Village Voice would like to wish all readers a very happy
Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year.
The Editor would also like to thank all contributors, advertisers, sponsors
and distributors, without whom the Village Voice could not happen.
A Special Christmas Message.
Start your Christmas with us at St Mildred's
Wednesday 9th December
Community Carols in the Village Hall at 7.00pm
This will be followed by soup and rolls.
Please join in this popular village event
Thursday 24th December
Christmas Eve Carol Service at 3.00pm
Start your festive celebrations by coming to our
traditional service at St Mildred's
All are welcome
Just a few words of thanks at this festive season to all those who work selflessly in the
background for the good of the Village and in the upkeep of its Hall.
I would particularly like to thank and pay tribute to the Village Hall Management
Committee and their spouses, who have continued to serve the community to the best of
their considerable abilities. Iris Osborne, for taking over the running the Support Fund
and for her hard work as Secretary, and Mary, our Treasurer, for managing our funds so
We must also thank Norman and Dave, who rally around whenever urgent maintenance is
required – and who decorate our Hall and tree so beautifully every year, and the many
others who contribute their time and energy for the benefit of others.
This year's Reindeer Drive will take place on Saturday 19th December at 7.30pm:
This highly popular event will once again be run for us by Bill Yeoman, and provides
a chance for everybody in the village, of all ages, to join in with some festive fun
and games. No special skills are required, merely the ability to roll a die and add up the
scores. Prizes will be given for the under 16's and adult winner.
There will be an American Supper (bring your own drink) and entry will be £3-00 for
adults and £2-00 for children
ACOL SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PARTY
The Senior Citizens Christmas Party will take place on Saturday 12th December
(7.00pm for 7.30pm) in the Village Hall. Any Acol resident or 'friend of Acol' aged
over 60 is cordially invited to attend as guests of the Village. There will be a traditional
Christmas dinner cooked by Charlie & Vera, with wine or soft drinks. This will be followed
by entertainment provided by a Ukelele Band, and the draw for the Christmas
It is still not too late to register your desire to attend.
We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Acol Horticultural Society, whose annual
donation is crucial to allowing the AVHMC committee to put on this event.
ACOL VILLAGE HALL SUPPORT FUND – 200 Club
Winners for the Month of December were:
Member no. 178 who won 1st prize of £19.25
Member no. 34, who won 2nd prize of £11.55 and
Member no. 69, who won 3rd prize of £7.70
Should you wish to join the scheme, please contact Sam or Mary Hodgson on 01843
842764. The next draw will be on Wednesday 6th January 2014
FORTHCOMING VILLAGE HALL EVENTS
9th Dec 7.00pm Community Carol Service
12th Dec 7.00pm Senior Citizens Xmas Party
19th Dec 7.30pm REINDEER DRIVE
24th Dec 3.00pm Carol Service at St Mildred’s
A BIG THANK YOU
We would like to thank all our Patients and Friends for their generosity and kindness in donating
so many prizes for our raffle and tombola that was held at our Christmas Bazaar, and also, to all
those who have supported us by purchasing raffle tickets and making such a wonderful selection
As a result we have reached our fund raising target , and have been able to purchase the ‘Nellcor
Portable Monitor’. The official presentation was held on Friday 4th December, when Dr Crosfield
accepted the equipment on behalf of the practice.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – PRIZE WINNERS
For those who were not able to attend our Bazaar a full list of Prize Winners will be displayed on
our notice board in the surgery waiting room. Wherever possible, all prize winners will also be
contacted directly by telephone.
We are fully aware of the difficulties patients are experiencing in booking appointments at
certain times. Consequently we are reviewing our procedures and will consider what measures can
be introduced to improve the situation.
In the meantime we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding while these
measures are being implemented.
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS
NB the surgery will be open as follows over the Christmas period:
Thursday 24th December – Morning: Normal opening hours
Afternoon: Emergencies only
Christmas Day 25th December – Closed all day
Boxing Day 26th December – Closed all day
Monday 28th December – Closed all day
Tuesday 29th December – Normal opening hours
Friday 1st January – Closed all day
Monday 4th January – Normal opening hours
Should you need to see a Doctor when the surgery is closed, then please call the NHS 111 Service
via the normal surgery number (821333). where you will be automatically transferred, 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, dial 999 as normal.
“112” EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER”
This is the single emergency number for countries in the E.U., but in the U.K. both 999 and 112
can be used, either via a landline or a mobile, free of charge.
Users of mobile phones however may find the 112 number more advantageous, because in the
event of loss of, or weak signal, it will automatically search for an alternative network to make the
Please ensure that you have sufficient medication to last you throughout the holiday period and
that all “Repeat Prescription Requests” are submitted in good time to allow for the increased
demand, both at the surgery and at the various pharmacies, and remember to check your local
pharmacy’s opening times as well. As a result you may submit your requests up to 10 days in
advance, but preferably by Friday. 18th December at the latest. Obviously, we appreciate that
“urgent” prescriptions may still be needed Also, if your “Medication Review” is due during this
period please ensure you make an appointment in good time, to avoid further unnecessary delays.
If you have any concerns please contact the surgery direct on 821333
MISSED APPOINTMENTS – HOW ABOUT A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION?
This problem is not going away! Last month:
* 42 PATIENTS DID NOT ATTEND THEIR DOCTOR,S APPOINTMENT !
* 107 PATIENTS DID NOT ATTEND THEIR NURSES APPOINTMENT !
* THAT’S STILL 149 MISSED AND WASTED APPOINTMENTS !
So next year’s New Year’s Resolution – DON’T NEED IT? CANCEL IT!
It’s SO EASY: By phone, By Text, On Line – Just do it!
SURGERY TRAINING DAY
Please note that the surgery will be closed from Midday onwards on:
Wednesday 27th January and Thursday 25th February 2016.
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 — 842764.
AND FINALLY – We would like to wish all our Patients and Friends A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS
and A VERY HEALTHY NEW YEAR.
ACOL PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the Parish Meeting of the Council held at the Village Hall,
Acol on Tuesday 3rd November 2015 at 3.00p.m. will be found in the MINUTES AND AGENDAS section.
POST COLLECTION IN ACOL
You may or may not have seen the notice on the post box stating that, from Monday 16th
November, the last weekday collection has been changed from 16:15 to 16:45.
REGULAR VILLAGE HALL 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 Art Group Website: www.acolartgroup.org/
Every Friday evening, 7-8.30pm – Zumba Fitness Class
Monthly, Saturdays – Phoenix Quilters. Check hall calendar or email for dates.
Don’t forget to book dates for 2016,Sheila.Bransfield@btinternet.com
REFUSE COLLECTION – MONDAYS
(Luckily, once again, we’ve escaped changes to Christmas collections)
Refuse (black) & waste food Recycling (blue), red bag & waste food
14th December 21st December
28th December 4th January 2016
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 updates.
Monday 14th December. Next visit will be 11th January 2016.
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
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.
THE NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 3PM ON TUESDAY 12TH JANUARY
2016, IN THE VILLAGE HALL.
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Ring: 01843 848588 (a.m. from 10.00)
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