Month: April 2018

More Openreach Roadworks – 30 Apr to 1 May 2018 have published details of a further set of roadworks on Drayton Rd, this time adjacent to the junction with Hearne Lane. There are two items listed on their website, both relating to the same operation.

Roadworks SignDrayton Road, Hodnet, Shropshire
30 April — 01 May
Delays likely Traffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: From outside 4 to outside 11 , DRAYTON ROAD
Works description: To locate and clear blockages in verge / footway on BT network
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Works reference: BC006TI003MW500261132201

Details of the overspill of the traffic control onto Hearne Lane are show here.

New 'Nostalgia Photos' emerge

Recent perusal of a (2003) copy of a Shropshire Star book ‘Pictures from the Past’ (borrowed from Market Drayton’s library), revealed two interesting local photos, as shown below.
They are reproduced here courtesy of the Shropshire Star Newspaper.

1965: Hodnet school children being escorted across Drayton Road (by Mrs Wilma Owen) to have their lunch at the Lyon Hall
Does anyone recognise any of the people in this photo?
If it’s you, or someone you know, drop us a line with any reminisences you/they may have of the event, or indeed life at the old school. We think the headmaster then may have been a Mr Hugill, who retired to Wollerton at around this time – to a house now lived in by the author of this post!
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And here is the second photo
Former Weobley railway bridge being demolished in 1980, as part of road improvements to the A442 south of Hodnet
This bridge was an awkward ‘hump backed’ feature of the road, and in some of Gerald Mothershaw’s local history books he mentioned that the parapets were demolished several times, or grounding took place, when large vehicles crossed, especially WW II transport vehicles heading to/from nearby military bases.
Ther house in the background, Weobley Smallholding, is still there and if you look carefully when passing, some of the former railway line fence posts either side of the road indicate the original railway route.
For more photos of our area’s past, see the Nostalgic Photographs page here.

Hodnet & District Garden Club: May 2018

Hodnet & District Garden ClubThe next meeting of the Garden Club is on Tuesday 15th May at 7.30pm at the Lyon Hall, Hodnet.
The hall will be open from 7pm, and the speaker will be Sue Clarke, on the topic of Hardy Geraniums. She will bring some plants for sale, and offers an identification service if you bring a leaf and flower for her to see.
Visitors are most welcome to come along to our talks. Light refreshments are served at the end of the meeting. An annual subscription costs £10 for all meetings, with guest fee being £2 per visit.

Yet more roadworks on old A53 – April 2018

Following on from the recent announcement of up to three days of delays in Hodnet, have now added information about further work by Openreach at Lostford Bridge. Their email alert reads:

Roadworks SignDrayton Field to Lostford Junction A53, Market Drayton
24 April — 27 April
Delays likely Traffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: From 70m East of Lostford Bridge to 38m North West of A53, FROM DRAYTON FIELD TO LOSTFORD JUNCTION A53
Works description: To locate and clear blockages in verge on BT network
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Works reference: BC006TI003MW500261172700

Roadworks Drayton Road – 23 to 25 April 2018 has announced up to three days of delays in Hodnet. Their email alert reads:

Roadworks SignDrayton Road, Hodnet, Shropshire
23 April — 25 April
Delays likely Traffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: From 11m North East of Hearne Lane junction to outside 11, DRAYTON ROAD
Works description: To locate and clear blockages in verge on BT network
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Works reference: BC006TI003MW500261132200

Parish Council Community Grants – Update April 2018

In his Annual Report, Chris Mackie, Chairman of Hodnet Parish Council, advised the Annual Parish Meeting that ‘one of our prime objectives over the last 12 months had been developing and then implementing the process of distributing community grants’.
The availability of funds was publicised locally last year on this website and elsewhere, and grant application forms were provided to interested parties so that they could submit their requests. After careful consideration, offers totalling £ 34,004 were made to seven different groups and organisations in the parish of Hodnet.
The Council is delighted that some of these grants have already been put to good use, and to note in particular the improved car parking facilities at Wollerton Bowls Club and at Peplow Chapel. At Marchamley Club meanwhile there has been considerable fund-raising activity in order to refurbish their facilities.
Wollerton Bowls Club Chairman Randall Hardy says, “Club members very much value the support of the Parish Council in contributing to the upgrade of our parking area. The project was not simply about providing hard standing for vehicles, but also improving the drainage across the whole area. As the Club’s premises are used for other purposes too, we are confident that people from the wider community will appreciate the dryer access.”
In the coming year the Parish Council will be giving further consideration as to how they can disperse any remaining funds.

Parish Council Chairman Chris Mackie and Councillor Karen Calder meet Wollerton Club Chairman Randall Hardy and Secretary Gordon Smith on the new car park. Looking on are Club members Basil Hewitt, Michael Morgan, Ian Mays, David and Monica Weller.

CANCELLED Hodnet & District Garden Club April 2018

Hodnet & District Garden ClubCANCELLED
Due to unforeseen circumstances this meeting has had to be cancelled at short notice.
Sorry for any inconvenience.

The next Garden Club meeting will take place on Tuesday, 17th April at 7.30 pm at the Lyon Hall,  Hodnet. The hall will be open from 7.00 and the theme of the evening will be “Favourite Gardens Remembered”.

Various members will talk about gardens which have become a favourite for them. This will be an informal occasion with opportunity for everyone to join in, perhaps chatting about a garden that made a particular impression on you or just enjoying the memories of others.

Visitors are most welcome to come along to our talks and partake of refreshments at the end of the meeting. An annual subscription costs £10 for all meetings, with guest fee being £2 per visit.

Free ‘Give Bowls a Go’ Sessions

From Saturday 14 April, Wollerton Bowls Club is offering free sessions to anyone who would like to try crown green bowls. The sessions are taking place on Saturday afternoons between 2.00 to 4.00pm. They are planned to continue every week through May and June. The club is located in Mill Road, Wollerton, TF9 3NE.
The sessions are designed for anyone of any age who would like to give bowls a go – no previous experience necessary. Club members will be on hand to introduce visitors to the basic skills required. A wide selection of woods will be available for use at the sessions, but please note that visitors are asked to wear flat shoes or trainers. There is no need to book; anyone interested can just turn up on any of the Saturdays.
Randall Hardy, club Chairman says, “Crown green bowls is an excellent way of getting exercise and making friends. It’s also a very easy sport to reach an acceptable level for recreational involvement. Of course bowls is competitive at higher levels like any sport, but at Wollerton we are more than happy to enjoy ourselves in a relaxed atmosphere – though everyone does enjoy winning.
“Should anyone like to find out more before coming along, or if the weather on a particular day is uncertain and they want to check whether the session is taking place, please telephone me (01952-540970) or Jenny Morgan (01630-685251).”
The club offers a free six week period of trial membership to anyone interested in getting involved. Adult membership fees are £15/year; junior membership is free. Once new players feel they are ready to join one or more of our league teams, the club promises that they will get to play. All their teams operate a selection system which ensures that everyone plays on a regular basis.
Anyone is welcome to come along to give bowls a go on these Saturdays no matter where they live. These days members of the club live throughout the Market Drayton area.
Featured in the above photograph are club members David Weller, Ian Mays, Gordon Smith (Secretary), Monica Weller, Basil Hewitt.
More information about Wollerton Bowls Club is available on their page on this site.

Medical Practice Half Day Closure – 17 April 2018

Hodnet Medical Practice has recently announced that the surgery will be closed on the afternoon of Tuesday 17 April. The notice, which can be found on the home page of the Practice’s website reads:

Half Day Closure 17.04.2018
Half day closure The surgery will be closed for half a day on: Tuesday 17th April 2018 from 12.30pm 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.

Hodnet Medical Centre