Month: August 2013

Festival of Churches – St. Luke's Hodnet

Churches in Hereford, Worcester and Shropshire are holding an open weekend on Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th. 10am-6pm.
St. Luke’s Church, Hodnet is participating in this Festival of Churches.
There will be produce for sale, art work, hand made crafts and of course afternoon tea.
There will also be a display of local history and old record books will be available for anyone researching family history.
Further details from Janice Parker, Tel. 01630-685531 or email

The UK Ultimate Triathlon 2013

Possible travel delays:
Local residents may have noticed today (14 Aug.) signs for a cycle race being erected on the A41 & A53. Research on the internet suggests that these are in connection with this weekend’s UK Ultimate Triathlon. The main event which starts and finishes at Dearnford Lake, Whitchurch takes place this Sunday 18th August. However, tonight there is a fun Bike Night between 6pm and 8pm where anyone is invited to ride a full circuit of the cycle route. The route is mainly along the A49, though at the southern end it runs from Tern Hill roundabout along the A53 to the roundabout by the Müller Dairy at Market Drayton. Here it turns around and heads back along the A53 and then northwards on to the A41 to return to Dearnford Lake.
Whilst both roads will remain open during tonight’s Bike Night and for the main race, it is possible that there will be delays for anyone trying to use the A41 & A53 along the sections beings used by large numbers of cyclists.
There are two races on Sunday – a full length race which involves four laps of the cycle route and a half length event. Both events start with a swim which is then followed by the cycling section before they conclude with a run. Competitors progress from one section to the next without a pause and the winners are decided on a first past the post basis after the run. According to the UK Ultimate Triathlon website entry is limited to 500 competitors per race! The entry list available from that page show less than 100 people have registered for the full length event and around 300 for the half triathlon. The start time for both races is 8:00am so expect delays on the A41 & A53 from 9:00am onwards. Whilst competitor numbers will reduce as the event progresses, cut off times (after which competitors will not be allowed to continue) for the cycling section have been set as 2.oopm for the half distance event and 6:30pm for the full one. The northern part of the cycle course takes in the whole length of the Whitchurch bypass which includes sections of the A49 and the A525.
Anyone thinking of avoiding the A41 during this period should note that Dearnford Lake is located off Tilstock Road. The run section takes place partly in the grounds of the lake and partly on Tilstock Road, where the route goes into Tilstock village. For this reason the whole of Tilstock Road from the village to the Whitchurch bypass will be closed throughout the duration of the event.
Full details of the event, including entry list and maps of the course can be downloaded from the UK Ultimate Triathlon website.

Inaugural Beer and Cider Festival

Hodnet Social Club is holding its Inaugural Beer and Cider Festival from 11am until late this Saturday, 17th August 2013.

  • Free Entry
  • Hot Food Available
  • Open Mic evening

15 High Quality brews from around the country, something for everyone to try.
Friendly and relaxed atmosphere, all very welcome.
More information from the club or by email

Hodnet Fire Station Open Day 2013

Saturday 17th August, 10.00am to 3.00pm – Hodnet Fire Station, Station Road
As part of their campaign to raise the profile  of the local fire service in the community, Hodnet fire crew are holding an open day at the fire station.
Activities will include: how to deal with a chip pan fire (on the hour every hour); Road Traffic Collision (RTC) rescue demonstration (at 12.00 noon); West Mercia Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service first responders will be in attendance throughout the day.
Light refreshments will be provided throughout the event.

Book Your Flu Jab Now!

Hodnet Medical Centre is encouraging patients to book their flu jab for the coming winter as soon as possible. Clinics start at the end of September.
Local residents  should phone the surgery on 01630 685230 to check if they are eligible for a free vaccination and to book an appointment.

Group Walk – Hodnet to Fauls Church

The Hodnet Footpath Group have organised a walk on Sat 7th Sept, starting at 10.00 at Lyon Hall, Hodnet. Likely duration 3.0 – 4.0 hrs.
Anyone [including dogs!] is welcome to join us.
Sensible footwear required plus, depending on the weather, either a rain mac or sun cream – or why not cover all bases with waterproof sun cream !
Bring a snack/drink too.
Further information can be obtained from the Secretary – See the HFG page for contact details
P.S. If you’d like to do only half the walk, you could drop off a car at Fauls Church in advance.

Have you ever seen a glow worm?

Hodnet’s glow worms are locally famous, but have you ever seen them?
If not, and assuming you’d like to, would you know what you are looking for, or where?
Perhaps the simplest way to see them is to join a late evening trip being organised by members of the Hodnet Footpath Group, as per their notice below:

The number of glow worms spotted so far this year in both our
own and other areas has been unusually low, maybe due to the
cool start to the summer. However, some have now been sighted
and even though it's a bit later in the season than normal,
Hodnet Footpath Group members decided it was worth having a go.
We therefore plan to walk along the old railway track between
Hodnet and Wollerton on the evening of Friday 16th August,
meeting by the ex council yard (old auction yard) in Station
Road, Hodnet ready for a 9.30pm start.
We very much hope that you will be able to come along and join
us and that our efforts will be rewarded!
Just two precautions:
1. Please note - if it is raining, the event will be cancelled
without further notification.
2. Please read the safety notes below:
Hodnet Footpath Group can not accept any liability for loss of
or damage to property [inc clothing and personal effects]
Looking forward to seeing you on 16th,
Yours sincerely,
Mary Hardy
(Hodnet FPG Secretary)


Scouting For Treasure, 2nd Hodnet Scouts

Sunday 22nd September

Fun walking treasure hunt around Hodnet Village and Hodnet Hall Gardens,suitable for all the family.

£3 entry fee per family.

Staggered starting times commencing 10.30 a.m from the Scout Hut, Hearne Lane Hodnet.

Approximately 3hrs, including registration.

Food and refreshments available from the Scout Hut at the finish!

Winning team get their team name on the cup and a family season ticket (max 2 adults and 4 children) for 2014 for entry to Hodnet Hall Gardens on open days.

For Further info and to Pre-Register (recommended) email !

Please help support your local Scout Group.

Entrance to Hodnet Hall Gardens included within £3 group entry fee (Restricted access)

Hodnet and District Garden Club Annual Show 2013

This year’s show takes place on Saturday 17th August, at the Lyon Hall.

This is always an interesting and exciting event, well worth attending either as an exhibitor or a guest. For times and details click on the flyer below.


And finally, a few key points from the rules:
The show is open to any amateur exhibitor.
Entries close at 5:00pm on the Thursday before the show, and entry fees are paid on the morning of the show.
Exhibits must be brought to the showroom between 10.00am and 11.45am on the day of the show.
Rules and entry form