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White Horse Rides Again
Yes, The White Horse is almost ready for the grand re-opening, which will be sometime early September according to the new managers Sam and Andrew Nikolic.
All of us have seen the exterior of the building, which is now looking much smarter, and I hope that many of you will go and have a drink and admire the interior. I have been requested not to describe the internal décor in great depth as Sam and Andrew wish you to come and see for yourselves. However, I can tell you that plans showing the interior of The White Horse were found, circa 1904, and these have been used to construct the “new” look, using light oak and glass. The plans were from when The White Horse was rebuilt in 1904 after the fire in late 1890s, which burned down the original old pub.
Sam and Andrew are planning on all day opening with bar food available from the start. There are two bars and for the aficionados out there Real Ale is offered but if you have a weakness for milder drinks Alcopops will not be served. Outside there will be a Beer Garden for parents and their children and a “Smoker’s Alley” for the diehards amongst us (you will sheltered from the rain, but not the wind).
“We are aiming for a truly traditional, good quality pub without any modern gimmicks,” stated Sam and Andrew; “we are not fans of Karaoke and loud machines for example and trust that locals agree with us.” In the future Sam and Andrew will possibly open a small restaurant and Sam, who is originally from Cornwall, hopes to offer Celtic Cream Teas.
We wish them all the best and offer them a warm welcome to our community.
Recreational Football Club Success
Overton Recreational Football Club would like to welcome and thank Mick & Karen Pinder of the Corner Shop who are the proud new sponsors of the new first team football kit.
The football club can proudly boast about last season’s successes after winning the Nizam-Druid Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Division One cup and gaining promotion into the Premiership Division. The successes that are being tasted at present are a far cry from when the team was re-established 10 years ago by a small group of local lads following a lapse of more than five years when the village was without team, and without their commitment and enthusiasm the village would be without a football team once again.
The season will start on the 18th August with some new faces and some old (you know who you are - Sam Wynne). So why not come to the park and support your local team and maybe partake in a little light refreshment after the match at Overton Recreational Club. Congratulations and thank you to all who support the football club and here’s hoping we can build on last year.
From the Rectory
Every year on this special Sunday a procession made up of the church choir, the children and people of the town, as well as the town band, make their way to the boundary of the churchyard. The children then all form a circle around the church itself and dance around it. At intervals they go inwards towards the walls and then outwards again. This is called embracing the church and it represents the love of the parish for its mother church. Then a special Clipping sermon is preached from the stone steps at the foot of the church tower and when this is over it means that the mother church has once again been clipped. The word Clipped comes from the word Clypping, which means to clasp or embrace.
When I read about this ceremony, it struck me as a wonderful way to express the picture of mother church embracing God’s children in love and the people in turn clasping their church in love. In other words a real relationship of love. Do we have that sense of love and belonging? Are we able to give thanks for all God’s gifts to us?
Our churches are marvellous signs of God’s eternal love for us, a love that surrounds and embraces us wherever we travel in life. We just have to open our hearts. But the clipping ceremony also reminds us that we also have a duty to God and mother church. For our relationship with God to be true, we must be prepared to give back, in terms of our time, our money and our love. Do we embrace our faith, our mother church?
Ann Lewin wrote this small poem entitled ‘A hug’.
How good it is to be held,
As we begin The Autumn season, can we embrace God in our lives.
Can we know how good it is to be held in his loving embrace and
delighted in. Can we embrace Him back, strength flowing each to
each. And most of all can we rejoice in each other’s company
as we travel together through life and beyond!
Over the last few weeks Overton Police Station has had a considerable amount of refurbishment work done, and this has meant that Jenna, Emily and I have been effectively homeless as the station has been closed. This has also meant that the police presence across the area may not have been as high profile as I would have liked. Please forgive me for not giving you advance warning of this, but for obvious reasons I didn’t really want to advertise that the station was closed. However normal service has now resumed.
With more and more people using the internet as a means to conduct their banking, there has been an explosion in the amount of scams set up to obtain personal details, passwords and memorable information which could allow fraudsters access to your account and your hard earned money.
Please don’t start to panic; on-line banking is perfectly safe but it is always best to follow some simple rules. The most important of which is NEVER EVER respond to an e-mail that purports to be from your bank asking you to input your personal details. Your bank will never ask you to do this and the only time you should ever input your details is on the main banking homepage when you "Log In".
are also a number of other Internet scams currently in circulation,
some stating that you have won a large prize in a foreign lottery
or that you are the sole benefactor of a long forgotten distant
relative. In fact there are so many of these scams the list is quite
endless, but they always end in the same way, that you will need
to make a "small" investment in order to receive your
lump sum. The next rule is also quite simple. If it sounds too good
to be true … then it is too good to be true. Never send bank
details, or personal details to these people. It is most defiantly
POLICE PHONE NUMBERS
Hi Guys, this month I will review the film ‘Hairspray’. Hairspray is a very funny and exciting musical starring John Travolta, Queen Latifa and Zac Efron!
It is mainly about a young girl and how she tries to follow her dreams, meeting friends and foes along the way.
It is a very addictive story and you will feel yourself being dragged into the story line as it unfolds.
recommend this film
A. Having a penpal is great. Just start off as friends ask him what he likes and where he lives and then after a while maybe you will become more than friends! Well I hope this advice helps you.
STUFF ! ! !
For those of you who may not know, once you have reached the age of 70, you must apply for a new driving licence.
Easy to apply ideas for making your pets more enviro-friendly!
Overton lost yet another loved and well respected member of its community when Gwynne Lewis passed away, age 77, on the 2nd August. Gwynne was well known in the village, particularly as an active member of the Bowling club, the Sports and Social club, and the Methodist chapel. He hailed from Anglesey, where his father was a bank manager. Gwynne followed the family tradition and went into banking. His job in the bank resulted in him moving about in North Wales, before settling down in Overton when he became manager of a bank in Ellesmere. After his family and home, sport was probably Gwynne’s main interest. In his early days he was a promising cricketer and a keen footballer. In his later years he played golf and bowls. He helped in the running of the successful Overton Athletic football club in the 1980’s, acting as treasurer. Gwynne will be sadly missed, not only by his wife Glenda and daughters Jane and Catrin, but by all his many friends who will remember the twinkle in his eye and his dry sense of humour.
Betty was the eldest of 3 children of George & Olive Reeves at Mossleigh, the home she was to live until her death on 2nd August aged 82. During WWII in Cambridge she became an expert in explosives and was seconded to the munitions factory in Marchwiel researching new explosives. At the end of the war she and sister Rosemary joined the ATS, being promoted to Sergeant and it was here that she met Ray who was to become her husband. They had 2 daughters, Trish and Alison and while bringing up a family, Betty helped in the family greengrocery business. Betty was Chairperson of the Ladies branch of the British Legion, the Overton village Librarian, a fine pastry maker, a keen bee keeper producing honey and mead, and a bobbin lace maker. She gained most pleasure from the company of her family including her three granddaughters and her beloved great grandchildren, Nathan, Jamie and Emily, but her greatest love of all was her husband of more than 59 years, Ray. Our condolences to all the family.
FOR FRIENDS ?
The village is lucky to have at its heart the historic St Mary’s Church in its beautiful surroundings and it forms an important part of the heritage of our village. The expense of maintaining the Church has always been borne by those attending Church services and it is intended that the majority of the very real and increasing expenses will continue to be funded in this way.
unfortunately costs are rising fast and there is a gap between income
and expenditure which cannot be fully met by the congregation. 2006
saw minimal expenditure on repairs and renewals and if major works
are required in the future the necessary funds would not be available.
In addition the famous yew trees, one of the “Seven Wonders
of Wales” need constant management by specialists. This lack
of funds and increasing costs mean that at some time in the future
there is a danger that the Church could fall into disrepair and
cease to provide the services that we all take for granted.
The “Friends of St Mary’s Association” is being formed to help bridge this gap between income and expenditure and I hope you agree and feel able to help in order to ensure the ongoing preservation of this vital part of our village’s environmental heritage and this beautiful building.
If you would like to help preserve our heritage and receive more information about supporting the Friends of St Mary's, please e-mail the Oracle on firstname.lastname@example.org. We intend to invite the “Friends” to see where the money has been spent every year.
If you’re alone in the café of Wrexham Maelor’s Hospital and a stranger approaches you, this could be a Listener. These people are all volunteers who have been chosen for their ability to accept and care for others and who are willing to give their time to listen to you.
are not trained counsellors and do not offer advice they are simply
there to listen about any subject you care to discuss. This kind
of reflective listening is not the same as counselling or a friendly
chat but a way of helping you to:
Have we been busy? Yes we have! The end of term brought all sorts of fantastic celebrations for everyone at St Mary's. The rain eventually gave us a break and on our rescheduled sports day, the sunshine spurred a win by Alyn, the red team, pipping Clwyd and Dee to the post by a whisker! The afternoon completed by a wonderful Summer Fayre, with a barbeque, strawberries and elderflower fizz and lots of fun and games were enjoyed by all. A huge thank you to everyone involved in making the event a huge success.
There were tears and laughter at our Year Six leaving assembly; the whole school gathered, along with families and friends of the children in our top class, in the sunshine for a celebration of their time with us at St. Mary's. The children received their cycling proficiency awards and were presented with their individual records of achievement with each child sharing their favourite memory with us all. Everyone at St. Mary's would like to wish them luck and happiness along their new pathway to secondary school and beyond, we will all be thinking of them all as the new term starts and for them to remember to come back to see us.
Did you ever believe that Scooby Do would meet Elvis? Well he did at the village hall on the last week of term - to a sell out audience as well! Our end of term production used the music of Elvis to tell the story of Elfyn and his dog Scooby, following his journey with his new found friend, Marie to the bright light of Vegas. They met up with the other members of Mystery Machine and even stayed for the night at Heartbreak Hotel at the pleasure of Mr Norman Bates and his crazy nephews. He would have got away with stealing everyone's love....'If it wasn't for those pesky kids!'. It was a hoot and should head to the bright lights of Broadway.....well maybe.
To keep you in touch with some of the sorts of things we get up to, you can now follow us online at www.stmarysoverton.co.uk, our newly designed website by Roger Westwood and sponsored by Greyhound Plant of Knockin, Nr Oswestry.
Have a look, we're sure that you'll be surprised by our virtual tour, you can look at examples of children's work and photographs of some of the activities and visits we take part in and we'd love to hear what you think!
View from the Village Vets.
I write this article for September’s Oracle, we are waiting
anxiously to see if there are any more cases of Foot and Mouth disease
before the 23rd August - the last date when infection can be spread
from the original outbreaks. If we pass the date without further
cases there will be a collective sigh of relief not just from the
farmers, but also from the Government Laboratory and vaccine manufacturer
at Pirbright one or both of whom may yet face legal action for compensation
if they are proved to have been the source of the outbreak.
a completely different and lighter note, Pet Smile month returns
in September and we will have a supply of goody bags available again
for anyone bringing their dog to us for a dental check up.
I'm sad to say the Oracle,
The spice of life is missing,
Life's not just plain and simple,
Perhaps a new Group Columnist
And although I'm not from Overton,
In Southern Europe, the population drift from rural areas has reduced the availability of labour for farming and forestry. Intensive mechanised land use, such as irrigated crops and plantations of exotic forest species, has replaced the traditional cork oak forest landscape in many areas. In the countries of Nth Africa, there is increasing pressure on cork oak for more intensive land use such as pasture and agriculture as well as forestry. Also, Cork trees (which take 40 yrs to become commercially viable) are traditionally planted with Eucalyptus trees (which take 15 yrs to mature, and in cash crop terms more Eucalyptus are being planted so that the growers can sell sooner. The major tragedy to hit Portuguese Cork was in 2003 when 70,000 ha. of woodlands burnt to a cinder.
situation is so serious that the WWF in July 2004, launched a 5yr
Cork Oak Landscapes Programme which aims to protect, manage, and
restore the natural wealth of Cork Oak forests by influencing the
policies, practices and markets that affect them.
Overton Amateur Dramatics
Some of the cast rehearing the next play - “These Ghoulish Things” - a ghostly comedy by Sam Bate. Performances are on October 11th, 12th, & 13th at the Village Hall. Will Boreham Manor reveal its supernatural secrets?
Congratulations to Neil Stevenson (son of Euan & Val) and Laetitia Ferino on their marriage on Sept 1st in the south of France.
Congratulations to Vicky & Huego Herd on the birth of Georgiana, a sister for Libby -Rose & Imogen.
Happy September Birthdays to Brian Hamlington & Euan Stevenson.
Belated August birthdays wishes to Lewis Evison & Jackie Tombs.
Very belated 18th Birthday to Gareth Overthrow for July 25th.