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You for the Fete
Yet again we were lucky with the weather, and Fete Day blessed us with sun as well as lots of happy smiling faces, which is what it's all about. I hope everyone who came enjoyed the feeling of friendship and community because that is the aspiration for the whole day Thank you to all the people who took the time to organise and run stalls.
more I owe a huge thank you to the following people:
sooner do we have one, than another fete comes along!
has the Overton School Fete gone? It has always been immediately after
the school sports day. But this year . there was no sign of it...
So now you know where its 'gone' , it hasn't it's just a new improved version with loads going on both during the day and later on. Look out for more information in next months Oracle, on posters around the area or contact St. Mary's School.
From the Rectory
I love it when church notices go wrong and come to mean something different. The following actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services. One vicar wrote in the Parish newsletter: ‘Miss Charlene Mason sang, ‘I will not pass this way again’, giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
Another newsletter item read: ‘At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What is hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir practice.’
It was announced on Sunday: ‘Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7pm. Please use the back door’.
Finally one church proudly proclaimed: ‘Don’t let worry kill you off - let the church help’.
They all made me smile. But the message the church really wants to get out is that God loves everyone and wants to share in their lives. So often the press concentrate on the negative things that happen in church, the arguments over women priests, over homosexuality, and the vicar running off with whomever. And in doing this, the real message of hope and love that the church wishes to proclaim gets lost.
writer, Henri Nouwen once wrote ‘Joy is the experience of knowing
that you are unconditionally loved’. And God loves each of us.
We remember Margaret Samson in our prayers and pray for her family on her untimely death. Margaret will be greatly missed at St Mary’s and in the village for her strong Christian faith allied with an incisive enquiring mind. She was a great supporter of lay ministry and of the ecumenical movement in Church, as well as being enthusiastically involved in many community groups and issues. She will be missed.
Rector and friend
St. Mary’s Church will be open for Coffee in aid of Nightingale House, Wrexham, every Wednesday 10.30 to 12 until the end of August.
OVERTON MEDICAL PRACTICE
It is with great regret that we will be saying ‘goodbye’ to Dr Richard Cooper at the end of the month and ‘hello’ to two new registrars, Dr Jessica Sokolov and Dr Bhavana Sreeram who will be with us from August for 1 year’s GP training. Julie Perkins has been running her Acupuncture Clinics here for a year now and it has proved to be increasingly popular. If you feel unsure if you would benefit from acupuncture, please phone her and she will offer helpful advice without obligation. Tel: 01691 624734 – Mobile: 0781 687 3176 or you can make an appointment at reception.
We want to apologise to all those patients who were affected by the computers being down for two days at the start of July. Your patience was much appreciated and thankfully the whole operation went very smoothly and we were up and running in record time.
From Monday 7th July patients who are signed up for the Internet services are able to order their prescriptions online. To take advantage of this you need to register with the Practice first to receive a PIN number to allow access into the programme. Instructions will guide you through the process and there is the facility to type in any request for medication which you cannot see on your repeat. If these are not issued within the agreed 48 hours, you should check to see what the screen says as we will send back an explanation as to why they have not been given..
Wales is very fortunate that the Assembly has abolished payment for prescriptions. England is charging £7.10 per item which can add up if you take several different medications. You may have seen the acronym ‘OTC’ or heard someone in the surgery use this. Nothing sinister in this it just means ‘over the counter’. One of the recommendations when fees ended was that patients should, where possible, buy any basic medication over the counter from the pharmacy, items such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Piriton, Zirtek, Head Lice preparations etc. If you see the doctor and this is what they recommend you use, there is no need for a prescription to be made out. Some people have been on these medications for a long time and their scripts won’t change to avoid confusion. Hopefully this explains why you are being asked to buy your own OTC medicines on very rare occasions.
The next Practice Patient Participation Group is to be held on Monday 18th August 2008 at 6.00pm -- newcomers especially new young members, are always welcome.
ST. MARY’S SCHOOL NEWS
Children from St Mary’s School, Overton had the honour this year (with children from the schools at Penley, Isycoed, Bangor on Dee, Marchwiel, Eyton, Hanmer, Borderbrook and Bronington), of opening the 2008 Llangollen Eisteddfod. They preformed the Message of Peace and Goodwill on the World Stage in the Royal Pavilion. Within the presentation, songs included were “Let us walk in Peace” and “We are the youth of the world”. Wearing coloured tee-shirts with the word ‘Peace’ in different languages, the children sang, danced and played their way into the hearts of the audience. A message of peace and goodwill has been delivered from young people at the Llangollen Eisteddfod since 1952 and the local papers reported that this years “must rank with the very best”.
A BIG THANK YOU
The Oracle wishes to say a BIG THANK YOU to Jenny England and her team, Rebeccs, Lucy, and Catherine for producing the Kids Page! since November 2006.
are giving up to devote themselves to an “exams year”
we would welcome any offers from any of our other young readers who
would like to produce the Kids Page.
and Scarecrows” – an Innocent Pleasure
Someone stated in a newspaper article recently that Walt Disney films had lost their “innocence”. Thinking about loss of innocence, it struck me that the 21st century is very short on innocence. To be “cool” , T.V. shows have to be smutty, people seem to have to swear to be considered funny, and movies seem to be popular only if they have a high level of violence.
from reading the newspaper article, I went along to the “Strawberries
and Scarecrows” event on Saturday 12th July, at Overton St.
People wandered through the church, perusing the stalls, having a go at the raffle or the “whisky draw”, chatting together and listening to the background music – simple pleasures.
home carrying a seemingly new copy of a John Grisham novel which I
had purchased for 50p. and clutching a tin of “Grandma’s
clotted cream shortbread biscuits” which I had won in the raffle.
tribute to Margaret Samson
I am pleased to say that our area suffers from very few domestic burglaries, in fact we have only had 8 in the last twelve months, compared to over 200 in Wrexham town over the same period... However there will always be occasions when someone will seek to take advantage of our rural location. Once such incident occurred in Bangor on Dee overnight on the 17th July 2008. On this occasion the offenders have managed to gain entry to the premises and taken the keys to both the vehicles that were parked on the drive as well as a number of other items from within the property. The occupants of the house were actually asleep in the house at the time. It is suspected that the offenders were able to reach inside and unlock the front door by placing their arm through the letter box. I would urge all readers to consider their own personal security arrangements; if you would like a personal visit and a home security review free of charge please contact myself or one of the members of your community policing team.
own a white car, be careful where you park it on a Monday. That's
because white cars are the most likely to be stolen, and thefts peak
on Mondays, according to a report by the RAC Foundation and Retainagroup,
probably because many motorists do not discover their car has been
stolen until they get up for work, when their car may have been stolen
over the weekend. White cars are said to be more at risk because white
paint is non-metallic and is easier to disguise through re-spraying.
Black and silver cars were second and third in the list, although
this may be down to the fact that they are the most popular car colours,
and so there are more of them to steal.
Mike and Karen Pinder at the Corner Shop would like to thank everyone who signed the Small Business Petition. Over 1000 signatories signed the petition. Thanks also to those who signed the petition in Select and Save.
Tina and Julia’s Fund Raising keeps on Running
Overton welcomes Lithuanian Visitors
Once again Overton residents played host to one of the competing groups in the Llangollen International Eisteddfod. This year we welcomed Choir Gobija, a choir of young people from Vilnius University in Lithuania. In their competition, the Mixed Choir, they came 4th.
Eisteddfod would not be able to welcome choirs and dance troops from
all over the world without the hospitality provided by the surrounding
villages. In Overton this year the hospitality team was coordinated
by Carol Dyke. A big thank you to all those local people who made
their spare bedrooms available for our young Lithuanian visitors this
OVERTON TWINNING ASSOCIATION - Forthcoming Exchange Visit
Our friends from La Murette are visiting Overton from Sunday 3rd - Sunday 10th of August this year, staying with various families in the village. The group of 25 is made up of 17 adults and 8 youngsters aged from 7-14 yrs. We hope as many of you as possible will take the opportunity to join in with the activities we have planned for the week; we think there's something to interest everyone. Why not come along to catch up with old friends and hopefully make a few new ones
The group arrives at Overton Village Hall at approx 4.00pm on the Sunday 3rd, please feel free to come along and welcome our visitors. On Monday there is a visit to Liverpool 2008 City of Culture, the World Museum & Walker Art Gallery with a picnic lunch and the Albert Dock (time permitting). On Tuesday a village Treasure Hunt followed by a picnic lunch in the orchard at Erddig and a visit to the house (Victorian Day). On Thursday an option of going to Chester or for the children - the Crocky Trail. Old play clothes/footwear are advised as they could get wet & dirty! On Friday there’s a trip to Quarry Bank Mill and on Saturday to Conway Castle. The group departs from Overton car park at 9.30am on the Sunday. Do come along to bid our friends Au Revoir and Bon Voyage as they leave for the airport. For further details contact Glynis.
It is good to see in this edition of the Oracle (page 8), news of a young man doing well in the armed forces. British service people are in action around the world every day of the year. They know that if they need support - now or in the future - the Royal British Legion is always on active duty for them. Although the needs of ex-Service people have changed over the years, the Legion is still there to safeguard their welfare, interests and memory.
Here in Overton we desperately need support and members for our branch of the Legion. We welcome men and women of all ages, whether they have served in the Armed Forces or not. If you would like to help contact Gerry Owen on 710792 The Legion meets about once a quarter in the Recreational Club.
A big thank you to Mark Pemberton for his time as poppy co-ordinator and a request for anyone who can be his replacement. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and so if you are a good organiser we need you!
It is the policy of the Oracle and all newspapers, that they will
not publish anonymous letters.
have all the Tea Towels gone ????
replacing the Village Hall tea towels on a regular basis so this is
a plea to anyone who can spare a tea towel or two for a good cause.
As you know the users of the kitchen facilities are many and we like
to provide clean tea towels and table cloths for the kitchen. But
they just seem to disappear - thank you in anticipation
The Wriggly Roadshow is at Overton Library on 6th August from 2 to 3pm. Tickets are £1.50 each and available from the Library before or on the day and all are welcome Get up close and personal with a range of small creatures. See and learn about a range of small beasts including a snake, gerbil, frogs and rats, courtesy of Alex Henners of Zoolab.
Congratulations to Louisa Bottomley and Gary Dunn on the birth of their baby girl Evie.
Happy August Birthdays
Happy Birthday wishes to Granddad (Alan Stubbert) Love from Courtney and Kyle.
And wishing a very happy birthday to: Tara Stubbert, Francis Glynne Jones, Belinda Matthews, Ben Jones, Seanie Clarke, Jackie Grindley, Gemma Purcell, Doreen Hamlington, Gladys Evans, Gill Rogers, Carol Dykes, Lewis Evison, Jackie Tombs, Gill Evans, and Happy 30th Birthday to Suzy Hill.
Deepest condolences for the families of Margaret Samson and Nancy Jones.
Show opens 2.30pm Presentation of prizes 4pm Schedule available from Doreen Walker 710776
Congratulations Bethany (Beth) on achieving MERIT in your Child Care & Education course work Love from Mum, Dad, Nain & all the family in Birmingham.
to our grandson Stephen Reid on joining the Army in the Adjutant Generals
Corps, and also for being awarded the Soldiers Medal and the Best
at Physical Training Award at his passing out parade at the Army Training
Centre, Pirbright on 11th July 2008. Well done and best of luck at
your next posting