Author: Edward

Get Rid of the Autumn Cobwebs – Walk!

Hodnet Footpath Group’s last public walk of the year will be from High Hatton to Hodnet Heath (and back) on Wednesday 6/11/2019 – commencing at 11.00am, finishing by 1pm (anticipated). All are welcome, including dogs and children, the former on leads please.

The walk starts at the ‘Old Club’ in High Hatton, where there is parking. We’ll then follow the route of ‘Walk 8’ in our series of published local Walks Leaflets.

You can download a copy via our webpage.

Parish Councillor Vacancy – 2019



that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for HODNET PARISH COUNCIL following the resignation on 8 August 2019 of Councillor Steve Alden.

Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

The rule allows TEN ELECTORS for Hodnet Parish to request the Returning Officer to hold an election to fill the vacancy.*  That request must be made within FOURTEEN DAYS, calculated in accordance with the rules,** of the date of this notice.  The fourteen-day period ends at midnight on 3rd October 2019.

What if a request to hold an election is not received during the permitted time?

Rule 5(5) of the above Rules will apply.  The Parish Council must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen-day period, co-opt a person to fill the vacancy.

The Returning Officer’s address is:
Electoral Services, Shropshire Council,
The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ND
The telephone number for further guidance is 0345 678 9015.

This notice is  dated 13th September 2019

Ian Cruise-Taylor
Hodnet Parish Council
c/o Stable Barn
Kenstone, Nr Hodnet

* There is no form of words for this request, which might simply be a letter headed with such words as “We the undersigned being electors for Hodnet Parish, call for an election to fill the vacancy arising from the resignation of Cllr Steve Alden”.  A template entitled “Request for an Election” is available to download from Shropshire Council’s website – – under “Current Council Vacancies”.  It is helpful if the ten signatures are accompanied by printed names and addresses. 

** In calculating the notice period, day one is the day following the date of this notice; a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded, and the period closes at midnight on the fourteenth day after the date of this notice. Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

Dr Naresh Raichura

Hodnet Medical Practice has posted the following announcement on its website earlier today (1 Sep. 2019):

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Dr Raichura on 31st August 2019. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time and we ask that you respect their privacy.”

Parish Plan: 2016-2020

Parish Plan: 2016-2020

In March 2016 the Parish Council published a new Community Led Parish Plan covering the next five years. This was the result of a consultation which was conducted over the preceding months and is detailed in the Plan.

A PDF version of the 22 page document is available here. Printed copies will be available (whilst stocks last) for collection at Parish Council meetings. Alternatively, they can be obtained by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Parish Clerk, 51 Longford Turning, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 3PF. (Please note: Envelopes need to be A4 (C4) size with a “Large Letter”, 100g stamp on them – currently 95p First Class or 74p Second Class.)

The Plan has been based on the following list of priorities which came out of a survey of local residents:

Key Priorities for Parish:

  1. Improve Public Transport
    1. Support for community bus (access to transport)
    2. Bus routes: through Marchamley, link to Telford (hospital), later daily service.
  2. Traffic calming measures
    1. Speeding Traffic (Marchamley, Hodnet, Peplow)
    2. Parking outside the Hodnet School
    3. HGVs through villages (weight restrictions)
  3. Improve appearance of Hodnet (floral decorations, Christmas Tree, landscaping)
  4. Village Event (wide support) together with additional community and social activities.
  5. Housing Development
    1. All in favour of retaining appearance and character of village
    2. Small majority of respondents in favour of more housing (above that already planned). This group mostly preferred small 2 bedroom houses followed by sheltered housing. They were evenly split between building inside and outside development boundaries.
    3. Some support for light business development.
  6. Provision of support for young people
    1. Recreational activities
    2. IT support for primary school
    3. Improvements to playground, additional sports facilities
  7. Communications improvements (broadband and mobile phone coverage) issue for many.
  8. Support for community centres and activity
    1. Adult education computer classes
    2. Social activities for the elderly
  9. Support for the environment (more footpaths, statutory access to old railway line, more dog litter bins, convert lights to energy saving)

The objectives of the Community Led Plan are as follows:

Objective 1:  To address local needs with regard to housing in terms of tenure, affordability, mix and size.

Objective 2: To retain Hodnet as a vibrant village serving its community whilst ensuring any development reflects its character and appearance.

Objective 3:  To retain and improve the viability of the shops, pub, medical and educational services that provide for the needs of the community.

Objective 4:  To provide and maintain the social and economic infrastructure of benefit to the community.

Objective 5: To address parking issues, speeding and heavy goods vehicles routing through the villages.

Objective 6: To seek opportunities and resources for local employment growth.

Objective 7: To protect and enhance the quality and appearance of the physical and natural environment.

For full details please download the PDF version.

Hodnet 2000 Application Form

We are a charity which helps with the education or development of local young people.

We can help with:-

  • Books
  • Fees
  • Equipment for apprenticeships
  • Music equipment
  • Extra curricular needs

If you are under the age of 25 years, and you or your parents live within the parish of Hodnet, Weston-under-Redcastle and Peplow your applications will be considered.

To download a printable application form as a PDF file, please click on the attachment below.

Anyone For CoCo? (Flyer)

Hodnet Compassionate Communities’ flyer detailing their ‘Anyone for CoCo’ scheme which aims to combat social isolation, help older and frailer members of our community stay in touch with what is going on in their own locality. See attachment below.

Co-Co Logo