Month: March 2015

Hodnet Sub-Station Fire

Shropshire Fire and Rescue ServiceShropshire Fire and Rescue website reports a fire at an electricity sub-station in Websters Lane, Hodnet. The incident report is timed at 19:17 on Tuesday, 31 March, 2015.
The report reads, “Electrical pylon has been on fire. Further investigating in progress.”
One fire appliance was mobilised from Market Drayton.
No further information is available at present.

Council Tax: Statement from Parish Council Chairman

Most local residents will by now have received their Council Tax Demand Notice for 2015/16. You will have seen that Shropshire Council have loudly proclaimed that they have frozen their charges at 0.0% and you will no doubt wonder why then there is 9.8% increase (albeit a small amount in cash terms) related to Hodnet Parish Council.
One way Shropshire Council has achieved their zero per cent is by not handing on a government grant to town and parish councils of £511,000 this year but retaining the money centrally. This has meant that parishes have been short-changed (I think this is the politest phrase I could find) and so we have had to raise our charges in order to stand still financially. So “they” look good and we are made to look bad.
Rest assured Hodnet Parish Council has looked for savings: In 2012/13 the parish element for rates was reduced by 6.4%, in 2013/14 and 2014/15 there was no increase in charges following that reduction. However, for the next year we have this shortfall to make good and so the subsequent increase in the parish rate (could argue of course that given the earlier reduction it represents about overall 3% rise in the parish rate over a 4 year period!).
Thank you for your understanding
Derek Hodge
Chair Hodnet Parish Council
For press reports about Shropshire Council’s decision see these stories from the Shropshire Star:

Farmers Protect Your Property!

Neighbourhood WatchLast week we reported on the theft of a quad-bike, two chainsaws and hand tools from a farm in Peplow.
Today (18/3/15) Neighbourhood Watch have reported two further break-in at nearby farms.

Overnight between 7pm/7am Sat/Sun 14-15 March, farm premises beside the A53 at Stanton on Hine Heath were broken into and a small safe and cash were taken.

OIS incident reference 0154s 150315

During the day between 8.15am-6pm on Tues 17 March, a farm outbuilding near Hopton, Stanton on Hine Heath was broken into. Eight bicycles and a Stihl chainsaw were stolen. The bicycles included 1.a white and green Giant ‘Anthem’: 2. a black and blue Giant ‘Trance’ mountain bike: 3. a silver Boardman road bike (lady’s): 4. a black Boardman road bike (gent’s): 5.a grey, green and white White 729 mountain bike: 6. a red and white Secteur road bike: 7. a gold and brown Genisis ‘Zero’ mountain bike, and 8. a black and yellow Scott ‘Scale’ mountain bike.

OIS incident ref: 0632s 170315

Anyone with information about these thefts should contact the police via the non-emergency police telephone number “101” and ask for the information to be passed on to the West Mercia Force Control Room. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111 or via their website.
Whilst it is not always easy to make farm outbuildings secure we encourage farmers to be extra vigilant over the next few weeks.

Hodnet & District Garden Club April 2015

Hodnet & District Garden ClubThe next meeting of the Garden Club will take place on Tuesday 21st April at 7.30 pm at the Lyon Hall. This will take the form of an Open Mic session, with  with various members giving short presentations on a topic of their choice.
Visitors are most welcome to come along. Light refreshments will be served at the close of the meeting. Entry fee for guests is £2 per person, or annual membership only £12.

Two Evening Burglaries in Hodnet

West Mercia Police LogoPolice have today (13/3/15) appealed for anyone with information about two burglaries which took place in Hodnet on Tuesday 10 March to contact them. The announcement can be found here on the WMP website.
The burglaries, at two homes in The Grove, Hodnet, happened between 8:30pm and 9:40pm on Tuesday evening. The offender(s) forced entry into the dwellings through the rear doors of the properties, causing damage to them.
Anyone with any information about the incidents is asked to contact West Mercia Police on 101, quoting incident number 0769S of 10th March 2015.

Attention Allergy Suffers

Hodnet Medical CentreHodnet Medical Centre has added an item to its website this week announcing an initiative to improve the care of patients who suffer from allergies. Click here to view the page concerned.
The practice asks:

If you suffer from an allergy or intolerance, please inform your doctor during a consultation, or complete an allergy form which is available at Reception.

Chris and his Retrospectives in Peplow

Chris and his Retrospectives

Saturday 18th April 2015, 7pm – 11pm, in Peplow Chapel

Songs from the magic years of the Fab Fifties and Swinging Sixties

Golden oldies played by golden oldies!

Folk and Ballads through to Pop and Rock ‘n’ Roll


Tickets in advance £10: Includes a bowl of Beef Bourguignon and a pudding.
Vegetarian option available)

Please bring  your own drinks, we will supply the glasses.

Chris recommends you bring a cushion for the pews, unless you plan to dance all night!

Tickets and more information from Dave Jackson
Tel. 01952-840489 or email

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