Month: October 2016

Peplow Community Walk – November 2016

Boy & Girl WalkingSunday 13th November

Meet by the Four Alls, Woodseaves, TF9 2AG (Map) for a 1.00pm start.
A circular walk starting and finishing at this popular pub. The route is via Tyrley Locks, the Shropshire Union Canal, Market Drayton and Sandy Lane.
Stretch your legs and explore the surrounding countryside.
All ages welcome and dogs on leads please.
In case of bad weather please call Randall on 01952 540970 between 11:00am and 12:00 noon on the day.

Wollerton's Phone Box Threatened

Shropshire NewsroomShropshire Council is appealing to residents, town councils and parish councils to have their say on a proposal by BT to remove 214 public payphones around the county. Included amongst these is the one on Bean Bank in Wollerton.
In a post on Shropshire Newsroom, the Council states that it is able to:

  • Object to the removal of the telephony service and kiosk in any particular area.
  • Consent to removal of the telephony service, whilst keeping the physical structure of the kiosk.
  • Consent to the permanent removal of the telephony service and the kiosk.

The basis for any decision by the Council must be backed up by recording the views of local people that are likely to be affected by removing of a phone box. To ensure each community’s options are fully understood, help and advice is available through Shropshire Council’s community enablement officers that can be contacted via email or by calling 01743-253077.
Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for rural services and communities, stated, “I would also stress that payphones that have been saved as a result of previous consultations may well be under threat once more, so it is important to engage with us again.”
The formal consultation runs through until January 2017, though the Council urge individuals and groups to make their thoughts known ahead of an initial stocktake on 28 November 2016. There will then be a further chance for local communities to comment on the Council’s provisional view before the final decisions are made and passed on to BT in January 2017.
The article provides a link to this PDF file which lists all the threatened boxes. The only one included from the Hodnet area is the one in in Wollerton near to Post Code TF9 3NB. The main reason its existence is threatened is because in the the twelve months up to October this year there were just twelve phone calls made from it. It seems like a case of use it or loose it.
The full guidance on responding to the proposed removal of phone boxes is available on the Ofcom website.

Hodnet & District Garden Club – November 2016

Hodnet & District Garden ClubOur next meeting is on Tuesday Nov 15th at 7.30 pm at the Lyon Hall, when we look forward to an illustrated talk on Japanese Gardens. Our speaker will be Roger Harris, a member of the national committee of the Japanese Garden Society who has visited gardens in Japan and on the west coast of America.
Refreshments will be served after the meeting. This will be the last occasion when charges will be waived for both members and visitors. Membership fees will be reinstated in 2017, but at the very reasonable rate of only £10 for the whole year, £2/meeting for guests. An interesting programme of speakers and visits is being planned for the coming year –  details of upcoming meetings will be uploaded to the website. Do come along if a particular topic is of interest to you.
And finally, we still have an item of lost property in our possession since the Party in the Park back in June. If you are the person who brought some begonias to the plant sale on a green plastic tray, then please leave us a message with your contact details via the Webteam and we can arrange for you to collect it (maybe at the November meeting?)

Flu Vaccinations 2016/17

Flu Jab Sign
Hodnet Medical Centre has recently published on its website a reminder that it is Flu Vaccination season again.
The post reminds people that “Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus.” It the lists the follow people who are eligible to receive a free flu jab:

  • are 65 years of age or over (before 31st April 2014);
  • are pregnant;
  • have certain medical conditions;
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility;
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main Carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill;
  • are a healthcare worker with direct patient contact or a social care worker.

The criteria for each of these groups are listed in the post, which also states that flu vaccine is available for some children, but as a nasal spray instead of an injection.
Those who wish to take advantage of flu vaccination should contact their GP or practice nurse. The best time of the year to have a flu vaccination is from September to early November. Flu jabs received in previous years normally do not protect people in later years because the viruses that cause flu are always changing.
No vaccine is 100% effective, however people who have had the flu jab are less likely to get flu and if they do it will probably be milder than if they hadn’t been vaccinated. The adult flu injection doesn’t cause flu as it doesn’t contain live viruses. Some people do however experience side effects after having the injection, these can be a temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards. Sore arms at the point of the injection are also common, but more severe reactions are rare.
The flu vaccine only protects against flu, patients may still catch other types of infections caused by viruses, such as the common cold.

Antiques Valuation Day – November 2016

Bear with Carriage ClockFrom 10.00am – 4.00 pm, Thursday 10 Novemeber, at The Bear, Hodnet.
Midlands Air AmbulanceFree 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

HFG: New Years Day 'cobweb remover' walk & Programme of walks – 2016 -17

Having spent a few years improving local walks, we recently decided we should try to walk them more regularly – and invite others to join us. We’ve therefore planned a walk programme, as below, which will be updated/separately announced as details are confirmed (TBC) and dates become closer.
All walks are on a Sunday and start at 10.00 AM, unless otherwise stated. Typical duration = 2 hrs.
Suitable/sensible clothing advised, children and dogs welcome, the latter on leads.
Nov 6th 2016 – High Hatton to Hodnet, a walk around the route of a proposed new walk leaflet: no 8. Meet at old social club on edge of High Hatton
1st Jan 2017 – A ‘blow the cobwebs away’ New Years day walk to/around the Wollerton Wetlands. Meet by Village Room, Wollerton.
5th March – TBC
Monday 17th April – An Easter monday walk
7th May – TBC
Friday 30th June @ 10.00 PM – Evening Glowworm walk. Meet at old Railway bridge, Station Rd, Hodnet. – Bring a torch.
Wednesday 12th July – Evening walk; TBC
3rd September – TBC
5th Novemeber – TBC

Shropshire Choices

Shropshire NewsroomShropshire Newsroom recently ran an article about the Council’s ongoing commitment in a time of austerity to the provision of adult social care, particularly ensuring support for our most frail and elderly residents.

Shropshire is a large and sparsely populated county with a disproportionately older population which is higher than the national average – 23% of residents in Shropshire are 65+, compared to the English average of 18%. Of course as the county’s population gets older, the demand for adult care services increases.

You might be interested to browse a new one-stop website called Shropshire Choices which the Council have just launched as part of their early help and prevention approach.

The introductory paragraph gives a good summary of the thinking behind this website:

“Helping you to make the right choice to remain independent and stay well. Offering information and advice about Adult Social Care, Housing and Health.” But this really does not do justice to all that can be sourced on this site. It is well worth bookmarking as it’s a mine of useful information. The homepage has direct links to Independent Living; Getting out and about; Being a Carer; Leaving Hospital; Dealing with Abuse; Finding Help and Let’s Talk Local sessions.

Besides this there is a handy Site A-Z index for easy alphabetical location of different services.