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Marchamley Water Mains – Update 4 October

Marchamley residents should by now have received a copy of the following letter from Severn Trent Water, in connection with the on going work in the area:

Dear Customer

We’re improving your supply of wonderful water…

You’ll be aware that we have been recently working in the Marchamley area replacing the   old water pipes. We are pleased to inform you, that the work is coming to an end, but we still need to make our final connections to several of the properties in the area.

Where the work will take place

The work will start on the middle greened area, in the village and we will work towards Long Lane.  To keep you and our workforce safe we’ll need to use traffic lights around our working areas.  This work will start on the 7 October 2019 and will be completed by the

18 October 2019. You may see our team on site a few days earlier if they’re setting up equipment, and our reinstatement team will be along once the work is finished to tidy up the roads and footpaths.

The final stage of our works will start at the middle greened area in the village and we will work towards the junction of Wood Lane.  This work will start on the 14 October 2019 and will be completed by 25 October 2019. On this stretch of road we will be using traffic lights at different stages along the road.

Please be aware that although we try to stick to these dates they may change due to circumstances beyond our control.

Thanks for bearing with us

During the work there may be times when access to your driveway may be temporarily hindered. We fully appreciate that it has been a bit of a pain to have this work happening near you – but please be assured that we have and will continue to (along with our contract partner Heartlands) do everything we can to minimise any disruption and get your brand new water pipes as quickly as possible.

Will my water supply be affected?

If we plan to interrupt your water supply we’ll notify you in advance with a card stating the date and the earliest start and latest end time of the interruption. It’s advisable to avoid using any appliances connected to the water supply during this period.

During or after the work, there’s a small chance your water may appear discoloured. This is nothing to worry about, and will quickly go back to normal. We’ll be doing our best to make sure your water supply is unaffected for the duration of our work.  To find out more about clearing discoloured tap water, please visit our website  

Location of the work

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Stay up-to-date with the work

  • Get in touch with me Catherine Webb, on 07971 304604 between 08:00 – 17:00 Mon – Fri
  • Visit our ‘Planned Improvements’ webpage at to see how the work is progressing
  • If your query is about your water supply or sewerage service rather than this work, the number to call is 0800 783 4444 for our 24 hour Customer Operations Service Centre.
  • Please let us know how we are doing at:

Yours faithfully

Catherine Webb

Communications Officer, Severn Trent

Hodnet Medical Centre – Half day closure 16.09.19

The Medical Centre has put a notice on its website stating that it will be closed on the afternoon of Monday 16 September for Dr. Richura’s funeral. The announcement reads:

Dr Raichura’s funeral will take place on Monday 16th September at St Swithun’s Church, Cheswardine at 1pm.  Donations to Cricket Without Boundaries, a charity working to empower communities through cricket.  The surgery will close at 12 noon, however there will be telephone and locum doctor cover for emergencies only.  Thank you for your understanding.

Hodnet Medical Centre

Parish Councillor Vacancy – 2019



that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for HODNET PARISH COUNCIL following the resignation on 8 August 2019 of Councillor Steve Alden.

Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

The rule allows TEN ELECTORS for Hodnet Parish to request the Returning Officer to hold an election to fill the vacancy.*  That request must be made within FOURTEEN DAYS, calculated in accordance with the rules,** of the date of this notice.  The fourteen-day period ends at midnight on 3rd October 2019.

What if a request to hold an election is not received during the permitted time?

Rule 5(5) of the above Rules will apply.  The Parish Council must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen-day period, co-opt a person to fill the vacancy.

The Returning Officer’s address is:
Electoral Services, Shropshire Council,
The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ND
The telephone number for further guidance is 0345 678 9015.

This notice is  dated 13th September 2019

Ian Cruise-Taylor
Hodnet Parish Council
c/o Stable Barn
Kenstone, Nr Hodnet

* There is no form of words for this request, which might simply be a letter headed with such words as “We the undersigned being electors for Hodnet Parish, call for an election to fill the vacancy arising from the resignation of Cllr Steve Alden”.  A template entitled “Request for an Election” is available to download from Shropshire Council’s website – – under “Current Council Vacancies”.  It is helpful if the ten signatures are accompanied by printed names and addresses. 

** In calculating the notice period, day one is the day following the date of this notice; a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded, and the period closes at midnight on the fourteenth day after the date of this notice. Rule 5(2) of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules, 2006 now applies.

Hodnet Parish Council

Accident Closes A442 in Peplow – 9 Sep. 2019

Shortly before 10am on Monday 9 Sept. a fairground trailer became detached from the vehicle that was towing it and hit a small BT van which was travelling towards Hodnet.

The incident occurred near Highway Farm and the road was closed for over two hours by the police.

The two occupants of the van were taken to hospital by ambulance.

All Change for this Website

In the next few weeks the first major update of the Hodnet Parish website in its ten year history is to take place. A major reason for this is to make the site more accessible to those using smaller screens on smart phones and tablets.

It may take a few days for the update to be fully implemented, so we ask visitors to be patient whilst the update is being completed.

New team members still needed

As previously highlighted, Randall Hardy, who has managed the site for a decade has decided that the time has come for him to pass on responsibility for it. The new format for the site is being designed by a respondent to the above item, who will be managing the technical aspects in the future.

The Parish Council is however still looking for a new editor along with anyone else who is motivated to help to manage the content.

You can find out more about this opportunity on the recently updated home page.

Concert of Early English Music

St Luke’s Church, Sunday 15 September, 3.00pm

A short concert of early English music in St Luke’s Church performed by Jacobi Chorale. This will feature Mass of the Western Wind by John Taverner and instrumental interludes. The Mass is one of John Taverner’s best known works and is based on a tune that goes back to a secular poem from medieval times “Westron Wynde”. Entry to the concert is free, however donations will be gratefully received and will be shared with the Church. Please join us afterwards for refreshments and an opportunity to speak with the singers and instrumentalists.

Jacobi Chorale, an early music choir was founded in 2007 under the direction of Dr Paul Nevins. Performing across the Midlands their focus is mainly on music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and Bach’s St John Passion are two of the large scale works they have performed. Shorter, afternoon concerts are increasingly popular and have featured works by some less well-known composers as well as the more familiar including Gabrieli, de Rore, Tallis, Byrd, Purcell and Vivaldi.

Further information available from Jill Walton-Nevins – Tel: 07538482818 / 01630638793 or email

Dr Naresh Raichura – Updated

Hodnet Medical CentreUpdate: 9 September – It has been announced that Dr Raichura’s funeral will take place at 1pm, Monday 16 September, at St. Swithun’s Church, Cheswardine.

Hodnet Medical Practice has posted the following announcement on its website earlier today (1 Sep. 2019):

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Dr Raichura on 31st August 2019. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time and we ask that you respect their privacy.”

Marchamley Water Mains – Update 11 August

Catherine Webb, Community Communications Officer, Severn Trent Water has provided the following update on progress with the project to replace water mains in Marchamley:

At the moment we are working on the 2 stage of our project – Eastlands the Purple part of the map provided to the community. We are hoping that this stretch of road works will be complete by the bank holiday weekend, which means we are about 3 weeks ahead of our schedule.
We will then be moving onto stage 3 of our project (Red part of map) which will be a full road closure.

Marchamley Water Mains Map 2019
More information about the work are available from:

  • Catherine Webb, Tel. 07971-304604
  • STW’s Planned Improvements page

To report problems with water or sewerage services call STW on 0800-783-4444
Original news item on this website.

The Bear to Feature in Shropshire Real Ale Trail

The Bear at Hodnet is to feature in September’s, Shropshire Real Ale Trail.
This “one day moving Real Ale festival” is being organised by The Real Ale Trail company, on Saturday 14 September, between 11:00am and 10:00pm. At present a total of 9 pubs are signed up to participate in the event and they will all be connected by a rolling bus service which calls at each pub every half hour to drop off and collect passengers.
Details of this event can be found on the Real Ale Trial website which includes ticket prices. These can be bought at the participating pubs from 1 August or on-line now. A helpful guide to how the day is organised is also available.
If you have any questions please contact The Real Ale Trail company by Click here or phone: 01978-510141.
The webteam has been told that besides The Bear, the following pubs are participating in the festival:
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Cock & Greyhound, Whitchurch
Hanmer Arms, Hanmer
Horse & Jokey, Northwood
Dickin Arms, Loppington
Fox Inn, Wem
The Tiddly, Ellerdine
Old Jack Inn, Calverhall
White Lion, Ash Magna