2016-05 May 2016 Village Voice

RECREATION GROUND PLAY AREA BACK IN COMMISSION
The more observant among you may have noticed that we have finally
replaced the fencing which was stolen last year. The fencing is, for Health &
Safety reasons, neccessary to keep dogs and other animals away from the
childrens play area and the wood bark uncontaminated. It was removed from
the Rec. last year by persons unknown, and has now been replaced.
A team of volunteers, headed up by David Hayfield, installed the replacement
fencing, and we thank them all for giving their time and energy so that the
kiddies can now make use of the swings and climbing frames.
We have also taken steps to permanently mark each of the fence panels and
implement other measures to make theft more difficult in the future. However,
there is no better security measure than the vigilence of villagers, so if you see
unexpected lights or suspicious movements on the recreation ground at any time,
please note any vehicle registration numbers you can, ring the Police and tell a
Parish Councillor.

FORTHCOMING VILLAGE HALL EVENTS
10th May 3.00pm ACOL PC Parish Assembly and Annual General Meeting

ACOL VILLAGE HALL SUPPORT FUND
Winners for the Month of May 2016 were:
Member no. 42, who won 1st prize of £20.75
Member no. 109, who won 2nd prize of £12.45 and
Member no. 81, who won 3rd prize of £8.30
A Total of £41.50 has been donated to Village Hall Funds this month
Should you wish to join the scheme, please contact Iris Osborne on 840901.
The next draw will be on 1st June 2016.

RELEVANT INFORMATION
DATES FOR 2016
All events take place in Acol Village Hall:
3.00pm Tuesday 10th May, Acol Parish Council Parish Assembly to be
followed by the Parish Council’s Annual General Meeting. Members of the
public are welcome to attend.
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 16th May and 13th June. (30th May is another Bank Holiday)
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
9th May
16th May                                  23rd May
30th May
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
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.
Sheila Bransfield

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

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
OUR NEW PROJECT
Owing to the increased demand by patients of all ages, we are looking to expand the
facilities available to treat minor Ear and Hearing problems. To achieve this, we aim to
purchase:
2 x “KeelerJazz Pocket Fibre Optic Otoscopes” used to examine the ear.
2 x “Propulse G5 Ear Irrigators with Digital Timers” to decontaminate and clean the ear.
Approximate total cost will be £600 + vat.
As two of our nursing staff have already trained to use these devices, they will be
brought into service immediately they are purchased.
All proceeds raised at our Spring Fayre will go towards this project.
PATIENT DONATIONS
We would like to thank those patients who have recently made donations, especially the
Prescott Family and friends, and all donations made will be put towards our new project.
Please see our notice board in the surgery for further details.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY SURVEY
All practices now have to submit a monthly report to NHS England of their “Friends and
Family” responses. Subsequently, these monthly figures will now be regularly published in
this newsletter for your information:
Last month patient’s responses to “would you recommend our Practice” were as follows:
Extremely likely/Likely – 85%; Extremely unlikely/Unlikely – 7%; Unsure/Don’t know – 8%
MISSED APPOINTMENTS – THANK YOU!
A big decrease in GP’s appointments but nurses still worryingly high:
27 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT!
63 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their NURSES APPOINTMENT!
BUT THATS STILL 90 PATIENTS WASTING VALUABLE APPOINTMENTS and TIME!
SO PLEASE! Don’t get complacent! REMEMBER ………………
DON’T NEED IT – CANCEL IT! KEEP FORGETTING – GET TEXT REMINDER SERVICE
SPRING FARYE
Our Annual Spring Fayre will be held on:
SATURDAY 14 TH May @ “OLD SCHOOLS” HALL MINSTER
Please come and support us – and of course – “ENTRANCE IS FREE”
Please see our Poster/advert in this newsletter for further details of this event.
SURGERY CLOSURE DAYS
Please note that the surgery will close from 12.00 Mid-day onwards on the following
days:
Staff Training – Wednesday 25th May; Thursday 30th June; Wednesday 20th July Bank
Holidays – Monday 2nd May and Monday 30th May – closed all day
Please ensure that you have sufficient medication to last you during these times, and of
course, with holiday periods fast approaching, please don’t forget to plan ahead and
include all the family requiring repeat prescriptions and please don’t forget your GP’s
review appointment where necessary.
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 May, or require further
information on any of the above, then please contact: MARY ON THANET 842764

THE CRISPE CHARITY
(Founded in 1708)
A Registered Charity -­ Number 208 705
Hon. Clerk to the Trustees 8 Nursery Fields
Ann Story Acol, Birchington
Kent CT7 OJF
Tel: 01843 846651
The Crispe Charity
The Trustees of the Crispe Charity will meet in November to consider applications for
grants to young people in the ecclesiastical parish of Birchington with Acol and also
from organisations working with young people in the parish.
The Charity is able to make grants to individuals between the ages of 16 and 24
years, who have left school, and are beginning to study, or studying, at college or
university, or are starting in an apprenticeship in their first job. The grants are to assist
with the cost of books, equipment and course fees.
Grants to organisations are to assist with equipment and activities for young people.
Application forms are available from the above address.
Yours faithfully
Ann Story

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