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Dog Lost in Wollerton

161203coxondog2We have been contacted this morning (3/12/16) by Maureen Coxon whose dog, Ella, has gone missing whilst she was being looked after in Wollerton.

Ella, who went missing on 28th November, is a German Wirehaired Pointer, brown and white. She is quite a timid dog.

Ella’s collar has Maureen’s phone number on it, 07702-269537, and she is also micro-chipped.

Maureen is away at the moment, but has friends locally who Ella knows who will collect her when she is found.

Maureen asks anyone who know of Ella’s whereabouts to telephone her, alternatively she can be contacted by email.


Hodnet Compassionate Communities now operational

Co CoCompassionate Communities is a scheme developed by Severn Hospice as part of their community support strategy, but run and delivered by local volunteers. It aims to provide a befriending service for those people who may be in danger of becoming socially isolated from the community they have been part of due to becoming frail, housebound or living with a long term illness. Such contact has been shown to have beneficial effects upon health and well-being.

Severn Hospice at HomeSevern Hospice at Home have already helped over 15 Shropshire communities to implement their own projects, often in conjunction with their local medical practices. Readers may recall a report on this website earlier in the year, when Paul Cronin from the Hospice spoke at the Lyon Hall. He cited two of the most frequent answers to the question, “What would make the most difference to your quality of life?” as being “It would be nice if someone called in to see me,” and “There is no public transport, so I can’t get out to see people any longer.” He went on to show how social isolation can lead to chronic loneliness, then spoke of trained Co Co volunteers becoming involved in a person’s life, visiting or phoning them regularly, sharing their interests and generally helping them to keep in touch with their community.

Several local volunteers signed up around that time, and after some months of preparation to complete the necessary DBS checks, training sessions and other administrative requirements, we are pleased to inform you that Hodnet Compassionate Communities (Co Co) is now “open for business”. We hope to be able to cover Hodnet and surrounding areas depending on uptake and availability of volunteers, and are currently trying to raise our profile to that end.

For more information, including our contact number, do have a look at our web page.

Peplow Community Walk – December 2016

Boy & Girl WalkingWinter Wrekin Special

Join us for a morning ascent of one of Shropshire’s ionic hills.

Friday 9th December

Meet at 10:00am in the car park between The Wrekin and the Ercall – Grid. Ref. SJ638092

All ages welcome.

In case of forecasted bad weather please check here (or phone Randall on 01952-540970) after 7.00pm the previous evening.

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

An Enjoyable Autumn Walk

Peplow Walk 11/16 GroupOn a mild, still autumn afternoon eight people from the Peplow Community Group met at the Four Alls, Woodseaves for a leisurely walk.

The route followed Tyrley Road down to the locks, then turned northwards along the Shropshire Union Canal, where the autumn colours were still striking. Once in Market Drayton the walkers went down the steps by the bridge onto Berrisford Road and Great Hales Street, before descending Phoenix Bank to the swimming baths.

They negotiated the roadworks on Newtown, to reach Walkmill Road. Then the route turned left and left again after the bridge into Sandy Lane – though the recent rain had made it more muddy than sandy! This leads back to the Four Alls, where the group enjoyed a refreshing drink and a chat.

The group’s next walk is on Friday 9th December and, weather permitting, will see those who come along enjoying the view from the top of the Wrekin. More details.

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Marchamley Mysteries Revealed – Photographic Exhibition

The photographic exhibition held in Marchamley on the afternoon of Sunday 6th of November was a resounding success. At least 80 people were seen to attend the event which brought together a variety of photographs relating to Marchamley and the former Hawkstone Estate.


John Ruscoe, local archivist, exhibited a selection of historic maps, photographs, postcards, posters and other particulars from the 1915 sales catalogue when the estate was broken up. The exhibition included numerous photographs of the area showing how it has changed over time. Images of local people were plentiful as well as a beautiful display of local gardens.

There was an exceptional collection of local wildlife photographs, and a competition to reveal the mysteries of Marchamley. Alice Turner compiled a movie of aerial and other recent photographs of the area all set to music. Gemima Bretell was in attendance with her horse box booth, showcasing cutting edge photographic technology. People perused the displays and chatted over tea and home made cake.

The event was possible thanks to the contributions of photographs from local people gathered and mounted by Vicki Hamblin and Alice Turner. Cakes were supplied by  Zena Brookshaw with contributions from Karen Powell, Lynn Griffiths, Maureen Howell, Yola Gray, and Valerie Smither, flowers from Mulberry Bush Studios in Hodnet and Vicki Hamblin, and china on loan from The Character Jug Company. Maureen Howell organised the publicity and refreshments and  Helen Charnock and Judi Fox volunteered their assistance.

Ann Mitchell, who is the lynchpin of Marchamley club, wall papered the main room of the club prior to the event, and was even working with Brian and a couple of volunteers to clad the roof in bitter weather conditions the day before. Ann delivered the publicity materials, cleaned, made tea, washed and cleared up after the festivities.

We plan various social events at the club over the coming months, and look forward to more get togethers.

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Wanted: Helper for Brownies

BrowniesFirst Hodnet Brownies are looking for a helper at some of their meetings.

They meet on a Wednesday evening in term time from 5.30pm – 7.00pm, the Hodnet Scout & Guide HQ.

Please contact Emma Noden: 01948840323 or email

Scouts Race Night – November 2016

Charity Race NightSaturday 19th November

The Lyon Hall, Hodnet
Doors open at 6:30pm

Raising funds for 2nd Hodnet Scout Group

Admission £5 each – includes a baked potato & chilli.

Own a horse : Sponsor a race : Raffle

For further information please email

Click here to download a PDF poster

Peplow Community Walk – November 2016

Boy & Girl WalkingSunday 13th November

Meet by the Four Alls, Woodseaves, TF9 2AG (Map) for a 1.00pm start.

A circular walk starting and finishing at this popular pub. The route is via Tyrley Locks, the Shropshire Union Canal, Market Drayton and Sandy Lane.

Stretch your legs and explore the surrounding countryside.

All ages welcome and dogs on leads please.

In case of bad weather please call Randall on 01952 540970 between 11:00am and 12:00 noon on the day.

Parish Council Meeting – Dec 16

8th December 2016 7.30pm at Lyon Hall, Hodnet

Wollerton’s Phone Box Threatened

Shropshire NewsroomShropshire Council is appealing to residents, town councils and parish councils to have their say on a proposal by BT to remove 214 public payphones around the county. Included amongst these is the one on Bean Bank in Wollerton.

In a post on Shropshire Newsroom, the Council states that it is able to:

  • Object to the removal of the telephony service and kiosk in any particular area.
  • Consent to removal of the telephony service, whilst keeping the physical structure of the kiosk.
  • Consent to the permanent removal of the telephony service and the kiosk.

The basis for any decision by the Council must be backed up by recording the views of local people that are likely to be affected by removing of a phone box. To ensure each community’s options are fully understood, help and advice is available through Shropshire Council’s community enablement officers that can be contacted via email or by calling 01743-253077.

Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for rural services and communities, stated, “I would also stress that payphones that have been saved as a result of previous consultations may well be under threat once more, so it is important to engage with us again.”

The formal consultation runs through until January 2017, though the Council urge individuals and groups to make their thoughts known ahead of an initial stocktake on 28 November 2016. There will then be a further chance for local communities to comment on the Council’s provisional view before the final decisions are made and passed on to BT in January 2017.

The article provides a link to this PDF file which lists all the threatened boxes. The only one included from the Hodnet area is the one in in Wollerton near to Post Code TF9 3NB. The main reason its existence is threatened is because in the the twelve months up to October this year there were just twelve phone calls made from it. It seems like a case of use it or loose it.

The full guidance on responding to the proposed removal of phone boxes is available on the Ofcom website.

Hodnet & District Garden Club – November 2016

Hodnet & District Garden ClubOur next meeting is on Tuesday Nov 15th at 7.30 pm at the Lyon Hall, when we look forward to an illustrated talk on Japanese Gardens. Our speaker will be Roger Harris, a member of the national committee of the Japanese Garden Society who has visited gardens in Japan and on the west coast of America.

Refreshments will be served after the meeting. This will be the last occasion when charges will be waived for both members and visitors. Membership fees will be reinstated in 2017, but at the very reasonable rate of only £10 for the whole year, £2/meeting for guests. An interesting programme of speakers and visits is being planned for the coming year –  details of upcoming meetings will be uploaded to the website. Do come along if a particular topic is of interest to you.

And finally, we still have an item of lost property in our possession since the Party in the Park back in June. If you are the person who brought some begonias to the plant sale on a green plastic tray, then please leave us a message with your contact details via the Webteam and we can arrange for you to collect it (maybe at the November meeting?)

Flu Vaccinations 2016/17

Flu Jab Sign

Hodnet Medical Centre has recently published on its website a reminder that it is Flu Vaccination season again.

The post reminds people that “Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus.” It the lists the follow people who are eligible to receive a free flu jab:

  • are 65 years of age or over (before 31st April 2014);
  • are pregnant;
  • have certain medical conditions;
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility;
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main Carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill;
  • are a healthcare worker with direct patient contact or a social care worker.

The criteria for each of these groups are listed in the post, which also states that flu vaccine is available for some children, but as a nasal spray instead of an injection.

Those who wish to take advantage of flu vaccination should contact their GP or practice nurse. The best time of the year to have a flu vaccination is from September to early November. Flu jabs received in previous years normally do not protect people in later years because the viruses that cause flu are always changing.

No vaccine is 100% effective, however people who have had the flu jab are less likely to get flu and if they do it will probably be milder than if they hadn’t been vaccinated. The adult flu injection doesn’t cause flu as it doesn’t contain live viruses. Some people do however experience side effects after having the injection, these can be a temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards. Sore arms at the point of the injection are also common, but more severe reactions are rare.

The flu vaccine only protects against flu, patients may still catch other types of infections caused by viruses, such as the common cold.

Antiques Valuation Day – November 2016

Bear with Carriage ClockFrom 10.00am – 4.00 pm, Thursday 10 Novemeber, 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

HFG: Programme of walks – 2016 -17

Having spent a few years improving local walks, we recently decided we should try to walk them more regularly – and invite others to join us. We’ve therefore planned a walk programme, as below, which will be updated/separately announced as details are confirmed (TBC) and dates become closer.

All walks are on a Sunday and start at 10.00 AM, unless otherwise stated. Typical duration = 2 hrs.

Suitable/sensible clothing advised, children and dogs welcome, the latter on leads.

Nov 6th 2016 – High Hatton to Hodnet, a walk around the route of a proposed new walk leaflet: no 8. Meet at old social club on edge of High Hatton

1st Jan 2017 – A ‘blow the cobwebs away’ New Years day walk to/around the Wollerton Wetlands. Meet by Village Room, Wollerton.

5th March – TBC

Monday 17th April – An Easter monday walk

7th May – TBC

Friday 30th June @ 10.00 PM – Evening Glowworm walk. Meet at old Railway bridge, Station Rd, Hodnet. – Bring a torch.

Wednesday 12th July – Evening walk; TBC

3rd September – TBC

5th Novemeber – TBC

Shropshire Choices

Shropshire NewsroomShropshire Newsroom recently ran an article about the Council’s ongoing commitment in a time of austerity to the provision of adult social care, particularly ensuring support for our most frail and elderly residents.

Shropshire is a large and sparsely populated county with a disproportionately older population which is higher than the national average – 23% of residents in Shropshire are 65+, compared to the English average of 18%. Of course as the county’s population gets older, the demand for adult care services increases.

You might be interested to browse a new one-stop website called Shropshire Choices which the Council have just launched as part of their early help and prevention approach.

The introductory paragraph gives a good summary of the thinking behind this website:

“Helping you to make the right choice to remain independent and stay well. Offering information and advice about Adult Social Care, Housing and Health.” But this really does not do justice to all that can be sourced on this site. It is well worth bookmarking as it’s a mine of useful information. The homepage has direct links to Independent Living; Getting out and about; Being a Carer; Leaving Hospital; Dealing with Abuse; Finding Help and Let’s Talk Local sessions.

Besides this there is a handy Site A-Z index for easy alphabetical location of different services.