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says farewell to its Village Policeman
Also PC 2143 Martin Jones, the Ruabon CBM who has worked with me from Overton police station since November 2003 and has had many dealings with you in my absence, has also moved on to a posting in the force control room at St.Asaph.
have really enjoyed my time here and whilst living here my family
and I have made many new friends and have many fond memories,
like seeing our son take his first steps. This is more evidence
of how time flies, as he is now nearly five years old and was
just a babe in arms when we moved here.
So it’s goodbye to Darren and a big thank you from all the members of the community and the Community Council! An even bigger thank you from the team at the Oracle for the monthly column which has been entertaining and informative over the last four years. Darren will be working on the Area Car so we may see him from time to time - hopefully not chasing members of Overton’s community!
The next question is “What next?” Reports in the Evening Leader would have us believe that the reduction in Community Beat Officers is because they are needed to answer the phones. The reality is that yes we will be losing one Community Beat Manager on the Maelor. The whole area will now be covered by PC Luke Hughes, who has been covering Bangor-on-Dee. He will, however, only be alone in his task for a short period of time.
Neighbourhood Police Manager Sgt Darren Whibberley has told me that Luke will be assisted by two Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) who will be based at Overton Police Station from June. PCSO’s will be used extensively throughout North Wales and there are sufficient in training already or about to start, to meet the initial requirement. PCSO’s do not have the same powers of arrest as a traditional policeman, but in a relatively low crime area such as the Maelor their assistance will be invaluable.
PC Hughes will start coming to Overton Community Council Meetings from March and has promised to continue the Police column in the Oracle. When asked if he had anything he wished to contribute further to this article he said, “Tell everyone — have no fear Luke is here!” We love a sense of humour!
From the Rectory
In 1848 a rich old lady named Mrs Ann Pritchard Sergison died at the age of 85 at her home Cuckfield Park in Cuckfield Sussex. Mrs Sergison was not well liked; in fact her reputation was notorious. She had been involved in a bitter law suit in which she wrestled ownership of the estate from the woman commonly thought to be her niece by proving the latter was not really her brother’s daughter but had been bought by him as a baby in a Dublin pub to provide himself with an heir.
Mrs Sergison was also notable for her harsh treatment of her tenants and for a vindictive temper, which led her into feuds with her neighbours and relatives, even with her own son. She was locally nicknamed Wicked Dame Sergison. She had not been long dead when people claimed her ghost was walking, for she was too wicked to rest. In particular it was said she haunted the road that passed her home, causing horses to shy in terror. None dared go that way at night. Finally it was said the vicar and curate of Cuckfield held a service of exorcism in the village church at midnight and drowned the ghost in the font!
As we travel through this life how are we perceived and regarded? Do we have a positive effect on people around us or a negative one? Are we known for our forgiving compassionate natures or are we known for just the opposite. Can people see us as the people of God? The season of Lent asks us to take stock of our lives, both spiritually and materially. What are our values? Do we have a close walk with God day by day? If we do then we will have a positive effect on people through our attitude to life, as the light and the love of God shine through us.
As I sit writing this message I can think of people in my own life that through their love and goodness really allowed Christ to touch the hearts of those around them and myself in particular. Canon Collins, an 80 year old Catholic priest who would go around our local hospital at 7am every morning praying with and holding hands with everyone on the wards. Gordon who despite his condition of chronic Multiple Sclerosis, was a man of such shinning faith that he was an inspiration to all around him. I am sure you can think of such people in your own life.
I came across this Lenten prayer entitled something for Lent by Ellen Teague entitled ‘Something for Lent’.
If you’re going to give up something for Lent, what
about giving up
If you are going to do something positive for Lent why not
Are we lights in our communities?
Sergison left such a negative impression in life that a whole
legend grew around her.
Thank you to everyone who has filled in a church questionnaire to tell us what you think of services and what you would like to see in the future. We are considering your responses and will respond in due course.
The beginning of spring is just around the corner and so the days will start to get longer again. It’s also Mother’s Day and St. David's Day this month. Why not treat your mum to something special?
guys. This month my review will be about “Miss Potter”.
Based on the life on Beatrix Potter (author of ‘Peter Rabbit’
etc.) starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor this film is
funny, romantic and sad. A great film for all the family, which
leaves you feeling happy and forgetting all your troubles.
My next review is on the film “Music and Lyrics” starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. Hugh plays a washed up singer from the 1980’s band called ‘Pop!’. When he is asked to write a song he starts to find the lyrics a tricky task. This is when Drew Barrymore (his helper who looks after his plants) gets caught up in his assignment. She explains to him how the lyrics are the depth to a song and so must be heartfelt.
Though the critics have been assuring you that this film is ‘nothing special’. I think that they have missed the point of the film. It is meant to be a bit of fun, which is exactly what it is. Some bits will make you laugh, others feel sad but most of all you will feel yourself rooting for the characters and being sucked into their situation. A good film that picks you up! With catchy songs and a good plot, I recommend this film
Hey, this months piece is all about friends.
Q. I have been arguing with my friend a lot lately and I am worried that we won't be mates anymore. What can I do to help our friendship?
A: Everyone argues with their friends, you can’t always agree on everything. Obviously you still want to be a person's friend, so stick at it and try to resolve these differences or problems. It is probably a good idea to talk to your friend and tell them that you are worried about the constant bickering, you never know they might have noticed it too.
Invite your friend round sometime and try and figure out why you like them and the things you don’t really like about them. Try to have more than one friend as this will stop you being quite as clingy and it will give each other space. Remember, friends are important to have, so don’t let them go!
Yr. 7 Review
Hi everyone. This month we will be talking about lessons. You have five lessons a day in year 7, which is probably more than you had in primary school. You usually get two home works a day, but don’t worry, these only last up to half an hour.
also get to experience different subjects that you probably have
never learnt before, for example woodwork, metal work, textiles
and more advanced ICT. It’s great fun trying them all out!
The Twinning Association is open to all residents of Overton - there is no joining fee and everyone who lives in the village is a member and welcome to visit La Murette as part of the exchange.
The next visit to our friends in La Murette takes place between 29th. July and the 4th. August (exact dates to be confirmed). We will probably be flying from Manchester Airport to Lyon although we are looking at the possibility of flying from Liverpool to Chambery. In either case we will be collected from the airport and transported onto La Murette - a journey of approx. 45 minutes. Places are limited to a maximum of 25. So if you would like the opportunity of a week in the sun enjoying the hospitality of our French friends read on. Your only cost should be the airfare (to be advised) and spending money! If you are interested and would like to reserve a place we require a non-refundable deposit of thirty pounds per person by the 1st. April. Cheques made payable to Overton Twinning Association please.
To encourage new members, the Association is offering a grant of up to £200 towards the airfares of children aged 16 and under - this money will be divided between the number of children going on the exchange. All children must be accompanied by a fare-paying adult. By going on the visit, there is no obligation to host any of our French visitors next year. But if you would like to speak to anyone who has previously visited La Murette before making up your mind please contact Alan Farley at 13, Bangor Road, Overton.
View from the Village Vets.
If you are lucky and your pet has an accident and illness free life, the money saved on premiums goes a long way to paying for treatment or investigation when a problem arises later in life. However, if you are not so lucky and your pet develops a serious medical or surgical condition such as Diabetes, Hypothyroidism or Cushings disease – where successful treatments are now available, but at considerable cost – it is very reassuring to know that a policy is in place to cushion the impact of the necessary investigations and treatments.
A variety of companies provide pet insurance including famous name brands as well as supermarkets and specialist pet insurers. All policies carry an excess meaning that the owner has to pay the first portion (usually around £50) of each claim. Some policies will only pay for any one condition for 12 months, others will not cover for certain items such as prescription diets. As always the detail is in the small print and you should take time to read the policy carefully before signing up.
contrast to illness insurance, many veterinary practices provide
‘wellness’ plans to cover routine vaccinations, worming
and flea control and which allow you to spread the cost with monthly
direct debits. Our practice has a VIP Plan which includes a free
annual health check and booster vaccination, two doses of a combined
wormer, 6 months of spot on flea treatment and allows substantial
discounts on a wide range of other products and services. Whilst
wellness plans do not pay out in the event of an illness, they
do at least allow discount and extended payment terms for those
large unexpected bills. Whatever the benefits of illness or wellness
insurance, both are well worth considering – better safe
AND A DOUBLE VC
The recent TV series and accompanying book on the history and recipients of the Victoria Cross reminds us of Overton’s connection to the only man to be awarded a Victoria Cross and bar in the First World War and one of 3 ever to achieve such a distinction. This was Noel Godfrey Chavasse who’s mother and grandmother Mary Fowler Maude, lived at Pendyffryn, Overton.
His grandmother Mary Fowler Maude was the wife of the Rev Joseph Maude, vicar of Chirk. After his death in 1874 she retired to Pendyffryn where she was closely involved in church activities. Mrs Maude wrote many hymns including “Thine Forever God of Love”. On her 90th birthday she was presented with an illuminated address & rose bowl by the people of Overton. There is also a plaque on the nave of St Mary’s Church recording her birth, death and that she worshipped there for 37 years. Mary Maude died in 1913 and is buried with her husband in Chirk.
Mrs Maude's youngest daughter Edith was married at Overton in 1881 to Francis James Chavasse, Clerk in Holy Orders at St Peter le Bailey, Oxford. The service was conducted by the Rev J S Howson, Dean of Chester and father of the Ven G J Howson who was later to become Archdeacon and Cannon Emeritus of Liverpool. Appointed Rector of Overton in 1879 George John Howson was the author of the book on the antiquities of the parish entitled “Overton in days gone by”. He served the community until 1888 and upon his death in 1943 was buried in St Mary's churchyard . His gravestone can be seen close to the railings facing High Street. The marriage Of Edith and Francis Chavasse was clearly of importance in village life as Overton school was closed and the pupils given a holiday to mark the occasion. In 1900 Chavasse was nominated to the See of Liverpool and spent 23 years as Bishop in that diocese.
There were seven children from the marriage including two sets of twins, one of boys and one of girls. The girls Marjorie and May celebrated their centenary in 1986. The boys, who both represented Great Britain in the 400 meters event at the Olympic games held in London were to distinguish themselves in the First World War, Christopher an army chaplain was awarded the Military Cross and Croix de Guerre. He was later to become Bishop of Rochester and during the 1950’s visited Overton as he wished to take the service at Knolton Bryn Mission Room where he had preached his first sermon. His twin brother was Noel.
For details of how Noel Chavasse was awarded two Victorian Crosses see the February Oracle
Not In My Back Yard
Obviously this is the sentiment of many dog owners/walkers who have taken to allowing their animals to foul the streets of Overton. For all animals “what goes in must come out” is normal. However, none of us like sharing your dog’s output. I have a suspicion that some of the mess made on the streets near the church, surgery and pharmacy is from animals being “emptied” before they visit the vets. I am sure the vet is grateful, but we also would be if you cleaned up after your dog.
Remember, this problem is not the fault of the animals; they are only doing what comes naturally. No, the trouble lies with the dog owners. It is your legal and moral duty to care about all aspects of your dog’s welfare and it does include clearing up their mess from all public places. There can be no excuse nowadays not to do it, as you have plastic gloves, bags, kitchen paper, old newspapers and posh pooper-scoopers to aid you keeping all areas clean.
only is it unpleasant and smelly to step in dog muck, it can carry
Toxocara Canis Infection. There is no immediate risk from this
infection so that cannot be used as an excuse to leave this muck
lying around. However, in the correct conditions these eggs can
lie dormant for three years and it is usually children who are
most vulnerable. They can suffer from stomach infections, diarrhoea,
asthma aggravation and occasionally blindness. Do you want any
of these on your conscience? If this does not prompt you to clean
up after your pet, councils can now fine you up to a £1000.00
for persistent offending and ban you from walking your dog in
certain areas. Should you wish to report an offender then contact
the Public Protection Department of WCBC on 01978 292040.
I have been trying to re-establish contact with this branch of the Long family for many years now following the death of John's younger brother, Michael (my father) who died in Australia in the 1990s. The discovery of this letter in my attic is the only clue as to the possible whereabouts of John Long and his family (Daphne his wife and two children) and who I calculate would be around 78 years of age if still alive.
leads or suggestions would be gratefully received either to my
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
or to my home address:
New arrivals in the village are Bob, a Whippet that has come to live with Helen + Zoë Fernee, Triog, a Blue Merle Collie that has moved in with Katharine + Brian Crockford and Titan a Great Dane cross, a new playmate for Ross and more exercise for their owners Dave + Wendy Williams.
A warm welcome to Ruff and Scruff. The two Jack Russells have been in the North Clwyd Animal Rescue kennels near Trelogan, for the last 6 months. Then Ken & Lin Jones found them and decided to give them both a kind and loving home.
The North Clwyd Animal Rescue help animals that have been abandoned or neglected. Every year they re-home around 1000 animals, ensure they have all the veterinary treatment needed and where possible help with any psychological problems caused by mistreatment. They have many fundraising events and details can be found on the website www.ncar.org.uk. Volunteers are needed in the NCAR charity shops and coffee mornings are always a successful way to raise funds. If you think you can help, please contact them 0870 8507151
Slimming World which meets in Overton Village Hall has a new consultant.
Her name is Yvonne Urquhart
Change versus Global warming
Locally, Overton is experiencing mixed weather. In the last eight weeks we’ve had gale force winds, (see picture of damage to Davina Pritchard’s garden), mild temperatures which are fooling the daffodils into early growth and six inches of snow. These days the media is full of articles about the environment and public awareness regarding environmental issues is heightening. Unfortunately, there are conflicting views about what is happening to our planet and it is difficult to know who or what to believe.
The argument generally falls between two camps. Optimists suggest that what is happening is normal and argue that climate change is a natural phenomenon. They cite what happened in the ice age as an example and explain that the Earth’s life cycle is meant to incorporate temperature fluctuations. The opposing side argue that Global warming has been heavily influenced by man. In the last century, the population has risen from 1.65 billion to 6.5 billion. The motor car and air travel have become accessible and the human race is now in a position to heavily influence the planet. We produce so much waste now that we are unable to dilute, bury or dump it without consequence.
Richard Branson has recently launched a competition offering a 13 million pound prize to anyone that can discover a way of reversing the effect that carbon monoxide is having on the atmosphere. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are confirmed artists appearing in a concert to raise environmental awareness this summer which is reminiscent of Live Aid/8.
It’s difficult for us to reverse the effects but we can start to ease the breaks on by taking small measures to reduce our own carbon footprint (or impact we personally make). Conserving energy by switching off lights and appliances can help. 85% of the power consumed by a microwave is used by the clock. We can reduce our water bills by flushing only when necessary, collecting it for the garden or even placing a brick in the cistern (though a little unorthodox – you can buy similar devices).
One of the tabloids ran an article recently predicting that by 2050 we will have only two seasons. Whether it is true or not doesn’t matter…..it’s enough to make us think a bit more now. For more information and practical tips log on to www.environment-agency.gov.uk/.
Two contrasting local views in February, taken just a week apart –snow & sunshine
OVERTON MEDICAL PRACTICE
New pictures from the Art Dept at Rhyn Park School are on display throughout the surgery. If there is a local painting club or individual who would like their work displayed it would be nice to hear from you.
The letter in the January edition of the Oracle gave the writer’s views on the Practice. We thank anyone for constructive criticism; it helps to lead us in the right direction for an improved service. Anyone can come along to the PPPG meetings and express their views or speak to a member of staff, perhaps use the Suggestion Box. Whilst we will always listen and discuss the problem it is not possible to cater for every suggestion, but we do appreciate patients taking the time to tell us what is good or not so good. The automatic booking-in system does apparently raise a degree of alarm in some patients. If you really cannot bear to use it, just ring the bell; a receptionist will always help and be glad to do so. If you seem to be waiting a long time please check with the receptionist that the system knows you are here.
Can we politely ask patients not to park on the road outside the surgery, this is extremely dangerous, being so close to the bend. Visibility is severely restricted by cars parked there for anyone trying to turn right out of the car park. Disabled bays are marked in the front car park but there is ample space to park in the council car park to the rear of the building. Access is very easy through the wooden gate to the right of the toilet block and round the outside of the building, to the front entrance.
CHEESE & WINE QUIZ NIGHT
The Spring social scene is getting underway, and an excellent
evening’s entertainment will be had in aid of St Mary’s
Church, ( if previous events are anything to go by ) at the quiz
night to be held at the
Congratulations to Paul Thomas Goodwin and Claire Melissa Butler
who are to be married on Saturday March 17th at 12pm. Our best
wishes are with you both.
February Birthdays: Mrs Lin Evans, Sandy Foster, Chilly Grindley,
Patricia Roberts, Kay Lawrenson, Harry Davis 8yrs old and Georgie
Davies 10yrs old.