2016-03 March 2016 Village Voice

Social Evening – A Report
Four weeks ago,Vera George was taken into Hospital, and there
was real concern for her health. A week or so later, she was
back on her feet, and organising the Valentine’s Day Afternoon
Tea for the Horticultural Society. Last Saturday (5th March) she
and husband Charlie single-handedly prepared and cooked a meal
for nearly 70 people for the Social Evening and Quiz which they
had organised.
This remarkable lady, who will undoubtedly hate being publically recognised and
thanked for her efforts, has the energy and enthusiasm of someone of half her
age, and puts the rest of us to shame. But, as she has said to me on more than
one occasion, what else would she do? Never one to sit back and relax, she had
decided that Acol, and the Village Hall Management Committee, needed her help
to get events going again and to provide an injection of funds, following the
failure of a number of planned events recently. And when Vera sets her mind to
something, she doesn’t do it by halves!
She is, of course, renowned for her culinary skills, having produced sumptuous
Christmas Dinners for the Senior Citizens for the last two years. However she
and Charlie excelled themselves on Saturday, offering a choice of Chicken, Leek
and Ham or Steak and Ale Pie, with vegetables, followed by Trifle or Cheese &
Biscuits. The pies had the lightest most delicious pastry and succulent fillings
which melted in the mouth. As someone said to me “that was the best meal I’ve
had for months – but don’t tell the wife”.
The meal was followed by further entertainment provided by Vera’s family and
friends – a quiz which stretched the brain calls, and tested the musical memory
banks. Generous prizes of chocolates and champagne for the winning team were
hard earned and well deserved. There was also a raffle with more valuable prizes
to be won, which brought the evening to a very satisfactory conclusion.
At the end of the event, Vera presented Acol Village Hall management Committee
with a very generous cheque for £447, representing the proceeds from the
evening. I attempted on behalf of the committee to thank both her and Charlie,
as well as her family, at the time, but it is only fitting that such magnificent
efforts on our behalf should be appropriately acknowledged as widely as possible.
So THANK YOU VERA AND CHARLIE.
Jon Inchley

FORTHCOMING VILLAGE HALL EVENTS
8th Mar 3.00pm Parish Council Meeting
2nd Apr 2.30pm AHS SPRING SHOW

ACOL VILLAGE HALL SUPPORT FUND
Winners for the Month of March 2016 were:
Member no. 25 who won 1st prize of £20.50
Member no. 48, who won 2nd prize of £12.30 and
Member no. 121, 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 6th April 2016.

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.

ACOL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
Dates for your Diary 2016
Spring Show 2nd April
Late Spring Show 17th April
Summer Show 30th July
Nosh & Natter 6th August
Autumn Show 24th September
Gardener’s Supper 15th October
Autumn Fair 5th November
Come and see us – Non Members welcome
Meetings held on first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in
ACOL VILLAGE HALL (nb NOT December or January)

ACOL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
SPRING SHOW
SATURDAY 2nd APRIL
Acol Village Hall
Daffodils Tulips & Other Sprinq Flowers
FLORAL ART – DOMESTIC – HANDICRAFT
PHOTOGRAPHY: ONE UNUSUAL “SHAPED TREE”
THREE PHOTOGRAPHS “CLOUDS” FRAMED 7”x 5”
Phone for Schedule: 01843 845546
Teas etc. Raffle
Doors Open 2.30 – 4.30pm

ACOL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY and
WINCHEAP ALLOTMENTS ASSOC.
LATE SPRING SHOW
For Daffodils and Tulips
Members and Non Members
SUNDAY 17th APRIL
Acol Village Hall
Doors Open 2.30 – 4.30pm Staging
Judging 5.00pm
Afternoon Tea 4.30 – 5.00pm
Entry £1

RELEVANT INFORMATION
DATES FOR 2016
All events take place in Acol Village Hall:
Monday 18th April, 6pm, Acol Village Hall Management Committee Annual General
Meeting. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Thursday 5th May, all day, ELECTION of a Police and Crime Commissioner.
Thursday 23rd June, all day, E.U. REFERENDUM.
MOBILE LIBRARY (For the Time Being):
(Contact Broadstairs Library – 862994)
10.35 – 11.05 am – bus-stop lay-by, The Street (or Nursery Fields if lay-by full)
Mondays 7th and 21st March and 4th April.
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
Contact Iris Osborne, 840901, for your local representative.
REFUSE COLLECTION – MONDAYS
Refuse (black) & waste food         Recycling (blue), red bag & waste food
14th March
21st March                                     28th March
4th April
(According to the TDC website, Bank Holidays are “normal days” so Easter, 28th
March, should not affect collection day)
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 ZUMBA CLASSES HAVE ENDED
(Monday, Friday evenings are now clear, if any group should need to use the hall)
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
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.
IMPORTANT PETITION
A new Petition has been started by a Town Councillor from Westgate:
Give Parish Councils the right to appeal planning decisions.
The planning system is unfair. It is one of the few decision-making processes
that gives no right of appeal to affected third parties. The government should
introduce a limited third party right of appeal by giving Parish Councils a right to
appeal planning decisions to the Planning Inspectorate.
There is a fundamental imbalance in the planning system. Under current rules, if
a Council refuses a planning application, the applicant is allowed to appeal to the
Planning Inspectorate. If a Council approves an application, no one has the right
to appeal. With the national presumption in favour of sustainable development
throwing the planning system into disarray, in the interest of justice, the
government should give Parish Councils the right to appeal planning decisions.
Go to “ONLINE PETITION 110489” to vote.
CLOSING DATE 16/4/16
Sheila Bransfield

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Acol, Birchington CT7 0JA

At Your Service……..
SIR ROGER GALE
holds regular advice surgeries for
Margate, Herne Bay & The Villages
– for appointments and for advice
on urgent problems:
Ring: 01843 848588 (a.m. from 10.00)
Page: 07626 802961 (24-hour)
Web: www.rogergale.co.uk
Email: galerj@parliament.uk
Write: Sir Roger Gale MP
HOUSE OF COMMONS
London, SW1A 0AA.
Minster Surgery
MISSED APPOINTMENTS
At Last! A BIG improvement! THANK YOU!
34 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT!
61 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their NURSES APPOINTMENT!
BUT THATS STILL 95 PATIENTS WASTING VALUABLE APPOINTMENTS and
TIME!
So let’s hope that, following the articles recently published by the surgery, those
“forgetful” patients are at last getting the message.
But PLEASE! Don’t get complacent!
REMEMBER – DON’T NEED IT – CANCEL IT!
KEEP FORGETTING – REGISTER!
One day IT MIGHT BE YOU who urgently needs an appointment and be told :
“SORRY THEY’VE ALL GONE”!
NEW WATER COOLER INSTALLED
We are pleased to announce that a “AquAid” Drinking Water Machine is now
available in the waiting room for patients to freely use.
We would therefore like to thank those patients who suggested this facility in
the first place, and supported our fund raising to enable us to purchase it.
OUR NEW PROJECT – YOU DECIDE !
We would like your help – PLEASE! What additional equipment or facility do you
think would benefit your surgery the most?
Various suggestions have been put forward and are displayed on our notice board
in the waiting room, so please feel free to comment or add additional suggestions.
We look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you.
SPRING FARYE
Our Annual Spring Fayre will be held on:
SATURDAY 14th May @ “OLD SCHOOLS” HALL, MINSTER
Tables remain at £9 LARGE OR £7 SMALL, and of course “ENTRANCE IS FREE”
Several tables have already been sold already and only a few remain so BOOK
NOW to avoid disappointment
SURGERY CLOSURE DAYS
Please note that the surgery will close from 12.00 Midday onwards on the
following days:
Staff Training – Wednesday 23rd March;
Thursday 28th April;
Wednesday 25th May
Spring Bank Holiday – Monday 2nd May – 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 March, or require
further information on any of the above, then please contact MARY on 842764

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