ACOL VILLAGE HALL SUPPORT FUND – 200 Club
Winners for the Month of September 2015 were:
Member no. 29, who won 1st prize of £19.25
Member no. 13 who won 2nd prize of £11.55 and
Member no. 136, who won 3rd prize of £7.70.
The next draw will be on Wednesday 7th October 2015. Should you have any
questions, or wish to join the scheme, please contact Iris Osborne 01843 840901.
FORTHCOMING VILLAGE HALL EVENTS
26th Sept. 2.30pm AHS AUTUMN SHOW (in the Marquee at back of Hall)
3rd Oct. 7.00pm QUIZ NIGHT
The Neighbourhood Watch coordinators have recently delivered, to all the houses in the
village, invitations to join the Scheme.
To make it easier to respond to the invitation, the email addresses of the coordinators
are listed below and we all look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible. Once
the total membership is known, a general meeting will be held in the Village Hall.
Cos Costello – Nursery Fields – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Aldir – Minster Road & Dilnot Lane – email@example.com
Karrie Wood – Plumstone Road – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kay Skinner – Crispe Road & Acol Hill – email@example.com
Iris Osborne – The Street & Margate Hill – firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW FACILITY FOR THE SURGERY
We are please to inform you that the new BMI (Body Mass Index) Machine has now
been fully commissioned and installed in the waiting room, and is available for
patients to freely use. It will give a personalized printout showing your height,
weight and BMI. Simple step-by-step instructions will be displayed alongside the
It was officially presented to Dr C Crosfield, Senior practice Partner, at the surgery
on August 14th, and has been donated by your ‘Patient Liaison Group’ following
suggestions from patients, and funded from monies raised at previous events.
SEASONAL WINTER ‘FLU VACCINATIONS 2015
Vaccination Clinics will be held at the on the following days:
Saturday 26th September and Saturday 17th October – between 9.00 am and 1.00
Appointments are now 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.
MISSED APPOINTMENTS -UP AGAIN!
– 56 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT
– 88 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their NURSES APPOINTMENT – UP 30%!!!
SO 144 PATIENTS ARE STILL WASTING VALUABLE APPOINTMENTS and TIME!
STOP BEING BE A TIME WASTER – IT’S SO SELFISH AND UNNECESSARY!
DON’T NEED IT? CANCEL IT – BY PHONE, BY TEXT, ON LINE, ITS EASY- JUST
TEXT REMINDER SERVICE
Please help prevent unnecessary missed appointments by registering your mobile
number with the surgery to receive text reminders, not only about appointments but
other services, such as flu vaccinations.
HOW TO SET AN EXAMPLE?
We would like to thank the patient from Minster who, after missing an appointment
with Dr Stern, was so annoyed with himself that he sent a letter of apology to Dr
Stern and enclosed a very generous donation for our “Nellcor” fund.
OUR NEW PROJCT – PATIENT DONATIONS
We would like to thank those people who have made such generous donations towards
our new project, particularly the patients from Court Mount in Birchington.. The
total has now reached nearly £900 and you can always keep up to date with our
progress by checking our notice board in the surgery.
SURGERY CLOSURE DAYS
Please note that the surgery will be closed from Midday onwards on the following
Staff Training – Wed 30th Sept; Thurs 22nd Oct and Wed 25th Nov
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.
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY!
Our “ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR” will be held on SATURDAY 21st NOVEMBER,
and following the success of our Spring Fayre many tables have already been
reserved, so book yours NOW to avoid disappointment.
PATIENT GROUP MEETING
If you have any issues you would like to raise at our next meeting, or require further
information on any of the above, then please contact Mary Hodgson on 842764
The Street/Margate Hill – Iris Osborne
Nursery Fields – Cos Costello
Minster Rd/Dilnot Lane – Kate Aldir
Crispe Rd/Margate Hill – Kay Skinner
Plumstone Rd – Karrie Wood
REFUSE COLLECTION – MONDAYS
Refuse (black) & waste food Recycling (blue), red bag & waste food
21st September 28th September
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.
(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
Mondays 7th and 21st September and 5th October
NOTE: You can find and reserve a book to collect from the Mobile Library
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,
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 882243.
ACOL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
With THANET BEEKEEPERS
Assoc. HONEY SHOW
Saturday 26th Sept.
Marquee behind Acol
Doors Open 2.30pm
ACOL VILLAGE HALL
Saturday 3rd October 2015
starting at 7.00pm.
Teams of eight per table
Entry: £6 per head
(Please book in advance)
Including a Sausage, Chips
and Beans Supper
(bring your own drink)
ACOL PARISH COUNCIL
Draft Minutes of the Acol Parish Council meeting held at 3pm on 7th July 2015 in the Village Hall
Present: Councillors Miss S Bransfield (Chairman), B Hall, D Hayfield, J Inchley
and Mrs I Osborne
Also Present: Cllrs Gregory and Grove (TDC) and 4 residents from Crispe Road.
12. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies were received from Cllrs Latchford (KCC), Crow-Brown (TDC) Community Warden
Tony Gander, PCSO Craig Raisbury.
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 20th May 2015 be
approved and signed by the Chairman.
14. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
No declarations were made.
15. PRESENTATION BY SOUTHERN WATER AUTHORITY
Messrs. Alan Yarnell (Field Performance Manager – Operations), Nick Davies (Infrastructure
Plan Manager) and Terry Cable (Field Performance Manager – MEICA) from Southern Water
attended Council and gave explanations of the ongoing problems and failures to the pumping
station in Crispe Road, which often resulted in overspill of the system and the discharge of foul
sewage. They made reference to the efforts of Sir Roger Gale MP to resolve these issues and
their plans for the future. The basic problem was the frequent breakage of the power supply
(blips) to the station and the failure of their monitoring equipment to detect when the power
supply was interrupted. Council and residents were advised to always phone when blips
occurred to ensure that Southern Water were aware of the problem.
In response to the Chairman, they asked if they could have a copy of the list she had made of
the dates of the electricity supply outages, to include blips, and suggested that the problems
may be in part due to UK Power with whom they would have discussions. The meeting was
also advised that the pumping station was of an adequate design to meet the needs of the
Village and that the development at the Manston Industrial site did not impact on the pumping
station's effectiveness. It appeared that the only problem was one of the power supply to the
station and this would be discussed with UK Power. The Chairman asked, in the unlikely event
that the Manston airport site be residentially developed, would the sewage output be pumped
via the Acol station and she was assured that this would not be so. Furthermore, any
development on that site would need to be supported by its own sewage and water supply
Finally the Chairman undertook to write to UK Power setting out the details of the failures to the
power supply and to copy this to Southern Water and Southern Water undertook to keep the
Parish Council aware of their ongoing investigations into the problems at the pumping station.
The Chairman thanked the representatives of Southern Water for attending and setting out the
problems and the measures being looked into to avoid future flooding of the area due to the
failure of the pumping station.
16. REPORT OF THE POLICE AND COMMUNITY WARDENS
No officers were in attendance to report, due to being committed to assist with Operation Stack.
17. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
The Chairman reported as follows:
(i) Crown and Sceptre P.H. – the Secretary of State was not prepared to List the Crown and
Sceptre P.H. The inside of the building had been ripped out when British Heritage carried out
its survey and this probably contributed to their decision. The Chairman has reinstated the
complaint of maladministration by Thanet District Council, concerning the Planning Application,
with the new Council and Parish Council would be kept advised; and, (ii) Manston Airport Site –
TDC had been advised of the Parish Council’s concerns that they had not been formally
consulted on the development proposals
18. CLERK’S REPORT
The Clerk tabled a letter from Victim Support outlining their role in helping victims of crime in
the community and asking for financial support for this financial year 2015/16.
RESOLVED: That in view of other commitments on the Parish Council’s reserves no
contribution be made at this time to this excellent service.
19. PLANNING APPLICATIONS/PLANNING MATTERS
The Clerk reported upon the following applications:
TH/15/0457 – Building 870 Manston Airport – change of use from airport use to general
industrial use with 4 storey extension and insertion of windows.
TH/15/0458 – Building 4 Manston Airport – Change of use from airport use to general
TH/15/0459 – Manston Airport Cargo Centre and Responding Vehicle Point – Change of
use from airport use to storage and distribution use.
TH/15/0460 – T G Aviation, Manston Airport – Change of use from airport use to general
industrial for a temporary period of 3 years.
The Chairman reported her concerns that, although the application sites were not within the
Acol Parish area, they were closer to Acol and would have more impact upon our residents
than on residents in adjoining parishes and, accordingly, copies of the applications should
have been sent to Acol P.C. TDC Planning Department have agreed to comply with this
request in future.
RESOLVED: That the action and correspondence sent by the Chairman be ratified.
20. PAYMENTS SCHEDULE/FINANCIAL MATTERS
The Clerk reported on the bank balances which stood in the figure of £10,903.00
Members were also advised on demands for payment and it was:
RESOLVED: That payments be made to:
Cheque No Payee & Details Amount
525 Birchington PCC – Rent on Village Hall £ 50.00
526 Zurich Insurance £299.29
21. REPORTS OF COUNCILLORS LATCHFORD (KCC) AND COUNCILLORS CROW-BROWN,
GREGORY AND GROVE (TDC)
Cllr Gregory: (i) Manston Airport – the future of Manston and the question of TDC making a
C.P.O. would be discussed by the District Council’s Cabinet on 14 July 2015; and (ii) Power
Supply to Acol and the Villages – the problems of the power supply to these areas were
explained and he would work with Cllr Grove to secure improvements to the supply service.
Cllr Grove had no further matters to report upon.
22. MATTERS FOR REPORT BY MEMBERS
Cllr Hall – The Recreation Ground – litter was being removed and he would help with the
replacement of the fencing. The Clerk was asked to get quotations for the purchase of the
materials needed to undertake this work.
Cllr Hayfield – explained that the replacement of the Recreation Ground fencing would be a
fairly simple task.
Cllr Inchley – K.I.A.C.C. would be holding a meeting and the former leader of TDC, Cllr Mrs.
Johnston had been invited to attend.
Cllr Mrs Osborne – (i) TRRG – more volunteers were needed for the Speedwatch Group; (ii)
the St Nicholas Parish Council had commented on the proposals to install wind turbines at
Chislet; and (iii) Neighbourhood Watch – 5 volunteers had been brought on board which would
enable NW to renew its service.
Cllr Mrs Osborne was thanked for her all her hard work in ensuring the continuance of these
services and the Thanet Area Committee.
23. DATES FOR FUTURE MEETINGS
It was agreed to hold meetings for 2015/6 as follows,
7pm – Wed 2 September
3pm – Tue 2 November
3pm – Tue 12 January 2016
Dates for the 2016 Parish Assembly and AGM will be decided nearer the time.
Meeting finished at 4.45pm.
YOUR M.P. At Your Service …….
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Margate, Herne Bay & The Villages
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