2016-08 August 2016 Village Voice

CONCERNED ABOUT TRAFFIC THROUGH THE VILLAGE?
The Parish Council have arranged for Mr Paul Valek, Thanet Manager (Kent Highways) to attend their next meeting at 2.00pm on Monday 5th September,
where he will address the concerns of the Council as set out in the Minutes reprinted here.
He will also be invited to take questions and concerns from Villagers. If you are a concerned citizen, this is a rare opportunity to voice your views to the official responsible. If you are unable to attend, then put any questions you may have in writing, and post them in the Village Hall postbox, and they will be raised with Mr Valek on your behalf.

ACOL VILLAGE HALL SUPPORT FUND – 200 Club
Winners for the Month of July 2016 were:
Member no. 39, who won 1st prize of £20.25
Member no. 109 who won 2nd prize of £12.15 and
Member no. 6, who won 3rd prize of £8.10.
£40.25 was donated to Village Hall funds
Winners for the Month of August 2016 were:
Member no. 73, who won 1st prize of £20.50
Member no. 62 who won 2nd prize of £12.30 and
Member no. 37, who won 3rd prize of £8.20
£41.00 was donated to Village Hall funds
The next draw will be on Wednesday 7th September 2016. Should you have any
questions, or wish to join the scheme, please contact Iris Osborne 01843 840901.

ACOL PARISH COUNCIL
Draft Minutes of the Acol Parish Council meeting held on Monday 4th July 2016 can be found in the Minutes & Agendas section.

Minster Surgery
OUR NEW PROJECT
To purchase an “Ankle-Brachial Index” (ABI) screening device to help diagnose patients who suffer with “Peripheral Arterial Disease” (PAD). This is a circulatory problem where
narrowing arteries can cause reduced blood flow to your limbs. Groups more likely at risk to PAD include those with Hypertension, Diabetes, Overweight and Heavy Smokers.
The approximate cost of this “state of the art” equipment is £1500 – £2000, dependent on model. Full details can be found on our notice board in the surgery.
SEASONAL WINTER ‘FLU VACCINATIONS 2016
Although at the time of going to press, we cannot confirm the actual dates, Vaccination Clinics will be held towards the end of September/October as usual.
Appointments will be 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.
IT’S HOLIDAY TIME!
Despite the fact that our weather doesn’t always agree, for many of us summer holidays beckon! So please remember to order your “Repeat Prescriptions” in good time, and most
importantly, check whether your “Annual Review” is imminent. Please also remember that our Healthcare Professionals take their holidays at this time as well, and our resources
may be slightly stretched, so please make your appointments in good time and please ensure they are used appropriately…….
MISSED APPOINTMENTS
Oh dear! Back to square one! This sadly illustrates that sometimes OUR RESOURCES
ARE NOT BEING USED APPROPRIATELY!
Last Month: 50 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT!
56 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their NURSES APPOINTMENT!
SO THATS STILL 106 PATIENTS WASTING VALUABLE APPOINTMENTS and TIME!
WHY BOTHER making an appointment (difficult enough at times!) and NOT USE IT?
DON’T NEED IT – CANCEL IT! KEEP FORGETTING – GET TEXT REMINDER SERVICE
* *BUT A SINCERE “THANK YOU” TO THOSE WHO DO CANCEL OR APOLOGISE! * *
FRIENDS AND FAMILY SURVEY
All practices now have to submit a monthly report to NHS England of their “Friends and Family” responses.
Last month patients’ responses to “would you recommend our Practice” were as follows
Extremely likely/Likely – 90%; Extremely unlikely/Unlikely – 6%; Unsure/Don’t know – 4%
SURGERY CLOSURE DAYS
Please note that the surgery will close from 12.00 Mid-day onwards on the following dates:
Staff Training – Thursday 29th September: Wednesday 19th October
Bank Holiday – Monday 29th August – Closed all day
Please ensure that you have sufficient medication to last you during these times, and of course, please don’t forget to include all the family who may require repeat prescriptions
and check when their medication review appointment is due.
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.
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY!
Our ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR will be held on SATURDAY 26th NOVEMBER.
As this is our most popular event, Tables are highly sought after, and are on sale NOW!
So please book early to avoid disappointment, as some have already been sold!
PATIENT GROUP MEETING
If you have any issues you would like to raise at our meeting in August, or require further information on any of the above, then please contact Mary Hodgson on 842764:

ACOL VILLAGE HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
QUIZ NIGHT
Saturday 1rst October 2016
starting at 7.30pm.
Teams of eight per table
Entry: £3 per head
American Supper
(Bring your own drink)

RELEVANT INFORMATION
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Contact Iris Osborne, 840901, for your local representative.
SPEEDWATCH
Contact Iris Osborne, 840901, for information and updates.
REFUSE COLLECTION – MONDAYS
Refuse (black) & waste food    Recycling (blue), red bag & waste food
8th August                                 15th August
22nd August                              29th August (BH)
5th September
(Bank Holidays are supposed to be business as usual)
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 me for dates.
ADVANCE NOTICE – DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
Monday 5th September – 2pm, Parish Council Meeting
Saturday 24th September – AHS Autumn Show (marquee behind Village Hall)
Saturday 1st October – Village Hall Quiz Night. £3 entrance, American Supper.
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 832243.
Please ring these numbers if you have problems and do not know who to contact.
THE NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING WILL BE AT 2PM ON MONDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER, WHICH WILL BE ATTENDED BY MR PAUL VALEK, OUR
KCC HIGHWAYS MANAGER, TO DEAL WITH VILLAGERS’ QUESTIONS.
Sheila Bransfield

VILLAGE HALL MOVIE EVENINGS
There was very little response to this idea – possibly a dozen or so people expressed an interest. For this scheme to be viable, we needed at least three
times that number of people as a regular audience. Accordingly, this will now be put on the back-burner for the foreseeable future.
YOUR M.P. 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: 07623 978479 (24-hour)
Web: www.rogergale.co.uk
Email: galerj@parliament.uk
Write: HOUSE OF COMMONS –
London, SW1A 0AA
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Acol, Birchington CT7 0JA

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celebrate 30 years of living in our lovely village. I was but a girl of 30 in 1986, with a
little girl almost two years old. What a lot of water has passed under the bridge since
then, two daughters raised, good friends made and the shop and pub gone. Still I
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