Month: October 2015

Hodnet & District Garden Club November 2015

Hodnet & District Garden ClubThis month’s meeting is on Tuesday 17th November, at 7.30 pm in the Lyon Hall. Our speaker is Jessica Pannett, who will present an illustrated talk on GLORIOUS GARDENS OF BRITAIN & EUROPE.
For many years, Jessica has arranged tours visiting gardens all over the British Isles and Europe. She will share some of her favourites.
This month’s competition is  “any home cooked item”. Visitors are most welcome to come along; refreshments will be served at the end of the talk. Entry fee for guests to attend a single meeting is £2.00 per person, or only £12 to join for the whole year.
We meet every month from autumn through to late spring on the third Tuesday at the Lyon Hall, 7:30pm.

Christmas Fayre

Saturday 28th November 2015, 10am – 4pm at the Lyon Hall.
Christmas FayreChristmas stalls, children’s entertainer, refreshments, free entry.
Organised by Peplow Chapel.
Further information from Elizabeth Downes:
Tel: 01952-840215 or email

Flower Demonstration

Flower FestivalSt. Luke’s church is holding a flower demonstration in the Lyon Hall on Saturday, November 14th. starting at 11am.
Tickets cost £8 each and include a light lunch.
Please contact Brenda Preston on 01630 685315 for tickets and more details,

Peplow Community Walk – Nov. 2015

Boy & Girl WalkingSunday 15th November at 2:15 for 2.30pm.
A circular walk starting at Lee Brockhurst.
Meet in Lee Brockhurst ‘just over the bridge’.
(National Grid Ref: SJ548268)
Children welcome, also dogs on leads.
Refreshments provided afterwards at Dave & Jean’s.
In case of bad weather, please phone Randall 01952-540970 (after 1:00pm on the day) to confirm arrangements.

Road to Wem to be closed again!

Shropshire Council LogoToday (22/10/15) Shropshire Council has published here details of planned road closures for week commencing 24th Oct. Amongst roads affected is a section of road which was earmarked for closure in late August. This time the closure is planned to last for two weeks starting on Monday 26th October.
As previously the description provided in the PDF file listing planned road closures, the location of the closure is not easy to recognise, “From A442 junction Hodnet to B5065 junction Dairy House, Marchamley (from Jct C2073 to OS Paradise Lodge).” The PDF of the Diversion maps includes the following map is much clearer:
150824 Marchamley Diversion Map
According to the documentation there will be no access through the closure for pedestrians, cyclists or horse riders.

SmartWater offer from WM Police

West Mercia Police LogoThis week, as part of their We Don’t Buy Crime campaign, West Mercia Police has announced  a special offer to residents in its area. Working with Telford-based business SmartWater Technology Ltd. they are offering an exclusive opportunity to purchase a home security pack at a special promotional one-off price of £25.00 (current retail price £75.00).
SmartWater is a traceable liquid forensic asset marking system which is applied to items of value to deter theft and to identify culprits for prosecution. Local second-hand goods traders and police officers are equipped to detect the presence of SmartWater on property, increasing the likelihood that any stolen property will be reunited with its rightful owner and offenders prosecuted. When deployed by police, SmartWater has helped reduce burglary by up to 85%.
Details of the offer are available on this page of WMP website and applications for a pack can be made through this page on the SmartWater Shop site. Alternatively, residents can call 0800-521669 quoting discount code WDBCRIME25. The pack contains enough solution to forensically protect around 50 items and there is no annual fee (normally £59.88 per annum).

Antiques Valuation Day – November 2015

From 10.00am – 3.00 pm, Thursday 12th November, at The Bear, Hodnet.
Free valuations of collectables, jewellery, ceramics and other antiques.
Hansons and The Bear both support the Midlands Air Ambulance Service and donations can be made on the day.
Items can be accepted into forthcoming Hansons Auctions.
For more information please telephone 01630-685214 or email

Hodnet Post Office Consultation

Recently Post Office Ltd. has announced a consultation on future of Hodnet Post Office.
They are proposing, with the current Postmaster’s agreement, to move the village Post Office branch to a new location in Hodnet Village Stores, Church Street. If the move goes ahead the local Post Office will become one of the new local style branches.
This change would be part of a major programme of modernisation taking place across the Post Office network, the largest in the history of Post Office Ltd. The Programme is underpinned by Government investment and will see up to 8,000 branches modernised and additional investment in over 3,000 community and outreach branches.
What will this mean for customers?

  • Post Office services will be offered from a till on the retail counter in a modern open plan branch;
  • Longer opening hours;
  • The majority of Post Office products and services will still be available;
  • Improved accessibility.

Consulting on the proposed new location
A 6 week local public consultation has already started and the Post Office is asking local residents to tell them what they think about the suitability of the proposed new location. Before the company finalises its plans, they would really like to hear residents views on the proposed location, particularly on the following areas:

  • How suitable you think the new location and premises are and how easy it is to get there?
  • Are the new premises easy for you to get into and is the inside easily accessible?
  • Do you have any concerns about the new location?
  • If so, do you have any suggestions that could help us make it better for you?
  • Any local community issues which you think could be affected by the proposed move?
  • Anything you particularly like about the proposed change?

The Public Consultation ends on 12 November 2015. If the move goes ahead the local Post Office the change will take place in January/February next year.
Full details of the consultation are available in this copy of a letter to the Parish Clerk. The proposed changes would mean that Post Office products and services would be available throughout shop opening hours from an open-plan till at the shop counter. These are from 7am to 7.30pm on Monday to Friday, from 8am to 7.30pm on Saturday, and from 8am to 2pm on Sunday. According to a table in the above letter there would be no loss of services resulting from the move.
To participate in the consultation local residents should pursue one of the following courses:

  • On the internet via [N.B. This author had difficulty using this this service];
  • By email to;
  • By phone 03457-223344 (Textphone 03457-223355) [N.B. This service requires the caller to select from 5 levels of options, to save time please use this sequence, one digit per menu – 2/5/6/2/2];
  • In writing to “FREEPOST Your Comments” [N.B. This is the full address needed, no other details are necessary.]

Remember the consultation ends on 12 November 2015.