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Open Garden Day – The Vineyard, Weston

The Vineyard, Weston-under-Redcastle,
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 5JY

by kind invitation of Peter and Susan Norbury

Sunday 31st May 2015 11am-5pm
Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door
includes light refreshments.

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit a beautiful country house in ancient parkland,
with spectacular views, wonderful gardens and woodland.

Sensible footwear and walking poles advisable for woodland walks.
No dogs permitted.

Tickets available from Kate Jones, R.A.B.I. Regional Manager
Tel: 07876 492839 or email

On behalf of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution – Supporting Farming Families
(Registered charity no. 208858)

VineyardOpenGarden2015Click image for a jpg flyer
or here for a pdf one.

Dog Fouling Alert

There is a continued problem around the Grove and particularly on the Hodnet Recreation Ground with dog fouling.

Players who get cut or grazed on the football pitch are at risk!


Derek Hodge, Chairman of the Parish Council writes:

Health Concerns

Toxocara canis is a roundworm found in dogs. Roundworm eggs are found in dog mess, which can easily be picked up by children most commonly between the ages of 18 months and five years. This can cause stomach upsets, sore throats, asthma and in rare cases blindness. The eggs can remain active in the soil for many years, long after the dog mess has weathered away.

Dog Waste and the Law

Dog owners it is an offence to allow your dog to foul on public land. People who do not clean up after their dog can be given a £50 fixed penalty notice. If they refuse to pay the fine, they can be prosecuted and may face a court appearance with a maximum penalty of £1,000. Not only is it against the law it is simply anti-social.

Where the Law Applies

Footpaths, grass verges, parking areas or hard surfaced areas alongside or on the carriage way of a road. You must even pick up on the actual road if the speed limit is 40mph or less. All public footpaths, all private roads and footpaths all recreation grounds and open spaces. all roads and footpaths on housing estates.

Be Prepared

Reasons not to pick up such as “I’ve forgotten my poo bags” or “It’s natural fertiliser for the soil” are not valid excuses!

Despite waste bins being provided around the community, one lady dog walker when challenged recently responded “It’s not a problem as it’s on the grass it will clear up”.  Madam, there’s no such thing as “The Dog Poo Fairy”.

All dog owners and walkers need to be prepared at all times and take poo bags to remove your dog’s waste. If there is no waste bin nearby then carry your dog’s waste home and dispose of it in your own black bin.

As a dog owner it is your responsibility to clear up after your dog.


Permissive Path – Help with Q’aire

Shropshire Council (SC), who built the permissive path between Hodnet and Marchamley are seeking some quick/simple feedback from local residents/users.

Although the form asks for responses by end of Feb, SC will look to collect/collate them by 5th March.

A supply of forms is being placed in the village store and post office, which SC encourage people to complete and then hand back in [for later collection by SC]. Alternatively, you can print or download a copy here and either complete it by hand, and hand it in at the collecting points in the village or send it direct to SC via email.

Supporting Water Aid for Lent

The Church clock has moved on to another season in its calendar and is now in Lent. This is the time of year when some people feel the need and others are encouraged to give something up. Originally Lent was a time of preparation for those who were being Baptised at Easter.

Bob Wiltshire, the interim vicar of St. Luke’s Church writes:

Today we are offered the opportunity to use Lent for self examination and repentance. We do this by prayer, fasting and self denial. Also importantly by reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word. How difficult is all that? Well it was never promised to be easy. So those of us that feel all we have to offer is to give something up, carry on and do that. Whatever you offer to God will never be wasted. He will use us and our offerings to His glory.

Water AidThis year the Parish is supporting Water Aid as its Lent Charity. It seems strange, when many have so much water, too much on occasions, that others suffer because they do not have enough or what they have is unhealthy. Water Aid forms are available in St. Luke’s which will fit into jam jars. The idea is that whatever you are giving up for Lent, chocolate perhaps, the money you would have spent on this treat will be dropped into the jar. Jars can then be returned to the church which will send all that has been collected to Water Aid.

This year Water Aid day on the 22nd of March.

For more information on Water Aid, please see their website.

To find out more about what is happening in Hodnet please contact Bob Wiltshire email.

Palm Sunday Service with a Difference

Palm Sunday this year is the 29th of March and St. Luke’s Church, Hodnet is trying something different!

Bob Wiltshire, the interim vicar, says:

This year we are opening up the church to the whole community with a worship service with a difference.

Starting at at 2:00pm there will be craft tables so everyone can make their own palm crosses or an Easter garden. Also there will be lots of other activities for children and young people to get involved in.

If you can play an instrument, even badly, there will also be a music workshop led by the Retrospectives group. What comes out of that workshop will be the music for our short act of worship.

I do hope that you can make it even if you do not normally come to church. You never know they might enjoy it.

St Lukes Church, Hodnet.

Hodnet & District Garden Club – March 2015

Hodnet & District Garden Club

Our next meeting takes place on Tuesday 17th March at 7.30pm in the Lyon Hall, Hodnet.

Our speaker is Mr Ofer El Hashahar, and his subject is Gardening from the Holy Land of Israel.

The location of Israel brings plants from three continents into a country that has very different landscape areas, some lush and fertile, others dry and arid. Ofer will also talk about which plants date from Biblical times and which are new introductions.

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.

We meet on the third Tuesday of the month at the Lyon Hall at 7.30 pm from September to May.

Click on our website for more information about our yearly programme.

Dementia Community Roadshow

Shropshire NewsroomLast Friday Shropshire Newsroom announced a series of Dementia Community Roadshows across the county on several days this week. Full details can be found here.

The roadshows, which are being organised by Shropshire’s Alzheimer’s Society, aim to raise awareness of dementia in  local communities, to support people to get a diagnosis and to help them gain access to help and support, including health and financial benefits.

The nearest venue to Hodnet is in Market Drayton on Wednesday, 18 February from 10.00am to 4.00pm in Morrisons, Maer Lane.

The event will be hosted by local support workers and volunteers who will be on hand to signpost people with dementia and their carers to essential local services, and bring people concerned about their memory, or that of a loved one, a step closer to achieving a diagnosis.

For more information about the event, contact the Alzheimer’s Society in Shropshire on 01743 341800.

Peplow’s New Community Centre Moving Forward

Peplow Chapel South WallsTwenty people were at a meeting on Thursday 5th February in Peplow Chapel to explore the possibility of using it as a community centre in the future. Messages of support by both letter and email have been received from people unable to attend the meeting.  Dave Jackson who lives in the nearby Hall Cottages chaired the meeting. He outlined how the proposals had come about and went through a list of suggested activities he had already received from people.

Following a short discussion, it was unanimously agreed to move ahead with plans to use the chapel as a community centre as well as a place of worship. A good number of those present were members of the congregation from the chapel and they were enthusiastic about seeing its use increased. A small committee is being formed to progress the project.

A band has been booked for Saturday 18th April 2015 playing the sounds of the fifties and sixties. A light meal will be provided and those attending are welcome to bring their own alcoholic drinks. So please make a note of this in your diary and help to make it a big success. Admission will be by pre-purchased ticket and details of price and where to obtain them will be available shortly.

Regular coffee mornings, a book club, a small library and a sewing circle for both beginners and the more experienced is being arranged. Offers have been received to provide a cookery demonstration together with suggestions for table decoration. There is also interest in forming a keep fit and slimming club. If other local residents have suggestions for other activities or books to donate to the library, the committee would like to hear from you.

Anyone who lives in Peplow or close by is most welcome to join in the activities. It is hoped that as the project progresses other people will come forward and get involved.

To find out more, to offer help or to suggest activities, please contact Dave Jackson: Tel. 01952 840489 or email.

Antiques Valuation Day – March 2015

Bear with Carriage ClockFrom 10.00am – 3.00 pm, Thursday 12th 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

Cat Found in Marchamley – Feb 2015

black-white-cat-walkingHas anyone lost a friendly, though a bit shy, black and white cat in the Marchamley area?

It has been seen for a few weeks in local gardens and now living in Clare Lloyd’s garage.

Clare who is now feeding him/her, would love to reunite it with its owner – it looks well cared for.

If you are its owner, or know who the cat might belong to, please contact Clare by email.

Help the Footpath Group

On 19th Feb, at 7.30pm, our group will be meeting at The Bear Inn, Hodnet.

We’ve been running for 5 yrs now; during which time we’ve received good feedback on our local walk leaflets and improvements we’ve made to some local paths – but to keep it up we need help.

If you like walking, maybe just exercising the dog rather than epic hikes, then please consider coming along and joining our small, friendly and mixed group of like-minded people.

You can ‘join’ our group in full (attend meetings and help as much or as little as you like/feel able) or as a ‘friend’ (simply be e-mailed information on our group walks). Either way, there’s no fuss in doing so and ‘membership’ is free.

For more details contact:

Chairman: Richard Underwood Tel 01630 685286 or email

Secretary Mary Hardy Tel 01952 540970 or email

WHAT DO WE DO/WHAT HAVE WE DONE ? – See our webpage for more info: 


Hodnet & District Garden Club Feb. 2015

Hodnet & District Garden Club

Our next meeting takes place on Tuesday 17th February at 7.30 pm in the Lyon Hall, Hodnet.

Dr Peter Chevins is our speaker. He will give a talk called YOUR WONDERFUL BRAIN. Everyone’s brain is amazing. Dr Chevins will explain how it all works in this fascinating talk.

Visitors are most welcome to come along. Light refreshments will be served at the close of the meeting. Entry fee for guests is £2.00 per person, or why not join our club; it’s only £12 for a whole year.

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

Shropshire Potato Day 2015

Sunday 8th February, 10am to 3pm

Harper Adams University, Edgmond, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB

Organised by Jalving Potatoes UK Ltd, a local company based in Great Bolas, this is the third Shropshire Potato Day. A large The selection of high quality certified seed potatoes for gardeners and allotment growers will be available.

Around 120 varieties will be available both in 2.5kg bags, or loose. Also on offer will be over 20 varieties of onions, shallots, peas, beans.

There is a small charge of £1 on the door to cover the venue and facilities. Included in the admission charge is a copy of the catalogue of all the varieties available with their full descriptions. There is no need to book in advance.

Full details are available on the Shropshire Potato Day website.

Community group hoping to launch in Peplow

Peplow Chapel South WallsUnlike Hodnet, Marchamley and Wollerton, Peplow lacks an identifiable focus. The two largest collections of houses are the ones adjacent to Peplow Hall and those which lie around the old railway station and the crossroads on the A442. There is no longer a village shop/post office/petrol station where residents may bump into each other.

Recently there have been some attempts to bring residents together for community events. Last summer a garden on The Avenue was opened to neighbours for the “Peplow Picnic”. Those living near the Hall have also gathered in the open air twice for fireworks and once for carols. These initiatives have now motivated a move to develop Peplow Chapel as a community centre. A conversation between David Jackson and Richard & Elizabeth Downes led to the idea that the building, which is underused, could double up as a Community Centre.

The Chapel was originally built by Francis Stanier – the cornerstone being laid by Caroline Stanier in 1877 – and according to Richard his intention was always that the building would be used by the community. Designed by the famous Victorian architect, Norman Shaw, the chapel remained as part of the Peplow estate until the late 1940’s when it passed to the Anglican Church.

If there is sufficient support for the project Peplow Chapel will not cease to be a place of worship, but its facilities will be shared. It is hoped that this will benefit the Chapel by providing much-needed funds and by providing the community with a venue for social events.

The type of events which have already been suggested are Country and Western nights, musical evenings, Gospel Choir, Flicks in the Sticks and Ladies’ Keep Fit. These would not be run by the church and it would be up to members of the local community to suggest. motivate and deliver any planned event.

David Jackson says, “There are of course a few obstacles to be overcome such as toilet facilities for one. This is a chance for the community to be able to meet socially, but can only be achieved with the full support of the community. Without this it cannot happen. Other churches in our area have gone down this road with great success in bringing the community together.”

It is hoped that a small committee will be formed to facilitate the project and to form a link with the Parochial Church Council who are in total agreement with this proposal.

A meeting has been arranged for Thursday 5th February at 7:30 pm in the Chapel . This is to enable other local residents to respond to these suggestions, to make suggestions about the way forward and possible events as well as gauging the level of support for developing the chapel as a community centre. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information please contact Dave Jackson on 01952-840489 or via email

For more details about the Chapel including pictures of the interior and exterior, see this page on the St. Luke’s, Hodnet website.

Peplow Community Meeting

Chapel of the EpiphanyPeplow Chapel – Thursday 5th February at 7.30pm

To discuss a proposal to use the chapel as a community centre for the benefit of the local community.

Please support this opportunity.

Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

For further details please contact Dave Jackson on 01952-840489 or via email

See this post for more about this project.