Hodnet Weather

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Today 50%
High 11° / Low 3°
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Tomorrow 40%
High 7° / Low -1°
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High 7° / Low 2°

Doris raises the roof in Peplow

Yesterday’s (23/2/17) weather news was dominated by the dangers of the storm named Doris by the Met Office. The saddest reported incident was the death of a woman after she was hit by debris falling on to a street in Wolverhampton. In Stoke-on-Trent a woman in her sixties was taken to hospital after she was hit on the head by the dislodged roof of a car port. There many other reports from across Britain of damage and travel disruption caused by this “weather bomb”.

Whilst locally many trees have been heavily pruned by the wind, there were no reports of fallen trees and the like. Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service report that at about 12:30pm the Hodnet Fire Crew were despatched to an incident on The Avenue, Peplow where the roof of a stable block roof had been blown onto a residential property. Fire Service staff secured the loose material with lines and straps. No injuries were reported.

VILLAGE WALK – Around Fauls

Hodnet Footpath Group have arranged a circular walk on Sunday 5th March in the Fauls area, following the route of our Walk 7 leaflet.

You’ll get to see Fauls from a different perspective with some far reaching views too [weather permitting!]

We plan to meet at Fauls Church at 10 am.

To see more details of our schedule of walks for this year, and the route of the March walk please see this page and this post.

This is a fairly gentle ramble rather than a mountain hike or route march, so hopefully we’ll see some of your there?

Children and dogs [on leads] welcome. Sensible footwear required, and bring any snacks/drinks you may need.

Hodnet Footpath Group,

Parish Council Grants

Hodnet Parish CouncilHodnet Parish Council has recently published details of how local community groups, clubs and charities can apply for funding for projects. They are writing to such groups to provide them with the relevant information, but the Application Form and Guidance Notes have also been added to this website.

Full details of the Community Grants Fund 2017/18 can be found on this dedicated page.

Roadworks between Wollerton & Lostford – 17 to 20 Feb. 2017

Roadworks SignTwo sets of roadworks, being carried out over the next few days, affecting the Wollerton and Lostford areas have been announced on Roadworks.org. Both are being carried out by BT and seem to be connected.

One announcement describes work taking place between 17 and 20 February  (estimated), which is expected to have a moderate impact on journey times, with traffic control being by three-way signals.. The location is given as “From Drayton Field To Lostford Junction A53, Market Drayton, Shropshire”

The other announcement refers to work on Lostford Lane over the same four days. Whilst this is expected to only have a slight impact on journey times, with traffic also being managed by three-way lights (presumably the same same set as above). In this instance the location is given as, “Lostford Lane, Wollerton”.

In simple terms, be prepared over the next few days for delays between Wollerton and Lostford.


Have you lost a mobile phone?

Mobile PhoneA local resident has contacted us to say that over the weekend they found a mobile phone which someone must have dropped.

The phone, which is not a smart phone, was on the old road which runs parallel to the A53 (Hodnet bypass). This is the road from the junction for Stoke-on-Tern which runs past Heathbrook, and in the past went to Wollerton.

If you lost a phone, possibly in this area, over the weekend, please use this form to contact the web team. Please say when you lost it and give a brief description. If it matches what we have been told, we will pass your message on to the person concerned who will get in contact with you in the hope of restoring it to its owner.

A Busy Day for Hodnet’s Fire Crew – 9/2/17

Shropshire Fire and Rescue ServiceToday (9 Feb. 17) Hodnet’s Fire Crew were called out twice.

The first incident was in response to a chimney fire in a house on the Crescent in Station Road.

Following a call received just before 12:30pm the Shropshire Fire and rescue Service received a call reporting a Chimney Fire in Hodnet. A total of four fire appliances, including the Aerial Ladder Platform, were mobilised from both Hodnet and Shrewsbury. An Operations Officer lso attended the incident.

Dealing with the incident involved the use of a positive pressure ventilation fan, a stirrup pump and small tools. No time when the incident was declared closed is given on the Incident Report which can be found here.

Around 9.00pm the crew were mobilised again, this time to another road accident on the A442 in Peplow. (The previous one was Sat. 28 Jan and involved two vehicles – report.)

At the time of posting (10:30pm) no incident report has been uploaded to the SFRS website, but it seems to involve a single vehicle, which left the road about half a mile south of Peplow crossroads. A number of emergency vehicles attended the scene, but the road remained open to traffic.

Update: Shortly before midnight SFRS reported here that a call was received at 21:05 reporting the accident. It adds that just one saloon vehicle was involved and no one was trapped. The stop message was received at 21:26. Embarrassingly for this “reporter” the report states that one fire appliance was mobilised from Wellington. However, he can assure you it was parked at the incident as if it had approached from Hodnet, nit Wellington.

Hodnet Parish Council Elections

Hodnet Parish Council Elections

Chris Mackie, Chairman of Hodnet Parish Council, writes:

Help make the Hodnet Area a better place to live.

In May this year there will be an excellent opportunity for a number of local
residents to make a real difference by helping your community in a worthwhile
and rewarding way

The Parish Council is comprised of ordinary people who live in the community who wish to make sure that the best interests of us all are represented.

The role is open to all, provided that you are over 18 and a British or EEC citizen.

No other role gives you the chance to make such a huge difference to the quality of life for the people in your local area.

We need the Council to represent everybody regardless of age, gender and background.

Councillors are appointed for a four year term and the current term ends in May this year.

Council meetings are typically held in the evening, at the Lyon Hall, every six weeks.

Applying is easy.

You can learn more by:

  • Calling me on 01630 685483 or via email
  • Talk to one of your Councillors (list here)
  • Download this leaflet
  • Come and have a cuppa at our Annual Parish Meeting which will be held in March at the Lyon Hall – date to be confirmed.

Chris Mackie


 N.B. The leaflet linked to above is designed to be printed on both sides of an A4 sheet and folded to A5. Therefore pages 4 & 1 are on the first side whilst 2 & 3 are on the second.

Hodnet & District Garden Club, February 2017

Hodnet & District Garden Club

The club’s first meeting of this year is on Tuesday 21st February at 7.30pm at the Lyon Hall, when we welcome Ross Underwood, the Head Gardener at Hodnet Hall Gardens, as our speaker.

Ross has recently returned from an exciting plant finding expedition, and we are looking forward to his illustrated talk.

The Garden Club’s programme for 2017 may be viewed here. Club membership is very reasonable at £10 for the whole year, whilst visitors are always most welcome to come along to particular talks for the guest fee of £2. Tea and biscuits are served after the meetings.

From Sept-Nov and Feb-May the club meets at 7.30 pm on the third Tuesday of the month at the Lyon Hall in Hodnet for a programme of guest speakers. In the summer months we make the most of the good weather to go on garden visits.

Road Accident in Peplow 28/1/17

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service have reported a Road Traffic Accident in Peplow this afternoon shortly after 4:00pm.

3 fire appliances have been mobilised from Hodnet, Market Drayton and Wellington. An Operations officer is also in attendance. The Air Ambulance was also seen in the area.


Information  has been added to the report which says 2 vehicles ere involved. Fire Service staff used holmatro cutting equipment to release the casualties who were left in the care of the ambulance service.

The stop message was received at by SFRS Control at 4:58pm.

A Tweet by @SFRS_MDrayton says:

16:11 and Hodnet attended 2 car RTC Peplow 2 people released

An earlier message asked people to avoid the area as the A442 was closed. This picture of the Midlands Air Ambulance is from their Twitter feed.

Midlands Air Ambulance

Police warning after dogs shot for worrying sheep

Update 19/2/17 – Shropshire Star, Several sheep killed in Shropshire fields. Six sheep have been attacked on a farm near Cheswardine. Don’t let it happen in Hodnet!

Please Keep Me On A LeadThis week West Mercia Police have reminded dog owners of their responsibility to keep their pets under control when walking near livestock. The warning comes after 5 dogs were shot and killed by farmers in two separate incidents which took place last Thursday and Friday (19 & 20 Jan 17). During the incidents sheep and their unborn lambs were killed.

In the item on the WMP website, PC Mike Barnett, dog legislation officer for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police, stated:

“We are at the very beginning of lambing season and we are already starting to have problems with dogs. Farmers are within their rights to shoot dogs worrying sheep on their land.

“To lose sheep and unborn lambs has a big effect on farmers’ livelihoods. To lose a loved pet causes huge upset for dog owners too.

“All it takes to avoid this distress is to keep dogs on leads and make sure they cannot get out and run loose.”

Countryside Code CoverLast spring we reminded local residents that The Countryside Code states that it is good practice to keep dogs on leads when walking them near farm animals, especially pregnant ewes (here). The post also mentioned the UK’s worst sheep-worrying incident in living memory which took place just a few days earlier when more than one hundred sheep were killed by dogs. Recently, on 22 Jan. the Farmers Guardian carried a report on their website headlined, “Loose dogs responsible for 15,000 sheep deaths in 2016“.

West Mercia Police encourage farmers to contact them about getting signage to put up on their properties through their local Safer Neighbourhood Teams. Contact details for the Market Drayton Team can be found here. Alternatively download (PDF file) and print your own copies of the “Please Keep Me On A Lead” poster pictured above.

Information about relevant legislation and the Animals Act 1971 is available on the WMP website – Livestock and worrying dogs in the countryside.

Save Money on Hospital Parking

Princess Royal Hospital Car ParkA recent news bulletin on the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital website entitled Parking arrangements at SaTH aims to ensure that patients and their visitors are aware of the circumstances in which discounted parking is available. The whole article may be read here and a brief selection from the useful information found there follows:

“Parking charges at SaTH are still among the lowest in the country, with people able to park for up to 30 minutes without charge, and paying only £3.50 for five hours or more. The 30 minutes without charge is useful for people who could drop off and pick up patients without incurring any parking charges.

“Patients receiving dialysis, radiotherapy or chemotherapy and people visiting hospital for issues connected with bereavement are able to park for free. Anyone needing to attend hospital regularly can buy a discounted 10-visit ticket for £8.”

The Trust’s main car parking page may be accessed here and again, a brief selection from the useful information found there follows:

“If you are making multiple visits to the same hospital during a 24-hour period you have the option of selecting “daily rate” and you will pay no more than £3.50 for that day, rather than paying the “hourly rate” each time you attend.”

“For patients on long term treatment plans or visitors of patients expected to be in hospital for more than 3 days, you can download a form to apply for concession tickets. These are also from the Ward/Department and parking booth. The forms must be signed by a member of the Ward/Department and then taken to the Parking Booths for processing. These tickets are valid for a maximum of 12 weeks. The 10-visit ticket costs £8 and gives a significant saving on the cost of each visit.”

Shropshire Local Plan Extension

Coming Soon? More HousingThe Shropshire Local Plan is the council’s blueprint for development in Shropshire. It provides the foundation for planning decisions in the county, such as the sites where houses will be built in the future. At present it covers the period 2006 to 2026.

To reflect changes in national policy Shropshire Council is carrying out a partial review of the current Local Plan with the intention of extending it to cover the period up to 2036.

The existing Local Plan states that 27,500 houses would be required in the 20 years up to 2026. So far about 15,400 have been built. The review seeks to discover people’s views on whether an additional 11,000, 12,000 or 13,000 houses should be built between now and 2036. To this end an eight week consultation into the new plan is being carried out, from 23 January to 20 March.

Individual residents often feel excluded from long term planning decisions. This consultation provides an opportunity for everyone concerned to get involved with thinking through the future.

The consultation document is available on Shropshire Council’s website here, and paper copies are being placed in libraries and council offices. Consultation responses will be used to inform the next stages of the review, and further consultation on a full draft of the reviewed Local Plan covering a wider range of issues is due to be carried out in the early part of 2018.

The current Local Plan comprises the Core Strategy (adopted 2011); the Site Allocations and Management of Development (SAMDev) Plan (adopted 2015); and any adopted formal Neighbourhood Plans.

Call for Sites

Alongside the above Issues and Strategic Options Consultation, Shropshire Council is also undertaking a ‘Call for Sites’ exercise over the same period.

A ‘Call for Sites’ is a request to private; public; and voluntary sector bodies and individuals to submit potential development sites for consideration within the Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA). Sites should be submitted using the Shropshire Council Site Proforma, which must be accompanied by a plan indicating the location and boundary of the site.

Further information about the ‘Call for Sites’, and to access a copy of the Shropshire Council Site Proforma, is available here on Shropshire Council’s website.

Peplow Community Walk – February 2017

Boy & Girl WalkingSunday 12th February – Old Railway line and Heathbrook

Note: New meeting time – 2.00pm not 1.00pm

Following the route of Walk Leaflet 1: Hodnet to Wollerton – The Glow Worm Trail, but starting in Wollerton.

Meet at 2.00pm by Wollerton Village Rooms [SJ623297]

All ages welcome.

In case of forecasted bad weather please check here (or phone Randall on 01952-540970) between 11.00am and 12.00 noon on the day.

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

Shropshire Choices Support Finder

Shropshire Council LogoLast October we published an article entitled “Shropshire Choices” about a new one-stop website which the Council had just launched as part of their early help and prevention approach. The opening paragraph summarises its aim:

“Helping you to make the right choice to remain independent and stay well. Offering information and advice about Adult Social Care, Housing and Health.”

Last week Shropshire Newsroom announced that a new, updated Shropshire Choices support finder has just been published in association with Shropshire Council. The article continues:

It is a comprehensive guide on choosing and paying for adult care and support services in Shropshire.

With Government plans to cap the costs of social care now postponed, it’s never been more important to have impartial information to guide you through choosing and paying for care and support. The guide helps readers to understand their options, highlights where to go for advice and gives information on how the paying for care system works.”

The new Shropshire Choices support finder could be very useful to anyone needing to navigate their way around Adult Care provision in the county. The file can be downloaded from the bottom of the Newsroom article or direct by clicking on the image below.

Shropshire Choices Support Finder 2017

Hodnet’s own Property Marking Event

For those unable to get to West Mercia Police’s Free Security Marking Event in Market Drayton, on Saturday 21 January, there is good news. The local Safer Neighbourhood Team [SNT] is holding another in Hodnet on the following Monday.

It is being held in the Lyon Hall car park between 2:00 & 3:00pm on Monday, 23 January 2017.

There is no charge to have your property security marked. If you would like more information please contact the SNT on 101 (ext: 66905) or email