ACOL VILLAGE VOICE
A Very Happy New Year to all our Readers.
Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party, 12th December
The evening continued the long tradition of inviting our Senior Citizens to a
Christmas party, and this year proved to be a real triumph, and was
thoroughly enjoyed by all its participants. Following on from the success of last
year in providing a full Christmas Dinner for all attendees, this year Vera and
Charlie George, produced another delicious cooked meal for more than 36 people.
We enjoyed Turkey and stuffing, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, roast parsnips,
cauliflower cheese, carrots, sprouts, followed by trifle and Cheese and biscuits. A
magnificent spread, for which we are truly grateful to them.
This was followed by a musical entertainment from a Ukelele Band, which got
evryone singing along and provided a thoroughly enjoyable evening for all. Our
thanks go to David Hayfield for organising this. The Village Hall Committee made
a suitable donation to the Band for their chosen charity on behalf of the
Finally, a quick word of thanks to those who donated to, and supported the
Christmas Hamper Draw, which raised £100 towards the costs of the event. The
hamper was won by Chris Walker, a member of the Acol Horticultural Society.
Thanks must also go to the Village Hall Management Committee and Acol
Horticultural Society for their kind donations.
Reindeer Drive, 19th December
This year’s Reindeer Drive took place on Saturday 19th December at 7.30pm:
This highly popular event was once again run for us by Bill Yeoman, and provided a
chance for everybody in the village, of all ages, to join in with some festive fun
and games. Thanks to Bill, Josie and all the team for once again providing an
exciting and fun-filled evening.
ACOL VILLAGE HALL SUPPORT FUND – 200 Club
The Support Fund for the Village Hall was established by Sam and Mary
Hodgson, and has now been running for more than 25 years. During that time
it has raised over £15.000 towards the maintenance and refurbishment of
The fund is made up of 200 numbers, and Membership of the fund is open to all.
Members of the 200 Club are each allocated a number (or numbers) that is
entered into a monthly draw on payment of £1 each month. or £12 a year. Each
number purchased will be entered into the monthly draw. Should a member not
contribute in a particular month, then their number will not be entered in the
draw, and prize fund will be reduced accordingly. The money collected is then
shared 50:50 between the Hall Support Fund and a prize fund.
The prize fund is then divided between the three winning numbers, drawn on the
first Wednesday of every month, with 50% of the fund as the first prize, 30% as
the second prize and 20% as the third prize.
If you would like to be a member please call 840901 and I can arrange
collection of your money We will be so pleased to have your support. Thank
Iris Osborne, Fund Organiser.
Acol Village Hall Management Committee.
The result of the January Draw, which will take place on 7th January will be
published in the February Edition.
The next draw will be on Wednesday 3rd February 2016.
FORTHCOMING VILLAGE HALL EVENTS
12th Jan 3.00pm Parish Council Meeting
Future Village Hall Events
Following a number of enforced cancellations due to lack of interest, the Hall
Management Committee are very keen to arrange events which will re-engage
with villagers, and provide fun and social interaction.
To that end, we are pleased to announce that Vera and Charlie George have
offered to organise and provide an evening meal (on the lines of the Senior
Citizen’s Christmas Party but which will be open to everybody). This will be
combined with one of our quiz nights (teams of eight as usual), so good food and
fun. This is currently planned for 5th March, but watch out for details in the next
edition of Village Voice.
If you have any ideas for events you would like to see happen, then please contact
one of our committee members. We are always open to good ideas.
DATES FOR 2016
Happy New Year to all Acol villagers.
Who can believe that yet another year has passed – and quite an eventful one.
Let’s hope for more action for Acol in 2016.
Send contact details to Sheila.Bransfield@btinternet.com to get immediate
updates or to arrange a date for a hall booking in 2016.
The Street and Margate Hill – Iris Osborne – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nursery Fields – Cos Costello – email@example.com
Minster Road and Dilnot Lane – Kate Aldir – firstname.lastname@example.org
Crispe Road and Margate Hill – Kay Skinner – email@example.com
Plumstone Road – Karrie Wood – firstname.lastname@example.org
REFUSE COLLECTION – MONDAYS
Refuse (black) & waste food Recycling (blue), red bag & waste food
11th January 18th January
25th January 1st February
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.
(Contact Broadstairs Library – 862994)
10.35 – 11.05 am – bus-stop lay-by, The Street (or Nursery Fields if lay-by full)
Mondays 11th and 25th January.
NOTE: You can find and reserve a book to collect from the Mobile Library at:
REGULAR VILLAGE HALL 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 (t.b.c.)
Every Thursday evening – Art Group Art Group Website: www.acolartgroup.org/
Every Friday evening, 7-8.30pm – Zumba Fitness Class
Monthly, Saturdays – Phoenix Quilters.
Check hall calendar or email for dates.
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.
THE NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 3PM ON TUESDAY
12TH JANUARY 2016, IN THE VILLAGE HALL.
ACOL PARISH COUNCIL WEBSITE
There have been more than a few problems with the website over the last year or
so – the providers changed the layout and operation (which was not helpful) and
my personal computer played up considerably before it finally died. All seems
well now with a new computer (fingers crossed) and the website has been brought
up to date. Please use the contacts on the website if you have any comments or
Incidentally, the Royal Mail have once again changed collection times in the
village. Post will now be collected at 16.00 weekdays and 10.30 Saturdays.
ACOL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
VALENTINE AFTERNOON TEA
Saturday 13th February
In Village Hall
2.30 – 3.00
£4.00 per head
(Entry by Ticket Only)
To book tickets, phone:
JOHN N ING
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
Meadow-Holt, The Street
Acol, Birchington CT7 0JA
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)
Write: HOUSE OF COMMONS,
LONDON, SW1A 0AA
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL PATIENTS OF MINSTER SURGERY
On Friday 20th February alone, 16 Patients failed to attend their appointment, despite
contacting the surgery earlier in the morning stating they needed an appointment that day.
THIS HAS NOW BECOME TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!
It is not only a complete waste of valuable resources and appointments, but shows a
complete contempt of the needs of others.
With the difficulties experienced by some patients in making an appointment in the first
place, and the level of missed appointments being continually unacceptably high,
this will no longer be tolerated. Action HAS BEEN taken against repeat offenders,
and will continue to be taken where doomed appropriate and necessary.
Therefore, we must insist that if anyone has made an appointment they no longer need,
please ensure you cancel as soon as possible, so other patients may benefit. It is very
easy to do, by phone, by text message, on line or in person.
We do appreciate that this just a small minority who abuse the system and thank the
remainder of our psatients for their support and patience during these difficult circumstances.
On behalf of Minster Surgery
DR B STRANDVIK
We were very sad to have to say farewell to Dr Strandvik at the end of the year.
Her husband has accepted an opportunity to work abroad and so, as a family, they will be relocating.
On behalf of all her patients and friends we thanked her for her caring and professional contribution
to the Practice and wished her and her family every success for the future. However, we are delighted
to inform you that Mr R Mangam is now working with us as a full time GP.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AND RAFFLE
Thank you to everyone who supported us in our fund raising project and helped make the various
events we held during 2015 such tremendous successes.
The prize draw was held at the Bazaar and the winner of the first prize was Mrs L Keens from Minster,
with the second prize going to Mr Cook from Birchington and the third prize being re-donated for resale.
Mrs Keens very generally chose to donate her winnings to our fund raising project for next year, of which
we are extremely grateful.
A full list of all the winning numbers and lucky prize winners are on display in the surgery.
“NELLCOR” PATIENT MONITORING SYSTEM
We are extremely grateful to the many Patients who have made such generous donations, and together
with the monies made from our raffle and Christmas Bazaar we are delighted to say we achieved
our target and purchased the equipment before Christmas.
So a “BIG THANK YOU” to everyone who has helped and supported us!
This was held on Friday 4th December and was attended by the Senior Practice Partners who
expressed their sincere gratitude and thanked everyone who had enables this project to be so
successful. Once commissioning and training have been completed it is hoped that the new equipment will be in service early in the new year.
SURGERY TRAINING DAYS 2016
Please note that the surgery will close at 12:00 mid-day on the following days:
Wednesday 27th January
Thursday 25th February
Wednesday 23rd March
Should you need to see a Doctor when the surgery is closed, pleased 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 Urgent/life threatening issues, dial “999” as normal.
Naturally, during the extended holiday period, annual leave and typical winter ailments can create a
tremendous demand on NHS resources, and we respectfully request that patients consider this
before contacting their GP unnecessarily.
PATIENT GROUP MEETING
If you have any issues you would like to raise at our meeting in January, or require further information on
any of the above, then please contact:
MARY Thanet 842764
We would like to wish all our patients and friends
A VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR
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