Overton’s Wedding of the Year

At five o’clock in the afternoon of 15th April at St Mary’s Church, Overton, the marriage took place between Timothy Rosselli, son of Peter and the late Sarah Rosselli, and Claire Williams, the daughter of Mr and Mrs Williams from Spurstow in Cheshire.

The bells of St Mary’s rang out from 4.30pm, as the 192 guests started to arrive for what must be Overton’s Wedding of the year. Outside the church, many well wishers from the community gathered to see the young couple, and also the wonderful and diverse range of outfits of the lady guests, all of whom were accompanied by their partners in morning suits. By five o’clock all the guests were in the church, and a quiet buzz of anticipation and excitement grew as the minutes ticked by. By five minutes passed five o’clock, there was still no sign of the Bride, and according to one of the ushers, the groom was already receiving some innocent teasing from his Best Man, Mr James Martin.

Wedding Photo

Then, at ten minutes past five, the wedding car drew up outside the church and the Bride emerged wearing a stunning gold silk coat and dress. She was accompanied by her father Norman, who gave her away. Her two young bridesmaids, Rosie Cooke and Zara Churton looked equally beautiful in matching gold silk dresses and brown velvet jackets, whilst the Page, Master George Cooke, looked very dapper in his morning suit and grey top hat.

After the service, a reception for several hundred guests was held in a marquee that had been especially erected on the Bryn y Pys parkland close to the site of the old Hall. The following day, Mr and Mrs T Rosselli flew from Manchester airport to an undisclosed location for their honeymoon. This was being kept a closely guarded secret. Claire’s mother, Mrs Brenda Williams, who was wearing a beautiful pale pink suit with matching accessories said: "Even my husband and I haven’t been told where they are going yet, but I’m sure we will find out soon."

It is understood that Timothy and Claire will be moving into the former stables to the old Bryn-y-Pys hall possibly in September of this year. It is also understood that Claire, who currently has a teaching post in a school in Knutsford, Cheshire, will be looking for an appointment in a school closer to Overton.

Ed. On behalf of the editorial team and the community of Overton, we wish the happy couple every success in life and all health and happiness for the future. _

Spring Is In The Air

Pictured is Gareth Lewis, aged 10,

a pupil of St Mary's School, Overton,

helping to feed one of the many spring lambs at Manor Farm, Eyton.

W.I. 75th Anniversary Dinner

On Thursday 30th March, 39 members, guests and visitors enjoyed an evening in the village hall, beautifully decorated by members with flowers, balloons and table settings to celebrate their 75th Anniversary.

The pleasure of the evening was enlightened by the presence of the County Chairman, Norma Austin who presented the Institute with the 75th Anniversary Certificate, Also present was the Group Convenor, Vera Roberts and Overton’s VCO Mary Hough. Some nine husbands who, by all reports, had been slightly pressurised to attend, subsequently expressed their congratulations.

After a sherry reception, everyone enjoyed a meal supplied by Walfords, a celebration cake made and iced by members, and the after dinner entertainment by Dave and Rob, musicians and singers. They were joined by Christine Clegg, a truly delightful singer, to give an extremely enjoyable and toe-tapping programme.


Joan Keeler, who lives in America, is researching her ancestors who lived at Crab Mill Farm Knolton. The last known relative she knows about is Dorcus Lloyd Morris. She is also trying to obtain information on Sarah Lloyd, her great grandmother, who married Francis John Hawkins and who lived in Crab Mill Farm around 1880, before emigrating to the USA in the 1890’s. Her great great grandparents Sarah and John Lloyd also lived at Crab Mill Farm.

Can anyone help with suggestions as to how Joan may get more information about the Lloyd family of Crab Mill Farm? If you can help in any way, please phone 01978 710422, or e-mail the Oracle at info@overton-on-dee.co.uk or Joan Keeler at jfkeeler@nctimes.net

Bowling Green Vandalised

Members of Overton Bowls Club were furious to discover on the 9th March that the pristine turf of their bowling green had been sprayed with a chemical which had killed a large patch of the grass. This has caused the Club a lot of extra work and expense in restoring the green to a playable condition.

So cross are they, that they are offering a reward of FIFTY POUNDS for information leading to the discovery of the culprit/s.

Anyone with information should contact the local Police who are already making enquiries about this nasty piece of vandalism.

Knolton Bryn Latest

The 35 strong Knolton Bryn Mission congregation, ousted by the Church Authorities from their own place of worship at their beloved Grade II listed "Tin Church", have, by an act of Christian fellowship, been given permission by members of Knolton Bryn Methodist Chapel to hold their afternoon services in the Chapel. This has delighted the congregation who see no good reason why they should transfer their devotions to St Mary’s Church, Overton, and who believe that this clearly demonstrates that the Mission is not surplus to requirements.

The legal argument over who owns Knolton Mission Hall, and whether the church authorities have acted lawfully by changing the locks, is still being vigorously pursued. Meanwhile, it is understood that grey squirrels, which are no respecters of listed buildings, are now living in the bell tower.

Mystery over missing post box.

On Easter Sunday, at about 10.00pm, residents in Salop Road were disturbed by what sounded like a car crashing, followed by the screeching of tyres as a white car was seen speeding off in the direction of Ellesmere.

It was not until the following morning they discovered that the post mounted Post Box near the entrance to Springfield Park had disappeared. If anybody can throw any light on the mystery or has any information about the incident, please contact the local police.

A spokesperson for Royal Mail said a replacement will be installed within the next few weeks.

Teddy Bears Parachute Jump

A Teddy Bear parachute jump from the tower of St Mary’s Church will take place on Saturday 13th May from 2.00pm onwards to raise funds for St Mary’s School PTA Millennium project and the Millennium Window for St Mary’s Church. Prizes will be given for the slowest descent.

It is understood Dr Helen Pack will be on hand to give first aid to any Bear that may be injured in the event.

Mayor to welcome home charity cyclists.

Andy Flanders, of 14 Bryn-y-Pys Court, Overton, is taking part in a 220 mile sponsored charity cycle ride from Carlisle to Wrexham, in aid of SSAFFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Air Force Families Association) and Alder Hey Hospital.

Andy, who has been training since Xmas, will be joined by one of his colleagues from the RAF Careers Office in Wrexham. They will be starting on the 22nd May and will be stopping off at several locations en-route before being finally met at the finishing line by the Mayor and Mayoress of Wrexham on Friday 26th May.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Andy can do so by contacting him on 01978 710162, or through the Oracle.


Bill Grindley, of the Villager, receiving the award from Alan Briggs.

The Villager Restaurant in Bangor Road, Overton, has received the much coveted award of Fish and Chip Shop of the Year.

Organised by the Wrexham Leader, the award is not given lightly. However, the recipe for producing such fine food is still a closely guarded secret, but it comes as no surprise to learn that it is also about using only the best quality potatoes and the best Scottish Haddock, cooked in a special batter, to draw customers from as far afield as Shrewsbury, Oswestry and Llangollen.


As part of the National Gardens Scheme, the garden of Argoed Cottage, Argoed Lane, Overton, home of Mr and Mrs C Billington, will open this year on Sunday May 21st from 2.00pm - 6.00pm. There will be a plant stall in aid of the NGS and teas in aid of NSPCC. This very popular and interesting garden is one of over 3,500 private gardens open under the NGS scheme which, in 1999 donated over 1.5 million to Nurses Charities, Cancer Care related Charities and gardeners benevolent fund.

The plants are usually donated by friends and owners, often meaning that some real gems are to be found at low prices.

The Garden House at Erbistock will be open for the Scheme on June 4th and other dates throughout the year.

A full list of gardens open in Flintshire and Wrexham is given in a yellow booklet available locally in shops and libraries.


Dear Editor

After being involved in the early stages of setting up the youth club in Overton, I am pleased to see how well things have taken off. Although I am no longer on the committee, I did help out at the last disco and my children both attend the youth club, so my support is still there. However, I feel that as much as the youth club has a good band of helpers and parents involved, I believe it is unfair to expect them to be 100% responsible for every child that passes through the doors of the disco. For example,at the last disco, a rather distraught father was called out to his son who had drunk himself into a stupor.

The adults who organise and run the discos do not have the resources to nurse these children back into sobriety, therefore some responsibility must lie with the parents.

Whilst the organisers endeavour to keep the children inside, sober, drug free, and out of harms way, they find several cans, bottles and pretend Perrier drinks that contain neat vodka amongst the 13 -16 year olds.

I believe that parents should check their child before they leave the house, as it is understood that the future of the youth discos will be dependent on the way the children behave at the disco in May.

Catherine Starkey

Ed. We understand that the Youth Advisory Committee are taking serious measures to avoid a repeat of what happened at the disco in March, both inside and outside of the village hall..


  • Tickets for the Millennium Banquet, which is to be held in the Village Hall on the 13th May, were sold out within two hours of going on sale, breaking all previous records.

  • Overton Community Council has carried out further work to the Avenue, Wrexham Road with Welsh Assembly funding. A new surface has been laid for the full length of the Avenue, and the formal gates to the carriage drive have been repaired and repainted. Following several requests, 4 oak bench seats are to be installed along the drive.

  • The Overton Women’s Institute has again won the Yorkshire Tea Bar Code competition which entitles them to a cheque and a Betty’s Fruit cake. They may not get anywhere when it comes to calendars, but they can certainly give Yorkshire Tea a run for the money when it comes to drinking!!

  • A local art and needlecraft exhibition is to be held in the Methodist Schoolroom from the 4th to the 10th May inclusive. It will be open each day from 10.00am until 4.00pm. All donations and collections are in aid of the proposed extension of the church to provide a disabled toilet.

  • The Overton Spring Fair organised by St Mary’s Church PCC and held in the village hall on the 1st April, raised over 424. "A very succesful event" said Ian Roberts, PCC Treasurer.



18th May

Parish Rooms


‘Yeast Cookery’

Non members admission 1

Women’s Royal British Legion

Coffee Morning

20th May

commencing 10.30am

at Larkrise, Penyllan Street.

Ruabon, Erbistock and Overton NSPCC

Coffee Morning

Wednesday 14th June 2000

10.30 - 12.00

at The Brow, Wrexham Road, Overton

(by kind permission of Col. and Mrs Fitzhugh)

Many stalls incl. cakes, bring and buy, etc

Admission 1.00.


A Celebration of Christian Faith

June 16th, 17th,18th


St Mary’s Church

Methodist Church

Roman Catholic Church

All welcome