Month: March 2014

Senior Citizen Safety Event

Shropshire NewsroomShropshire Council have announced an Information Day for older people to help them to provide advice on keeping healthy, active and independent. Full information can be found here.
The event will take place between 10am to 3pm on Thursday 10 April at the Festival Drayton Centre, Frogmore Road. The event is free and open to everyone, but anyone interested in coming along is asked to book a place by calling 01743 342160. Transport can be provided to the Festival Drayton Centre.
A large amount of information will be available, including talks from the Falls Prevention Service, West Mercia Police and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service. Members of Age UK Benefits Service will be in attendance to advise people on which benefits they may be entitled to. Other experts will be on hand to talk about the Unpaid Carers Support Service, community transport, support for people with hearing or sight loss, and much more.
The information day is being organised jointly by Age UK and Shropshire Rural Community Council’s wise and well team. It is also being supported by Shropshire Council.

Hodnet and District Garden Club, April 2014

Everyone is welcome to our next meeting on Tuesday April 15th at 7.30pm in the Lyon Hall, when we welcome William and Louise Friend to speak to us on the topic of:
Plants from Mountains, Moorland & Meadows for the NW Midlands
At Mucklestone Nurseries they are now able to grow a complimentary range of plants suited to the moister, more acidic conditions of the west and north of Britain, such as azaleas, heathers, rhododendrons, bamboos, birches, rowans, Acers and herbaceous perennials. The areas around the nursery are being laid out as woodland and meadow garden areas. This allows the majority of plants to be propagated from stock of proven hardiness and suitability to the area and allows visitors to see how the plants grow.
Hodnet and District Garden Club meets every month on the third Tuesday at the Lyon Hall, 7:30pm.
Visitors are most welcome to come along to our talks and partake in a cup of tea and biscuit. Entry fee for guests is £2.00 per person, or why not join our club – it’s only £12 for a whole year.

Easter Visit to the Wetlands

Following the success of the introductory Xmas walk down the new path from Wollerton to the bypass Wetlands, the Hodnet Footpath Group has arranged a further public walk.
If you are simply curious to see the Wetlands and/or would like to walk to Helshaw Grange in the countryside beyond, please come and join us on Easter Monday – 21st April 2014.
We’ll meet at 11.00 AM by the Village Room on Mill Road, Wollerton – Where the bridge club meets, not the social/bowls club.
As an alternative you can walk to the meeting point from Hodnet itself, via the old railway line – meet at 10.30 AM by the old railway bridge on Station Road, Hodnet.
Allow around 1.5 hrs for the Wetlands part of the walk & 1/2 hour extra each way if walking to/from Hodnet.  
If you are driving to Wollerton, please park on the road by the Village Room – do not park on the private drive leading into Wollerton ‘Old Yard’.
No special gear is required, but sensible footwear advised plus a drink/snack – as required. Accompanied children and dogs welcome – dogs on a lead please.
To contact Hodnet Footpath Group, see our webpage

Footpath Improvements

Last Sunday, Hodnet Footpath Group added some steps and a dog gate to the rather basic existing ‘stile’ in a field by The Hearne – part of the popular walking route shown in our Hodnet Walks leaflet No 2.
We also repaired some finger post signs on Long Lane and added direction signs further on towards the route towards Fauls – the intended subject of a future walk leaflet.

'Stile' before improvement
‘Stile’ before improvement
If we had the time/manpower we would also have added a dog gate to the first stile into the field from Hearne Lane – but that will have to wait for another occasion. If you’d like to see this, or other local improvements, done sooner, then please see our webpage and get in touch.
Such work is not only of lasting benefit, but can also be good fun. We had brilliant sunshine coupled with a fair few laughs as we tried to solve the design problems of letting dogs through, but keeping livestock in!
After improvement - being tested by a dog 'we prepared earlier'!
After improvement – being tested by a dog ‘we prepared earlier’!

Irish Night

Hodnet Preschool Playgroup Committee are organising an
Friday 28th March 2014. 7.30pm. Lyon Hall
Tern Valley Tinkers will be entertaining us
£6 per person including Irish Stew
It promises to be a great night and we look forward to seeing everyone, please come and support us
For further details and tickets please contact Patricia 07766 465125