2016-02 February 2016 Village Voice

As heralded in last months Village Voice, we are pleased to bring to
your attention:

ACOL VILLAGE HALL
Saturday 5th March 7.00pm for 7.30pm
A SOCIAL EVENING
(in aid of Acol Village Hall Fund)
A home-cooked dinner will be served, with a choice of Steak & Ale Pie
or Chichen, Leek & Ham Pie with vegtables etc. and a Dessert.
There will also be a General Knowledge Quiz (nothing too difficult!)
Tables will be for teams of eight and Tickets (which must be
pre-booked) are £8.00 per head.
Please bring your own drink.
To book, please ring:
Charlie & Vera on 01843 848640 or
Norman & Nancy on 091843 846364

FORTHCOMING VILLAGE HALL EVENTS
13th Feb. 2.30pm AHS VALENTINE’s DAY TEA
5th Mar 7.00pm SOCIAL EVENING & QUIZ
8th Mar 3.00pm Parish Council Meeting

ACOL VILLAGE HALL SUPPORT FUND

Winners for the Month of January 2016 were:
Member no. 91 who won 1st prize of £19.00
Member no. 152, who won 2nd prize of £11.40 and
Member no. 90, who won 3rd prize of £7.60

Winners for the Month of February 2016 were:
Member no. 63 who won 1st prize of £20.50
Member no. 71 who won 2nd prize of £12.30 and
Member no. 147 who won 3rd prize of £8.20

Should you wish to join the scheme, please contact Iris Osborne on 01843
840901. The next draw will be on 2nd March 2016.

RELEVANT INFORMATION
IMPORTANT NEWS – MOBILE LIBRARY
Quote: “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it”
GUESS WHAT – WE’VE LOST IT!
Jude and I were the only regular users and, due to KCC’s cut backs, any Mobile Unit with
two or less users will be removed. In fact, 31 calls will be withdrawn and only 11
retained, mostly in Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate! Only 2 villages will still see a
Library van, Cliffsend and St Nicholas. So, whether or not current villagers have been
able to use the facility, KCC have now removed any opportunity for future residents
(when we run out of electricity and can’t recharge Kindles, or scammers completely take
over the web!) and they have scrubbed most of Thanet’s villages off their map,
regardless of the fact that we ALL pay our Council Tax and should be entitled to equal
services!
Jude and I will miss Malcolm; he’s been so helpful. We wonder if he’ll lose his job!
There is a Consultation that closes on 4th March and can be completed on line at:
Kent.gov.uk/mobilelibraryservice. Email any questions to: LRAconsultation@kent.gov.uk.
KCC have given no indication of when changes will be implemented.
INCIDENTALLY, note the “National Libraries Day” on Saturday 6th February (moving
deckchairs on the Titanic comes to mind!). 11am – 12.30 there’s an animal-themed story,
including things to make and take home, at Birchington Library.
Meanwhile :
(Contact Broadstairs Library – 862994)
10.35 – 11.05 am – bus-stop lay-by, The Street (or Nursery Fields if lay-by full)
Mondays 8th and 22nd February.
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

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Ring Iris Osborne – 840901 – for your local contact.

REFUSE COLLECTION – MONDAYS
Refuse (black) & waste food       Recycling (blue), red bag & waste food
8th February                                     15th February
22nd February                                    29th February
7th March
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.

REGULAR VILLAGE HALL DIARY DATES
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO MORE ZUMBA CLASSES
(Abigail has taken a position in Paris)
Monday afternoons (term time) – Pam’s People
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/
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 8th
MARCH 2016, IN THE VILLAGE HALL.
Sheila Bransfield

ACOL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
VALENTINE AFTERNOON TEA
Saturday 13th February In Village Hall
Doors open 2.30 for 3.00
£4.00 per head including refreshments
(Entry by Ticket Only)  To book tickets, phone:
Phyllis 845546
Nancy 846364

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

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

Minster Surgery
NEW APPOINTMENTS SYSTEM
From Monday 1st February the Practice will introduce a new appointments system, and
like any new system continual adjustments may have to be made to ensure it meets the
necessary requirements. Therefore we would like to ask our patients for their help and
understanding during these changes. Thank you .
NEW INFORMATION SYSTEM
A new TV Monitor is to be installed in the waiting room designed to give up to date
information of surgery services and facilities, and will include other local and general
information. Once installation is complete it is expected to brought into service this
month.
SURGERY TRAINING DAYS 2016
Please note that the surgery will close at 12.00 Mid-day on the following days:
Thursday 25th February, Wednesday 23rd March and Thursday 28th April.
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 Urgent/Life threatening issues, dial “ 999 “ as normal.
Naturally, typical winter ailments can create a tremendous demand on NHS resources,
and we respectfully request that patients consider this before contacting their GP
unnecessarily.
MISSED APPOINTMENTS – A Slight Improvement since Christmas
Last month:- 41 Patients DID NOT ATTEND THIER GP APPOINTMENT
68 Patients DID NOT ATTEND THEIR NURSES APPOINTMENT
THAT’S A TOTAL OF 109 WASTED APPOINTMENTS
IT’s YOUR N H S – Your Service – Your Resource – So WHY Waste It?
We ALL PAY for it – so would you waste your own money like this ?
So PLEASE CANCEL any appointment you no longer need, but PLEASE REMEMBER –
The Practice will no longer tolerate those who abuse the system.
PATIENT GROUP MEETING
If you have any issues you would like to raise at our meeting in February, or require
further information on any of the above, then please contact MARY on 842764

ACOL PARISH COUNCIL

Draft Minutes of the Acol Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 12th January 2016
can be found in the Minutes and Agendas section.

DON’T LOSE YOUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE
ATTWELLS (MINSTER) are offering a service to anyone who cannot get out at
any time to buy their own Birthday, Anniversary or other Greetings cards.
Just ring Karen on 01843 821363, and tell her the type of card you need, give
her your address. Hey Presto, she will deliver a selection of cards to your door
for you to choose from at your leisure, and will collect them again later.

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