November 2000

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


The Editorial Team

Alan Edwards - David Burton - Ken Farrell - Maureen Evans - Lesley Pugh

Our reporters cannot be everywhere.

If you have a story contact any team member or ring 01978 710422

"Shakers" a roller coaster glimpse of the world

Last month, Overton Village Hall was converted into a trendy bar for the performance of "Shakers" by Overton Amateur Dramatic Society. Skillfully produced and directed by Sue Glover, "Shakers" was a fast roller-coaster ride of mini-scenes and quick role changes, revolving around the ever so trendy cocktail bar where everyone wanted to be seen. 

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Future policing in Overton.

It is understood that the Community Council has received a letter from North Wales Police dealing with new arrangements for policing in the Maelor area. These changes are being made to give a more effective cover in the area and will release the Community Beat Officers from most of the operational demands.


Community Carol Singing

Community Carol Singing to the Maelor School Band was so successful last year that arrangements have been made to repeat this festive event on the surgery car-park on Thursday 14th December, commencing 6:30pm. This is a great opportunity to bring the family, meet up with friends and sing your heart out.


Overton Youth Club Club members have been out and about recently, enjoying a visit to the American Adventure Theme Park in Derbyshire, Ten-Pin Bowling and Ice-skating at Deeside. On Tuesday 24th October they visited Laser Quest in Chester and also celebrated Halloween with a fancy dress competition and Karaoke night. On 8th November, they are off to Plas Madoc Leisure Centre.


Wrexham Council to re-instate gardens

We reported in the last issue about the plight of the elderly residents of Parkside who, over the last two years, have had to endure dangerous conditions in their rear gardens following the abandonment of a footpath scheme by Wrexham Council.   There appeared to be no way forward, but we understand that as a result further correspondence from the Community Council to the Chief Executive of Wrexham County Borough Council and Martyn Jones MP, work on re-instating the rear gardens got the go ahead at long last. A promise was made by the Director of Personal Services that the work would be completed by the end of October.

Fancy a spot of 2CV racing?

Although the Citroen 2CV looks about as suitable for racing as a shopping trolley, it has in fact been involved in motor sport for many years. Mike Ridgway, who came to live in Overton five years ago, has been with a local racing team for 6 years. This year he has been racing at several circuits, including Oulton Park, Mallory Park, Zolder in Belgium, Anglesey, and Spa in Belgium where the team ran in a 2 hour race on the full Formula One track.

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A special thankyou

Tom and Noreen Haynes wish to thank their family and many  numerous friends for a very enjoyable evening on 30th September and for the lovely gifts received in celebration of their 60th Wedding Anniversary. They also wish to express their thanks to the Overton Recreational Club.

A visit to Oberammagau.

Four members of Overton Methodist Church, Iris and Phil Edwards, Beaty Roberts and Josie Ralphs recently travelled by coach from Overton to Oberammagau, where they witnessed the life and death of Christ, brought to life in the Passion Play which is performed by over half the population of this village of 5000 people every tenth year.


Overton’s War Memorial

After reading the article that appeared in the December 1999 issue of the Oracle, entitled “Remembering Who”,  Alan Jones from Maelor Court, Overton, decided that he would research the history of the War Memorial in the High Street. We continue with the third and final part of his story.



Avenue gets a haircut

"What a difference a day makes" are the words to a song. But they apply equally well to the recent transformation of the Avenue. As one local resident remarked, "What a joy it is to have the Avenue restored to its spacious beauty again through having its "haircut".


Holly Trees to be trimmed

The Community Council is now making arrangements for the pruning of the holly trees at the entrance gates to the Avenue in Wrexham Road.  This follows the grant of permission by the Wrexham County Borough Council Council, who dealt with the application last July.


Our Library

A Poem by Paula Bottomley



Dear Editor,

I am writing to say what a joy it is to have the Avenue restored to its spacious beauty again through having its "haircut". There is general delight amongst all people I have met since it was done last week, and a sense of surprise at how beautiful the trees now look and how much larger it seems to be.

I do not know the future plans for the care of the avenue, but I would most earnestly hope that somehow this growth control will continue. People really do care.

Yours sincerely

Mary Hilton-Jones

Willow Street.

Dear Editor,

I read with great interest the article by our local bobbies (PC P Wycherley and PC W Edwards) in your July 2000 issue and the sad fact that they found speeding to be a serious threat.