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Schools remain CLOSED on Tuesday 12 Dec 2017

Shropshire Council LogoHodnet School and The Grove in Market Drayton will be closed for the second day running tomorrow – Tuesday 12 December 2017.

For details of other state funded schools please follow the links on our previous post about school closures.

Winter Weather Waste and Recycling Collections

Shropshire NewsroomShropshire Council have this morning (11/12/17) issued advice about waste and recycling collections in the present snow affected conditions. The information, which was posted on the Shropshire Newsroom website, states:

If we’re unable to collect your waste due to the bad weather, please:

  1. Bring your recycling boxes and  blue bag back in (as they can be a trip hazard) and put them out again on your next scheduled collection day.
  2. Leave your bins out. If we can’t get to you we’ll come back and empty your bins as soon as it is safe to do so. Any additional bags of side waste will be taken when we collect.

Schools CLOSED Across Shropshire – Mon 11 Dec 2017

Shropshire Council LogoAccording to information posted on Shropshire Council’s School Closures page this afternoon (10/12/17) Hodnet School and The Grove in Market Drayton will both be closed tomorrow. The information about these two schools was updated around 7.00pm this evening.

A note on the home page of Hodnet School’s website reads:

We will be closed tomorrow (Monday 11th December) due to the adverse weather conditions and in the interests of safety for all children, parents and staff. Thank you for your cooperation.
​Mrs Lyall.
Acting headteacher.

The following pages provide information on all State Schools in Shropshire, though at the time of writing the closures seem to be as much of a blanket as the snow which is lying several inches (or should that be centimetres) thick across the county. Both Special Schools will also be closed tomorrow.

Primary schools, Secondary schools & Special schools.

Wood Lane Roadworks – 6 to 12 Dec 2017

Roadworks SignRoadworks.org has today (4/12/17) announced work by BT on Wood Lane, Wollerton. The work is scheduled to start on Wednesday this week and last for a week.

The announcement reads:

Wood Lane, Wollerton, Shropshire
06 December — 12 December
Delays possible Traffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: (PCP6) Opposite Woodlands, Wood Lane
Works description: Build 1 precast chamber 1310mm x 610mm x 1265mm deep in Footway,Provide 1 Cabinet and base (NGA cabinets)
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BC005WP00400500246928900

Cancelled: Peplow Community Walk – December 2017

Sunday 10th December

This walk has been cancelled in the light of the following:

Met Office: Amber warning of snow
From: 0400 on Sun 10 December
To:1800 on Sun 10 December
A spell of heavy snow is likely over parts of Wales, the Midlands and parts of Northern and Eastern England on Sunday.
Road, rail and air travel delays are likely, as well as stranding of vehicles and public transport cancellations.
There is a good chance that some rural communities could become cut off.

Boy & Girl WalkingPeplow & High Hatton Circular
Approximately 4 miles (2 hours)

Meet at Mike & Judy’s on The Avenue
at 1:15pm for 1:30pm

All ages welcome.

In case of forecasted wet weather please check here (or phone Randall on 01952-540970) after 11:00am on the day.

See our page for more information about the Peplow Community Group.

Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle – when time is saved, lives are saved.

Do you know of the free Message in a Bottle scheme, promoted by the local Lions group?

The Lions Message in a Bottle is a simple idea that encourages people to keep their basic personal and medical details in a common place where they can easily be found in an emergency.

How does it work?

The information is kept in a small plastic bottle which is then stored in your fridge, where the emergency services would expect to find it in the event of being called to your home. They will know you have a bottle by two labels. One is fixed on the inside of the front door or the main entrance to your home, and the other to the door of your fridge.

To obtain a bottle, ask at Hodnet Medical Centre or phone Hodnet Compassionate Communities: 07849 835687

If there is more than one person in the household, a separate form should be used for each individual. Please ask for an additional form if you need one.

(Note: users of Medic Alert products should continue to wear these as normal. The Message in a Bottle is not intended to replace these items.)


Possible Arson at Great Bolas

Shropshire Fire and Rescue ServiceJust before midnight (21 Nov. 17) Hodnet Fire Crew were called to a straw fire in Great Bolas. Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Incident Report states:

At 23:54 on Tuesday, 21 November, 2017, SFRS Fire Control received a call reporting a fire classified as Fire In Open in Telford.
1 fire appliance was mobilised from Hodnet.
Crews used the following equipment to tackle the fire: Hosereel jet
Fire involving large quantity of straw approximately 10 metres x 25 metres. Two hose reel jets in use to extinguish and damp down fire.

The stop message was received at Wed, 11/22/2017 – 00:52

West Mercia Police LogoThis afternoon West Mercia Police published a Crime Report stating that arson was suspoected and appealed for any one with information to contact them. It reads:

Arson – At 23.54hrs on Tuesday 21.11.17 fire crews attended a fire at Great Bolas, Nr Wellington . A 10m x 25m stack of straw would appear to have been set on fire deliberately.
Anyone with any information should ring 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800555111.
Incident Number: 0018S 221117

More Roadworks on A53!

Roadworks SignJust when one thought it would be safe to use the A53 again after the completion of the resurfacing of Espley Roundabout, more works have been announced.

Roaworks.org carries a notice of work on the A53 near Hopton from Thursday 23 Nov 2017 for a week. The notice states:

A53 From Hopton Church Junction to Espley Roundabout, Hodnet, Shropshire
23 November — 30 November
Delays likely Traffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: A53 From Old Church to Jcn by layby Hodnet Shropshire TF9 3LE
Works description: Rolling 2 way traffic lights required to access boxes in carriageway. To allow BT cablers to complete underground cabling for BDUK work, required for 10 days 09:30-15:30 as per Plant Survey 255-s001636.
Please could we have lights on site for 7 days (with weekend working).
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BC005CR18WIBPKP3HK061117

Public Walks for 2018

Hodnet Footpath Group have set dates for next year’s public walks.
As weekend walks have often had a poor turnout in the past but evening walks have often been better, we have opted for evening walks through the coming year, and will also try some daytime mid-week walks too.
Noting that we seem to have a knack for choosing some of the wettest days of the year for our walks – and then having to cancel them, this coming year we are going to try and cheat fate by having a reserve date [shown in brackets below]. So, if the weather renders the first date impossible we will try again at the same time on the reserve date.
Anyone is welcome to join us on these walks, so feel free to make a note on your coming year’s calenders/diaries.
Full details will be posted on the website nearer the time.
Weds 21st Mar: 11am [Thurs 22nd Mar]
Fri 4th May: 7pm [Fri 11th May]
Fri 29th June: 10pm – Glow Worm Walk [Fri 6th July]
Fri 27th July: 7pm [Fri 3rd Aug]
Fri 21st Sept: 7pm [Fri 28th Sept]
Weds 14th Nov: 11am [Thurs 15th Nov]
For more info on Hodnet Footpath Group
see Web page – hodnet.org.uk/fpg; Facebook – hodnetfootpathgroup2016
Email – footpaths@hodnet.org.uk
Or phone Steve on 01630 685697

Bus crashes on A442 – 15 Nov 2017

Police Accident SignYesterday the Shropshire Star published a report with the headline, “Bus crashes into ditch near Market Drayton“.

The report reads:

“Police were called to the A442 between Hodnet and Peplow at 2pm.
The road was closed at the Hodnet island while the vehicle was recovered.
No one is believed to have been seriously injured as a result of the crash.”

None of the emergency services have reported the incident on their websites nor by social media.

Thefts of and from Land Rovers

Neighbourhood WatchWest Mercia Police yesterday (15/11/17) posted a Neighbourhood Watch Message here on their website. It lists a spate of thefts across the county of thefts of Land Rovers or of particular parts from them.

These vehicles are vital in any rural community like ours, so it is well worth local residents being aware that Land Rovers are particularly at risk from thieves. The nearest theft to the Hodnet area was of a complete vehicle from the Shawbury area yesterday. Here is the complete list:

  • 7 Sep. Cressage Vehicle
  • Land Rover in Hodnet14 Sep. Welshampton Vehicle
  • 21 Sep. Cruckton Vehicle
  • 28 Sep. Ashford Bowdler Vehicle
  • 4 Oct. Acton Burnell Attempted Theft
  • 12 Oct. Stanton Long Bonnet
  • 19 Oct. Ludlow Bonnet
  • 31 Oct. Broseley Attempted Theft
  • 2 Nov. Bridgnorth Bonnet
  • 11 Nov. Annscroft Shrewsbury Headlights
  • 13 Nov. Much Wenlock Bonnet
  • 15 Nov. Shawbury Vehicle

During these three months, 3 thefts of/from Land Rovers were also recorded by Telford Police and 2 by Herefordshire Police. Vehicle number plates are also targeted frequently by thieves.

WMP ask for owners help to deter thieves and to make it easier to identify stolen vehicles by putting security marks (forensic liquid) on external accessories.

Scouts Racenight

Fun social family event raising funds for 2nd Hodnet Scoutgroup.

At the Lyon Hall on Saturday 18th November 2017.

Doors open at 6:30pm. First Race at 7:00pm

Adults £6, children £5 – Ticket price includes hot food.

Tickets available from the Hodnet Village Store in Church Street.

For more information please contact Brice Bozier on 07092-294707 or by email

Charity Race Night

Shropshire Quiz Night

Wollerton Bowls and Social Club

Half the questions will test your knowledge of the county in which we live.

Wednesday 6th December, 7:30pm

At our clubhouse on Mill Road, Wollerton.

Maximum number in teams – 4.

Come as a team or join in with others when you arrive.

Entry fee – £1 per team member.

Winning team will be awarded half the total entry fees as their prize.

Two Sports TrophiesTrophies from our in-house competitions will be presented during the interval between rounds.

Light refreshments will be provided afterwards.

Bar Drinks / Teas & Coffees / Bar Snacks available for purchase throughout.

Join us for a relaxed evening of fun and entertainment.

For more information please contact Randall on 01952-540970 or by email

Roadworks on Shrewsbury Street – 16 & 17 Nov.

Further roadworks in Hodnet have been announced on roadworks.org for 16 & 17 Nov. 2017.

The notice, with several typos and mistakes corrected, reads:

Shrewsbury Street, Hodnet, Shropshire
16 November — 17 November
Delays likely Traffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: In carriageway outside Bear Hotel junction with Church Street
Works description: Carry out remedial reinstatement as per site meeting
Responsibility for works: Severn Trent Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: LB501A6W/11420033C

Roadworks Sign

Medical Centre Telephone Problems

Patients trying to telephone Hodnet Medical Centre recently have needed plenty of patience, as a fault has made it impossible to get through. A technical problem has caused calls to be rerouted to Shropdoc where the answering service has advised them that they are closed and people should dial their GP direct!

Today the Medical Centre has published the following apology on its website’s home page:

13 Nov 2017 – Telephone system failure

Hodnet Medical Centre would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by our recent telephone system failure on Friday 10th November 2017 and again this morning Monday 13th November 2017. Please be assured that we are working very closely with BT to resolve the issue as a matter of urgency.

If we hear the problem has been fixed we will add a note here.

Hodnet Medical Centre