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Wollerton gets Connected to Fibre Broadband

ConnectingShropshireConnecting Shropshire has announced that it has successfully installed fibre cable to Cabinet 1 in the Hodnet exchange. This cabinet serves around 70 premises in and around Wollerton and means that faster fibre broadband is now available to order in Wollerton.

Connecting Shropshire advise that to connect to fibre broadband, residents will need to contact their chosen internet service provider to upgrade their broadband package – broadband speeds will not increase automatically.

They further recommend that people shop around to get the best deal for them by using a comparison website, such as www.cable.co.uk

People in other areas should visit the Connecting Shropshire’s website to check which exchange area and cabinet serves their premises and to check the availability of fibre broadband.

In a separate announcement in its September Newsletter, it highlights that the administrators of the Connection Voucher scheme for businesses have said that the funding available for businesses is likely to run out in October. Therefore businesses which are considering applying for a connection voucher worth up to £3,000, should apply to Digital Birmingham without delay! Further information can be found on this page.

Hodnet Medical Centre Discontinues Travel Clinics

Hodnet Medical CentreHodnet Medical Centre has today (2 Sept. 2015) has updated information on travel clinics on its website.

Information on this page explains that they are no longer able to provide a comprehensive travel service.  The reason given is travel clinics are a highly specialised non-NHS service, and due to increasing demands on the practice, they are unable to maintain this service.

The Centre will however continue to provide the following travel vaccinations which are available on the NHS. These are Hepatitis A,  Typhoid and  Cholera (though the latter is not indicated for most travellers).

Please see the relevant page on the Centre’s website as the above vaccinations cannot be provided without relevant documents being provided by the patient.

Hodnet Medical Centre – Half Day Closure 6 Oct. 2015

Hodnet Medical CentreHodnet Medical Centre has announced here on its website that it will be closed in the afternoon to enable doctors, nursing staff and admin staff to participate in essential training.

Anyone requiring urgent medical attention whilst the surgery is closed on that date should call Shropdoc on 08444-068888.

Antiques Valuation Day – October 2015

Bear with Carriage ClockFrom 10.00am – 3.00 pm, Thursday 15th October, 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

Peplow Community Walk

Boy & Girl WalkingFriday 11th September at 2.00pm

An afternoon walk to Wollerton Wetlands (Hodnet Walks Leaflet No 5)

Meet at Wollerton Village Room (Mill Road). Children and dogs on leads welcome.

Please wear footwear suitable for muddy ground.

In case of bad weather please phone Randall 07971-934799 (after 12:30pm on the day) to check if the walk is going ahead.

Peplow Community Boules Evening

French Boules PlayerFriday 4th September at 7.00pm

To be held in the courtyard behind Hall Cottages on the Peplow Estate.

£3.00 per person to cover refreshments. Bring your own wine (French please)

Please let Dave know numbers for catering by Wed. 2nd Sept.
Tel: 01952 840489 or email

Another Road Closure in Marchamley – 1 Sep. 15

Shropshire Council has announced a planned road closure of another road in Marchamley from Tuesday 1st September for fourteen days. The work is to allow for the installation of a new water main.

As with the previous road closure (see here) local residents may not recognise the description used in this PDF file to identify the location (see item 256). The closure is described as being “White House junction A442 to Hill Cottage junction, Marchamley” with the diversion being “East on C2073 , right onto A442 junction Hodnet to B5065 junction Dairy House, right onto White House Jct A442 to Hill Cottage Jct and vice versa.”

As previously the diversion map in this PDF file is more informative and an enhanced version is reproduced below.

150901 Marchamley Diversion

According to the documentation there will be no access through the closure for pedestrians, cyclists or horse riders.

Hodnet Medical Centre – CQC Report Available

Hodnet Medical CentreHodnet Medical Centre has today (25 Aug. 2015) provided a link on its website to the on-line version of its recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) Report.

The announcement was made on this post, but the link to the report can be accessed directly from this page.

The report is also available as a PDF file running to 26 A4 pages – though the text is in a larger than average font size.

The CQC carried out their inspection on 29 June and the report was published on 20 August.

Overall the surgery and the service it provides was rated as “Good”, with just practices within the dispensary being identified as needing improvement.

All the CQC ratings of specific services were said to be “Good” with the exception of those provided for older people, which are considered to be “Outstanding”.

Click here to go directly to the report on the CQC’s website. The PDF file can be downloaded from this page.

 

Antiques Valuation Day – September 2015

Bear with Carriage ClockFrom 10.00am – 3.00 pm, Thursday 3rd September, 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

Road to Weston Closed from 24 Aug. 15

Shropshire Council has announced a planned road closure on the Weston/Wem Road from Monday 24 Aug. for five days. The work is to allow for the installation of a new water main.

In a PDF file listing planned road closures the location of the closure is described as, “From A442 junction Hodnet to B5065 junction Dairy House , Marchamley (from Jct C2073 to OS Paradise Lodge).” The Hodnet to Marchamley road is no longer classified as the A442, and not everyone may recognise the description used to identify the location. The PDF of the Diversion maps includes the following map:

150824 Marchamley Diversion Map

According to the documentation there will be no access through the closure for pedestrians, cyclists or horse riders.

Peplownians Bowls Evening

Peplow’s new community group recently enjoyed an evening of Crown Green Bowls hosted by the Wollerton Bowls & Social Club.

More than twenty members of the group attended the event which included an introduction to the game followed by three practice sessions. With this July failing to deliver warm summer weather, visitors and hosts had to contend with a cool, damp evening but this did not deter the Peplownians’ enjoyment. Coaches from the Bowls Club helped their guests get to grips with the basic skills of bowling. Thumb and finger pegs, weight and land were amongst new terminology they had to wrestle with.

The evening concluded with a buffet supper organised by members of the club.

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David Jackson, chairman of the community group commented afterwards “Our visit to Wollerton Bowls Club was a very special evening. We are grateful to members who coached us and for the wonderful buffet provided. This was certainly something we would like to do again. We all felt that we were welcome which was really nice.”

Randall Hardy, who lives in Peplow and is chairman of the Bowls Club, said “The evening was a very good opportunity for two local groups to get together. Many club members worked really hard preparing the food and their efforts were greatly appreciated. We hope that the session encouraged some of our visitors to consider playing bowls regularly in the future, and we would be delighted if they did so at Wollerton.”

Click the following links for more information about the Peplownians and Wollerton Bowls Club.

A Scene from the Past

Recently memories of yesteryear were evoked in the centre of Hodnet. On the Shrewsbury Street bridge a steam tractor was parked whilst its crew refilled its water tank with a hose from the stream below.Marshall Steam Tractor MoonrakerOwner Ariel West, from Kinnerley near Oswestry, was taking the tractor to Norton-in-Hales to join other steam vehicles in celebrating the 100th anniversary of another steam Marshall Tractor called “Mascot” (No. 68754). His own vehicle, also made by Marshalls, is a Convertible Tractor (No. 78953) named “Moonraker”.

Ariel is pictured above (in blue) with his assistant (in the bowler hat) as they lifted water from the stream. The method used to draw the water from the stream is a venturi, which produces a reduction in pressure due to a constriction of the flow in a pipe. More information about how a venturi works can be found here and here. Technical information on “Moonraker” is available from this page.

At one time steam powered vehicles were a daily sight in the village and the cause of several thatched roof fires! Happily no fires were reported following Moonraker’s visit.

Antiques Valuation Day – August 2015

Bear with Carriage ClockFrom 10.00am – 3.00 pm, Thursday 13th August, 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

Another Evening Walk with the Peplownians

Peplownians

Join this new community group for a local evening walk.

Wednesday 19th August starting at 7.00pm

Meet at Peplow Chapel.

Followed by light refreshments.

More information from David Jackson 01952-840489 or email

Peplow Chapel

Shropshire Mutual Exchange Register

Shropshire NewsroomThis week Shropshire Newsroom announced the launch of the new Shropshire Mutual Exchange Register on Wednesday 1 July 2015. The register will enable tenants in a Shropshire HomePoint partner landlord property to exchange their homes across Shropshire.

Registration is simple, and access to the service is via a single account for the Shropshire Mutual Exchange Register and the Shropshire Housing Register. This means tenants will be able to login to view and bid (apply) on a wide range of available properties options.

A list of HomePoint partner landlords can be found here on their website.