Month: September 2013

Hodnet and District Garden Club

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 15th October, 7.30pm at the Lyon Hall, when we welcome Fiona Chancellor
Fiona has a three-quarter acre garden in Little Wenlock called Windy Ridge. She is an ardent supporter of the National Garden Scheme and has won a number of awards for her garden including the Daily Mail and Shropshire’s Best Garden of the Year award, along with other awards in the English Garden Magazine. Her presentation will show how her garden has progressed over the years and we are sure the evening will be interesting and informative.
We meet 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.

Reduced-price Compost Bins Available

This week Shropshire Council has announced its autumn special offer on compost bins. On 25th Sept. 2013 Shropshire Newsroom carried this announcement on the latest discount scheme:

Compost Bin
To encourage more people to home compost this autumn, Shropshire Council is working in partnership with Veolia Environmental Services and to offer reduced-price compost bins, from just £16.98.
Better still, there is currently a special ‘buy one get one half price’ offer on some bins whilst stocks last.
To order, simply visit or call 0844 571 4444.

Help requested this Sunday

This Sunday, (29th Sept) the Hodnet Footpath Group are
meeting at 10.30 AM by Websters Lane Farm [Ashley's Farm
Shop on bypass]to undertake a bit of light clearance work
on the path up to the bypass roundabout, where vegetation
has encroached.
We are few in number, so an extra pair of hands or two
will be welcomed!
No special skills required, just come prepared to do
some cutting back and clearance work - bring tools, gloves,
shears, etc, if you can.

Treasure Hunt

Treasure HuntThe second annual Hodnet Scouting for Treasure, treasure hunt took place yesterday in glorious Autumn sunshine. Fifteen teams took part, with teams from as far away as Macclesfield joining in. The course wound its way around the beautiful Hodnet Hall Gardens as well as taking in part of the village of Hodnet. The clues devised by Brice Bozier were challenging but great fun and all those that had a go enjoyed themselves.
The first prize of a family pass for the 2014 season to Hodnet Hall Gardens was won by MJHD with 75.5 points. Well done to them.  Their team name will be added to the trophy. View full list of the results here; 2013 Scouting for Treasure – Results.
2nd Hodnet Scouts would like to thank all those that took part, and Mr and Mrs Heber-Percy for allowing their garden to be used for the event. Big thanks to Brice Bozier for all his time and hard work devising the questions. Also, thanks to Andrew Lockley for organising the catering.

Join the Conversation

Information about this series of events has been forwarded rather belatedly to the Hodnet Footpath Group, but we are posting it here in case others are interested in taking part in this county-wide discussion on the effects of spending cuts in the public sector.
“The public sector in Shropshire faces huge spending cuts in the coming years. The changes that ensue will undoubtedly impact on your local services, so we want to hear from you and understand what you want and need from public services. Do you have ideas as to how things could run more efficiently? What services do you consider a priority? We want to hear from you. We are holding a series of events around the county where you can “Join the Conversation” and pose questions to senior representatives from Shropshire Council, the police, the fire and rescue service, and Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group.”
Meetings have been arranged in different parts of Shropshire on four evenings this week. The last one is on Friday 20th September at 7pm at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury. Full details can be found [here]; please note, if you wish to submit a question, this has to be done in advance.  You can find the link to send in questions by email to the organising team on the Shropshire Newsroom report.

Theft of a motor vehicle from roundabout

West Mercia Police have reported through their Neighbourhood Watch Update system the theft of a motor vehicle from near Espley Roundabout. Local residents may have notice a Vauxhall Zafira parked on the grass at the side of the A442 to the south of the roundabout. The Neighbourhood Watch Update states:

Between 8-11 September, a silver Vauxhall Zafira was stolen from beside the A442 near Hodnet. The car had broken down and was left temporarily by its owner who was then hospitalised for a week following an accident elsewhere. The parked car was noted by police on 8 Sept but had gone when its owner went to collect it on 11 Sept.

If anyone noticed the vehicle being removed please can they pass the information on to the West Mercia Force Control Room by calling the non-emergency police telephone number “101”.

Hodnet Housing Development – Second Planning Application

Image of updated plans
Image of updated plans
Last week Shropshire County Council sent out letters to interested parties inviting comments on a new Planning Application for the proposed housing development on land of Abbots Way in Hodnet. This week a site notice was posted on the Planning Department’s section of the website inviting “REPRESENTATIONS or COMMENTS are to be submitted within 21 days from the Date of this Site Notice.” The notice is dated 10th Sept. 2013, which means that local residents have until 1st Oct. to review the plans and submit their comments.
The Ref. Number for this latest application is 13/03452/FUL and all the relevant information and documents can be accessed via this page on the Planning Department’s website. Direct links to some of the key documents are:

Artist's Impression with garage and bin store
Artist’s Impression with garage and bin store
Members of the public can submit their comments on this latest application via the above page on the Council’s website.
This latest application has been submitted whilst the applicants are appealing the Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for their earlier application. The outcome of that appeal has not been decided to date. It’s reference number is 13/02049/REF and all the relevant documents can be viewed via this page. Most of the documentation listed arises from the initial Planning Application. More recent and relevant are the Appellant’s Case and Shropshire Council’s Officer’s Report.

Car hits horse on A442

The A442 was closed last night (10 Sept. 2013) after a car was in collision with a horse.
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service reported the accident on their Incidents service (here). They say no one was trapped as a result of the accident and the vehicle was made safe. The incident was reported to them about 9.30pm.
The accident occurred about a quarter of a mile south of Espley Roundabout.

Art, Literature and Christian Spirituality

A talk by Dr. Jane Gledhill  on Saturday, September 21st at 3pm in Hodnet Hall Tea Rooms.
Cost £6 per person, includes light refreshments.
All proceeds To St’ Luke’s Church, Hodnet.
Further details from Janice Parker, Tel. 01630-685531 or email