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Take a look at our new Scrapbook

A new section has been added to the Local History pages on this website. The Hodnet Scrapbook features selected newspaper cuttings, articles and photographs some going back over 100years. At present it is spread over 14 pages, but it is hoped that it will expand in the future.

Here are some of the pictures from the past featured in amongst its pages – do you recognise anyone in them?

Hodnet Parish Plan: 5 Year Update

Lyon Hall, Thursday Sept. 18th, 7.30pm

Come Along and Share Your Thoughts

At this early stage the Parish Council wants to hear your thoughts and gather volunteers for a working group to update the Parish Plan.

There are probably lots of issues which affect you and your family in some way so it is important that you come along. It is vital that this update is for the community and led by the community.

What do you like about the Parish?

What would you like to change in the Parish?

What would you like to see in the future?

You may have views on:

  • Healthcare
  • Environment
  • Communications
  • Employment
  • Youth
  • Housing
  • Roads
  • Traffic
  • Education
  • Resources
  • Sustainability
  • Services
  • Facilities

Please join us to share your views and let us know your ideas.

For more information, contact the Parish Clerk – Mrs M Rees 01630 685745 or email

Change of Venue for Parish Council Meeting, 14 Aug.

CouncilMeetingThe venue for this weeks Parish Council meeting has been changed.

The new location is: Wollerton United Reformed Church School Room, Wood Lane, Wollerton.

Parking is available in the field at the front of the chapel.

The meeting starts at 7:30pm.

For more information please contact the Parish Clerk: Tel. 01630-685745 or email

New Planning Application – Drayton Road, Hodnet

Drayton Road Proposed Site Plan

Image of Proposed Site Plan, Drayton Road.
Click image to download the PDF version.

A number of local residents have received notice of an outline planning application for the erection of 14 dwellings on land off Drayton Road on the edge of Hodnet. Full details of the application can be found here on the Planning portal of the Shropshire Council’s website. There are eight documents in total available on the Council’s website for download as PDF files. The Planning Statement (Design & Access) consists of 48 pages whilst the Heritage Statement is slightly shorter at 39 pages.

[N.B. Problems have been reported using the direct links links to the planning documents from this post. This appears to be due to the way the Planning portal site functions. If you are having similar problems, please follow this link the "Documents" tab and access them from there.]

The “Details > Important Dates” tab gives the “Neighbour Consultation Expiry Date” as Friday, 22 Aug 2014. Any resident wishing to comment on this application should make sure that they do so by the above date. Comments can be made on-line via the application’s pages on the Planning portal or in writing to the Planning Department either at Edinburgh House, New Street, Wem, SY4 5DB or Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND. Anyone sending in their comments by post should quote the application reference number 14/03403/OUT. Normally, planning applications can be viewed at the council’s offices, but we recommend that anyone wishing to do so phone the Shropshire Council Customer Service Team on 0345 678 9004 first.

The outline planning application states that the proposals include forming “a footpath link to Wollerton“. Whilst many local residents would welcome such a provision, it should be noted that as proposed it will not connect directly with the existing pavement on the old A53 which starts at the junction with the side road at the Hodnet end of Wollerton village. The Indicative Footpath Route Plan along with the text of the Planning Statement show that it will only go as far as the the point where the existing footpath from Wollerton Old Hall meets Drayton Road. This would leave around half a mile along a busy road without a pavement. Under this proposal the “safe route” to Wollerton would be along the footpath across the fields to the place where the old railway line ends, then through Wollerton Old Hall’s car parking field and onto the unclassified road. A further item for consideration is that the footpath across the fields between the course of the disused railway and Drayton road is poorly defined, as the ground has often been ploughed.

Another vehicle collision on the A442

Shropshire Fire and Rescue ServiceShropshire Fire and Rescue Service report an accident between a van and a car on the A442 at Peplow, which occurred around 10:30pm last night (Wed. 6th Aug, 2014).

Limited details are available here on in the Incidents section of their website. Two people were trapped in the vehicles with one being released before the arrival of the Fire & Rescue crew. The other had to be released using the specialised hydraulic equipment carried on the rescue tender. Both casualties were taken to hospital by ambulance.

Update: The Market Drayton Advertiser (8 Aug.) carried a report of the accident. It stated that a woman was trapped in the car by her legs and it was had suspected she had sustained a fractured pelvis. Once extricated from the wreckage she was taken to the trauma centre at University Hospital North Staffordshire for further emergency treatment. A man who had sustained a foot injury in the collision, was treated at the scene before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. It also states that the A442 was closed for recovery work and accident investigation for around 9 hours until approximately 8 o’clock the following morning. A similar report is available here on the Shropshire Star website.

Sadly, it seems that staff at the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service control centre may not be as familiar with the local area as they might be. Incident report No. 27045 gives the location of the incident as “Peplow, A442, Odnet” rather than “Hodnet”!

Final dog access gate installed

At the weekend, on the only day it has rained for weeks -how do we choose them? a few hardy souls from the footpath group installed the last of the three planned dog gates on the route from Hodnet to Long Lane (Hodnet Walks 2).

In line with the claim on the reprinted leaflets about to hit the streets, this will make the whole of Walk 2 ‘dog friendly’.

They say that practice makes perfect, and our Mk III gate has undoubtedly evolved from our earlier attempts – we like it and we hope that users do too.

Here are some photos.




DURING – Thank goodness for that brolly!


TEST RUN – Alf does the honours


AFTER – Alf thought it so much fun, he wanted another go!

An enjoyable walk with the Footpath Group July 2014


As previously advertised on this website, last Wednesday evening’s walk organised by the Hodnet Footpath Group was thoroughly enjoyed by 18 people and 4 dogs. The Footpath Group have recently secured funding for another print-run of their very popular walks leaflets and this walk followed part of a new route they have developed, walking from Hodnet to Fauls.

Look out for copies of all seven walks leaflets in the Post Office, the village shop, the Medical Centre or the Bear Inn. Alternatively, some are already available for download here and the rest should soon follow.

Light evenings and lovely summer weather make for ideal walking conditions, so the Footpath Group encourages all who might not yet have been on one of our local walks to ‘give them a try – while it stays dry’! The more people who use our local footpaths, the more walkable they will remain.

Anniversary Celebrations for Garden Club July 2014

140715_HDGCA delightful warm summer evening was spent by thirty-two members of the Hodnet & District Garden Club when they celebrated the 35th Anniversary of the club with a garden party at Wollerton Old Hall Gardens.  The evening started with a champagne welcome where the Chairman, Shaun Dixon, said a few words about the Club’s past, present and future. This was followed by an introduction to the gardens by John Jenkins. After a pleasurable wander through these stunning gardens, a meal was served in the tea room.

Wollerton Wetlands – good news

Although legal/practical access to the Wetlands was established earlier this year, a decade of lack of access/neglect meant that parts of the original paths around it had become overgrown and nettle infested.

Shropshire Council’s Outdoor Recreation dept recently arranged for a work party from the Probation Service to heavily strim and cut back vegetation around the site, and the route is now transformed, see pictures below.



A circular walk is now very easy, and further visits are planned through the year to uncover the original chipping paths.

The more people use the paths the clearer they will remain, so if you’ve not been before, why not try it now?

Maybe you’ll see some of its special wildlife, as below.



See Walk Leaflet 5 for how to get there from Wollerton – follow this LINK


Individual Electoral Registration

Shropshire Newsroom Shropshire Council have announced their plans to implement the new Individual Electoral Registration (IER) scheme. In a post on the Shropshire Newsroom website published on Friday, July 18 they announced that during August the Electoral Registration Officer will write to approximately 230,000 people throughout Shropshire. The letter will explain that a new, more secure, system of Individual Electoral Registration is being introduced to replace the previous system where the ‘head of household’ registered everyone living in a property. Under IER each individual will be responsible for registering themselves.

The article states that many Shropshire residents will automatically move onto the new electoral register. However, some will need to take action to remain on it or to join, which they will now also be able to do for the first time by registering quickly and easily on-line. Residents who do not receive a letter during August should contact Shropshire Council’s electoral services team on 0345 678 9015 or by email.

Further information on the changes which have already begun to be implemented can be found here on the Government’s website. It explains that the new system is intended to help to tackle electoral fraud and improve confidence in the electoral register. The new system requires people to register quoting their date of birth and National Insurance number, which will then be checked against government records to verify that registrations are genuine.

Though not highlighted on the main web pages describing the new system, guidance to Local Authority Electoral Registration Officers states that people can either apply on-line or in writing and that councils can also choose to offer registration by phone or in person. (See page section 5.3 on page 35 of this document.)

Below is a Government video demonstrating the on-line registration procedure.

Charity Antique Valuation Day – July 2014

Free valuation Day at The Bear Inn, Hodnet.

From 10am – 4 pm, Thursday 17th July.

Free valuations of collectables, jewellery, ceramics and any other Antiques.

Hansons and The Bear Inn both support the Midlands Air Ambulance Service so donations can be made on the day.

We can also accept items into the forthcoming Hansons Auctions. The next valuation day is Thursday 10 th April.

For more information please telephone 01630-685214 or email

This event is ‘on’ Something different for a Wednesday Eve?



Wednesday, mid-week and what to do?

Maybe you’re fed up with summertime telly? Tired of the kids twittering/facebooking? Dog keeps looking at you expectantly!

Then why not join a short evening country walk, which has been organised by the Hodnet Footpath Group for Wed 30th July.

We leave The Lyon Hall at 7pm [free parking] and expect to be back by 9pm. Our route will take us over a mix of paths, tracks and lanes to/from Marchamley Wood – total distance about 5 miles.

Sensible footwear required, dogs [on leads where necessary] and kids welcome.

If the weather is terrible the walk will be cancelled, but if in doubt check the website after 5pm for a ‘Go/No Go’ announcement!

If you want more info see the contacts listed on this website’s groups page Here

Weston Village Show 2014

Weston Show 2014

Click the image to download a PDF flyer.

Sunday August 3rd, 11.30am to 5.00pm
The Citadel, Weston-under-Redcastle
Adults £5.oo each – Children free

NEW THIS YEAR: Jazz Band, Climbing Tower, Pancake Races, Aircraft Simulator! 

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND FOR THE CHILDREN: Children’s and parent races, bales assault course, archery, pony club games, animal corner, fire engine, face painting, Pinxton puppets and tractor and trailer rides.

FOR THE ADULTS:  Vintage cars, tractors and bikes with a 60’s theme Pageant. Shire horses, North Shropshire hounds and beagles. Plants, cakes and jam stall, craft displays, etc.

FOOD AND DRINK: Teas and cakes, BBQ, Pimms and local beers, pancake stall and local ice cream.

Also featuring a Fun Dog Show!

A real country show for all the family.

Funds raised for Village Church and Village Hall, Pancreatic Cancer Research and Marie Curie Cancer

Dog show information from Christine Moodie Tel:  01939-200656 or email.

Other enquiries: John Edwards 01939-200235 or Sylvia Griffiths 01630-685204 or email.

More information on the Weston-under-Redcastle website.


Hodnet – Marchamley path repaired

The permissive path, part washed away by torrential rain earlier this year, has now been repaired by Shropshire Council.

Now that this is done, in the near future the vegetation at the sides of the path is due to be cut back and some routine weed spraying will then take place.

It is hoped that this action will encourage past, and new, users to make the most of this valuable facility.

Anyone who discovers future problems with this path, or who has any comments/suggestions to make concerning it, should contact the Parish Council.

Hodnet and District Garden Club, 2014 Horticultural Show

Hodnet & District Garden ClubSaturday 16th August sees the 32nd HDGC Annual Show taking place at the Lyon Hall. There are prizes on offer in many categories ranging from the traditional fruit and veg, to arts and crafts, cooking and a special section for youngsters. The show is open to both members and non-members alike, although we hope that if you enjoy the show you’ll consider becoming a member.

Each exhibitor gains points for their winning entries, with special awards going to those with the most points and to those winning specific categories. The nine main categories are listed below, and each is divided into specific sub-sections:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Flowers
  • Novice
  • Floral Art
  • Craft
  • Domestic
  • Junior (under 16)
  • Taste

For further details of categories, trophies and awards, rules, entry forms or to download the full show schedule, please see the Garden Club website.

The Show is open to the public at 2pm.

Entry: £1.00 members, £2 non members, includes refreshment.

We hope to see many folk coming along to this well-established event, as either exhibitors or visitors.