2016-07 July 2016 Village Voice

POSSIBLE VILLAGE HALL MOVIE EVENINGS
There has been very little response to this idea so far – possibly a dozen or so people have expressed an interest. For this scheme to be viable, we need at least three times that number of people as a regular audience. If you would be interested, and think this a good idea, then please 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
Should you wish to join the scheme, please contact Iris Osborne on 840901.
The results of the next draw on 6th July 2016 will be published in the next edition of Village Voice

ACOL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
SUMMER SHOW
2.30pm – 4.30pm 30th July 2016 In the Marquee at the back of the Village Hall Refreshments Raffle Adult Admission £1 (Children Free)

USEFUL INFORMATION
The MOBILE LIBRARY made its last visit on 27th June. We didn’t use it, so we lost it.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Contact Iris Osborne, 840901, for your local representative.
REFUSE COLLECTION – MONDAYS
Refuse (black) & waste food     Recycling (blue), red bag & waste food
11th July                                        18th July
25th July                                      1st August
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 Sewing Group
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 – Senior Citizens’ Christmas Dinner. The Ukelele Band which was enjoyed so much last year has 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.
Sheila Bransfield

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
“Textile Journeys”
Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July from 10am to 5pm
at: The Old School, Church Street, Minster,
nr. Ramsgate, Kent CT12 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
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

At Your Service……..
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: 07626 802961 (24-hour)
Web: www.rogergale.co.uk
Email: galerj@parliament.uk
Write: Sir Roger Gale MP
HOUSE OF COMMONS
London, SW1A 0AA.

Minster Surgery
PRESENTATION OF NEW EQUIPMENT
Although the the new equipment has been in use for 4 weeks, namely:
3 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,
the official presentation was carried out on Wednesday 22nd June and handed over to Nurse Practitioner Dawn Langdon and her team.
We would like to thank all those patients and friends who have made donations to this project and our fund raising, whose kindness and support helped make it such a success. Thank you everyone.
IT’S HOLIDAY TIME!
Despite the fact that our weather doesn’t agree, for many of us summer holidays beckon! So please remember to order your Repeat Prescriptions in good time, and most importantly, check whether your Annual Review is imminent. Please also remember that our Healthcare Professionals take their holidays at this time as well and our resources may be slightly stretched, so please make your appointments in good time and ensure they are used appropriately.
MISSED APPOINTMENTS
Despite a slight improvement – “Thank You” – this sadly illustrates that sometimes:
OUR RESOURCES ARE NOT BEING USED APPROPRIATELY!
Last Month: 42 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT!
56 PATIENTS DID NOT attend their NURSES APPOINTMENT!
BUT THATS STILL 98 PATIENTS WASTING VALUABLE APPOINTMENTS and TIME! 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. Subsequently, these monthly figures will now be regularly published in this newsletter for your information:
Last month patient’s responses to “would you recommend our Practice” were as follows:
Extremely likely/Likely – 86%; Extremely unlikely/Unlikely – 6%; Unsure/Don’t know – 8%
SURGERY CLOSURE DAYS
Please note that the surgery will close from 12.00 Midday onwards on the following days:
Staff Training – Wednesday 20th July; Thursday 29th September
Bank Holiday – Monday 29th August – closed all day
Please ensure that you have sufficient medication to last you during these times, and of course, please don’t forget to include all the family who may require repeat prescriptions and check when their medication review appointment is due.
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 July, or require further information on any of the above, then please contact: MARY on 842764

ACOL PARISH COUNCIL
The Minutes of the Parish Assembly, reprinted last Month, made reference to APPENDIX A, which was omitted because of space constraints. APPENDIX A is reproduced here:
ANNUAL REPORT OF VILLAGE HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE 2015/16
This year we can once again report that the Hall is in an excellent state of repair, and no major expenditure is foreseen as being required at the present time.
Our funds remain very healthy, so it has not been necessary to “rack our brains” to come up with fund raising activities. However, we have held several events during the year which have contributed well to our funds – a Jumble Sale, a Quiz Night and the Reindeer Drive at Christmas. But the highlight of the year has been a Quiz Night held on 5th March this year. The Committee had to do nothing other than help with the setting out of the Hall – an excellent hot meal, the quiz and raffle were all arranged for them them, and at the end of the event, a cheque for £447 was presented to us to add to the Hall funds. The benefactors have expressed a preference to not be recognised, nor have their generosity acknowledged in any way, so I can only thank them anonymously.
Christmas celebrations – 37 Senior Citizens of the village and the surrounds were once again served with an excellent hot Christmas dinner which was much enjoyed. This was followed by an entertainment provided by a Ukulele Band which was extremely well received.
We very much hope to arrange a repeat of the event again this coming year. We also have plans to hold another Quiz Night in October and a Reindeer Drive at Christmas.
The decision to block pave the front of the Hall has proved to be a success. The Horticultural Society have added a memorial bench in memory of Neil Lawrence and a member of the Society, Colin Jarvis, kindly undertook to remedy, at minimal coat, the condition of the other benches.
Thank you to all members of the Society.
As mentioned in previous years, the hiring of the Hall adds extensively to the Hall funds – we are sometimes unable to find a space in the diary. So we very much hope this situation will continue.
The Management Committee would not be able to discharge its responsibilities half as well without the invaluable efforts of both our Treasurer, Mary Hodgson and our Secretary, Iris Osborne. We are very much beholden to both these ladies, who facilitate everything we do. We should also acknowledge the efforts of Sheila Bransfield as bookings secretary and David Hayfield as principle odd-job man. We are also grateful for the additional help that we receive, on many occasions, from other residents of the village.
We are looking forward to another successful year – we hope to continue with the support of all those who have joined in our events, but we also look forward to seeing new faces. We operate the running of the Hall for the benefit of the village and hope that with the support from everyone our Hall will continue to be the hub of the village.
Jon Inchley Chairman
April 2016

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