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Council: No Budget Increase & Traffic Calming
The most important information for 2007 / 08 is that the Council have proposed to keep the precept exactly the same as last year -this is £29,952. This is a big achievement given that most prices have risen considerably in the recent past. This money is spent on street light maintenance, street light electricity, playing field and cemetery maintenance and insurances, community chest, public conveniences, the Overton Oracle, Twinning, general administration and various other village activities. It will be voted on at the March meeting.
ANNOUNCEMENT - Flu Vaccine for poultry workers
The following is the summary updates received from the Nth Wales
Local Medical Committee. Poultry workers are to be added to the
“at risk” category for the provision of flu vaccines.
The Health Protection Agency’s definition is as follows:
Please help the police to help you.
Overton suffered a crime wave at the beginning of January. On Sat 6th a male was arrested after breaking into an unoccupied property on Willow Street. Overnight on Sun. 8th, 5 crimes occurred. Following the dumping of 2 stolen vehicles on Wrexham Rd, (a van stolen in Wrexham and a car stolen in Cross Lanes), a car on Parkside, a car on Old School Mews, and a car on Salop Rd were attempted to be stolen.
These were followed by an attempted shed break in and the theft of a van from Salop Rd. 3 males were seen on the High St at 3am looking into vehicles with torches; unfortunately the resident who saw them did not report this to the police till 8am the following morning. So far 1 male has been arrested and the van recovered.
Further to the above, overnight on Wed 10th 2 other vehicles, 1 on the High St and 1 on Springfield Park had items stolen from them. A vehicle was broken into on School Lane and an insecure vehicle searched on Maelor Court.
All the above crimes are currently under investigation and myself and my colleagues have been patrolling the village throughout the nights in an unmarked police car. If you have any information with regard to the above please contact the police.
I also respectfully ask that you lock your vehicles. As 50% of all Overton vehicles are parked on the street, please remove anything of value from your car. A CD may only cost £10.00, but the cost of the damage or your insurance excess will be far more. If for example, you leave your empty glove box open, there is nothing for the thief to steal and it will be pointless for him/ her to break into your car.
There are 3 elements to any crime, the victim, the offender, and the location. If you remove any one of these, then a crime cannot occur, and if we make it pointless for thieves to operate here they will have to go somewhere else.
Please report suspicious circumstances immediately. Please remove your valuables and lock your cars. (I recently knocked at one car owner’s house to inform her that her car was not locked. She replied, ‘I don’t care; they can nick it if they want’, and promptly went back to bed).
If you require more up to date crime information, send me your E-mail address.
Darren King, Constable 1360.
Community Beat Manager.
Tuesday 20th February will see Shrove Tuesday heralding the beginning of Lent.
In the past people had a holiday on Shrove Tuesday, with children allowed a day off school. Merrymaking went on in the streets as people took advantage of the fact that it was the last day before the six weeks of Lent, during which all fun and feasting would cease.
Children would go from door to door begging for sweets and other delicacies and there might be such sports as bear baiting and cock fighting going on. It was generally a riotous time, so that quieter people were quite glad when Lent did finally start!
Today a lot of these customs have disappeared; some customs such as animal fighting are not missed. But Lent continues to remind us of all the good things in life we have and so often take for granted. It reminds us of our loving God, who loved us so much that he sent his son Jesus to show us that love.
However you spend the Lenten Season, I pray that it will be a time of reflection on what truly is important in life and that each of us in our own way will be able to give thanks to God.
friend and Rector,
Hey guys! Happy Valentines day! If you have a serious crush on someone and want to shout it to the world, send their name and your name into the Corner Shop and we will try and fit it onto the page! Hope you find that special someone!
My first review is on “Night at the Museum”. Ben Stiller
plays a man with many dreams but sadly he is the only one who
thinks that these dreams are possible. He is in desperate need
of a proper job and so when a position comes available to be a
night guard at the Museum of Natural History in London, he willingly
accepts. This is before he realises that everything in the Museum
comes alive after sun set! Very funny and exciting, all ages will
enjoy this film!
My next review is on “The Pursuit Of Happyness”. Will
Smith plays a desperate man looking for a break in life which
is always letting him down. His job is hard and is getting him
in a lot of financial trouble. Follow his excruciating journey
as he tries to pursue happiness. With Will Smith’s son playing
along side him, this movie is quite sad in parts.
Q. Hi I really want a dog! I am twelve years old and for ages I have wanted a dog but my parents wont let me! Why! I would look after it!
Well, many children want a dog and their parents usually have
the same answer, ‘no, not yet’. But your parents actually
have the right idea, dogs can be very expensive and take up a
lot of the families time. They may be cute, but they need constant
walks, baths and a tremendous amount of love and care. This does
not seem that it would be a problem, when you have a dog, you
love it immediately!
for dedication to pupils’ safety
sister, Josie Ralphs writes, “My sister Mary went to school
in Overton and lived all her young days in Knolton. She became
a policewoman in Chester in the 1950s and moved to Runcorn after
her marriage. She left the police force after the birth of her
son and when he went to school went into security work for various
firms including Littlewoods. After retiring at 60 and after the
death of our mother (Olive Hall of Knolton) she applied for the
job of Lollipop lady and worked until she was forced to retire
last year age 70.
The Borough Council’s school crossing supervisor said “Mary worked in all weathers, and also had to deal with the behaviour of thoughtless drivers while keeping the children safe. Mary's cheerful nature, enthusiasm and dedication to her job will be very much missed by everyone”. Mary now spends her time baking cakes and delivering them to her former crossing patrol colleagues.
View from the Village Vets.
Rabbits are now the third most popular British pet and it is estimated that there are over 2 million pet rabbits in the UK in nearly 5% of households. With an average life expectancy of around 8 years, they represent a long-term commitment and owners need to think carefully about the implications before taking on a 6 week old fluffy bundle.
As vets we see an increasing number of pet rabbits with a variety of conditions. Insurance companies now offer health insurance policies for rabbits meaning that sometimes quite expensive procedure and treatments are undertaken. One of the most common reasons for pet rabbits needing to visit the vet is for tooth problems. Unlike humans, dogs or cats, rabbits’ teeth continue to grow throughout their life and if the upper and lower jaws do not meet properly, the back molar teeth can develop sharp points. This causes pain and reduces the appetite of the rabbit. The tooth roots can also press on the tear ducts from the eye causing watery eyes and eye infections. Rasping of the teeth under anaesthetic is required to remove sharp points from teeth and alterations to the diet are sometimes needed to try to slow the recurrence of the problem.
Skin problems in the form of mites which cause hair loss, itching and scurf are also quite common in rabbits and can be treated with special spot on preparations. In the summer months rabbits are at risk from fly strike and special attention is needed to make sure that the rabbit is kept as clean as possible and that faecal matter does not build up on the tail as this is obviously attractive to blow flies which then lay their eggs on the fur.
One of the most distressing sights we still see on a frequently is Myxomatosis in pet rabbits. Originally introduced in Australia in the 1950’s to reduce the population of wild rabbits (‘A baby rabbit with eyes full of pus, is the work of scientific us’ – Spike Milligan), the disease is transmitted between rabbits by fleas and sadly there is no treatment. Pet rabbits can be infected by wild rabbits coming in to close contact with them in their runs or pens. The disease causes swelling of the head and blindness and a painful lingering death. Humane euthanasia is the only option. Fortunately a vaccine is available and we recommend that all pet rabbits receive an initial vaccination after 6 wks of age and then annual boosters. Another infectious disease of rabbits is Viral Haemorrhagic Disease. Whilst we see less of this than Myxomatosis, a vaccine is also available.
with cats and dogs, worms can also be a problem in rabbits and
routine worming is now also recommended. Finally, but perhaps
most importantly if you are considering purchasing more than one
rabbit, neutering should be a high priority unless you rapidly
want to convert two rabbits into several large families!! Both
male and female rabbits can be neutered.
AND A DOUBLE VC
The recent television series and accompanying book detailing the history and recipients of the Victoria Cross reminds us of Overton’s connection to the only man to be awarded a Victoria Cross and bar in the First World War and one of three ever to achieve such a distinction. This was Noel Godfrey Chavasse who’s mother and grandmother Mary Fowler Maude, lived at Pendyffryn, Overton.
Noel Godfrey was a medical officer attached to the Liverpool Regiment having studied at the Royal Southern Hospital, Liverpool where he became house surgeon to Sir Robert Jones the world famous orthopaedist who is associated with the Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen.
He was awarded his first VC for his actions on August 9, 1916 at Guillemont, France when he attended to the wounded all day under heavy fire, frequently in view of the enemy, and during the night he continued searching for wounded in front of the enemy's lines. Next day under heavy shellfire he carried an urgent case 500 yards to safety, being wounded himself during the journey. The same night, with 20 volunteers, he rescued three wounded men from a shell-hole 36 yards from enemy trenches and buried the bodies of two officers. Altogether he saved the lives of 20 wounded men.
second VC was awarded during the period July 31 to August 2 1917
at Wieltje, Belgium. Chavasse although severely wounded early
in the action while carrying a wounded officer to the dressing
station, refused to leave his post and in addition to his normal
duties, went out repeatedly under heavy fire to attend the wounded.
During this time, although practically without food, worn with
fatigue and faint from his wound, he helped to carry in badly
wounded men, being instrumental in saving many who would otherwise
have died in the bad weather. Chavasse died of his wounds in Brandhoek.
He is buried at Brandhoek New Military Cemetery, Vlamertinge.
The Arthur Lovegrove comedy staged by Overton Am Dram marked Cynthia Davies’ solo directorial debut. Set in Christmas 1961 and aided by an authentic set, the plot surrounds the impending marriage between members of the Fordyce and Parker families. All is well until the arrival of the mysterious and seemingly psychic Amelia Puffin.
enigmatic character manages to engage the audience to such a degree
that each entrance was eagerly anticipated. Ann Kynaston deserves
high praise for her performance as Lovegrove’s play would
be translucent without this performer.
Considering that this was an amateur production, the cast performed to a high standard and it is a shame that the hours of rehearsal and preparation are over after just a few shows.
Despite requests the Oracle has not able to obtain any photographs of the performance or cast. If you have any please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for the next issue.
be it would help to reduce the problem if the council put some
dog mess bins around the village?
My car has been involved in the 2nd hit and run in the last 15 months, parked outside my home; the most recent time was New Years Eve and has left considerable damage. This is a very expensive cost and emotional torment to myself and my two sons. My faith in Human Nature to report these incidents has been destroyed, what is this teaching our next generation!
future worry is that I live across the road from the park and
I wonder WILL IT BE A CHILD NEXT? IF THESE MOTORISTS DO NOT SLOW
The SS Aguila Memorial? To answer last month’s letter to the Editor from Mr Bush, the railings were removed when the cherry tree (by the War Memorial) grew too big. The brass plaque was polished so well that eventually the inscription disappeared. Wren Cecily Monica Bruce Benjamin who died aboard the SS Aguila is remembered on the Overton War Memorial.
Last year a speed check took place on Station Road, Overton on
don’t turn the light off
know that I’m hurt badly
know my legs are broken,
I can hear my mother crying.
OVERTON MEDICAL PRACTICE
Two years have now elapsed since we moved into the new building. We continually strive to improve our service and ALWAYS appreciate you giving your time to make the comments or suggestions. If there are issues you would like to bring to our attention, or if you are not happy with the nature of the service we provide, why not come along to the next Patient Participation Group meeting on Mon 22nd Jan, at 6pm or use the Suggestions box situated in the reception area.
We expect no staff changes in the foreseeable future apart from having Medical Students with us for training, and so we should have normal surgeries with doctors you know. The computer system used by the practice is very comprehensive so the information is easily accessible to all our doctors. This does help to give continuity of care from your notes in both Bangor and Overton.
We all know that coughs and sneezes are very prevalent at this time of the year. The pharmacy is able to advise you regarding medication for the colds etc and there is an abundance of advice on the surgery website. Have any of you used the new link called www.ukselfhelp.info if so was the information of help? We would like to hear your views.
There were 768 missed appointments in 2006, involving 617 patients who failed to turn up. That really is such a waste of resources. We continue to urge all patients to contact us if they no longer need the appointment slot, as we may be able to contact another patient to fill it. This would make such a positive contribution to the efficient running of your surgery. In addition, be aware that if you arrive over 10 minutes late, you run the risk that the Doctor may not be able to see you.
PLEASE REMEMBER - When you arrive for your appointment and use our automated arrivals screen, you complete your entry by pressing the prompt “Tell the Doctor I am here”. Without doing this last bit the system does not “know” you are here and you will miss your turn.
Overton Medical Practice is committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment where patients and staff can be confident that best practice is being followed at all times and the safety of everyone is of paramount importance. All patients are entitled to have a chaperone, family member or friend present for any consultation, examination or procedure where they feel one is required. On occasions you may prefer a formal chaperone to be present, i.e. a trained member of staff. Your healthcare professional may also require a chaperone to be present for certain consultations in accordance with our chaperone policy. If you would like to see a copy of our Chaperone Policy or have any questions regarding this please contact the Practice Manager.
Don’t forget your appointment – Keep It Or Cancel It!
from The Community Health Council will be at
A Very Happy 21st Birthday to Jenna Williams and Lucy Edwards
Also Happy Birthday to Claire Cusworth, Raymond Austin, Rennie Foster, Daniel Hunter, Sylvia Ogden, Micki Blair, April Lee & Georgie Davies
Our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Mrs Evans of Maelor Court on their sad loss.