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A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR READERS
Bear gets his revenge
Robin Wason, local proprietor of Overton's Village Londis has been growing his locks now for the last two years in a successful attempt to wind up his long suffering wife Caroline. He has been compared to Billy Connolly by a number of people and he revelled in the comparison.
Caroline and Robin’s grand-daughters, Lizzy aged three and Pippa aged four, believed that he was frightened of getting his hair cut and offered to take him to the hairdressers and hold his hand! They had also offered him their hair slides and bobbles to improve the look but sadly he declined.
Tina Williams, a regular customer of Londis, suggested Robin cut his hair to raise money for Children in Need and Robin acceded to pressure. Residents of the community rallied around, making contributions, turning up for event, and generally taking great delight in Robin's discomfort. Dianne Rodenhurst from Style Salon and Robin Langley from Ego Xcentric Hair and Beauty Salon offered to cut it free of charge in the shop with an audience. I'm not sure who was braver, Robin for having the cut or the hairdressers for working in public.
A small crowd gathered to watch the event on Friday 17th in the Londis shop and the insults flew faster than the feathers. Comparisons to Samson and Rapunzel were made but were taken with good humour. In total over £600 was raised.
All those that attended are hoping for a repeat next year, looking to raise more money, although I’m not sure it would grow back in time. Let’s hope it does as otherwise Robin is threatening to ‘do’ a calendar!
As you will be aware, collisions on these rural roads are a common occurrence, even more so at this time of the year due to slippery conditions and longer hours of darkness. The majority of incidents are caused through speeding, not necessarily exceeding the speed limit, but travelling too fast for the conditions I have just mentioned.
As highlighted by the Marcher Sound radio station, you are 3 times more likely to die in a collision on a rural road than on an urban one. This is obviously as a result of the higher speeds reached.
Please, please, please drive carefully. Remember to increase your stopping distances, keep your lights and wipers in good working order, and always ensure that your windows are fully de-iced and demisted before driving off. As any good motorist will know, it is not just your own driving you have to be aware of, but the driving of others who may not be up to standard.
do not mention this just for your benefit; I admit I have a self
interest in highlighting the above. The reason for this is that
I naturally would not enjoy having to tell family members, many
of whom I have got to know well during my 4 years here, that their
loved ones may have just died. Please consider how your family
would feel having me turn up on the door step to deliver such
news next time you are speeding due to you either being late for
work or taking the children to school. Slow down, keep a look
out for other drivers not as good as you, and take care.
Community Beat Manager.
I often think of this famous piece of writing at the turn of the year. It is by Marie Louise Haskins:
said to the man, who stood at the gate of the year,
So I went forth and finding the hand of God trod gladly into the
I always find New Years very strange as we look to the future as well as remembering the past. I have to admit I can feel rather sad at this time of year.
None of us knows what 2007 will bring. I am sure it will bring times of joy and happiness, as well as testing times and moments of sadness.
But whatever it brings, we can trust God to be beside us.
So whatever this New Year brings, may we take Marie Louise Haskins advice seriously. May we all step out into this New Year putting our hand into the Hand of God. May he give us his light of safety as we tread into the unknown
And may he lead us all towards the hills and the break of day.
Happy New Year
New Year everyone!
Your Legion Needs You
The British Legion was set up mainly to give care and succour to wounded ex soldiers and the widows of those who made the supreme sacrifice. As the Second World War generation approaches its final sunset, one has to ask what is its relevance today? Well the work continues because since the end of WWII there has only been one year in which a British soldier did not die on active service and the Legion continues to help those families stricken by war. The funds to help families is generated by the British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal and members of the Legion put in thousands of hours work in support of this fund raising. There are also local fund raising events and these are distributed to needy ex-servicemen and their families in our own parish.
So why does the Overton Branch of the British Legion need you? Well if you went to St Mary’s Church on Rememberance Sunday you may have noticed that our numbers are dwindling and the work of the Legion is falling on fewer and fewer shoulders. The Legion is open to people who have never been in the armed services, both men and women. (Our ladies section laid up their standard two years ago and we miss them!)
At our recent AGM the Overton Branch of the British Legion have started on a recruiting campaign to increase membership with both men and women, so if you feel you can make a contribution please contact our membership officer, Gerry Owen on Overton 710792 or e-mail us at the Oracle and we will pass your details on.
Come and join us – Your Legion Needs You!
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Whilst we humans (and no doubt some of our pets) are contemplating diets to remove our Christmas excesses, now is the time to also think about neutering any of last years kittens before the spring breeding season begins. Cats are prolific breeders. They can produce up to 4 litters of 4-5 kittens in a year which in turn can also start breeding from around 6 months. Very rapidly a single female can produce a large number of offspring and don’t be fooled into thinking that if there is not an entire tom cat just around the corner, that your sweet she cat will be safe – toms will roam for several miles to seek out new girlfriends!
Male cats should also be castrated at around 6 months of age before they start to spray and make your house smell revolting. Castration will reduce the tendency to wander and fight which in turn reduces the risk of contracting some of the serious feline diseases such as Feline Leukaemia or Feline Immunodeficiency virus. Help is at hand with the cost of neutering with two local organisations currently offering vouchers to cover the cost of neutering your cat: The Cats Protection League in Wrexham and in the Ellesmere area Shropshire Cat Rescue (they have a charity shop in Scotland Street towards Ellesmere Post Office) both have agreements with a number of local veterinary practices and issue vouchers to cover neutering costs.
There are new opening times at Maelor Vet Centre in Penyllan Street,
Overton. After a successful first year opening between 1pm and
3pm each weekday, we are pleased to announce two additional surgery
times at Overton:
OVERTON MEDICAL PRACTICE
hard as it is to believe, another year is over. It’s 12
mths since the automatic booking-in system was introduced in the
Overton surgery and most patients seem quite familiar with it
now. As a receptionist is no longer out in the front all the time,
we can use the back office to make and receive calls and ensure
confidentiality. We do have a bell to ring and we have positioned
the office furniture to give a better view of reception.
Patient expectation continues to rise year, on year, and whilst we try our best to accommodate everyone we have to put some firm guide lines down to keep the practice working as a stable unit. We do not have a ‘walk in’ policy, yet more and more patients turn up just wanting to see a nurse or a doctor with the words ‘it will only take a couple of minutes’ being exchanged over the reception desk. All these ‘minutes or two’ add up and it is grossly unfair to those patients who have gone through the correct channels and made their appointments to then be left to wait even longer so that others who come in unannounced can be seen. In the past we have probably been too lenient trying to see to everyone’s needs but in future you will be asked to go home and the triage nurse will speak to you in the normal manner. It may mean that you have to make the journey back to the surgery at a later, pre-arranged time but unless it is considered to be an absolute emergency that is what will happen.
The same firm line will be taken with regard to prescriptions, 48 hours is what we ask to process the paperwork needed to generate a script and that is what we will adhere to. If you run out of medication you must take the responsibility for your own actions, there will be no shortcuts as it causes undue disruption to the surgery. Paperwork which the doctor needs to sign or fill in will be 10 working days and Sick Notes, whether repeat or initial requests 72 hours – please don’t take the attitude that we are being harsh, we are just trying to run the surgery in a professional and efficient way.
Even though we have not experienced any really cold weather yet do remember to look out for elderly neighbours who may be on their own if the weather does turn very severe. Hypothermia can set in very quickly with fatal results, we would hope that in a close knit community like ours, we are caring enough to keep an eye out for our elderly citizens and be aware of potential problems.
date for your diary, Monday 22nd January 2007 at 6pm, your very
own Practice Patient Participation meeting, see you there!.
Also don’t you dare walk in to the surgery off the street, your heart attack will have to wait whilst they sort out someone’s in-growing toenail. Oh, and have you tried phoning? At peak times you just cannot get through to tell them you cannot make the 9.30 appointment. Then you end up as a damning statistic and on a non-attendance black list. Most of us go to work and the only time we can ring is in the lunchtime, but “no surgery calls accepted between 1 & 2pm” . What customer oriented business (other than a one-man business) closes for a lunch hour in these modern times?
Sometimes you think it would be helpful if you called out of hours and left a message? Nope, you can’t do that because the answer machine will tell you V E R Y S L O W L Y and deliberately how you can get in touch with Shopdoc or NHS Direct, but not how to get in touch with your own doctor. By the time you get to the end of the message you will probably have forgotten to cancel that appointment you can’t make – that is if you have ever got to the end to see if you can leave a message - to date I’ve not managed it! At least they haven’t outsourced the ‘call-centre’ to Bombay – yet!
Come on Overton Medical Practice – start thinking about your long suffering patients, your customers! After all if we weren’t sick occasionally you wouldn’t have any customers and therefore no jobs!
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Anastasia Kudryashova, a pupil in year six at St. Mary's Primary school has been awarded with an art's bursary after successfully applying to Catriona's Fund.
The fund has been set up in memory of Miss Catriona Myres, daughter of Paul and Jayne, a former pupil at St. Mary's school, to encourage and enthuse children to express themselves through the medium of art. The money is set to develop and enhance the school's playground design over the winter months and all the children involved with putting together the 'bid' are absolutely thrilled with the result!
A warm sunny day in July conjured a vision of wonderful adventures in the woods! The exciting idea and the beginnings of an outdoor classroom and learning environment at St. Mary's Primary School was alive! Over the past few weekends, staff, pupils, parents and grandparents have been working hard to clear the neglected 'conservation area' within the school boundary and have begun to plant new trees such as beech, sweet chestnut and oak.
the playground at the back of our house there have been some changes.
down, drained dry, taken away, fenced in, locked up
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