2015-04 April 2015 Village Voice

Forthcoming Election
It can hardly have escaped your attention that we are in the run up to a General Election on 7th May. As a result, election communications are strictly regulated, and as a result I have been asked to remove the regular advertisement from Sir Roger Gale from this newsletter during the “Purdah” period.
You may also be aware that we will also have the opportunity to vote on 7th May for District Councillors to represent us on Thanet District Council.
Finally, you should be aware that at the same time there will also be the opportunity for you to chose the five members of Acol Parish Council. These have no political alleigence, but try to represent the views of the villagers at District and County level, as well as ensure the parish has a voice on a number of local committees and forums.

ACOL VILLAGE HALL SUPPORT FUND – 200 Club
Winners for the Month of April 2015 were:
Member no. 121 who won 1st prize of £19.25
Member no. 93, who won 2nd prize of £11.55 and
Member no. 71, who won 3rd prize of £7.70

The next draw will be on Wednesday 6th May 2015. Should you have any questions, or wish to join the scheme, please contact Mary or Sam Hodgson on 01843 842764.

FORTHCOMING VILLAGE HALL EVENTS
19th Apr 2.30pm AHS Late Spring Show
22nd Apr 6.30pm Village Hall Management Committee AGM
27th Apr 6.00pm ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY
6th May 7.00pm Neighbourhood Watch Meeting

Minster Surgery
TEXT MESSAGING SERVICES
The surgery telephone system has been enhanced to facilitate additional text messaging services for patients, sent direct to their mobile phone. As well as appointment confirmation and reminders, additional information regarding healthcare and vaccination
campaigns, such as “Seasonal “Flu Vaccines” will now be available.
To ensure you can receive this information please confirm your personal details and telephone numbers held by the surgery are correct, and that you advise them of any changes.
Please note that this is a secure and confidential system and we DO NOT share such information with anyone.
APPOINTMENT QUESTIONNAIRE
The surgery is proposing to re-organise the appointment’s procedure, both in making and attending the appointment itself. Also under consideration is the unacceptable level of patients who fail to attend a pre-booked appointment, and how best to deal with repeat
offenders.
We would welcome patient’s feedback on these issues and are thus launching a survey to help decide the best way forward. We would be very grateful if patients could spend a few minutes whilst they are at the surgery and complete a simple questionnaire.
Thank you for your help and support.
MISSED APPOINTMENTS – STILL FAR TO HIGH!!
LAST MONTH :
50 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT!
75 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their NURSES APPOINTMENT!
SO THAT’S 125 PATIENTS WASTING VALUABLE APPOINTMENTS and TIME!
SO TELL US PLEASE: – WHAT DO YOU THINK – WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
DON’T BE A TIME WASTER
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”!
OUR NEW PROJECT
This year we wanted to purchase something that would be of benefit to all ages, from infancy to the elderly, and assist in the diagnosis of the patient’s illness and breathing difficulties, both at the surgery and in the patients home. The following has been
suggested:
A “Nellcor Portable Patient Monitoring System with Paediatric Connectivity” with an approximate cost of £1300. This type of Pulse Oximetry Monitor was only launched last year and would be a tremendous asset to the surgery and benefit to our patients.
SPRING FAYRE
Our Annual Spring Fayre will be held on:
SATURDAY 16TH May @ “OLD SCHOOLS” HALL MINSTER
Tables remain at £9 LARGE OR £6 SMALL
And of course “FREE ENTRANCE”
Several tables have already been sold and only a few remain so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment
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 29th April; Thursday 21st May; Wednesday 24th June
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 April, or require further information on any of the above, then please contact MARY HODGSON on 842764

ACOL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY & Wincheap Allotments Association SPRING SHOW
Sunday 19th April
Acol Village Hall
Daffodils Tulips etc.
Teas & Coffees from 4.30pm
Phone 845546 for Schedule
Doors Open 2.30pm
Admission £1.00

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

Abbey Patchers
Biennial Quilt Show
St Mary's Church, Church Street, Minster CT12 4BX
Saturday 23rd May 201510.00 – 5.30pm; Sunday 24th May 2015 12.00pm – 4.30pm
and Monday 25th May 2015 10.00am – 4.30pm
Raffle – Quilts in aid of Pancreatic Cancer
Tombola, Sales Tables, Traders Refreshments in Old Schools
Proceeds in aid of Church

Last month the following was submitted for publication:
CROWN & SCEPTRE
On 18th February, TDC Planning Committee refused to allow development of the building and car park. TDC anticipates an Appeal and will be holding a site meeting this week. An offer was made in April 2014, which was ignored, to buy the property and return it to a
pub/restaurant. More information may be available in April.
However…. It is now clear that there is many a slip betwixt cup and lip. In spite of what was clearly heard and understood by a number of Acol residents present at the Planning Committee meeting it appears that the officers of the Council present heard and minuted something entirely different. As a result, the Crown and Sceptre car park has now been fenced off, and the records show that the redevelopment of the site was agreed by the Planning Committee.
Allegedly, when asked to confirm that the application had been rejected, the Chair of Planning asked what people didn’t understand by the word ‘refused’. It now seems that the answer was that refused really meant agreed!!

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
This is a reminder that a meeting in the Village Hall has been arranged for Wednesday 6th May 2015 commencing at 7.00pm.
Please come along and learn more about the Scheme and how you can help in getting it underway again in the village.

RELEVANT INFORMATION
REFUSE COLLECTION – MONDAYS
Refuse (black) & waste food                  Recycling (blue), red bag & waste food
                                                                               13th April
            20th April                                                      27th April
             4th May
(Fingers crossed again ! Still no changes notified.)
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.
MOBILE LIBRARY
(Contact Broadstairs Library – 862994)
10.35 – 11.05 am – bus-stop lay-by, The Street (or Nursery Fields if lay-by full)
More apololgies have been received for a No Show.
Send contact details to Sheila.Bransfield@btinternet.com to get immediate updates.
Monday 20th April. No Library 6th April or 4th May – Bank Holidays.
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
REGULAR 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,
followed by, 7.30-8.15pm, Exercise to Music.
Alternate Wednesday evenings – Life Drawing Art Group
Every Thursday evening – Art Group
Every Friday evening, 7-8.30pm – Zumba Fitness Class
Art Group Website: www.acolartgroup.org/
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 821110.
ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY AT 6PM ON MONDAY 27TH APRIL.
PARISH COUNCIL AGM (after Election) at 6.30pm Wednesday 20th May.
Sheila Bransfield

Jumble Sale 30th May
We will be accepting donations of clothes, bric-a-brac etc. on the evening of 29th May from 7.30pm 'til 8.30pm – or in advance if necessary. Entry on the day will be from 10.00am, and will be free of charge. Teas, Coffees and biscuits will be
available.

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