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New Evening for Peplow Book Club

Book Club IconPeplow Community Book Club has changed the evening it meets from Wednesdays to Tuesdays.

From this month it will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The first meeting being next week on 27th September starting at 8:00pm.

Members gather in each others homes, borrowing books from Shropshire’s Library Service.

For more information please contact the Book Club’s convener Sally Wilson – Tel. 07722-589440 / 01952-840825 or email.

This and other local book clubs are listed on our Monthly Regular Events page.

Do You Recognise This Cat?

Wendy Payne's visiting cat!Wendy Payne wonders if anyone recognises this frequent visitor to her garden in recent weeks.

She says it is a beautiful big black and white cat, very friendly and loves cuddles. She hopes he belongs to someone

Wendy lives in Park View, Hodnet Court.

If you are the owner of the cat, or know who is, please help put Wendy’s mind at ease. You can contact her by email or by phone – 01630 685683.


Project Poacher

West Mercia Police LogoWest Mercia Police have this week highlighted Project Poacher, an initiative set up by England and Wales Poaching Priority Delivery Group which includes the National Wildlife Crime Unit and is chaired by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.

In a post on their website WMP state,

Poachers have little regard for the countryside and no regard for any wildlife or the farmer’s land that they trespass on. Poachers rarely carry out their business for food these days, animals can be stolen for use in illegal and cruel sport, they often work in groups, pursuing animals such as rabbits, deer and pheasants that fall under the heading “game”.


Project Poacher has two key elements; advice and support for law enforcers and a free, easy to use app for reporting poaching incidents.The app is available to download at www.projectpoacher.com


If you see or are aware of poachers on your land or the land of someone else without permission call the police on 101 (or if a crime is taking place call 999). Give the call taker as much information as you have including location, vehicles used, how many offenders and if there are firearms

Much more information can be found on the Poaching and Rural Crime page of the BASC website. The information includes the following advice:

Importance of reporting poaching

One of the issues surrounding poaching is that while it is a crime, it is not classed as a recordable offence by Home Office statistics, which means it is difficult to obtain accurate figures. Another concern is the amount of under-reporting of poaching and indeed other rural crime. It is therefore important that we act as one to combat poaching and rural crime therefore reporting all incidents.

What to do if you have poachers on your land

If you see or are aware of poachers on your land/permission and want them off, call the police. Only you can decide whether this is a 999 or a 101 call (101 is the non-emergency number to report incidents). If you are being threatened or damage is being caused, then that is urgent and 999 should be used. Give the call taker as much information as you have, such as vehicles used, how many offenders, do they have firearms, etc.  Also you will need to give as good a location as you can, especially at night.  However, the most important thing is to get an incident or log number for what you are reporting.

You might be told that there is nobody to send immediately, but insist on the incident/log number. Ask for the incident to be forwarded to the Wildlife Crime Officer and the local beat officer. It is a good idea to do this whether police attend or not.  Tell the call taker that this is a wildlife crime and needs to be recorded as such. This last point makes it easier to monitor the number of poaching offences and, hence, the true picture will emerge.

In the Dark? Call 105

Power Cut? Call 105A new national telephone number for information on power cuts has recently been launched.

105 is now the number to call to report or to find out information about a power cut. This saves having to remember a longer number (or trying to find it in the directory by torchlight). Make a note of it on your useful numbers list – or just get it firmly fixed in your mind.

In a rural area like this, where electricity is mainly supplied via overhead cables, power cuts occur far too frequently.

People can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put themselves or other people, or property, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, concerned individuals should also call the appropriate emergency services.

To find out more visit www.powercut105.com

You can now find this number listed on our Public Services page.

Medical Centre – Half Day Closure: 6 Oct. 2016

Hodnet Medical CentreHodnet Medical Centre has announced that the surgery will closed on Thursday 6th October from 12.30pm.

The post on their website reads:

To allow all Practice staff to take part in a protected learning time training session.  All surgeries within the North Shropshire area will be closed this afternoon for training purposes.  This is in line with the Government’s directive to improve training and education within the NHS, and to give all practice staff the opportunity to participate.

If you require medical treatment while the surgery is closed on the above afternoons – please call shropdoc on  0333 222 66 55

Thank you for your support

Parish Council Meeting – Oct 16

27th October 2016 7.30pm at Lyon Hall, Hodnet

Marchamley Mysteries Revealed in Photos

Save the date Sunday 6th November 2-5pm.

Pull out your best photographs to share on the day.  Look forward to spending the afternoon chatting with others over tea and cake at Marchamley club.

Enjoy the photographs, old and new. See the pictures of people, the village, surrounding countryside and its abundant wildlife.

Meet a local historian and chat about his maps and wealth of local historical information.

See how different photographic techniques can create different images.

Antiques Valuation Day – October 2016

Bear with Carriage ClockFrom 10.00am – 4.00 pm, Thursday 13 October, at The Bear, Hodnet.

Midlands Air AmbulanceFree valuations of collectables, jewellery, ceramics and other antiques.

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

Items can be accepted into forthcoming Hansons Auctions.

For more information please telephone 01630-685214 or email

Walkers – become more involved

Do you enjoy walking some of our local paths/routes?

Would you like to encourage others to do so?

Have you ever wondered if you could help improve them in some way?

Would you like to walk some of the paths/routes but would prefer to do so in company?

YOU ONLY NEED TO ANSWER YES TO ONE OF THE ABOVE TO BE AN IDEAL CANDIDATE TO BECOME INVOLVED WITH THE HODNET FOOTPATH GROUP! –  A small friendly group of local people who get together to do all of this. Our next meeting is on 22nd Sept, starting at 7.30pm at The Bear Inn, Hodnet – new members are very welcome. See our webpage for more information and either get in touch for chat beforehand or simply come along.

A41 Closed After Crash (7/9/16)

Also see: Shropshire Star – Anger at ‘carnage’ as Shropshire A41 crash diversion sends lorries through village, 9/9/165

Update: The A41 has now been reopened. This afternoon West Midland Police have appealed here for information about the incident. They ask:

Police would like to here from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the collision or seen either vehicle in the events leading up to it.

If you have any information please call police on 101, quoting incident number 809s of 6 September.

Residents may have noticed additional traffic through Hodnet today. The reason is that the A41 between Tern Hill and Prees Heath remains closed after a crash at Sandford yesterday evening. According to Radio Shropshire and ITV News the reason for the extended closure is to enable the cleaning up of an oil spillage.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service report being called to a road traffic collision involving one van and one estate car. One person was trapped and extricated by fire fighters using Holmatro rescue equipment. They were taken to hospital by ambulance along with another two casualties. Four fire appliances, including the Rescue Tender, were mobilised from Prees, Wellington and Whitchurch along with an Operations Officer. The initial call was received at 21:21 and they were at the scene until approximately 23:02.

According to Shropshirelive.com a West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:

“The driver of the car was the most serious. The man, estimated to be in his 20s, had suffered multiple injuries. Working with firefighters, it took about an hour and a half to extricate him due to the damage to the vehicle and his injuries. “He was immobilised, had a pelvic binder put in place and had his leg splinted before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The front seat passenger, a woman who was estimated to be in her late teens had also suffered multiple injuries and after treatment at the scene was taken to the same hospital by an ambulance travelling on blue lights.

“The man driving the van had managed to get out of the vehicle himself. He had some facial lacerations and ankle pain. After assessment, he was taken to Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.”

At present there is no information available indicating when the A41 is expected to reopen. The signed diversion seems to be directing traffic along the A53 to Espley Roundabout, then through Hodnet northwards up the old A442 to the B5065, before rejoining the A41 (or vice-versa).

Extra traffic is also using this route as the A41 continues to be the official diversion for the ongoing day-time closure of the A529 between Adderley and Audlem.

Hay Fire Thought to be Deliberate

Update: 8 September

SFRS have today published advice to farmers on fire prevention, especially in regard to the storage of hay. They state that in the last ten days they have attended ten incidents involving bales of straw on fire!

Some of the incidents involve large quantities of hay, with 450 bales of straw on fire at Crudginton (pictured), 300 tonnes of straw near Hodnet (below) and 250 bales of hay smouldering in Nescliffe.

The advice then goes on to quote the NFU Risk Management Programme which gives advice on the risk of spontaneous combustion in stored hay. For any non-farmers reading this hay which is too wet will go through a curing process (sometimes referred to as a sweat) in storage where heat is produced. It is a build up of this heat which causes baled hay to spontaneously catch fire. Depending on the type and size of bales, a safe moister content level should as low as 16% in certain circumstances and never above 20%. Commonly, over moist hay will set it self alight within two weeks of being stacked, but the danger has been observed to extend for two months.

The advice can be read in full here.

Original report:

Shropshire Fire and Rescue ServiceIn the early hours of yesterday (3 Sept. 2016) morning, Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service were called to a fire engulfing approximately 300 tonnes of baled hay in Hopton, Hodnet.

The incident report on their website states that fire was”believed to be deliberate”. It also asks anyone who might have information about the cause of the fire to please call the non-emergency number, 101.

At about 4:30am yesterday morning SFRS received a call alerting them to the fire. Five fire appliances, including a Heavy Pumping Unit, were mobilised. Hodnet fire crew were assisted by teams from Market Drayton, Prees, Wellington and Wem. Operations and Safety officers also attended the incident.

An improvised dam and farm borehole were used to supply water to two main jets. Besides bring the fire under control the crews also surrounded the bales with a fire break.

The original crews were stood down at approximately 8:30am after a relief team arrived to supervise the remains of the fire.

Update: Market Drayton Fire Station has added some pictures of the fire to its Facebook Page. Here a two of them.

A53 Closed After Accident (1/9/16)

Update 2 Sep. 16

This morning West Mercia Police have issued the following appeal.

Police appeal for witnesses after serious road traffic collision on A53 bypass, Shropshire

West Mercia Police is appealing for witnesses after a serious road traffic collision yesterday evening (Thursday, 1 September), at around 5:25pm on A53 bypass in Hodnet.

A silver Ford Fiesta was travelling southbound along the A53 when it was in collision with a grey Jaguar, coming from the opposite direction.

The driver of the Ford Fiesta, a 25-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and was air lifted to North Staffordshire hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

The driver of the Jaguar, a 56-year-old man, was taken by ambulance to the Royal Shrewsbury hospital where he was discharged.

Police are eager to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or the circumstances leading up to it. Witnesses are asked to call West Mercia Police on 101, quoting incident 590S of Thursday 1 September.

Issued: 11:13am, Friday 2 September 2016, Kieren Bodill, Corporate Communications

Shropshire Star have published a report stating the the A53 has been closed near Hodnet following an accident. It says the road is closed in both directions near the A442. Since it was published this story has been updated with pictures from the Market Drayton Fire Station Facebook page. This is one of them.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, according to this incident report, say they received a call about 5:33pm this evening. It states:

Road traffic collision involving 2 saloon cars. A total of two people, one from each vehicle, released by Fire Service Personnel using holmatro cutting equipment. One was transferred to hospital via land ambulance and the other by air ambulance.

Three fire appliances from Hodnet, Market Drayton and Wellington attended the scene, one of which was a Rescue Tender. An Operations officer was in attendance and crews used Cutters/Spreaders to release people from the wreckage.

The Air Ambulance, Land Ambulance Service and Police also attended the incident.

The road will remain closed while Police carry out collision investigation.

The Fire Service was stood down at 6:35pm.

Book Club Starts Again

Book Club IconAs the summer holiday period draws to a close, many activities which have also taken a summer break begin a new season. Next Thursday, 8th September, Marchamley Book Club resumes its monthly meetings in Marchamley Club.

To coincide with this MBC now has its own page on this website, where anyone interested in joining can find out which books are on the reading list for the next few months, and who to contact for more information.

Earlier this year we reported on the three book clubs which are flourishing in this area. Contact details for them all are available on our Monthly Events page. The other two local Book Clubs meet in Hodnet (dates vary, in homes) and Peplow (4th Wed. in homes).

Petition to Reinstate 341/342 Buses

The Shropshire Star has today published an article here on its website highlighting a petition calling for the reintroduction of the 341 & 342 bus routes. The routes between Telford and Market Drayton was discontinued at the end of July after Telford & Wrekin Council withdrew its funding for the service.

People from villages in the local area insist it was vital for visiting Princess Royal Hospital. The Star says that more than 25 people have signed the petition but it does not say how others can add their names to it – please contact the webteam if you know how to do this and we will add the information.

The article also mentions that North Salop Wheelers is now running  a pre-booked service along the former 341/342 route. Bookings can be made by phoning 01948-880037 or texting 07943-275757 (before 7:45am on the day). More information is available on their website, including a PDF “timetable“.


Hodnet & District Garden Club Sept 2016

Hodnet & District Garden ClubNow that people are mostly back from their holidays, members of the Garden Club can look forward to another season of meetings at the Lyon Hall, Hodnet.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 20th September at 7:30pm.

Our speaker this month is Mr Harry Delaney, who taught for many years at Reaseheath. He will talk about how we can create interest and colour in our garden through the autumn and winter, under the title Extending the Season.

Visitors are most welcome. Refreshments are served after the talk, and this year all meetings are free of charge.