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Recycling is getting easier!
Most households in Overton will, by now, have received their green bin, box, bag and information pack.
The green box is for food and drink cans, glass bottles and jars and plastic bottles (no other plastic packaging). The green sack is for newspapers, magazines and junk mail - please, no cardboard. The green box and sack will be collected every week on your collection day by the recycling crew.
The green bin is for garden waste only. That is, the material that grows above ground and its roots; no rubble, timber or other garden debris please. It should be put in the bin loose (not bagged). The green bin is collected on your collection day one week, the rubbish bin the other week by the bin crew.
There is no limit to the amount of recycling can be put out for collection. If after the first few collection cycles you think you need an extra recycling box or sack please ring the Helpline: 01978 292085 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
will be a small minority of properties that we are unable to provide
with the service at this time due to access difficulties but the
majority of households will be able to participate fully.
The Cytun Harvest Supper was held in the Village Hall on Fri.
Sept.22nd. This is the 3rd year that we have held it and it has
grown in numbers from 60 in our first year, around 70 last year
and this year we catered for 80! Everyone agrees that it is a
grand evening, with good food, in tasteful surroundings. All the
committee worked very hard on the day to get all the food prepared,
tables laid, everything served and then the washing up! We all
ended up very tired—with “never again" in our
thoughts, but of course some of us will carry on.
Please note the following which has been brought to our attention. This has been highlighted in the local press and via the North Wales Police ecomms system, but I’ve included it here in case you missed it.
A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a premium rate number. DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize. If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £15 for the phone call. If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 02072396655 or ICTIS (the premium rate service regulator) at http://www.icstis.org.uk or your local trading standards office. This is a genuine scam. This service is under investigation by ICSTIS. Please be aware of this scam and forward this information to as many persons as possible.
a separate issue, upon the evening of Thursday 28th September
2006 a motorist reported that a wire had been placed across the
road on School Lane. This wire was approximately 4 feet off the
floor and it is believed that it was deliberately placed to cause
injury or damage. Thankfully this wire was seen and taken down
before anyone was hurt. This is a serious matter. Common sense
should show that, if for example a motorcyclist had hit this wire,
the injuries could have been fatal. Enquiries are underway to
identify the idiot(s) involved and I urge anyone with information
to get in touch with me.
The NSPCC needs your help The local Branch had been raising funds for over 50 years. We hold fashion shows, coffee mornings, cookery demos to name a few. Can you a spare a little time to help? Contact Janet Edwards 710277 or Lorna Burdge 780228 & see details of our Xmas Market.
From the Rectory
day a little boy asked his parents “How do wars break out?
How are they declared?”
That little boy found out first hand how little things can develop into huge arguments and disagreements, which can take on a life of their own. This November we shall remember once again those who lost their lives in the two world wars and countless other conflicts since. Remembrance Sunday will ask us to pray for peace. But peace starts in our own hearts and in our own relationships.
I along with you and millions of others was shocked by the school massacre in the Amish community in the United States on October 2nd. The person, who shot those little girls, had dropped his own children off only minutes before going into this community to senselessly kill and maim. It was said that one of the reasons this man did this dreadful thing, was because of an incident that happened when he was 12 which had remained unresolved within him, festering away leading in the end to violence.
Another ten-year-old boy said this, “If you want to stop war in the world, stop war in the home.”
Remembrance Day may we remember this old Hindu proverb,
friend and Rector
On Remembrance Sunday the British Legion, Scouts, Guides and Brownies will be parading to the Overton War Memorial. As “old soldiers” fade away it is the youth of the village that is helping to keep the memories alive.
Hi everyone I’m back again!
of a new yr. 7
We know that the thought of moving up to high school is scary.
Most of our thoughts were what if I get lost or what if I don’t
make any friends? So we are here to help.
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
TRACING THE ANCESTORS
A few weeks ago the Oracle was contacted by Bob and Mary Hetzel
of Richmond, Virginia, USA who were planning a trip to the UK
and were interested in tracing some of Mary's ancestors, whom
she believed came from the Overton area. After a quick check of
the 1841 census we were able to assure Mary that indeed we had
found her family living in 1841 in Knolton.
Look for the full story of the families emigration from Overton in 1850, soon.
Autumn has unfurled her leaves of gold.
Day Traffic Update
In case it wasn’t clear last month traffic on race day directed by AA signs from the A483 will go along Argoed Lane to the racecourse and come back along Turning Street through the village. In response to comments - the race traffic from Marchwiel & Whitchurch direction is still going through Bangor-on-Dee.
University of the 3rd Age
The Wrexham Association of the University of the 3rd Age was set up last February and already has over 140 members. The main meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at NEWI, Mold Road, Wrexham when there is a guest speaker and a brief business meeting.
Smaller Interest Groups have been set up including Book Group, Bridge, Chess, Computers, Craft, Debating, Digital Photography, Family History, Gardening, Local History, Painting, Stock Market for Beginners, Music Appreciation, and Walking & Rambling, and other groups are planned. In addition educational events and visits are arranged. As you can see we have made rapid progress in only nine months.
Membership costs £15 p.a. of which £2.50 goes to the Third Age Trust and covers insurance and a quarterly “U3A News”.
If you would like to find out more contact Wrexham U3A, PO Box 2257, Wrexham LL11 0DE
Having travelled and worked abroad extensively over the last 10 years I decided that this year my trip was to be something a bit different; a conservation project. Looking at all the options, the one that appealed was a lion breeding project in Zimbabwe. So after a lot of paperwork and injections I eventually found myself travelling all the way from Overton to Antelope Park, Zimbabwe for a month of working with lions.
The first surprise I got was that the owner of the park only had one arm – yes, the other arm had been ripped off by a lion! The idea of the project is to breed lions for re-introduction back into the wild, thereby boosting the ever decreasing lion population in Africa. In 1985 there were an estimated 250,000 lions in Africa; in 2005 that figure had dropped to 23,000 (due largely to increase in human habitation thereby decreasing lion habitation, hunting, snaring and poaching and disease outbreak such as Anthrax and Bovine Tuberculosis). There are no illusions that the African continent could again sustain 250,000 lions ; there is neither sufficient room for them nor sufficient prey species for them to feed on. However, the remaining dramatically reduced population of lions continues to decrease – to such an extent that the African lion is now officially on the list of vulnerable species.
One of my key tasks was to bottle feed, accompany and observe cubs (ages ranging from 3 weeks to 2 years old) everyday, walking and playing with them. Being sociable animals, the lions come to accept us as part of the pride and are quite happy to interact with humans. Of course they are still wild animals so there are certain rules to adhere to, particularly with the larger cubs – you must be confident at all times – you can not panic, run or crouch down. You must stay in the group and if a lion stalks you (which is normal) you have to walk towards them, point a stick at them and say NO in a firm voice.
We also got to take the older lions out hunting, which was certainly not for the faint hearted; on the one hand I wanted the lions to do well but I did feel sorry for the prey – to have a huge lion thundering behind you and jumping onto you with dagger like claws must be terrifying! My whole time involved in this project was incredible ; every morning I was awoken at 4.30am by lions roaring, and over a course of time I got to know each lions personality.
Captive bred lions can, and have, been rehabilitated into the
wild. There are 4 stages to this program :
I am so pleased to have been involved in supporting the welfare of this magnificent animal, which certainly lives up to the title of ‘King of the Jungle’, and to have had the opportunity to be part of a pride.
Playgroup & Toddlers
Overton playgroup is registered with the Care Standards Inspectorate
of Wales (CSIW). Its team of qualified staff offers a warm and
friendly welcome to children from 2½ years old to pre-school.
Entitlement. The term after your child’s third birthday
we can offer a free playgroup place for 10 hrs per week (4 mornings
or 5 afternoons). Conditions apply so please ask for more details.
DAY: £13.00 AM Session: £4.50 Lunch: £2.50 PM
OVERTON MEDICAL PRACTICE
The big important issue at this time of the year is the flu injection. It is very important that those aged 65 or over, or who fall into the ‘At Risk’ categories do take up the offer and get their injections booked. We cannot, at this time, give flu injection appointments to anyone else. If this situation changes we will make it known in the surgery.
The triage system is working very well but has a few problems. If we have to call you back make sure there is someone there to answer the phone. Medical results are given out by the surgery’s secretaries. We offer this service 11:30am – 3:00pm week days (Thursday half day 11:00 – 12:00). The surgery telephones are not available from 1 – 2pm each day during the lunch hour. Please allow 5 days for the results to come back and be reviewed by the doctor.
Car parking can sometimes be a bit of a problem. Please do not park on the main road outside the surgery. Do not forget the large public car park on Church Lane with access through to the surgery. This option is far safer and means the spaces at the front of the surgery can be kept for those with mobility problems.
In October our own Dr Charlotte Koundakjian became Dr Charlotte Jones. We wish her every happiness in her married life and she sends her thanks to everyone for the cards and good wishes she has received. We were sorry to say goodbye to Donna Kendal, our part-time receptionist who left on 6th October. Donna has taken up a permanent post near her hometown of Barrow and we thank her for all the hard work, always with a cheerful smile, and wish her every success for the future.
The Practice Patient Participation Group met again on Monday 23rd October at 6pm – we are still anxious to get new members, please come along and join us at the next meeting if you can.
Worms! The fascination of small children and the delight of horticulturists, but sadly I’m not talking about Earthworms.
All animals will be exposed to parasitic worms at some time in their lives. Most live in the intestines although there are also lungworms and heartworms (until recently only ever found overseas). You will not always know if your animals have worms – it is usually only with a severe infestation that it will become apparent. In sheep and cattle this may show itself as diarrhoea or ill thrift, in horses poor performance and even colic. With lungworms (mainly cattle) the presenting sign will be a nasty cough.
By the time you read this article, the grazing season is likely
to be over and most livestock (sheep excluded) will be in winter
accommodation. If animals have not been wormed at the end of the
grazing season it would be a good idea for them to be treated.
There is nothing to be gained from allowing parasites to survive
the winter in animals and cause further problems again next year.
don’t forget that cats and dogs also need to be wormed on
a regular basis. Your vet will be able to advise on the most suitable
products. Now that worms are dealt with, I’ll let you get
back to that spaghetti!!
Congratulations to Matthew Pritchard and his partner Heather on the birth of their baby son, Drew Matthew; a new brother for Teague and another grandson for Geoff and Davina.
Donna Bush and Martin MacDonald on their marriage at Ruthin Castle
Belated happy 60th birthday to Lin Jones
Our heartfelt thoughts go out to Helen and Zoe Fernee who has lost their beloved pet dog, Gizmo.
Thank you to all those who supported the Bowling Club Coffee Morning. It raised a wonderful £467
Many thanks to all our family & friends who helped us celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary in October. We had a wonderful evening and £525.00 was raised for HOPE HOUSE in lieu of gifts. Alan & Glynis Farley.