September 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

French Exchange a Great Success

writes David Burton

Twenty two visitors from La Murette, France, spent the last week of July in Overton as part of the annual exchange programme organised by the Overton Twinning Association and Le Comité de Jumelage de La Murette.

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Village wedding with a Celtic theme

The ‘not-too-formal’ village wedding with a Celtic flavour that Laura and David Evison had planned materialised on Saturday 29th July.

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Supporting Cricket development in Kenya

Paul Philips, eldest son of Jim and Gwyl Philips of Knolton, is home from Kenya for a few weeks break from his job as ‘Cricket Development Officer for Nairobi’. Two years ago Paul, aged 31 and a former pupil at both Overton Primary School and The Maelor School Penley, gave up a teaching post in Yorkshire and is now in his third year as a VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) Worker.


Overton’s War Memorial

After reading the article which appeared in the December ‘99 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 start with part one of a three part serialisation of his story.

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Overton Women’s Institute are holding their 28th Annual Produce Show in Overton Village Hall on Saturday 2nd Sept. at 2.30pm.


Set back for Avenue Plan

Overton Community Council is in discussion with another firm of wildflower meadow consultants following a series of set backs which has resulted in a delay in the cutting regime. It is understood that a revised management plan is to be drawn up which will alleviate the temporary inconvenience currently being experienced by users, particularly the Cricket Club who lose their ‘sixes’ in the long grass.

Can You Help

  • Overton Village Hall Management Committee are looking for a Treasurer/accountant. If you are interested, please contact Geoff Hodgson on 01978 710146
  • Overton Cub Pack are looking for leaders after Pat Matthias retired at the end of July. Group Leaders are hoping to arrange a temporary home within Bangor pack. Leaders and parents wish to thank Pat for all her hard work. If anyone is interested in becoming a Leader, phone Group Scout Leader Harold Toone on 01978 710104. No experience necessary

Did You Know

Did you know that you can now subscribe to the Oracle. For just £4, you can receive 12 issues of the Oracle which will be posted to you each month. Ideal if you are not on our distribution list. Further enquiries to:-The Editorial Team c/o 1 St Mary’s Court, Overton, Wrexham. LL13 0FA

(Or you can read it here for free! - webeditor)

Personal announcements

  • Congratulations to Nicola Archer on obtaining 4 ‘A’ levels and a place at Lancaster University, where she will be studying Accounting and Finance. Best wishes from Mum and Dad.
  • Mick and Karen Pinder of St Mary’s Avenue, Overton, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Sarah to Rob Ford from Manchester. Congratulations from both families.
  • We would like to thank everyone who sent Sympathy cards and letters of Condolence following the recent tragic death of our Grandson Paul. We appreciate the kindness shown to us and our family at this time of sorrow. We would also like to thank all those who attended the funeral service at St Mary’s Church and contributed donations to Wrexham Maelor Hospital Premature Baby Unit, which amounted to £700. Our sincere thanks. Keith and Joan Overthrow.
  • It is with deep regret we report the death of Godfrey Haynes who passed away on the 11th August, aged 74. He was a gentle man, loved by all who knew him as a friend, relative or neighbour. He never refused to help, in any way he could, anyone who sought his expertise as a craftsman skilled in electrical work , working with wood or engines. A life -long member of the community and the Methodist Church, he will be remembered as a true Christian, and will be sadly missed.
  • Congratulations to Sheila and Alex McCulloch of Springfield Park, Overton on the birth of their son, Paul Richard, on Wednesday 26th July at 8lbs 10ozs, and a brother to Anne, Alex Jnr, John, Peter, Joseph and Katie - "Six of the best".
  • (Pictured ) Congratulations to Angela Evans, 1a Maelor Court, Overton on being awarded an HNC in ‘Business Information Technology’ at a Graduation Ceremony held at the North Wales Institute (NEWI) in Wrexham on the 20th July 2000.



Dear Sirs,
In answer to the letter from Mr Ian Roberts in last month’s "Oracle", I would like to point out a few facts concerning Knolton Bryn Mission Room. Mr Roberts asked for evidence that the Mission is or has been for many years "thriving" and, in particular, requested details of the attendance during the Winter and Spring months of 1998 and 1999.


I am increasingly saddened and upset by the apparent deadlock over the Knolton Bryn Mission Room, so much of which has seemed to me to be unnecessary. I am not a theologian, but I am a believer in God and his infinite power. "God is Love" is a profound truth which does not seem to be recognised in the present situation. The premise is that, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them"