Month: July 2014

An enjoyable walk with the Footpath Group July 2014

As previously advertised on this website, last Wednesday evening’s walk organised by the Hodnet Footpath Group was thoroughly enjoyed by 18 people and 4 dogs. The Footpath Group have recently secured funding for another print-run of their very popular walks leaflets and this walk followed part of a new route they have developed, walking from Hodnet to Fauls.
Look out for copies of all seven walks leaflets in the Post Office, the village shop, the Medical Centre or the Bear Inn. Alternatively, some are already available for download here and the rest should soon follow.
Light evenings and lovely summer weather make for ideal walking conditions, so the Footpath Group encourages all who might not yet have been on one of our local walks to ‘give them a try – while it stays dry’! The more people who use our local footpaths, the more walkable they will remain.

Anniversary Celebrations for Garden Club July 2014

140715_HDGCA delightful warm summer evening was spent by thirty-two members of the Hodnet & District Garden Club when they celebrated the 35th Anniversary of the club with a garden party at Wollerton Old Hall Gardens.  The evening started with a champagne welcome where the Chairman, Shaun Dixon, said a few words about the Club’s past, present and future. This was followed by an introduction to the gardens by John Jenkins. After a pleasurable wander through these stunning gardens, a meal was served in the tea room.

Wollerton Wetlands – good news

Although legal/practical access to the Wetlands was established earlier this year, a decade of lack of access/neglect meant that parts of the original paths around it had become overgrown and nettle infested.
Shropshire Council’s Outdoor Recreation dept recently arranged for a work party from the Probation Service to heavily strim and cut back vegetation around the site, and the route is now transformed, see pictures below.
A circular walk is now very easy, and further visits are planned through the year to uncover the original chipping paths.
The more people use the paths the clearer they will remain, so if you’ve not been before, why not try it now?
Maybe you’ll see some of its special wildlife, as below.
See Walk Leaflet 5 for how to get there from Wollerton – follow this LINK

Individual Electoral Registration

Shropshire Newsroom Shropshire Council have announced their plans to implement the new Individual Electoral Registration (IER) scheme. In a post on the Shropshire Newsroom website published on Friday, July 18 they announced that during August the Electoral Registration Officer will write to approximately 230,000 people throughout Shropshire. The letter will explain that a new, more secure, system of Individual Electoral Registration is being introduced to replace the previous system where the ‘head of household’ registered everyone living in a property. Under IER each individual will be responsible for registering themselves.
The article states that many Shropshire residents will automatically move onto the new electoral register. However, some will need to take action to remain on it or to join, which they will now also be able to do for the first time by registering quickly and easily on-line. Residents who do not receive a letter during August should contact Shropshire Council’s electoral services team on 0345 678 9015 or by email.
Further information on the changes which have already begun to be implemented can be found here on the Government’s website. It explains that the new system is intended to help to tackle electoral fraud and improve confidence in the electoral register. The new system requires people to register quoting their date of birth and National Insurance number, which will then be checked against government records to verify that registrations are genuine.
Though not highlighted on the main web pages describing the new system, guidance to Local Authority Electoral Registration Officers states that people can either apply on-line or in writing and that councils can also choose to offer registration by phone or in person. (See page section 5.3 on page 35 of this document.)
Below is a Government video demonstrating the on-line registration procedure.

Charity Antique Valuation Day – July 2014

Free valuation Day at The Bear Inn, Hodnet.
From 10am – 4 pm, Thursday 17th July.
Free valuations of collectables, jewellery, ceramics and any other Antiques.
Hansons and The Bear Inn both support the Midlands Air Ambulance Service so donations can be made on the day.
We can also accept items into the forthcoming Hansons Auctions. The next valuation day is Thursday 10 th April.
For more information please telephone 01630-685214 or email

This event is 'on' Something different for a Wednesday Eve?

Wednesday, mid-week and what to do?
Maybe you’re fed up with summertime telly? Tired of the kids twittering/facebooking? Dog keeps looking at you expectantly!
Then why not join a short evening country walk, which has been organised by the Hodnet Footpath Group for Wed 30th July.
We leave The Lyon Hall at 7pm [free parking] and expect to be back by 9pm. Our route will take us over a mix of paths, tracks and lanes to/from Marchamley Wood – total distance about 5 miles.
Sensible footwear required, dogs [on leads where necessary] and kids welcome.
If the weather is terrible the walk will be cancelled, but if in doubt check the website after 5pm for a ‘Go/No Go’ announcement!
If you want more info see the contacts listed on this website’s groups page Here

Weston Village Show 2014

Weston Show 2014
Click the image to download a PDF flyer.
Sunday August 3rd, 11.30am to 5.00pm
The Citadel, Weston-under-Redcastle
Adults £5.oo each – Children free

NEW THIS YEAR: Jazz Band, Climbing Tower, Pancake Races, Aircraft Simulator! 
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND FOR THE CHILDREN: Children’s and parent races, bales assault course, archery, pony club games, animal corner, fire engine, face painting, Pinxton puppets and tractor and trailer rides.
FOR THE ADULTS:  Vintage cars, tractors and bikes with a 60’s theme Pageant. Shire horses, North Shropshire hounds and beagles. Plants, cakes and jam stall, craft displays, etc.
FOOD AND DRINK: Teas and cakes, BBQ, Pimms and local beers, pancake stall and local ice cream.
Also featuring a Fun Dog Show!

A real country show for all the family.

Funds raised for Village Church and Village Hall, Pancreatic Cancer Research and Marie Curie Cancer
Dog show information from Christine Moodie Tel:  01939-200656 or email.
Other enquiries: John Edwards 01939-200235 or Sylvia Griffiths 01630-685204 or email.

More information on the Weston-under-Redcastle website.


Hodnet – Marchamley path repaired

The permissive path, part washed away by torrential rain earlier this year, has now been repaired by Shropshire Council.
Now that this is done, in the near future the vegetation at the sides of the path is due to be cut back and some routine weed spraying will then take place.
It is hoped that this action will encourage past, and new, users to make the most of this valuable facility.
Anyone who discovers future problems with this path, or who has any comments/suggestions to make concerning it, should contact the Parish Council.

Hodnet and District Garden Club, 2014 Horticultural Show

Hodnet & District Garden ClubSaturday 16th August sees the 32nd HDGC Annual Show taking place at the Lyon Hall. There are prizes on offer in many categories ranging from the traditional fruit and veg, to arts and crafts, cooking and a special section for youngsters. The show is open to both members and non-members alike, although we hope that if you enjoy the show you’ll consider becoming a member.
Each exhibitor gains points for their winning entries, with special awards going to those with the most points and to those winning specific categories. The nine main categories are listed below, and each is divided into specific sub-sections:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Flowers
  • Novice
  • Floral Art
  • Craft
  • Domestic
  • Junior (under 16)
  • Taste

For further details of categories, trophies and awards, rules, entry forms or to download the full show schedule, please see the Garden Club website.
The Show is open to the public at 2pm.
Entry: £1.00 members, £2 non members, includes refreshment.
We hope to see many folk coming along to this well-established event, as either exhibitors or visitors.