Month: September 2016

Tern Hill Roundabout Resurfacing – Update

Shropshire Council LogoRecently, we reported in this post on planned roadworks on both the A53 and A41. Shropshire Council have today (30/09/16) provided more information on the resurfacing work around Tern Hill roundabout. The good news is that most of the work is planned to be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am. Traffic flow will be controlled by temporary traffic lights.
Details of the work can be found on the “roadworks” section of the Council’s website, and in an announcement on Shropshire Newsroom. The following map is also available as a PDF:

Tern Hill Resurfacing Map
Plan showing where the resurfacing work is to be carried out.
(copyright Mouchel Ltd)
Observant readers will have spotted that the distance from the roundabout is not as great as suggested previously on
Elsewhere work on the new roundabout on the A53 near Market Drayton is making progress, but the resurfacing work between Tern Hill and Adderley Road roundabouts has not yet begun.

Mickley Lane Closure – 5 Oct. 2016

Shropshire Council have announced that Mickley Lane, Mickley will be closed between 8:00am and 6:00pm, on Wednesday 5th October. The work to be carried is by Broadband Delivery UK on behalf of Openreach.
Pedestrians, dismounted cyclist and dismounted horse riders will be allowed through the closure. Vehicle diversion will be via Mickley Lane, Lostford Lane, Wood Lane, Mickley Lane and vice versa (see map below). Details of the closure were published in the following two PDF documents:

Road Closure Details For Week 1 October 2016
Diversion Maps For Road Closures Week 1 October 2016.

Mickley Diverson 5 Oct 2016

Meet the New Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner

Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, West MerciaThursday 29th September 2016, between 4.30pm – 7.00pm
Festival Drayton Centre, Market Drayton

There is an opportunity to meet the new Deputy Police & Crime  Commissioner, Tracey Onslow, at Festival Drayton Centre in Market Drayton. She will be outlining proposals for the new Policing Plan and taking questions about the PCC’s role in the future.
The event has been organised by Market Drayton Seniors’ Enterprise (MDSE) – a non-profit making charitable organisation. At approximately 5:15pm Market Drayton’s Mayor, Councillor David Minnery, will introduce Tracey Onslow who will make a formal Policy Presentation on behalf of John Campion, the recently elected Police & Crime Commissioner for West Mercia.
The event is being held in the main auditorium and will feature a small exhibition with stands from the following companies and organisations:

  • NFU Mutual – Market Drayton
  • Safer Neighbourhood Team – Market Drayton
  • Cyber & rural crime team
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Crime Reduction officer
  • Market Drayton Town Council

For more information please contact Eric Davies, Secretary of Market Drayton Seniors’ Enterprise: 01630 655778 or email.

New Evening for Peplow Book Club

Book Club IconPeplow Community Book Club has changed the evening it meets from Wednesdays to Tuesdays.
From this month it will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The first meeting being next week on 27th September starting at 8:00pm.
Members gather in each others homes, borrowing books from Shropshire’s Library Service.
For more information please contact the Book Club’s convener Sally Wilson – Tel. 07722-589440 / 01952-840825 or email.
This and other local book clubs are listed on our Monthly Regular Events page.

Do You Recognise This Cat?

Wendy Payne's visiting cat!Wendy Payne wonders if anyone recognises this frequent visitor to her garden in recent weeks.
She says it is a beautiful big black and white cat, very friendly and loves cuddles. She hopes he belongs to someone
Wendy lives in Park View, Hodnet Court.
If you are the owner of the cat, or know who is, please help put Wendy’s mind at ease. You can contact her by email or by phone – 01630 685683.

Project Poacher

West Mercia Police LogoWest Mercia Police have this week highlighted Project Poacher, an initiative set up by England and Wales Poaching Priority Delivery Group which includes the National Wildlife Crime Unit and is chaired by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.
In a post on their website WMP state,

Poachers have little regard for the countryside and no regard for any wildlife or the farmer’s land that they trespass on. Poachers rarely carry out their business for food these days, animals can be stolen for use in illegal and cruel sport, they often work in groups, pursuing animals such as rabbits, deer and pheasants that fall under the heading “game”.
Project Poacher has two key elements; advice and support for law enforcers and a free, easy to use app for reporting poaching incidents.The app is available to download at
If you see or are aware of poachers on your land or the land of someone else without permission call the police on 101 (or if a crime is taking place call 999). Give the call taker as much information as you have including location, vehicles used, how many offenders and if there are firearms

Much more information can be found on the Poaching and Rural Crime page of the BASC website. The information includes the following advice:

Importance of reporting poaching
One of the issues surrounding poaching is that while it is a crime, it is not classed as a recordable offence by Home Office statistics, which means it is difficult to obtain accurate figures. Another concern is the amount of under-reporting of poaching and indeed other rural crime. It is therefore important that we act as one to combat poaching and rural crime therefore reporting all incidents.
What to do if you have poachers on your land
If you see or are aware of poachers on your land/permission and want them off, call the police. Only you can decide whether this is a 999 or a 101 call (101 is the non-emergency number to report incidents). If you are being threatened or damage is being caused, then that is urgent and 999 should be used. Give the call taker as much information as you have, such as vehicles used, how many offenders, do they have firearms, etc.  Also you will need to give as good a location as you can, especially at night.  However, the most important thing is to get an incident or log number for what you are reporting.
You might be told that there is nobody to send immediately, but insist on the incident/log number. Ask for the incident to be forwarded to the Wildlife Crime Officer and the local beat officer. It is a good idea to do this whether police attend or not.  Tell the call taker that this is a wildlife crime and needs to be recorded as such. This last point makes it easier to monitor the number of poaching offences and, hence, the true picture will emerge.

In the Dark? Call 105

Power Cut? Call 105A new national telephone number for information on power cuts has recently been launched.
105 is now the number to call to report or to find out information about a power cut. This saves having to remember a longer number (or trying to find it in the directory by torchlight). Make a note of it on your useful numbers list – or just get it firmly fixed in your mind.
In a rural area like this, where electricity is mainly supplied via overhead cables, power cuts occur far too frequently.
People can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put themselves or other people, or property, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, concerned individuals should also call the appropriate emergency services.
To find out more visit
You can now find this number listed on our Public Services page.

Medical Centre – Half Day Closure: 6 Oct. 2016

Hodnet Medical CentreHodnet Medical Centre has announced that the surgery will closed on Thursday 6th October from 12.30pm.
The post on their website reads:

To allow all Practice staff to take part in a protected learning time training session.  All surgeries within the North Shropshire area will be closed this afternoon for training purposes.  This is in line with the Government’s directive to improve training and education within the NHS, and to give all practice staff the opportunity to participate.
If you require medical treatment while the surgery is closed on the above afternoons – please call shropdoc on  0333 222 66 55
Thank you for your support

Marchamley Mysteries Revealed in Photos

Marchamley Bluebells and TreeSave the date Sunday 6th November 2-5pm.
Pull out your best photographs to share on the day.  Look forward to spending the afternoon chatting with others over tea and cake at Marchamley club.
Marchamley house in snowEnjoy the photographs, old and new. See the pictures of people, the village, surrounding countryside and its abundant wildlife.
Meet a local historian and chat about his maps and wealth of local historical information.
See how different photographic techniques can create different images.