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PARKSIDE DAY ROOM - OFFICIAL OPENING
The building was started in May 2007 and completed in October of the same year. The Day Room serves the 22 warden-controlled bungalows on Parkside. The room has been the long held dream of warden Pat Edwards and it is due to her hard work that it has been built. Events held there include a luncheon club, weekly bingo and clothes parties, which are also open to other residents on Parkside and the clothes parties are open to everyone in the village, although the room can get a little crowded!
So far about half of the residents have taken part in events although Pat hopes to with time, build up the numbers. In the summer there is a pleasant sitting out area at the rear, covering about 180 square feet. The Day Room also has disabled toilets and a new fully fitted kitchen for the preparation of meals.
Warden Pat Edwards shares her duties with Sandra Rogers of Hanmer and vice versa. Wrexham Mayor, Councillor David Griffiths, hotfoot from opening Eagles Meadow, did the honours of cutting the tape and Alice Foster gave the vote of thanks and presented the Mayor with a plant for the Lady Mayoress, who was unable to attend. The Mayor then joined residents in a celebration buffet.
From the Rectory
a book of folk lore called Bygones by Richard Holland and in this
book he quotes a Dr Sylvan Evans who on April 22nd 1885 reported this
Welsh custom that occurred in some parts of the Principality.
caught a wren, they placed it on a miniature bier and carried it in
procession towards the house which they intended to visit.
are many Christmas customs throughout Europe of people travelling
to houses to spread cheer and receive hospitality and gifts. As a
Christian I like the idea of at the darkest moment of the year reaching
out to touch the lives of people with the light and hope and joy of
Christ. Though I am not sure what to make of the above parting verse!
Christmas amid all the festivities and pressure, May we remember the
light of the Christ child for ourselves and may we by our love reach
out to others, and so be reminders of Bethlehem’s bright sign,
The Christ Child.
I start this update with some good news, over the notoriously busy period of Halloween and Bonfire Night, (25th Oct - 10th Nov) the Wrexham Maelor area had no incidents of Antisocial Behaviour reported. This is a fantastic result and the first time that this has happened since I have worked in the area. I believe it was achieved as result of the hard work and commitment provided by the Wrexham Community Safety Partnership, Wrexham Council, your local community councils as well as the local shops and businesses that supported the scheme. I offer my thanks to you all and I am most grateful for your hard work and support.
Walking at night.
Cycling at night.
Driving at night.
Tip of the Month.
HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY
Overton Methodist Church was born out of the ashes of the 2 previous Methodists Chapels in this village. In the late 1930s it was decided by the ‘powers that be’ that the Primitive Methodist Church, Wesleyan Methodists and the Free Church should amalgamate. The ‘Prims’ as it was called affectionately was opposite the Almshouses in Salop Road (now 3 cottages) and the Free Church at the Bangor Rd end of School Lane (now called Chapel House 1 & 2).
Mr Tommy Thompson, builder, smallholder cum-entrepreneur of the Free Church, negotiated to buy both Chapels and also acquired the corner plot of land on the crossroads of Salop Road, which had previously been the village ‘pound’, was where the new church was to be built. Mr Thompson got the contract to build the present church which was erected in 1938 with the help of donations from various other churches and chapels in the locality, local dignitaries and business people, and of course the money from the sale of the two previous chapels. Some of those names can be seen in the foundation stones around the chapel.
Methodism has been practised in the village since the late 18thC & the date 1816 on the Chapel in Salop Road can still be seen. As a girl of 7, I clearly remember the celebrations we had in the summer before the official opening, which was on the first Sunday in December 1938. We had a Rose Queen Fete and a float with lots of black & white photos taken. Perhaps some people still have photos & memorabilia of that time and since, we’d love to see them. The schoolroom used to have a stage and in my early teens we had a small Youth Group that put on plays. We always had a good choir and my grandfather, Edward Haynes taught us to read the Tonic Sofa Music. He was our organist & choir master up to his 80th year. My family were founder members & we all had great times in the chapel through the years.
We are celebrating our 70th birthday on 6th December, when we hold our Christmas Fayre at 2pm, and on Sunday 7th December we are holding a songs of praise service at 3pm followed by a celebration tea at 4.30 pm. At 6pm the evening service will be led by our minister Una McClean and guest preacher Roger Baker. Please join us! By Josie Ralphs
Hi everybody we’re really excited about Christmas, how about you!
A. Hi Rochelle, of course its going to be hard for you. Try talking to your friends or family to see if they can help you get through this and ask your mum if you can see your dad at weekends or holidays. We hope we have helped in some way.
LAUGH WITH LYDIA
Why don't reindeer like penguins? Because they can’t get the wrappers off.
What game do cows like to play at Christmas parties? Moo-sical chairs
What are the best things to put in a Christmas cake? Your teeth
Lottie’s Pet of the Month
Congratulations to Leah Hughes, year 5 at St Mary’s School, who has just won an exciting competition run by the school’s Eco-Council to design a logo for their new environmental bags. These bags will be available for sale at the farmers markets and also within the village.
The Eco-Council are represented by elected pupils from each class as follows: Nicholas Bateman, Beth Harrison, James Martin, Emily Whitfield, Frazer Kokic, Sophie Vibhishanan, Jack Harrison, Scott Lawrenson, George Done and Chloe Hewitt. George Done and Chloe Hewitt, year 6 representatives on the Eco Council, put together the views of the Eco-Council as follows: “We want to reduce our waste and re-use our Eco bag for life. This will help make Overton plastic bag free. We would like less waste for the World. We have found out that due to plastic bags not being recycled or re-used they can end up in the sea. Whales and turtles suffer, for example turtles think they are jellyfish, they swallow them and die. Julia Hailes in the New Green Consumer Guide said ‘A mink whale found on a Scottish beach had 800kg of plastic bags in its stomach’. Please buy our new Eco bags for life and help save the world!”
It is hoped that people will buy the bags and get into remembering to bring the bags shopping rather than resorting to the plastic bags. Mick Pinder from the Corner Shop said “This is a fantastic idea. The Welsh Government has a proposal to introduce a 20p per bag levy on plastic carriers. A reusable environmentally friendly bag is a superb addition to the recycling schemes that the school has introduced.” Any funds raised from selling the bags will go into developing projects by the Eco Council such as recycling, water harvesting etc. Maybe one day Overton will follow the example of places like the village of Modbury in Devon, and become plastic bag free ... For more information please contact St Mary’s on 01978 710 370
and Kings … in January!
If you see the notices around the village talking about ‘Camels and Kings’ you may be thinking that the local churches have gone mad. Surely the kings (and their camels) are part of the Christmas story and not New Year.
Right --- and wrong! It is highly unlikely that the three kings (or Magi or wise men) visited the manger in Bethlehem. It is far more likely that they arrived at a later date to worship the baby Jesus. In the Christian calendar we have set this as the 6th January or Epiphany.
This year the churches together in Overton are offering children of all ages (from babes in arms to great grandparents) an opportunity to come together and have some fun.
On Saturday 10th January from 10am until noon in the Methodist Schoolroom you are offered the chance to be part of ‘Messy Church’ – cutting, sticking, colouring, stories, songs and refreshments and all of them shared through all generations and abilities.
It will not be church as you think of it and will not be Sunday School as you perhaps remember in fact it is ‘exactly what it says on the tin’ – messy, fun, light and bright. (There is no charge but a small donation to cover materials and refreshments would be appreciated if you can give it – even if you can’t, still come along!)
So, if you have a yearning for glitter after the tinsel has been packed away or a desire to cut and stick long after others may feel you should have stopped – why not come and explore Camels and Kings with us! You would be very welcome indeed.
For more details contact the Rector David Lewis on 710229 or Rev Una McLean on 860877. See you there!
OVERTON MEDICAL PRACTICE
we are an accredited teaching practice and we will be having another
medical student, Abby Parrish, with us from 4th Nov for 6 weeks. This
time of year very often sees an increase in the number of people who
have colds and chills. Antibiotics are not prescribed for colds and
you should allow at least one week to 10 days for the symptoms to
pass. Many patients worry that the cold has gone to their chest as
they develop a cough. This is usually nature’s way of making
sure you keep the phlegm you develop from settling on your lungs.
The coughing keeps the whole bronchial system clearer to help the
healing process. The pharmacist can very often give excellent advice
thereby making a trip to the doctor unnecessary. If you are really
ill then obviously you do need to be seen by a doctor but otherwise
there is very little that can be done.
Rhys is the 100th Baby
to Darren Morris, Year 6 teacher at St Mary’s School, Overton
and his wife Helen on the birth of their new son Rhys, a brother for
FROM OVERTON TO GEORGIA – UPDATE
In the June 2008 Oracle we heard about Overton’s Vicky Glover’s plans to spend a year in Georgia USA as part of the Erddig Rotary Club sponsored schemes with Georgia Student Rotary Programme. Former Maelor High School pupil Vicky is one of 13 former pupils who have in recent years gained Rotary sponsored one year scholarships to study in Georgia and stay with Rotary families. Vicky is studying criminal justice and has been befriended by the local police department in Statesboro and has spent weeks with the investigation division.
Vicky says “I had been interested in joining the police in the UK and when the local police chief heard this he offered me an internship at Statesboro I go off with the officers on all kinds of cases, from shootings, drug busting to fraud. Whatever they do I do. I even have to wear a bullet proof vest, I am really loving the experience”. Vicky is introducing her host family to Welsh traditions and has cooked them a roast dinner, some Welsh rarebit and Welsh cakes.
Overton Play Group News
The Play Group is again opening for a child minding day on Saturday 13th December. CRB qualified staff can look after your children from 8.45am to 4pm and entertain them with crafts, games and lots of fun while you complete your Christmas shopping etc. Call the Centre on 01978 710688 to book them in. The cost is £15 per child for the day or £7.50 for half a day (8.45am to 12.15pm or 12.30pm to 4pm). Please provide them with a packed lunch should they be staying.
We are putting on a Christmas play with the Play Group and toddler children on Saturday 6th December at 10.30am. The play is called “Bobby Bluegum helps out!”, and all are very welcome Tickets are £2 per adult (free for children) and this includes refreshments. Please purchase tickets from the Play Centre as places are limited.
DO YOU USE INTERNET SHOPPING?
Playgroup is now registered with the following websites to raise funds
for the Play Centre
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Sam Pinder wishes to thank everybody who sponsored him for the Lakelands School sponsored walk. He raised a total of £386.36 for the school fund. Thank you
The Royal British Legion would like to thank Eastwick Garden Centre and Owen Glyn Jones for the plants around the Cenotaph and thanks to all the poppy sellers for all their hard work.
Thanks to those who supported the Play Centre New 2U sale which raised £392 & the Recycling Scheme which raised £279. The next collection is in June but we will be collecting from now so if you would like goods collected please call on 710246 to arrange a convenient time Thanks also to Sam and Andy at the White Horse for raising money for the Play Centre during the events they have put on this year.
Congratulations to Michael Thomas and his wife on the birth of their baby son, Joseph Andrew, a new grandson for Rod and Sharman Parry.
Congratulations to Bethan and Rob Hughes on the birth of their baby daughter, Millie Beth, a new granddaughter for Alan and Shane Stubberts and making Tara and Dave Pugh an Auntie and Uncle and Courtney and Kyle, cousins.
Happy December Birthdays Dani Jones, Iris Edwards, Howard Jones, Jenny Maskall, Walter Roberts, Carol Morrison & Lisa Edwards (21!)
Sincere condolences go to Family and Friends of Floyd Ogden who passed away in November.
Congratulations to Mark Whittall on passing his driving test, to the local family who won £66,000 on the Lottery and to the White Horse for being CAMRA pub of the season for the Chester & Sth Clwyd area.
Graham and I would like to wish all my Family and friends who we miss, all the Very Best for Christmas and the New Year. Regards, Sandra Jones