Hodnet Parish News

The October edition of the parish magazine is currently being delivered to all households in the Parish. Accompanying it this month is an envelope marked ‘Parish Survey’. Every five years the Parish Council must review and renew its Parish Plan, which helps to shape the decisions taken within the community. That time has come again and, in order that the Parish Council remains informed about what the priorities are for the community, you are strongly encouraged to have your say by completing as much as possible of the survey to enable your opinions to be taken into account.

There is more information about the survey in the Hodnet Parish News.

A web-based version of this survey may be completed and submitted online, via this link.

Alternatively, you can download and print a copy of the survey here:

Volunteers sought to share views about Shropshire’s highways service

Shropshire residents are being asked to help with work to improve Shropshire’s roads, by volunteering to take part in some research.

Shropshire Council and its contractors are working hard to improve the county’s highways and make them safer for all road users. As part of this work volunteers are being sought to suggest and talk about changes they would like to see made to the council’s highways service, and the ways the county’s roads and pavements are maintained.

Anyone interested in taking part, or finding out more, is asked to register their name and contact details here.

Hodnet Highways Depot set to close

Shropshire Council has announced plans to close two of its five highways depots, as part of plans to further improve the council’s highways maintenance service.

Under the proposals, the depots at Bridgnorth and Hodnet would close, with operations continuing at the three main depots in Whittington, Shrewsbury and Craven Arms.

No jobs would be lost.

No timescale for the closures has been given.

Coronavirus: Number of cases on the rise in Shropshire

During the seven-day period between 4-10 June:

  • 83 new cases reported
  • An increase of 167% on the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 25.7 per 100,000
  • It was 55.7 for the West Midlands and 78.3 for England
  • 2 hospital beds were occupied by a COVID-19 patient
  • There were zero COVID-19-related deaths in a local hospital

The data also shows that the average age of people who have had a positive test in this timeframe is 32.

30.7% of cases were aged between 0 and 19, and 22% were 20-29. Meanwhile 5.7% of cases were 70+, showing a slight increase in the rate of cases in the older population.

COVID-19 cases increase 34% locally during week 28 May-3 June 2021

During the seven-day period between 28 May and 3 June 2021:

  • 31 new cases reported
  • An increase of 34.7% on the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 9.6 per 100,000
  • It was 31.7 for the West Midlands and 43.8 for England
  • 1 hospital bed was occupied by a COVID-19 patient
  • There were zero COVID-19-related deaths in a local hospital
COVID-19 cases locally 28 May - 3 June infographic 2021

Further information

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result please do not leave your home and self-isolate immediately. For more guidance click here
  • People without symptoms of COVID-19 should test twice a week – find out more here
  • The NHS will contact you when your vaccination is ready or to find out if you are already eligible click here
  • Indoor gatherings are limited to 6 people or 2 households
  • Face masks should be worn in indoor settings unless you are exempt
  • Remain cautious when meeting with people outside your bubble
  • Follow the hands-face-space-fresh air guidance
  • Continue to work from home if you can
  • You should continue to follow the guidance even if you have been vaccinated.

Hawkstone Hall & Gardens


In preparation for the upcoming Wedding season, Hawkstone Hall is asking if any local people would like to be added to their Firework Alert List. If you would like to be notified in advance of any fireworks being set off, please send them your email address, either via direct message on Facebook, or by email to

COVID-19 case numbers decrease 45% locally 7-13 May

During the seven-day period between 7-13 May 2021:

  • 31 new cases reported
  • That is a 45% decrease on the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 9.6 per 100,000
  • It was 16.5 for the West Midlands and 22.5 for England
  • 1 hospital bed was occupied by a COVID-19 patient
  • There were zero COVID-related deaths in our local hospitals
Infographic showing COVID-19 case numbers 7-13 May 2021

Annual Glow Worm Walk 25/6/21

In view of the disruption/uncertainty over group events this year, due to Covid 19, Hodnet Footpath Group are not planning our usual programme of public walks.

However, we do intend to run just one event, and that is the annual late evening glow worm walk on the Hodnet to Wollerton stretch of the old railway line. This is scheduled for Friday 25th June (if too cold/wet to go it will be on the following Friday – 2nd July.

This is always a popular event (around 60 people attended in 2019), not least as glow worms are nationally scarce and locally very rare.

This year numbers attending will be limited to 30 pre-booked spaces – reflecting the Government’s limit on numbers attending outdoor events – from 17th May.

Whilst it is possible all restrictions on numbers will be lifted by 21st June, it would be a hostage to fortune to currently assume that IS going to happen. So, to avoid disappointment we are following the current number limit on such events.

Booking for the glow worm walk is free, but is on a ‘first come first served’ basis – but with a reserve list maintained. We will use this reserve list to fill received cancellations or if restrictions are further eased by the date of the event.

For more details/to reserve your place please contact our Secretary, David Wilson, using : or 07970 304169. Please provide/note he will ask you for: your name and contact information, plus the names of those coming with you.  

INSTRUCTIONS: We will meet at 10.30pm by the old railway bridge on Station Road, Hodnet. Come in suitable footwear and clothing. Dogs on leads OK, children too (leads not needed!). Torches may be useful for the homeward walk, which is usually around 11.45pm/Midnight.

IMPORTANT: In consideration of those who may not wish to be part of a larger/unstructured party please do not try to attend this event if you are not able to officially book on. You can of course visit under your own steam on another evening if you wish. Warm dry evenings as it goes dark, from mid June to mid July, are the best times to spot our glow worms. They usually lurk at the base of tufts of grass/straggly vegetation on the edge of the short grassed areas of the old railway line embankment between Hodnet and Wollerton. Look for a pale green/white spot of light.

Mobile Police Station

The Mobile Police Station will be in Hodnet on Monday 17th May, from 11.15 – 12.15. They park between the village shop and the church.

Do head along to see them for a chat if you have any concerns/queries.