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IGHTHAM & DISTRICT GARDENERS CLUB “SPRING SHOW” Wednesday, 5th APRIL 2017 Evening Show At Ightham Village Hall Staging for Exhibitors from 6.00 -7.00pm Judging at 7.15pm Doors open for viewing and Visitors at 8.15pm ALL CLASSES OPEN to NON-MEMBERS (contact us for show schedule)

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This is the time of year we all start thinking about getting out in the garden. The grass needs cutting, the flower beds need weeding, and that hedge needs a complete make over. So down to the garden shed we go, and once we have got past all the wild life that has been nesting there all winter, we lovingly bring out the Lawn Mower, hedge trimmer, rakes, spades and all the other equipment we use to make that jungle into a garden fit to open to the public. While we are doing this back breaking work, there is nothing like popping indoors to take a rest and have a nice cup of tea and thinking how good that garden is going to look when its all finished. Maybe what we should be thinking is, is my lovely lawn mower safe, did I put all the tools out of sight, did I shut the shed // garage door, have I left the house wide open to invite some opportunist in to help themselves to the things I have worked so hard to have. We all do it, but with just a little thought on our side we can make it a lot harder for these drive past opportunists, which means we can keep those garden tools that help us make a better summer for us and NOT them……………………

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The Kemsing Players Spring 2017 production is a stage adaptation of the ever-popular novel ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier. Set in the late 1930s, it tells the tale of a naïve and innocent young woman who meets a wealthy widower, Maxim de Winter, in the South of France and becomes caught up in a whirlwind romance. But when he takes her back to his ancestral home of Manderley the shadow of his late first wife - the urbane, glamorous, bewitching Rebecca - threatens to ruin their happiness before it has begun. As one dark secret after another is revealed, their very lives appear threatened…. This adaptation has been written especially for the Kemsing Players and draws from both the book and the renowned 1940s film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. Performances will take place at 8pm on Thursday 27, Friday 28 and Saturday 29 April at the St Edith Hall in Kemsing. The box office opens on Monday 3 April: tickets are available from Dynes Road Cleaners, by calling 07976 835895 or by e-mailing kemsing.players@live.co.uk . Tickets are £10, and £8 for concessions on Thursday evening only.


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Sevenoaks District crowned Council of the Year

Sevenoaks District Council has fought off tough competition from some of the biggest county and city councils in the country to lift the prestigious Council of the Year trophy at the 2017 Local Government Chronicle Awards (LGC). At a ceremony, hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald, in London on 8 March, the Council was celebrated for achieving financial self-sufficiency, changing cultures and doing things differently. The Council has so far purchased a petrol station, office space, convenience store and a former Working Men’s Club and car park, and are currently developing its own hotel. This new source of income comes at a time when the Council will no longer receive any direct government funding. The Council were recognised for their unique approach to cultural transformation in their workforce, instilling a ‘no blame’ culture and encouraging staff to take risks and be innovative alongside their dedication to customer service. The Council remains dedicated to providing services which make a difference in the District such as the weekly rubbish and recycling collections, the unique HERO service which supports some of the most vulnerable people in the community and its expanding partnership working with other councils. This victory is the latest in a number of recent successes for the Council after scooping the top spots in the Finance and the ‘Overall Winner’ categories at the Guardian Public Service Awards in November, as well as two further awards for Commercialism in Property Estate and Innovation in Finance at a national awards ceremony in June. Council Leader, Cllr Peter Fleming, said: “To win such a prestigious award is a very proud moment for the whole Sevenoaks District Council team, both councillors and officers. It is also an enormous honour as it represents the hard work and difficult decisions we have been making for many years. “Being one of only two district councils on the shortlist and up against some excellent London Boroughs, County and City councils from across the country, to come out the winner shows our strength and success as a council. “Whilst awards are obviously nice to win and great in terms of recognition of the work we have done, they can only ever

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“Well I never knew that” a tour through the Darent villages from Westerham to Dartford. Rod Shelton, a professional writer, with a past career in advertising and film said that we should sit back and relax since he would not give a heavy history talk. It was a lively, broad canvas approach interwoven with tales and histories of the villages with many illustrations. The river Darent is 22 miles long with 16 ancient villages and two market towns. None of them would have existed but for the river. The history from 100BC to the present, has left its mark in hillforts, castles, Roman villas, medieval churches, rag stone quarries and paper mills. Rod Shelton coloured the history with tales of rebellions (Jack Cade 1450), battles, smuggling and murders. Residents of the area included artists, writers, inventors and wild musicians. There was a drovers’ track from Sevenoaks to Hastings that established the fish run from Rye to London. There was a large fish market at Chipstead, the name means a mackerel plain, that lasted to 1636 when Rye and Winchelsea silted up after which the new trade of smuggling flourished. We were surprised to hear that three million pounds of tea in total passed through Kent. We were not surprised to hear that Sevenoaks was the first town to charge for road use by introducing turnpike charges. One of our greatest landscape painters, Samuel Palmer, lived in Shoreham in 1824, partied and swam there as a young man. In 1925 two wild musicians, Ed Moeran and Peter Warlock shocked the village of Eynsford with their heavy drinking and bohemian lifestyle. Peter Warlock scandalised the neighbours by riding his motorcycle naked. But it is Dartford that had the fine 19th century engineering and manufacturing heritage. Donkin installed the first Fourdrinier paper making machine in 1851. Trevithic designed a rail locomotive in 1802, Appleyard in 1843 introduced a silk printing machine and Boroughs and Wellcome set up their pharmaceutical factory in 1880. Rod Shelton’s eye for the unusual and unexpected, his humour and passion for the area made him compulsive listening that inspired and informed us. V. Dussek Our next meeting will be on Tuesday April 11th at 8pm when Alex Ferris will talk on The Story of Smarden – a Wealden weaving village.

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The Church of St Peter & St Paul, Seal Vicar: Revd. Anne Le Bas 01732 762955 priest@sealpeterandpaul.com Church Website: www.sealpeterandpaul.com Follow us on twitter @sealpandp and Facebook - stpeterandpaulseal Worship during April 2017 2nd 10 am Holy Communion 6.30 pm “Open Space” Compline 9th PALM SUNDAY 10 am Holy Communion 6.30 pm Said Evensong HOLY WEEK SERVICES – SEE BELOW 16th 10 am All Age Communion 6.30 pm Evensong 23rd 10 am All Age Communion 6.30 pm Said Evensong 9th 10 am Holy Communion 11.15 am Annual Parochial Church Meeting 6.30 pm Said Evensong Every Week: Wednesdays at 10am Holy Communion (BCP) HOLY WEEK 9 – 16 April Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 8pm Compline Maundy Thursday 8pm Holy Communion & Tenebrae Good Friday 10 – 11.30 am Messy Church 2.30pm Good Friday service 8pm Compline Easter Sunday 10 am Holy Communion 6.30 pm Evensong The church is normally open during the day – please drop in to enjoy the peace and quiet! Sunday School 1st Sunday during term time in the vicarage from 9.50 -10.30 Choir practises on Wednesdays in term time: 7.30pm Adults and children. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK stpeterandpaulseal AND TWITTER @sealpandp

St Peter’s Church,

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Regular Church Services at St Peter’s Ightham: All Age Family Service: 10.00am (1st Sunday) Parish Communion: 10.00am (except 1st Sunday) BCP Holy Communion: 8.00am (3rd Sunday) Evening Prayer: 6.00pm (except 1st Sunday) Holy Communion: 6.00pm (1st Sunday) and 10.00am (each Wednesday)

Christmas Services:

Sunday 18th, 6.00pm, Candlelit carol service Wednesday 21st 7.00pm - Carols in the Square Thursday 22nd 7.00pm - Carols at the Harrow Saturday 24th 3.00 - Nativity Crib service Saturday 24th, 11.30pm - Midnight Eucharist Sunday 25th, 9.00am - Holy Communion Sunday 25th, 10.30am - Family Service

FAMILIES are very welcome.

THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST LUKE, SEVENOAKS 30 Eardley Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1XT Vicar: The Reverend Canon Mark Griffin 01732 452462 Associate Vicar: The Reverend Anne Bourne - 07512 734224 Churchwardens: Nicholas Donaldson - 01732 453478 Janet Bates - 01732 642352 Parish Office: Amanda Humphrey - 01732 743045 (9am-1pm weekdays) Church Website: www.stlukes-sevenoaks.org.uk Sunday Worship: 8am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.15am Parish Eucharist (1st Sunday in the month - All Together Eucharist) 6.30pm Compline as announced

Easter Services Maundy Thursday -13th April Last Supper Communion followed by Vigil at the Gethsemane Altar until Midnight Good Friday - 14th April 10.00am - Ecumenical Family Service with Procession of Witness to Blighs Meadow 12 Noon - One Hour Devotion at the Cross Easter Eve - 15th April 8.00pm - The Easter Liturgy with Renewal of Baptismal promises Easter Day - 16th April 8.00am - Holy Communion 10.15am – Festival Eucharist with Procession Junior Church meets in St Luke’s Hall at 10.15am and joins the regular congregation later in the service. A Crèche area provides for babies and toddlers in the Parish Room. Thursdays: 11am Holy Communion, followed by coffee. Morning Prayer is normally said daily in church at 9.15am on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Other Activities at St Luke’s: Tuesdays: Tiny Ones Together Service for babies and toddlers at 10.15am in the Parish Room in term time. There are small toys to enjoy as well as a story, prayers and a sing-along. Refreshments are served. Julian Group meets in Church at 2pm on Tuesdays - Christian Meditation according to Julian of Norwich. Wednesdays: Lunchtime Recitals at 12.30pm for 30 minutes , admission free, tea and coffee served – bring your own sandwiches. Thursdays, last in the month, St Luke’s Fellowship meets at 2.00pm in the Parish Room. Further details from the Parish Office – 01732 743045

St Mary’s Kemsing

Rev. James Oakley 01732 762556 Parish Office 01732 761351 www.kemsingwithwoodlands.org Office hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri 9.15 - 12.15, closed on Weds

Services in April

Sundays (except 16th and 30th) 8.00 am Communion in Traditional Language 9.15 am Sung Communion (followed by coffee) 10.30 am Morning Service (coffee beforehand) 6.15 pm Evensong at The Dynes (2nd) 6.30 pm Evensong (9th), Evening Praise (23rd) Easter Sunday (16th) 8.00 am BCP Communion 10.00 am Combined Communion 7.00 pm Carol Service Sunday 30th 8.00 am BCP Matins 10.00 am Combined Service 6.30 pm Evensong


Vicar: Revd. Richard Worssam 01959 523185 Church Office: 01959 523185 or at st.bartholomews@otford.net Open weekday mornings 10.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m. Website: www.stbartholomews.co.uk First Steps: For parents and carers of pre-school children. 9.30-11.30am on alternate Wednesdays during term time.   Contact: Najen Harris, 01959 522813 or Hazel Terry, 01959 523047 for details. Young People: Sunday Club (Sundays at 10.00 a.m.) Juniors (3-7s) - Middles (8-11s) - Seniors (12-14) YPF every Sunday in Church Centre, 6.30 pm - see website for details Sunday in Month 8am 10.00am FIRST Common Worship Church Family Holy Communion Worship SECOND Common Worship Holy Communion Holy Communion THIRD Common Worship Morning Worship Holy Communion FOURTH Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion Holy Communion FIFTH Common Worship Morning Worship Holy Communion

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APRIL 2017 2nd 10.00am 5th Sunday of Lent - Parish Eucharist 5th 9.30am Morning Prayer 9th 8.00am Holy Communion by Extension 10.00am Palm Sunday - Parish Eucharist 11th 8.00pm Quiet Reflection for Easter 12th 9.30am Morning Prayer 13th 8.00pm Maundy Thursday - Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar 14th 10.00am Good Friday - All-Age Service 2.00pm Last Hour 7.00pm Music for Good Friday incl. Stainer’s Crucifixion 15th 8.00pm Easter Eve - Easter Vigil 16th 6.00am Easter Sunday - First Light followed by Breakfast 10.00am All-Age Easter Service 23rd 10.00am 2nd Sunday of Easter - Parish Eucharist 26th 9.30am Morning Prayer 30th 10.30am 3rd Sunday of Easter - Four Parish Service at Wrotham SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES: Mini-Quest: for pre-school-aged children Quest: from school age Please e-mail cogssundayquest@gmail.com for times and info. OTHER EVENTS: Candle Ceremony: 11.30am Commemoration of WW1 every Sunday Mums & Tots: 10.00am 19th April Games Afternoon: 2.00-4.00pm 3rd and 24th April Lent Group: 7.45 for 8.00pm 4th April Coffee Morning: 10.00-12.00am 8th April Quiz Night: 6.30 for 7.00pm 23rd April Please check website for more detailed information.


Rhyme Time every Friday 10.00-10.30 am Storytime every Friday 10.30-11.00 am The Tea set meets 3rd Friday of the month. Tea cake and chats of a guest speaker 2.30 - 4 pm Seal Library book group 1st Friday of the month 2.30 - 3.30 pm

OTFORD LIBRARY The new (free) story time session for pre-schoolers on Tuesdays between 2.303.00pm . This is every Tuesday, term time only. The Baby bounce and rhyme time for pre-schoolers is on every Monday 11.00-11.30am throughout the year.

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Holy Communion (BCP) 8:00 am All-age family Service 9:45 am Palm Sunday Walk 9:30 am Palm Sunday Service 9.45 am Maundy Thursday Communion 8:00 pm Good Friday walk to St. Margaret’s 9:00 am Good Friday service at St. Margaret’s 11.15 am Easter Communion 9.45 am Communion at St. Margaret’s 11:15 am Holy Baptism - followed by APCM 9.45 am

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Chairman’s Annual Report of the Seal Parish Council for 2016

This year ends with the retirement of Mike Harvey from the Parish Council, as he and Nicky move to Hadlow. Mike has been a Parish Councillor for 9 years and it is no exaggeration to say his contribution to the Parish is unsurpassed. He has combined deep local knowledge and understanding with a practical approach and being so willing to contribute his time outside of Parish Council meetings, sorting out many local issues. Nicky has also played a major role in Seal village particularly with the Beavers and Cubs taking them from strength to strength, we wish them well in the start of the next chapter of their lives. Peter Granville, after 18 years, has decided to leave us from St Lawrence Ward. Peter has carried out many duties and spent a lot of time putting together the St Lawrence VDS update and regularly inspecting the play equipment. We are also saying goodbye to Avril Ferguson who has decided to step down due to poor health at the present. We will miss them all enormously. I would like to welcome Tim Martin from Underriver who joined the Planning Committee and brings with him expertise from a career in planning at KCC. Tim has already given a great deal of time in responding to some of the bigger planning applications and we are delighted to have him on board. He takes over as Planning Chairman in May. This brings me on to inviting parishioners to consider joining the Parish Council. From May there will be vacancies representing Seal and St Lawrence wards. It is an opportunity to contribute to the local community and help to ensure it is a happy, safe and enriching place to live, where things happen! If you enjoy getting involved and have good local knowledge, love of where you live and the desire to make time to contribute, which is the most important thing, then please get in touch. We welcome everyone but at this point in time if you have general business, finance or legal skills, they will be put to good use. During the year, the Parish Council worked hard to represent residents concerns about the traffic implications of the expansion of Seal Primary School and in December the KCC Planning Applications Committee unanimously refused the proposed expansion of Seal Primary School on Green Belt and traffic grounds. We anticipate that that KCC will submit a revised plan in the future but hope the importance of the above issues are addressed in a meaningful way. The Planning Committee continues to scrutinise each planning application in the Parish. The recent relaxation of planning rules on barn conversions outside the AONB has sparked a wider interest in their conversion for residential use. Even within the AONB and Green Belt the Council has had mixed success in influencing the outcome, and this is worrying for the future. A consequence of the loss farm buildings can be applications for new barns on agricultural land that has been sold away from the farm. Andrew Michaelides has led the Planning Committee tirelessly for 2 years and our thanks must go to him for his constant attention to the detail and thought that goes


into our responses. From May, Andrew will be our new Finance Chairman. It is marvellous to see the new play equipment in place on the recreation ground and thanks go to Anna Linley for having led on this, listened to the views of parishioners on what was thought most appropriate. Our thanks go to Ibstock Cory for their generous grant that made this all possible. The footpath along the west boundary with the new care home has been greatly improved with clearing and tree planting carried out by Durtnells. Some of the new trees will grow to provide a screen to the new care home in years to come and thanks must go to Durtnells for carrying this out. The recreation ground and its facilities are an enormous asset to the local community and enjoyed by many people. However, we have had an ongoing issue with people letting their dogs foul the recreation ground making it really horrible, in particular, for children playing football and generally enjoying the outside space. Please do everything you can to help us to ensure this stops and if you see a dog fouling and do not want to approach the owner inform the Clerk. We will be having dog bag dispensers installed shortly so there should be no excuse for not clearing up after your dog. It is good to see the highways improvements and 20mph limit finally going in and we hope this will make a difference to the centre of Seal village. Don’t forget if you have a flower planter near you please keep it watered, as we receive so many good comments from people passing through Seal. We have much to look forward to in the year ahead. We have applied and been accepted to have a new Community Support Worker for Seal. They will play a vital role in the Parish, getting to know people and helping with problems. We will tell you more once


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Kent Friendz is a local charity supporting children and young people with learning and physical disabilities in the community. We are based in Underriver and run a Saturday club for disabled children from 8-15 years old and an evening club for young people from 16-24 years old in the Sevenoaks area. During the school holidays, we are out and about on trips with all our young people, including a group of less complex 8-15 year olds. Trips are fun! We go out during school half-terms and holidays and have been swimming and pedal karting at Carroty Wood, Drusillas animal park, Rare Breeds, the London Aquarium, Leeds Castle, Hastings, Howletts, Cyclo Park and many more exciting venues. Our Saturday clubs are held at St John’s Primary School, Sevenoaks; we have activities and offer one-to-one staffing for all our children, who love the ball pool, sensory toys, arts and crafts, cooking and playing outdoors. We also run clubs and outings in Maidstone, Dartford, Gravesend and Tonbridge. Our ‘Buddyz’ adults group in Tonbridge is thriving; they enjoy quiz nights, bingo, games, karaoke, and a trip to a nightclub once a month. If you have a child or young person who you think may like to join our clubs and trips please contact sharon.higgins@kentfriendz.org or call Kent Friendz on 01732 838183. We are always looking for staff to join us at our activities as our numbers keep growing – just an hour or two of your time helps our young people and their parents/carers to have respite. Volunteering and paid sessional work is available, please contact us if you are interested in a very rewarding part-time job.

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The Seal History Group has it's next meeting of the year in Seal village hall on Monday April 3rd at 7.30 pm and as usual tea and cake are available. New members and non-members are always welcome for a very small admission fee. This months presentation will be about one of Sevenoaks main attractions, Knole house, it's history and the Sackville family who have lived in it for over 400 years. The speaker Gilly Halcrow will be talking about Knole's collection of fine Stuart furniture and the beautiful paintings that are housed within it. Gilly will also be speaking about the £20 million restoration project being undertaken by the National Trust. This is the largest conservation project ever carried out by the Trust and is designed to preserve the house for future generations.


A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss his use of thecar. His father said he'd make a deal with his son, "You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, and get your hair cut. Then we'll talk about the car "The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he'd settle for the offer, and they agreed on it. Six weeks later his father said, "Son, you've brought your grades up and I've observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I'm disappointed you haven't had your hair cut. "The boy said, "You know, Dad, I've been thinking about that, and I've noticed in my studies of the Bible that: Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair, and there's even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair." (You're going to love the Dad's reply!) "DID YOU ALSO NOTICE THEY ALL WALKED EVERYWHERE THEY WENT?"


Another Health Event at Otford Methodist Church Hall - Saturday May 13th from 10am to 1pm. This time the Otford Patient Group has a double bill:Firstly Dr Eakins will take us through the multiple choices you face if you are ill or injured - do you go to the Pharmacy, to your GP, to the Minor Injuries Unit, A and E, or phone 111 or 999? Then at 11.15 James Lang, a First Responder, will give us a chance to practice CPR (Cardiac and Pulmonary Resuscitation) and try out a Defibrillator. You could one day perhaps save someone's life if you come along and learn how! And a special ukelele band, the Sevenukes, will play you in from 10am. For further details speak to Alastair Boobyer - 01959 522490.



Although Shipbourne failed to win the Taste of Kent Awards for Best Farmers Market (it was won by Tonbridge) we once again made the finals. Thanks to all who voted for us. In terms of number of visitors to the market we are on a par with last year i.e. better than the previous 2 years but not really improving. Hopefully Easter will provide the stimulus for a better market year. We do not wish to loose such a local community asset and are investigating ideas as to what we could do to increase the viability of the market. All ideas are welcome. (Please contact Bob on bob@lodgeoast.co.uk) April arrives and spring gets into gear as longer days with more light stimulate growth and make us all feel better after a long winter. Lambs are gamboling in the fields, wild garlic is sprouting near streams and rivers and it’s the perfect time to try some seasonal treats. Fish lovers will find sea bass, cod, halibut, crab, mussels and scallops all at their finest now. A whole salmon is a good choice for an Easter celebration - bake whole wrapped in foil with butter and herbs and serve simply with hollandaise sauce. It is still too early for local lambs, so how about a wonderful joint of fine beef or pork. For poultry look out for guinea fowl – perfect for lighter eating. Lettuces, spinach, watercress, cucumber and spring onions are starting to arrive, taking over from the winter brassicas so make the most of them in fresh salads and soups to give a welcome boost of easily absorbed vitamins and minerals we all need after the long winter. Gary’s fresh leaves have proved to be a great favourite and they last so long ! Recipe : Rhubarb Crumble Keep on cooking with rhubarb, now moving from the bright pink early forced variety into the darker outdoor version. Rhubarb is a versatile fruit that works in both sweet and savoury dishes but do make sure you add the right amount of sugar to balances the sour. 500g sliced rhubarb 75g caster sugar 75g plain flour 25g ground almonds 50 g sugar 75g butter Flaked almonds (for topping) A simple Rhubarb and almond crumble is a true seasonal pleasure, especially when served warm with thick local cream. Scatter the sliced rhubarb with the caster sugar in a baking dish, then top with a crumble made with the plain flour, ground almonds, sugar and butter. Scatter with flaked almonds and bake for 40 minutes in a medium oven until golden. Serve warm.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS Sevenoaks Outdoor Bowling Club @ Hollybush Close

Come and try this simple yet fascinating game for free. Bowls provided, just wear flat soled shoes. All ages welcome. Phone Brian 01959 522969 or Jill 01732 454677 for details.


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9th Sevenoaks Seal, Beavers and Cubs Group. Beavers 6 - 8 years Monday 5:15 - 6:30; Cubs 8 - 10½ Thursday 6:15 - 7:30 Contact Group Manager - Caroline 0’Mahoney - 07889 251800 SEVENOAKS FRIENDSHIP CENTRE Are you looking for new friends and something different? We are a club for the more mature amongst us. Our activities consist of Ten Pin Bowling at Tunbridge Wells once a week, canasta which we play on a regular basis, Whist Drives, Scrabble - a couple of sessions per month, Darts, Dining Out and Theatre visits. If you are interested in anything and haven't played for a long time we can refresh or teach you. There are also monthly Rambles. We are a very lively group and are still looking for new members. Why don't you come along to one of our meetings on the first Thursday of every month at 7.30pm at the Community Centre, Otford Road. If you are interested call Angela Heron on 01732 351529 or Mo Haslam on 01732 761903

HIRE BOROUGH GREEN VILLAGE HALL Booking Secretary: Jackie Taylor 01732 882880

SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB meets every Thursday in Seal Village Hall at 1.30pm - 4.30pm & 6.00pm - 9.30pm. New members welcome - No experience required

SKIPS PRE - SCHOOL (adjacent Ightham Primary School in Oldbury Lane). We are taking bookings for September onwards - 22 months and up. Please contact Sue on 01732 882869


The Pavilion Squash Court is available for hire. Tokens to operate the court lights are available from Richlands Stores in Dynes Road and Best One Supermarket, West End, Kemsing. The cost of tokens is £6.50 for 45 minutes play. Court bookings can be made on the booking sheets inside the Pavilion. Full changing and shower facilities. For further information contact pavilion on 762865 SEAL LIBRARY EVENTS & ACTIVITIES, High Street, Seal Rhyme Time every Friday 10.00-10.30 am Storytime every Friday 10.30-11.00 am The Tea set meets 3rd Friday of the month Tea cake and chats of a guest speaker 2.30pm – 4 pm Seal Library book group 1st Friday of the month 2.30 – 3.30 pm For further information please contact - 03000 41 31 31 or e-mail: sealibrary@kent.gov.uk KEMSING SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB

Short Mat Bowls is played at the Sir Mark Collet Pavilion Tuesdays 2 - 5.00 pm and Wednesdays 7 - 10.00 pm We welcome new members of all ages. There's no limit! No previous experience necessary. Bowls are available. Please phone Ros Hitchings, 01959 523635 for more information

OTFORD BRIDGE CLUB The Club has moved its Friday Evening Duplicate Sessions to new premises at the Sevenoaks Community Centre, Cramptons Road, Bat & Ball, Sevenoaks. Play starts at 7-30pm and Guests or new Members are welcome. If you are interested to come along to the Club or wish to learn to play Bridge, please ring Jim Garlinge on 01732 667695.


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Come and join us every Thursday during school term times 9.30am - 11.30am Seal Church Hall, Church Road, Seal. We are a local group catering for children aged 0-4 years, together with their carers - Mums, Dads, Childminders, Nannies, Grandparents etc., We provide an exciting range of activities and refreshments, tea, coffee and squash. We are a friendly group who are always welcoming to new members. The cost £1.50 per carer each week. IGHTHAM VILLAGE HALL, Sevenoaks Road, Ightham TN15 9HA

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SEAL VILLAGE HALL - Tuesday Nights 8pm to 10pm Why not join us we are a Group of dancers we do mainly Sequence dancing but some do ballroom. We are a small group and we are pleased to see you whether you can dance or you want a enjoyable night out. PLEASE CONTACT JOHN ELWELL - 01322 615666 or 07483240606

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