Parish Plan Update – Nov. 2015

Parish Council Chairman Derek Hodge writes:

In June the Parish Council distributed some 600 survey forms to gather local opinion on housing, travel and life in our community. The survey would provide guidance to the Parish Council and when incorporated into planning and future funding determine the priorities for the next five years.
Around 125 responses were received both on the forms or on line which represents a 25% return from households which is an excellent result. The priorities are being included in a revised parish plan. The draft has been passed to the Parish Councillors for their review, but while that is happening here are the key priorities that have been identified from the respondents to the Parish Survey.

Details of the key priorities are available on the New Parish Plan web page.

CANCELLED – Get to know your locality – walk it!

The Hodnet Footpath Group are organising another Sunday morning walk, this time on the 29th November.
Meet at 9.45am at the Lyon Hall Car Park to travel at 10.00 am to Stanton, by own cars or lifts available.
In Stanton we plan to follow a route detailed in one of their past published series of walks [no 5], starting and ending at the Stanton Arms – time for a swift half at the end?
Please bring suitable footwear and a drink. Children are welcome. Dogs too, provided they are on a lead.
Depending upon the numbers that attend we may either hold further regular walks, or revert to a more occasional foray – so if you wish to encourage us, please come along!
For Stanton walks info, see here.

Summer Village Event?

Would you like to have a Summer Event in Hodnet?

There is a meeting for anyone who would be interested in making this happen.

Tuesday 10th November at 7.30pm
Venue: The Lyon Hall, Hodnet

If you are interested in the above initiative but cannot attend the meeting, or would simply like more information, please contact Jane: Tel. 07717-712315 or email

Flower Demonstration

Flower FestivalSt. Luke’s church is holding a flower demonstration in the Lyon Hall on Saturday, November 14th. starting at 11am.
Tickets cost £8 each and include a light lunch.
Please contact Brenda Preston on 01630 685315 for tickets and more details,

Peplow Community Walk – Nov. 2015

Boy & Girl WalkingSunday 15th November at 2:15 for 2.30pm.
A circular walk starting at Lee Brockhurst.
Meet in Lee Brockhurst ‘just over the bridge’.
(National Grid Ref: SJ548268)
Children welcome, also dogs on leads.
Refreshments provided afterwards at Dave & Jean’s.
In case of bad weather, please phone Randall 01952-540970 (after 1:00pm on the day) to confirm arrangements.

Hodnet Post Office Consultation

Recently Post Office Ltd. has announced a consultation on future of Hodnet Post Office.
They are proposing, with the current Postmaster’s agreement, to move the village Post Office branch to a new location in Hodnet Village Stores, Church Street. If the move goes ahead the local Post Office will become one of the new local style branches.
This change would be part of a major programme of modernisation taking place across the Post Office network, the largest in the history of Post Office Ltd. The Programme is underpinned by Government investment and will see up to 8,000 branches modernised and additional investment in over 3,000 community and outreach branches.
What will this mean for customers?

  • Post Office services will be offered from a till on the retail counter in a modern open plan branch;
  • Longer opening hours;
  • The majority of Post Office products and services will still be available;
  • Improved accessibility.

Consulting on the proposed new location
A 6 week local public consultation has already started and the Post Office is asking local residents to tell them what they think about the suitability of the proposed new location. Before the company finalises its plans, they would really like to hear residents views on the proposed location, particularly on the following areas:

  • How suitable you think the new location and premises are and how easy it is to get there?
  • Are the new premises easy for you to get into and is the inside easily accessible?
  • Do you have any concerns about the new location?
  • If so, do you have any suggestions that could help us make it better for you?
  • Any local community issues which you think could be affected by the proposed move?
  • Anything you particularly like about the proposed change?

The Public Consultation ends on 12 November 2015. If the move goes ahead the local Post Office the change will take place in January/February next year.
Full details of the consultation are available in this copy of a letter to the Parish Clerk. The proposed changes would mean that Post Office products and services would be available throughout shop opening hours from an open-plan till at the shop counter. These are from 7am to 7.30pm on Monday to Friday, from 8am to 7.30pm on Saturday, and from 8am to 2pm on Sunday. According to a table in the above letter there would be no loss of services resulting from the move.
To participate in the consultation local residents should pursue one of the following courses:

  • On the internet via [N.B. This author had difficulty using this this service];
  • By email to;
  • By phone 03457-223344 (Textphone 03457-223355) [N.B. This service requires the caller to select from 5 levels of options, to save time please use this sequence, one digit per menu – 2/5/6/2/2];
  • In writing to “FREEPOST Your Comments” [N.B. This is the full address needed, no other details are necessary.]

Remember the consultation ends on 12 November 2015.

Peplow Community Walk – Oct. 2015

Boy & Girl WalkingSunday 4th October at 2.30pm
A  circular afternoon walk around Peplow and High Hatton.
Refreshments provided afterwards.
Meeting at Elderberry Barn.(Mike and Dorrien’s).
Children welcome, also dogs on leads.
Please wear suitable footwear.
In case of bad weather please phone Randall 01952-540970 (after 1:00pm on the day) to check if the walk is going ahead.

Peplow Community Walk

Boy & Girl WalkingFriday 11th September at 2.00pm
An afternoon walk to Wollerton Wetlands (Hodnet Walks Leaflet No 5)
Meet at Wollerton Village Room (Mill Road). Children and dogs on leads welcome.
Please wear footwear suitable for muddy ground.
In case of bad weather please phone Randall 07971-934799 (after 12:30pm on the day) to check if the walk is going ahead.