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FETE OR FATE?
Like predictive text messages which foresee the word you are composing, we fogeys at the Oracle Team are jumping on the bandwagon and attempting to write a predictive article where the reader chooses their preferred version of events.
Because of printing deadlines this year’s article was actually written before the event and rest assured, this experimental reporting style is unlikely to be repeated often.
The day began in classic summer style, (please delete as necessary) the sky was cloudless or it lashed down miserably. Within the first few minutes (please delete as necessary) huge crowds gathered and set up on the field or people gradually drifted in and milled about. A few stalls attracted particular attention, the Twinner’s twist on tombola for example, seemed very good value to me. I dipped my hand in and pulled out a random choice from the numerous sets of keys, - leaving with the same partner but having exchanged my car for a newer model. I think I understood the rules…
Likewise, the Army’s presence caused a stir. A number of confused souls suspected that their attendance was due to suspected civil unrest, as opposed to their generous and public minded participation.
The raffle was notable this year, but clarity regarding the actual prize was required. Some say that it was (please delete as necessary) an all expenses trip to Florida or a day clay pigeon shooting or an unwanted Christmas gift set received in 1986. The recipient was also somewhat of a mystery as the lucky winner was (please delete as necessary) an elderly lady from Erbistock or a local family or the raffle drawer’s next of kin.
The Scout’s had kindly agreed to serve the Tea’s and a number of pleased customers (please delete as necessary) enjoyed their beverages or were seen wandering the field looking dazed and confused or were seen returning to the hut asking for more cake and complaining of voracious appetites. The day drew to a happy conclusion (please delete as necessary) at about seven p.m. or the last ravers left at 4a.m. with fewer arrests than previous years.
that we can predict with certainty is that it was the generosity of
Howzat for fantastic fundraising !
A huge thank you (or merci beaucoup) to every single person who helped make our Promise Auction for Overton on Dee Cricket Club and Twinning Association on Friday 13th June, such an amazing success! On the night we raised over £1600 to share between the two organisations and this would not have been possible without the generosity of our community and beyond.
Thank you to everyone who donated in any way (no matter how small) to the evening, which was enjoyed by all who attended – we even had bids via satellite! The hall looked fabulous decked out in the Ddraig Goch and Tricolore and tables groaned under the weight of the sumptuous nibbles, wonderful cheeses and wine too.
were one of the unfortunate people who missed out on the superb auctioneering
skills of Mr John McCusker…..you also missed out on many, many
With thanks from the Cricket Club members and Twinning Association committee.
If you are aged 60 or over or have a disability and live in Wrexham County Borough Council you are entitled to free travel on the County’s bus services, for travel throughout the County and the whole of Wales! You can even use it for travel across the border into England as long as your journey starts within the County boundary. You can apply on-line at www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/travel/bus/concessionary_travel.htm or from the Council offices at Lambpit Street. You will need a passport size photo, your birth certificate or passport, plus a utility or council tax bill. So apply now and get travelling and forget those high petrol costs!
OVERTON MEDICAL PRACTICE
It is now a year since Dr Bloom and Dr Bowdler joined the practice. During that year over 100 patients have signed up for online access to appointments via the internet. From the 7th July it should be possible to order your repeat prescription on line as well. This may well be a real incentive for more patients to join the scheme. There is a minimum age of 16 is required for the scheme.
The whole computer system is being updated from Monday 30th June to Wednesday 2d July. During this time we cannot issue any prescriptions other than in an emergency. We will not be able to make any appointments or give results. If you are seeing the doctor he or she will not be able to see your computer notes so you may have to rebook at a later date if a medication review or test results are the reason for the visit.
There have been a number of minor accidents in the parking area in front of the surgery. This is rather a restricted space with a limited ‘turning circle’. Don’t forget that there is plenty of parking in the main car park behind the surgery and the back gate (to the right of the public conveniences) is a public pathway giving access to the front to the surgery.
was an excellent turn-out for the last Practice Patient Participation
group meeting and we hope the new faces found the experience enlightening.
The next meeting will be held on Monday 18th August at 6.00pm at the
is given that Erbistock Community Council has adopted a revised Members
Code of Conduct. Such document is available for inspection by members
of the public.
WANTED A computer enthusiast prepared to help the fossils of our community! This will be achieved by maintaining and updating information on our existing website on a weekly basis. If you can help please contact Jacky on either 710328 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ST. MARY’S SCHOOL NEWS
JOIN THE GROWING BAND OF HARDY ANNUALS
Have you got half an hour to spend every now and then?
What makes Overton special? The fact that we can get our dry cleaning done, stock up the food cupboard, go to the Chemists, pay our bills and post a parcel, in fact do all those day to day things we need to without going out of the village.
these days of rising petrol prices
But it will only stay like that if we support our local businesses. The Federation of Small Businesses is running a campaign and sending a petition to the Prime Minister to secure the future of small shops across the UK and safeguard the choice and competition that people expect in the market place.
Small shops are struggling to survive because of local, regional and national policies together with the failure of the competition authorities to deal with the aggressive policy of supermarkets. Unfair pricing advantages, such as below cost selling, should be prohibited.
Show your appreciation for Overton’s small businesses and your support for the campaign by signing the petition in the Corner Shop as soon as possible.
your mobile phone
Due to the large area that we cover it hasn’t always been practical to run a physical Neighbourhood Policing meeting and as such I have relied on the feedback given at many council meetings that we attend on a monthly basis and the feedback provided in response to my regular e-mail updates, however I do feel the need to try and run a physical meeting and all dates and times will be published as and when they have been confirmed.
PC 1842 Luke HUGHES (Community Beat Manager) Luke.Hughes@nthwales.pnn.police.uk
View from the Village Vets.
Old Vets and New Vets
It is 20 years in July since I qualified as a vet and I recently attended a reunion at the Royal Veterinary College in London where I studied. More than half of the 72 students in the year attended and we were greeted by the Principal of the College who gave us an update on some of the changes that have taken place since we qualified. Whilst the 72 students in my year were evenly divided between male and female, the current final year has over 200 students and of these 85% are female. Nationally, over 700 vets qualify each year from the 7 vet schools, but competition for places is still strong. As with human medicine and dentistry, the number of girls applying to vet school far exceeds the number of boys.
For anyone thinking of choosing veterinary medicine as a career a good set of GCSE results including sciences and maths is a must and then three A levels including Biology and Chemistry and one other are needed probably at AAA or AAB level. In addition, all applicants must demonstrate that they have spent time working on farms and with animals and also that they have spent some time working with vets.
We receive over 20 applications for work experience each year and have to restrict the number of students that we take on placement. We encourage them to be involved with all aspects of our day to day work including all the dirty and sad bits in an effort to make them see all the sides of life as a vet. It can be a very satisfying and rewarding career as well as highly frustrating at times.
With 20 years practice behind me I am no longer the young vet in the practice. Whilst I won the prize for the male who had kept the most hair at our reunion, clients no longer ask to speak to the ‘young vet’ when they ring, but instead ask to speak to the vet ‘who used to be the young one, but isn’t anymore’!!
feel older still when our new full time assistant joins us in August.
Lauren Hoare also studied at the Royal Vet College although her home
is not too far away in Bwlchgwyn. We look forward to welcoming her
as a full time member of the team at our practice.
Overton Play Centre News
May and June proved to be fantastic months for the Play Centre. A big thank you to all those who supported our ‘New 2U’ sale and to everybody who volunteered their time. I’m delighted to say that we raised £450.12 on the day. The toddler group that meets on a Tuesday morning also enjoyed an outing to the village library, where we were treated to the reading of some wonderful books by Rebecca. Both adults and children had a really fun time. In June the Play Centre raised a further £75 through the cake stall organised at the school’s Farmers Market. Again may I say a big thank your to all those involved, particularly those who donated cakes.
Last week the Play centre organised a wonderful trip to Chester Zoo as part of the Barnardos Big Toddle. This visit proved a great success and the children certainly enjoyed themselves. In July we have the following events lined up:
Monday 7th July. Play Group Open Day. Everyone is invited to see how the Play Group operates and to look at activities the children enjoy when they attend. The staff and some members of the committee will be available on the day to answer any questions you may have. Refreshments will be provided and the Centre will be open from 9.30am to 11.30am, so please do come and see what the Overton Play Centre can offer. Everyone is very welcome.
Thursday 10th July. The Play Group will be open while the Nursery class at St Mary’s School is closed for all current attendees. This is so that next year’s intake can be introduced to the department. Places for all day are limited so please do speak to Margaret to book your child in.
Where on earth do you read the Oracle?
in Overton for 25 years and left in 2003 to retire to Spain. We now
live in Andalucia in a small village about 20 mins from Cadiz.
forget that Overton Library is open
I am told that these are probably people going to work on the Trading Estate. Perhaps it is unreasonable to expect the police to bother at this time of the day. However the same careless, selfish and ignorant behaviour occurs all day and every day, I cannot be the only person to notice!!
I sympathise with the writer mourning the loss of her pet cat on Salop Road, I have lost three, all killed by cars. Do we have to wait till a child is injured or killed ??????
somebody PLEASE tell me why we cannot have traffic calming humps or
Mrs Gwyneth Austin and Cynthia Davies would like to thank those that supported and helped at the Blue Cross Dog's Tea Party on May 27th in Overton Village Hall the sum of £150 was raised.
Mr D Morris would like to thank all those that turned out to support the Farmers market in the Village Hall on Thursday 12th June. Year 6 were thrilled to of raised £100.00 which will be put to good use.
Overton Cricket Club and Twinning Association would like to thank everyone who supported the 'Promise Auction' on Friday June 13th, either by donating promises or bidding for them. Our thanks also to John McCusker for acting as Auctioneer for the evening. We raised over £1500 to be divided equally between the organisations. Thank you once again.
Despite the awful weather the White Horse Table Top sale valiantly raised £150 in aid of the Church roof, with no small thanks to Jordan (aged 7) who sold goods and raffle tickets for as long as she could.
Please note that we have received a request from the person who empties the playing field bins. When disposing of dog waste in these bins please ensure that the waste is double bagged and sealed securely.
Belated congratulations to Tom and Beryl Williams on their Golden Wedding Anniversary last month.
Deepest condolences to Gwyn Owen and family on the sad death of his mother Mrs Phyllis Owen.