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Antiques Valuation Day – March 2016

Bear with Carriage ClockFrom 10.00am – 4.00 pm, Thursday 10 March, 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

Thank You – From Gina and Kath

Gina & Kath with some of the gifts they have received

Following the closure of the Station Road Post Office after just over 55 years of service to the community, Gina Sargeant and Kath Brown have asked us to pass on their thanks to the many friends who have shown their appreciation in recent weeks. They are pictured above with some of the many gifts they have received.

We would like to thank everyone for the gifts, plants, flowers, cards, letters and kind words bestowed on us at the Post Office closure.
Both of us were so surprised at your kindness and generosity.
We know that we will miss you all, and thank you for so many happy memories.

Our good wishes go to Alex, Jackie and their staff. We hope their working experience will be as much fun as ours has been.

Thank you once again.


Gina and Kath

Gina Sargeant & Kath Brown, with Derek HodgeAmongst the many visitors was Derek Hodge, Chairman of the Parish Council who presented both Gina and Kath with flowers. He also presented Gina with a framed Letter of Commendation and Thanks on behalf of the Parish. (See picture right.)

In the letter the Parish Council expressed their gratitude for all the work that Gina has done to supply this vital service to the parishioners of Hodnet for over thirty years. It went on to say that the Station Road Post Office has always been an essential hub for the community with a warm, efficient and welcoming atmosphere created by both Gina and Kath.

Closure of Ellerdine Surgery

Hodnet Medical CentreThis week Hodnet Medical Centre announced on its website that it has formally applied to close the Ellerdine Branch Surgery, which used to be located in the village hall. The Ellerdine surgery has not actually functioned since March 2008. The application is to close it from 1 April this year. The announcement adds:

To date, we have not been in a position to resume our previous service, but have continued to maintain a weekly drug delivery and repeat medication slip collection service.

Since the branch surgery closed in March 2008, the pressures of general practice have increased, and our resources are now stretched to a point where we feel unable to safely resume the previous level of service.

We can offer our patients better capacity at Hodnet, with a larger physical presence, more consulting rooms and good clinical supervision, support and facilities.

Delivery of repeat medication, and collection of repeat request slips will continue on Thursday mornings as at present.

Hodnet’s New Post Office

Alex Medhurst moved to Hodnet in August 2015 to take over management of the village shop, following an interesting career in venue and museum management. Along with his wife Jackie, previously the principal of a school, he has settled happily into village life and is particularly pleased to report that the transfer of Post Office services from Station Road to Church Street went ahead smoothly and according to plan.

Alex Medhurst outside the new Post Office

Pictured below the new sign on the day the Post Office business was transferred, Alex speaks of an exciting opportunity ahead for them both as the new setting introduces them to regular users of both shop and Post Office. He is delighted that it has been possible to retain a Post Office in Hodnet, with extended opening hours as a bonus. Already he is meeting regular customers and enjoying that unique combination of providing a service and being in a hub of community life which such a location affords.

Installing Post Office facilities whilst maintaining the character of a village shop is a big challenge, but one which Alex and Jackie appear to have met admirably. The shop remained open throughout the renovation period, and the installation of compact shelving units and a larger state of the art fridge means that customers should be able to access the same range of products if not more.

Gina and Cath a few day before the Station Rd. Post Office closed

Alex hopes to be able to enlarge the present staff team with further part-time workers in due course. The shop is open every day except for Christmas Day. Having recently acquired a black and white cat to enhance his new role (though he did not say if they had named it Jess!), all that remains is to thank both Gina and Kath (pictured right) for many years of faithful Post Office service and wish Alex and Jackie well in their new role.

Local Bus Service Threatened

Arriva Bus

The Shropshire Star has today (30/1/6) published a report on its website claiming that a cut in finding from Telford & Wrekin Council may result in changes to a bus service which runs through Hodnet.

Telford & Wrekin Council have recently signed a new contract for bus services with Arriva, but will pay them 30% less than at present. Whilst many services are expected to continue much the same, the Council acknowledges that the changes could have an impact on two services further down the line. The report continues:

One – the 341/342 cross-border route to Market Drayton – is used by people living in rural areas on the outskirts of Telford to get to the Princess Royal Hospital and into Wellington.

Telford & Wrekin is withdrawing its funding for the service.

Council bosses said the service was contracted by Shropshire Council and any final decision on the future of the service would be up to them.

Councillor Angela McClements, cabinet member for transport at Telford & Wrekin Council, said bosses would continue to liaise with their counterparts in Shropshire on how the impact on the potential removal of the 341/342 service could be minimised.

She said: “The council is currently looking at options for providing an alternative community transport service for residents in the borough to ensure that access is maintained to Princess Royal Hospital and Wellington from the rural areas currently served by the 341/342.”

The 341 service runs between Wellington and Market Drayton via Great Bolas and Childs Ercall. It is the 342 which passes through Peplow and Hodnet on a different route between Wellington and Market Drayton. Both services serve Stoke on Tern, Stoke Heath and Tern Hill.

Update 10 Feb – Shropshire Star: Shropshire bus cuts are ‘bad news’, say passengers

Path cleared

For some time the Hodnet Footpath Group has been concerned at the amount of vegetation encroaching upon the path [in fact part of the old pre-bypass roadway] running between Ashley’s farm and the bypass roundabout.

We tried to clear it ourselves some years ago, but it was too big a job for just the few of us, so we made several requests to Shropshire Council’s highways dept to attend to the issue. Unfortunately these seem to have fallen on deaf ears, so we asked the Outdoor Recreation team to assist instead and they’ve come up trumps – see photo below.


Our sincere thanks to them.

If you use this path or otherwise think this is a good local result, why not get involved with the group that helps to make such things happen? See HFG see for details.

More Fibre Broadband for Hodnet

ConnectingShropshireConnecting Shropshire have announced that the final two cabinets connected to the Hodnet exchange have now been connected to fibre-optic cable. This means that premises in and around the
north of Hodnet village, Kenstone and Marchamley can now access superfast broadband, depending on their proximity to the local cabinet.

To connect to fibre broadband, customers need to contact their internet service provider to upgrade their broadband package – broadband speeds do not increase automatically.

To check which exchange area and cabinet serves your property and to check the availability of fibre broadband please click on the map below:


Parish Council Meeting – Feb 16

25th February 2016 7.30 pm at Lyon Hall, Hodnet

Garden Club meetings free of charge this year!

Hodnet & District Garden ClubThe next meeting of Hodnet & District Garden Club will take place on Tues 16th Feb and our speakers will be David and Una Haynes, whose subject will be Trekking to Everest Base Camp, 7.30 pm at the Lyon Hall, Hodnet. They will talk about their experiences in Nepal and show slides of the country and the people they encountered on their exciting expedition. Refreshments will be served after the presentation, all are welcome and we are delighted to announce that during 2016, meetings will be free of charge. Do come along and take advantage of our interesting programme of events this year.


Peplow Community Quiz Night – March 2016

Bright Quiz NightFriday 18th March at 7:30pm

To be held at the Wollerton Bowls Club, Mill Road.

Quiz entry on the night: £2 per person.

‘Nibbles’ provided.

Teams will be selected by a raffle draw which will also include an individual prize.

More information: email or phone Mike 01630-684299 / Martin 01952-541760.


Peplow Community Walk – Feb 2016

Sunday 7th February 2:15 for 2:30pm

N.B. This walk replaces the one in January which was cancelled due to wet weather.

Boy & Girl WalkingA circular walk following the route of Hodnet Walk Leaflet No.2.

From the Lyon Hall car park, where we will meet, the route goes up The Hearne, following the footpath across the fields to Long Lane. Here it turns right back down to Wollerton and past the Old Hall. From there it returns along the old railway line, Station Road and the footpath behind Shrewsbury Street.

Children welcome, also dogs on leads. Refreshments afterwards.

In case of wet weather please call Randall on 01952 540970 after 1:00pm on the day for an update.


2016 Summer Event – Planning Meeting

BuntingPlans for a Parish Summer event are moving forward and the planning group are asking residents to save the date of Saturday 11th June 2016 for a A Right Royal Party.

The next planning meeting is to be held on Tuesday, 2nd Feb 7.30pm at Hodnet Club. Anyone who is interested in helping to organise this event is invited to be there.

A flyer is available about the hopes and aspirations for the event, along with details of who to contact if you want to participate in some way.

Please click the image below to download a PDF version of the flyer.

A Right Royal Party

Antiques Valuation Day – February 2016

Bear with Carriage ClockFrom 10.00am – 4.00 pm, Thursday 11 February, 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

Antiques Valuation Day – January 2016

Bear with Carriage ClockFrom 10.00am – 4.00 pm, Thursday 14 January, 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

Helen Batten – Updated 6 Jan.

Update 6 Jan.

Today the Medical Centre has added the following announcement to its website:

Helen’s funeral service will take place at St. Luke’s Church, Hodnet

on Thursday 21st January 2016 at 2.30pm.


Hodnet Medical Centre has this morning (4/1/16) announced the death of Mrs Helen Batten who had worked there since 1989. The post reads:

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Helen Batten.

We have lost a dear friend and valued colleague. Helen joined the practice staff in 1989, and it has been a true privilege to work with her.

Helen was an extraordinary person, and is a great loss to the medical centre and to the village community as a whole.

She will be profoundly missed by everyone whose lives she touched, and we remember her kindness and sense of humour with a smile.

A Book of Condolence is available at reception – please ask to see it if you would like to leave a personal message.

We will post information about funeral arrangements as soon as we have some details.

Thank you.

HodnetMedical Centre Opening

Helen Batten on the right with Mrs Janet Fox (centre) and Miss Lesley Roberts.
The picture is from a newspaper article on the opening of the new Medical Centre.
See our “Scrapbook – Hodnet Medical Centre Opening” page for more details.