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A53 Closed by HGV Fire

Just after 2pm today (Mon 7th April, 2014) and lorry carrying stone caught fire about 100m from Tern Hill roundabout. The vehicle, which had been travelling towards Market Drayton on the A53, was stopped by its driver outside Ternhill Furniture. Fire crews from Hodnet and Market Drayton attended the scene along with police. The A53 was closed until shortly before 7.00pm between the A41 and Lostford Lane (the old A53 route through Wollerton and Hodnet).

The fire is thought to have started in the vehicles engine compartment and was extinguished by fire crews wearing breathing apparatus.

A report with a short video can be found here on the Shropshire Star website.

Picture Shropshire Star website

Charity Antique and Collectors Valuation Day

Free valuation Day at The Bear Inn, Hodnet.

From 10am – 4 pm, Thursday 10th April.

Free valuations of collectables, jewellery, ceramics and any other Antiques.

Hansons and The Bear Inn both support the Midlands Air Ambulance Service so donations can be made on the day.

We can also accept items into the forthcoming Hansons Auctions. The next valuation day is Thursday 10 th April.

For more information please telephone 01630-685214 or email

Bowling Club Benefits from Grant

Members of Wollerton Bowls and Social Club were presented this week with a grant to help with the renovation of the buildings at their premises in Mill Road. Five members of the Towns and Rural Communities Association (TARCA) visited the club to present members with a cheque for £2,860 towards the cost of building a new shelter and improving storage facilities. The work became necessary when an existing wooden scoring hut became unsafe.

TARCA Chairman Marion Venables accompanied by committee member Pauline Gear and  Treasurer Graham Stockton prsent the cheque to Wollerton Club Chairman Randall Hardy, Secretary Gordon Smith and Treasurer Michael Morgan

TARCA Chairman Marion Venables accompanied by committee member Pauline Gear and Treasurer Graham Stockton present the cheque to Wollerton Club Chairman Randall Hardy, Secretary Gordon Smith and Treasurer Michael Morgan

The TARCA committee is made up of residents from Meres and Mosses Housing Association and has a number of roles, including the assessment of applications from North Shropshire to Shropshire Housing Group’s Community Development Fund. More details about the Community Development Fund can be found here on Shropshire Housing Group’s website; the Community Chest makes available grants of up to £500, whilst grants of up to £5,000 can be obtained from the Community Development Fund. Members of TARCA who attended the presentation were Marion Venables (Chair), Lesley Ashcroft (Secretary), Graham Stockton (Treasurer) and committee members Pauline Gear and John Higginson.

Around 20 members of the club attended the evening, which included refreshments and a game of short-mat bowls. The club was founded in 1932, and is thought to be one of the oldest crown green bowling clubs in Shropshire. It is also said to have been the first bowling green in the county to have floodlights installed. These days the friendly atmosphere of the club attracts members from across the Market Drayton area. The fact that it also has some of the lowest membership fees in the locality may also contribute to its popularity.

WBSC_ClubLogoSChairman Randall Hardy says, “Everyone at the club is very grateful to TARCA for their support with the renovations. The work is being carried out at present and we hope to have an official opening of the new shelter later in the year, to which all local residents will be welcome.”

Wollerton has teams in several local leagues, with daytime and evening matches. It also runs in-club competitions throughout the season. The club is looking to recruit new members of all ages and abilities. It offers a free six week trial membership to potential new members, along with taster sessions. Bowls, jacks and mats can be provided by the club.

For more information please contact Gordon Smith (01630-653362) or Jenny Morgan (01630-685251) or see the club’s webpage.


TARCA committee members and Wollerton Bowling Club members witness the handing over of the grant.

TARCA committee members and Wollerton Bowling Club members witness the presentation of the grant.


Senior Citizen Safety Event

Shropshire NewsroomShropshire Council have announced an Information Day for older people to help them to provide advice on keeping healthy, active and independent. Full information can be found here.

The event will take place between 10am to 3pm on Thursday 10 April at the Festival Drayton Centre, Frogmore Road. The event is free and open to everyone, but anyone interested in coming along is asked to book a place by calling 01743 342160. Transport can be provided to the Festival Drayton Centre.

A large amount of information will be available, including talks from the Falls Prevention Service, West Mercia Police and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service. Members of Age UK Benefits Service will be in attendance to advise people on which benefits they may be entitled to. Other experts will be on hand to talk about the Unpaid Carers Support Service, community transport, support for people with hearing or sight loss, and much more.

The information day is being organised jointly by Age UK and Shropshire Rural Community Council’s wise and well team. It is also being supported by Shropshire Council.

Hodnet and District Garden Club, April 2014

Everyone is welcome to our next meeting on Tuesday April 15th at 7.30pm in the Lyon Hall, when we welcome William and Louise Friend to speak to us on the topic of:

Plants from Mountains, Moorland & Meadows for the NW Midlands

At Mucklestone Nurseries they are now able to grow a complimentary range of plants suited to the moister, more acidic conditions of the west and north of Britain, such as azaleas, heathers, rhododendrons, bamboos, birches, rowans, Acers and herbaceous perennials. The areas around the nursery are being laid out as woodland and meadow garden areas. This allows the majority of plants to be propagated from stock of proven hardiness and suitability to the area and allows visitors to see how the plants grow.

Hodnet and District Garden Club meets every month on the third Tuesday at the Lyon Hall, 7:30pm.

Visitors are most welcome to come along to our talks and partake in a cup of tea and biscuit. Entry fee for guests is £2.00 per person, or why not join our club – it’s only £12 for a whole year.



Easter Visit to the Wetlands

Following the success of the introductory Xmas walk down the new path from Wollerton to the bypass Wetlands, the Hodnet Footpath Group has arranged a further public walk.

If you are simply curious to see the Wetlands and/or would like to walk to Helshaw Grange in the countryside beyond, please come and join us on Easter Monday – 21st April 2014.

We’ll meet at 11.00 AM by the Village Room on Mill Road, Wollerton – Where the bridge club meets, not the social/bowls club.

As an alternative you can walk to the meeting point from Hodnet itself, via the old railway line – meet at 10.30 AM by the old railway bridge on Station Road, Hodnet.

Allow around 1.5 hrs for the Wetlands part of the walk & 1/2 hour extra each way if walking to/from Hodnet.  

If you are driving to Wollerton, please park on the road by the Village Room – do not park on the private drive leading into Wollerton ‘Old Yard’.

No special gear is required, but sensible footwear advised plus a drink/snack – as required. Accompanied children and dogs welcome – dogs on a lead please.

To contact Hodnet Footpath Group, see our webpage


Footpath Improvements

Last Sunday, Hodnet Footpath Group added some steps and a dog gate to the rather basic existing ‘stile’ in a field by The Hearne – part of the popular walking route shown in our Hodnet Walks leaflet No 2.

We also repaired some finger post signs on Long Lane and added direction signs further on towards the route towards Fauls – the intended subject of a future walk leaflet.

'Stile' before improvement

‘Stile’ before improvement

If we had the time/manpower we would also have added a dog gate to the first stile into the field from Hearne Lane – but that will have to wait for another occasion. If you’d like to see this, or other local improvements, done sooner, then please see our webpage and get in touch.

Such work is not only of lasting benefit, but can also be good fun. We had brilliant sunshine coupled with a fair few laughs as we tried to solve the design problems of letting dogs through, but keeping livestock in!

After improvement - being tested by a dog 'we prepared earlier'!

After improvement – being tested by a dog ‘we prepared earlier’!


Irish Night

Hodnet Preschool Playgroup Committee are organising an


Friday 28th March 2014. 7.30pm. Lyon Hall

Tern Valley Tinkers will be entertaining us

£6 per person including Irish Stew

It promises to be a great night and we look forward to seeing everyone, please come and support us

For further details and tickets please contact Patricia 07766 465125

Hodnet Fire Station to Remain Open!

Hodnet Fire and Rescue Crew

The Shropshire Star and the BBC’s websites both posted reports this afternoon reporting on yesterday afternoon’s Shropshire and Fire and Rescue Authority meeting.

The good news is that in a unanimous vote the Fire Authority members agreed that Hodnet Station along with three other rural ones (Baschurch, Prees and Clun) will be kept open. The decision also means that over fifty retained fire-fighters will keep their jobs. This is good news for local residents and those in the areas covered by the other stations which were under threat.

Yesterday’s decision was expected following a meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee Meeting held on Thursday, 6th February, which we reported on here. Minutes of that meeting are available on the Service’s website here. They record that Councillor Mrs Barrow commented that the four rural fire stations affected should be proud of the campaigns that they had undertaken to highlight what the station means to their local communities. Later Councillor Carter added that as a StRaP member it had been very useful to visit the stations concerned and meet the firefighters, members of the public and local business people and councillors. The strength of feeling regarding the proposed station closures had a strong bearing on the decision.

On behalf of our local crew can we therefore say thank you to all those who took time to support them, including filling in Shropshire Council’s on-line survey. Well done the crew and everyone else!

Hodent Fire Crew Attend Two Accidents on A53

Hodnet's Fire CrewWithin hours on either side of a meeting which would decide the future of Hodnet Fire Station the local crew were called to two accidents on the A53.

The first incident occurred near Stanton upon Hine Heath at 7.20pm last night (25 Feb.). It involved 3 vehicles, with two 2 casualties being released from their vehicles by fire services. Three people were taken to hospital. One, a teenage driver, suffered multiple leg fractures, a broken pelvis and internal injuries and was transported by air ambulance. According to a report in the Shropshire Star two ambulance crews, who were already transporting patients to hospital, came across the crash and immediately called for back-up before helping the injured. Two further ambulances and a paramedic area support officer attended to the scene, with the two additional ambulances taking over the care and transport of the two patients who were already en route to hospital. Besides Hodnet’s Fire and Rescue Crew, an appliance from Wem, a rescue tender from Wellington, an appliance from Wellington and an Operational Officer all attended the accident. The A53 was closed for several hours afterwards.

Today’s Fire and Rescue Authority at which the decision was to be made on the future of Hodent and three other retained fire stations, was due to start at 3.00pm. Less than three hours later at 5:55pm the Hodnet crew were called to an accident on the A53 at Tern Hill involving two vehicles. One female was released from one of the vehicles by Fire Service personnel using hydraulic cutting equipment and was taken to hospital by ambulance. A pump from Market Drayton, and a support vehicle from Wellington also attended the scene. No other information is available at the time of posting.

Once we hear the outcome of today’s Fire and Rescue Authority we will post the news in another report on this website.

Hodnet and District Garden Club – March 2014

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 18th March, when we welcome

Helen Harrison, who will speak to us on the subject of Propagating Dahlias

Helen is Chair of the Stone Chrysanthemum & Dahlia Society and has exhibited her Dahlias at Bridgemere Garden Centre and Stoke on Trent Flower Show over many years, winning both silver and bronze awards. She has also been the recipient of a prestigious Banksian Medal, named after Joseph Banks who was one of the founders of the RHAS and also sailed with Captain James Cook on HMS Endeavour.

Dahlias are easy to grow and have a range that offers something to please everyone. There is every colour (except blue) and colour combination, with sizes ranging from the smallest Topmix or Lilliput Dahlias to giants with blooms over a foot in diameter.


We meet every month on the third Tuesday at the Lyon Hall, 7:30pm

Visitors are most welcome to come along to our talks and partake in a cup of tea and a biscuit. Entry fee for guests is £2.00 per person.

Or why not join our club? It’s only £12 for a whole year.



Parish Councillor Vacancy

Are you interested in serving your community by becoming a Parish Councillor?

Please contact the Parish Clerk, Maryjayne Rees, by 13th Marchemail or 01630-685745

First Book for Young Hodnet Author

Daniel Lewis with "The Movement of the Mobile" “The Movement of the Mobile” is the first book to be published by Daniel P Lewis. Daniel who is 25 has lived in the Hodnet area all his life. He attended Hodnet Primary School before going to Adams’ Grammar School and and then Glyndwr University where he obtained a 2:1 BA Hons in English and Creative Writing.

On 23rd January 2014 his first novel was published. “The Movement of the Mobile” is available for ordering on the Amazon, WH Smith & Waterstones websites.

Listen to Daniel introduces his book in this video.

Multiple Vehicle Accident on Old A53

Three Car Accident 13 Feb 2014

Earlier today there was a multiple car accident on the section of old A53 which runs through Wollerton between Hodnet and Lostford.

It happened early morning, around 8:30am, as people were going to work and the road was affected by black ice.

Parish Councillor Alan Cope, who took the photograph to the left, comments:

The parish council have asked the highways department to grit this road. Unfortunately highways say that the Hodnet to Lostford road is no longer considered a major route and therefore does not and will not get gritted in the future.

The road is still very heavily used by people commuting to and from work who live in Stoke, Drayton travelling to Wem, Ellesmere in addition to local people living in the village.

When motorists turn off the A53 at Lostford, due to the appearance (markings, signage, width, etc.) of the existing road, the majority of the road users unwittingly believe it will have been gritted along with the A53 and other main routes. Additionally, also due to the roads appearance, motorists drive at a much higher speed than that of the other non gritted country lanes.

Please remember the dangers of driving during icy winter periods, especially when on roads which may not have been gritted.

There are no reports of anyone being seriously injured in the accident.

Mothers Day 2014 Lunch at Hawkstone Hall

Hawkstone Hall

Mothers Day Lunch available at Hawkstone Hall, Marchamley on Sunday 30th March 2014.

Pre booking essential, for a menu and booking form please contact the Secretary 01630 685242 – email