2015-07 July 2015 Village Voice

ACOL NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
The Acol Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is being started again, with new coordinators to cover the village.
You will shortly receive a visit from the person looking after your area of the village, asking you to become a member of the Scheme and to give your contact details. In this way you will routinely be contacted regarding reports of crime and any suspicious happening, including scams.
Please join the Scheme – in this way we can hopefully keep our village a safe and secure environment.
The village will be covered by the following:-
The Street and Margate Hill – Iris Osborne – iris.acol.nwatch@gmail.com
Nursery Fields – Cos Costello – cos.acol.nwatch@gmail.com
Minster Road and Dilnot Lane – Kate Aldir – kate.acol.nwatch@gmail.com
Crispe Road and Margate Hill – Kay Skinner – kay.acol.nwatch@gmail.com
Plumstone Road – Karrie Wood – karrie.acol.nwatch@gmail.com

ACOL VILLAGE HALL SUPPORT FUND – 200 Club
Winners for the Month of July 2015 were:
Member no. 186, who won 1st prize of £19.25
Member no. 14 who won 2nd prize of £11.55 and
Member no. 112, who won 3rd prize of £7.70.
The next draw will be on Wednesday 5th August 2015. Should you have any
questions, or wish to join the scheme, please contact Iris Osborne 01843 840901.

FORTHCOMING VILLAGE HALL EVENTS
25th Jul. 2.30pm AHS SUMMER SHOW (in the Marquee at back of Hall)
4th Aug. 7.30pm AHS Floral Art Demonstration by John White (Chelsea Winner)

Minster Surgery
APPOINTMENTS – TRIAL OF NEW SYSTEM
Following Patients response to our recent questionnaire, the Practice is currently trialing a new system to help alleviate the difficulty for those Patients who are unable to obtain an appointment on the day.
Although we are pleased with the results so far, we are always aware of the need for continual improvement, and will continue the trial for the next few weeks. We will, of course, ensure patients are kept informed.
We thank you for your feedback and patience and continue to welcome any comments you may have.
SEASONAL WINTER ‘FLU VACCINATIONS 2015
Vaccination Clinics will be held at the on the following days, between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm
Saturday 26th September and Saturday 17th October.
Appointments are now available and can be made in the usual way via the surgery.
Eligible and “at risk” patients will receive a reminder on their “Repeat Prescription List”
and will be invited to make an appointment on either of those days.
If you have any concerns about your eligibility please contact Reception.
NEW FACILITY IN THE WAITING ROOM
As mentioned in our previous newsletter, we recently purchased a “Weight Management System” which is now installed and located in the waiting room and is available for patients to use freely. It can be used to determine height, weight and BMI (Body Mass
Index) and can a useful guide to maintaining a heathy life style.
MISSED APPOINTMENTS – A SLIGHT IMPROVEMENT?
Less Patients missed their Doctors Appointment – CHEERS !!!
BUT! More missed their Nurses appointment – BOO !!
LAST MONTH : 43 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT!
60 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their NURSES APPOINTMENT!
SO STILL 103 “PATIENTS” STILL WASTING VALUABLE APPOINTMENTS and TIME!
SO STOP BEING BE A TIME WASTER – IT’S SO SELFISH AND UNNECESSARY!
DON’T NEED IT? CANCEL IT – BY PHONE, BY TEXT, ON LINE, ITS EASY- JUST DO IT!
SPRING FARYE – A BIG THANK YOU
Our Annual Spring Fayre was held on 16th May and we would like to thank all those who took part and supported us so generously, and helped us raise nearly £300. The winner of the “Bannatyne’s Gift Voucher” was Mrs. S. Prescott from Acol.
OUR NEW PROJCT – PATIENT DONATIONS
We would like to thank those people who have made such generous donations towards our new project, and especially the family and friends of the late Betty Marner. The total has already reached £600. You can always keep up to date with our progress by checking
our notice board in the surgery.
SURGERY CLOSURE DAYS
Please note that the surgery will be closed on the following days:
Staff Training – Thurs. 23rd July; Wed. 30th September; Thurs. 22nd October ( From Midday onwards)
Bank Holiday – Monday 31st August – All day
Please ensure that you have sufficient medication to last you during these times.
Should you need to see a Doctor when the surgery is closed, please call the “NHS 111 Service” via the normal surgery number 821333 where you will be transferred automatically, or you can call direct on “ 111 “, to receive “non urgent” confidential health advice and information for you and your family.
For Urgent/Life threatening cases please dial “ 999 “ as normal.
PATIENT GROUP MEETING
If you have any issues you would like to raise at our meeting in July, or require further information on any of the above, then please contact: Mary on 842764

ACOL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
AHS SUMMER SHOW on 25th July
In the Marquee at the back of the Village Hall
Refreshments, Raffle
Admission £1
Tuesday 4th August at 7.30pm

FLORAL ART DEMONSTRATION
By John White (Chelsea Flower show Winner)
EVERYONE WELCOME
(Members and non-Members)

"Textile Journeys"
An Exhibition of work by Village Textiles students, including those completing City & Guilds qualifications
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August from 10am to 5pm at: The Old School, Church Street, Minster, Kent CT12 4BX.
Tea, coffee and homemade cakes available.
Admission £1.

RELEVANT INFORMATION
MOTORBIKE NUISANCE
Some people may have noticed on Wednesday evening that Columbus Avenue had again become a motorcycle race track! The temporary Police Dispersal Order has expired and it seems we need it to be reinstated.
If your summer evening is ruined by screaming engines, please remember to ring the Police on 999, as speeding on the highway is an offence, regardless of where it is, which makes it a “crime in progress”. This is the only way we shall get a new
(maybe even permanent) Dispersal Order.
REFUSE COLLECTION – MONDAYS
Refuse (black) & waste food                  Recycling (blue), red bag & waste food
            13th July                                                       20th July
            27th July                                                      3rd August
          10th August
Ring TDC, 577115, to arrange collection if you are unable to put your bins out.
Or Ring the ‘Recycle for Thanet’ line on 577727 with any queries you may have.
MOBILE LIBRARY
(Contact Broadstairs Library – 862994)
10.35 – 11.05 am – bus-stop lay-by, The Street (or Nursery Fields if lay-by full)
Send contact details to Sheila.Bransfield@btinternet.com to get immediate updates.
Mondays 13th and 27th July
NOTE: You can find and reserve a book to collect from the Mobile Library at:
https://kent.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/BSEARCH
REGULAR DIARY DATES
Monday afternoons (term time) – Pam’s People
Every Monday evening, 7-8.30pm – Zumba Fitness Class
First Tuesday evening – AHS meeting
All other Tuesday evenings, 6-7pm – Dance Fitness Class,
Alternate Wednesday evenings – Life Drawing Art Group
Every Thursday evening – Art Group
Every Friday evening, 7-8.30pm – Zumba Fitness Class
Art Group Website: www.acolartgroup.org/
PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE
Ring Parish Council on Mondays (9am-5pm) on 844706, or the day after a Bank Holiday,
or the Clerk any day (9am-5pm) on 882243.
Sheila Bransfield

YOUR M.P. At Your Service …….
SIR ROGER GALE holds regular advice surgeries for the residents of Margate, Herne Bay & The Villages
For appointments and advice on urgent problems:
Ring: 01843 848588 (a.m. from 10.00)
Fax: 01843 844856 (24-hour)
Page: 07623 978479 (24-hour)
Email: galerj@parliament.uk
Web: www.rogergale.co.uk
Write: HOUSE OF COMMONS,
LONDON, SW1A 0AA

JOHN N ING
Mobile Locksmith
Established 1989
All aspects of security supplied and installed by dependable and established local locksmith
Locks – Keys – Master Keying – Safes – Door Entry Systems
Free Quotations – Lockout and Emergency Service – Insurance Specification Work & Security Upgrades
For Personal and Friendly Service call John Ing
Tel : (01843) 843494 Mobile 07801 182348
email: john.ing@zen.co.uk
Meadow-Holt, The Street
Acol, Birchington CT7 0JA

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