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

June 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

Spring is in the air

Nobody could have failed to notice how, almost overnight, the trees and hedgerows suddenly burst into life during May after what seemed an endless, cold, damp winter. The countryside is alive with birdsong, and cattle are now again in the fields

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A Very Special day

Miss Rebecca Emma Pritchard, daughter of Mr and Mrs Geoff Pritchard of Llan-y-Cefn Cottages, Overton, and Mr Trevor Lincoln Lea, son of Mr and Mrs Trevor Lea, of Hill Farm, Bradenheath, Nr. Whitchurch, were married at St Chad's Church, Hanmer on April 20.

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Actress admitted to hospital

It was with great disappointment that Overton Amateur Dramatic Society had to cancel the second and third night performances of Sonata in B Flat. The first night had gone well, but the following morning one of the actors, Beth Evans, was admitted to hospital for an emergency operation. Despite frantic attempts to keep the Play running, a replacement for Beth could not be found.

Mike Redworth, the producer said: "Sadly the Society is unable to programme the play again for this year, as rehearsals will be starting soon on the children's production of Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes, and the October play is already planned. Perhaps we can include 'Sonata' in next year's programme". Anyone who bought tickets can get a refund on production of the ticket(s) by phoning Mike on 01978 710403.

Youth Club to donate 150 towards Millennium Window

Overton Youth Club has decided to donate 150 to the Millennium Window in St Mary's Church in recognition of the value placed on family life and children in Overton. In addition revenue from the Discos has been carefully budgeted to assist in the cost of a new five-a-side football pitch and to help with the cost of some new infants swings at Wrexham Road playing fields. The decision to plough money back into the community was taken at an open meeting held immediately after the Annual General Meeting on May 14.


Young cricketer bowled over

Ross Morrison, of Gwydyr House, Penyllan Street, Overton and a Year 6 pupil at St Mary's C.A. Primary School, has been selected to play cricket for North East Wales (under 11's). Ross, who is presently Captain of his local team, is really excited at the prospect of playing cricket at a higher level.

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Photograph with the Famous

This month we feature John Austin from St Mary's Avenue arm in arm with Mary Duff who last year was voted the "Best female vocalist of the year". Mary Duff appeared as a special guest of Daniel O'Donnell at the University Concert Hall, Limerick during the time John was on holiday in Ireland.

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An increasingly common tale of torment by youths has culminated in a man hanging himself. He was nobody of special note in the every day sense; just a 77 year old man from the north-east of England who, when but a little older than his tormentors, had gone to war like thousands of his generation. They had done brave deeds, received medals for courage and witnessed terrible things that nobody should have to bear, scenes that would remain to haunt them through life. The sort of stuff films are made of but this was for real. The purpose of the war was to ensure future generations were assured of their sovereignty, and the freedom and rights that many countries are still trying to attain. A privilege now so freely abused.


Mother's Union Deanery Festival

Picture of the Mothers Union Festival held at St Mary's Church Overton on May 3

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Dear Editor

In last month's Oracle, you asked why so few people had entered the Quiz printed in the previous issue. We were struggling to think of one particular answer which my 8 year old daughter eventually answered, but didn't enter because the Oracle had stated that the first correct entry received would win a prize. Having taken so long to come up with the answer, we felt sure that other, more clever people would already have dashed along with their correct entry.

Maybe if you offered a prize to the first correct entry drawn out of a 'bag', more people would have entered?

Sue Williams Overton.

Ed: Thanks Sue. We will get it right next time.

News In Brief

  • Carol Dykes would like to thank all those who have kindly offered to help by accommodating a total of 27 overseas visitors in the village during the Llangollen International Eisteddfod between the 2nd and 8th July. This year, there are entries from over 68 countries with a total of 2175 competitors
  • Keith and Joan Overthrow wish to thank everyone who supported the coffee morning held on Saturday 31 March which raised 327.85 towards the cost of new ropes at St Mary's Church.
  • Overton Primary School raised 74 towards Christian Aid by holding a non-uniform day on May 17.
  • Wrexham County Borough Council has now lifted its ban on access to the countryside. All public footpaths are now open, but walkers are asked to keep to the paths and behave responsibly if there is livestock in the field.