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

March 2002


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

A Tribute to Princess Margaret

On Saturday, 9th February, Princess Margaret aged 71, sister to Queen Elizabeth II, died peacefully in her sleep after suffering a stroke. Her children Lord Linley, 40, and Lady Sarah Chatto, 37, were at her side. The Palace said Princess Margaret suffered a stroke the day before and developed cardiac problems during the night.


Jubilee festivities planned

The Jubilee committee is making good progress with ideas of a tea party or Hog Roast at the Playing Fields on the afternoon of Monday 3rd June, thus allowing individual street parties to be held beforehand. The afternoon and evening will take on a carnival atmosphere with various stalls and entertainment planned, including fancy dress competitions and balloon races.


My Coronation Day by Margaret Samson

It was the 3rd of June 1953 and my sister and I were lucky enough to be given tickets which my uncle had won in the Civil Service sweep to occupy a position in the stand right opposite the doors of Westminster Abbey. My uncle did not need the tickets himself as he was a Silver Stick in waiting within the Abbey.



Those of us who enjoy a leisurely stroll around the village often walk up the Millennium Meadow and along Argoed Lane to return home up the Bangor Road. Apart from the twisty bit near Carreg-y-Ffranc the route presents few problems. Not so, though, if one chooses the other circular ramble up Musley Lane to come back along Station road, where the seemingly endless traffic, often tearing along around blind corners, especially between Cannister Bank and Little Overton, constantly threatens the walker.


Superlative display of technique and colour in music

The Harpist, Kate Wilson, who is a pupil of the world renowned Marisa Robles, gave a superlative display of technique and colour in music at the Maelor Music Society meeting at the Maelor School, Penley on February 6th. The music ranged from Handel, Dussek, Albeniz and Grandjany to Gershwin, David Watkins and a charming arrangement of the Welsh folk tune, Watching the Wheat, thrilling all present.

The Society's last two concerts are on Wednesday 6th March when the Thalia Ensemble will play music by Mozart and Chopin, and on Wednesday 20th March, when there will be music by the Porthywaen Silver Band. Non-members are always welcome. Admission 6 at the door (Maelor School, Penley). Further information may be obtained from Mrs Carol Peters, Secretary on 01978 780246.

Local man wins award to visit Ecuador

Fred Edwards from Cloy Lane, Overton, has won an award of a lifetime to carry out research in the rain forests of Ecuador.

To achieve this award he had to demonstrate an ability to carry out locally based environmental projects on his return, thus contributing again to habitat conservation. His research in Ecuador will take about two weeks and he will be working at the Yanayacu Biological Station, assisting Dr Lee Dyer and Grant Gentry, by gathering caterpillars and food plants and carrying out experiments and chemical analyses.


Scouts and Youth Club shift 10 tons of bark

On Saturday 23rd February Overton Scouts and members of the Overton Youth Club volunteered to move over 10 tons of bark which had been delivered by A.E.Evans (Roundafencing) Lightwood Green for the Play equipment at the Wrexham Road playing field. Despite the cold, they worked extremely hard, taking over 2 hours to complete the task. A job well done!!


On the 50th anniversary of the accession of HM Queen Elizabeth, she will be the 5th Monarch to have achieved this milestone. The other four are:-

Henry III 1216 - 1272 56yrs Edward III 1327 - 1377 50yrs George III 1760 - 1820 60yrs Victoria 1837 - 1901 64yrs


In another first for the Oracle we feature an in depth interview with Overton Scout Leader, David Burton.



  • There will be a plant sale at St Mary's House, High Street, Overton on Saturday 11th May 2002 at 10.30 am. Preparations are in hand to make sure that there will be a wide variety of plants and shrubs, seedlings and cuttings on offer.
  • Anyone interested in contributing items for sale should contact Francis or Elizabeth Glynne-Jones on 01978 710174. This year the proceeds will go to St Mary's Church to help towards essential repairs following the Quinquennial Report on the structure.
  • La Murette, Overton's twinned village in France has launched a monthly newspaper along similar lines to the Overton Oracle. Copies are now being sent to the Oracle editorial team and are being placed in Overton Library.
  • The Jubilee Committee would like to know if anybody can tell them the whereabouts of the Charter Banners which were displayed on buildings in the High Street during the Queen's visit to Overton in 1992. If you can help to locate these, please send an e-mail to info@overton-on-dee.co.uk

Young actors excel in Dahl Play

At three sell out shows, 40 young actors from Overton's Amateur Dramatic Society's Junior Section performed excerpts from three of Roald Dahl's books, the much loved by parents and children alike. These were Revolting Rhymes, Dirty Beasts and The Enormous Crocodile.



The PTA disco organised by Pauline Edwards and held on the 16th February, raised 300.10 for the school.

The school has 10 calendars left if anyone is interested.

The school receives 1p for every aluminium can it collects. So don't throw away those cans, take them to school and put them in the special bin inside the building.

On Friday 1st March, the whole school took part in planting 72 trees which had been donated by the National Trust.

Incinerator Plan goes to the National Assembly

The controversial plan by the Portuguese company HLC to build a 52,000 ton incinerator on the old BICC site on Wrexham Industrial Estate has been "called in" by the Welsh Assembly. This means that the final decision as to whether the scheme goes ahead will be made in Cardiff, although Wrexham Council will still need to come to a view on the application.

Sue Essex, The Assembly Minister for the Environment decided that the application raises issues of more than local importance, and therefore it was only right that the final decision should rest with Cardiff. Overton Community Council had written to Sue Essex recommending her to "call in" the application.

Local campaigners said that the news was just what they had been hoping for.

What we do in the Youth Club.
By Allyce Starkey

On 30th October, a gang of thirteen were taken to the Megabowl at Chester. The evening was subsidised by the Club and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. We are now looking forward to next time.


Maelor Young Farmers could be Millionaires!

Maelor Young Farmers are looking for some enthusiastic, fun-loving youngsters aged from 14-26 to join them on one of their lively nights.

6th March - Millionaire night 8.00pm Overton Village Hall 20th March - Laser Quest, Chester 3rd April - Bingo night 17th April - Quiz against local club

Call Emily on 01978 840101 for more details.

by Constable. Pat Burns

As Community Beat Manager for the Maelor Section, I would like to thank the Oracle editorial team for allowing me to have a regular monthly feature called "Country Beat". Through this column I intend to provide you with information on new initiatives, crime prevention advice and advance notice of my surgeries.



It is with deep regret we announce that Julia Mary Stant, of Plas Madoc, Overton has passed away. Our sincere condolences are extended to her family and relatives.