Overton’s Free Newspaper - issued monthly to over 600 homes in Overton

July 2001


The Editorial Team

Alan Edwards - David Burton - Ken Farrell - Lesley Pugh - Christine Stead

Our reporters cannot be everywhere.

If you have a story contact any team member or ring 01978 710422

Big Cat sighted in Overton

A Big Cat, thought to be a Puma, was sighted in Overton by a local resident while walking his dog. Mervyn Rodenhurst of Church Lane , Overton was convinced he saw a large cat-like animal in the fields below St Mary's House, at about 10.15 on the morning of the 11th June.

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Confusion over re-opened footpaths

All footpaths in the County Borough are now open. Although a few "Footpath Closed" signs are still in place, these can be ignored says Wrexham Council. Users must stay on the paths, respect "no access" notices, close gates, not go near or feed livestock, keep dogs on leads, use disinfectant where provided, and clean boots and vehicles after each visit.

Son joins family firm

Daniel Barber has recently joined the family run Trotting Mare Service Station. Daniel, 35, and married with one son was previously involved in the earth moving industry before joining the firm last Easter. Having completed a number of stringent examinations and practical tests run by the Ministry of Transport, Daniel is now the Manager of the MOT side of the garage business.

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Youth Club donates funds

At the re-launch of the Youth Club on Tuesday 5th June, Vice-chair, Pauline Edwards presented a cheque for 150 towards the cost of the Millennium Window to Kay Lawrenson, Secretary to St Mary's PCC.

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Traditional wedding in Nepal blessed in Overton

A couple who were married in Kathmandu have had their wedding blessed in St Mary's Church, Overton. Toby Guyett, the son of Jon and Jackie Guyett of Overton, who married his Tibetan wife Chhimi Lhamo Lama in Nepal in February, returned to Overton for the Christian Blessing.

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Photograph with the Famous

This month we feature Sue Walker from School Lane, Overton who, after a 9 hour flight to Orlando, bumped into Linford Christie who was also holidaying in Florida.

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I looked for a new hobby, so tried hosting on a Cruise Ship - and it's magic!

By Barrie Cornes

Picture the scene - it is approaching 5pm, the temperature is still around the 80's, the cloudless sky is a brilliant blue and the sea a crystal clear green and you are lying back in your lounger sipping an ice-cold rum punch or gin & tonic on the deck of a cruise-liner preparing to cast off from the quay side and sail away to it's next exotic port of call - most of us can only dream of such a situation. Whilst we take all this in, the ship's orchestra is beginning to play and I have to leave my lounger to take up my duties as a Cruise/Dance Host, a position I have enjoyed over the past 18 months and one which I believe makes me one of the most envied males on board because one of my duties entails dancing with all the unattached ladies on the cruise - it really is a magic hobby.

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Building work completed

The recent building work at Overton Methodist Church, which includes a ramp and disabled toilet facilities has now been completed. The Stewards would like to express their sincere thanks to all who supported the project, and invite anyone interested in seeing what has been done by attending one of the many Coffee Mornings which are ongoing each Saturday from 10.00am - 12.00 noon until the end of September.


Dear Editor,

I read with interest your article on the SS Aguila in (I think) your March issue.

You may interested to know that there is a memorial to Cecily Benjamin and the other 21 Wrens who died in the attack on 19 Aug 1941 in the Parish Church of St. Edmund the King, Northwood Hills, Middlesex. The memorial takes the form of a 12-ft high wall-mounted gold angel cradling a lifeboat. The memorial was endowed by Cecily's father, whose home at the time was within the Parish.

There is to be a service of remembrance at the Church at 10.00am on Sunday 19th August - the 60th anniversary of the sinking. A number of former Wrens will be attending.

There may be people in the Overton area interested in the above? Further information can be obtained from our Vicar, Rev. Bruce Driver, on 020 8866 9230 - he is aware that I am writing to you.

Mike Godden. Tel: 020 8868 7785

News In Brief

  • On Friday 13 July at 9.30am there will be a Welcome Morning at St Mary's Church Aided Primary School for the New Nursery Intake September 2001. If anyone needs any more information, please contact the school on 01978 710370.
  • Overton Community Councillors recently visited Wrexham's Town Centre CCTV operation, which has not only helped to reduce crime and increase detection rates, but has also given greater confidence to the business community and the public. The Community Council is looking at the possible introduction of a CCTV operation in Overton.
  • St Mary's Church PCC Sponsored Cycle Ride held on the 19th May raised over 850 towards the cost of the Millennium Window. Four adults completed the 42 mile course. The organisers wish to thank all those who generously gave their support.
  • It is with deep regret we announce that Norah Arrowsmith, formerly of Plas Madoc, Overton has passed away, aged 80. Our sincere condolences are extended to her family and relatives.