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Holiday Bin Collections Dec. 2014

WheelieBinShropshire Council has today reminded local residents how to check when their bins will be emptied over the coming holiday weeks.

To access the collection date finder click on the wheelie bin to the left.

Fly-tipping Alert!

Fly-tipping in Sussex

The Guardian DataBlog: Fly-tipping in Sussex. Photograph: John Curtis / Rex Features

It seems that there is a spate of fly-tipping in the area, with Wollerton being particularly badly affected. A large amount of rubbish was recently dumped in a field gateway on Mill Road between the Old Hall and the A53 bypass. Another local resident has told the webteam that there is an increasing amount of rubbish being dumped nearby, close to the Tennis Club.

A recent BBC 1 series called “Don’t Mess With Me” highlighted the persistent problem of discarded rubbish from fast food wrappings through to dog-fouling. Episode 3 highlighted the blight of fly-tipping. (It is available on iPlayer until 24 Dec.) Amongst other things it pointed out that whilst local councils clear fly-tipped rubbish from public places, land owners have to clear it at their own expense!

Shropshire Council asks all residents to report any incident of fly tipping either by phone on 0345-678-9006 or via the form linked from this page on their website. The information they ask for includes the following:

  • Where the incident took place. Please give as much information as possible to enable us to find the location;
  • Date, day and time that the fly-tipping took place (or when you first noticed it);
  • A description of what was tipped and the quantity, for instance household items, gas canisters or broken glass;
  • If you witnessed the rubbish being dumped what happened? Make a note of how many people were involved, what did they looked like, what did they do, was a vehicle involved? If so, note any means of identifying the vehicle/s;
  • Did anyone else witness the fly-tipping? If so who? (Witnesses may be asked to appear in court.)

If you have a camera-phone with you when you come across someone fly-tipping, you may want to try to take a discreet photograph or video.

Shropshire Council also list the following reasons why fly-tipping is a problem:

  • As council tax payers, cleaning up fly-tipping costs us all money;
  • It is dangerous and potentially harmful to you and your family’s health;
  • It spoils our enjoyment of the environment;
  • It can cause serious pollution to the environment;
  • It attracts arson and further fly-tipping;
  • It can be dangerous for wildlife.

Finally, it is better for several people to report instances of this anti-social behaviour than for all of us to think someone else will do it…

This is a story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it.
Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did.
When Nobody did it, Everybody got angry because it was Anybody’s job.
Everybody thought Somebody would do it, but Nobody realised that Anybody wouldn’t do it.
So it ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody because Nobody had done what Anybody could have done.

IT firm sets up base in Marchamley

TechMediaJHJulian Harrison and his partner Yvonne Cook recently moved into Marchamley from the nearby village of Audlem. Initially drawn to the Hodnet area by its position between Audlem and Telford they have also found the local history captivating.

Working in the computer business for over 20 years, Julian 45 born in Stoke on Trent, came from a background in the motor racing world and has more recently spent 15 years in public sector computer systems support before moving to Audlem 5 years ago. The move to Marchamley also provides a more central location for travel to Shrewsbury, Whitchurch and Telford where Yvonne’s financial services business is now located.

TechMedia ProfileJulian’s computer business TechMedia provides business and domestic computer support & sales. Julian provides a wide range of support from from helping someone send an email or repairing a broken laptop right through to supplying and installing a business network system. He specialises in keeping technical jargon to the absolute minimum making their service accessible to all in plain English without all the confusing lingo. Being a mobile business means most work is conducted at customers home or business premises so no need to unplug everything and take it for repair.

Julian can be contacted on 07759-520738 or by email.

Parish Plan Review: Focus Group Notes 27/11/14

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

Previous meetings notes:

16 October 2014

Information on the initial public meeting can be found here.

Police appeal after Peplow burglary

West Mercia Police LogoWest Mercia Police have today (26/11/14) appealed for information after high value historical items were stolen in a burglary in Peplow. A report here on their website provides the following information.

The incident happened at around 8pm on Wednesday 19 November, when offenders forced entry to the property and stole a number of belongings including a carriage clock and two statues, all collectively worth thousands of pounds.

The belongings are also of a great historical importance and police are eager to reunite the items with their owners. WMP have published the following pictures of these items:

Police would like to hear from anyone who has information on this burglary, whether that be seeing suspicious activity in the area at the time or any high value historical items being sold nearby.

Call 101, quoting incident 602S of Wednesday 19 November. Alternatively, the independent charity, Crimestoppers, can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via

Update: Friday 28 Nov.

A report on the Shropshire Star website provides information on other items stolen in the burglary. The additional items are listed as:

  • A portrait of William Fitzwarren Lloyd dated 1825;
  • 2 gold pocket watches with the initial ‘R.B.’ inscribed;
  • 2 silver ashtrays;
  • A silver frame containing a thermometer;
  • a George IV medallion carved in hard stone;
  • 4 crested stamps or seals in gold.

The exact amount of what the items are worth has not been revealed.


Congratulations to The Bear

Spotlight Awards: The Bear: Best Pub 2014

Sponsor Ed Wood, from Woods Brewery, presents the Best Pub Award to Alyn Jones & Greg Williams from The Bear. Picture: Shropshire Star

This week The Bear in Hodnet won the Best Pub award at the Shropshire Star Spotlight Awards. The award was presented to Greg Williams and Alyn Jones from The Bear at Hodnet. Greg commented, “We are really excited and chuffed to bits. It’s a great achievement.”

The Best Pub award, sponsored by The Wood Brewery, had four finalists in total – the other three being The Prince of Wales in Belle Vue, Shrewsbury, The Green Dragon in Little Stretton and the New Inn in Hadnall.

The presentations took place at The Buttermarket in Shrewsbury following an on-line vote covering twelve different categories. The Festival Drayton Centre was another local winner.

Full details of all the winners can be found here on the Shropshire Star website. The Bear’s own website is

Xmas Walk – 27th Dec 2014

Many people try and fit an Xmas walk into their Christmas schedule, Boxing day being a favourite time.

However if you miss that day, or simply wish to postpone your exertions until nearly all of the Quality Street selection tin has been eaten, put this date in your diary.

On Saturday Dec 27th 2014 the Hodnet Footpath Group (HFG) will be hosting a public walk from Hodnet to Marchamley and back via the route shown in local Walk Leaflet 3, with a extension via Wollerton (part of Leaflet 2) for those who wish to carry on further – returning to Hodnet via the old railway line.

This is an interesting walk, requiring only moderate exertion, which includes nice views and a varied range of terrain/countryside.

Children and dogs (and troublesome visiting relatives!) all welcome. Dogs on a lead please.

The walk starts from the Lyon Hall at 10.30 AM, return expected between 12.00 for the shorter portion, and 13.00 via Wollerton. Either way, you should be back in time for a swift half/warming tincture at The Bear!

Sensible footwear and clothing advised.

Cancelled if really pouring with rain, but if in doubt visit website an hour beforehand for a ‘go/no go’ announcement.

For further info on HFG, including links to contact info, see our page HERE

Road closure: 10 to 14 November 2014

Roadworks SignMany local residents will have noticed the signs on Shrewsbury Road in Market Drayton informing motorists that it will be closed from Monday to Friday next week.

As this is one of the main routes into Drayton from the Hodnet area we thought it would be worthwhile to post a reminder here. According to the closure is to allow resurfacing work to be carried out. The section concerned is from the roundabout with the A53 by Müller’s factory, through to the small roundabout at Lostford Turning. Please be prepared for a slightly longer journey time as most traffic will divert along the Market Drayton bypass.

More memories and photographs

The Bear Inn, Hodnet July 1963Born in the early 1940s, Geoff Fletcher was brought up in Peplow. A keen photographer from an early age, Geoff contacted the webteam after coming across the village website. He offered to allow us access to some 0f his extensive archive of images and also to put in writing some of his memories of growing up in the area.

As a result of Geoff’s efforts we have now been able to add four new pages to our local history section and this picture of The Bear to the selection of old pictures of Hodnet itself.

You can find Geoff’s memories and photographs on the following pages:

If you have memories and/or photographs of Hodnet, Marchamley, Wollerton and Peplow that you would like to share via the Hodnet website please contact the webteam.

Here is a montage of a selection of Geoff’s photographs.

Hodnet and District Garden Club November 2014

Hodnet & District Garden ClubOur next meeting is on Tuesday November 18th at 7.30pm at the Lyon Hall. Due to unforeseen circumstances there has been a last minute change of speaker, and Derek Jones will now be addressing us.

Visitors are very welcome to join us for the talk and have a cup of tea and biscuit afterwards. Entry fee for guests is £2.00 per person, or for only £12 you can join the Club for the whole year. We meet every month on the third Tuesday at the Lyon Hall, 7:30pm.

Parish Plan Review: Focus Group Minutes 16/10/14

Following on from the Parish Plan Review Public meeting on 18 September the first meeting of the volunteer focus group took place on 16th October. 7 people attended with 1 further person not being able to be present.

Brief minutes of the meeting can be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking here.

The Parish Clerk, Maryjayne Rees, requests anyone who provided her with contact details at the initial public meeting but who has not heard from her to contact her as she is having difficulty with some emails addresses she was given. She can be contacted by phone on 01630-685745 or by email.

Anyone who did not attend the September meeting but would like to contribute to the focus group’s work should also contact the Clerk.

Police Launch Emergency Contact Disc

Emergency Contact DiscWest Mercia Police recently announced the launch of a voluntary Emergency Contact Disc as a replacement replacement for the now redundant tax disc. An announcement here on the force’s website gives details of this joint initiative with the Warwickshire Police.

The Emergency Contact Disc contains next of kin contact details and medical alert information for the driver. In the event of a medical emergency or road traffic collision that renders the occupants unable to communicate, a first responder will be able to obtain vital information that is not otherwise accessible at the scene.

The disc can be cut out and placed into the now otherwise redundant tax disc holder, the information sections fold inwards so it would not be viewed by passers by.

The Emergency Contact Disc can be downloaded as a A4 size PDF file which once printed, filled in and cut out can be placed in the cars tax disc holder. It can be downloaded from the page above or directly from this link. (Please note: that for some reason the WMP website has been set up so that it “checks your browser” for several seconds before allowing access to any of its content.)

Time to apply for Station Road homes

New Affordable Homes – Station Road, HodnetStation Road Local Letting Plan

Hodnet Parish Council wish to make known that the new Station Road affordable properties are going to be advertised by Shropshire HomePoint from Wednesday 15th October to Tuesday 21st October.

All interested applicants will need to place a bid during that 7 day period.

Even if you have previously registered your interest you are required to officially bid for the property you want during that period. Failure to place a bid during the specified dates will eliminate you from the process.

Your bid will not be considered if your application is received outside of these dates.

All applications need to be made through Shropshire HomePoint – this can be done via their website.

Full details of the application process can be found in the Local Letting Plan – a copy of which can be downloaded by clicking on the image above.

Hodnet Parish Council is involved in the lettings procedure and will give preference to people with a strong Hodnet connection. The criteria on which they will assess applications are listed in the Local Letting Plan.

Market Drayton Arts Festival 2014

Market Drayton Arts Festival

A Community Festival of the Arts in Market Drayton

Thursday 30 October to Sunday 2 November

Four days featuring a variety of events from artistic workshops, open studios and theatre to interactive music, dance and literature – there really will be something for everyone.

Most of these events will be free, though there are a number where an admission charge applies.

For a full list of events, artists and admissions please see the Festival’s website:

Or pick up a programme from various locations including some shops and the Festival Drayton Center.

We Hope You Missed Us

Hundred House Logo

The webteam would like to apologise to anyone who could not access the Hodnet website yesterday afternoon and evening (Tuesday, 7th Oct 2014).

The loss of service was beyond our control and out of the hands of our domain host. It was not some high tech fault which put the website off-line, but a simple mistake when someone at the data centre turned off the wrong server! They then began to reformat that computer and wipe out all the data belonging to the Hodnet site and many others. Our domain host immediately swung into action and everything was finally restored by the early hours of this morning.

For those interested here is an excerpt from a fuller explanation sent to us by our domain host:

Date sent: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 03:11:20

Dear customer,

During October 7th, as you will have noticed, all websites and email on our main shared webserver have been unavailable since approximately 1pm, in some cases until an hour or two ago. (All services are now back up and running).

Astonishingly, the data centre whose racks our server is housed in, whilst intending to format a server positioned in the rack next to ours, identified the wrong server. They wiped our machine clean. Though we were in direct contact with them within 3 minutes of them powering the machine off, it was already too late. They had already begun formatting it, and the data could not be recovered.

Upon realising the error, they immediately installed two new hard drives, and we began the process of rebuilding all data and services on this server from the data in our backup system.

The only bright spot has been that the backup system has been working perfectly, and the rebuilding process has been without any hitches so far. It has taken plenty of time because the amount of data and number of services is considerable. Services for sending and receiving emails (POP, IMAP and SMTP) have been back up since approximately 7.30 p.m. on October 7th .(Whilst this server was down, incoming email was queueing on a backup server. It has since all been delivered.) Access to websites was restored a few minutes before sending this email.