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Medical Practice Group seeks more Patient Members

Par-tic-i-pa-tion (N): taking part, being or becoming actively involved, sharing in

Hodnet Medical Centre

Are you registered as a patient with Hodnet Medical Centre?

Did you know that every GP practice in England is now required to have a Patient Participation Group (PPG) and that Hodnet Medical Centre’s PPG is seeking more members?

The group has face to face meetings with practice staff three times a year and works on assigned tasks between meetings.

Ideally a wide age range of patients and a good spread of areas served by the practice will be represented.

We currently need more members, (particularly men, young people and anyone with a good grasp of IT skills) but we would love to hear from anyone with a desire to get involved and an interest in two-way communication about health matters.

Every community needs participators – do get in touch!

To find out more, please contact the PPG Secretary
01952 540970 or email

Peplow Community Walk – April 2017

Boy & Girl WalkingSunday 9th April – A circular walk at Bishop’s Wood near Cheswardine.

Meet at 2.15pm for 2:30pm, at the junction by Mosslane Farm/The Hostels [SJ743309]

Roadside/verge car parking is available to the south of this junction. Spaces are limited so those joining us for this walk are encouraged to share vehicles where possible.

All ages welcome.

In case of forecasted bad weather please check here (or phone Randall on 01952-540970) between 12.30 & 1:30pm on the day.

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

Are you Registered to Vote?

Shropshire Council yesterday (16/4/17) published a reminder to local residents to register in time for the local elections on 4 May.

It states that the Electoral Commission has launched a national voter registration campaign to encourage as many people as possible to register ahead of elections taking place this year across the country.

Shropshire Council is also reminding voters that they need to register by the deadline of Thursday 13 April otherwise they won’t be able to take part in the elections for Shropshire Council nor for their local town or parish council.

Hodnet Parish Council ElectionsHere in Hodnet, Parish Council Chairman, Chris Mackie recently invited local residents to consider becoming Parish Councillors. He did not say when volunteers/nominations need to be made for this valuable community role, so anyone interested should contact Chris or one of the other councillors as soon as possible – their names and phone numbers can be found here.

Marchamley Social Events – Planning Evening

We held a quiz night last Friday (10 March 17) at Marchamley club. It was incredibly well attended by 70 of all ages. The organisers received lots of really good feedback about the evening. People were clearly really enjoying themselves, and were keen to come to more get-togethers in the future.

As usual Ann was the backbone of the event, volunteering many hours of her time delivering flyers, looking after the club and tending the bar. Dave Smither put together a quiz which was pitched just at the right level, and Richard Apperley was quiz master.  The events success was also down to the generosity of so many in providing the delicious food, raffle and quiz prizes as well as giving time to organise things.

We raised lots of money for the renovations at Marchamley club. The totals were as follows:-

Raffle £135.50
Entrance £270.00

Are you interested in sharing in organising future events?

Come along to the club on Thursday 6 April at 7:30pm or contact Maureen Howell on 01630 685305 or email

We are thinking of the following:-

A games afternoon/evening in May

On Sunday, 4 June we are planning an informal day time get together at the club with an organised walk around the Marchamley Mysteries which we highlighted at our photographic exhibition.

Reward for return of lost memory stick

We have been contacted by a local resident who accidentally dropped a USB memory stick outside Hodnet Village Stores yesterday, Sat. 11 March. The shiny silver memory stick was attached to a key ring.

The owner is willing to provide a £10 reward to the person returning it to him provided all the data is still all on it.

If you found it, or know who did, please contact Steve on 07966-239401 or email.

Hodnet & District Garden Club 21st March 2017

Hodnet & District Garden ClubAfter our Shropshire to Sikkim armchair tour in February, this month’s topic is much more down to earth.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 21st March at the Lyon Hall, Hodnet at 7:30pm, when we look forward to hearing Trevor Davies give an illustrated talk  entitled Making Marvellous Compost.

Trevor is an expert on recycling and will have many tips for all gardeners

Visitors are most welcome to come along to any of our talks. Annual membership is £10, guest fee is £2/visit and light refreshments are served at the end of the meetings.

To view the Garden Club’s programme for the whole year, see here.

One Week to the Annual Parish Meeting!

Hodnet Parish CouncilOne week to go to the Annual Parish Meeting, where we will hear from representatives of the County Council, the Parish Council, the local school, local charities, the Lyon Hall and the Hodnet Medical Centre Patients Group.

There will be opportunities to meet the representatives afterwards and put your questions directly to them over a cup of tea.

It is also your chance to find out more about the role of a Parish Councillor and how you could help the community by becoming one.

The Annual Parish Meeting takes place in the Lyon Hall on Thursday 16th March, starting at 7:30pm. See here.

Hodnet Parish Council Elections

More information about the upcoming Parish Council Election can be found here.

Roadworks on A53 towards Shrewsbury

Roadworks SignShropshire Council have announced on their Roadworks and Closures web-page, 2 sets of works on the A53 which will hinder daytime travel to Shrewsbury for the rest of this month.

From tomorrow (9/3/17) resurfacing work at Bing’s Heath, south of Shawbury, will begin. The work, which is planned to take 11 days, will take place between 9:30am & 4:00pm. Traffic control will be by means of a convoy system, controlled by traffic lights.

Then on Friday 17 March further resurfacing work will begin north of Edgebolton; this is scheduled to take place over 10 days. Again the work will be carried out between 9:30am & 4:oopm and a traffic light controlled convoy system will be in place. There will be closures at different times of adjoining roads to prevent traffic joining the A53 in the sections where work is being carried out. The following map indicates the routes concerned.

A53 Roadworks 17/03/17

Carers Get Together, Weds 22nd March 2017

 

Are you caring for someone and finding it difficult?

Do you know about CarersTrust 4All and the events they run in this area?

Here in Hodnet they are putting on a Carers Get Together on Wednesday 22 March from 11am to 12 noon.

Come for a cuppa and chat with your local carer advisor Julie Alanthwaite at the Community Room, The Meadow, Hodnet.

The flyer states:

“A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who cannot cope without their support due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or addiction.

If this is you then pop along and join us for a chat and see what support we can offer you.”

For more information contact: Carers Trust 4All  on 01743 341995 (option 1 then option 6) or see their website here

Marchamley Club Light-hearted Quiz

Friday, 10 March 2017

Meet up with friends and neighbours

7:30pm start prompt Doors open 7:00pm

Light buffet

Adults £5 children under 16 free

Bring a team up to 6, or join with others

Reserve your space through Marchamley club.
Alternatively phone Maureen Howell 01630-685305 or email

Note: limited space, so book soon – 50 people have already done so!

A442 Witnesses Another Accident – 3/3/17

Police Accident SignThe A442 through our Civil Parish seems to attract a larger number of accidents than any other road in the area. Today the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Shropshire Star both carry reports of another collision with a tree.

According to the Star, Jamie Arrowsmith, spokesman for West Midland Ambulance Service, said: “We were called at 9.08 am to the junction of the A442 and A53 in Hodnet to reports of a collision between a car and a tree. We sent one ambulance to the scene. There was also an off-duty paramedic in attendance. We treated a woman in her 50s, who was the driver of the car, for back pain and an injury to her face. She was immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and taken to Princess Royal Hospital.”

The accident seems to have taken place to the south of Espley Roundabout, as there are not trees close to the junction. The road was closed for a period of time while emergency services worked at the scene and to allow for recovery of the vehicles. A Tweet by reads, “Hodnet, & at RTC on A442 at Peplow 2 vehicles, no persons trapped, please avoid the area

SFRS state that 4 fire appliances including the Rescue Tender were mobilised from Hodnet, Market Drayton and Wellington and an Operations Officer attended a road traffic collision. They state that it involved two vehicles, and do not mention a tree! The Star’s report includes a statement from a spokesman for Market Drayton Fire Station who said, “Crews made the vehicles safe, and provided assistance to paramedics and police who were also on scene.”

It is only 22 days since the last collision involving a vehicle hitting a tree on this road. Today’s was the third in the first three months of this year. Over the years we have now reported on 12 accidents on this road, two of them involving fatalities. Here is a list of the others:

Annual Parish Meeting 2017

Hodnet Parish CouncilThursday 16th March 2017

At The Lyon Hall, Hodnet

Starting 7.30 pm

Come along and have a cuppa

This is your meeting, about your Parish

Road Works 27 & 28 Feb 2017

Roadworks SignThe roadworks.org website has posted notices of two sets of works in our area which are to be carried out today and tomorrow (27 & 28 Feb. 17).

The one with potentially the highest impact is located on A53 at Espley Roundabout. It involves the upgrade of a “pole” by Vodafone and expected to take place over two days. Traffic control will be by means of Stop/Go boards, and delays are expected. The exact location of the works is described as being in the grass verge on N side A53 20m W of the roundabout. This contributor is not sure what “S/L 14 25m W S/L 13 opp” describes, but suspects S/L may indicate single line/lane traffic. Presumably the pole concerned is an upgraded mast which should be good news for users of Vodafone’s network.

The other set of works, which are scheduled for Tuesday 28 Feb. 17, are on the road to Weston Under Redcastle. This too involves the replacement of pole, but here by Western Power Distribution. The works are described as taking place opposite Hillside, between the [old] A442 junction Hodnet and the B5065 junction Dairy House, Weston Under Redcastle. Traffic control will be by Stop/Go boards and delays are likely to occur.

Peplow Community Walk – March 2017

Boy & Girl WalkingSunday 12th March – A circular walk at Lyth Hill Country Park

Meet at 2.00pm at the car park nearest Bayston Hill [SJ477072]

All ages welcome.

Please note: there is additional parking on the unmade section of Upper Pulley Lane, but because of the popularity of the area those joining us for this walk are encouraged to share vehicles where possible.

In case of forecasted bad weather please check here (or phone Randall on 01952-540970) between 12.30 & 1:30pm on the day.

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

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.