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VW Golf Stolen in Hodnet

West Mercia Police LogoYesterday evening West Mercia Police’s, Market Drayton SNT tweeted information about a car stolen from Hodnet.

The Tweet reads:

Burglary reported in Hodnet. Blue VW Golf, vrm YN14 NHY, was stolen. If you have any info, please call 101.
5:36 pm – 20 May 2018

Hodnet’s Bell Ringers on the Radio

Jim Hawkins, Radio Shropshire’s popular morning show host, recently paid a visit to St. Luke’s church to meet its team of bell ringers. Several clips from his visit featured on his show last week. If you missed the broadcast you can listen again on the BBC iPlayer for the next three weeks. The first part starts approximately 1 hour 10 minutes into the programme and the clips, which are interspersed with music and other items, continue for about forty minutes. All four segments amount to roughly 18 minutes of air time.

During the visit Hawkins speaks to Tower Captain, John Powell, novice ringer Helen Charnock (who originally invited the presenter) and several other team members. He even has a go a ringing himself and climbs up the tower to see the bells.

One of the main reasons for his visit was to publicise the Ringing Remembers campaign. This was launched last November to commemorate the 1,400 bell ringers who died in the First World War. The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, the Big Ideas Company, and the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, are backing the campaign to recruit 1400 new bell ringers to match the number of those who perished during the Great War. The hope is that these new bell ringers will join others from across the nation in ringing on the centenary of the Armistice in November this year.

You can find out more about Ringing Remembers on the following websites:

 

The Return of the Roadworks – 13 to 15 May 2018

Roadworks SignIt seems like Openreach are still searching for the blockage in their ducting near the Hodnet exchange, as roadworks.org is warning of more roadworks on Drayton Road, today and tomorrow. These are to be followed on Monday and Tuesday by further roadworks on the old A53 in the Wollerton area.

Details of all these are:

Drayton Road, Hodnet, Shropshire
13 May — 14 May

Delays likely Traffic control (multi-way signals)

Works location: From outside 4 to outside 11 ,, DRAYTON ROAD
Works description: To locate and clear blockages in verge / footway on BT network

Responsibility for works: Openreach

Works reference: BC006TI003MW500261132205

Also see Hearne Lane.

 

Wollerton Crossroads to Drayton Field, Wollerton
14 May — 15 May

Delays likely Traffic control (two-way signals)

Works location: ROSE COTT
Works description: Defect CLO – Remedial Rein by CLO Interim LB9141201/000060214262 60214262 Shrops Nr ROSE COTTAGE WOLLERTON TF9 3NE Correct topping needed CWT 1 10mm Bit Mac Job in Carriageway (10mm Bitmac (Tarmac) )

Responsibility for works: Severn Trent Water

Works reference: LB9141201/000060214262

 

From A53 From Drayton Road End of to Crossroads Wollerton, Drayton Road
15 May – 16 May

Traffic lights, etc: Traffic control (two-way signals)

Location:From outside Narbury House to opposite The Hollies and The Elms, FROM A53 FROM DRAYTON ROAD END OF TO CROSSROADS WOLLERTONResponsibility for these works: BT
Description: For blowing fibre cables and access to jointing chambers – no excavation

Works ref: BC006TI003MW500254790626
Project ref: BC005BDUK

Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin CCGs – Extended Hours Survey

Last week Hodnet Medical Centre published details of its Extended Opening Hours arrangements. Today, (9 May 18) it has published details of a survey which is currently being carried out by Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

The survey opened on Monday, 30 April, and closes on Friday, 25 May at 5pm.

All patients who are over 16 and registered at a practice listed with either Shropshire CCG or Telford & Wrekin CCG can take part in the survey. It takes between five and ten minutes to complete.

Participate in the survey

Further information about the survey is available from the following pages:

The Return of Openreach Roadworks – 7 & 8 May 2018

The web team are not sure if last week’s roadworks on Drayton Road actually took place, or if the job was never completed. What we do know is that roadworks.org has published a very similar set of notices for Monday and Tuesday this week. The work is listed as taking place near to the junction of Drayton Road and Hearne Lane.

Roadworks SignDrayton Road, Hodnet, Shropshire
07 May — 08 May

Delays likely Traffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: From outside 4 to outside 11, DRAYTON ROAD

Works description: To locate and clear blockages in verge / footway on BT network
Responsibility for works: Openreach

Works reference: BC006TI003MW500261132203

The accompanying listing can be found here.

GP Extended Opening Hours

This week (4 May 18) Hodnet Medical Centre has added information to its website about extended hours in which patients can make midweek evenings and weekend appointments with GPs and nurses.

The information which is in the form of the graphic below, states the extended hours service is operated by Shropdoc, and can be routine appointments can be booked by calling 0333-222-6649.

If you want to know more please ask at the Medical Centre.

Hodnet Medical Centre – Telephone failure 2 May 2018

Hodnet Medical Centre is again experiencing problems with its telephone system. Earlier today they have posted a notice on their website which states:

Telephone failure

We are currently experiencing a problem with our telephone system. The engineers are working to address the problem, and expect the system to be up and running as soon as possible. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Hodnet Medical Centre

More Openreach Roadworks – 30 Apr to 1 May 2018

Roadworks.org have published details of a further set of roadworks on Drayton Rd, this time adjacent to the junction with Hearne Lane. There are two items listed on their website, both relating to the same operation.

Roadworks SignDrayton Road, Hodnet, Shropshire
30 April — 01 May

Delays likely Traffic control (multi-way signals)

Works location: From outside 4 to outside 11 , DRAYTON ROAD

Works description: To locate and clear blockages in verge / footway on BT network
Responsibility for works: Openreach

Works reference: BC006TI003MW500261132201

Details of the overspill of the traffic control onto Hearne Lane are show here.

New ‘Nostalgia Photos’ emerge

Recent perusal of a (2003) copy of a Shropshire Star book ‘Pictures from the Past’ (borrowed from Market Drayton’s library), revealed two interesting local photos, as shown below.

They are reproduced here courtesy of the Shropshire Star Newspaper.

1965: Hodnet school children being escorted across Drayton Road (by Mrs Wilma Owen) to have their lunch at the Lyon Hall

Does anyone recognise any of the people in this photo?

If it’s you, or someone you know, drop us a line with any reminisences you/they may have of the event, or indeed life at the old school. We think the headmaster then may have been a Mr Hugill, who retired to Wollerton at around this time – to a house now lived in by the author of this post!

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And here is the second photo

Former Weobley railway bridge being demolished in 1980, as part of road improvements to the A442 south of Hodnet

This bridge was an awkward ‘hump backed’ feature of the road, and in some of Gerald Mothershaw’s local history books he mentioned that the parapets were demolished several times, or grounding took place, when large vehicles crossed, especially WW II transport vehicles heading to/from nearby military bases.

Ther house in the background, Weobley Smallholding, is still there and if you look carefully when passing, some of the former railway line fence posts either side of the road indicate the original railway route.

For more photos of our area’s past, see the Nostalgic Photographs page here.

 

 

Hodnet & District Garden Club: May 2018

Hodnet & District Garden ClubThe next meeting of the Garden Club is on Tuesday 15th May at 7.30pm at the Lyon Hall, Hodnet.

The hall will be open from 7pm, and the speaker will be Sue Clarke, on the topic of Hardy Geraniums. She will bring some plants for sale, and offers an identification service if you bring a leaf and flower for her to see.

Visitors are most welcome to come along to our talks. Light refreshments are served at the end of the meeting. An annual subscription costs £10 for all meetings, with guest fee being £2 per visit.

Yet more roadworks on old A53 – April 2018

Following on from the recent announcement of up to three days of delays in Hodnet, Roadworks.org have now added information about further work by Openreach at Lostford Bridge. Their email alert reads:

Roadworks SignDrayton Field to Lostford Junction A53, Market Drayton
24 April — 27 April

Delays likely Traffic control (two-way signals)

Works location: From 70m East of Lostford Bridge to 38m North West of A53, FROM DRAYTON FIELD TO LOSTFORD JUNCTION A53

Works description: To locate and clear blockages in verge on BT network
Responsibility for works: Openreach

Works reference: BC006TI003MW500261172700

Roadworks Drayton Road – 23 to 25 April 2018

Roadworks.org has announced up to three days of delays in Hodnet. Their email alert reads:

Roadworks SignDrayton Road, Hodnet, Shropshire
23 April — 25 April

Delays likely Traffic control (two-way signals)

Works location: From 11m North East of Hearne Lane junction to outside 11, DRAYTON ROAD

Works description: To locate and clear blockages in verge on BT network
Responsibility for works: Openreach

Works reference: BC006TI003MW500261132200

Parish Council Community Grants – Update April 2018

In his Annual Report, Chris Mackie, Chairman of Hodnet Parish Council, advised the Annual Parish Meeting that ‘one of our prime objectives over the last 12 months had been developing and then implementing the process of distributing community grants’.

The availability of funds was publicised locally last year on this website and elsewhere, and grant application forms were provided to interested parties so that they could submit their requests. After careful consideration, offers totalling £ 34,004 were made to seven different groups and organisations in the parish of Hodnet.

The Council is delighted that some of these grants have already been put to good use, and to note in particular the improved car parking facilities at Wollerton Bowls Club and at Peplow Chapel. At Marchamley Club meanwhile there has been considerable fund-raising activity in order to refurbish their facilities.

Wollerton Bowls Club Chairman Randall Hardy says, “Club members very much value the support of the Parish Council in contributing to the upgrade of our parking area. The project was not simply about providing hard standing for vehicles, but also improving the drainage across the whole area. As the Club’s premises are used for other purposes too, we are confident that people from the wider community will appreciate the dryer access.”

In the coming year the Parish Council will be giving further consideration as to how they can disperse any remaining funds.

Parish Council Chairman Chris Mackie and Councillor Karen Calder meet Wollerton Club Chairman Randall Hardy and Secretary Gordon Smith on the new car park. Looking on are Club members Basil Hewitt, Michael Morgan, Ian Mays, David and Monica Weller.

Peplow Community Walk – May 2018

Boy & Girl WalkingSunday 13th May – A walk in the Lee Brockhurst area.

Approximately 3.5 miles (2.5 hours)

Meet at 1:45pm for 2:00pm, over the bridge from the A49 [SJ548267].

All ages welcome.

In case of forecasted bad weather please check here (or phone Randall on 01952-540970) between 12.00 & 1:00pm on the day.

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

CANCELLED Hodnet & District Garden Club April 2018

Hodnet & District Garden ClubCANCELLED
Due to unforeseen circumstances this meeting has had to be cancelled at short notice.
Sorry for any inconvenience.

The next Garden Club meeting will take place on Tuesday, 17th April at 7.30 pm at the Lyon Hall,  Hodnet. The hall will be open from 7.00 and the theme of the evening will be “Favourite Gardens Remembered”.

Various members will talk about gardens which have become a favourite for them. This will be an informal occasion with opportunity for everyone to join in, perhaps chatting about a garden that made a particular impression on you or just enjoying the memories of others.

Visitors are most welcome to come along to our talks and partake of refreshments at the end of the meeting. An annual subscription costs £10 for all meetings, with guest fee being £2 per visit.