October 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


Sunday the 10th September was an important day for Overton when the Venerable E. Bryan Williams, the Archdeacon of Wrexham performed the official “switching on”  of the recently installed floodlights at St Mary's Church.   This marked the culmination of some substantial work in the Church grounds, which included  the erection of protective railings around the most ancient yew tree, and a  diversion of the footpath leading past it.



Overton Surgery is recommending all those over the age of 65 to get their free flu jab.  It is also recommended for those in the “at risk” groups, that is those who suffer from heart disease, chronic chest disease including asthma, diabetes mellitus, immunosuppressed and nursing and residential home residents.

All you need do is contact the surgery on 01978 710666.

Contrary to popular belief, you cannot contract the flu from the vaccine.


by Doreen Walker

The Annual Show, not to be missed, continues to flourish with its colourful displays of flowers and produce from exhibitors.

For the first time the WI displayed entries for their Handicraft Show, and also staged an exhibition of craft items which  created a great deal of interest. This year some new names appeared on the prize cards.  If you did not enter this year there is always next!  Exhibitors come along year after year and their continued support is very much appreciated.  Mrs Iris Edwards was welcomed as new committee member.

Thanks were expressed to not only to the judges, some of whom so willingly come along year after year, but also to those who donated prizes for the Draw, for the help from non-committee members and to all who gave their support in any way.

More Including List of Class Winners

Before You Wield the Axe

It's at this time of the year that one starts to think of doing a spot of selective (or drastic) pruning of hedges, bushes and trees that have outgrown their situation. Before we get out the chainsaw, it is prudent to consider  a few things before carrying out the work or having someone to carry out the work for you.


No Money for abandoned scheme

For the last two years, Overton Community Council has been trying to persuade the Wrexham County Borough Council to complete a footpath scheme at the rear of the bungalows in Parkside, Overton.  The scheme was started some three years ago, but work was stopped half way through when it was learnt that the Borough Council had encroached on neighbouring farmland which it did not own.  The rear gardens were left in a dangerous state, which the elderly residents have had to endure since that time.


Summer Youth Challenge Competition.

This winning entry was submitted by Sam Hanmer, aged 10, of Maelor Court, Overton.  Here is his story, which wins him a 20 book prize, courtesy of the Overton Oracle.


Seat donated to Bowling Club

At the Overton Bowling Club finals day, Gwynne Lewis, the President, accepted a gift of a seat donated to the Club by the family of Kath and Les Hamlington. 

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now its SHAKERS!

Last autumn, the men of  Overton Amateur Dramatic Society gave a very professional performance of  BOUNCERS by John Godber and Jane Thornton, playing to full houses in the Scout Hut.  This year it’s the ladies turn.


Gooday from Australia!

What a fantastic surprise it was when, on a hunch, I keyed in the name of Overton-on-Dee on my computer and suddenly there you were.  What a wave of nostalgia then swept over me!!!


Overton’s War Memorial

After reading the article that appeared in the December 1999 issue of the Overton 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 part two of a three part serialisation of his story.


Carl competes in the Olympics

Carl Edwards, from Asney Lane, Overton is currently competing in the Olympic Games in Sydney, having been selected to ride alongside Geoff Billington, and brothers John and Michael Whitaker in Great Britain's four-man show jumping team.



  • Congratulations to Col. Fitzhugh of The Brow, Overton, who celebrated his 90th Birthday on 28th September.
  •   Congratulations also to Tom and Noreen Haynes of Willow Street, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on 28th September   - very best wishes from Sandra and family, Wenda and family and Trena and family.
  • Best wishes to Joanna Evans, (formerly 2 Dispensary Row) who has gained a place at Bangor University.
  • Belated best wishes to Vince Worthington, Wrexham Road,  who recently celebrated his 60th Birthday.
  • It is with deep regret  we announce that  Sheelagh Langan (75) formerly of Wrexham Road, and Alice Churm (91) passed away recently.  Our sincere condolences are extended to their families and relatives.


The Editorial Team of the Overton Oracle is looking for a number of people who would like to contribute and play an active part in its production. This entails meeting once a month to decide on the stories for the next issue, promoting advertising space and generally keeping alert to what’s happening in the village.

If you think you can fulfil this role and would like to be part of the team, please ring any of the team members listed on this page, or ring Alan Edwards on 710422.


Dear Welsh Friends,

Here are a few words to give to you the feelings of the party that you welcomed in Overton last July.

We had brought the sun along with us in our luggage, and you managed to keep up the fun at its height with your varied and enriching agenda.

The walk at Vyrnwy Lake and the tea-time at the hotel enabled some of us to see a beautiful landscape and one of the mythical places in Wales.  Some others preferred the visit to Blists Hill museum where they discovered what life was like in the Victorian times.  The sports fans could admire Wales and even see the Irish Sea from the misty top of Cader Idris.

At the Nantwich Show, the British version of our “Beaucroissant”, a yearly show held a few miles from La Murette, we were impressed by the Royal Academy of White Helmets

The cultural side of the week with the visit of Powis castle and its picturesque gardens charmed everyone.

The BBQ, hot pot, drinks and buffet parties, and the memorable petanque competition which La Murette was defeated in the final, allowing Overton to keep the Trophy will stay in everyone's memories.

We would like to thank you all for welcoming us for the last visit of the millennium and the people of La Murette are looking forward to welcoming you in 2001 to open the third Millennium with your visit.

Celine and Caroline Mouchet