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OVERTON ‘FAT BOTTOM BOYS’ CYCLE FROM CARDIFF TO ST MARY’S SCHOOL
As 2008 dawned a group of middle aged dads, all with kids at St Mary’s school, decided New Year's resolutions were a must. To be fair they were only a bit overweight but also unfit but when all put together it was a sorry sight indeed…!
Then to add insult to injury the Welsh Assembly released another new initiative "Health Challenges Wales" promoting awareness to persuade us to eat the right foods and make physical activity a greater part of our everyday lives. It could have been addressed to dads Gary Aplin, John Barton and Andy Dodwell. As Dads we desperately want to do the right thing by our children, setting the right example about food and keeping fit. But time is precious what with work, family … and the Friends of the School.
So here was the challenge: - To kick start a brand new appeal for an all-weather area so that the children of St Mary’s can always have access to a playing field even in the wettest of Wales winters. True, it is a great challenge if a bit daunting but oddly everyone that we spoke to said yes.
The dads cycled from the Welsh Assembly buildings in Cardiff to St Mary's School in Overton on Dee using only the Welsh coastal and mountain roads…!!
Covering over 300 miles from Friday 23rd until Tuesday 27th May with an intrepid and professional back up team (that’s Richard and Sian Hollingsworth in their camper van) ensuring plentiful supplies of Vaseline and plasters…!
But we desperately wanted the children involved; so on Thursday afternoon (22nd) they also had a sponsored ride and big toddle around the grounds of school with each child raising money for their class. And you can help too, if you can spare a few pounds to add to their fundraising knowing that it will be going directly to help the children of our community.
You can donate on line at www.fatbottomboys.com or by sending your pledge to the school. We may not feel so Fat Bottomed anymore but we are very chuffed and proud of our efforts!
RURAL TAXIBUS SCHEME
Wrexham County Borough Council’s rural TaxiBus scheme is designed to provide flexible public transport connections for the more isolated communities that are not located along conventional public transport routes.
If you live in an isolated rural location, you may not have easy access to the bus. Residents who live within the qualifying area of operation, are now able to book a TaxiBus journey, to enable them to travel to Wrexham, Whitchurch or other neighbouring villages. Transport is provided using a local Taxi company, operating on behalf of Wrexham C.B.C.
You will need to book your journey in advance, no less than 1 hour before you wish to travel. Return bookings and repeat block bookings can also be made. Fares are: Single journey £2.50, Return Journey £4.00.
The TaxiBus scheme operates Monday to Friday 9.00am to 2.30pm, 4.00pm to 6.00pm and on Saturdays 8.00am to 6.00pm. excluding Bank Holidays. Concessionary travel pass holders travel free of charge.
Bookings for journeys can be made Monday to Sunday 8.00am to 6.00pm Ring 01978 357777.
From the Rectory
Midsummer has been the focus of many strange traditions in the past. A pagan tradition was to light bonfires in many parts of the country. People saw that the power of the sun noticeably decreased at this time of the year and so they lit big fires in an attempt to boost it a little.
This custom was strictly observed in Cornwall until 19th century. Midsummer’s Eve was regarded as a time of enchantment, when witches, warlocks, fairies and evil spirits were at hand. Cornish people would light a chain of bonfires, placing them on all the headlands and cliffs. The idea was to keep away all these evil influences and the fires would blaze all through the night giving them protection. Young and old would hold hands and dance around the fires and when at last the fire grew low, newlyweds would jump through the dying flames together as a sign of good luck for their marriage.
and light have always been important symbols for humans. And as a
Christian they remind me of the light of Jesus touching every corner
of our lives, bringing hope and joy and strength. There is so much
in our modern world that can appear threatening and frightening. So
often evil influences seem to win. But Christians believe that in
Jesus, love and life and joy have the final say. We need no longer
fear death, because on the cross Jesus has opened the gates of heaven
to us all, if we just have faith in him.
OVERTON MEDICAL PRACTICE
We are to have for an IT Upgrade at the Overton Medical Centre. This means that our computer system will be shut down all day Monday 30th June and Tuesday 1st July. If things don’t go smoothly it may be slightly longer.
The surgery will be open but we won’t be able to issue prescriptions. If patients could work with us to try and avoid these dates to request routine medication it would be greatly appreciated. Plan to order what you need before those dates please.
Remember you can sign up at any time for the Online Access to Doctor’s appointments. Plans are progressing well to introduce online access to Repeat Prescriptions by the end of June. Whilst we address issues of confidentiality, there is a minimum age of 16 for this service.
The warmer weather means check your inhalers in case you are a hayfever/asthma sufferer and discard old, out of date medicines. Pollen counts are given with the weather forecasts as will the sun strength factors – there is a huge range of information via the media so there is no reason for not being prepared. This surgery does provide Travel Clinics, patients are requested to contact the Practice at least 8 to 10 weeks prior to the date of travelling. A Travel Form will need to be completed indicating the destination, accommodation type and length of stay. An appointment is made with a clinician who will use the information provided on the Travel Form, in conjunction with the patient’s medical record, to offer advice and any immunization or medication required.
Remember the ‘Out of Hours Service’ is now NEWDOC –telephone number 01244 834999.
YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL
is given that Overton Community Council has adopted a revised Members
Code of Conduct. Such document is available for inspection by members
of the public at the Clerk’s office in the village hall. Please
contact the Clerk to arrange an appointment on 01978 710055
Hey everybody! It’s June and in our opinion one of the best months of the year! This might be our last Kid’s Page in the Oracle so hope you enjoy it and thanks for reading!
horror grabs you from the very start and keeps you on the edge of
your seat for the duration of the film. However, this film does have
a few jumpy scenes in it so my advice is to definitely do with a friend
so you have someone to hold on to. A recommended film, very original
and spine chilling
I have just started going out with this boy and am really worried
that it won’t last over the summer. I really like him and don’t
know what to do; please help!
OPEN AT BETTISFIELD HALL
Home Made Teas, Cake stall, Garden quiz, Music in the garden (Guitar & flute)
Natural formed gardens, sunken garden, herbs, newly established heritage Welsh Orchard, Green oak garden & furniture workshop, Panoramic Views.
All proceeds to Penley Rainbow Centre By kind permission of the Rev & Mrs David Butterworth
Overton To Georgia
is Victoria Glover and I live in Overton, currently studying for my
A-Levels at the Maelor School in Penley. In the summer of last year
2007, fellow student Chelsea Dickenson of Bangor-on-Dee and I were
nominated by the Erddig Rotary Club to help represent Wales in Georgia,
America as part of the
Every year students from all over the world are accepted onto this scheme and are sent to study in Georgia, America for a year, most expenses paid, food, accommodation, all paid for. All we have to pay for is the insurance, the flights to and from America and the spending money, not a lot when you consider the money and time they spend on you while you’re there!
I have now been accepted at the Georgia Southern University a truly beautiful University situated in the “deep-southern” town of Statesboro situated on the south-eastern coast of Georgia, close to the city of Savannah and also close to the Georgia-Florida border. I will be leaving in late July of this year before returning home next summer. Sorry mum but I have decided to stay for the full year so I can make the most of this incredible opportunity and experience a true American Christmas.
While in Georgia I will have my very own “host family” who will look after me throughout my stay in America and with whom I will be spending much of my time including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. Every year such families put an incredible amount of effort into making their new member feel welcome, taking them to various places from Rotary Club functions to sight-seeing trips, many families even take their students on holidays with them and really do everything they can to make us feel part of the family, even welcoming relatives from back home to come and stay. And they ask for very little (if anything!) in return for their great hospitality!
The G.R.S.P. offers a fantastic opportunity to students from all over the world and puts in a lot of time, money and effort to ensure we have a fantastic time while we’re there expecting little of us in return other than to be good ambassadors for our countries and to enjoy ourselves. However I would like to do as much as I can to show my gratitude.
In talking to past G.R.S.P. students, I have found that the host families love to find out anything and everything they can about the countries and towns their students come from and I would like to find as much as I can about not only Wales but Overton too. I am therefore asking if anybody has any information or books or photos or even Overton souvenirs if such things exist! Anything at all that might be of use and I could perhaps take to Georgia to show my host family. This is but a small way of saying thank you to my family and if I have anything to do with it I will hopefully be returning the hospitality if they should ever venture across to “sunny” Welsh shores. I will no doubt keep you posted as time goes on and let you know how everything goes. In the meantime, however, I would be very much grateful of any contributions people could make to my research. Many thanks!
If anyone can help Vicky contact the Oracle and we will pass your offers on to her.
A GRAND DAY OUT
A friend lent me some copies of the Overton St Mary’s Parish Magazine for 1890 and in one I read this account by the then Rector, the Rev J.W. Unwin of the Choir’s trip to Eaton Hall and Chester. How different life was 118 years ago compared to today’s hustle and bustle. (A wagonette, incidentally, was a four-wheeled carriage with inward facing seats - a sort of Victorian horse-drawn minibus)
“On Thursday, August 21st, the Choir had their annual trip. Starting about 9 am in wagonettes, we drove though Wrexham, Gresford and Rossett to Eaton Hall, where we spent two hours most pleasantly, and, it id hoped, profitably, in looking through the very extensive conservatories and magnificent grounds surrounding the hall; we then made our way to Eccleston Ferry, where we enjoyed a well-served dinner in a pretty garden house. This meal over, we found Mr. Collinge, Kinnerton Lodge, waiting with his steam launch and a large boat, to take us down the river to Chester. This was a delightful trip, and added greatly to the day’s pleasure. In Chester a great disappointment awaited us: we were looking forward to hearing the Cathedral Choir at the Afternoon Service, but alas! they too were away for their holidays, and there was no singing at all; however we enjoyed seeing the magnificent Cathedral, and gratefully recalled the fact that it was through to the indefatigable zeal of the father of our late Rector that it was restored to its present beauty. In spite of a few heavy showers the return journey up the river was enjoyed, and made us quite ready for our tea at the Ferry; after this we steamed on to the iron bridge, where we quitted our boats, and having given three cheers for Mr. Collinge for hi great kindness we started for Alford village, where we joined our wagonettes and started for home, which we reached as the church struck nine. It was generally admitted to be one of the pleasantest trips the Choir has had. Mrs. Unwin will be glad to receive subscriptions towards the expenses, which amount to £8.”
Do not forget the Village fete will be held on the playing and football fields SATURDAY 28th JUNE. The grand opening will be at 2.00pm. Anyone requiring space for a stall, activity or just to advertise your organisation please contact Joanne Kember on 01978 710624 as soon as possible.
Old School Photos
Gordon Whitfield writes to correct the names suggested for the old Overton school photo in the March edition of the Oracle.
“The teacher was Mrs Wreight not Wright her first name I'm sure was Elvera she was a supply teacher who took over the class when Mr Jones left to take up another post. I think most will remember being firm but fair but if you stepped out of line he had a cane which he would administer (only to the lads) (1 - 5 times) in front of the class (Yes it happened to me once). He was a very practical man and was always making projects for the class usually a puzzle that lit up when the correct answer was selected - they always fascinated me as I shared his interest in electronics.
I only arrived in Overton (from Hanmer) at the start of that school year and was placed in Mr Jones's class. We were all disappointed when he left to take up either a deputy or headship. I knew Mrs Wreight from Hanmer School she had been a supply teacher there for a while that's why I have her firmly fixed in my memory. She was the daughter of the Phillips's who owned the timber yard on the edge of the village in Station Road. Mrs Hamlyn was before my time.
Row: Alan Pugh, Gareth Edwards (Plas Yn Coed Farm), myself, Colin
Brereton, Rob Latham, Jeremy Budd (Althrey Lodge Bangor) , Dave Edwards,
Songs of Praise
Last year Churches together ran a Village Songs of Praise for Father’s Day in St Mary’s Church. We are repeating the service this year on Father’s Day, June 15th in the Methodist chapel at 6:30PM.We are asking you to pick your own favourite hymn and the reason why.
write on piece of paper
Support your local producers!
St Mary's School will be holding another of their popular Farmers Markets in the village hall from 2-5 pm on Thursday the 12th of June.
Local producers will be selling a wide range of products including cheese, meat, vegetables and ice-cream. Refreshments will be available. Anybody wishing to book a stall for the market can still do so by ringing Darren Morris at school on 710370.
On Saturday 21st June the White Horse will be holding a Table Top sale in their Function Room. All proceeds are for St Mary's Church roof repairs. 2pm, £10 a table. Enquiries and bookings to 01978 710111
I just love these gaffs! Seen in the Wrexham Evening Leader “Sony camcorder Hi8 still boxed, with accessories, immaculate condition, perfect for the bedroom”! Mum bought it!– wuf, wuf!
I was so sorry to hear that St Mary’s had lost the lead from the vestry roof, but the story keeps getting exaggerated from “rain pouring through the roof” to “we’re installing a diving board in the vestry!”
At an Oracle meeting this year, feedback was that the school didn’t get enough mentions and an indirect attack was made on our Editor for always putting in articles about the Scouts (he’s also Group Scout Leader). So I went back through every single copy of the Oracle and did some counting and the school got a only 24 mentions (a strike rate of 21%). So come on school you should be in every month! And the Scouts? A mere 20 times. No evidence of bias there!
Congratulations to Russell and Gaenor Watts on the birth of their daughter Angharad Mai the 20th April 2008. She was 8lb 40z and mummy and baby are well. Granny Watts is very proud.
to Oliver Womack and Lorraine Matthias on their wedding in St Mary’s
Church at 3pm Saturday June 14th.
Belated birthday wishes from last month to Peter Grindley and John Dodd
like to thank all the people who supported my stall at the Playgroup’s
table top sale, “New 2 U” on 10th May. My total profit
was £118. I am splitting this between The Hope Hospice and Nightingale
House. Thank you again.