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

MARCH 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

Foot and Mouth Disease

Overton Community Council requests that members of the Community give regard to the plight of farmers during the present outbreak of foot and mouth disease by avoiding agricultural land whilst the crisis lasts.
The Millennium Meadow will remain open for dog walking.
Thank you for your consideration.
David Burton, Chairman


Do You Believe in Angels?

It was Friday afternoon two weeks before Christmas when Jayne Sorfleet received a telephone call from the Kilroy programme. Would she appear on Kilroy to take part in a studio discussion about Angels?

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Smoke Detector saves Mother and young Son

A young mother and her 8 year old son were saved from a blazing home in Overton by a smoke detector and the quick actions of neighbour Phil Bygate, and Derek Edwards and Phil Malam.


Reflexology - a relaxing healing therapy

Reflexology is an ancient healing art dating back to about 2500BC, and is fast becoming one of the most popular complementary therapies available. A relaxing healing therapy, reflexology is an holistic therapy which treats the whole person and not just the symptoms. It is safe, gentle and thoroughly enjoyable.


A Review of the Oracle-2000

Continuing our review of previous issues of the "Oracle", here are some of the items we featured in the year 2000.


Photo with the famous

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We wish to extend our sincere condolences to the families and friends of Anne Cooper, Beatrice Anne Pszczolinska, John Bernard Stevenson, John Samuel Holmes and James Eric Davies who sadly passed away recently.

S.S. Aguila sinks in 90 seconds with a loss of 145 lives
by Alan Jones

This is the story of Cecily Monica Bruce Benjamin of the Womens Royal Naval Service who lost her life on the 19th August 1941 while aboard the S.S. Aguila off the S.W. coast of Ireland. Originally from Pinner, Middlesex, she lived at Pendyffryn, Salop Road, Overton, but during the War was based at H.M.S. President 11, a shore base for accounting purposes at Lower Regent Street, London. She was one of twenty two members of W.R.N.S. (Womens Royal Naval Service) who had volunteered for cipher and wireless duties in Gibraltar.

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Community Council to discuss Meadow Plan

The Community Council has received almost 40 completed questionnaires included as part of the centre pages of last month's Oracle. We understand these will be analysed and a report made to the Community Council at its next meeting, which is to be held in the Parish Rooms on Tuesday 13th March commencing 7.30pm. Arwel Griffith, the consultant landscape architect will be present to provide further information relating to the schemes.


Do you know where your children are.......NOW

Reports of juvenile nuisance in Overton are becoming more commonplace. As parents, you have a responsibility for the actions and behaviour of your children. I know that the vast majority of parents will support me in my attempts to reduce anti-social behaviour for the benefit of the whole community, and allow me to devote more time to more serious matters, for example the investigation of burglary and car crime.

Please ask yourselves the question at the top of this article and answer truthfully. Over the coming months, I intend to take firm action against those causing problems, particularly on High Street and in the Park.

I sincerely hope that I can rely on your assistance, as parents, to ensure you are aware of your children's locations and their behaviour.

Paul Wycherley. Overton Police

Former Overton girl selected for Himalayan expedition

Briar Lipson , who lived in Overton a few years ago before moving with her family to Treflach, Nr Oswestry , has been selected to take part in a challenging expedition to the Himalayas. Briar, a sixth form student at Shrewsbury High School has been selected from over 400 young people throughout the country to take part in an expedition that will carry out a number of scientific, environmental and anthropological projects in a this remote part of the world.


Chip shop wins top Award - again!

For the second time, The Villager Restaurant and Takeaway, Bangor Road, has won the coveted award of Fish and Chip Shop of the Year in an annual competition run by the Wrexham and Evening Leader.

The award was presented to owner Bill Grindley for his exceptional frying skills which he has maintained since winning the award last year. The cup is now proudly displayed in the chippy.

Concern over listed building

According to confidential information, concerns have been raised over the fabric of Knolton Bryn Mission Hall, a grade II listed building. This was closed in October 1999 by St Mary's PCC against the wishes of the local congregation who still meet either in the nearby Methodist Chapel or when the weather is fine, outside the Mission Hall. Since that time, the Mission Hall has remained empty. As it is a listed building it is understood that questions will be raised at the next Community Council meeting on the 13th March.

It is also understood that the PCC has now asked for all outstanding funds held by the Knolton Bryn congregation to be handed over to St Mary's Church.

Did You Solve the Mystery?

The numbers and letters in our mystery photograph last month are to be found on the parapet of the road bridge at Queensbridge. Legend has it that the bridge was named after Queen Eleanor, wife of Edward 1, who passed over it with the King and the future Prince of Wales on their way to Caernarvon. We have received no information concerning the numbers and letters ANO 1603 TPTO.

Here's another mystery. There is also a stone plaque inset into the stonework bearing the words "This bridge was renamed 1696 Thomas Lloyd Gen. and Roger Edwards Overseer." Has anyone any information? E-mail info@overton-on-dee.co.uk


Congratulations to Gerry Owen for coming Runner-Up in the Wales British Legion Standard Bearers competition in Llandrindod Wells. You did it with immense pride and dignity and we are extremely proud of you. Well done Dad. Love from Jan and Jill.


Are you going to wear your Y-fronts on the outside of your trousers?

Are you going to take part in a Snogathon?

Are you going to spend the
day in a bath of baked beans?


News In Brief

  • Overton Methodist Church wishes to thank all those who helped to make the Snowdrop Coffee Morning such a success. Held on Saturday 10th February at the home of Phil and Iris Edwards, it raised a remarkable 780 of which 500 was in the form of donations.
  • At Overton Methodist Church on Monday 26th March, there will be a performance of Stainer's Crucifixion by Ellesmere College Choral Society. Tickets for the event are limited to 80 and cost 5 (including refreshments) and may be obtained from Josie Ralphs, Iris Edwards, Gwyneth Austin or Margaret Cooper. Proceeds in aid of the Methodist Church Building project.


To all,

My wife Mary and I recently visited Overton over the Christmas period. Being born and raised there it was quite rewarding to meet up with old friends and acquaintances, as I have been living in Cape Town South Africa for the past 19 years where I manufacture luxury Catamarans. Strangely enough the village and residences have not changed that much and there is still a warm friendly atmosphere. Mary was extremely impressed to be welcomed by all and was overjoyed with her first experience of snow as she was born in South Africa. She also enjoyed the Carol service in the village church. Once again many thanks to all we met, Mum, Dad and family included, for a memorable holiday. If there are any friends we did not meet, but who would like to make contact, my e-mail address is mwphilla@mweb.co.za

Philip and Mary Andrews, Cape Town, South Africa

Dear Editor,

It appears that the Community Council is intent on wasting yet more money on a project that is in my humble opinion ill conceived and badly executed. I refer to the supposed wild flower meadow in the Avenue.