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.

A53 Roadworks 7 May 2021

Severn Trent Water will be working outside the United Milking Systems site on the A53 close to the Tern Hill roundabout.

There will be two-way traffic signals and delays are inevitable.

Waste Collections

Following the May Bank Holiday, waste collections will be one day later than usual. eg a Friday collection will now be on Saturday.

COVID-19 cases weekly numbers spike in Shropshire

During the 7-day period between 16-22 April 2021:-

  • 54 new cases were reported
  • This is an increase of 24 cases (80%) compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 16.7 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population
  • It was 23.9 per 100,000 in the West Midlands and 24.6 per 100,000 in England
  • Two hospital beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients
  • Zero COVID-19 related deaths at our hospitals.
COVID-19 cases 16-22 April 2021 infographic

Shropshire hospitals – Consultation exercise

In 2017 Kate Ballinger was appointed as The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust’s (SaTH) new Community Engagement Facilitator.

This completely new position was created to encourage and enable the community to become actively involved in decision-making and shaping services at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford.

SaTH is currently running an online conversation to find out how local communities would like to be involved with their hospitals and, for the next 4 weeks, we have the opportunity to share our ideas on how we can be more involved with our local hospitals.

SaTH recognises it’s not always easy to get your voice heard and this is why they’re holding an open, honest and anonymous online conversation. 
This is an opportunity for everyone in our communities to share their ideas in a safe, anonymous online space. 
You can also read and comment on what others have shared, and vote on what you like or don’t like. Visit to join in now.

Community Speedwatch – Volunteers needed

You will be well aware that our area suffers from speeding vehicles whenever there is a problem on the A41 or A49 as the country lanes are used as a cut through by diverted traffic and, also, on Thursday evenings when motorbike riders meet-up at the cafe by the A41 Truck stop. 

The Parish Council wishes (with the support of West Mercia Police) to set-up a team of no less than six volunteers to receive training from the WM Police and to act as a Community Speedwatch.

If you are interested in being part of a solution, please contact Steve Freeman on 01630 684240, who has volunteered to act as Coordinator.

Police vetting forms will need to be completed by the volunteers. 

COVID-19 cases show further, slow decline locally

During the 7-day period between 9-15 April 2021:

  • 30 new cases were reported
  • This was a decrease of 2 cases (6%) compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 9.3 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population
  • For the West Midlands it was 23.0 per 100,000
  • For England it was 25.1 per 100,000
  • 1 hospital bed was occupied by COVID-19 patients
  • 0 (zero) COVID-19-related deaths at our hospitals
  • 5.7% of cases are linked to care homes, and 30% of cases were linked to one outbreak outside of the council area
  • 14%  cases relate to people between the age 0-19
  • 2.8% cases relate to people aged 70+
  • During the last week 35% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 52% were in north Shropshire
  • 13% were in south Shropshire
COVID-19 weekly cases, 9-15 April 2021 infographic

Everyone –

  • over 50 and those in the 1-9 priority list who haven’t had a vaccination, is encouraged to book one as soon as possible
  • eligible to book their second vaccine using National Booking System, is encouraged to do so
  • who is eligible, is encouraged to get tested regularly. Everyone in England is now able access two rapid coronavirus tests a week, under an extension of the Government’s Lateral Flow Tests testing programme.
  • is encouraged to continue to follow the current Government guidelines – social distancing at least 2 metres apart, wearing face coverings and washing their hands regularly for 20 seconds.

A full list of testing sites and collection points can be found here

If you think you may have COVID-19, or you are displaying any symptoms, do not rely on a Lateral Flow Test. You should self-isolate immediately and book a proper PCR test by visiting or call 119.