Month: March 2017

Hodnet & District Garden Club April 2017

Hodnet & District Garden Club
The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 18th April at the Lyon Hall, Hodnet at 7:30pm, when we look forward to Jack Willgoss’ illustrated talk entitled “A Late Summer Romance”.
Jack and his wife Laura are old friends of Hodnet Garden Club. As well as specialising in violas at their nursery in the walled garden at Millichope Hall, they are looking at plants that will extend the season. They have also been busy restoring the early 19th century glass-house.
Wildegoose Nursery was created in 2011 to safeguard the Bouts collection of perennial violas. It is reputed for its violas and also has an extensive range of wonderful perennials and grasses.
Visitors are most welcome to come along to any of our talks. Annual membership is £10, guest fee is £2/visit and light refreshments are served at the end of the meetings.
To view the Garden Club’s programme for the whole year, see here.

Medical Practice Group seeks more Patient Members

Par-tic-i-pa-tion (N): taking part, being or becoming actively involved, sharing in

Hodnet Medical Centre

Are you registered as a patient with Hodnet Medical Centre?
Did you know that every GP practice in England is now required to have a Patient Participation Group (PPG) and that Hodnet Medical Centre’s PPG is seeking more members?
The group has face to face meetings with practice staff three times a year and works on assigned tasks between meetings.
Ideally a wide age range of patients and a good spread of areas served by the practice will be represented.
We currently need more members, (particularly men, young people and anyone with a good grasp of IT skills) but we would love to hear from anyone with a desire to get involved and an interest in two-way communication about health matters.

Every community needs participators – do get in touch!

To find out more, please contact the PPG Secretary
01952 540970 or email

Peplow Community Walk – April 2017

Boy & Girl WalkingSunday 9th April – A circular walk at Bishop’s Wood near Cheswardine.
Meet at 2.15pm for 2:30pm, at the junction by Mosslane Farm/The Hostels [SJ743309] Roadside/verge car parking is available to the south of this junction. Spaces are limited so those joining us for this walk are encouraged to share vehicles where possible.
All ages welcome.
In case of forecasted bad weather please check here (or phone Randall on 01952-540970) between 12.30 & 1:30pm on the day.
See our page for more information about the Peplow Community Group.

Are you Registered to Vote?

Shropshire Council yesterday (16/4/17) published a reminder to local residents to register in time for the local elections on 4 May.
It states that the Electoral Commission has launched a national voter registration campaign to encourage as many people as possible to register ahead of elections taking place this year across the country.
Shropshire Council is also reminding voters that they need to register by the deadline of Thursday 13 April otherwise they won’t be able to take part in the elections for Shropshire Council nor for their local town or parish council.
Hodnet Parish Council ElectionsHere in Hodnet, Parish Council Chairman, Chris Mackie recently invited local residents to consider becoming Parish Councillors. He did not say when volunteers/nominations need to be made for this valuable community role, so anyone interested should contact Chris or one of the other councillors as soon as possible – their names and phone numbers can be found here.

Marchamley Social Events – Planning Evening

We held a quiz night last Friday (10 March 17) at Marchamley club. It was incredibly well attended by 70 of all ages. The organisers received lots of really good feedback about the evening. People were clearly really enjoying themselves, and were keen to come to more get-togethers in the future.
As usual Ann was the backbone of the event, volunteering many hours of her time delivering flyers, looking after the club and tending the bar. Dave Smither put together a quiz which was pitched just at the right level, and Richard Apperley was quiz master.  The events success was also down to the generosity of so many in providing the delicious food, raffle and quiz prizes as well as giving time to organise things.
We raised lots of money for the renovations at Marchamley club. The totals were as follows:-
Raffle £135.50
Entrance £270.00
Are you interested in sharing in organising future events?
Come along to the club on Thursday 6 April at 7:30pm or contact Maureen Howell on 01630 685305 or email
We are thinking of the following:-
A games afternoon/evening in May
On Sunday, 4 June we are planning an informal day time get together at the club with an organised walk around the Marchamley Mysteries which we highlighted at our photographic exhibition.

Reward for return of lost memory stick

We have been contacted by a local resident who accidentally dropped a USB memory stick outside Hodnet Village Stores yesterday, Sat. 11 March. The shiny silver memory stick was attached to a key ring.
The owner is willing to provide a £10 reward to the person returning it to him provided all the data is still all on it.
If you found it, or know who did, please contact Steve on 07966-239401 or email.

Hodnet & District Garden Club 21st March 2017

Hodnet & District Garden ClubAfter our Shropshire to Sikkim armchair tour in February, this month’s topic is much more down to earth.
The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 21st March at the Lyon Hall, Hodnet at 7:30pm, when we look forward to hearing Trevor Davies give an illustrated talk  entitled Making Marvellous Compost.
Trevor is an expert on recycling and will have many tips for all gardeners
Visitors are most welcome to come along to any of our talks. Annual membership is £10, guest fee is £2/visit and light refreshments are served at the end of the meetings.
To view the Garden Club’s programme for the whole year, see here.

One Week to the Annual Parish Meeting!

Hodnet Parish CouncilOne week to go to the Annual Parish Meeting, where we will hear from representatives of the County Council, the Parish Council, the local school, local charities, the Lyon Hall and the Hodnet Medical Centre Patients Group.
There will be opportunities to meet the representatives afterwards and put your questions directly to them over a cup of tea.
It is also your chance to find out more about the role of a Parish Councillor and how you could help the community by becoming one.
The Annual Parish Meeting takes place in the Lyon Hall on Thursday 16th March, starting at 7:30pm. See here.
Hodnet Parish Council Elections
More information about the upcoming Parish Council Election can be found here.

Roadworks on A53 towards Shrewsbury

Roadworks SignShropshire Council have announced on their Roadworks and Closures web-page, 2 sets of works on the A53 which will hinder daytime travel to Shrewsbury for the rest of this month.
From tomorrow (9/3/17) resurfacing work at Bing’s Heath, south of Shawbury, will begin. The work, which is planned to take 11 days, will take place between 9:30am & 4:00pm. Traffic control will be by means of a convoy system, controlled by traffic lights.
Then on Friday 17 March further resurfacing work will begin north of Edgebolton; this is scheduled to take place over 10 days. Again the work will be carried out between 9:30am & 4:oopm and a traffic light controlled convoy system will be in place. There will be closures at different times of adjoining roads to prevent traffic joining the A53 in the sections where work is being carried out. The following map indicates the routes concerned.
A53 Roadworks 17/03/17

Carers Get Together, Weds 22nd March 2017


Are you caring for someone and finding it difficult?

Do you know about CarersTrust 4All and the events they run in this area?

Here in Hodnet they are putting on a Carers Get Together on Wednesday 22 March from 11am to 12 noon.

Come for a cuppa and chat with your local carer advisor Julie Alanthwaite at the Community Room, The Meadow, Hodnet.

The flyer states:

“A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who cannot cope without their support due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or addiction.

If this is you then pop along and join us for a chat and see what support we can offer you.”

For more information contact: Carers Trust 4All  on 01743 341995 (option 1 then option 6) or see their website here