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Calor Village of the Year Competition
So dig out those photo albums showing all your triumphs, and turn up for the day. Get someone to represent you, fine for those organisations with members who are able to give up a Wednesday morning; if like me you work, now is the opportunity to take off that day’s holiday you’ve been promising yourself!
The Programme is as Follows: -
The Village Hall opens at 9.00 am
The judges will arrive at 10.00 am and are scheduled to leave at 12 noon.
Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.
- Council Clerk Katharine Crockford 710055
We know it’s not a ‘Best Kept Village Competition’, but it won’t hurt to tidy up the centre of the village—so if anyone wants to volunteer..…!
Welcome To Our Friends From La Murette
first week of August sees the visit of the party from La Murette
to meet up with old and new friends from the Twinning Association.
On the subject of visits, with the Twinning Association this month and the Eisteddfod last month, see below for Maxine’s light hearted take on puttin up with visitors.
in this case, is better than cure – make like the Australians
Sun and slip on a long sleeve top, slap on a hat and slop on the
high factor sunscreen – at least Factor 15.
Trading Standards Officers in Wrexham are urging householders to think twice if they receive a telephone call out of the blue offering them the chance to buy an intruder alarm at a bargain price.
They advise householders to:
relatives and friends for recommendations.
you are worried about unsolicited calls or if you would like further
advice please contact the Trading Standards Division of Wrexham
County Borough Council’s Public Protection Department on
From the Rectory
The first day of August was known as Lammas Day and in medieval times was an important day in rural areas because it marked the beginning of Harvest. The word Lammas comes from the Old Saxon word Hlafmasse, meaning Loaf Mass.
At this time of year it was the custom for housewives to bake loaves of bread from the freshly harvested wheat and these loaves would be brought to church to be blessed and to be used as a thanks offering for the good harvest at one of the many special services held during Harvest Time.
August always reminds me of summer holidays and long balmy days without school. I still remember my father reading “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson to me as a small boy in our garden. Its tale of pirates and long buried treasure is engrained on my mind and to this day it remains my favourite book.
August is a time to really appreciate the works around us and give thanks for the good things of life. That is what Lammas Day was all about. Saying thank you.
Louis Stevenson himself wrote this:
May it never be said of us that we have fallen asleep in life.
Friend and Rector
Some Rules for Sales People?
When selling double glazing ……….
Why start with that stupid question “Do you have doors and windows?” The answer will always be “yes”!
Find out what kind of house it is. Why carry on trying to sell UPVC to a medieval building!
Do not push patio doors to an upstairs flat.
Do not criticise the existing double glazing—you may find out in very short sentences that your company fitted it!
Don’t ring at tea-time!
VILLAGE OF THE YEAR COLOURING COMPETITION
A Colouring Competition for everyone to raise awareness of the beauty of our village. Blank copies are available from the Corner Shop, and return entries to the Corner Shop by 27th August. Judging will take place in early September. Winning entries will be published in the October Oracle.
Colouring Competition sponsored by Overton Corner Shop
Nursery and Reception class at St. Mary's School in Overton on Dee have been busy preparing for their up and coming play, “The Other Ark”, adapted from a story written by Lynley Dodd of 'Hairy McLairy' fame!
The play, in the form of an 'alfresco' assembly took place on Tuesday 18th July at the school at 9.30am, and told the story of Noah's friend, Sam Jam Balu and his twin brother, who take the animals that Noah has no room left for.
The picture below shows Joseph Edge, dressed as an 'Armory Dillo' and James Martin as a 'Dithering Dingbat' who are re-conditioning the ancient, ramshackle ark with the help of Melanie Genton, a French exchange student, staying in the village from Overton on Dee's twinned village of La Murette in South Eastern France.
Occasionally Wrexham Library invites authors to discuss their work. In May I had the good fortune to be able to attend Jasper Fforde‘s talk at the Arts Centre, It was an interesting two hours as this is a writer who loves books and who also used to work in the film industry so one or two film based anecdotes were also related.
He is an author who, having received 76 rejections, decided he would keep writing even if it was just for himself. He writes what he describes as “fantasy ordinaryfication” (sic) usually set in a parallel universe. He has also set himself the task of retrieving classics back from the academics and so far Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, Wuthering Heights and Hamlet have received his attention and he now has a world wide following.
keep an eye out for visitors to this library – you may enjoy
yourself as much as I did. For those who are interested, his books
are: The Eyre Affair, Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Lost Plots,
Something Rotten, The Big Over Easy and soon to be published The
OVERTON MEDICAL PRACTICE
Should we mention the lovely ‘you know what’ or is that a sure recipe for thunderstorms. It said on the forecast that we would have higher temperatures today than Athens! - it would be great to think we might get a few weeks like this for all those with summer holidays booked, I don’t think one should put money on it though, we know how quickly it can all change. So enjoy the time we have like this, will be interesting to see how next month’s issue starts – I take no responsibility!
Looking back at the July 2005 newsletter I mentioned the changes that were about to take place and it would seem to be a repeat performance this year. As you know Dr Asprou is about to finish his year with us, and Dr Rosemary Fallows takes up her new position as a Partner with the Practice as from 1st August. You may notice when booking an appointment over the next few weeks, that we have several locums in surgery but this always has to happen over the holiday period and is a short term solution to staff holidays.
We know it is early days, but the new appointment system does seem to be working rather well. It is, of course, influenced by the time of year, people away, and better weather which always seems to improve health generally. One doctor is starting surgery at 8.30am each day and then breaking mid morning, resuming around 11.30am for a short spell. That doctor then starts and finishes his afternoon surgery slightly earlier. The staff have certainly noticed a difference, hope you feel that there has been an improvement too.
The improved solid structure to provide a rather more private booth is now in place. This is not totally soundproof but it does shield one from inquisitive eyes and makes conversation of an intimate nature easier to undertake. If this is not sufficient for your needs you can ask to speak to a member of staff out of earshot, we always do our best to accommodate our patients and their requirements.
on the Village Fete
The village fete now seems to be establishing itself as an integral part of the community calendar and the question will there be another fete this year? Has become what date is the village fete happening on? That said, I was surprised by the heavy Police presence this year and was wondering what circumstances had mobilised our emergency services in such numbers. Constable King, (often affectionately referred to by the village youths as ‘Burger’), was accompanied by three colleagues and supported by what looked like a riot control van and car.
This gave me some cause to ponder on the possible reasons for such a deployment. Was it for crowd dispersal when the refreshment pavilion opened; could it have been for surveillance purposes in order to ensure that the botanical offerings were not of the Penley grown and graded variety? Had they received a tip off that the home-made cake stall contained ingredients that you cannot buy over the counter?
I mused on these matters as I walked around with my own children, who, even at a tender age, have developed an uncanny ability to extract whatever meagre allowance I happen to have in my possession. My eye wandered forlornly over to the alcohol tent at the younger or childless customers merrily imbibing without care and enjoying the sunshine in relative peace. Not that I was bitter, for they knew not the joy, or sense of gay abandon, that comes with a half an hour of watching your cherished little ones bouncing up and down on the bouncy castle, and, well, bouncing up and down again. And again. Oh, and again. You get the picture.
Professional footballers announce the retirement from International
football with press conferences or public statements and I too
am want to follow suit. For this year I decided not to even attempt
the score-a-goal, three shots for a pound such is my ineptness
and lack of co-ordination. Last year, the kids were younger and
not really in a position to ridicule my pathetic attempts. Now
they are growing more capable by the day and I am becoming more
self conscious and cautious about exposing my considerable lack
of talent. I’m resorting to saying things like “a
bad scouse footballer is not an oxymoron “, but even this
feeble attempt at feigning a greater vocabulary than them is waning.
Damn that Pat Clarke…..
As the event petered out I wandered back over toward the entrance and caught the full cacophony of sound emanating from the Evison Brothers band. It was then that I realised that a quite serious crime had been occurring all along and Constable King was obviously lying in wait gathering evidence. The Evison brothers had murdered the set…..
‘FANTASTIC FETE’ CORRECTIONS
Omissions from the article in July Oracle
to…...have a house guest
from the Village Vets.
of you heading off on holiday over the next few weeks and with
no one left at home to house and dog or cat sit will by now have
made arrangements for boarding your pet whilst you are away. As
this is obviously a busy time of year for boarding kennels and
catteries, you should book your place well in advance. You should
also make sure that your dog and cat booster vaccinations are
up to date and that you have checked with the kennels whether
a kennel cough vaccine is required for your dog prior to boarding.
Mark Spurdens, Maelor Vet Centre.
have received feedback from a member of our village regarding
the contents and size of the Oracle. I have made a note of these
suggested changes and was wondering if anybody else has comments
to make. If so, either contact me or drop your written comments
in to The Corner Shop and Londis and I will take all suggestions
to the next meeting.