is a Time for Giving
editorial team would like to use this opportunity to give many thanks
and Christmas Greetings to our distributors, contributors and readers.
also like to send Christmas Greetings to all our readers, those who
subscribe, those who have it forwarded by friends and those who read
it on the Internet.
keep your contributions flowing in, without you there would not be
and prosperous New Year to all.
Concert at St Mary’s
14th December at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church, a major Christmas
event will be held. The world famous Rhos Orpheus Choir will be the
stars of a Christmas concert. Sharing the bill will be tenor soloist
Alf Gladman, organist Paul Whitaker and last, but by no means least,
junior choirs from St Mary’s School, conducted by Mr. Dylan
Williams, accompanied by Mrs. Sandra Jones.
will also be the opportunity for the audience to join in the singing
of a few Christmas carols.
It promises to be a really uplifting evening and one which will fill
everyone with the Christmas spirit.
are £8, including a free glass of wine, and are available now
from: June Owen (710944), Gwyn James (710736), Keith Overthrow (710544)
and Linda Roberts (710504)
for £1,500.00 Prize?
are all aware, Overton won the Peoples and Business Awards and the
Overall Award for the best village in North Wales in this year’s
Calor Village of the Year Competition. The prize for winning these
categories was £1,500.00 and The Community Council invite you
all to suggest ways in which we can use this money.
We would like to buy something or spend this on some form of improvement
for the village and all suggestions will be listed and voted upon
at a later date. Suggestions can be passed to Katrina Chalk, either
by telephone (710055) or by passing a note into the Village Hall anytime.
This is YOUR money, YOU won it and we would like YOU to choose how
you would like to spend it.
From the Rectory
by David Lewis
are many Christmas customs handed down through families which all
add to the magic of Christmas.
One Vicar told of this custom in a parish magazine from January 26th
‘I remember being told by an octogenarian, latterly deceased
of the observance of a peculiar Christmas Custom-the only example
which has come under my notice. When young she was engaged as a domestic
servant at a farmhouse in the parish of Bettws-Cedewen. On getting
up one Christmas morning she found the breakfast table already laid
in a sumptuous manner, an unusual occurrence. When her master and
mistress came down, she applied to them for an explanation, and was
informed that it was done to give welcome to Joseph and Mary to the
that little custom very touching and it reminds us in our busy hectic
world of the real reason for Christmas. That God came to earth in
the form of a human baby to show us his love and to light up our lives
with his joy.
is a poem by Heather Johnston called ‘The Gift’:
Mary came riding,
Riding on a donkey
Riding to Bethlehem,
Carrying God’s gift to the world.
Walking by Mary
Walking to Bethlehem,
Carrying God’s gift to the world.
Running in obedience,
Running to Bethlehem,
Worshipping God’s gift to the world.
men came travelling,
The bright star to Bethlehem,
Finding God’s gift to the world.
you come riding?
Walking or running?
Will you come seeking?
couple over a hundred years ago made space at their table for Mary
Joseph and Jesus. This Christmas will we make space in our hearts
and our lives.
Have a very Happy Christmas
Your friend and Rector
by Constable Luke Hughes, Community Beat Manager
Walking at night.
As the clocks go back and the nights draw in, everyone is more vulnerable
as you are less visible to motorists. We need to wear something bright
and take extra care when out and about near roads.
The key messages are:
• Make sure you can be easily seen at all times, but especially
at night, on dark days and in bad weather.
• Bright or fluorescent clothes show up best by day, especially
in dull or misty weather.
• By night, reflective material is best and shows up in car
headlights – fluorescent clothing doesn’t work after dark.
Reflective tape can be put on clothing, school bags and equipment.
• Cross the road at the safest place possible. e.g. zebra, pelican,
puffin and patrolled crossings.
• If you are out at night, choose routes that are well lit by
streetlights and cross at well-lit places.
Cycling at night.
The advice given to pedestrians about being seen applies equally to
cyclists. In addition, bikes need to be equipped with good lights.
It is an offence to cycle at night without a white front light, a
red back light and a red reflector at the back.
Driving at night.
Ninety percent of a driver’s reaction depends on vision, and
vision is severely limited at night.
The key messages are:
• Make sure all lights are clean, working and adjusted properly.
• Make sure the windscreen is clean inside and out.
• Use headlights whenever visibility is reduced – for
example, early morning, at dusk, when it’s raining or in any
gloomy conditions. It’ll help others to see you.
• Increase your following distance so you don’t blind
the driver ahead of you.
• Don’t dazzle others with your main beam.
• Reduce your speed. You should be able to stop within the distance
you can see.
• If your vehicle breaks down, pull off the road as far as possible
and switch on the
hazard warning lights.
two fantastic Special Constables that work in our own area, Dean and
Maria Hewitt work from Overton Police Station attending a number of
incidents; often on a weekly basis at short notice, without them we
would be lost and I am frequently impressed with their devotion to
duty and commitment.
Hope you have a magical Christmas and get loadz of presents!
I also want to wish a very Happy Birthday to our Agony Aunt, happy
15th birthday Cath!!!!
Over a hundred students have been involved in The Maelor School’s
show Oliver. It was a sell out show thanks to the fantastic performances
from actors, musicians and back stage crew.
Long rehearsals ensured a brilliant show. The Overtinions were involved
and would like to thank all the staff concerned. If you came to see
it, write and let us know what you thought.
Dafydd Kember as Bill Sykes, Christian Dickenson as Mr Bumble, Jac
Freeburn as Fagin
celebrity of the month
This column is dedicated to the celebrity in my opinion that has been
in the news for either a remarkable achievement or hardship.
This month is Howard Donald (Take That) poor Howard has been in hospital
after suffering from a collapsed lung! He has recently come out to
join the boys back on tour but is not allowed to sing! Get well soon!
Adam Brody December 15th 1979 The OC
Roxanne Pallett December 26th 1983 Emmerdale
About 10% of the worlds population are left handed
You blink over 10,000,000 times a year
Venus is the only planet in our solar system, which rotates clockwise!
Almost is the longest word in the English Language with all the letters
in alphabetical order.
is in COMIC but not in BOOK,
My second’s in CAPTAIN but not in HOOK,
My third is in SUPER but not in MAN,
My fourth is in PETER but not in PAN,
My fifth’s not in MICKEY but is in MOUSE
My sixth is in HECTOR’S and also in HOUSE,
My last’s not in BUGS but is in BUNNY,
My whole is something you might find funny.
by Joanne Kember
community councillor I have had the privilege over the last few years
of being a governor of St Mary’s School. I had not realised
despite having had children attend the school, just how the governors
the head teacher and teachers are constantly reviewing the development
of the school, teaching practise, pupils assessments and needs.
One important feature of this review is to look at and adapt if necessary
the school ethos, and this is done in consultation with the rector,
as the school is church aided. I didn’t even know that schools
had an ethos!
On reading the recently reviewed ethos I thought it contained many
attitudes, which might interest the wider community as an indication
of how the school is trying to guide our youngsters. I can’t
help thinking how we are all too prone to condemn the young people
in the village when in fact many will offer their time and help for
a good cause, as exemplified by the large number of young adults,
teenagers, and children who gave of their time to make the village
party a success.
The document is too long to quote in full in this publication, so
I’ve tried to pick out some of the ‘pertinent’ bits:
The school aims to serve the community by providing an education of
the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practise.
- - - - -We value all pupils equally, but we also value their right
to be different and to excel in different ways. We respect pupils
regardless of gender, colour or creed. Staff aim to assist children
in developing their true potential and believing in their own worth.
Pupils will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions
and to reflect on how these actions affect others.
We aim to encourage pupils to develop lively and inquiring minds
• To question and argue rationally
• To use language effectively and imaginatively
• To provide a basis of mathematics, science, technical, artistic
• To have an understanding of the world in which they live
• To have an understanding of human achievement
• To respect moral values and other people
Perhaps if society as a whole, whether old or young, could develop
an ethos for living with some of these points in mind, whatever their
creed or beliefs, the world would be a much better place.
Does the Calor Award Mean to Overton
by Sue Glover
It has increased Participation — in a joint event
It has encouraged Partnership — bringing together different
sectors in the community
It has highlighted natural Resources — in the form of volunteers
and that precious thing called TIME
It has quantified the element of Support — to local enterprise,
whether private, statutory or voluntary
It has reinforced a Focus — a common goal – OUR COMMUNITY
and all the people who live in it
It has been an opportunity to Show Case — our local: talent,
achievements, business’s and aspirations
It has attracted Media Coverage — this may attract local investment
and had given kudos to the community by putting OVERTON-ON-DEE firmly
on the map.
to the Sunday School teacher, that with all the emphasis on the Nativity
over Christmas that some children may get the impression that the
birth of Jesus Christ was a recent event. He wanted to be sure they
understood that he grew up and did many things. So he decided that
the topic of the lesson would be Where Is Jesus Now?
He put this question to the class and immediately many hands shot
into the air as many of the children were keen to state their opinion.
"What do you think Johnny?"
"He's in the church, sir." Johnny replied.
"Okay. What about you Rosie?"
"I believe he's in Heaven, sir"
"That's good. What about you Billy?"
Billy was a little hesitant, then blurted out "I think he's in
The classroom erupted with uproarious laughter; but eventually the
teacher managed to quell the noise.
"Oh really." said the teacher. "What makes you think
"Well sir, some mornings my dad knocks on the bathroom door and
says 'Jesus Christ, are you still in there?'
You to :
thank you to Mick Pinder of the Corner Shop for helping the teenagers
who are raising money for their trip to Botswana and Zambia for helping
them get supplies of soft drinks to sell at the Calor party at St
Mary’s school and Penley Maelor’s production of Oliver.
from the Village Vets
Christmas rapidly approaching it is now two years since we opened
our branch practice in Overton and we would like to thank everyone
for their custom during the year. As some of you will know we carry
out work on behalf of the Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA).
This charity has a Petaid Scheme whereby anyone in receipt of benefits
such as Council Tax or Rent Rebate can apply for a certificate entitling
them to free veterinary treatment for a nominated pet. If anyone would
like further details please call at the practice for a leaflet or
log on to the website at www.pdsa.org.uk
produces a large number of very informative leaflets and posters on
a range of pet related subjects. Their latest features the top ten
tips for pets over Christmas and some of them deserve a mention:
• Never buy a pet as a Christmas present.
• Beware of over-indulging your pet with festive food—chocolate
for example is poisonous to dogs, rats and hamsters.
• Don’t overfeed your pet over Christmas and don’t
exercise straight after a large meal.
• Make sure that the Christmas tree is safe and stable and that
lights and small toys are not left for dogs to chew or swallow.
For those jetting off to the sunshine for the festive period or visiting
relatives abroad, I hope that you have already made arrangements for
kennels or cattery as these tend to become very full over the Christmas
period. Remember to check that your pet’s vaccinations are up
to date and in the case of dogs that they have had a recent kennel
May I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New
Mark Spurdens, Maelor Vet Centre. 01978 711975
Hours over the Christmas and New Year period
Fish & Chip Shop
& Save (Watson's)
Trotting Mare Garage
feet up for ten minutes with our Christmas Quizzes
These are all alternative titles for Christmas songs, mainly carols,
can you work out the better known title?
1. Quadruped with crimson proboscis
2. 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. without noise
3. Miniscule hamlet in the far east
4. Ancient benevolent despot
5. Adorn the vestibule
6. Exuberance directed to the planet
7. Listen, aerial spirits harmonizing
8. Monarchical trio
9. Yonder in the haystack
10. Assemble, everyone who believes
11. Hallowed post meridian
12. Fantasies of a colourless December 25th
13. Tin tintinnabulums
14. A dozen 24-hour Yule periods
15. Befell during the transparent bewitching hour
16. Homo Sapien of crystallized vapour
17. I merely desire a pair of incisors
18. I spied my maternal parent osculating a fat man in red
19. Perambulating through a December solstice fantasy
20. Aloft on the acme of the abode
had a very good response to the ‘Flu’ Campaign this year
with over 800 injections given to date but there are still some of
you out there who need to be seen to! Anyone over 65 is entitled to
their Flu Jab and can also have the ‘one-off’ pneumococcal
injection. Please ask at reception or ring in for an appointment whilst
we still have the vaccines in the surgery.
Zarah Paris, a 5th year medical student from Cardiff started with
us on 29th October and will be here for 6 weeks. You will be asked
during certain surgeries if you mind the student sitting in with the
doctor to gain experience.
Could we ask you as patients, on our behalf, to be vigilant about
any Health & Safety concerns you may have when using the surgery.
These could be exterior problems like tripping hazards, or interior
damaged equipment, anything that might make you feel concerned. Should
there be anything which you think warrants being looked into please
make a member of staff aware.
The ‘Disabled’ parking bays in the front car park have
been re-vamped to make them more noticeable. Can we please remind
patients that these are there for the use of those who are less able,
please respect this and leave them vacant. There is the large car
park to the rear, with access through the gate and round the building
if the front car park is rather congested.
We have not had any new recruits lately to our Online Access programme,
whereby you can book your appointments on line. If anyone is interested
we have all the information at reception and the whole process is
quite easy. Those who have joined seem to find it simple to use and
we will hopefully, in the future be able to extend to ordering your
repeat prescriptions also.
The next meeting of the Practice Patient Participation Group is Monday
21st January at 6.00pm.
Change at Overton Recreational Club
by Sean Clarke
may recall that Brian Hamlington chaired the club for the last twenty
years until he voluntarily stepped down in August of this year. The
recruitment process resembled that of a papal election and when the
smoke signals settled, whilst on holiday, Pete Grindley found himself
in the novel position of becoming Club Chairman.
chairing his first committee meeting the collective decision was to
maintain the club as is and since then the group has decided to start
a full refurbishment, review the membership figures and think of ways
expanding this (the club currently has 400). There is a need to establish
a male Darts Team, a Snooker team and the members aim to invite participants.
Prince (who was subject to an earlier very positive Oracle review)
appeared in November and the Christmas knock-outs are underway. These
involve prizes for winners in Darts, Snooker, Dominoes, Billiards,
Chess, and Pool. Vegetarians will be pleased to learn that the old
practice of presenting the winners with Turkeys has been discontinued!
The club is open Christmas Evening, 7-12pm Christmas Day and all day
Boxing Day with a live band in the evening.
remains a not for profit organisation and is keen to maintain its
minimal pricing policy. It hopes to offer at least 15% on average
less per drink in comparison with the big chains.
admits that his new position is challenging but has found the committee
very supportive “everyone wants to make the club better for
its members and we want to welcome new members as well as our old
friends. The change in décor will refresh the place and give
us a light and airy feel which should improve the atmosphere and make
the place more inviting.” Speaking from experience, I have found
the beer cheap, the entertainment varied and the company great……
Maelor School 1957/8 - 2007/8
50th Anniversary Celebration Open Evening 9th November 2007
by Mrs Corinne Forbes-Evans
The Headteacher Mr E. Hall welcomed invited guests to the open evening
during which the Maelor Community Tapestry was presented to the school.
In 2004 Mrs Blanche Bird, a School Governor, proposed the working
of a tapestry to celebrate the anniversary. The idea came from the
Millennium Tapestry worked by the villagers of Tilston, Cheshire.
The guests applauded the many stitchers present as a token of appreciation
of all their efforts.
to, and during, the presentation programme students of the school
entertained with musical items.
In his address Lord Kenyon referred to the dedication of the school
by his grandmother the Late Dowager Lady Kenyon and also his pleasure
at taking part in the presentation. The school began with around 200
pupils and now has almost 800 (including the sixth form). It has attained
good academic success and continues to maintain this to the present
were made to Marjorie Lingard, Sheila Hooper and Wendy Crutchley (Tilston)
in appreciation of their help and guidance during the early stages
to Mrs Blanche Bird in acknowledgement of her vision and dedication
and finally to Mrs Corinne Forbes-Evans for her work as co-ordinator.
of Wrexham, Councillor Mrs Joan Lowe and Lord Kenyon, Chairman of
the Board of Governors, unveiled the tapestry. A gratifying murmur
of approval ran around the hall when the spotlights highlighted the
brilliant colours of the completed panel. The presentation closed
with the singing of the Welsh National Anthem led by a past pupil—Mrs
was open the following day to enable the general public to view the
tapestry. Throughout the day there was a steady stream of suitably
impressed visitors. Many comments and compliments regarding the :-
colours, wealth and clarity of details, precision, size etc……..All
volunteers felt a pride in working as a community to provide a lasting
tribute to our local school.
White Horse and Overton Play Centre would like to thank all those
who took part in the General Knowledge Quiz on Thursday 8th November.
The quiz started at 9.00pm and The Quiz Master produced a range of
questions to suit everybody’s capabilities. Everyone enjoyed
the evening which had draw prizes and quality refreshments provided
by the White Horse.
A significant donation was made to The Overton Play Centre and the
quiz was won by The Overton Occasionals, who will be the “Quiz
Masters” in the forthcoming “Quiz Night” on 22nd
November at the White Horse Inn.
Hats off to everyone involved and hopefully we shall see plenty of
fresh faces at the next event.
Everyone is welcome!
I wonder if you could tell me where Canister Hall is (or was) in Overton,
please, and any related info. about the Hall. My ancestors were living
at Lightwood Green, Overton in the 1830’s and Canister Hall
was the address given on one of their children’s baptismal records.
I wondered whether it was also the place of work of my 3x great grandfather,
who was an agricultural labourer.
Thank you. Ann
I have just been reading this months issue of the Overton Oracle,
and I was very disappointed to read that you did not mention Mr Patrick
Loughlin, who has been working very hard around the village making
it look wonderful.
Many thanks. Name and address supplied.
I just thought it sad to see we no longer have the environmental article
in the Oracle, it seems to have disappeared suddenly. I and others
I know locally found it very interesting and of course topical in
the times we now live. We found it informative and relevant to our
local council pleas to recycle all we possible can. Personally I thought
it brought a breath of “fresh –air” interest to
your readers, judging from the comments I have indirectly received.
Hope the majority agree that the environmental article will be given
space to return soon and continue to champion awareness of local,
national and global concerns.
Looking forward to many more interesting Oracle issues in the coming
To the contributors/organisers. Yours admiringly. E Williams. Avid
(With three ex local avid readers! - still receiving copies via e-mail!
Even though in far-off lands.
very fortunate with the amount of articles we receive for the Oracle.
Unfortunately, we often do not have room for everything received.
The editorial team took the decision not to print any more environmental
articles due to lack of space and the fact that the information given
can be found in daily newspapers and dedicated publications and are
not Overton based. We also feel that this is Government related information
that is often delivered to your home.
Community Council feel that they have gone as far as they are able,
in dealing with the noise problem from this site. If anyone wishes
to complain about noise level please write to the Environmental Health
Officer at the following address with a copy to our Community Council’s
Clerk at the Village Hall.
Mrs Zoe Buggie, Environmental Health Officer
Environmental Protection Section,
Public Protection Department, Wrexham County Borough Council,
Crown Buildings, Chester Street, Wrexham LL13 8ZE.
know you're getting old, when Santa starts looking younger.”
“Even before Christmas has said Hello, it's saying 'Buy Buy'“
once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on
it saying, toys not included.” Bernard Manning
Berry of Salop Road got a bit of a shock when he looked out of his
window to find an amazing growth of fungi in his front garden. He
has no idea where the fungal structure came from. He hadn’t
planted anything there and had never seen anything like it before
– magic mushrooms indeed!
by Andrea Buttress
Hello, I am the new chairman of the Overton Play Centre and if you
are new to the area, as I am, or are not quite sure of the services
we provide, I thought it may be helpful to list them below. Our members
of staff are dedicated professionals with up to date qualifications
who provide a stimulating and interesting day for the children in
• Care for children from two and a half years old to pre-school
• Care from Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm in three separate sessions.
These can be booked separately or as a block for the day.
• Costs: Morning from 9am to 11.45am-£5.00, Lunchtime
from 11.45 am to 1pm - £3.00, Afternoon from 1pm to 3pm - £4.00.
Full days are £14.00. Included in this is a snack in the morning
and afternoon, but, if your child is staying over the lunchtime period
then a packed lunch needs to be provided.
• FREE PLACES FOR CHILDREN WHO TURN 3 : Children who turn 3
between 1.9.07 and 31.12.07 can access a funded place at our Centre
from January 2008 for two terms for free. For children who are 3 between
1.1.08 and 31.3,08, a place can be accessed from April for one term.
• A family session is held every Tuesday morning from 9am to
11am. Come and meet others for a morning of chat and relaxation, with
refreshments provided whilst your child plays with others in a friendly
environment. The cost for this is £1.50.
• Hiring of the hall for you children’s party or family
event can be arranged by prior agreement.
We are a parent led group hoping to raise money for the centre in
new and exciting ways in the coming months and years. The Centre is
kept going exclusively from the money our fund raising events make,
so we always rely on your support to make these a success and to keep
this important facility open. We are also ready to listen to any suggestions
you may have for helping us improve our service. Should you have any
queries regarding any of the above points, then please do hesitate
to call me on 710246 or Margaret at the centre on 710688. Any offers
of help in aiding us raise much needed cash would also be greatly
I look forward to meeting many new people in the coming months, while
working hard to continue the success of the Centre, making many new
friends on the way.
Youth Club News
just to remind you that we have shortened the opening hours during
the winter from 7.00 to 8.30, and if there are not many in we may
go to Helens’ and use the computer as we are researching the
crisis in Darfur. If the 2-4 million displaced people, 200,000 murdered
and 70 children a day dying under the age of 5 has escaped from your
memory, then here’s a little reminder. There has been a "Rock
for Darfur" myspace raising awareness weekend world wide a couple
of weeks ago, but seemed to escape us here, so watch this space and
our youth club may help organise a Rock for Darfur nearer to home-
(Yes we would welcome help!)
We have planned a Christmas trip for Tuesday 4th December- 10 pin
bowling- free for members! - Of course if there are any adults up
for the challenge we would welcome them :)
Youth Club will be closed after 18th Dec until 29th Jan. New members
always welcome, as is support from adults but the young people are
not too keen on their own parents coming! Take care and hope to see
By Avu Heard
allegedly, has the most empty bottles in the refuse/recycling bins
than any other village in the Wrexham area. At this rate we will need
two recycling lorries over the Christmas and New Year period!
believe that Father Christmas brings presents on each of the 12 days
of Christmas starting on Christmas Eve. Usually the presents are put
under the family Christmas tree.
Dr Charlotte Jones on the birth of Alice Ellin, 6lb 8oz, born 15th
November, Janene Davies on gaining her BA in Primary Education. Well
done, love dad and Cynthia and congratulations from mum and Dan.
Sylvia and Floyd Ogden on their Golden Wedding Anniversary last month.
12th birthday to Dani Jones.On the 25th Happy birthday to Iris Edwards,
and Happy 65th to Howard Jones
Happy birthdays to Jenny Maskall and Walter Roberts. Belated birthday
wishes to Phil Humphries
Austin would like to wish all family and friends a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year, as she is sending a donation to charity rather
than buy Christmas cards.