Month: February 2019

Hodnet & District Garden Club March 2019

Hodnet & District Garden ClubThe next meeting will take place on Tues 19th March at 7.30 pm in the Lyon Hall, Hodnet, when Jean Hopwood’s topic will be “Roses, Roses, Roses – a History and Practical Guide”. (Doors open from 7.00.) Plants will be available for purchase.
As usual, refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting. The programme for this year can be viewed on the Club’s website. Annual membership is £15, with guest fee for one-off meetings only £2. New members and visitors are always welcome; no prior knowledge or gardening expertise required!

Wollerton Water Main Replacement – Road to Re-open Next Week?

Wollerton Road Closure Map Oct 2018 to March 2019The webteam have been informed by Severn Trent’s contractor Amey, that good progress has been made on Phase Two and there is a real possibility that Drayton Road will be reopened sometime next week. If it is the work will be completed a week ahead of schedule.
The traffic lights at the junction with Mill Road and Wood Lane, which had been reinstated a while ago, have now been removed. This will enable the 64 bus to once again use Mill Road as part of its diversion route.
The site agent has requested the company responsible for replacing the tarmac surface to do so next week. If they do, the site will be completely cleared and the road opened by the end of the week. If for some reason the sub-contractors are unable to complete the resurfacing as planned, reopening the road will be delayed until the following week.
More details on whole project.

Peplow Community Walk – March 2019

Boy & Girl WalkingFriday March 8th – Grinshill

Meet at  10:15am for 10:30am start
Circular walk
Meet in Grinshill Village Hall car park – Gooseberry Lane
Suitable footware is recommended.

Children welcome, as also are dogs on leads.
In case of bad weather on the day please check this post, or call Randall on 01952 540970 after 9:00am on the day.

New Dog Walk in Wollerton

A recent work party undertaken by members of the Hodnet Footpath Group [HFG] means a footpath through the fields in the centre of the village is now accessible to a wider group of users. This is a quiet/pretty route that runs from the road next to the former Squirrel Pub to the road bend by the entrance to the Tennis Club, all as featured in part of the Hodnet Walks 2 leaflet.
For some time now the hedge by The Villa (at the Tennis Club end of the route) has been heavily overgrown and impeding walker access, but this has now been cut right back and the path cleared and levelled. In addition, the various stiles on the route which were not previously ‘dog friendly’ now have dog gates/access provided.
As ever, dog walkers should keep their animals under control when walking (and on leads in fields with livestock present), and clear up any dog faeces.
HFG undertakes various works in and around the village to improve local footpaths, and welcomes others who may wish to get involved. See our webpage on this website for more details.
The photos below illustrate the improvements.

Hedge – before work

Hedge – during work

Hedge/path – on completion

Hedge/path with 1st customer!

Dog access by former Squirrel Inn

Dog Gate by old railway line

Dog Gate by The Villa

Hodnet Walks 2019

Hodnet Footpath Group [HFG] has finalised its programme of walks for 2019, and everyone is welcome to join us along with well behaved dogs – on leads where appropriate.
Our walks are leisurely paced and suitable for most abilities.
Suitable clothing/footwear are advised, and bring your own refreshments – if desired.
We will be continuing to promote/walk selected routes from our recently expanded series of walk leaflets – available from a range of local outlets and downloadable from our page ofr this website.
We’re a friendly bunch and always more than happy to welcome new faces. We hope you can join us.
Here are the dates for your diary: why not print them off and keep them with your calender?
Note. In the event of bad weather a walk may be cancelled at short notice, but will then be held on the same day during the following week.
Thursday 21st March 11.00 a.m.
Walk 2. Meet Lyon Hall car park, Hodnet.
Monday 6th May 11.00 a.m.
Walks 1 & 10. Meet Hodnet Social Club car park
Friday 21st June 10.30 p.m.
Glow worm Walk. Meet old railway bridge, Station Road, Hodnet.
Thursday 18th July 7.00 p.m.
Walk 5. Meet Wollerton Village room.
Sunday 22nd September 2.00 p.m.
Walk 3. Meet at The Bear Inn, Hodnet at 1.00 p.m. for a pre walk drink.
Wednesday 6th November 11.00 a.m.
Walk 8. Meet at the ‘Old Club’ High Hatton.
Any enquires please contact
Steve Alden on 07774969339

A442 Closed by Stranded Lorry

According to a report on the Shropshire Star website, the A442 was closed for over three hours yesterday after a lorry went off the road and became stranded on the verge.

Picture: Operational Patrol Unit on Twitter
The report states that police were called shortly after 9:00am, and began advising travellers to find alternative routes.The incident happened between Espley Roundabout and the junction with the Avenue in Peplow.
Official diversions were put in place by noon when the road was completely closed whilst the vehicle was recovered. From the picture below it appears that two large recovery units attended the scene. The road was reopened around 3:00pm.
According to local reports the articulated lorry was carrying a consignment of cheese.
Picture: Operational Patrol Unit on Twitter

Shrewsbury Street Roadworks – 11 to 13 Feb. 2019

The following information about disruption on Shrewsbury Street over the next three days has recently been posted on

Roadworks SignShrewsbury Street, Hodnet
11 February — 13 February
Delays likely Traffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: From 24 to 26 Shrewsbury Street, Hodnet
Works description: MJ Quinns are to run approx. 25m of ducting from pcp floor box to DSLAM floor box
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Works reference: BC005MQ1W00000HODNETPCP2

A442 Roadworks – Monday 4 Feb. 2019

Information from

Roadworks SignA442 From Radmoor Crossroads to A53 Espley Roundabout, Hodnet
04 February
Delays likely Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works description: Scoping for pothole funding works 2018
Responsibility for works: Shropshire
Works reference: UJ20570054197-015-01A