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.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

February update - what's on in Seal

We would like to invite you all to our first KYN meeting for 2018.
We have three sessions booked:-

Friday February 23rd at 10.30am - 12 Seal Church Hall
Friday February 23rd 7.30pm- 9pm  - Seal Church Hall 
Saturday February 24th 10am- 11.30 - Seal Village Hall

Refreshments will be available at all three sessions.

The idea is that as many people in the community as possible, can get to one of these sessions. We are hoping that the local organisations will be able to send some representation, and information about themselves, so that we can all see what is going on in our village. These are open to anybody who lives, works, or plays (in any capacity) in Seal. Not only do we get to meet new friends (and old), but also have the opportunity to put our own ideas forward, for activities we would like to see happening in our community. We know there are loads of you out there with all kinds of skills, talents and innovative ideas, so please bring them with you, and let us see your ideas take shape! The session on Friday 23rd at 10am, will also hold the AGM of Seal Village Association. There is a vacancy on this group, for Secretary. (Not arduous - look out for further details from SVA).

At the end of this update, you will find some info regarding SVA, so please take a look.

Now, on to the events already planned. (Hopefully, there will be more to add as the year goes forward)!

Friday Feb 23rd and Sat Feb 24th Know Your Neighbours Meetings as above.

Sunday March 11th 10am  - St Peter and St Paul Church Seal - Mothering Sunday service and cake stall.

Saturday April 20th 7pm - Seal Church Hall - Fun Bingo Night. Ploughmans included in price of £6 adults and £3 children - BYO drinks and glasses.

Saturday May 12th - Seal History Group - Guided Trip around the historic village of Charing. £2 for members and £4 for non members. Please contact Brian or Mike with your name, number in your party, tel no, and whether you have your own transport. (Also if you could offer a lift to others).

May - ABBA NIGHT - watch this space!

May 20th - Seal Recreation Ground - Parish Picnic - 12.30 - 3pm.BYO picnic and drinks and join the fun!

Friday June 1st - Trip to Howletts Zoo - contact Marion for more info.

Saturday June 9th - 10am - midday - Coffee Morning and Garden Party in Zambra Way.

Sunday July 1st - Seal Vicarage - 4pm - 6pm. Strawberry Tea in celebration of the Patronal Festival.

Friday August 17th - Coach Trip to Broadstairs Folk Week. Some pics from last year's trip below - the rain soon cleared, and we had a lovely day!

Meanwhile, just a report on past events:-

Waitrose donated £260 to Seal Over 60's through their community awards. Thank you for your support.

The Childrens' Choir in Seal Church goes from strength to strength and many children are having lots of fun. Please bring your singing children along on Wednesday evenings to see if they will enjoy this too. 5pm - 5.30pm Seal Church Hall (term-time only).

Dance For Fun continues in Seal Village Hall on Tuesday mornings from 10.30 to 11.30. £3 per session. 
Call Luci on 07748 008 431 for more information.

Seal Village Association - This is a group which was set up  in the 90's, as Seal Charter Fayre Committee, to celebrate the new millenium, when we held a full village event, It changed its name to the more appropriate, present one in 2010. The SVA has supported a number of village events organised by Know Your Neighbours over those years. These include, Sealfests, Street Parties, Big Lunches and several village fetes. The SVA was the recipient of excess funds from the sale of SEAL - THE HISTORY OF THE PARISH, published in 2007, and the events mentioned above. It has distributed most of these funds to different parish organisations, but retains a float of about £1,000 to meet set-up costs of any future village events. There is a small committee comprising Chair - Barbara Martin, Secretary, Peter Mountfield and Treasurer, David Williams. Peter, having moved from the village, is retiring, and a replacement is needed. The duties are very light, setting the agenda for meetings, taking minutes, and occasionally signing cheques. SVA would also welcome further committee members, whose required contribution, would be no more than a little time and some ideas.

Finally, two announcements from Sevenoaks District Council via Seal Parish Council:-

1 - Sevenoaks District Council are undertaking a survey of housing needs for local employees. If you are interested in local housing, please complete the survey, to be found at https://surveymonkey.co.ok/localemployeesurvey. This is particularly aimed at those working in the district, and how lack of affordable housing affects them.
The results of this survey will be fed into the Local Plan and future SDC housing policies, so make sure you have your say. 

2 - Sun May 13th - Knole Park Sevenoaks - Run/Walk/Push Against Dementia' event.There are 3, 5  and 10k courses, so something for most to tackle. For further information, please visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/run/walk/push, or call Sevenoaks Communities at SDC on 01732 227000.

Quite a lot to look forward to already, but more to come I am sure!

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Christmas update

Don't forget to bring yourselves and your families to tomorrow's Christingle Service and Mini Christmas Fayre.

The service starts at 10am, with the traditional Church of England Childrens' Society Christingles,  followed by coffee or tea as usual. 

At 11,15 (ish), to about 1.30. the Mini Christmas Fayre will be open, where there will be mulled wine, mince pies, Christmas gifts, a Hand Made in Seal stall, a raffle of a Christmas hamper, beautiful wooden gifts, cake and sweet stall, and maybe 🎅 could make an appearance! The Seal Allotment Society and Seal Tiddlers will also have a stall.

Hope to see you there! The Carol Service takes place next Sunday - 17th December at 6.30pm, where wine and nibbles will be served after.

Before I finish, I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to JD O'Brien and his team, who managed to get the Christmas lights up and illuminating our village . We don't have a final figure yet, as some pledges of donations have still not come in, but also, a massive thanks to all of you who have contributed in any way - financially or otherwise, to this. It was great to see so many people outside the village shops enjoying the mulled wine from Birch's, and supporting our local businesses!  It is hoped that there will be a great SUMMER PARTY 🍹🍸🍺🍾🍭🍮🍰 for the whole village in 2018, so watch this space! As soon as all the donations are in, we will be letting you all know exactly how much you have raised!

In the meantime, for those that are unable to come along tomorrow or next Sunday, have a very Happy, Peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Marion. (on behalf of Know Your Neighbours).

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Some more events and news from Know Your Neighbours

There will be a cake stall, book stall, toys, raffle, games,PLUS FATHER CHRISTMAS!  Just time to get a bit of a rest in before coming out again at 5pm, to Seal High Street!!

If you shop in Waitrose (and even if you don't please pop in just for this)! during December, Seal Over 60's will be one of the local community groups represented by Waitrose green tokens to add some much needed funds to their group. Please poop in to Waitrose whenever you can during the month of December, and add your tokens to the Seal Over 60's collection point!

Thank you for your  support for your local community in these events and those mentioned last week! We have lost so many organisations over the years - let us see these thrive, and maybe build even more!!

Friday, 10 November 2017

Know Your Neighbours Update for November/ December

Here is the latest update for events within the community over the next few weeks.

Firstly, we have had an e mail from Seal Village Allotments and Seal Tiddlers, with the outcome of their recent activities.

Tiddlers managed to raise £60 at their Macmillan Coffee Morning, and a particular thanks to June, for her beautiful fruit and chocolate cakes!

The Table Top Sale which was held as a joint effort between the two groups, was very successful, and a big thanks to all who supported this event. SVA raised £207 and Tiddlers, £200. It was a very busy afternoon, with a great variety of goods for sale.

Frances is going to have a table top at the Christingle Service and Mini Christmas Fayre on 10th December. (More below in calendar).

Also, please see details below of clothing collection - clear out and make space before Christmas, but please see new arrangements for dropping off!

Plans are still being made to light up the High Street over Christmas, and I will be sending more details about this as we hear more! This is a very popular project, as people have been wanting this for a long time. Watch out for more information! A huge thank you to those of you who have already donated, or promised to make donations towards this, especially those of you who don't even live in the village! Please get in touch if you are interested in this, and would like to contribute toward lighting up Seal this Christmas. Hopefully, this is something that can be built on year on year!


November 24TH - 8PM - SEAL SCHOOL CHRISTMAS QUIZ IN THE SCHOOL HALL .Preferably teams of 6 people - £3 per head. BYO nibbles,drinks and glasses. Tickets from PTA members - please see their Face Book Posts.

Please drop off any unwanted CLEAN clothes, paired shoes, bags, belts, hats, scarves, ties, lingerie, socks, towels, sheets,  curtains and soft toys, in CLEAR SACKS. NO DUVETS, PILLOWS OR BLANKETS THOUGH THANK YOU.
Please note, this is the only time slot and collection point this year! All funds are split equally between Seal Cubs and Beavers, and St Peter and St Paul Church.

Always a popular event . All you need to make your own door wreath and explore your own creativity. Plus a glass of wine and mince pie. £20 a ticket, from Chris on 01732 763585, or sign the list at the back of Church. (The cost is £30 if you wish to partake in both this evening and the Christmas Decoration Making on 15th, for both events).

Beavers' and Cub's Christmas Fair.


Always a popular service for families of all ages, to get the real spirit of Christmas started. This year, the service is being followed by a Mini Christmas Fayre, as the Carolathon has had to be put on hold for this year. The Christmas Fayre will consist of stalls selling mulled wine, cakes,Christmas gifts, decorations, door wreaths, hand-made crafts (Hand-Made in Seal), a hamper raffle, and more.

All you need to make your own table decoration for Christmas - As Wreath Making - £20 to include wine and mince pies.(or £30 for both evenings).

Another very popular service. Look out for flyers in next month's Advertiser for details of all Church services throughout Advent, and over the Christmas period.

We look forward to seeing many of you at these events over the next few weeks, but if you have anything planned for your local organisation, please let me know before the end of this month, in time for the next update.Also, if you or someone you know isn't on the KYN email circulation list and would like to be added, please contact me or Anne.

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

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Light up Seal for Christmas?

 Hello Folks,

We have exciting news for Seal this Christmas. The Parish Council are hoping to put some funding towards some Christmas lighting up on the High Street, but they and  we need your help.

If you live or work on the High Street, we would love to share your thoughts on lighting up your house/shop/office, and whether you would be prepared to participate. We will also need some electricians to volunteer to help with the installation of these, so please don't be shy! Let me know if you are in a position to help out in this way (or know of anybody else that might).

If you would like to be involved, or maybe make a donation toward the cost, please give us a shout!

I won't waste your time with a full update right now, but just a reminder that Seal History Group meets on Monday November 6th at 7.30 in Seal Village Hall, where Mary Smith will be giving a talk on 'A Schoolgirl's War'.

Also, Chris is taking bookings for Wreath Making and Table Decoration Making on Dec 1st and 15th respectively. Her number is 01732 763585.

The Seal School Christmas Quiz takes place on Friday Nov 24th.

Full update soon!

Please come forward to let us know your views on Christmas lighting, and if you see somebody blatantly missing from the e mails (especially if they live on the High Street). please ask them to e mail me if they wish to be added.

Happy All Hallows!