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and Clerk Clock Up 61 Years
Pictured below are Marjorie Moraghan, Keith Nicholson & Alan Edwards receiving gifts presented to them at their final meeting!
Marjorie served for 30 unbroken years surviving up to 7 tests of public opinion at the polls, a sure testament to her popularity and hard work on behalf of the community. She has always been a person you could talk to - a good listener, who then would quietly work to ensure that the right thing was done.
Keith Nicholson was co-opted onto the Council in 1990 and served until 1996 when there was a contest and he lost his seat. He was returned at the next election in 1999, serving for 10 years altogether. In the last four years he has also served as the Councils nominee on the Board of Governors at St Mary's School.
Alan Edwards became a Councillor in 1983 and three years later became Chairman, a position he held until the sudden and sad death of Clerk Jane Rate, in 1999. At that point he agreed to become Clerk himself to ensure continuity and served for five years, a total of 21 years.
Their experience and guidance will be sorely missed and we thank them for their dedication in the interests of the Community of Overton.
SPECIAL BIRTHDAY ACHIEVEMENT
Their youngest son Andrew aged 9, climbed to the top of Ben Nevis with a family group and his gallant effort raised over £400 for the charity WARCHILD who supports children harmed in any way by conflict. It took four hours to reach the summit, which is a very impressive 4,400ft and the top was swathed in mist with snow and ice. (Pictured above with his cousins from Orkney)
Congratulations must go to Duncan, their eldest son, who achieved a 1st in his Chemical Engineering Degree from Manchester University, again on his mother's birthday, so it was a very special day for all of the family.
Upgrading the garden of Rememberance
in Overton Cemetary
Back in June 2003 the Community Council agreed to upgrade the Gardens of Remembrance in the village cemetery. Several designs and quotes were considered and one with a wooden cross was chosen as the preferred option.
All the woodwork was completed by local craftsman, Adrian Lloyd
to a high standard. It was felt that the final task of the project,
laying gravel, could be done voluntarily by enlisting members of
the Youth Advisory Committee and the Youth Club.
would like to offer my best wishes to the new editorial team at
the Oracle, and I would like to thank them for continuing to allow
me the opportunity to provide information to the village from a
I would like to thank again the very committed members of the village who are prepared to contact the police, reporting incidents and providing information on a regular basis. Everyone must understand that the police are here to help YOU. Individual officers get no material benefit from the information we receive. We only use that information to help catch the offenders who have stolen or damaged YOUR property. So it is not practical to be of the opinion, 'I'm not going to help the police'.
information on crime should not just be shared with us. Overton
has a great community spirit, a rare thing in the 21st century,
but more information should be shared between neighbours about 'goings
on'. I know that some residents are very 'neighbourly minded', always
keeping a watch over each others houses when either are out. This
type of activity should be encouraged to grow.
if people are prepared to pass on information about local crime
before they become a victim themselves, then there is every possibility
that the offender will be dealt with before he or she targets you.
Prepares to challenge La Murette
The contest over, everyone tucked into a wonderful Barbecue of hamburgers and pancakes served by Fred Edwards
from the Trade...
month we aim to profile a local business, helping us to understand
what resources we have available in the village and a little about
their background. If you would like us to highlight your going concern,
please contact the Oracle. First in the spotlight is......
and Caroline Wason are the third generation of retailers in their
family, which has a tradition of trading dating back to around 1912.
Robin's Grandfather Jack Davies originally ran a Butchers shop and
Milk Round, also in Salop Road. The Wason family bought the garage
in 1945 and two of the sons met and married two daughters from the
Davies family who ran the butchers business across the road and
Community Church News
French guests arrive for the 10th Anniversary of the Twinning Partnership
Fun Boules tournament (featured elsewhere in the Oracle) was the
start of the Twinning Association's many preparations for the visit,
which will commence on Monday evening with a short welcome in the
Village Hall at about 7.30pm before their hosts take them home to
recover from their long journey. On Tuesday there is a trip to the
Legacy Centre and on Wednesday, after a day at Attingham Park and
a tour of the Roman City of Wroxeter, there will be Junior Drama
presentation of "A Review of French History", specially
written for the occasion in the village hall commencing 7.00pm.
(Doors open 6.30pm). Everyone is welcome to attend. A variety of
activities are planned in Llangollen on Thursday before departing
for a scrumptious evening meal at the Bickerton Poacher. Friday
will be spent in Chester and in the evening there is an opportunity
for everyone to join in a variety of sports and games at the Cricket
Ground, Wrexham Road. There will be a Hog Roast, an international
Boules Match, Cricket and many other activities aimed to make this
a fun evening for all the family. Tickets will be available for
purchase from Alan Farley,
It includes the vocabulary children learn in the first years of high school for discussing the weather, introducing themselves to each other and asking for food and drink. All this is woven together with well known songs such as Frere Jacques, Sur le Pont d'Avignon and Thank Heavens for Little Girls.
The Review will be presented on Wednesday 4th August in the Village Hall, following official presentations and exchange of gifts at 7.00pm. The Review will be followed by a light supper when the children and their parents will have the opportunity to meet the visitors they have spent so much time rehearsing for.
Overton Medical Practice News
The new surgery now looks more like the architect's drawing that regales one wall in the waiting room. The building seems so much bigger in reality but, within days of moving in, we will no doubt be wondering where everything is going to go. We are sure our colleagues who work at the Chemist Shop will have viewed the area that is to be their own little loo with great jubilation after so many years of crossing their legs or nipping out to 'spend a penny.'
Dr. Mukunda will be leaving us this month after his six months training session towards becoming a General Practitioner. Dr. Charlotte Kaundakjian who is in the last six months of her training programme, will be joining us on August 4 for that period as the new GP Registrar
As a result of the retirement of two members for the community council there is now a vacancy for two more members to be co-opted. I was intrigued to understand what was involved in being a member of the council? I approached Josie Ralphs for an insider's view of community council life and this is the result........
Josie believes that first and foremost one should have the best interests of the village at heart and be willing to work in any area in which the council requires you to. Josie became a member of the council in 1974 when the council it was originally reorganised, so she has almost got the hang of it now!
She believes that discretion is an important quality, but interestingly she shared with me that although the meetings held are "council meetings" the meetings are open to the public, so long as they do not interrupt. (Because on very rare occasions there may be a matter to be discussed of a sensitive or private nature then one may be asked to leave the meeting for a while.) Further credence of this open approach to events is given when one considers that the minutes to these meetings, once verified by the chairman are published in the Overton library for all to read and enjoy. Meetings are held once every 2 months.
Spending time with Josie it was clear to me that she really loves the village when I asked her what advice she would give to anyone who was considering putting their name forward for the role of community councillor she responded "not to be daunted, its extremely interesting, ensuring that the village remains a village and does not develop into an urban spread." She further added that Overton had been very kind to her over the years, in fact Josie completed her teaching career in Overton, she taught for 5 years in Northwich, 12 years in Hanmer and 13 years in Overton until 1982 when she took early retirement; although the fact she fitted me in between two other meetings in the one day I use the word retirement loosely!
highlighted the various sub committees to help me (and hopefully
others) understand all the facets of community council activity.
When at full compliment there are 11 members of the community council.
Every Council member is asked to sit on approximately 3 of the 8
sub committees. The sub committees are as follows:
LOCAL TALENT ON SHOW
An exhibition of "Arts and Crafts" works produced by local
artists was on view in St. Mary's Church between Thursday 15th and
Saturday 17th July.
There were over 120 exhibits, with many paintings in both oils and
watercolors. There were many beautiful landscapes and a group of
paintings of plants by Royal Horticultural artist Doreen Jones.
Wicker work; baskets, plant holders and bird boxes
The setting of Overton St. Mary's church was most suitable, since
people could also view the legacy of wonderful artwork in the stained
glass windows and carved pews of the church.
On Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th of July pupils from the junior department of St Mary's Primary School performed an exciting drama and musical extravaganza called Gold. The musical influenced by ABBA, was written by Mr Williams (Year 5 teacher) and followed the story of Chicquitita and her older brother Fernando.
Children aged ten and eleven overcame their stage fright and put heart and soul into their performances. One could feel the energy and enthusiasm of the cast and choir radiate around the Village Hall, which created an exciting, electric atmosphere.
Having thoroughly enjoyed the performance and after demanding an encore the audience could no longer remain in their seats. Kicking off their shoes they joined in the sing along and danced and clapped.
It was a fantastic experience for all; an opportunity for the Year 6 pupils to "go out with a bang". We wish them all the best when they start secondary school in September. Thanks to all involved in this brilliant production.
Falklands "Hell and Back"
living in Overton is Mark Pemberton, with his wife Belle and two
girls Sarah and Pollyanna. The family have been enjoying life in
Overton for the past two years at their lovely home at Queensbridge,
complete with 4 horses, 4 donkeys and 5 dogs.