Be aware!

There are several recent, locally reported incidences of burglary, attempted burglary and suspicious behaviour.

Please check security on your home and on any sheds or outbuildings. If you notice something suspicious, please report it to the police by phoning 101. Your information could be used to prevent other crimes and help keep other people safe.

Hodnet Footpath Group – 2020 Walks

Hodnet Footpath Group are pleased to announce dates for their accompanied (public) walks in 2020.

They seem to attract a diverse bunch of people, so why not come along for a pleasant stroll in good company? Make a note in your diary now, and keep up to date via the Hodnet website’s homepage or our groups Facebook page.

Free parking is available at all start points. Accompanied children and dogs [on leads] welcome on all walks. Sensible footwear advised, and maybe a torch on the Glow Worm walk. Most walks are of 2 – 2.5 hrs duration, but May 8th likely to be 3- 4 hrs.

If weather is terrible, these events will be cancelled and then run at same time/same day the following week.

The walk routes can be seen in the relevant walk leaflets, downloadable from


March 30th – Hodnet to Hawkstone Hall hotel (with planned tea/coffee stop and optional walk around their beautiful gardens), via Marchamley (Hodnet Walks 3). Depart 11.00 AM Lyon Hall car park, Hodnet.

May 8th – (May Day Bank Holiday – not 4th May as shown in many diaries printed before the Government changed the date!). Walk from Hodnet to Fauls (Hodnet Walks 6). Depart 11 AM Lyon Hall car park, Hodnet.

June 19th – Annual evening Glow Worm walk (Hodnet Walks 1). Meet by old Railway Line bridge on Station Road, Hodnet, for a 10.30PM departure.

July 30th. Summer Evening walk from Peplow to Stoke on Tern (Hodnet Walks 9).Depart 7pm from Peplow Chapel.
Sept 23rd – Walk around Fauls (Hodnet Walks 7). Depart 11 AM from Fauls Church.

A New Year’s Resolution?

At this time of the year many of us traditionally wonder how to get a bit fitter – but don’t like the idea of joining a gym or jogging alone, etc. Well, here’s a possible alternative:

If you like walking, love the countryside and enjoy hands on projects, why not help the Hodnet Footpath Group to monitor, repair and improve our local footpaths?

We need new volunteers to help with our main work plus organising occasional local walks, updating our walk leaflets and generally promoting our work.

We’re a friendly bunch who enjoy keeping active, getting outdoors and our [your?!] work also provides a community benefit – our local paths are now so much better used than they were before our group started in 2011.

Why not come along to our next meeting and find out more, or give us a call beforehand for a chat.

We’ll next be meeting on Thursday 16th January 2020 7.30 p.m. at Wollerton Social (Bowls) Club

For more information contact David Wilson on 01630 685305

Steve Alden on 07774 969339

Holiday Recycling and Rubbish Collections 2019

Shropshire Council has posted information on its website about Christmas and New Year bin collections and recycling advice.

If you didn’t receive the card with details of alternative collection dates and how to recycle specific items over the coming weeks you can download the PDF version here.

The above page also provides guidance on which types of Christmas cards and wrapping paper can be recycled in your blue bag.

You can watch the “Scrunch Test” video here.

Christmas and New Year Pharmacy Opening Times 2019/20

The NHS has published details of its pharmacies opening times rota for the upcoming bank holidays. Details for Market Drayton and Whitchurch are as follows:

Pharmacy/TownTel. No.

Christmas Day

Boxing Day

New Year’s Day

Boots, Cheshire St01630 652660

11:00 to 12:00


11:00 to 12:00

Murrays Healthcare, Medical Centre01630 652784


11:00 to 12:00


Boots, Watergate Street01948 662060



11:00 to 12:00

Green End Pharmacy, Green End01948 662109


11:00 to 12:00


Rowlands Pharmacy, High Street01948 662813

11:00 to 12:00



The local Clinical Commissioning Groups have also produced the following infographic with advice on how to obtain medical help over the holiday period.

NHS Infographic

Hodnet & District Garden Club – November 2019 Meeting

Hodnet Garden Club’s last get-together of the year will take the form of a members’ evening with bring & share supper. This will take place on Tues 19th Nov at 7.30 pm in the Lyon Hall, Hodnet. Doors open from 7.00. Two members will give presentations on topics of their choice, and next year’s varied and interesting programme of events will be available.

It has been good to see new people at several of the recent meetings, and visitors are more than welcome to join us on this occasion.

(Note: there are no Garden Club events during December or January, so our next meeting after this will be in February.)

Hodnet & District Garden Club

Get Rid of Autumn Cobwebs – Walk!

Hodnet Footpath Group’s last public walk of the year will be from High Hatton to Hodnet Heath (and back) on Wednesday 6/11/2019 – commencing at 11.00am, finishing by 1pm (anticipated). All are welcome, including dogs and children, the former on leads please.

The walk starts at the ‘Old Club’ in High Hatton, where there is parking. We’ll then follow the route of ‘Walk 8’ in our series of published local Walks Leaflets.

You can download a copy via our webpage.

Hodnet Medical Centre – Half day closure 24/10/2019

Hodnet Medical centre has today posted the following notice on their website:

Staff Training –
Three afternoons a year the practice is closed so that doctors, nursing staff and admin staff can attend essential training.
The aim of the training is to allow doctors and staff protected learning time for Continued Professional Development (CPD)
The surgery will be  closed the afternoon of Thursday 24th October for such training, and will be open as usual the following day (25.10.2019).  
If you require urgent medical attention whilst the surgery is closed this afternoon,
please call 111.

Hodnet Medical Centre

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