Month: January 2016

Local Bus Service Threatened


The Shropshire Star has today (30/1/6) published a report on its website claiming that a cut in finding from Telford & Wrekin Council may result in changes to a bus service which runs through Hodnet.
Telford & Wrekin Council have recently signed a new contract for bus services with Arriva, but will pay them 30% less than at present. Whilst many services are expected to continue much the same, the Council acknowledges that the changes could have an impact on two services further down the line. The report continues:

One – the 341/342 cross-border route to Market Drayton – is used by people living in rural areas on the outskirts of Telford to get to the Princess Royal Hospital and into Wellington.
Telford & Wrekin is withdrawing its funding for the service.
Council bosses said the service was contracted by Shropshire Council and any final decision on the future of the service would be up to them.
Councillor Angela McClements, cabinet member for transport at Telford & Wrekin Council, said bosses would continue to liaise with their counterparts in Shropshire on how the impact on the potential removal of the 341/342 service could be minimised.
She said: “The council is currently looking at options for providing an alternative community transport service for residents in the borough to ensure that access is maintained to Princess Royal Hospital and Wellington from the rural areas currently served by the 341/342.”

The 341 service runs between Wellington and Market Drayton via Great Bolas and Childs Ercall. It is the 342 which passes through Peplow and Hodnet on a different route between Wellington and Market Drayton. Both services serve Stoke on Tern, Stoke Heath and Tern Hill.
Update 10 Feb – Shropshire Star: Shropshire bus cuts are ‘bad news’, say passengers

Path cleared

For some time the Hodnet Footpath Group has been concerned at the amount of vegetation encroaching upon the path [in fact part of the old pre-bypass roadway] running between Ashley’s farm and the bypass roundabout.
We tried to clear it ourselves some years ago, but it was too big a job for just the few of us, so we made several requests to Shropshire Council’s highways dept to attend to the issue. Unfortunately these seem to have fallen on deaf ears, so we asked the Outdoor Recreation team to assist instead and they’ve come up trumps – see photo below.
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Our sincere thanks to them.
If you use this path or otherwise think this is a good local result, why not get involved with the group that helps to make such things happen? See HFG see for details.

More Fibre Broadband for Hodnet

ConnectingShropshireConnecting Shropshire have announced that the final two cabinets connected to the Hodnet exchange have now been connected to fibre-optic cable. This means that premises in and around the
north of Hodnet village, Kenstone and Marchamley can now access superfast broadband, depending on their proximity to the local cabinet.
To connect to fibre broadband, customers need to contact their internet service provider to upgrade their broadband package – broadband speeds do not increase automatically.
To check which exchange area and cabinet serves your property and to check the availability of fibre broadband please click on the map below:
When&Where_ConnectingShropshire

Garden Club meetings free of charge this year!

Hodnet & District Garden ClubThe next meeting of Hodnet & District Garden Club will take place on Tues 16th Feb and our speakers will be David and Una Haynes, whose subject will be Trekking to Everest Base Camp, 7.30 pm at the Lyon Hall, Hodnet. They will talk about their experiences in Nepal and show slides of the country and the people they encountered on their exciting expedition. Refreshments will be served after the presentation, all are welcome and we are delighted to announce that during 2016, meetings will be free of charge. Do come along and take advantage of our interesting programme of events this year.
 

Peplow Community Quiz Night – March 2016

Bright Quiz NightFriday 18th March at 7:30pm
To be held at the Wollerton Bowls Club, Mill Road.
Quiz entry on the night: £2 per person.
‘Nibbles’ provided.
Teams will be selected by a raffle draw which will also include an individual prize.
More information: email or phone Mike 01630-684299 / Martin 01952-541760.
 

Peplow Community Walk – Feb 2016

Sunday 7th February 2:15 for 2:30pm
N.B. This walk replaces the one in January which was cancelled due to wet weather.
Boy & Girl WalkingA circular walk following the route of Hodnet Walk Leaflet No.2.
From the Lyon Hall car park, where we will meet, the route goes up The Hearne, following the footpath across the fields to Long Lane. Here it turns right back down to Wollerton and past the Old Hall. From there it returns along the old railway line, Station Road and the footpath behind Shrewsbury Street.
Children welcome, also dogs on leads. Refreshments afterwards.
In case of wet weather please call Randall on 01952 540970 after 1:00pm on the day for an update.
 

2016 Summer Event – Planning Meeting

BuntingPlans for a Parish Summer event are moving forward and the planning group are asking residents to save the date of Saturday 11th June 2016 for a A Right Royal Party.
The next planning meeting is to be held on Tuesday, 2nd Feb 7.30pm at Hodnet Club. Anyone who is interested in helping to organise this event is invited to be there.
A flyer is available about the hopes and aspirations for the event, along with details of who to contact if you want to participate in some way.
Please click the image below to download a PDF version of the flyer.
A Right Royal Party

Antiques Valuation Day – February 2016

From 10.00am – 4.00 pm, Thursday 11 February, 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

Antiques Valuation Day – January 2016

From 10.00am – 4.00 pm, Thursday 14 January, 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