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Antiques Valuation Day – November 2015

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

Hodnet Post Office Consultation

Recently Post Office Ltd. has announced a consultation on future of Hodnet Post Office.

They are proposing, with the current Postmaster’s agreement, to move the village Post Office branch to a new location in Hodnet Village Stores, Church Street. If the move goes ahead the local Post Office will become one of the new local style branches.

This change would be part of a major programme of modernisation taking place across the Post Office network, the largest in the history of Post Office Ltd. The Programme is underpinned by Government investment and will see up to 8,000 branches modernised and additional investment in over 3,000 community and outreach branches.

What will this mean for customers?

  • Post Office services will be offered from a till on the retail counter in a modern open plan branch;
  • Longer opening hours;
  • The majority of Post Office products and services will still be available;
  • Improved accessibility.

Consulting on the proposed new location

A 6 week local public consultation has already started and the Post Office is asking local residents to tell them what they think about the suitability of the proposed new location. Before the company finalises its plans, they would really like to hear residents views on the proposed location, particularly on the following areas:

  • How suitable you think the new location and premises are and how easy it is to get there?
  • Are the new premises easy for you to get into and is the inside easily accessible?
  • Do you have any concerns about the new location?
  • If so, do you have any suggestions that could help us make it better for you?
  • Any local community issues which you think could be affected by the proposed move?
  • Anything you particularly like about the proposed change?

The Public Consultation ends on 12 November 2015. If the move goes ahead the local Post Office the change will take place in January/February next year.

Full details of the consultation are available in this copy of a letter to the Parish Clerk. The proposed changes would mean that Post Office products and services would be available throughout shop opening hours from an open-plan till at the shop counter. These are from 7am to 7.30pm on Monday to Friday, from 8am to 7.30pm on Saturday, and from 8am to 2pm on Sunday. According to a table in the above letter there would be no loss of services resulting from the move.

To participate in the consultation local residents should pursue one of the following courses:

  • On the internet via www.postofficeviews.co.uk [N.B. This author had difficulty using this this service];
  • By email to comments@postoffice.co.uk;
  • By phone 03457-223344 (Textphone 03457-223355) [N.B. This service requires the caller to select from 5 levels of options, to save time please use this sequence, one digit per menu – 2/5/6/2/2];
  • In writing to “FREEPOST Your Comments” [N.B. This is the full address needed, no other details are necessary.]

Remember the consultation ends on 12 November 2015.

Peplow Community Quiz Night – Nov. 2015

Bright Quiz NightFriday 20th November at 7:30pm

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

‘Nibbles’ provided.

Quiz entry on the night: £2 per team member, max. 5 people.

Peplow Community Bonfire & Fireworks 2015

Thursday 5th November

Sorry, this event has been cancelled.

WMP Launch ‘Rural Matters’ campaign

WMP Rural Matters LogoToday (1 Oct 2015) West Mercia Police launched a new campaign ‘Rural Matters’ which it is hoped will demonstrate their commitment to the rural community.

The first initiative of the campaign is ’50 days of focus’ which aims to raise awareness of the policing activities happening each and every day in rural communities to help reduce crime. Different activities will be taking place every day, from crime prevention advice to information on rural crime operations and these will be highlighted on the campaign’s web page: www.westmercia.police.uk/ruralmatters

Superintendent Sue Thomas, business lead for rural and business crime said: “One of the challenges of policing in rural communities is the vast distances between properties and businesses. We are working hard with our partners at ways of bringing us closer to the people who need us at times they want to see us and we are committed to providing crime prevention advice to help people protect their property and reduce crime.”

Crime Prevention LeafletsAnother feature of Rural Matters is a series of crime prevention advice leaflets which cover a range of topics relevant to rural communities. These include:

  • Allotment theft advice
  • Arson crime prevention advice
  • Electric fence equipment security advice
  • Farm and outbuilding crime prevention advice
  • Fertiliser security crime prevention advice
  • Fuel theft crime prevention advice
  • Narrowboat crime prevention advice
  • Poultry theft crime prevention advice
  • Preservation of a crime scene advice
  • Shed security crime prevention advice

Click the image to the right to see the full list and for download links.

Hodnet Footpath Group Walk – Sun 4th October 2015

The Hodnet Footpath Group are organising a walk for this coming Sunday morning (4th October).

Meet at 9.45am at the Lyon Hall Car Park to travel to Cheswardine for a 4.5 mile walk (approx 2 hrs). We plan to follow a route detailed in one of the recently published series of walks around the Cheswardine area. Please bring suitable footwear and a drink. Children are welcome. Dogs too, provided they are on a lead.

We hope to continue with semi-regular walks over the autumn/winter months and familiarise people with the increasing number of local walks which are now available, as well as using routes within our own Parish. (For example, info about walks near Cheswardine can be accessed here, and walks near Stanton here.)

The date we have allocated for our next walk is Sunday 29th November, meeting at the same time and place. Route to be decided.

Hoping that some new faces will be able to come along.

Peplow Community Walk – Oct. 2015

Boy & Girl WalkingSunday 4th October at 2.30pm

A  circular afternoon walk around Peplow and High Hatton.
Refreshments provided afterwards.

Meeting at Elderberry Barn.(Mike and Dorrien’s).
Children welcome, also dogs on leads.

Please wear suitable footwear.

In case of bad weather please phone Randall 01952-540970 (after 1:00pm on the day) to check if the walk is going ahead.

Flu Vaccinations 2015

Hodnet Medical Centre has recently published details of its Flu Vaccination Clinics for winter 2015. The relevant information can be found here on their website but is also reproduced below.

Flu vaccines

Posted on 25 Sep 2015

This year’s Flu clinics commence on Monday 5th October 2015.  Please ring the medical centre to make an appointment if you think you may be eligible for a free vaccination.

If you fall into one of the clinical risk groups who are advised to have the flu jab, or you

  • Are aged 65 and over (or will turn 65 by 31 March 2016)
  • Are pregnant
  • Have a certain medical condition such as diabetes or heart disease
  • Care for someone whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill

we may be able to provide you with the vaccine.   If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please check with a member of staff, who will be able to answer your query.

Hodnet Medical Centre & Young People

Hodnet Medical Centre has added a page to its website announcing that young people aged 16 and over can now choose their own GP. It also details what this means in practice in regard to such matters as confidentiality and consent to medical treatment.

Full information can be found on the Centre’s  “Young People Are Welcome” page.

Maurice Chandler Centre hosts Wheels for All

Wheels for AllShropshire Council announced earlier this week that several centres across the county will be hosting the Wheels for All scheme. Run by Cycling Projects these sessions offer inclusive cycling opportunities for children and their families across Shropshire using adapted cycles including tricycles, hand cycles, quad cycles and other specially designed machines.

Locally, the Maurice Chandler Sports and Leisure Centre will be hosting two sessions during the autumn and winter. These will take place on Saturdays 17th Oct. & 14th Nov. between 11am – 1pm. The sessions welcome siblings and families to join in and enjoy the fun.

Anyone wishing to know more about the sessions or book a cycle should contact Ian Tierney, 07709-140910 / 01925-234213 or via email. Wheels for All events are organised by Cycling Projects which is a registered charity. Details about their work are available on their website www.cycling.org.uk.

Superfast Broadband Available in Hodnet (South)

ConnectingShropshireConnecting Shropshire has announced that around 180 premises in and around the southern part of Hodnet village can now access faster broadband. This is the result of Cabinet 2 in the Hodnet exchange now being connected to fibre cable.

Connecting Shropshire advise that to connect to fibre broadband, residents will need to contact their chosen internet service provider to upgrade their broadband package – broadband speeds will not increase automatically.

They further recommend that people shop around to get the best deal for them by using a comparison website, such as www.cable.co.uk

Hodnet & District Garden Club October 2015

Hodnet & District Garden ClubAfter a very enjoyable talk from local wildlife artist and natural history writer Ben Waddams in September, the club next meets on Tues 20th Oct at 7.30 pm in the Lyon Hall, Hodnet for its AGM and members’ discussion group, followed by a gardening quiz.

October’s competition is “A display of autumn leaves”.


Light refreshments will be served and visitors are most welcome. Entry fee is £2 for guests, or annual membership only £12.


Hodnet and District Garden Club September 2015

Hodnet & District Garden ClubA reminder that after a summer of outings and visits, the Garden Club resumes its meetings in the Lyon Hall on the third Tuesday of the month for its autumn and winter programme. The next meeting is at 7.30 p.m.  on Tuesday Sept 15th when Ben Waddams will be talking about ‘Wildlife in Your Garden’. Ben is well known for his articles in our local papers on wild life. He illustrates these with his lovely drawings and paintings and has promised to bring some prints for sale. There will also be plants for sale. This month’s competition is for a crop of potatoes from one plant.

Visitors are very welcome to come along. Tea and biscuits will be served at the end of the meeting. Guest fee £2, or £12 to join for the whole year.

A Good Day for a Walk

Last Friday (11 Sep. 2015) proved a very good day for a walk! It was a rare warm sunny day in what has been a mostly cool and windy “summer”. Eleven people and one dog met by Wollerton Village Rooms for the walk which followed the route of Hodnet Walk Leaflet 5.

The walk, which was one of the monthly Peplow Community Walks, took the long way around Wollerton Wetlands, and then under the A53 and up to Helshaw Grange.

Other walks are planned on Sunday 4th October & 15th November at 2:30pm – watch the “Upcoming Events” section for details.

Peplow Community Walk 11Sep15

Wollerton gets Connected to Fibre Broadband

ConnectingShropshireConnecting Shropshire has announced that it has successfully installed fibre cable to Cabinet 1 in the Hodnet exchange. This cabinet serves around 70 premises in and around Wollerton and means that faster fibre broadband is now available to order in Wollerton.

Connecting Shropshire advise that to connect to fibre broadband, residents will need to contact their chosen internet service provider to upgrade their broadband package – broadband speeds will not increase automatically.

They further recommend that people shop around to get the best deal for them by using a comparison website, such as www.cable.co.uk

People in other areas should visit the Connecting Shropshire’s website to check which exchange area and cabinet serves their premises and to check the availability of fibre broadband.

In a separate announcement in its September Newsletter, it highlights that the administrators of the Connection Voucher scheme for businesses have said that the funding available for businesses is likely to run out in October. Therefore businesses which are considering applying for a connection voucher worth up to £3,000, should apply to Digital Birmingham without delay! Further information can be found on this page.