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Parish Plan Review: Focus Group Notes 24/3/15

The notes of the latest Parish Plan Review: Focus Group are now available – click here.

Previous meetings notes:

Information on the initial public meeting can be found here.

Council Tax: Statement from Parish Council Chairman

Most local residents will by now have received their Council Tax Demand Notice for 2015/16. You will have seen that Shropshire Council have loudly proclaimed that they have frozen their charges at 0.0% and you will no doubt wonder why then there is 9.8% increase (albeit a small amount in cash terms) related to Hodnet Parish Council.

One way Shropshire Council has achieved their zero per cent is by not handing on a government grant to town and parish councils of £511,000 this year but retaining the money centrally. This has meant that parishes have been short-changed (I think this is the politest phrase I could find) and so we have had to raise our charges in order to stand still financially. So “they” look good and we are made to look bad.

Rest assured Hodnet Parish Council has looked for savings: In 2012/13 the parish element for rates was reduced by 6.4%, in 2013/14 and 2014/15 there was no increase in charges following that reduction. However, for the next year we have this shortfall to make good and so the subsequent increase in the parish rate (could argue of course that given the earlier reduction it represents about overall 3% rise in the parish rate over a 4 year period!).

Thank you for your understanding

Derek Hodge
Chair Hodnet Parish Council

For press reports about Shropshire Council’s decision see these stories from the Shropshire Star:

Farmers Protect Your Property!

Neighbourhood WatchLast week we reported on the theft of a quad-bike, two chainsaws and hand tools from a farm in Peplow.

Today (18/3/15) Neighbourhood Watch have reported two further break-in at nearby farms.

Overnight between 7pm/7am Sat/Sun 14-15 March, farm premises beside the A53 at Stanton on Hine Heath were broken into and a small safe and cash were taken.

OIS incident reference 0154s 150315

During the day between 8.15am-6pm on Tues 17 March, a farm outbuilding near Hopton, Stanton on Hine Heath was broken into. Eight bicycles and a Stihl chainsaw were stolen. The bicycles included 1.a white and green Giant ‘Anthem’: 2. a black and blue Giant ‘Trance’ mountain bike: 3. a silver Boardman road bike (lady’s): 4. a black Boardman road bike (gent’s): 5.a grey, green and white White 729 mountain bike: 6. a red and white Secteur road bike: 7. a gold and brown Genisis ‘Zero’ mountain bike, and 8. a black and yellow Scott ‘Scale’ mountain bike.

OIS incident ref: 0632s 170315

Anyone with information about these thefts should contact the police via the non-emergency police telephone number “101” and ask for the information to be passed on to the West Mercia Force Control Room. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111 or via their website.

Whilst it is not always easy to make farm outbuildings secure we encourage farmers to be extra vigilant over the next few weeks.

Hodnet & District Garden Club April 2015

Hodnet & District Garden ClubThe next meeting of the Garden Club will take place on Tuesday 21st April at 7.30 pm at the Lyon Hall. This will take the form of an Open Mic session, with  with various members giving short presentations on a topic of their choice.

Visitors are most welcome to come along. Light refreshments will be served at the close of the meeting. Entry fee for guests is £2 per person, or annual membership only £12.

Shrewsbury Hospital – Future of services

Future of Healthcare Services at Shrewsbury Hospital- ask your Councillors

Where: Adderley Village Hall

Time:  7pm

Date: 25th March 2015

Market Drayton Future Fit Poster

Two Evening Burglaries in Hodnet

West Mercia Police LogoPolice have today (13/3/15) appealed for anyone with information about two burglaries which took place in Hodnet on Tuesday 10 March to contact them. The announcement can be found here on the WMP website.

The burglaries, at two homes in The Grove, Hodnet, happened between 8:30pm and 9:40pm on Tuesday evening. The offender(s) forced entry into the dwellings through the rear doors of the properties, causing damage to them.

Anyone with any information about the incidents is asked to contact West Mercia Police on 101, quoting incident number 0769S of 10th March 2015.

Attention Allergy Suffers

Hodnet Medical CentreHodnet Medical Centre has added an item to its website this week announcing an initiative to improve the care of patients who suffer from allergies. Click here to view the page concerned.

The practice asks:

If you suffer from an allergy or intolerance, please inform your doctor during a consultation, or complete an allergy form which is available at Reception.

Chris and his Retrospectives in Peplow

Chris and his Retrospectives

Saturday 18th April 2015, 7pm – 11pm, in Peplow Chapel

Songs from the magic years of the Fab Fifties and Swinging Sixties

Golden oldies played by golden oldies!

Folk and Ballads through to Pop and Rock ‘n’ Roll



Tickets in advance £10: Includes a bowl of Beef Bourguignon and a pudding.
Vegetarian option available)

Please bring  your own drinks, we will supply the glasses.

Chris recommends you bring a cushion for the pews, unless you plan to dance all night!

Tickets and more information from Dave Jackson
Tel. 01952-840489 or email

Organised by


Peplow Easter Picnic & Egg Hunt 2015


Easter Monday, 6th April from 4.00pm onwards

Easter Egg Hunt and Best Bonnet Competition.

Bring your own picnic! Tea, coffee and soft drinks available.

More information: Dave Jackson Tel: 01952-840489 email

Peplow Chapel

Peplow Board Games Evening – 25/3/15


Do you enjoy board games like:
Settlers of Catan; Carcassonne; Strozzi; Scrabble; Rummicub.

Come along and enjoy a relaxed evening of fun.

Wednesday 25th March, 7.30pm
Small charge to cover refreshments and heating.

Contact: Randall Hardy – 01952-540970 or email

Peplow Book Club Launch – 18/3/15


Do you enjoy reading? Like talking about what you have read?

Come along to a new Book Club and share your ideas.

Wednesday 18th March, 7.30 – 9.00pm.
Small charge to cover refreshments and heating.

Contact: Sally Wilson – Tel. 07722-589440 / 01952-840825 or email

Peplow Sewing Club – 18/3/15


You are invited to the launch of a new afternoon sewing club in Peplow Chapel.

Wednesday 18th March, 2.00 – 4.00pm.
Tea/coffee/refreshments after – or just drop in for cake and chat.
Small charge to cover refreshments and heating.

Contact: Elizabeth Downes – Tel. 01952-840215 or email

Hodnet’s Defibrillator Ready for Action

Cliff Medlicott & Dawn Bush, instructors from West Midlands Ambulance ServiceThe Parish Council is very pleased to announce that a Public Access AED (Automated External Defibrillator) has been installed on the exterior of Hodnet Fire Station and that an initial team of twelve volunteer responders from the community completed their training at the Lyon Hall on Sunday 1st March. The training was carried out by Cliff Medlicott & Dawn Bush, instructors from West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Clive France is an electrician from Barlows Ltd in Stoke who installing the AED CabinetThe defibrillator was generously donated to the Parish by Mr John Hagans. The AED cabinet, which was purchased by the Parish Council, was installed by Clive France, who as well as being one of the Hodnet volunteer fireman, works as an electrician for Barlows Ltd in Stoke, who also permitted him to install it free of charge.

For information on how to access the AED in case of an emergency see this page.

Information on how to volunteer for the team of volunteers can also be found on the above page.

Break-in at Peplow Farm

West Mercia Police LogoAccording to a Neighbourhood Watch Update from West Mercia Police issued today (10 March 2015), a break-in occurred at Penwood, Wellington Road, Peplow between 11.45pm Sunday 8 March and 6.30am the following morning. A quad-bike, two chainsaws and various hand tools were among items taken from a farm workshop.

Anyone who has information about the theft or the current location of the stolen property should contact the West Mercia Force Control Room via the non-emergency telephone number “101”. Please quote, OIS ref: 0042s 090315.

Antiques Valuation Day – April 2015

Bear with Carriage ClockFrom 10.00am – 3.00 pm, Thursday 9th April, 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