2015-05 May 2015 Village Voice

CRIMINAL (OFF) FENCE…
It may have escaped your notice, but some theiving toe-rags have vandalised the Recreation Ground, stealing 11 lengths of fencing installed to keep dogs out of the children’s play area and isolated from the rest of the Recreation Ground. This fencing was funded by grants received from KCC Members Community Fund and the Birchington and Westgate Rotary Club, and installed by volunteers from the Village and the Rotary Club giving generously of their time and very considerable efforts.
The fence disappeared over the night of Thursday 16th April, and was removed by irreparably damaging the fence posts, whilst leaving them in situ. As we will obviously need to claim for this on our insurance, there will be an inevitable delay until we can reinstate the fence, while the Childrens play area will have to remain out of use until we can ensure the play area is secure from dog mess once more.
If you are aware of any suspicious activity on the Rec, or have been offered cheap fencing etc. – anything which can offer some clue as to the possible perpetrators of this crime, please let us or the police know.

ACOL VILLAGE HALL SUPPORT FUND – 200 Club
The next draw will be on Wednesday 6th May 2015. Should you have any questions,
or wish to join the scheme, please contact Iris Osborne 01843 840901.

FORTHCOMING VILLAGE HALL EVENTS
6th May 7.00pm Neighbourhood Watch Meeting
20th May 6.30pm Acol Parish Council AGM
30th May 9.30am JUMBLE SALE
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.

Minster Surgery
APPOINTMENT QUESTIONNAIRE
Thank you to all those many patients who completed our questionnaire during the past few weeks, and especially for all your very interesting comments and suggestions. 
All responses have been collated and the findings have been presented to the Practice Partners, who have assured us that action will be taken to resolve many of the issues raised, especially with respect to the appointment difficulties currently experienced by
some of our patients. A summary of the results is published, and can be viewed on our
notice board in the surgery.
MISSED APPOINTMENTS – WHY?
LAST MONTH :
56 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT!
74 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their NURSES APPOINTMENT!
SO THAT’S 129 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.
Further details can be found on oiur notice board and all monies raised at our Spring Fayre will kick start this project.
Also, with funds already raised and following a suggestion made on our notice board, we are purchasing a BMI (Body Mass Index) height/weight analysis machine. This will be for patients sole use and located in the ‘nurses wing’.
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:
Bank Holidays – Monday 4th and 25th May – All Day
Staff Training – Thursday 21st May; Wednesday 24th June; Thursday 23rd July from Midday onwards
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

Abbey Patchers
Biennial Quilt Show
St Mary's Church, Church Street,
Minster CT12 4BX
Saturday 23rd May 2015 10.00am – 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

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

ACOL PARISH COUNCIL
Draft Minutes of the Parish Assembly Meeting of the Council held at the Village Hall, Acol on Tuesday 27th April 2015 can be found in the MINUTES & AGENDAS section.

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
                                                                         11th May
             18th May                                               25th May
             1st June
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)
Send contact details to Sheila.Bransfield@btinternet.com to get immediate updates.
Mondays 18th May and 1st June
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 Art Group Website: www.acolartgroup.org/
Every Friday evening, 7-8.30pm – Zumba Fitness Class
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.
Please note the increase in Acol Parish Council’s Precept was to cover the cost of the expected Election. This amount will be reduced in 2016/17.
PARISH COUNCIL AGM at 6.30pm Wednesday 20th May.
Sheila Bransfield

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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