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, 8 January 2022

KYN update Jan 8

Welcome to the first Know Your Neighbours Update of 2022.  A very Happy, Healthy and Hopeful New Year to you all, and here's to a year where we can see a return to all sorts of activities we have been putting on hold for so long.

Further to my appeal last week of finding a more durable option for the Christmas messages on the village Christmas tree, we have had a few ideas put forward, and some are being tried out as we speak. Hopefully, this will result in a more effective solution for Christmas 2022. We were surprised to see such a take up on this for its first year, and many people have said they appreciated it. Of course, we will still have the opportunity to hang our prayer stars on the other beautiful tree in the church. 

This morning, we held the first 100 Club draw for 2022. We were playing with 66 tickets and the winners were:-
1st prize £100 no 13 Julian Gilchrist (I felt like reducing the size of the font here)
2nd prize £65 no 38 Annie Fish
Congratulations to both of you, and remember to ask for joining instructions if you wish to join this scheme. It costs £5 each month, payable by standing order, and the proceeds pay for Christmas street lights and other village community projects as needed.Just email me by return for information.

We have mentioned the Winter Mini Challenge from Kent Libraries, and this is still going on until January 16th. Children can sign up for free online, to earn digital rewards and download a certificate. They just have to have read 3 books between December 1st and January 16th. Find out more at bit.ly/WinterMiniChallenge2021. What better way to spend some of these dull days before heading back to school and in the evenings when you get home!


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:-
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.

Deniz's coffee shop still has some copies of our Seal Historical Guided Walk books for just £5 a copy. All proceeds go to the Seal Village Fund. A perfect time to walk around our beautiful village and see it through new eyes!

Just a timely reminder that the Christmas lights come down this weekend. If you can give an hour or so of your time to help with this, we will meet outside the Village Hall this Saturday Jan 8th, at 10.30 (not 9.30 as mentioned last week), and again at 9.30 on Sunday for those who would prefer to help then. I have to say that the forecast for Sunday is much better than Saturday's, but please let me know when you might be able to assist, and please bring ladders if you can.

I believe I was being rather optimistic that people may have wished to think about anything other than Christmas or the New Year over the past few weeks! So, we ended up with just two of us wishing to attend this Zoom meeting - we were probably fairly reluctant too if I'm honest! We have therefore decided to move this meeting to Thursday January 13th at 8pm. We will still then just catch the first Parish Council meeting, so it will be great to have a good balance of peoples' views than just those of two.
The main purpose of this meeting, is to discuss the choice of species for our commemorative tree for outside the dentist on the Main Road. There will also be maintenance issues to discuss - how to keep it watered and fed, etc, and that is something we wish to get in place before the tree is planted. 
Secondly, we want to look at options for the biggest royal celebration ever! Never have we had a monarch reign so long, and we want to make sure that we involve as many of our community as possible in the celebrations next June.We want to ensure that however we decide to  celebrate, it is the choice of many and not just a few, so please get involved in these discussions! IF YOU HAVE STRONG VIEWS AS TO HOW WE CELEBRATE THE JUBILEE IN JUNE, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH AND JOIN THE DISCUSSION! As always, if you can't join the zoom meeting, but have a view, please get in touch by email, and we will make sure your voice is still heard.
Then, if there is time, there will be the opportunity to chat about potential new groups for our village. So far we have - walking groups (especially suitable for dog walking, art group and bridge club. Let's see if we can't get one or two off the ground for 2022!
Please let me know if you would be interested in joining these discussions, and I will ensure you receive your Zoom invitation. 

Clare will be doing a super craft session - ALL THINGS SNOWY! Do come along and bring your young and young at heart with you!

Just a reminder that Anne is still making podcasts of the weekly services, so please log on to the church website www.sealpeterandpaul.com to get the link. These were very popular with our KYN readers during lockdown, and we are aware that many are still not comfortable to go to church during the pandemic, and many still benefit from the healing ministry via these podcasts. If you are having trouble downloading, let me know via this email, and I will add you to the list of people I forward them to.


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.

Meets each Friday morning in the Church Hall between 10.30 and 12.30 = PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIMES.  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.

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

Seal Village Hall Monday evenings at 7pm. Call Lorraine on 0774086058


Adult and junior choirs looking for new members - practice Wednesday evenings -sealpandp@gmail.com

Seal Over 60s every 2nd Saturday of each month following, from 2.30-4pm at Seal Village Hall.£3 per head for a lovely tea.

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

SEAL SEQUENCE DANCING - Village Hall Tuesdays 8pm -10pm contact awatts@talktalknet 

SEAL BEAVERS CUBS AND SCOUTS Please contact 9thgsl@sevenoaks.scouts.org.uk for current info during the pandemic.

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

SEAL LIBRARY- 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. 
Book Club First Tuesday of each month 2.30-3.30

There are also plans for a new martial arts group meeting in the Village Hall weekly and a new keep fit class meeting in the Church Hall. If you have any further details of either of these groups, it would be great to share please.

UNUSED LAPTOPS WANTED PLEASE 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 Froggat - 01959 522545

If you are planning, or already running some activity in Seal you would like to share with us, please contact us at this email address, and we will do our 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.

In the meantime, enjoy the week, and we hope to see some of you ready for attack on the lights over the weekend.
Marion (on behalf of Know Your Neighbours).

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