Month: October 2014

Hodnet and District Garden Club November 2014

Hodnet & District Garden ClubOur next meeting is on Tuesday November 18th at 7.30pm at the Lyon Hall. Due to unforeseen circumstances there has been a last minute change of speaker, and Derek Jones will now be addressing us.

Visitors are very welcome to join us for the talk and have a cup of tea and biscuit afterwards. Entry fee for guests is £2.00 per person, or for only £12 you can join the Club for the whole year. We meet every month on the third Tuesday at the Lyon Hall, 7:30pm.

Parish Plan Review: Focus Group Minutes 16/10/14

Following on from the Parish Plan Review Public meeting on 18 September the first meeting of the volunteer focus group took place on 16th October. 7 people attended with 1 further person not being able to be present.
Brief minutes of the meeting can be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking here.
The Parish Clerk, Maryjayne Rees, requests anyone who provided her with contact details at the initial public meeting but who has not heard from her to contact her as she is having difficulty with some emails addresses she was given. She can be contacted by phone on 01630-685745 or by email.
Anyone who did not attend the September meeting but would like to contribute to the focus group’s work should also contact the Clerk.

Police Launch Emergency Contact Disc

Emergency Contact DiscWest Mercia Police recently announced the launch of a voluntary Emergency Contact Disc as a replacement replacement for the now redundant tax disc. An announcement here on the force’s website gives details of this joint initiative with the Warwickshire Police.
The Emergency Contact Disc contains next of kin contact details and medical alert information for the driver. In the event of a medical emergency or road traffic collision that renders the occupants unable to communicate, a first responder will be able to obtain vital information that is not otherwise accessible at the scene.
The disc can be cut out and placed into the now otherwise redundant tax disc holder, the information sections fold inwards so it would not be viewed by passers by.
The Emergency Contact Disc can be downloaded as a A4 size PDF file which once printed, filled in and cut out can be placed in the cars tax disc holder. It can be downloaded from the page above or directly from this link. (Please note: that for some reason the WMP website has been set up so that it “checks your browser” for several seconds before allowing access to any of its content.)

Time to apply for Station Road homes

New Affordable Homes – Station Road, HodnetStation Road Local Letting Plan

Hodnet Parish Council wish to make known that the new Station Road affordable properties are going to be advertised by Shropshire HomePoint from Wednesday 15th October to Tuesday 21st October.
All interested applicants will need to place a bid during that 7 day period.
Even if you have previously registered your interest you are required to officially bid for the property you want during that period. Failure to place a bid during the specified dates will eliminate you from the process.
Your bid will not be considered if your application is received outside of these dates.
All applications need to be made through Shropshire HomePoint – this can be done via their website.
Full details of the application process can be found in the Local Letting Plan – a copy of which can be downloaded by clicking on the image above.
Hodnet Parish Council is involved in the lettings procedure and will give preference to people with a strong Hodnet connection. The criteria on which they will assess applications are listed in the Local Letting Plan.

Market Drayton Arts Festival 2014

Market Drayton Arts Festival

A Community Festival of the Arts in Market Drayton

Thursday 30 October to Sunday 2 November
Four days featuring a variety of events from artistic workshops, open studios and theatre to interactive music, dance and literature – there really will be something for everyone.
Most of these events will be free, though there are a number where an admission charge applies.
For a full list of events, artists and admissions please see the Festival’s website:
Or pick up a programme from various locations including some shops and the Festival Drayton Center.

We Hope You Missed Us

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The webteam would like to apologise to anyone who could not access the Hodnet website yesterday afternoon and evening (Tuesday, 7th Oct 2014).
The loss of service was beyond our control and out of the hands of our domain host. It was not some high tech fault which put the website off-line, but a simple mistake when someone at the data centre turned off the wrong server! They then began to reformat that computer and wipe out all the data belonging to the Hodnet site and many others. Our domain host immediately swung into action and everything was finally restored by the early hours of this morning.
For those interested here is an excerpt from a fuller explanation sent to us by our domain host:

Date sent: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 03:11:20
Dear customer,
During October 7th, as you will have noticed, all websites and email on our main shared webserver have been unavailable since approximately 1pm, in some cases until an hour or two ago. (All services are now back up and running).
Astonishingly, the data centre whose racks our server is housed in, whilst intending to format a server positioned in the rack next to ours, identified the wrong server. They wiped our machine clean. Though we were in direct contact with them within 3 minutes of them powering the machine off, it was already too late. They had already begun formatting it, and the data could not be recovered.
Upon realising the error, they immediately installed two new hard drives, and we began the process of rebuilding all data and services on this server from the data in our backup system.
The only bright spot has been that the backup system has been working perfectly, and the rebuilding process has been without any hitches so far. It has taken plenty of time because the amount of data and number of services is considerable. Services for sending and receiving emails (POP, IMAP and SMTP) have been back up since approximately 7.30 p.m. on October 7th .(Whilst this server was down, incoming email was queueing on a backup server. It has since all been delivered.) Access to websites was restored a few minutes before sending this email.