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New Bowls Trophy Presented

Members of Wollerton Bowls & Social Club gathered on Saturday 13 September, 2014 to watch the presentation of a new trophy at the club’s green in Mill Road. The Reg Frost Memorial Trophy was presented by Nigel and Mark Frost in honour of their father who died earlier this year. The first winner of the trophy was Mrs. Lesley Jones.

WBSC Reg Frost Memorial Trophy 2014

Members of the Frost family with inaugural trophy winner Lesley Jones

Left to right: Megan & Mark with Charlie, Reg’s widow Sylvia and Lesley Jones, Nigel & Mandy with George.

Reg had been involved in Wollerton Club for over a decade and both he and Sylvia have been hard working members. Reg was often to be found at the club helping  out with maintenance work to both the grounds and the buildings. Before the start of this season he had been very involved in dismantling an old wooden shelter and replacing it with a larger metal extension to the existing one.

It was a great shock to all members of the club when Reg collapsed on the green on 2nd April during the first match of the season in the Market Drayton Seniors Bowling League. Reg had suffered a heart attack and died shortly afterwards. He is greatly missed by members of his family and members of the club.

The Reg Frost Memorial Trophy will now take pride of place amongst the club’s annual in-house competitions.

For more information about Wollerton Bowls & Social Club please see their web-page.

Hawkstone Hall Christmas Lunches 2014

Hawkstone HallChristmas lunches will be available at Hawkstone Hall on selected days between 11th and 21st December 2014.

For more details and bookings please contact the Secretary on 01630-685242 or by email.

Flu Vaccinations 2014

Book your flu vaccinationHodnet Surgery is asking patients to book their pre-winter flu vaccinations as soon as possible.

Please contact the Medical Practice on 01630-685230 to see if you are eligible and to book an appointment.

Hodnet to get High-Speed Broadband by end of 2015

ConnectingShropshireShropshire Newsroom has announced the Connecting Shropshire programme for next year. In a post a few days ago they highlighted plans to provide fibre broadband to 13 new exchange areas one of which is Hodnet.

The Connecting Shropshire programme is a partnership between Shropshire Council, BT and Broadband Delivery UK. It says its aim for next year is to make the sophisticated technology available to around 7,500 homes and businesses in: Bishops Castle, Bromfield, Calverhall, Cressage, Ditton Priors, Dudleston Heath, Ellesmere, Hodnet, Knockin, Munslow, Norton, Seifton and Worfield.

Shropshire Newsroom also highlights the launch of a new on-line map and easy-to-use line checker on the Connecting Shropshire website. It enables residents to find out the availability of fibre broadband in their area. The map can be found here on the Connecting Shropshire website.


Hodnet and District Garden Club September 2014

Hodnet & District Garden ClubOur first meeting in the Lyon Hall since the summer takes place on Tuesday 16th September at 7:30pm.

Our speaker is Mike Powis, who will give a talk and demonstration about Bonsai. Literally translated, this word means “plant in a tray”. It is usually defined as the art of miniaturising trees.

The techniques used to control the growth of trees are centuries old and are known to have been used by the Romans. The Chinese used the techniques for producing artistic pot plants, but it was the Japanese who formalised the art as it is known today. Mike will be telling us about the different trees which can be used and the effects that can be achieved.

Visitors are most welcome to come along to this talk and partake in a cup of tea and biscuit afterwards. Entry fee for guests is £2.00 per person. Alternatively, why not join our club? It’s only £12 for a whole year. We meet every month on the third Tuesday.

Hawkstone Fun Ride 2014

Sunday 14th September 2014 – Start at 10.00 a.m. final riders away at 2.30 p.m.

Come and enjoy a rare opportunity to ride through approximately 12 miles of exquisite Shropshire countryside

Take a look at our new Scrapbook

A new section has been added to the Local History pages on this website. The Hodnet Scrapbook features selected newspaper cuttings, articles and photographs some going back over 100years. At present it is spread over 14 pages, but it is hoped that it will expand in the future.

Here are some of the pictures from the past featured amongst its pages – do you recognise anyone in them?

Hodnet Parish Plan: 5 Year Update

Lyon Hall, Thursday Sept. 18th, 7.30pm

Come Along and Share Your Thoughts

At this early stage the Parish Council wants to hear your thoughts and gather volunteers for a working group to update the Parish Plan.

There are probably lots of issues which affect you and your family in some way so it is important that you come along. It is vital that this update is for the community and led by the community.

What do you like about the Parish?

What would you like to change in the Parish?

What would you like to see in the future?

You may have views on:

  • Healthcare
  • Environment
  • Communications
  • Employment
  • Youth
  • Housing
  • Roads
  • Traffic
  • Education
  • Resources
  • Sustainability
  • Services
  • Facilities

Please join us to share your views and let us know your ideas.

For more information, contact the Parish Clerk – Mrs M Rees 01630 685745 or email

Change of Venue for Parish Council Meeting, 14 Aug.

CouncilMeetingThe venue for this weeks Parish Council meeting has been changed.

The new location is: Wollerton United Reformed Church School Room, Wood Lane, Wollerton.

Parking is available in the field at the front of the chapel.

The meeting starts at 7:30pm.

For more information please contact the Parish Clerk: Tel. 01630-685745 or email

New Planning Application – Drayton Road, Hodnet

Drayton Road Proposed Site Plan

Image of Proposed Site Plan, Drayton Road.
Click image to download the PDF version.

A number of local residents have received notice of an outline planning application for the erection of 14 dwellings on land off Drayton Road on the edge of Hodnet. Full details of the application can be found here on the Planning portal of the Shropshire Council’s website. There are eight documents in total available on the Council’s website for download as PDF files. The Planning Statement (Design & Access) consists of 48 pages whilst the Heritage Statement is slightly shorter at 39 pages.

[N.B. Problems have been reported using the direct links links to the planning documents from this post. This appears to be due to the way the Planning portal site functions. If you are having similar problems, please follow this link the "Documents" tab and access them from there.]

The “Details > Important Dates” tab gives the “Neighbour Consultation Expiry Date” as Friday, 22 Aug 2014. Any resident wishing to comment on this application should make sure that they do so by the above date. Comments can be made on-line via the application’s pages on the Planning portal or in writing to the Planning Department either at Edinburgh House, New Street, Wem, SY4 5DB or Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND. Anyone sending in their comments by post should quote the application reference number 14/03403/OUT. Normally, planning applications can be viewed at the council’s offices, but we recommend that anyone wishing to do so phone the Shropshire Council Customer Service Team on 0345 678 9004 first.

The outline planning application states that the proposals include forming “a footpath link to Wollerton“. Whilst many local residents would welcome such a provision, it should be noted that as proposed it will not connect directly with the existing pavement on the old A53 which starts at the junction with the side road at the Hodnet end of Wollerton village. The Indicative Footpath Route Plan along with the text of the Planning Statement show that it will only go as far as the the point where the existing footpath from Wollerton Old Hall meets Drayton Road. This would leave around half a mile along a busy road without a pavement. Under this proposal the “safe route” to Wollerton would be along the footpath across the fields to the place where the old railway line ends, then through Wollerton Old Hall’s car parking field and onto the unclassified road. A further item for consideration is that the footpath across the fields between the course of the disused railway and Drayton road is poorly defined, as the ground has often been ploughed.

Another vehicle collision on the A442

Shropshire Fire and Rescue ServiceShropshire Fire and Rescue Service report an accident between a van and a car on the A442 at Peplow, which occurred around 10:30pm last night (Wed. 6th Aug, 2014).

Limited details are available here on in the Incidents section of their website. Two people were trapped in the vehicles with one being released before the arrival of the Fire & Rescue crew. The other had to be released using the specialised hydraulic equipment carried on the rescue tender. Both casualties were taken to hospital by ambulance.

Update: The Market Drayton Advertiser (8 Aug.) carried a report of the accident. It stated that a woman was trapped in the car by her legs and it was had suspected she had sustained a fractured pelvis. Once extricated from the wreckage she was taken to the trauma centre at University Hospital North Staffordshire for further emergency treatment. A man who had sustained a foot injury in the collision, was treated at the scene before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. It also states that the A442 was closed for recovery work and accident investigation for around 9 hours until approximately 8 o’clock the following morning. A similar report is available here on the Shropshire Star website.

Sadly, it seems that staff at the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service control centre may not be as familiar with the local area as they might be. Incident report No. 27045 gives the location of the incident as “Peplow, A442, Odnet” rather than “Hodnet”!

Final dog access gate installed

At the weekend, on the only day it has rained for weeks -how do we choose them? a few hardy souls from the footpath group installed the last of the three planned dog gates on the route from Hodnet to Long Lane (Hodnet Walks 2).

In line with the claim on the reprinted leaflets about to hit the streets, this will make the whole of Walk 2 ‘dog friendly’.

They say that practice makes perfect, and our Mk III gate has undoubtedly evolved from our earlier attempts – we like it and we hope that users do too.

Here are some photos.




DURING – Thank goodness for that brolly!


TEST RUN – Alf does the honours


AFTER – Alf thought it so much fun, he wanted another go!

An enjoyable walk with the Footpath Group July 2014


As previously advertised on this website, last Wednesday evening’s walk organised by the Hodnet Footpath Group was thoroughly enjoyed by 18 people and 4 dogs. The Footpath Group have recently secured funding for another print-run of their very popular walks leaflets and this walk followed part of a new route they have developed, walking from Hodnet to Fauls.

Look out for copies of all seven walks leaflets in the Post Office, the village shop, the Medical Centre or the Bear Inn. Alternatively, some are already available for download here and the rest should soon follow.

Light evenings and lovely summer weather make for ideal walking conditions, so the Footpath Group encourages all who might not yet have been on one of our local walks to ‘give them a try – while it stays dry’! The more people who use our local footpaths, the more walkable they will remain.

Anniversary Celebrations for Garden Club July 2014

140715_HDGCA delightful warm summer evening was spent by thirty-two members of the Hodnet & District Garden Club when they celebrated the 35th Anniversary of the club with a garden party at Wollerton Old Hall Gardens.  The evening started with a champagne welcome where the Chairman, Shaun Dixon, said a few words about the Club’s past, present and future. This was followed by an introduction to the gardens by John Jenkins. After a pleasurable wander through these stunning gardens, a meal was served in the tea room.

Wollerton Wetlands – good news

Although legal/practical access to the Wetlands was established earlier this year, a decade of lack of access/neglect meant that parts of the original paths around it had become overgrown and nettle infested.

Shropshire Council’s Outdoor Recreation dept recently arranged for a work party from the Probation Service to heavily strim and cut back vegetation around the site, and the route is now transformed, see pictures below.



A circular walk is now very easy, and further visits are planned through the year to uncover the original chipping paths.

The more people use the paths the clearer they will remain, so if you’ve not been before, why not try it now?

Maybe you’ll see some of its special wildlife, as below.



See Walk Leaflet 5 for how to get there from Wollerton – follow this LINK