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Cardiac Arrest?

Automated External DefibrillatorDerek Hodge, Chairman of Hodnet Parish Council, writes:

The Hodnet defibrillator, positioned at the Fire Station, has been “live” for some weeks now with our team of trained first responders in place.

Remember that in the event of a suspected cardiac arrest that you dial 999 as usual and tell the West Midlands Ambulance Service that the person concerned may have had a heart attack. WMAS will despatch an ambulance/paramedic as usual. WMAS will also recognise that there is a Public Access AED situated in Hodnet and will contact our on-call volunteers for an immediate response. The volunteers will use the security code to access the AED (Automated External Defibrillator), take it to the patient and render assistance until the ambulance crew arrive.

Note: For every minute a patient is delayed in receiving defibrillation, their chances of survival drop by 10%!

In our local area, as well as the additional defibrillator on the Fire Appliance, there are defibrillators at the Hodnet Medical Practice (daytime opening hours) (01630 685230) and at Beech House Nursing Home in Wollerton (01630 685813) where there are AED trained staff as well. These may be an additional option if the incident is immediately adjacent to these locations but whenever you suspect someone has had a cardiac arrest, you should always dial 999 immediately and the system will respond as described above.

More details can be found here: Hodnet Community Defibrillator.

Hodnet Footpath Group walk voted a success

Hodnet Footpath Group Walk

A dozen or more people and several dogs enjoyed a lovely walk on Bank Holiday Monday following the routes of walks 2 and 3 in the Hodnet Footpath Group series of leaflets. After wet, cold or windy weather during the preceding few days, we were blessed with a dry and sunny morning and thoroughly enjoyed the views and the company! Look out for website announcements of future Footpaths Group walks, or email our Secretary to be added to our “Friends” list and receive email notification of events.

Parish Council Change of Venue 7/5/15

CouncilMeetingThis week’s Parish Council meeting will not be taking place in the Lyon Hall it’s normal venue. This is due to the Hall being used for voting in the General Election. Instead the Parish Council will be meeting in the School Room at Wollerton United Reformed Church on Wood Lane. The meeting will start at its normal time of 7:30pm.

Hodnet & District Garden Club May 2015

Hodnet & District Garden ClubRobert Barlow from North Staffordshire Hostas will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Garden Club, Tuesday 19th May, 7.30 pm at the Lyon Hall, Hodnet. His talk is entitled ALL ABOUT HOSTAS.

Robert will talk about the history and development of these interesting plants. There are over 7000 different varieties, from 1” to 36” tall. We will hear how to grow them and he will demonstrate how to divide them. He will bring some plants for sale.

Visitors are most welcome to come along. Light refreshments will be served at the close of the meeting. Entry fee for guests is £2 per person, or annual membership only £12.

Fibre Broadband: Little Bolas gets connected

ConnectingShropshireApproximately twenty premises in and around Little Bolas on the southern edge of Hodnet parish have become the first in the area to be able to connect to fibre optic “super-fast” broadband. However, many of their neighbours will have to wait until the end of next year to see any improvement in their internet connections, and even then many local homes and businesses will only be guaranteed a 2mbps connection speed.

Recently ‘Connecting Shropshire’ have contacted the Parish Council with the news that one of the cabinets in Great Bolas (Great Bolas 1) was upgraded to fibre-optic cable in early April and it is now live and accepting orders for fibre broadband. They added that in order to connect to the faster fibre broadband, people will need to contact their chosen internet service provider to upgrade their broadband package. They advised that broadband speeds won’t automatically increase as a result of the new cabinet’s installation without users taking out the additional service.

People in the area concerned should visit Connecting Shropshire’s website to check which exchange area and cabinet serves their premises and to check the availability of fibre broadband.

Plans are being put in place to upgrade the Hodnet telephone exchange, which has three cabinets serving about 550 premises and 100 premises on exchange-only lines. At present it is hoped that this work will starts by the end of 2015, though Connecting Shropshire states that it is too early to provide any firm details. Not all premises connected to the Hodnet exchange will benefit from the upgrade due to the long line lengths of copper cable, even if all three cabinets are fibre-enabled.

Hodnet is expected to benefit from a share of an additional £1,454,257 that was awarded to Connecting Shropshire in 2014 to provide over 1,000 additional rural premises with access to faster fibre broadband. This funding will extend the coverage of fibre-based broadband in Hodnet Parish to 114 more premises, in addition to those which will be reached as part of the main Connecting Shropshire programme. The work to bring fibre broadband to these additional premises is likely to be carried out during 2016.

Additionally, eligible businesses can apply for a connection voucher worth up to £3,000 under a scheme which is being administered by Digital Birmingham on behalf of Connecting Shropshire. More details available from voucherapply.com or with specific queries on the vouchers please email.

For those too far from an exchange, the outlook is less encouraging. The best Connecting Shropshire can offer is a commitment to provide all premises in their programme area with access to at least 2mbps by the end of 2016. This means that residents of Peplow, who are close neighbours of Little Bolas, will not be able to share their access to fibre broadband technology. Peplow is on the borders of three exchange areas: Childs Ercall, Great Bolas, and Hodnet. Premises in the south of the area are connected to Great Bolas cabinet 3 which Connecting Shropshire is not planning to fibre-enable. Even it is upgraded by Superfast Telford the premises in Peplow are on the whole more than 3Km from the exchange and this is beyond the technical limit for a fibre broadband service. A similar difficulty stands in the way of those connected to the Childs Ercall exchange and almost certainly to those in Peplow linked to the Hodnet exchange.

Anyone who wants to try and improve their connection can check out Ofcom’s Practical tips for improving their broadband speed. Alternatively, there is a possibility of subscribing to a satellite or wireless broadband service. Information about these is available on the ‘useful links‘ section of the Connecting Shropshire website.

A Successful Evening with the Retrospectives

Chris and His RetrospectivesA crowd of over 50 people gathered for the Peplownians’ first major event on Sat. 18th April. The main attraction was two sets of songs by local band Chris and his Retrospectives. The group from Fauls, led by Chris Ridgway (guitar, mouthorgan & vocals), ably supported by his Joyce Chidlow (keyboard, saxophone, harmonica, tambourine & vocals), Chris’ son Dan (base guitar & drums) and Bob Wiltshire (guitar, drums and vocals as well as local vicar), worked their way through melodies of songs from the 1950s and 60s.

The play lists brought back memories of their younger days to many, but not all, present. The audience had been asked to bring their own drinks, but in the interval they were served with an excellent Beef Bourguignon followed by apple pie and cream. Everyone present seemed to enjoy themselves, with a number dancing in the aisle by the end of the evening.

Peplownians was launched earlier in the year and is hoping to establish a new community group in the south of the parish. Regular and one-off events are already taking place, with more being planned for the future. See their web page for further details – this also includes more pictures of this event.

Chris and his Retrospectives

Peplownians

Regular Events Section Expanded

Hundred House LogoOur ‘Regular Events’ page has now been expanded to a multi-page section to include monthly as well as weekly and fortnightly events.

If you attend or organise any regular events in the Hodnet area and would like them listed on this website please let the webteam know by using this form.

At present we have weekly and monthly events listed.

Wollerton’s Ryder Cup

Wollerton Bowls ClubOn Saturday 4th April around 20 members of Wollerton Bowls and Social Club gathered to mark the start of the new outdoor bowling season with a novel competition.

The idea was suggested by Richard Twining who organised an afternoon of light-hearted practice based on a similar format to golf’s Ryder Cup. The two teams however were not drawn from different continents, but literally picked out of a hat on the day. All the matches were played to a limited number of ends across three rounds; the first round was 4 wood doubles, the second featured more traditional 8 wood doubles and the afternoon was rounded off with 10 singles matches. Perhaps fittingly the team captained by Richard Twining came out as the winners.

The afternoon had begun with a presentation to the club of a new bench in memory of Reg Frost, a highly respected member who had died just twelve months earlier (see picture). His widow Sylvia was joined by their sons Mark and Nigel and their families. A plaque on the bench reads, “In loving memory of Reg Frost, this is where he came to rest 2nd April 2014″

To find out more about the club please see their web page or telephone Jenny Morgan (01630-685251) or Gordon Smith (01630-653362).

Local Road Closure 13 to 15 April 2015

Shropshire Council LogoAccording to information posted on Shropshire Council’s, “Latest Roadworks and Road Closures” web page, a local road will be closed for three days from 13 to 15 April.

The side road from the A53 junction by Lodge Farm through to High Hatton (see map below) will be closed between 08.00 & 16.00 each day to allow maintenance of the roadside ditches.

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

The signed diversion route will be via the A53 (south) and next side road on left or vice versa.

Updated information will be available from roadworks.org.

150413 High Hatton Road Closure

Diversion map from Shropshire Council

Antiques Valuation Day – May 2015

Bear with Carriage ClockFrom 10.00am – 3.00 pm, Thursday 14th May, 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

Hodnet Sub-Station Fire

Shropshire Fire and Rescue ServiceShropshire Fire and Rescue website reports a fire at an electricity sub-station in Websters Lane, Hodnet. The incident report is timed at 19:17 on Tuesday, 31 March, 2015.

The report reads, “Electrical pylon has been on fire. Further investigating in progress.”

One fire appliance was mobilised from Market Drayton.

No further information is available at present.

 

Parish Plan Review: Focus Group Notes 24/3/15

The notes of the latest Parish Plan Review: Focus Group are now available – click here.

Previous meetings notes:

Information on the initial public meeting can be found here.

Council Tax: Statement from Parish Council Chairman

Most local residents will by now have received their Council Tax Demand Notice for 2015/16. You will have seen that Shropshire Council have loudly proclaimed that they have frozen their charges at 0.0% and you will no doubt wonder why then there is 9.8% increase (albeit a small amount in cash terms) related to Hodnet Parish Council.

One way Shropshire Council has achieved their zero per cent is by not handing on a government grant to town and parish councils of £511,000 this year but retaining the money centrally. This has meant that parishes have been short-changed (I think this is the politest phrase I could find) and so we have had to raise our charges in order to stand still financially. So “they” look good and we are made to look bad.

Rest assured Hodnet Parish Council has looked for savings: In 2012/13 the parish element for rates was reduced by 6.4%, in 2013/14 and 2014/15 there was no increase in charges following that reduction. However, for the next year we have this shortfall to make good and so the subsequent increase in the parish rate (could argue of course that given the earlier reduction it represents about overall 3% rise in the parish rate over a 4 year period!).

Thank you for your understanding

Derek Hodge
Chair Hodnet Parish Council

For press reports about Shropshire Council’s decision see these stories from the Shropshire Star:

Farmers Protect Your Property!

Neighbourhood WatchLast week we reported on the theft of a quad-bike, two chainsaws and hand tools from a farm in Peplow.

Today (18/3/15) Neighbourhood Watch have reported two further break-in at nearby farms.

Overnight between 7pm/7am Sat/Sun 14-15 March, farm premises beside the A53 at Stanton on Hine Heath were broken into and a small safe and cash were taken.

OIS incident reference 0154s 150315

During the day between 8.15am-6pm on Tues 17 March, a farm outbuilding near Hopton, Stanton on Hine Heath was broken into. Eight bicycles and a Stihl chainsaw were stolen. The bicycles included 1.a white and green Giant ‘Anthem’: 2. a black and blue Giant ‘Trance’ mountain bike: 3. a silver Boardman road bike (lady’s): 4. a black Boardman road bike (gent’s): 5.a grey, green and white White 729 mountain bike: 6. a red and white Secteur road bike: 7. a gold and brown Genisis ‘Zero’ mountain bike, and 8. a black and yellow Scott ‘Scale’ mountain bike.

OIS incident ref: 0632s 170315

Anyone with information about these thefts should contact the police via the non-emergency police telephone number “101” and ask for the information to be passed on to the West Mercia Force Control Room. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111 or via their website.

Whilst it is not always easy to make farm outbuildings secure we encourage farmers to be extra vigilant over the next few weeks.

Hodnet & District Garden Club April 2015

Hodnet & District Garden ClubThe next meeting of the Garden Club will take place on Tuesday 21st April at 7.30 pm at the Lyon Hall. This will take the form of an Open Mic session, with  with various members giving short presentations on a topic of their choice.

Visitors are most welcome to come along. Light refreshments will be served at the close of the meeting. Entry fee for guests is £2 per person, or annual membership only £12.