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The Editorial Team
David Burton - Euan Stevenson - Sean Clarke - Cynthia Davies
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will be aware that the October Oracle is late in being published.
Because of changes over the years to codes of conduct and local government
acts, Overton Community Council is no longer in a position to take
responsibility for the Overton Oracle.
A HAPPY & SAD OCCASION
October 5th is the most auspicious date for the Catholic community here in Overton and the surrounding area. A happy occasion because it sees the 50th Anniversary of the opening of The Church Our Lady and the Welsh Martyrs, and the Mass on that day will be a concelebrated, when the Bishop of Wrexham, His Lordship Edwin Regan, will be present. This will be followed by a Buffet in the Hall.
It will also be a sad occasion for everyone, for it will be marking the retirement of our Priest, Monsignor Philip B. Webb, ordained 65 years ago. From the days when he said Mass in the caravan, which was situated in the grounds of Pendyffryn, to the present day, Monsignor has dedicated his life to building up his Parish, and his congregation now stands at about 120 souls. His enthusiasm for his calling inspired each of his parishioners in many ways, to help raise the funds, not only for the Church, but also for the Hall and the Presbytery, and they were, in no time, free of debt. What an achievement! An even greater achievement is that of Monsignor’s determination to administer to his flock. Despite his ever increasing limitations, at 91½ years of age he has decided to bring to an end 56 years of distinguished service to the people of Overton and district. So, whilst regretting the need for his decision, we wish him well in his truly well-deserved retirement and hope that he will have a good few years left to enjoy this, together with happy memories of the time spent in Overton, and the love and thanks of us all will go with him.
you can’t book is the weather but Rector David seemed to have
had that covered. The sun shone for the first time in weeks, and all
the hard work, organisation, and long meetings in the White Horse
paid off. There was a lovely atmosphere, half of the village must’ve
been there, young and old. Impressive displays from Dance Addiction
and Abbey Road Acro Gymnasts, a magician (who donated his time), birds
of prey, Punch and Judy and a reptile man in the willows! (We still
haven’t found the missing scorpion) Thanks to the Territorial
Army who were brilliant with their climbing wall for the dads (or
mums – Diane Bell! see picture) and their assault course, especially
enjoyed by Miss Molyneux and Carol Dykes. The produce tent had lots
of entrants with the beautiful sunflowers adorning the tent. There
were many other activities to take part in, too many to mention. The
picnic boxes went down a storm and the bar was kept busy.
From the Rectory
graveyard at Mickleham Church in Surrey is a large wooden banner inscribed
with these words:
lines are found in a Liverpool churchyard
gravestone in Llandovery in Carmarthenshire are these words:
that is a promise to be treasured.
month I have a WARNING, as despite the good crime figures for the
month of August, September has not started well. We are currently
experiencing a increase in the amount of theft across the area, and
OVERTON, PENLEY & WORTHENBURY have all recently seen a rise in
offences. These have included theft from vehicles, garages & outbuildings
which have been broken into. The majority of the offences have been
committed in the hours of darkness.
We have said goodbye to PCSO Emily Williams who is now working in the Ruabon area and in the mean time PCSO Jenna Owen will take responsibility for the entire Maelor Area.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL COMMUNITY CHEST GRANT
Grants may be made by the Overton Community Council towards capital
expenditure by local organisations within the area administered by
the Community Council.
Last year I (recklessly) volunteered to direct the 2008 Autumn Play for Overton Amateur Dramatic Society (OADS), confident in the knowledge of being months ahead, having found what I believed to be the ideal play. How wrong can you be?
In spring this year, upon taking another look at the chosen play and asking around for likely victims (sorry volunteers) to fill each role, I discovered not only a shortage of men in Overton willing to tread the boards, but also a few of my most likely candidates didn't actually like the play!! As I steeled myself for the onset of a mild panic attack, a kindly soul, (thank you Sheila) passed me a script which was more modern with less roles to fill; all my prayers were answered!!
As this play was new to me I desperately wanted a chance to see it in production, which was why my husband found himself giving up a Bank Holiday in April to drive me all the way to Pately Bridge (north of Harrogate) which just happened to be the closest venue. Luckily, the play was as funny on stage as on paper and I could breathe a sigh of relief. Rehearsals for ‘LADIES DAY’ a bittersweet comedy by Amanda Whittington began in earnest at the end of August.
The play opens in a cold, damp factory in Hull, where Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda, have a daily relentless routine of weighing, trimming and filleting fish. In fact work, love and life are just one long slog; but things are about to change when they attend Ladies Day at Royal Ascot the year it located to York. Off come the overalls, wellies and hairnets; on go the 'posh' frocks and hats as they head off for a flirt and a flutter - not to mention the odd drink!!
Did they find love, happiness or even their fortune? Why not come along and see for yourself as they reveal their true selves away from work.
Curtains up at 7.30pm, October 23rd, 24th, 25th, Overton Village Hall. Tickets £5 (on the door) to include programme
Hi everybody its October. Hope you enjoyed St Mary’s bonanza. WE DID!
I’m fed up of the weather. Its freezing most of the time and
the other times its boiling. From Andrew
like to say goodbye to Helen and Zoe Fernee who are moving to Bradley
An Ode to the Summer
& rained & rained & rained, the average was all maintained,
from a ‘damp’ Overton poet
CONGRATULATIONS TO ST MARY’S SCHOOL
Congratulations to St Mary’s School Overton on achieving top marks in their recent inspection report - 7 grade ones! The highest possible standard. The school was deemed “good with outstanding features”, only one of a handful in Wales. The report states it is an “outstanding school” and praised teaching quality & support for pupils.
Congratulations to Jo Richards and Kay Lawrenson who donned their glad rags to represent the school at the spectacular dinner and 2008 Early Years Awards ceremony in London. The school had been shortlisted for the Outdoor Setting of the Year (the Oscars for the Early Years!) for the TREES (Through Recycling in our Environment we Encourage Sustainability) and the Forest School area at St Mary's School.
Competing against all the primary schools in England and Wales, they had no speech prepared when they were announced as WINNERS for their "outstanding contribution to children's learning out of doors". The Award acknowledges the superb effort and endless enthusiasm of pupils, parents, staff and the community in developing the outdoor area at St Mary's School and all the outside projects.
Thanks go to all those that have helped make this award possible. If you would like more information on TREES or would like to get involved, please contact the school on 710370
ALL BEGAN AT OVERTON SCHOOL”
an Overton boy who has now settled in semi-retirement at Penley. An
ex-police officer who went on to work as an insurance claims investigator,
he has been writing all his life, his enthusiasm having been first
kick-started when at Overton St Mary's Primary school he was awarded
a 'book prize' for an essay about the "Conquest of Everest"
in Coronation year. Going on to write poetry and selling two short
stories to magazines in later years, this is his first novel. He says,
" I have written affectionately about Overton in the book though
it has acquired the name of Onnersley. Those precious early days being
taught to fish by my father was something I wanted to put down on
paper for years. The opportunity to do so fitted in well with my desire
to expand upon the parallel lives of Harry Gillians and the young
Jimbo Henderson. Though I have changed their names, their lives and
their remarkable story is drawn from 'real life' events. "
OVERTON 2008 PRODUCE SHOW - THE TROPHIES
2008 visit from La Murette
This year we had the pleasure of our French friends visiting for a week at the beginning of August. The Sunday kicked off with a fine welcome at the village hall, we had flags and thanks to Mervyn Haynes a special French welcome on the board , as well as wonderfully dressed shop windows. Thanks to all who displayed flags, photos and twinning memorabilia; it was a delight for our French friends to see and it let everyone passing through the village know that our French counterparts were here for a visit. Sunday night a welcome bar—b-q on the Argoed, where everyone old and young, past and present got to share a few drinks and a spot of food, no mean feat feeding 71 people! We travelled to Liverpool, the capital of culture, visiting the Walker gallery, World Museum and the Albert Dock, plus a visit to the Beatles Museum for the French. We had a superb inter-language treasure hunt around the village with mixed teams, giving the new visitors an insight into our shops, streets and pub Thanks Andrew and Sam for opening earlier to provide coffee, as it rained all morning and we got soaked, but not put off we set off to Erddig, a tour of the house and afternoon tea, a huge delight as not common in France - afternoon tea’s!
Wednesday, a day off and everyone went off in different directions, others slept!!! Then a tour – in French – of Chester, and after lunch the adults descended on Marks and Spencer for their teas, lemon curds, and shortbread biscuits. A visit to the crocky trail for the kids, good bonding session - language at this point no barrier - kids make it look so easy this communication thing! We ate a hearty Welsh menu at The Boat Inn on the Thursday night, then the sun shone at Quarry Bank Mill, near Manchester on the Friday. Friday night saw a visit by the Maletones, a male voice choir, giving their all in our village hall; we served Welsh cakes and bara brith, during the interval, continually plugging our Welshness. Saturday saw a visit to Conway in the rain, well expected of our summers!! Then in the evening a hearty supper in the village hall with a bring & share / do your own washing up night.
Tears on Sunday as the week drew to a close, but another collection of friends, memories and now planning for our trip next year. If you are interested in being part of the Twinning and perhaps visiting France in 2009 with us, look out for our forthcoming events or speak to someone from the committee Glynis Farley 01978 710455 / Cath Starkey 710322/Kay Lawrenson 710537/Geoff Mason 710486 The visits are open to all from the village and you are not expected to host. Many, many villagers over the years have visited La Murette but there are still many who haven’t!
OVERTON MEDICAL PRACTICE
Time for your Flu Injection’.
Clinics start here on Mon 6th October. Remember if you are over 65 or in one of the ‘at risk’ categories you are eligible. Don’t forget there is also the one-off Pneumonia injection for those over 65 years of age. Just ask reception for any help or to make an appointment.
The Expert Patients Programme Wales is running 2 courses in the Village Hall on Thursdays 10.30 – 13.00 starting 25th Sept for 6 weeks. One course is for those who have a long term health condition and the other one for carers caring for someone in this category. These courses provide an opportunity for people to learn new coping skills, which can help improve the quality of daily life. If you would like to attend the course or want further information then please contact the Coordinator on 01978 346500, or visit the web site at www.eppwales.org - you have nothing to lose and may in fact have a lot to gain from this.
Nurse Eirlys Williams has decided to retire. After 25 years with the NHS she deserves a very warm heart felt ‘thank you’ for her devotion to all her patients.
to Arron Haynes and his partner on the birth of their baby daughter
"Daisy", and Mr and Mrs Harris on the birth of new baby
daughter "Daisy" and a sister for brothers Ifor and Bryn.
Holistic Coffee Morning
Rebecca Davies from Amber Holistic Therapy Spa is holding a Holistic Coffee morning in the Parish Room at the Village Hall. Rebecca also works part time at the Play Group and all the proceeds will be donated to Overton Play centre.
This is a great opportunity to find out about the benefits of Holistic therapies. You can have a 15 minute treatment of Reflexology, Indian head massage or Reiki. As well as supporting the Play group and a social get together with friends and refreshments. It is hoped that the Coffee Morning will be on a regular basis giving people the opportunity to receive holistic treatments on a regular basis at a very minimal cost. The first Coffee morning is on Tuesday 7th October from 9.30 onwards. Entrance will cost £3 which will include a treatment and refreshments. If you have any enquiries please call Rebecca on 01978 843696
Christmas is coming
Village Senior Citizens Christmas party will be on Tuesday December
2nd. If you did not receive an invitation last year or are new to
the village and are a pensioner and would like to come, please ring
Mr Keith Overthrow on 710544