Month: September 2017

Marchamley BBQ – Report & Pictures

We had an extremely successful gathering on 10th September, 2017 in Marchamley despite the short lived but heavy thunderstorms. Nearly 90 local people gathered in the marquee in the field adjoining Marchamley Club. We enjoyed tea and cake in the afternoon courtesy of the excellent cake makers in the area.
Children took part in a range of games including splat the rat, sack racing, an obstacle course and parachute games. They were rewarded with sweets and medals. The award ceremony was Olympics style with a podium where the children received their medals while the national anthem played and they received a round of applause.
We then relocated to Marchamley club later in the afternoon. Here, we enjoyed barbecued burgers and a delicious buffet supplied by local people who had all brought a plate to share. There was some great musical entertainment provided throughout the event. This was possible thanks to a generator supplying electricity outdoors.
Local people are really pulling together in organising regular events in Marchamley giving lots of their time and invaluable resources.
We are doing extremely well in fund-raising for renovations for Marchamley Club. At the BBQ we raised £156.07 which makes a total for fundraising during year of £981.17.
All welcome to the club AGM on Tuesday, 26th September at 7:30pm.

Pictures of the day – click on an image to scroll through larger versions:

The next social event at the club will be a fish and chip supper at 730pm on 13th October.

BootCamp Comes to Hodnet

Recently the Parish Council gave permission to Emily Benson, of Beyond Fitness, to run a weekly
BootCamp  on the Recreation Ground. They will take place at 9:15 on Thursday mornings.
Emily says, “I am a fully qualified and insured fitness instructor and level 3 personal trainer. I have almost 20 years personal fitness experience and offer personal training in the Shrewsbury area.
I am very excited to bring BootCamp to Hodnet as I know there is nothing currently in the area. I promise the sessions will be fun and varied whilst enjoying getting fit at the same time.”
If you want to know more about getting involved Emily can be contacted on 07989 587426 or by email.

Flu Clinics Start 9th October 2017

Hodnet Medical CentreHodnet Medical Centre has announced on its website that this winter’s Flu Vaccination Clinics will start on Monday 9th October. The full announcement reads:

Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus. For most people, flu is an unpleasant illness, but it’s not serious. If you are otherwise healthy, you will usually recover from flu within a week. However, certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These people should have a flu jab each year. If you’re at risk of complications from flu, make sure you have your annual flu jab available from September onwards.
People who should have a flu jab The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications. You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you: are 65 years of age or over (before 31st April 2014) are pregnant have certain medical conditions (see below) 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 (see below).
Speak to your GP about whether you should have the flu vaccine if you are the parent of a child who is over six months old and has a long-term condition. Your child’s condition may get worse if they catch flu Pregnant women and the flu jab If you’re pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because it: reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy reduces your risk of having a miscarriage or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birthweight, due to flu will help protect your baby because they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life It’s safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy, from conception onwards. The vaccine doesn’t carry any risks for you or your baby. Talk to your GP or midwife if you are unsure about the vaccination.
Flu vaccine for people with medical conditions. The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long term health condition. That includes these types of illnesses: chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis chronic heart disease, such as heart failure diabetes chronic kidney disease chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease, or if you have had your spleen removed a weakened immune system due to conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or as a result of medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine. Speak to your GP about this.
Flu vaccine for health and social care workers. Outbreaks of flu can occur in health and social care settings, and, because flu is so contagious, staff, patients and residents are all at risk of infection. If you’re a frontline health and social care worker, you can protect yourself, your colleagues and other members of the community, by having the flu vaccine. If you care for someone who is elderly or disabled, speak to your GP about having a flu jab along with the person you care for.
Children and the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is available for some children, but as a nasal spray instead of an injection. From September 2013, the nasal spray flu vaccine will be offered each year to all two and three-year-olds. It will also be offered to all children between the ages of two and 16 who have a long term health condition that puts them at extra risk from flu, or have previously been admitted to hospital with a chest infection. The flu vaccine will be offered to children with a long term health condition aged between six months and two years of age. How to get the flu jab If you think you need a flu vaccination, check with your GP or practice nurse.
The best time of the year to have a flu vaccination is in the autumn from September to early November. Even if you’ve already had a flu jab in previous years, you need another one each year. The flu jab may only protect you for a year. This is because the viruses that cause flu are always changing. How effective is the flu jab? No vaccine is 100% effective, however, people who have had the flu jab are less likely to get flu. If you do get flu despite having the jab, it will probably be milder than if you haven’t been vaccinated. The adult flu injection doesn’t cause flu as it doesn’t contain live viruses. However, you may experience side effects after having the jab, such as a temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards. Your arm may feel sore at the site where you were injected. More severe reactions are rare. The flu vaccine only protects against flu, but not other illnesses caused by other viruses, such as the common cold. More information can be found at

The announcement was posted here on the Practice’s website, but for some reason at the time of this post the full text does not appear. The text can be found in the “Practice News” panel low on the home page. The link to also redirects to

Hodnet & District Garden Club: 17th October 2017

Hodnet & District Garden ClubAfter a beautifully illustrated presentation by Jim Almond last month on “Bulbs all year round”, the Garden Club’s programme continues on Tuesday October 17th with the Annual General Meeting, followed by a talk from Anne Harrison on “Plants for Difficult Places”.  Anne taught for many years at Reaseheath College and should have interesting and helpful information to share with all who have hard-to-cultivate places in their own gardens.
Do join us at 7.30pm at the Lyon Hall in Hodnet, Tues 17th October. The AGM business should be concluded quite quickly, and we look forward to Anne’s talk. Refreshments will be served. Visitors welcome as always – £2/meeting guest fee, or annual membership only £10.

Peplow Community Walk – October 2017

Boy & Girl WalkingSunday 8th OctoberHodnet Walk 2
(North Circular – Long Lane Walk)
Approximately 4 miles (2 hours).
Meet at the Lyon Hall, 2:15 for 2:30pm.
All ages welcome.
In case of forecasted wet weather please check here (or phone Randall on 01952-540970) between after 12:30pm on the day.
See our page for more information about the Peplow Community Group.

Healthy Hodnet Event – 24th Oct. 2017

Hodnet Medical Centre’s Patient Participation Group are putting on a free drop-in Health & Wellbeing event at the Lyon Hall on 24th October, 10.00am – 2.00pm, in conjunction with Shropshire Council.
Publicity will be posted around the area shortly – click image to download a PDF version.
Healthy Hodnet 20017
A range of organisations will be represented including Diabetes UK, Help 2 Change, Healthwatch Shropshire and Age UK, plus information about local groups and activities which foster wellbeing and help to combat social isolation.
Health & wellbeing is a topic relevant to us all in some way. It’s not often that road-shows of this nature come to Hodnet, so do drop in for a visit. Refreshments will be available throughout the session.
For more information please contact Steve Latham-White by email.

Cast Iron Urns Stolen from Marchamley

West Mercia Police LogoOn Friday 15 Sept, Market Drayton Safer Neighbourhood Team Tweeted a report of two ornamental urns being stolen from a property in Marchamley.

Please get in touch with them if you have any information.

Mill Road, Wollerton Closure: 19-21 Sep. 17

Roadworks SignAccording to an item on Mill Road, Wollerton will be closed for up to 3 days from Tuesday 19th Sept.
The closure will be located adjacent to Laburnum Villa, and is to allow new water connections to be installed. The work will be carried out by Severn Trent Water.
A diversion route will be signed for those wishing to access the majority of properties on Mill Road from Drayton Road. This will be via the unnamed road which passes the entrance to the tennis club.

Can you help with a "History of Hodnet" week at Hodnet School?

Hodnet School is holding a “History of Hodnet” week beginning on Monday 16th October.
It will involve all the pupils in the school and the teachers are asking local people to contribute to it in a number of ways.
They are looking for local people’s memories, photos, artifacts and memorabilia that they might be able to borrow to add interest to the week. They would also be interested in inviting volunteers into school to talk to the pupils about their memories of the area in years gone by.
Reception Class teacher, Emma Noden, says “As the school celebrates its 31st birthday at its current site, we are all keen to help the pupils find out more about the history of the school and the village. We feel it’s important for the pupils to know about local history.”
If you can help by loaning items of interest to the school, or by sharing your memories with the children, please contact Emma by email or by phoning her on 01630-685300 (Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays).
Visit the school’s website.