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2006 Twinning Visit with La Murette
We had a hectic week visiting Llangollen on the Monday, the Salt Museum at Northwich on Tuesday. A rather windy day took us over to the beach. The village of La Murette is far from the sea, so we are fortunate that from Overton it is only just over an hour to the coast and to the seaside town of Llandudno, where we went down the copper mines. After our picnic we ventured up a rather blowy Great Orme, a huge hit, with the children virtually being blown off the top!
Our big day out on Thursday was to Warwick Castle, this occupied us for a busy 12 hours so Friday we took it easy with a guided tour around the Bryn y Pys Estate. Thanks to Tim and Clare Rosselli for their hospitality and knowledge that was enjoyed as much by the Overton people as it was by the French visitors.
Battles were once again fought in our traditional France vs. Wales cricket match at the park - another draw!! - followed by the evening hog roast. Saturday saw things quieten down with a hearty breakfast followed by a walk to Cloy Lane for a truly British afternoon tea, rain included! The final evening saw us all being taught a few jive moves before supper and a disco was enjoyed by all as we wearily headed home with memories of a truly wonderful week. Early Sunday saw us cram the car park with tears and kisses as we sent our friends off on their safe journey home to France.
The meeting with the judges is now just days away! Can we remind all organisations and businesses to come to the Village Hall 12noon – 9.00pm Tues. 5th, or 9.00am on Wed 6th September to meet the judges at 10.30am. There are 6 categories - Community Life, Business, Young People, Older People, Environment, ICT. We are also looking for anyone who can help with tea and coffee, sandwiches and biscuits. If you can help please ring Lesley on 710409; Jacky on 710328 or Katharine on 710055.
Photo’s of the Fete are now in an album at the corner shop. Go look - you might see yourself!
I have always seen this column as an opportunity to keep residents informed of criminal activity and to offer safety and security advice. Unfortunately this month I need to use it to address a more personal issue.
The August edition of The Overton Oracle included the article, ‘Musings on the village fete’, by editorial member Sean Clarke, which documented Mr. Clarke’s observations on this years village fete, in particular his opinions of the police presence. As a result of Mr. Clarke’s comments I wish to clarify the following points with the aim of setting the record straight.
reason for police attendance at the fete was not to combat any
form of disorder but to allow the public, especially the younger
members of the community, to see that the police are approachable
and for them to communicate with us in a ‘non-threatening’
atmosphere, because usually the only time people get to speak
to an officer is when they have either been a victim of crime
or they're the offender. I think this is more important now than
ever seeing as officers uniform resembles combat gear with its
compulsory wearing of body armour and dressed all in black. Together
with the overt weapons we have to carry this can appear threatening.
The public always state that they want to see more police officers;
we were simply trying to do this as well as forging important
bonds with the teenagers who only see the police as ‘oppressive
Our aim is to inform and entertain our community; we have no desire to upset anyone and the article entitled “Musings on the Village Fete” in the August issue was written and meant to be read tongue in cheek! Constable King has used his Country Beat section for his redress in answer to this article. It is hoped that you will read both articles as open and friendly viewpoints of the people involved. On behalf of the Oracle team please accept this as an apology for inadvertently causing offence to anyone.
Just a little note...
Hey, its me again, but this is going to be the last page I publish. I've had a lot of work lately, so I won't have enough time to do the page every month- sorry.
If anyone would like to take over the kids column, then please contact David or any other members of the Oracle editorial team.
International talk like a pirate day 2006
"Every now and then, some visionary individuals come along with a concept that is so original and so revolutionary that your immediate reaction is: 'Those individuals should be on medication.' " -- Dave Barry, Miami Herald
That’s right, talk like a pirate day. I'm sure a lot of you are reading this, and are wondering simply: Why?
The answer to that is pretty simple. Its fun. Do you really need
Well, for those of you who don't, you don't have to. For the rest of you, here's a beginners guide to speaking pirate - enjoy!
Ahoy! - "Hello!"
Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, “Check it out" or "No way!"
Aye! - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did."
aye! - "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is
Many thanks to Lela from the Oracle Editorial Team for her wonderful ‘Kids Page’ contributions over the last 2 years.
Five years ago on September 11th I was at my father’s bedside as he was dying from cancer. It was also my birthday
We had the television on in the hospital room when suddenly reports started coming in of the terrorist attacks on the World trade centre in New York.
That day is embedded in my memory and now I can never celebrate my birthday without returning in my mind to that Hospital room. My Father’s death and the evil of that day have become interlinked in my mind. I cannot think of one without the other!
The event was made even more real as I had been on top of those skyscrapers and had been in the ‘restaurant at the top of the world’ where so many people had made the terrible choice to jump as conditions became so horrendous. The famous photograph of a man caught falling from the trade centre really did send a shiver down my spine.
This September I am sure my mind will return to my dad’s last day on earth. This year it is especially sad, when you look at the dreadful violence that has been occurring in Lebanon and the Middle East. So many people have needlessly lost their lives, as they did five years ago. And have continued to do in Afghanistan and Iraq and countless other places. Life is cheap in our world, especially when people justify violence and death because it meets their aims and strategies.
Along with Christians all over the world, it is my prayer that God’s peace will reign in our word and that justice and equality will be the norm. It is my prayer that people will be seen as unique individuals with their own stories and unique identities and not just as collateral damage in some larger conflict.
As we approach the Harvest season and once again celebrate the wonderful gift of the world God has given us, isn’t it really time that we started to treat our world and our neighbour better.
Julia Esquivel of Guatemala wrote this prayer
Your Friend and Rector.
I am being driven mad by ……………..
the small buzzing variety
Heard on the Grapevine
We know this may be old news to many of you but we thought it was worth mentioning anyway. On May 10th the headmistress of St Mary’s School, Pat Clarke, was invited to Number 10 Downing Street to meet Mr Blair, along with other teachers, in recognition of her contribution in raising school standards. Congratulations Pat and well done!
Welsh Assembly Cash for Rainbow Centre
Penley Rainbow Centre, which is used by many Overton residents, is to receive £125,000 to build a new healthy living centre to enable the group to provide community nurses, chiropodist, optician, counselling and complementary therapies. A full information and resource centre will also be available .
The Rainbow Centre has been in a temporary accommodation since the building of the new Penley Hospital.
The Community Facilities and Activities Programme is a grant scheme operated by the Welsh Assembly to help community and voluntary organisations provide facilities or carry out activities which will promote the regeneration of communities.
Welsh Assembly Minister Edwina Hart said “CFAP makes a real, tangible difference to community and voluntary groups at grass roots level. It also supports the creation of much needed new facilities and services, that are at the very heart of our communities.”
OVERTON MEDICAL PRACTICE
Dr Rosemary Fallows joined us as a Partner last month. We also
have a new GP Registrar, Dr Anwen Sadler, starting this month
for a six month period. We welcome her and hope she enjoys her
thought you might be interested to see how many patients Did Not
Attend their appointments so far this year - 416! It has been
estimated that a missed appointment costs approximately £18.
That means for the first half of this year, £7,488 has been
wasted! – makes you think doesn’t it!!
If you want a say in how we run the surgery the next Practice Patient Participation Meetings are Mon 23rd October at 6.00pm and Mon 22nd January.
It was with some surprise that the Oracle received an enquiry from Yale University last month!
The enquiry was from the University’s Law School from a researcher who was working for a Professor Smith who is writing a text book for American Law Schools. And the enquiry was about what we knew of the house at Gwernheylod.
For those unfamiliar with the name, Gwernheylod was a fine country house built in the 1600s, added to in the 1830s, which stood to the north of Argoed Lane with a fine view over the Dee Valley. It was the home latterly of the Fletcher family and with its surrounding land was bought by the Peel estate in 1938. It was demolished in 1956.
During the Second World War Gwernheylod was requisitioned by the British army for troop use. It was used to house Polish Officers at the end of the war. One lady, Jolanta Lwak from San Diego, contacted the Oracle some years ago “In August 1946, I came as a child to Overton. At that time Polish Officers (including her father) were stationed at Gwernheylod. To me it seemed like a Castle and I have since wondered how it came to be so used and who lives there now. I still remember the beautiful grounds and the large yew trees."
So why the American interest? Our correspondent from Yale informs us that Overton and Gwernheylod are the site of an incident which became a celebrated court case that set a precedent that is an important part of UK and US law!
On August 21st 1940 a Lance Corporal Duncan Hannah in the Royal Artillery, who was stationed in the house, was putting up black-out curtains and found a brooch lodged in crevice above a window. Thinking it may be valuable he handed it to the police. By 1942 the owner had not come forward and the police handed it to Major Hugh Peel, the owner of the house, who sold the brooch for £66. Lance Corporal Hannah then went to court to claim that he had found the brooch and it should be his. In 1945 the case reached the Kings Bench Division. The court ruled in favour of the soldier, Major Peel had to pay him the money he had sold the brooch for. This created a new precedent in law and a peculiar way of acquiring title to property in the UK, which is also still used today and is also of relevance in US law.
So when you next walk along Argoed Lane, remember that Overton has its own special place in law and the meaning of “Finders, Keepers”!
September sees National Pet Smile Month when pet owners are encouraged to visit their vet for a free dental check up for their dog or cat and to collect a free goody bag containing a selection of quality dental samples.
Our practice will be offering free dental checks and will have a limited supply of dog goody bags to give away. We would encourage all pet owners to call in with their dog or cat for us to carry out a free oral health check and discuss preventative measures or treatments required.
Dental disease is certainly on the rise in both cats and dogs and there are a number of possible factors responsible. Firstly as medicine advances, our pets live longer and so their teeth are subject to wear and tear over a much longer period. Secondly, and especially in cats, some modern meat based soft diets do not provide teeth with the rough work needed to prevent the build up tartar. In dogs the reduced availability of fresh bones from the butcher prevents them from ‘having a good chew’. The result is a build up of tartar on the teeth, damage to the gums causing gingivitis – and bad breath or halitosis and ultimately the risk of tooth decay and dental abscesses.
if your dog really does have ‘dog breath’ why not
call in for us to check the teeth!
charity aims to build churches and schools and provide fresh water
and sanitation. It provides shelter and education for children
who have lost their parents to Aids and have no one to care for
them. Manual building work is carried out by the local people.
Carol’s work is providing love, support and time with the
orphans, reading them stories from the Bible, teaching them to
use the books she has taken out to them, and providing the children
and sick adults with lots of hugs. This is witnessed in the many
photos and videos she brought back from her last visit.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families of
Also our thoughts are with Ken & Lyn Jones who have lost their beloved pet dog, Monty.
Belated congratulations go to Beth & Ian Wright on the birth of their 2nd son Jamie Richard, providing Ray & Betty Keen with their 2nd great grandson and Trish & Ken Roberts with their 2nd grandson
Happy 60th Birthday to Carol Dykes
Welcome to Attend
Overton Community Council would like to remind the community that members of the public are welcome to attend Council Meetings and there is a ten minute period at the start of each meeting (from 7.20pm to 7.30pm) when you can raise any subject you wish.
Just send your question three days before each meeting to Clerk to the Council, 7 Salop Road, Overton, LL13 0EG. Meetings take place on the second Tuesday of alternate months and the next meeting is on Tuesday 12th September.