VILLAGE EVENTS – AN UPDATE
Acol Village Hall Management Committee arranges a programme of events
throughout the year with the dual aims of fostering good community relations
within the Village and to provide funds to maintain the fabric of the Village
Hall, our single most important community resource.
It was therefore with some disappointment that we were forced to cancel our quiz,
planned for 3rd October, due to lack of interest. We have been holding these quizzes
twice a year for the last seven years, but the participants have, for the most part been
the same regular attendees, and many of these are now finding it more difficult to get
out in the dark evenings. With this in mind, we will have to re-think the timing of the
events for the future. However, it would be nice to see some fresh faces as well!!
Our next event will be a Table Top Sale on 28th November. Like a Boot Fair, but
indoors in the warm and dry, people will be able to hire a table for £6.00, and sell
whatever they wish – art, bric-a-brac, cakes, clothes, craft, toys etc. Whatever they
sell, the proceeds are theirs. The AVHMC will be selling Teas & Coffees, and Soup and
French bread between 12.00 and 2.00pm, as well as running a Raffle, Tombola and
promoting the Christmas Hamper in aid of the Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party. Set-up
will be from 9.00 -10.00am, and doors will open to the public between 10.00am and
2.00pm. Please ring 847705 or contact a member of the AVHMC to book a Table.
ALSO: Please Don’t Forget our Reindeer Drive on 19th December. Put a reminder in your
diary for this fun-filled and frenetic evening!
SENIOR CITIZEN'S CHRISTMAS PARTY
Once again this year the Village Hall Committee will be inviting all Senior Citizens
living in the Village, together with some friends of Acol, to an evening of
companionship, fun and food, to be held on Saturday 12th December. We are
pleased to advise that Vera and Charlie George have once again very kindly offered
to provide a hot Christmas meal, for which we are most grateful.
In order to provide this service to our most deserving citizens, we need to raise
additional funds. While some local organisations will make their usual generous donations,
we still need to augment this by putting together a CHRISTMAS HAMPER to raffle.
Therefore any DONATIONS OF CHRISTMAS PRODUCE (which are in date) which you
would wish to win for yourself in a hamper would be gratefully received. Please contact
Jon on 847705, or any other member of the Management Committee
ACOL VILLAGE HALL SUPPORT FUND – 200 Club
The next draw will be on Wednesday 4th November 2015. Should you have any
questions, or wish to join the scheme, please contact Iris Osborne 01843 840901.
FORTHCOMING VILLAGE HALL EVENTS
17th Oct. 7.30pm AHS GARDENER’S SUPPER & RACE NIGHT
7th Nov. 10.30am – 2.00pm AHS AUTUMN FAYRE
SEASONAL WINTER ‘FLU VACCINATIONS 2015
The next Vaccination Clinic will be held on Saturday 17th October – between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm
Appointments are now available and can be made in the usual way via the surgery, in person or by
phone. Don’t delay – BOOK TODAY.
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 – A SLIGHT IMPROVEMENT – THANK YOU
But even during the Summer holiday period – LAST MONTH
– 53 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT
– 77 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their NURSES APPOINTMENT – Down 11
SO 130 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 DO IT!
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
NOT REGISTERED? DO IT NOW – RING 821333
WOULD YOU LIKE A HAND-MADE DOLL’S HOUSE FOR CHRISTMAS?
FOR SALE – BY AUCTION – every little girl’s Dream Christmas Present.
A very generous, and clever, patient has kindly donated this beautiful Doll’s House to help raise
funds towards our project. Full details may be found on our notice board in the waiting room.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – 21st November
SAME TIME: from 9.00 onwards
SAME PLACE: OLD SCHOOLS HALL, MINSTER
TABLES: Nearly all gone, so get in quick!
WIN £100 IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!!
Try your luck in our GRAND CHRISTMAS RAFFLE – nearly £400 worth of prizes!
Tickets on sale now – get yours from the surgery. Draw will take place at the Christmas Bazaar on
SURGERY CLOSURE DAYS
Please note that the surgery will be closed from Midday onwards on the following days:
Staff Training – 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
For Urgent/Life threatening cases please dial “ 999 “ as normal.
NEW TEAM MEMBERS WANTED
Do you have a couple of hours a week to spare? Then please come and join us. We are looking for
additional team members to assist the committee during our major functions and activities, and to
liaise with the Practice where necessary. No experience is necessary, but you will need to have
good communication and interpersonal skills. If you would like further information, please contact
your local contact, details below.
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.
Computer died and all email addresses lost. Please email
Sheila.Bransfield@btinternet.com if you would like to be contacted about village
NEW FOR ACOL – BLEND SOCIAL SINGING – 10am – 12 noon
TUESDAYS, 13 OCTOBER and 24 NOVEMBER.
“BLEND – FOR EVERYONE WHO LOVES TO SING”
Sessions are purely for enjoyment – no displays or shows!
THESE ARE TRIAL BOOKINGS TO TEST VILLAGE INTEREST.
Please attend if you are interested and are able.
REFUSE COLLECTION – MONDAYS
Refuse (black) & waste food Recycling (blue), red bag & waste food
19th October 26th October
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)
Mondays 19th October and 2nd November
Send contact details to Sheila.Bransfield@btinternet.com to get immediate updates.
NOTE: You can find and reserve a book to collect from the Mobile Library at:
The Street and Margate Hill – Iris Osborne – email@example.com
Nursery Fields – Cos Costello – firstname.lastname@example.org
Minster Road and Dilnot Lane – Kate Aldir – email@example.com
Crispe Road and Margate Hill – Kay Skinner – firstname.lastname@example.org
Plumstone Road – Karrie Wood – email@example.com
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/
Please email Sheila.Bransfield@btinternet.com to register 2016 hall bookings for
regular or one-off events.
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.
NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING – 3pm on Tuesday 3rd November.
Street Lighting Survey – Hard copies of the consultation document are available from
your local Library, Gateway or on request via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You
have until 29th November to respond.
ACOL PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF ACOL PARISH COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING
HELD MONDAY 20th JULY 2015 IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 4.30pm
Present: Councillors Miss Bransfield (Chairman), B Hall, D Hayfield, J Inchley and Mrs. I
Also Present: Roy Wade (Clerk to the Council)
24. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
No apologies for absence were received.
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the Meeting held on 7th July 2015 be approved and
signed by the Chairman.
26. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
No declarations were made.
27. QUOTATION FOR REPLACEMENT OF FENCING
Cllr Hayfield reported upon discussions with Mssrs. Jackson Fencing in respect of the cost of
purchasing the panels around the children’s play area. The quotation received was in the sum
of £1105.95 plus VAT and the panels would be put in place by Cllrs. Hall and Hayfield and
RESOLVED: That the quotation of Jackson fencing be accepted and the fencing panels
28. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
The Chairman reported that she had not yet written to UK Power concerning the pumping
station problems in Crispe Road but would do so in the next few days.
29. CLERK’S REPORT
The Clerk reported that he would be advising the Council’s Insurance company of the
replacement to the fencing and adding this to the existing policy.
30. PAYMENTS SCHEDULE
RESOLVED: That payments be made to
Cheque No Payee & Details Amount
527 Serco – grass cut July 2015 £64.94
528 Roy Wade – postage stamps 12.96
31. MATTERS FOR REPORT BY MEMBERS
Cllr. Mrs Osborne – Neighbourhood Watch – There are 5 volunteers to enable NW to continue
its service and her team would be visiting residents within the Village to advise them of the recommencement
of Neighbourhood Watch.
32. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The next meeting will be at 7pm, Wednesday 2 September, as previously arranged.
The meeting finished at 5pm.
CRAFTS FOR CHRISTMAS
Saturday Oct 31st 9.30am – 1pm.
‘Make & Take’ some fabulous crafts for Christmas.
Full tuition and everything you need is supplied…..You don’t even need to
bring a paintbrush! ……So join me and make:
1. A lovely silk painted Christmas card.
2. A glass painted bauble for your Christmas tree.
3. A pretty decoupaged tea-light holder.
The fee for this 3 ½ hour ‘Make & Take’ class is £20.
The fee includes all the materials.
Tickets are available from Quex Barn, but if you have any queries email me
on…… email@example.com or give me a ring on 01843 845384.
Please Note: places are limited so please pre-book.
I look forward to meeting you and having a fun, creative morning!
Acol Horticultural Society
7th November 2015
in the Village Hall
Doors open 10.30am – 2.00pm
Raffle, Tombola, Craft
Soup & Rolls at Midday
For more information/booking of
Stalls ring 845546
Acol Horticultural Society
GARDENER’S SUPPER & FUN RACE NIGHT
17th October 2015
in the Village Hall
Doors Open 7.00pm
Tickets: £6.00 includes Sausage
& Chips Supper
(Bring your own drinks)
Phone 845546 to book by 14th
Please see the message below, sent through from KCC Trading Standards regarding
a recent telephone scam. Please let your neighbours and anyone who could fall for
this kind of scam know.
— Kent County Council phone scam —
We have received a number of reports of scam phone calls from people claiming to be
from Kent County Council. The caller asks if you have contacted the NHS about a recent
accident you, or a member of your family has had.
The telephone number used to make these calls is 03000 414000, which was a telephone
number for Kent County Council. Please be aware that the calls are not being made by
Kent County Council, this number is being replicated by caller ID spoofing equipment as
part of a scam or hoax and is no longer in use.
We are concerned that residents may be asked for payment or information such as bank
If you receive one of these scam telephone calls please report it to Kent County Council
Trading Standards or phone the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06.
Stop the Scammers!
For advice and to report issues to KCC Trading Standards contact
Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
YOUR M.P. At Your Service …….
SIR ROGER GALE
holds regularadvice surgeries for the residents of Margate, Herne Bay & The Villages
For appointments and advice on urgent problems:
Ring: 01843 848588 (a.m. from 10.00)
Fax: 01843 844856 (24-hour)
Page: 07623 978479 (24-hour)
Write: HOUSE OF COMMONS,
LONDON, SW1A 0AA
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