Month: February 2017

Road Works 27 & 28 Feb 2017

Roadworks SignThe website has posted notices of two sets of works in our area which are to be carried out today and tomorrow (27 & 28 Feb. 17).
The one with potentially the highest impact is located on A53 at Espley Roundabout. It involves the upgrade of a “pole” by Vodafone and expected to take place over two days. Traffic control will be by means of Stop/Go boards, and delays are expected. The exact location of the works is described as being in the grass verge on N side A53 20m W of the roundabout. This contributor is not sure what “S/L 14 25m W S/L 13 opp” describes, but suspects S/L may indicate single line/lane traffic. Presumably the pole concerned is an upgraded mast which should be good news for users of Vodafone’s network.
The other set of works, which are scheduled for Tuesday 28 Feb. 17, are on the road to Weston Under Redcastle. This too involves the replacement of pole, but here by Western Power Distribution. The works are described as taking place opposite Hillside, between the [old] A442 junction Hodnet and the B5065 junction Dairy House, Weston Under Redcastle. Traffic control will be by Stop/Go boards and delays are likely to occur.

Peplow Community Walk – March 2017

Boy & Girl WalkingSunday 12th March – A circular walk at Lyth Hill Country Park
Meet at 2.00pm at the car park nearest Bayston Hill [SJ477072] All ages welcome.
Please note: there is additional parking on the unmade section of Upper Pulley Lane, but because of the popularity of the area those joining us for this walk are encouraged to share vehicles where possible.
In case of forecasted bad weather please check here (or phone Randall on 01952-540970) between 12.30 & 1:30pm on the day.
See our page for more information about the Peplow Community Group.

Doris raises the roof in Peplow

Yesterday’s (23/2/17) weather news was dominated by the dangers of the storm named Doris by the Met Office. The saddest reported incident was the death of a woman after she was hit by debris falling on to a street in Wolverhampton. In Stoke-on-Trent a woman in her sixties was taken to hospital after she was hit on the head by the dislodged roof of a car port. There many other reports from across Britain of damage and travel disruption caused by this “weather bomb”.
Whilst locally many trees have been heavily pruned by the wind, there were no reports of fallen trees and the like. Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service report that at about 12:30pm the Hodnet Fire Crew were despatched to an incident on The Avenue, Peplow where the roof of a stable block roof had been blown onto a residential property. Fire Service staff secured the loose material with lines and straps. No injuries were reported.


Hodnet Footpath Group have arranged a circular walk on Sunday 5th March in the Fauls area, following the route of our Walk 7 leaflet.
You’ll get to see Fauls from a different perspective with some far reaching views too [weather permitting!] We plan to meet at Fauls Church at 10 am.
To see more details of our schedule of walks for this year, and the route of the March walk please see this page and this post.
This is a fairly gentle ramble rather than a mountain hike or route march, so hopefully we’ll see some of your there?
Children and dogs [on leads] welcome. Sensible footwear required, and bring any snacks/drinks you may need.
Hodnet Footpath Group,

Parish Council Grants

Hodnet Parish CouncilHodnet Parish Council has recently published details of how local community groups, clubs and charities can apply for funding for projects. They are writing to such groups to provide them with the relevant information, but the Application Form and Guidance Notes have also been added to this website.
Full details of the Community Grants Fund 2017/18 can be found on this dedicated page.

Roadworks between Wollerton & Lostford – 17 to 20 Feb. 2017

Roadworks SignTwo sets of roadworks, being carried out over the next few days, affecting the Wollerton and Lostford areas have been announced on Both are being carried out by BT and seem to be connected.
One announcement describes work taking place between 17 and 20 February  (estimated), which is expected to have a moderate impact on journey times, with traffic control being by three-way signals.. The location is given as “From Drayton Field To Lostford Junction A53, Market Drayton, Shropshire”
The other announcement refers to work on Lostford Lane over the same four days. Whilst this is expected to only have a slight impact on journey times, with traffic also being managed by three-way lights (presumably the same same set as above). In this instance the location is given as, “Lostford Lane, Wollerton”.
In simple terms, be prepared over the next few days for delays between Wollerton and Lostford.

Have you lost a mobile phone?

Mobile PhoneA local resident has contacted us to say that over the weekend they found a mobile phone which someone must have dropped.
The phone, which is not a smart phone, was on the old road which runs parallel to the A53 (Hodnet bypass). This is the road from the junction for Stoke-on-Tern which runs past Heathbrook, and in the past went to Wollerton.
If you lost a phone, possibly in this area, over the weekend, please use this form to contact the web team. Please say when you lost it and give a brief description. If it matches what we have been told, we will pass your message on to the person concerned who will get in contact with you in the hope of restoring it to its owner.

A Busy Day for Hodnet's Fire Crew – 9/2/17

Shropshire Fire and Rescue ServiceToday (9 Feb. 17) Hodnet’s Fire Crew were called out twice.
The first incident was in response to a chimney fire in a house on the Crescent in Station Road.
Following a call received just before 12:30pm the Shropshire Fire and rescue Service received a call reporting a Chimney Fire in Hodnet. A total of four fire appliances, including the Aerial Ladder Platform, were mobilised from both Hodnet and Shrewsbury. An Operations Officer lso attended the incident.
Dealing with the incident involved the use of a positive pressure ventilation fan, a stirrup pump and small tools. No time when the incident was declared closed is given on the Incident Report which can be found here.

Around 9.00pm the crew were mobilised again, this time to another road accident on the A442 in Peplow. (The previous one was Sat. 28 Jan and involved two vehicles – report.)
At the time of posting (10:30pm) no incident report has been uploaded to the SFRS website, but it seems to involve a single vehicle, which left the road about half a mile south of Peplow crossroads. A number of emergency vehicles attended the scene, but the road remained open to traffic.
Update: Shortly before midnight SFRS reported here that a call was received at 21:05 reporting the accident. It adds that just one saloon vehicle was involved and no one was trapped. The stop message was received at 21:26. Embarrassingly for this “reporter” the report states that one fire appliance was mobilised from Wellington. However, he can assure you it was parked at the incident as if it had approached from Hodnet, nit Wellington.

Hodnet Parish Council Elections

Hodnet Parish Council Elections
Chris Mackie, Chairman of Hodnet Parish Council, writes:

Help make the Hodnet Area a better place to live.

In May this year there will be an excellent opportunity for a number of local
residents to make a real difference by helping your community in a worthwhile
and rewarding way
The Parish Council is comprised of ordinary people who live in the community who wish to make sure that the best interests of us all are represented.
The role is open to all, provided that you are over 18 and a British or EEC citizen.
No other role gives you the chance to make such a huge difference to the quality of life for the people in your local area.
We need the Council to represent everybody regardless of age, gender and background.
Councillors are appointed for a four year term and the current term ends in May this year.
Council meetings are typically held in the evening, at the Lyon Hall, every six weeks.
Applying is easy.
You can learn more by:

  • Calling me on 01630 685483 or via email
  • Talk to one of your Councillors (list here)
  • Download this leaflet
  • Come and have a cuppa at our Annual Parish Meeting which will be held in March at the Lyon Hall – date to be confirmed.

Chris Mackie


 N.B. The leaflet linked to above is designed to be printed on both sides of an A4 sheet and folded to A5. Therefore pages 4 & 1 are on the first side whilst 2 & 3 are on the second.