. So, we are hoping that you will be able to do a little pre-planning, as we have been advised that there will, in fact be more planned works in the High Street, which are due to start on November 1st, meaning there will be three way traffic lights at the junction of Church Street, and both sides of the High Street. The utilities concerned are collaborating on these works, and we would like to thank Cazz Lang for the heads up on this news.  


FIREWORK DISPLAY - Friday October 22nd - Gates open at 5pm. Please see school FaceBook page for more information.

This year's Underriver village fireworks will take place on Friday 29th October at The White Rock - to include a Halloween Fancy Dress competition and pumpkin cutting competition, followed by the fireworks. Hot dogs and burgers available from 7pm.
ENTRY TO THIS EVENT IS FREE BUT THERE WILL BE A COLLECTION DURING THE EVENING. This will go towards the funds for the Underriver Village Platinum Jubilee Celebration for 2022 and this year's British Legion Poppy Appeal. 

Chris Rampton has some beautiful Halloween pom-pom door wreaths for sale with all proceeds to Seal Church They cost £10 each, and if you are interested, I can provide a photograph.Please just email me.

Please join in with our Scarecrow Festival this year. There is no competition this year - just a bit of fun! Plan, design and display your scarecrow outside your home, or another agreed space in the village. Please contact me if you are stuck for ideas of where to display. Then - email me the address of where your scarecrow will be residing and his or her name. That way, I can compile a complete list so that people can walk and hunt the scarecrows!

 We know not all are complete yet, but here is who we know we will have to share our village so far:-

1 -  BillorBen outside Bretaneby (opp School Lane) High Street

2  - Monty 12a High Street

3  - Gnome Alone 20 High Street

4  - Lottie Litter Picker 15 Bentleys Meadow
5  - Miss A Pageturner. Seal Library

6  - Nimiko - Nimi's in the High Street

7  - David and Goliath (yes - both of them) in the churchyard

8- Donald the Clown - Coldbreath's Butchers

9 - Silver Surfer - Church Farm

10 - Boris, wife and baby - Little Grove Jubilee Rise 

11 - Princess Jasmine - Vine Cottage (between Childsbridge Way and Bentleys Meadow 

13 - Seal Steve -  Holly House, Seal Road (almost opposite the recreation ground) 

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED PLEASE.Our Seal Over 60’s Group meets every second Saturday of each month from 2.30-4pm. Some of those attending this group, are dependent on volunteer drivers to transport them to and from the Village Hall. If you are a driver, snd could spare a couple of hours 2 or 3 times a year, to help with this, please contact Barbara Martin on 07775861562 or email her on barbara.s.martin@btconnect.com

VILLAGE HALL  ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6th between 10.45am and Midday
Please join us for a cuppa, to chat about what goes on now in our village, and what you’d like to see in the future, along with how we might achieve this?  Everybody is welcome! Hopefully, we will have representatives, or at least information, of all the organisations and activities which already take place in our village.

There will be a Christmas Bazaar in Seal Village Hall on Sunday November 21st from 10.30am-3pm. Please keep this date, and more information will follow soon.
Please note - any Covid restrictions at that time, will be followed.
There will be a family party to celebrate the turning on of our village Christmas lights, on Saturday December 4th from 3pm with lights on at 4.30pm. More details to follow.
Please note:- any Covid restrictions at the time, will be followed.

BUT BEFORE THE PARTY…….We will need the usual help to get our lights up please! If you can help on Saturday November 27th, between 9am and midday, please let me know by responding to this email. Hopefully, we will be able to get these up in record time this year! Obviously, the more help, the quicker we will be, and there is always the incentive of a good coffee and a bacon sandwich to ‘reel you all in’. Seriously, this is always a fun morning, and a great opportunity to meet neighbours while doing a great job of cheering our village. We are hoping to stretch a little further up the High Street this year, so if we could get some volunteers from High Street residents,between Park Lane and East Point and between Church Street and the old Copper Kettle, that would be great!



The open days are now available to book by using the following link. If you know of anybody who would love to visit the farm, but has no internet access, please put them in touch with me, and I will help them book.

We are open and live for booking!
Please see the 🌟NEW🌟 farm website and book from there.

This is excellent value at just £4 per adult and £2 per child. A great way to get some insight into this amazing school project.

Monday afternoons between 2pm and 3.30 in Deniz's on the High Street. But a cup of tea or coffee and join us on the Talking Village table, for a chat and to make new friends, or catch up with old ones!

Saturdays - First Saturday of each month in Seal Library from 10am-11am. Join us for a coffee whilst out browsing for your library books.
At both these venues, there will always be two hosts to welcome you, and we look forward to meeting with you and getting to know each other better.

Meets each Friday morning in the Church Hall between 10am and midday. Coffee, chat, by all means, bring your crafting with you but mostly, enjoy the company.

 In Seal Church Hall £2 per session pre schoolers and parents/Carers Monday mornings 9.30-11.30 tea drinks snacks for children art activities singing.

Meets in Seal Village Hall on Thursday afternoons.
Due to limited space there are no spaces for more members of this club at present, but there are opportunities to share ideas and experiences to help you and your friends set up your own.

YES! Most of us have some lockdown pounds to eliminate! Why not give Slimming World a try?
Seal Village Hall Monday evenings at 7pm. Call Lorraine on 0774086058


The adult choir is looking for new members, so if you fancy popping along to a practice on a Wednesday evening between 7.30 and 8.30 pm, please contact sealpandp@gmail.com

The childrens' choir meets at Seal Church Hall from 5pm-5.30pm every Wednesday. Contact as above.

Seal Over 60s afternoon teas will be starting up again on Saturday October 9th and every 2nd Saturday of each month following, from 2.30-4pm at Seal Village Hall.£3 per head for a lovely tea. ALL ARE WELCOME. Come along and join us to meet new friends and old ones, for a chat.

For more information call Chris on 07759808814.

SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB Thursday evenings Seal Village Hall contact Alan Davies jandadavies@hotmail.co.uk


Please contact 9thgsl@sevenoaks.scouts.org.uk for current info during the pandemic.

THE PAVILION RESTAURANT AT WILDERNESSE HOUSE, is now open as below:- These hours will change again, after the launch, but in the meantime -

Their opening hours are as follows:-

Mondays and Tuesdays - closed
Wednesdays and Thursdays - 11am - 6pm.
Fridays and Saturdays - 11am - 8pm
Sundays - 11am - 3pm.

Outside business hours, please email bookings@thepavilionrestaurant.co.uk, or leave a message on 01732 445690. There is a sample menu on the Wildernesse House website.

Our library in Seal is back! Jillian Marsch, our new librarian, has now been able to resume all the normal activities as listed below.
Opening hours - Tuesdays 2pm - 5pm, Thursdays 10am - 1pm, Fridays 10am-3pm and Saturdays, 10am - 2pm.
Derek - the IT Guru/Buddy, is available for appointments on Thursday mornings from 10.15am. If anybody would like any help, please book an appointment in the library.
From Friday October 8th, Rhyme Time at 10.15, followed by Story Time at 10.45, will make a very welcome return, with Clare. 

Any unused laptops for use of Seal School learners - please contact me and I will collect and deliver to Derek,  for cleansing and prep for use. (Thank you as always Derek).

Church Hall bookings - Maggie Fox - 01732 762840
Village Hall bookings - Gerry Froggatt - 01959 522545

Friday Group - Meets at 10.30-midday on Friday mornings in Seal Church Hall. Please pop in for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat.

JuJitsu - Seal Church Hall - Please see 40 Licks Ju-Jitsu Club website
Recipes for Lockdown Recipe Book - please send to me via this email address.

Dance For Fun Classes - Village Hall - 10.30am - contact Luci 07748 008431.

Short Mat Bowls Tuesday evenings Village Hall - contact Alan Davies jandadavies@hotmail.co.uk or call into the Village Hall at 6.15pm on a Thursday evening.

If you are planning, or already running, some activity in Seal, that you would like to share with us, please contact me, and I will do my best to spread the word.
We are hoping to get some welcome cards printed to welcome people into the village as they move in to their new homes. This may take a while, but as always - 
If you have new neighbours, or are aware of new people moving into the village, please mention KYN and ask if they would like to be added to the circulation list.

Meanwhile, have a great week.
Best Wishes,

Marion (On behalf of Seal Know Your Neighbours).

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