POSSIBLE FUTURE VILLAGE HALL EVENTS
When on holiday in Dorset, one of our number visited Fontwell Magna Village
Hall to watch a film that she had missed at the Cinema. The film – “The
Lady in the Van”, starring Dame Maggie Smith – was reasonably current and
the showing was attended by about 40 villagers. They had each paid about
£6.00 for the viewing, and the Village Hall sold refreshments.
This, of course, raised a number of issues which the Management Committee debated at
a recent meeting. In Dorset, a company supplies the films to a number of remote Village
Halls, and provides the tickets etc. The proceeds of refreshments were presumably
retained locally. The Village Halls show perhaps 6 films each year (during the winter
months), and these are well attended and popular social events. So would such a scheme
succeed in Acol, if we could find a way of providing one? Would people attend? How could
we implement it?
Further investigation revealed that we would need to obtain an appropriate license to
allow us to show DVDs (we have all seen the dire warnings at the beginning of DVDs that
they are for private domestic use only and not for public performance!) The cost of this
license would depend on whether we charged for the showing, or whether we depended
on ancilliary sales and donations to cover the costs.
If there is sufficient interest, then the Committee would plan a trial film night in
September/October, using borrowed equipments to show a suitable film – and any
suggestions would be welcomed. So how do we guage the level of interest? Simple. If you
would be interested, and think this a good idea, then tell us. Tell any member of the
VHMC, ring 847705, 841691, 840901 or post a note in the Village Hall post box.
ACOL VILLAGE HALL SUPPORT FUND
Winners for the Month of June 2016 were:
Member no. 169, who won 1st prize of £20.50
Member no. 186, who won 2nd prize of £12.30 and
Member no. 33, who won 3rd prize of £8.20
A Total of £41.00 has been donated to Village Hall Funds this month
Should you wish to join the scheme, please contact Iris Osborne on 840901.
The next draw will be on 6th July 2016.
DATES FOR 2016
Thurs. 23rd June, E.U. REFERENDUM. Voting in the Village Hall 07.00am to 10.00pm.
MOBILE LIBRARY (For the Time Being):
(Contact Broadstairs Library – 862994)
10.35 – 11.05 am – bus-stop lay-by, The Street (or Nursery Fields if lay-by full)
Mondays 13th and 27th June.
NOTE: You can find and reserve a book to collect from the Mobile Library at:
Contact Iris Osborne, 840901, for your local representative.
REFUSE COLLECTION – MONDAYS
Refuse (black) & waste food Recycling (blue), red bag & waste food
13th June 20th June
27th June 4th July
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.
REGULAR VILLAGE HALL DIARY DATES
Monday afternoons (term time) – Pam’s People
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/
Monthly, Saturdays – Phoenix Quilters. Check hall calendar or email for dates.
ADVANCE NOTICE – DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
Saturday 1st October – Village Hall Quiz Night. £3 entrance, American Supper.
Saturday 10th December – Seniors’ Dinner. The Ukelele Band was enjoyed so much last year
that they have been booked again for this year.
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.
An Exhibition of work by Village Textiles students,
including those completing City & Guilds Stitched Textiles Embroidery and
Machine Embroidery Levels 2 Certificate and Level 3 Certificate
Saturday 30th and Sunday 31 st July from 10am to 5pm
at: The Old School, Church Street, Minster,
nr. Ramsgate, Kent CT1 2 4BX.
Admission £1. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes available.
‘Smartfrog’ will also be attending, offering a range of textile supplies
Further information from Barbara Inchley on 01843 847705
JOHN N ING
All aspects of security supplied and installed by dependable and established
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
Meadow-Holt, The Street
Acol, Birchington CT7 0JA
At Your Service……..
SIR ROGER GALE
holds regular advice surgeries for
Margate, Herne Bay & The Villages
– for appointments and for advice
on urgent problems:
Ring: 01843 848588 (a.m. from 10.00)
Page: 07623 978479 (24-hour)
Write: Sir Roger Gale MP
HOUSE OF COMMONS
London, SW1A 0AA.
A BIG THANK YOU !
We would like to thank all those who supported our “Spring Fayre” on Saturday 14th May
and helped to make it such a success. As a result, we have now “Achieved Our Target”
for our new project much sooner than anticipated, which will enable us to go ahead and
purchase the new equipment we have previously described:
2 x “KeelerJazz Pocket Fibre Optic Otoscopes” used to examine the ear.
2 x “Propulse G5 Ear Irrigators with Digital Timers” to decontaminate and clean the ear.
As two of our nursing staff have already trained to use these devices, they will be
brought into service immediately they are ordered and commissioned.
The winners of the “Food Hampers” were Mrs Jones from Minster and Helen from “Neals
We would also like to thank all those patients and friends who have made donations to
our fund, especially Terry and Nem, whose kindness and support for our Spring Fayre
helped make it such a success. Thank you everyone.
CLOSURE OF TWO THANET GP PRACTICES
It may have come to your attention that the Doctor’s Surgery in Garlinge (Westbrook)
and Wickham (Ramsgate) are closing at the end June and July. This will mean that five
Practices have closed within the last 12 months, forcing Patients to register elsewhere,
and reducing the number of Practices within the Thanet area from 20 to 15.
This obviously places immense pressure on the staff and facilities at the remaining GP
Surgeries, especially here in Minster, and therefore ask all our Patients to bear this in
mind when contacting the surgery, and ask you to ensure the service is used
Demand for appointments is continually increasing and we will be doing our best to
accommodate this extra pressure and continue to work hard to maintain the standard of
our service to you. In the mean time we welcome your patience and understanding.
This sadly illustrates how OUR RESOURCES ARE NOT BEING USED APPROPRIATELY.
Last Month: 50 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT!
68 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their NURSES APPOINTMENT!
THATS STILL 118 PATIENTS WASTING VALUABLE APPOINTMENTS and TIME!
WHY? Why bother making an appointment (difficult enough at times!) and NOT USE IT?
DON’T NEED IT – CANCEL IT! KEEP FORGETTING – GET TEXT REMINDER SERVICE!
FRIENDS AND FAMILY SURVEY
All practices now have to submit a monthly report to NHS England of their “Friends and
Family” responses. These monthly figures will now be regularly published in this
newsletter for your information: Last month patients responses to “would you
recommend our Practice” were as follows:Extremely likely/Likely – 85% ; Extremely
unlikely/Unlikely – 7% ; Unsure/Don’t know – 8%
SURGERY CLOSURE DAYS
Please note that the surgery will close from 12.00 Mid-day onwards on the following days
for Staff Training – Thursday 30th June; Wednesday 20th July
Please ensure that you have sufficient medication to last you during these times, and of
course, with holiday periods fast approaching, please don’t forget to plan ahead and
include all the family requiring repeat prescriptions and please don’t forget your GP’s
review appointment where necessary.
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 June, or require further
information on any of the above, then please contact: MARY on 842764
ACOL PARISH COUNCIL
Draft Minutes of the Parish Assembly Meeting of the Council held at the Village Hall,
Acol on Tuesday 10th May 2016 at 3.00p.m. can be found under Minutes & Agendas.
CCTV In The Street Moves a step Closer
As outlined in the April edition of the Voice, It is our intention to have
CCTV cameras installed in The Street by the Village Hall, with a view to
identifying and capturing video images of vehicles driving unsafely and
inflicting damage on parked cars or property.
I am pleased to be able to report that with the support of Cllr Roger Latchford
Acol has been successful in its application for a grant from the KCC Combined
Member Grant Scheme.
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