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Good News – New Public Footpath created for Hodnet/Wollerton

Hodnet Footpath Group [HFG] is very pleased to announce that Shropshire Council [SC] have designated the ‘old railway line’ path from Hodnet to Wollerton a public right of way [PROW] with immediate effect.

In practical ‘walking’ terms nothing will change, but the change of legal status protects the route for the future as it replaces its previous ‘permissive use ‘ granted by SC – which could have been removed at any time.

In due course this route will appear on official maps as a PROW [and on ordnance survey, etc, as a public footpath] and in the short term SC will be adding some finger post ‘public footpath’ signs.

This change has only come about as a result of a formal submission made by HFG to SC for a change of status, which in turn was only possible because many people completed the relevant question contained in Hodnet Parish Council’s [HPC] last Parish Plan Questionnaire. Our submission was also formally supported by HPC and Karen Calder, local SC Councillor. So, a big thank you to all who took the trouble bring this about – local democracy in action?

And a final big ‘thank you’ to the Outdoor Recreation team at SC for taking the action they have.

If you value some of the work HFG does, why not get involved and help ensure it continues?

See our website page for details or phone the current Chair [Steve] on 01630 685697.

Come and see Hodnet’s famous glow worms

You may have seen some publicity for Hodnet Footpath Group’s upcoming glow worm spotting walk in the Messenger or the Advertiser? If not read on, if ‘yes’ then this post confirms the details.
It takes place on Friday 30th June at 10 pm – yes ten at night, as the glow worms only glow in the dark!
Meet by the old railway bridge in Station Rd, Hodnet. The plan is to walk towards Wollerton (1 m approx) by which time it will hopefully be dark enough to see the main glow worm colony on our way back.

Sensible footwear and a torch are advised. Children welcome, with those accompanying them taking responsibility for them. Dogs on leads, please.

If the weather remains warm and dry, the conditions are ideal. Should it be pouring with rain the event will be cancelled without further notice and, if possible, a suitable notice added to thewebsite.

Phone HFG chairman (Steve) 01630 685697 with any queries.

Hodnet Bypass Closures – Update 19 June 2017

Recently, we reported here that the Hodnet Bypass (A53) is due to be closed on several occasions over the next two to three weeks. Exactly when it would be closed was not very clear at the time, but since then several things have happened to provide a a little more clarity. For instance last week signs were placed on the A53 warning of closures over the following 20 days (see image right).

Roadworks.org is the website used by Shropshire Council to announce roadworks in the county. Below is a screenshot from that website showing multiple roadworks on the bypass over coming weeks.

This suggests that the road will be closed over the next 3 days (20 to 22 June), with diversions also be necessary on other dates through to 3rd of June.

The Shropshire Star is more specific in an article published on its website yesterday with the headline, A53 near Market Drayton facing month of delays during roadworks. This gives the following timetable:

  • June 20: 9pm-4am
  • June 22-24: 9.30am-4pm
  • July 2: 9pm-4am

These are the dates we previously reported as listed in the Council’s road closure programme. With the weather for the next few days being forecast as hot/warm and dry, hopefully there will no delays to the schedule for adverse weather conditions, unless of course it is too hot for the tarmac to set!

Please remember that there are also closures planned for other sections of the A53 between Espley Roundabout and Shawbury and also work will be taking place in the Bing’s Heath area. See roadworks.org or the road closure programme for details.

UPDATED: Hodnet Bypass to be closed but when?

Update 14 June: The sign below has been displayed on the A53 in the last few weeks. It reads:

Surface Dressing Works

This road will be closed for short periods during the next 2O days

Due to these works being weather dependant we are unable to provide exact dates

[Can you spot the spelling mistake?]

So it looks like the Shropshire Star got it wrong (see below) and the work will start before the end of this month. However no date is available for when the road will be closed.

A number of reports are circulating that the A53, Hodnet bypass, is going to be closed in the near future for resurfacing work. The one thing these reports disagree about is when it will be closed.

A53 Closure 2017On Friday, 12 May Shropshire Council circulated an email announcing that the A53 Hodnet bypass, A442 junction to Tern Hill crossroad was to be closed from Tuesday 20 June 2017. It states the closure will last for 2 nights and 3 days (20/06/17 and 02/07/17 21:30-04:00, 22/06/17-24/06/17 09:30-16:00). During this time a signed diversion will be in place using the A41 & A49 – click the image to the right to download a PDF copy of the map.

The reason given for the closure is to allow “surface dressing to include stud removal and reinstatement”.

The Council’s website also has a page which details its Surface dressing 2017 programme. It says that 166 sites have been identified for treatment across the county and provides this list of locations and planned closure dates (PDF). Two local sections of the A53 are included in the schedule. These are:

  • A53 Hodnet Bypass – Road Closure starting (weather permitting) on Thursday 22 June 17 @ 8:00am, with working hours of 9:30am to 4:00pm.
  • A53 Hopton farm to Espley Island – Road Closure starting (weather permitting) on Monday 26 June 17 @ 8:00am, with working hours of 9:30am to 4:00pm.

One other location on the A53 is listed which is Bings Heath to Shawbury from 26 June 17. Here the road will not be closed but traffic will be managed by Stop & Go Boards / Convoys.

Thirdly, on 10 May the Shropshire Star published a report announcing A53 to close near Market Drayton for works. This report states, “The A53 will be closed from July 31 to September 3 in Tern Hill near Market Drayton for surface dressing.” [Emphasis added]

This author is not convinced by the report in the Star, given that both Council communications mention dates in late June and all the Surface Dressing work is described as taking place between 12 June and mid/late August. However, I recommend that residents keep an eye out for diversion sings being put out in the area.

If we receive clarification we will of course post an update.

Hodnet Medical Centre Half Day Closure – 29 June 17

Hodnet Medical CentreHodnet Medical Centre has today announced on its website that the surgery will be closed for half a day on: Thursday 29th June from 12.30pm.

This is 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 on 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.

Horsebox overturns into field

Horsebox in field 1Around 1.00pm today, Monday 29 May 2017, a horsebox being towed towards Wellington on the A442 in Peplow, came unhooked from the vehicle towing it and overturned into a field. The trailer did not contain any animals, but at the time was being used to transport equipment. Thankfully, the box did not collied with any other vehicle and no-one was injured in the incident, though the driver who had been towing it was very shaken by the incident.

According to the driver of the car behind the horsebox, the trailer began sway after it ran over a pothole in the carriageway. It continued to sway until it broke away from the towing vehicle it, before overturning into a field on the right of the road about 500 yds. beyond the pothole.

The driver contacted the farmer who owns the field and he graciously undertook the recovery of it to the nearest gate. A section of the boundary fence to the field was damaged by the horsebox.

Horsebox in field 2

Peplow Community Walk – June 2017

Boy & Girl WalkingWednesday 14th June – An evening walk in the local area.

Meet at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start by Peplow Chapel.

All ages welcome.

In case of forecasted wet weather please check here (or phone Randall on 01952-540970) between 6:00 & 6:30pm on the day.

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

Sunday walks and social event in Marchamley

Marchamley Bluebells and TreeOn Sunday 4th June we have arranged a couple of guided walks in Marchamley – one taking less than an hour and the other somewhat longer. Local landowners have given permission for the walks giving a chance to explore places normally closed to the public. The route includes many historical features which were highlighted in the Marchamley Mysteries photographic exhibition last year. We have produced a historical leaflet to accompany the route.

The event revolves around Marchamley club where there will be some craft and Lego activities available during the afternoon for younger children. Also there will be sandwiches, cakes, tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages for sale all afternoon when we hope many will join us for an enjoyable social event.

The first walk starts at Marchamley Club at 2:30pm. The second walk will start from the bus shelter at 3:15pm. More details are available on this handout – MarchamleyWalks170604

In the event of adverse weather conditions the walks may be curtailed but the social gathering will still take place in the club.

Wollerton Village Garden Trail – June 2017

On the afternoon of Sunday 4th June, a number of gardens will be open to visitors in Wollerton and the surrounding area.

The trail starts from Wollerton Village Room, where teas will also be served.

Those wishing to visit the gardens are asked to arrive between 12:00 noon and 5:00pm.

More information available from Sue Lea, 01630 638142 or email.

Rookery Lane Closure from 16 May 2017

Roadworks SignAccording to Shropshire Council’s Road Closure Details For Week Commencing 13 May 2017 bulletin, Rookery Lane, Marchamley will be closed from Tuesday 16 May for up to 28 days.

The closure will be effective between 08:00 and 17:30 each day, though it is not clear if this includes weekends. The reason given for the closure is “Resurfacing and civils”.

Pedestrian/dismounted cyclist/dismounted horse rider’s access through the closure area will be available.

The diversion route is described as, “Head south west towards Marchamley Wood, turn left,
turn left and head south towards Marchamley and vice versa.”

Below is a copy of the “diversion map” from the accompanying Diversion Maps For Road Closures Week Commencing 13 May 2017 file, though we have added the green arrow and text.

Rookery Lane Closure 1705

Family Treasure Hunt

Friends of Hodnet School are organising a Treasure Hunt.

Saturday 13th May starting from Hodnet Primary School.

£10 per family and this includes a treat for the children.

Start any time between 10am and 1pm.

There is a short route for toddlers and a longer route for older children,

We look forward to seeing you.

More information: Vicki Caldwell email

Future Community Events – Marchamley 2017

Dates for your diary…..

On Sunday, 4th June – Marchamley Mystery walks
Plus informal social gathering at Marchamley Club
Refreshments for sale, children’s walk, Lego and craft activities.

On Sunday 10th September – Big Summer BBQ
Tell us if you would like to volunteer to help to organise the barbecue.

Contact: Maureen Howell 01630 685305 or email

Word Games Night at Marchamley Club

Do you like Call My Bluff, Just a Minute, Scattergories, Taboo?

Then come to our fun word games night at Marchamley Club.

Bring a team of six or join in with others.

7.00 for 7.30pm on Friday 12th May.

Buffet included.

Adults £5 and children are free.


Contact Maureen Howell on 01630 685305 or email for more information.

Public Walk Sun 7th May

Hodnet Footpath Group invite anyone who fancies a country walk to join them on Sunday May 7th for a walk from hodnet to Marchamley and back.

Meet in the Lyon Hall car park at for an 11.00 AM departure, the aim being to walk most of the route shown in our Hodnet Walks no 3 leaflet. This walk should take about 1.5 hrs, so we should return in time for a lunchtime drink at The Bear Inn.

Suitable/sensible clothing advised, children and dogs welcome – the latter on leads.

In the event of appalling weather the walk will be cancelled, call 01630 685697 if unsure on the day – or for more information.

Hodnet & District Garden Club – May 2017

Hodnet & District Garden Club

After a wonderful virtual tour of the gardens at Wildegoose Nursery near Much Wenlock last month, it’s time for an in-house meeting. Hodnet Garden Club’s May get-together is entitled ‘Garden Mistakes’ – a topic where everyone should have plenty to share!

It will be a very informal evening with open discussion, the idea being that we can all learn from one another and maybe even prevent others from making the same mistakes that we have made. After all, who hasn’t rushed outside with their packet of seeds as soon as we’ve put the clocks forward, then lived to regret their haste?

Tuesday 16th May, 7.30pm at the Lyon Hall, Hodnet.

Light refreshments served at the end of the meeting.

Visitors always welcome (£2/meeting guest fee) or annual membership only £10.