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Espley Roundabout – 2 Weeks of Roadworks

Roadworks SignLocal residents may have seen the signs recently erected at the A53/A442 roundabout to the south of Hodnet. These announce that resurfacing work is planned to begin there on Tuesday 7th November 2017.

Today, Shropshire Council published details of the the work here on their Newsroom website. The notice reads:

Essential resurfacing work is to begin on Tuesday 7  November 2017 at the Espley roundabout on the A53 Hodnet bypass.

The work will take approximately two weeks to complete, including weekends, and will be undertaken under traffic lights.

We are using a special product for this scheme that can take up to 24 hours to cure before traffic can use the road, so there will be times when you see no workforce on site.

This site has been identified via a combination of asset management data and local engineering judgement and has been deemed in need of essential maintenance. As such we ask for your patience and support while the work is carried out and offer our apologies for any inconvenience that may be caused.

Information about the work will be found on a dedicated webpage at shropshire.gov.uk/roadworks. Updates will be added to this page throughout the work to keep you informed of progress.

Resurfacing work on another roundabout will also be of interest to local residents. In a similar notice which can be found here, the Council has announced that essential resurfacing work is to begin on Tuesday 31 October 2017 around the Prees Heath roundabout south of Whitchurch.

Hodnet & District Garden Club

Hodnet & District Garden ClubTuesday 21st Nov is the date of the final meeting of this year’s programme. We shall meet at the Lyon Hall at 7.30 pm for an in-house presentation on the theme of Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe – the cultivation of these items of winter greenery, as well as myths and legends associated with them.

As usual light refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting and guests are always welcome; one-off visitors pay £2, annual membership is £10.

The committee agreed to hold prices at the same level for next year. Our programme resumes in February, with some interesting speakers and visits to look forward to. It will be available to view on the Garden Club website once details are finalised, and we should be delighted to see new people coming along.



Shrewsbury Relief Road – Any Thoughts?

Shropshire Council LogoShropshire Council have this week announced a consultation on the proposed route for the long awaited Shrewsbury North West Relief Road (NWRR). Following the last such consultation (2010) the Council have secured funding for the construction of the “Oxon Link Road” originally proposed as part of the NWRR. The Council is now preparing to submit a funding bid to take the remaining sections forward and is therefore taking the opportunity to get a measure of current opinion across the county.

The consultation, which ends on Friday 8 November, does not take long to complete. Those responding to the questionnaire are asked to read background information first. This can be found here on the “Get Involved” section of the Council’s website. The Council have also published a list on Shropshire Newsroom of one day exhibitions providing the same information. PDF’s of the display boards which will are to be used can be downloaded here. The same page also hosts this video:

Whilst the proposed NWRR is not in the Hodnet area, no doubt many local residents travel to places to the south west of Shrewsbury and in Mid-Wales. This consultation may therefore be of interest to a number of people in this part of Shropshire.

Public Walk

Hodnet Footpath Group have been drafting a new walk leaflet for a nice route connecting Peplow Chapel and Stoke on Tern Church, and we plan to ‘road test’ this with a public walk on Sunday 5th November.

We shall meet by Peplow Chapel [roadside parking] at 10am and do the walk – there and back, but if folk wish to do just the outward part they could arrange to leave a ‘spare’ car at Stoke on Tern Church. We should be back by 12.30 – 1300.

Children and dogs welcome, dogs on leads please.

Suitable footwear advised – this is a walk largely passing over hardcore tracks and fields.

We hope that it won’t be necessary to call off the walk due to bad weather, but should it be pouring with rain the event will not take place.

We hope that you can join us.

Don’t miss the Healthy Hodnet event

It’s not long now until the Health & Wellbeing drop-in event at the Lyon Hall on Tuesday 24th October, from 10am-2pm.

The Patient Participation Group have been busy distributing publicity around the area served by Hodnet Medical Centre, and are hoping that plenty of people will come along to find out more about a variety of different groups and organisations.

The Diabetes UK stand should fulfil the doctors’ desire to raise awareness of the value of exercise and a healthy diet, particularly in connection with pre-diabetes .

The Help 2 Change bus aims to encourage motivation and provide resources to help people everywhere to achieve the changes they want, to live a healthier life.

Remap, who produce customised equipment for disabled people, will be represented. If it’s information or advice you need, then Shropshire Choices and Age UK will be on hand.

Alzheimers Society will be there, and so will Healthwatch Shropshire – their aim is to make sure that everyone gets the best from their health and social care services and that those services work in a joined-up way.

Local groups will feature too. Hodnet Footpath Group and Walking for Health will have a stand. Hodnet Garden Club will be there, along with Hodnet Compassionate Communities and representatives from the Market Drayton-based FoodBank and CAP schemes. Look out for Beyond Fitness who are running Boot Camps on the rec on a Thursday morning, and the local Zumba Dance Party leader who wants to increase numbers attending her Monday evening sessions at the Lyon Hall.

The Patient Participation Group looks forward to seeing you there.

Egg Vandalism in Hodnet

West Mercia Police LogoThe Shropshire Star has reported here and here that police have had to speak to children and their parents about a series of egg throwing incidents. While the majority of these seem to have been in Market Drayton, the second report states that a similar incident has occurred in Hodnet.

Residents have complained that a group of people have been throwing the eggs at houses in the town and in Hodnet.

Constable Alan Ambrose, of Market Drayton police station, said: “Police are still dealing with some of these incidents at this time.

“We have already spoken to a group of children in front of their parents regarding one of the incidents and some strong words of advice has been given.”

No further details have been provided. Please remember to report all incidents of anti-social behaviour to the police as soon as possible. Unless the situation is an emergency concerned members of the public should call 101 to report minor crimes such as this.

Roadworks on A442 – 10 & 11 October 2017

Roadworks SignRegular users of the A442 towards Wellington will be aware of the ongoing works by the junction for Little Bolas just north of the county border with Telford and Wrekin. Details of the work and a map of its location can be found on roadworks.org

The work, which is to enable the refurbishment of Sandyford Culvert under the A442, has so far not disrupted traffic on this busy road. Shropshire Council have recently informed our local councillor, Karen Calder, and the Parish Council that traffic lights will be required for a maximum of 2 consecutive days while a new timber fence is erected and traffic sign repaired.  The temporary traffic lights are required to control traffic speeds through the works area, as the traffic speeds in this location are high and the verge is relatively narrow with a steep embankment to the rear.

The dates on which it is expected that the traffic lights will be in operate are 10 & 11 October, between the hours of 9:30am and 4:30pm. Hopefully, they will therefore not impact on journey times of morning and evening commuters.

Marchamley BBQ – Report & Pictures

We had an extremely successful gathering on 10th September, 2017 in Marchamley despite the short lived but heavy thunderstorms. Nearly 90 local people gathered in the marquee in the field adjoining Marchamley Club. We enjoyed tea and cake in the afternoon courtesy of the excellent cake makers in the area.

Children took part in a range of games including splat the rat, sack racing, an obstacle course and parachute games. They were rewarded with sweets and medals. The award ceremony was Olympics style with a podium where the children received their medals while the national anthem played and they received a round of applause.

We then relocated to Marchamley club later in the afternoon. Here, we enjoyed barbecued burgers and a delicious buffet supplied by local people who had all brought a plate to share. There was some great musical entertainment provided throughout the event. This was possible thanks to a generator supplying electricity outdoors.

Local people are really pulling together in organising regular events in Marchamley giving lots of their time and invaluable resources.

We are doing extremely well in fund-raising for renovations for Marchamley Club. At the BBQ we raised £156.07 which makes a total for fundraising during year of £981.17.

All welcome to the club AGM on Tuesday, 26th September at 7:30pm.

Pictures of the day – click on an image to scroll through larger versions:

The next social event at the club will be a fish and chip supper at 730pm on 13th October.

Hodnet Medical Practice – Half Day Closure 4 Oct 17

Hodnet Medical Practice has announced on its website that:

The Practice will be closed for the afternoon of Wednesday 4th October 2017 for mandatory training. If you require urgent medical assistance which cannot wait until the Practice reopens on Thursday morning, please call Shropdoc on 0333 222 66 55.

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BootCamp Comes to Hodnet

Recently the Parish Council gave permission to Emily Benson, of Beyond Fitness, to run a weekly

BootCamp  on the Recreation Ground. They will take place at 9:15 on Thursday mornings.

Emily says, “I am a fully qualified and insured fitness instructor and level 3 personal trainer. I have almost 20 years personal fitness experience and offer personal training in the Shrewsbury area.

I am very excited to bring BootCamp to Hodnet as I know there is nothing currently in the area. I promise the sessions will be fun and varied whilst enjoying getting fit at the same time.”

If you want to know more about getting involved Emily can be contacted on 07989 587426 or by email.

Flu Clinics Start 9th October 2017

Hodnet Medical CentreHodnet Medical Centre has announced on its website that this winter’s Flu Vaccination Clinics will start on Monday 9th October. The full announcement reads:

Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus. For most people, flu is an unpleasant illness, but it’s not serious. If you are otherwise healthy, you will usually recover from flu within a week. However, certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These people should have a flu jab each year. If you’re at risk of complications from flu, make sure you have your annual flu jab available from September onwards.

People who should have a flu jab The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications. You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you: are 65 years of age or over (before 31st April 2014) are pregnant have certain medical conditions (see below) are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill are a healthcare worker with direct patient contact or a social care worker (see below).

Speak to your GP about whether you should have the flu vaccine if you are the parent of a child who is over six months old and has a long-term condition. Your child’s condition may get worse if they catch flu Pregnant women and the flu jab If you’re pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because it: reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy reduces your risk of having a miscarriage or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birthweight, due to flu will help protect your baby because they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life It’s safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy, from conception onwards. The vaccine doesn’t carry any risks for you or your baby. Talk to your GP or midwife if you are unsure about the vaccination.

Flu vaccine for people with medical conditions. The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long term health condition. That includes these types of illnesses: chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis chronic heart disease, such as heart failure diabetes chronic kidney disease chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed a weakened immune system due to conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or as a result of medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine. Speak to your GP about this.

Flu vaccine for health and social care workers. Outbreaks of flu can occur in health and social care settings, and, because flu is so contagious, staff, patients and residents are all at risk of infection. If you’re a frontline health and social care worker, you can protect yourself, your colleagues and other members of the community, by having the flu vaccine. If you care for someone who is elderly or disabled, speak to your GP about having a flu jab along with the person you care for.

Children and the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is available for some children, but as a nasal spray instead of an injection. From September 2013, the nasal spray flu vaccine will be offered each year to all two and three-year-olds. It will also be offered to all children between the ages of two and 16 who have a long term health condition that puts them at extra risk from flu, or have previously been admitted to hospital with a chest infection. The flu vaccine will be offered to children with a long term health condition aged between six months and two years of age. How to get the flu jab If you think you need a flu vaccination, check with your GP or practice nurse.

The best time of the year to have a flu vaccination is in the autumn from September to early November. Even if you’ve already had a flu jab in previous years, you need another one each year. The flu jab may only protect you for a year. This is because the viruses that cause flu are always changing. How effective is the flu jab? No vaccine is 100% effective, however, people who have had the flu jab are less likely to get flu. If you do get flu despite having the jab, it will probably be milder than if you haven’t been vaccinated. The adult flu injection doesn’t cause flu as it doesn’t contain live viruses. However, you may experience side effects after having the jab, such as a temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards. Your arm may feel sore at the site where you were injected. More severe reactions are rare. The flu vaccine only protects against flu, but not other illnesses caused by other viruses, such as the common cold. More information can be found at Patient.co.uk

The announcement was posted here on the Practice’s website, but for some reason at the time of this post the full text does not appear. The text can be found in the “Practice News” panel low on the home page. The link to Patient.co.uk also redirects to patient.info.

Hodnet & District Garden Club: 17th October 2017

Hodnet & District Garden ClubAfter a beautifully illustrated presentation by Jim Almond last month on “Bulbs all year round”, the Garden Club’s programme continues on Tuesday October 17th with the Annual General Meeting, followed by a talk from Anne Harrison on “Plants for Difficult Places”.  Anne taught for many years at Reaseheath College and should have interesting and helpful information to share with all who have hard-to-cultivate places in their own gardens.

Do join us at 7.30pm at the Lyon Hall in Hodnet, Tues 17th October. The AGM business should be concluded quite quickly, and we look forward to Anne’s talk. Refreshments will be served. Visitors welcome as always – £2/meeting guest fee, or annual membership only £10.



Peplow Community Walk – October 2017

Boy & Girl WalkingSunday 8th OctoberHodnet Walk 2
(North Circular – Long Lane Walk)

Approximately 4 miles (2 hours).

Meet at the Lyon Hall, 2:15 for 2:30pm.

All ages welcome.

In case of forecasted wet weather please check here (or phone Randall on 01952-540970) between after 12:30pm on the day.

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

Healthy Hodnet Event – 24th Oct. 2017

Hodnet Medical Centre’s Patient Participation Group are putting on a free drop-in Health & Wellbeing event at the Lyon Hall on 24th October, 10.00am – 2.00pm, in conjunction with Shropshire Council.

Publicity will be posted around the area shortly – click image to download a PDF version.

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A range of organisations will be represented including Diabetes UK, Help 2 Change, Healthwatch Shropshire and Age UK, plus information about local groups and activities which foster wellbeing and help to combat social isolation.

Health & wellbeing is a topic relevant to us all in some way. It’s not often that road-shows of this nature come to Hodnet, so do drop in for a visit. Refreshments will be available throughout the session.

For more information please contact Steve Latham-White by email.

Cast Iron Urns Stolen from Marchamley

West Mercia Police LogoOn Friday 15 Sept, Market Drayton Safer Neighbourhood Team Tweeted a report of two ornamental urns being stolen from a property in Marchamley.

Please get in touch with them if you have any information.