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, 20 November 2021

KYN update Nov 21

 CHRISTMAS BAZAAR THIS SUNDAY!!

There will be a Christmas Bazaar in Seal Village Hall on Sunday November 21st from 10.30am-3pm. The stalls taking part, look quite amazing, and will certainly give us the opportunity to find a wide range of unique Christmas gifts. Seal Church will be running a tombola and refreshments. We would like to thank Annie Fish for organising this event.
 

ADVENT WINDOWS.
Last year, saw our first and very successful Advent Window Trail which was organised by Barbara Martin. This year, we hope to have another 23 households, to decorate a window in their house throughout December. Between 1st and 23rd December, each day, a newly added decorated window will be added to the trail, ending with the Christmas Nativity Stable in Seal Church. So, by Christmas Eve, there are 24 beautiful windows and scenes to admire. This is a lovely activity for all, to follow the trial and admire the scenes.
If you would like to contribute to this fun project by decorating a window in your home, please contact Barbara on 10732 762255 or 07775 861562, or email 

SEAL HISTORY WALK GUIDE BOOKS
Are you looking for a stocking filler for £5? Following the sell out of our first run,  we have had a re-print of our very popular Historical walk guide books, by David Williams. They are available now from Deniz's coffee shop, or Highland Printers in Church Farm (weekday mornings only). If you want to order copies and cannot get to either of these places, please respond to this email, and we will get them to you.

SEAL VILLAGE HALL
The AGM took place on Wednesday evening of this week, but so far, no new Chairperson has been appointed. If you might be interested in this role, please contact Alan Davies jandddavies@hotmail.co.uk
This could be a really interesting role, especially as times change, and people find themselves with more time to spend in their own communities. 

NEWS FROM SEAL PARISH COUNCIL
On our website we are proposing to install 2 Public EV Charging Stations for Seal Recreation Car Park, a survey can be downloaded from our website to complete, we are interested in people's views and would be grateful for people to fill in the survey.  You can take a picture on your phone and send it via email or alternatively you can pick up a survey from the village shops who have paper copies there. 

Please make the most of this opportunity to have your say!

SEAL PARISH COUNCIL WILDFLOWER PROJECT
Following on from our wildflower talk from the Kent Wildlife Trust's WILD ABOUT GARDENS team, are running a series of zoom sessions this winter on WILDLIFE FRIENDLY GARDEN, This is a great way of encouraging wildflowers and pollinators to your garden, This, is combination with our wildflower verges project, will also help create joined up 'pathways' for bees, butterflies and other key pollinators in our parish.
Details of the events can be seen on the Parish Council website, but the zoom sessions cost £5 a session, and are as follows:-
Tuesday 30th November - 7.30-9pm Pollinator Friendly Gardening
Thursday 13th January - 7.30-9pm Nature Friendly Gardening for Beginners.
Wednesday January 26th 10,30am- midday - Managing pests and diseases in a Nature Friendly Way
Saturday Feb 5th 3pm-5pm - Building and Maintaining a Wildlife Pond
Monday March 7th 7.30-9pm - Wilder Lawns
Sat March 26th 11-12.30 - Using weeds and wildflowers in a garden to attract bees, butterflies and moths.

BOOK THROUGH kentwildlifetrust.org.uk or call 01622 662012.

LAVENDER FIELDS CARE HOME
Unfortunately, the Christmas Fair due to take place on November 27th, is another victim of events, and has to be cancelled. This is due, partly to Covid restrictions, but the team look forward to a great fair in the summer.


THE GOOD LIFE COMES TO SEAL
If you have any windfall apples you don't need, please think of the animals at Seal School Community Farm. 

PLANNING FOR 2022.
We are planning to call a Zoom meeting sometime in December, for anybody who is interested in plans for the ROYAL CELEBRATION next year, and plans for the choice and care of our village Covid memorial tree. We will advise as soon as a day is set, but please let me know if you would be interested in 'attending' this virtual meeting.


VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED PLEASE
DRIVERS NEEDED!
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

POTENTIAL NEW ART GROUP
Remember, if you enjoy painting, drawing, crafting, and would value a small group of people around you and a venue in which to practice, please contact us on this emial address, and we will put you in touch with like minded people to start a new group in the village.

HELPERS FOR SAT NOVEMBER 27th FOR PUTTING UP CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Please respond to me via this email, if you would be able to spend an hour or two on the morning of 27th, to maybe bring a ladder and assist with putting up our lights. We will also be looking for volunteers to take them down for storage on Sat January 8th. This sounds like a chore, but is actually great fun, and you'll meet lots of great people too. We use bacon sandwiches, or similar, as a bribe!

SCAMS 
Please remember never to give your account details over the phone or by email to anybody you haven't contacted yourself. KCC has brought to our attention more scams whereby people are being relieved of their hard earned cash! PLEASE DON'T BE ONE OF THEM! Let these people use their skills to earn their money in a legal manner!



🎄🎄TIME TO THINK OF CHRISTMAS!🎄🎄

SEAL CHURCH WREATH MAKING WORKSHOPS - UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO SUPPLY ISSUES, THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED FOR THIS YEAR.


VILLAGE CHRISTMAS TREE
This will be erected at the junction of Church Street and the  High Street on the morning of November 26th, so it will be in situ for the lights going up the following day. There will be the opportunity to collect some stars, for you to take and write a message on for those you will miss this Christmas. These will be available to collect from the church porch, and Deniz's coffee shop.

FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY VILLAGE HALL 3-4.30pm SATURDAY DECEMBER 4th.
We have booked Rob Pound again, a great local entertainer, for the children (and those grown up children), who was so popular in 2019. PLEASE NOTE< THERE WILL BE A DIFFERENCE THIS YEAR, AS WE HAVE DECIDED THERE SHOULD BE NO FOOD TO SHARE, AND AS WE ARE ONLY TALKING 90MINUTES, WE FEEL WE SHOULD SKIP THE FOOD ALTOGETHER. I'm sure you will all understand the reasoning behind this - there is a rising number of Covid cases in the area again, and we would hate to be responsible for your homes being Covid hosts at Christmas time! We will provide squash for your children, and tea and coffee for adults, served in the safest way possible.
. We will round up with carol singing around the village Christmas tree, as always. PLEASE NOTE - WE WILL HAVE TO USE A BOOKING SYSTEM THIS YEAR FOR OBVIOUS REASONS! I will send a link to book in the next few days. We are keen to ensure our local families, those who live Children and grandchildren), work (school) or play (Beavers, cubs, scouts, other village groups) in Seal, have priority in this booking system, so we are not entirely sure how to go about this right now. As soon as a decision has been made, you will be informed.

BUT BEFORE THE PARTY…….HELP NEEDED WITH LIGHTING THE VILLAGE PLEASE!  AS ABOVE 🤔🤔🤔

REGULAR VILLAGE ACTIVITIES;-

TALKING VILLAGE
Monday afternoons between 2pm and 3.30 in Deniz's on the High Street. Buy 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.

FRIDAY GROUP
Meets each Friday morning in the Church Hall between 10.30 and midday. Coffee, chat, by all means, bring your crafting with you but mostly, enjoy the company.

SEAL TIDDLERS 
 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.

JESSIE'S YOGITRIBE
Seal Village Hall Saturday mornings plus much more - see www.yogitribe.com or call Jess 07976 522726

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