April has been a busy month for FOSKD with a fantastic level of membership renewals and a good number of new members joining, thank you all so much for your support! One of the big news stories in the Dock this month is about the St Katharine Docks Medical Practice. Many of you will have heard the shocking news that the Surgery is under threat of closure due to NHS funding cutbacks. Dr Sarit Patel is highly regarded by his 1600 patients, 91% of whom have said that they would recommend him. Your Committee have been actively discussing with Dr Patel how we might best support him and we have been in contact with our MP & local Councillors as well as representatives of NHS England. For more information on how you can help support your local Doctor, please see the item in the News section below.
Sue Hughes, Chairman, FOSKD
Forthcoming social events
A Guided Tour in Spitalfields with Dan Cruickshank
May 19th A Guided Tour in Spitalfields with Dan Cruickshank. You will have already received the booking form for this special event – with only 25 places available it's sure to fill up quickly. Members fortunate enough to secure a place will enjoy seeing Dan's beautifully restored Georgian house as well joining him on a walk around the surrounding historic area.
Return visit to The Royal Foundation of St Katharine in Limehouse
On 4th June we will make a return visit to The Royal Foundation of St Katharine in Limehouse. The Master, Mark Aitken, who is a member of FOSKD, has kindly agreed to give us a talk about the fascinating history of this "Royal Peculiar" which was originally founded in St Katharine Docks in 1147 consisting of a medieval chapel & hospital which were demolished in 1825 to make way for the building of the Docks. This will also be our summer party & with luck, if the sun shines, we can look forward to a glass or two of Pimms in their beautiful hidden garden! Booking details will be circulated in early May.
NEW DATE for our visit to the Brooklands Museum
News from around the Dock
SAVE OUR SURGERY!!
So what can you do to help ensure that the St Katharine Docks Practice continues to provide first class medical services for so many of us? There are two things you can do now please. Firstly, log on to NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk On the home page, go to "Comments" and enter the postcode E1W 1UA to take you to the St Katharine Docks Practice review area. You will be asked to rate elements of the service provided and leave your own comments. The ratings awarded from these comments really do count, so please take a few minutes to show your support.
Secondly, the Practice needs more patients to register to ensure it is financially viable. So please spread the word amongst your friends and neighbours – if they are not registered with a local GP then suggest they contact the Practice on 020 7488 3653. Over the next few weeks we will up-date you on the situation and let you know other ways in which you can help. Dr Patel and his team are very grateful for the support already shown.
Closure of Commodity Quay Boardwalk
McLaren have had to close the boardwalk until the end of May when construction works are due to be finished. We have asked that the pontoon in front of International House remains open later in the evening to allow access around the Dock. This has been agreed and the pontoon will be staying open until 10pm during this period.
Venture Cup powerboat race boats to arrive in St Katharine Docks
The Venture Cup powerboat race boats to arrive in St Katharine Docks on 4th June The Venture Cup is the ultimate offshore powerboat race, featuring 30 international teams. It will re-trace the most famous powerboat race in history – the London to Monte- Carlo race of 1972. Starting from the Merdian line at Greenwich on 7th June, over two weeks the fleet will race for over 2,750 miles in pursuit of this epic challenge. www.ventureoffshorecup.com
Clipper Race update
The Clipper Race yachts are due to return to St Katharine Docks for the exciting finish of their round the world race on 12th July.
Election Day is Thursday 22nd May
Remember to use your vote in the local elections on 22nd May - vote for the Mayor you think will run our Council fairly and the Councillors you want to represent our Ward.
Jazz at Café Rouge
Café Rouge are hosting different Jazz groups on the last Friday of the month at 7.30pm. Reserve a table on 020 7702 0195
Strada are now open for breakfast
Strada are now open for breakfast – if you make a reservation online your first breakfast is free! www.strada.co.uk/italian-restaurant/st-katharine-docks
We have added a number of new concessions to our members discount scheme, including Shepherds Markets' Friday Good Food Market. Stall holders will give 10% discount on presentation of a current membership card. Please see the Concessions page of our website www.foskd.org for details of all our concession partners.
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