Author: Richard

Come and celebrate …..

You may be aware that the new ‘permissive path’ between Marchamley and Hodnet is now complete. This has been a significant project whose aim was to satisfy ambitions first expressed in the Parish Plan – and later supported by the results of a (2011) resident’s questionnaire. Its completion has only been possible due to the kind co-operation of the landowner, and by Shropshire Council and Hodnet Parish Council working together – with support from the Hodnet Footpath Group.
For the first time in decades it is now possible to walk between the villages safely, whether for pleasure or to access local services.
To mark the occasion, on Tues 11th June, at 7pm, a short ceremony will take place to officially open the new path. This will take place at the Marchamley end of the path (by the start of the village).
Some of those involved in its planning and construction will be there, and we also hope to have some local press coverage arranged too. Karen Calder, our local Shropshire Councillor, has agreed to ‘cut the ribbon’.
If you are already using the path, or intend to do so, please come along and show your support for this major project.
 
Hodnet Footpath Group/Hodnet Parish Council

Easter Monday Walk

Would you like to join members of Hodnet Footpath Group for a short country walk?
If ‘yes, please meet at the Lyon Hall car park ready for 10.30 am departure.
The walk should take around 2 hrs – so back in time for a warming drink at the refurbished Bear Hotel?
We intend to walk the route of footpath leaflet 2, weather permitting. Dogs on leads welcome, but may need a lift over 1st two stiles – but help will be available !
For further info on group see website, otherwise please contact the secretary Mary Hardy Tel 01952 540970 or email

Hodnet to Marchamley Path

As many passers by will have noticed, the path is largely complete and can now be used. Remaining work includes the erection of some signage and, where it is necessary to cross the road, dropping of kerbs – which will be carried out shortly by the SC highway contractors.

For the first time in decades, probably since the rapid growth of motor traffic in the 1960’s, it is now  possible to walk between the two villages in relative safety. As well as providing village connections, the path opens up some leisure walking routes; one of which could tie in with a current Hodnet Footpath Group walk where it reaches Long Lane – Walk leaflet No 2 – see their webpage for details

Hodnet to Marchamley Path – Work Begins

Thanks to the kind co-operation of Mr J Powell, at last weeks meeting of the Parish Council it proved possible to authorise the necessary local agreement to help progress this long mooted Permissive Path project. As a  result Shropshire Council were today (26th Feb) able to actually start work on its construction.
The potential usefulness of the project was confirmed in a residents questionnaire issued late in 2011. The main aim is to provide a safer walking link, behind the field hedge, over a distance of approx 400 metres where there is currently no roadside pavement.
The route can be viewed on this plan.
Depending upon what is required, future maintenance will be undertaken by either Shropshire Council, Hodnet Parish Council or the Hodnet Footpath Group. As regards the latter, it is hoped that some Marchamley residents with an interest in the future of this path will contact the Footpath Group and offer their assistance.
An official opening date will be announced shortly, but in the meantime please do not attempt to enter the works.
 

New Hodnet Walk Leaflets

With the help of Shropshire Council, Hodnet Footpath Group have now received a printed supply of our 1st two local walk leaflets.
You may have seen these in the Post Office, Hodnet Stores, The Bear Hotel or the Doctors, but they can also be downloaded from the Footpath Group’s webpage – where other information on the groups activities can be found.

Come for a walk

This Saturday (20th Oct) the Hodnet Footpath Group have arranged a circular walk around the Faul’s area.
We are meeting at 10.30 AM outside Faul’s church, and expect to be back around 12.30.
Anyone is welcome to join us. Bring suitable clothing, footwear and a drink/snack.
Dogs also welcome, but it is possible that some stiles may not permit large ones to pass beneath them, so they may need to be lifted!
For more info, or to let us know you are coming, ring John Bourne on 01630 638965
 

Anyone for Glow-worm Spotting?

Did you know that Hodnet possesses one of the few Glow-worm colonies in this part of the country? Would you like to see them?
If so, Hodnet Footpath Group would like to invite you join us on a late-evening walk along the old railway track between Hodnet and Wollerton to see these elusive beasties.
This is arranged for Friday 22 June, meeting by the council yard (old auction yard) in Station Road, Hodnet for a 10.30pm start. If weather is poor, the reserve date is the following Friday.
If you’d like to come along, please send our Secretary an email giving your contact phone number so we can let you know at short notice if this event is re-scheduled (ie: in the case of bad weather – ideally weather conditions need to be warm and dry – we are unlikely to see anything if it is cold and wet!).
BE WARNED THAT THIS IS A WALK IN THE DARK OVER UNEVEN GROUND AND A TORCH, SENSIBLE CLOTHING AND STURDY FOOTWEAR ARE ESSENTIAL. BECAUSE OF THE NEED FOR DARKNESS AND THE TIME OF YEAR, THIS WILL BE A LATE NIGHT POSSIBLY ENDING AROUND 11.30 TO MIDNIGHT!
ANY CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING ANY ESSENTIAL MEDICATION.
Hodnet Footpath Group can not accept any liability for loss of or damage to property [inc clothing and personal effects].
 
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Next reading group meeting

The second meeting of the Hodnet reading group takes place at 7.30 pm on Mon 30th April in Wollerton. Last months book will be discussed and a new book issued. If you’d like to join in, please call Sally on 016360 685286 or email here email

New Reading Group?

Do you like books?
Would you like to share/discuss them with like minded people at a monthly or bi-monthly get together?
If the answer to the above is ‘Yes’, perhaps you would like to help establish a new Hodnet Reading Group?
Expressions of interest are sought by e-mailing your name, address and phone number to Sally Underwood at email P.S. Market Drayton Library have a scheme to provide multiple copies of books to local Reading Groups, so there is no intention of members buying books.