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Congratulations to The Bear

Spotlight Awards: The Bear: Best Pub 2014

Sponsor Ed Wood, from Woods Brewery, presents the Best Pub Award to Alyn Jones & Greg Williams from The Bear. Picture: Shropshire Star

This week The Bear in Hodnet won the Best Pub award at the Shropshire Star Spotlight Awards. The award was presented to Greg Williams and Alyn Jones from The Bear at Hodnet. Greg commented, “We are really excited and chuffed to bits. It’s a great achievement.”

The Best Pub award, sponsored by The Wood Brewery, had four finalists in total – the other three being The Prince of Wales in Belle Vue, Shrewsbury, The Green Dragon in Little Stretton and the New Inn in Hadnall.

The presentations took place at The Buttermarket in Shrewsbury following an on-line vote covering twelve different categories. The Festival Drayton Centre was another local winner.

Full details of all the winners can be found here on the Shropshire Star website. The Bear’s own website is

Xmas Walk – 27th Dec 2014

Many people try and fit an Xmas walk into their Christmas schedule, Boxing day being a favourite time.

However if you miss that day, or simply wish to postpone your exertions until nearly all of the Quality Street selection tin has been eaten, put this date in your diary.

On Saturday Dec 27th 2014 the Hodnet Footpath Group (HFG) will be hosting a public walk from Hodnet to Marchamley and back via the route shown in local Walk Leaflet 3, with a extension via Wollerton (part of Leaflet 2) for those who wish to carry on further – returning to Hodnet via the old railway line.

This is an interesting walk, requiring only moderate exertion, which includes nice views and a varied range of terrain/countryside.

Children and dogs (and troublesome visiting relatives!) all welcome. Dogs on a lead please.

The walk starts from the Lyon Hall at 10.30 AM, return expected between 12.00 for the shorter portion, and 13.00 via Wollerton. Either way, you should be back in time for a swift half/warming tincture at The Bear!

Sensible footwear and clothing advised.

Cancelled if really pouring with rain, but if in doubt visit website an hour beforehand for a ‘go/no go’ announcement.

For further info on HFG, including links to contact info, see our page HERE

Road closure: 10 to 14 November 2014

Roadworks SignMany local residents will have noticed the signs on Shrewsbury Road in Market Drayton informing motorists that it will be closed from Monday to Friday next week.

As this is one of the main routes into Drayton from the Hodnet area we thought it would be worthwhile to post a reminder here. According to the closure is to allow resurfacing work to be carried out. The section concerned is from the roundabout with the A53 by Müller’s factory, through to the small roundabout at Lostford Turning. Please be prepared for a slightly longer journey time as most traffic will divert along the Market Drayton bypass.

More memories and photographs

The Bear Inn, Hodnet July 1963Born in the early 1940s, Geoff Fletcher was brought up in Peplow. A keen photographer from an early age, Geoff contacted the webteam after coming across the village website. He offered to allow us access to some 0f his extensive archive of images and also to put in writing some of his memories of growing up in the area.

As a result of Geoff’s efforts we have now been able to add four new pages to our local history section and this picture of The Bear to the selection of old pictures of Hodnet itself.

You can find Geoff’s memories and photographs on the following pages:

If you have memories and/or photographs of Hodnet, Marchamley, Wollerton and Peplow that you would like to share via the Hodnet website please contact the webteam.

Here is a montage of a selection of Geoff’s photographs.

Hodnet and District Garden Club November 2014

Hodnet & District Garden ClubOur next meeting is on Tuesday November 18th at 7.30pm at the Lyon Hall. Due to unforeseen circumstances there has been a last minute change of speaker, and Derek Jones will now be addressing us.

Visitors are very welcome to join us for the talk and have a cup of tea and biscuit afterwards. Entry fee for guests is £2.00 per person, or for only £12 you can join the Club for the whole year. We meet every month on the third Tuesday at the Lyon Hall, 7:30pm.

Parish Plan Review: Focus Group Minutes 16/10/14

Following on from the Parish Plan Review Public meeting on 18 September the first meeting of the volunteer focus group took place on 16th October. 7 people attended with 1 further person not being able to be present.

Brief minutes of the meeting can be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking here.

The Parish Clerk, Maryjayne Rees, requests anyone who provided her with contact details at the initial public meeting but who has not heard from her to contact her as she is having difficulty with some emails addresses she was given. She can be contacted by phone on 01630-685745 or by email.

Anyone who did not attend the September meeting but would like to contribute to the focus group’s work should also contact the Clerk.

Police Launch Emergency Contact Disc

Emergency Contact DiscWest Mercia Police recently announced the launch of a voluntary Emergency Contact Disc as a replacement replacement for the now redundant tax disc. An announcement here on the force’s website gives details of this joint initiative with the Warwickshire Police.

The Emergency Contact Disc contains next of kin contact details and medical alert information for the driver. In the event of a medical emergency or road traffic collision that renders the occupants unable to communicate, a first responder will be able to obtain vital information that is not otherwise accessible at the scene.

The disc can be cut out and placed into the now otherwise redundant tax disc holder, the information sections fold inwards so it would not be viewed by passers by.

The Emergency Contact Disc can be downloaded as a A4 size PDF file which once printed, filled in and cut out can be placed in the cars tax disc holder. It can be downloaded from the page above or directly from this link. (Please note: that for some reason the WMP website has been set up so that it “checks your browser” for several seconds before allowing access to any of its content.)

Time to apply for Station Road homes

New Affordable Homes – Station Road, HodnetStation Road Local Letting Plan

Hodnet Parish Council wish to make known that the new Station Road affordable properties are going to be advertised by Shropshire HomePoint from Wednesday 15th October to Tuesday 21st October.

All interested applicants will need to place a bid during that 7 day period.

Even if you have previously registered your interest you are required to officially bid for the property you want during that period. Failure to place a bid during the specified dates will eliminate you from the process.

Your bid will not be considered if your application is received outside of these dates.

All applications need to be made through Shropshire HomePoint – this can be done via their website.

Full details of the application process can be found in the Local Letting Plan – a copy of which can be downloaded by clicking on the image above.

Hodnet Parish Council is involved in the lettings procedure and will give preference to people with a strong Hodnet connection. The criteria on which they will assess applications are listed in the Local Letting Plan.

Market Drayton Arts Festival 2014

Market Drayton Arts Festival

A Community Festival of the Arts in Market Drayton

Thursday 30 October to Sunday 2 November

Four days featuring a variety of events from artistic workshops, open studios and theatre to interactive music, dance and literature – there really will be something for everyone.

Most of these events will be free, though there are a number where an admission charge applies.

For a full list of events, artists and admissions please see the Festival’s website:

Or pick up a programme from various locations including some shops and the Festival Drayton Center.

We Hope You Missed Us

Hundred House Logo

The webteam would like to apologise to anyone who could not access the Hodnet website yesterday afternoon and evening (Tuesday, 7th Oct 2014).

The loss of service was beyond our control and out of the hands of our domain host. It was not some high tech fault which put the website off-line, but a simple mistake when someone at the data centre turned off the wrong server! They then began to reformat that computer and wipe out all the data belonging to the Hodnet site and many others. Our domain host immediately swung into action and everything was finally restored by the early hours of this morning.

For those interested here is an excerpt from a fuller explanation sent to us by our domain host:

Date sent: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 03:11:20

Dear customer,

During October 7th, as you will have noticed, all websites and email on our main shared webserver have been unavailable since approximately 1pm, in some cases until an hour or two ago. (All services are now back up and running).

Astonishingly, the data centre whose racks our server is housed in, whilst intending to format a server positioned in the rack next to ours, identified the wrong server. They wiped our machine clean. Though we were in direct contact with them within 3 minutes of them powering the machine off, it was already too late. They had already begun formatting it, and the data could not be recovered.

Upon realising the error, they immediately installed two new hard drives, and we began the process of rebuilding all data and services on this server from the data in our backup system.

The only bright spot has been that the backup system has been working perfectly, and the rebuilding process has been without any hitches so far. It has taken plenty of time because the amount of data and number of services is considerable. Services for sending and receiving emails (POP, IMAP and SMTP) have been back up since approximately 7.30 p.m. on October 7th .(Whilst this server was down, incoming email was queueing on a backup server. It has since all been delivered.) Access to websites was restored a few minutes before sending this email.


Hodnet Medical Centre’s New Website

Hodnet Medical CentreHodnet Medical Centre has recently launched its own website:

Amongst a wealth of information available on the new practice website are links to the Patient Access service through which it is possible to book appointments and request repeat prescriptions on-line. To use Patient Access residents need a Practice ID number and Access ID number, which in conjunction with a password, provide a unique combination for each individual. Patients need to visit the surgery to arrange these. Please contact the practice on 01630-685230 to arrange an appointment.

Other pages include information on the following:

  • Obtaining Test Results
  • Practice Booklet
  • Join Patient Reference Group
  • Patient Feedback
  • Key Information
  • Practice Area
  • Comments, Suggestions & Complaints
  • Telephone Advice
  • Home Visits
  • Prescriptions
  • Data Protection
  • Summary Care Record
  • Care Data
  • Online Services
  • Patient Participation Group
  • Non-NHS Services
  • Sickness Certificates
  • Vaccinations
  • NHS Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) & The Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Get Us Connected campaign launched

Get Us ConnectedShropshire Newsroom has here announced the launch of a new campaign to improve mobile phone reception across the county. The Get Us Connected campaign is a joint venture between Shropshire Council and the Shropshire Star. It is asking people to sign a petition in order to lobby the Government and network companies to improve the signal in the region. The petition will be delivered to local MPs and the Secretary for State for Culture, Media, and Sport.

Anyone who wishes to sign the petition can do so here. The petition reads:

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Sajid Javid, the UK phone companies and Ofcom.
We call on the Government and Ofcom to apply pressure on the phone companies to provide a better service. We demand action from the phone companies to act now to improve coverage in Shropshire.

WW1 Remembrance Service for Hodnet Soldier

King’s Shropshire Light InfantryHodnet Parish Council has been contacted by St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury which is is holding weekly WW1 remembrance services. The services are being held every Wednesday at 5pm from 27 August 2014 until June 2019. The intention is to remember by name every man and woman listed on a Shropshire war memorial in the week of the 100th anniversary of their death.

On 8 October the lone name to be remembering is that of John Barber from Hodnet who served in the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. On November 5th a total of 23 people are to be remembered including William Hill from Hodnet who served in the Royal Navy.

All are welcome to any or all of these short (approx 1/2 hour) services. The names of those to be remembered each week are shown on St. Chad’s website:

Those organising the services ask that if anyone would like to have another person remembered during one of the services, to contact them. They are happy to include men and women from any conflict with or without a connection to Shropshire. The information used to compile the lists for these services is also being used to produce a county roll of honour for WW1 and the information will in time be available on-line in a fully searchable format.

St. Chad’s can be contacted by phone 01743-365478 or by email.

Vicar’s Last Service

Rev. Charmian Beech will be taking her last services in the parish this Sunday, 28th September 2014.

The first service of the day is Holy Communion in The Chapel of the Epiphany, Peplow starting at 11.00am.

This will be followed by a light lunch served in the Lyon Hall and everyone is welcome to come along.

Charmian’s last service is Evensong at St. Luke’s, Hodnet starting at 6:30pm.

Hodnet Parish Plan: Public Meeting Report

140918ParishPlanReview01Around 20 people gathered in the Lyon Hall on the evening of Thursday 18 September, 2014 to hear Parish Council Chairman Derek Hodge outline the necessity and purpose of revising the existing Parish Plan, which is now five years old. The slides from his PowerPoint presentation are below and are on the whole self-explanatory, though a few notes are included below the slideshow where they are of help.

By the end of the meeting the assembled group had agreed that the process of revising the Parish Plan should go ahead, had had the opportunity to write down their comments on different aspects of it and to volunteer to participate further in the process.

Anyone wishing to know more, or to volunteer to be a member of the Focus Group, should contact the Parish Clerk on 01630-685745 or by email.

To give yourself more time to read each slide, pause the show by hovering over the image to show the buttons and click on the centre one [Pause]. Use the right button [Forward] to go through the slides at your own pace.

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Slides: N.B. The slide number is shown in the bottom centre of each slide.

  1. Title page at the beginning of this article, not in slide show;
  2. Agenda outline;
  3. The rationale behind revising the Parish Plan;
  4. Introduction to Community Led Plans [CLP] and their benefits;
  5. Community Infrastructure Levy summary – for more information see this “Non-Technical Summary” PDF file;
  6. Breakdown of how CIL funding is distributed;
  7. Outline of issues when considering a new CLP;
  8. Aims of a CLP;
  9. Areas for inclusion in a CLP;
  10. Summary of the 2009 Parish Plan – for full information see this page;
  11. Extract from Market Drayton Place Plan 2012/13;
  12. Extract from Shropshire SAMDev, but this has yet to be legally adopted (should be later in 2014);
  13. Second SAMDev extract – the second paragraph quoted will provide support for the pre-determined objectives of  the community when it is adopted;
  14. Stages of developing a CLP (the first two stages were completed at the meetings and the smileys added afterwards);
  15. Possible contents for Hodnet’s CLP;
  16. An invitation for local residents to get involved in shaping the revised plan – those present were in favour of starting the process.