Local NHS – Call To Action

NHS Call to ActionShropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and Telford and Wrekin CCG are together inviting local residents to take part and have their say in the largest discussion on the future of the NHS in its 65-year history. The ‘Call to Action’ is looking at all aspects of the NHS, including mental health services, GP services, hospitals including community hospitals, dental services and pharmacies.
An article published here on the Shropshire Newsroon website states:

Local residents will have the chance to say what is working well, and not so well, in their local NHS.
In particular, the two CCGs are keen to find out:

  • In terms of healthcare, what is most important to you and your family and why?
  • What might be some options for change?
  • What do you think are the main difficulties and opportunities for the NHS over the next five years?

There is also the opportunity for people to have their say in an on-line survey, which closes on Monday 4 November 2013 on the Shropshire & Telford CCGs’ websites. Feedback from the survey and other community engagement activities will be used to develop a future vision for the health service nationally and locally.
The feedback will then be used to inform a large joint conference on Monday 25 November 2013 in Telford. Both CCGs are encouraging members of the public, patients, clinicians, staff, and stakeholders to book a place on the conference and take part in the debate. The conference will look at national health challenges. This includes a generally ageing population, more people living with long-term conditions such as diabetes or dementia, and ‘lifestyle risks’, including the impact of alcohol, smoking and obesity.
For more information please see Call to Action A4 PDF Booklet [80kb] and Call to Action A5 PDF Leaflet [39kb]. Alternatively, if you would like a paper copy of the online survey, email or write to:
Freepost Plus RTAA-XTHA-LGGC
Communications & Community Relations
Staffordshire CSS, Heron House
120 Grove Road
Stoke-on-Trent    ST4 4LX
FAO: Call to Action

Market Drayton and Rural area LJC meeting Oct 2013

The Market Drayton and Rural area Local Joint Committee (LJC) covers the Civil Parish of Hodnet – see here for details.
All local residents are invited to discuss their local community issues and to identify their local priorities at the nest meeting. This will take place on Wednesday 23 October 2013 starting 7pm in the Stoke-Upon-Tern Village Hall.
Details of what will be taking place can be found on this page on the Shropshire Newsroom website. The evening will start with a screening of a short film entitled “Release Day”. It is a piece of dance theatre filmed by kind permission of the Prison Service within the cells and exercise yard of Stoke Heath Prison. Other items include a talk about Compassionate Dementia- Friendly Communities, an update on the ‘Connecting Shropshire’ programme and recent developments in the work to upgrade local broadband services and representatives from the local police team will be present to discuss/answer questions about local policing issues and the recent changes to the service.
The LJC also has funding available for community projects and a number of applications will be discussed at the meeting. If anyone would like to know more about the LJC, or to apply for LJC funds, they should contact Nicola Fisher, senior community action officer, on 01939 237569.

BONFIRE night at Hodnet School 2013

The annual community BONFIRE at Hodnet Primary School is on Friday 8th November 2013
Gates open at 6.30pm
Entrance charge –
over 14 years of age £3.00
under 14 years of age 50p
Hot dogs, jacket potatoes, tea and cakes, sweetie stall and glow sticks on sale.
Licensed bar with Mulled Cider to warm you up.
Everyone under the age of 14 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Unfortunately, due to health and safety conditions, no one may bring fireworks or sparklers on to the site (apart from JackFlash employees).

Help requested this Sunday

This Sunday, (29th Sept) the Hodnet Footpath Group are
meeting at 10.30 AM by Websters Lane Farm [Ashley's Farm
Shop on bypass]to undertake a bit of light clearance work
on the path up to the bypass roundabout, where vegetation
has encroached.
We are few in number, so an extra pair of hands or two
will be welcomed!
No special skills required, just come prepared to do
some cutting back and clearance work - bring tools, gloves,
shears, etc, if you can.

Festival of Churches – St. Luke's Hodnet

Churches in Hereford, Worcester and Shropshire are holding an open weekend on Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th. 10am-6pm.
St. Luke’s Church, Hodnet is participating in this Festival of Churches.
There will be produce for sale, art work, hand made crafts and of course afternoon tea.
There will also be a display of local history and old record books will be available for anyone researching family history.
Further details from Janice Parker, Tel. 01630-685531 or email

Inaugural Beer and Cider Festival

Hodnet Social Club is holding its Inaugural Beer and Cider Festival from 11am until late this Saturday, 17th August 2013.

  • Free Entry
  • Hot Food Available
  • Open Mic evening

15 High Quality brews from around the country, something for everyone to try.
Friendly and relaxed atmosphere, all very welcome.
More information from the club or by email

Hodnet Fire Station Open Day 2013

Saturday 17th August, 10.00am to 3.00pm – Hodnet Fire Station, Station Road
As part of their campaign to raise the profile  of the local fire service in the community, Hodnet fire crew are holding an open day at the fire station.
Activities will include: how to deal with a chip pan fire (on the hour every hour); Road Traffic Collision (RTC) rescue demonstration (at 12.00 noon); West Mercia Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service first responders will be in attendance throughout the day.
Light refreshments will be provided throughout the event.

Have you ever seen a glow worm?

Hodnet’s glow worms are locally famous, but have you ever seen them?
If not, and assuming you’d like to, would you know what you are looking for, or where?
Perhaps the simplest way to see them is to join a late evening trip being organised by members of the Hodnet Footpath Group, as per their notice below:

The number of glow worms spotted so far this year in both our
own and other areas has been unusually low, maybe due to the
cool start to the summer. However, some have now been sighted
and even though it's a bit later in the season than normal,
Hodnet Footpath Group members decided it was worth having a go.
We therefore plan to walk along the old railway track between
Hodnet and Wollerton on the evening of Friday 16th August,
meeting by the ex council yard (old auction yard) in Station
Road, Hodnet ready for a 9.30pm start.
We very much hope that you will be able to come along and join
us and that our efforts will be rewarded!
Just two precautions:
1. Please note - if it is raining, the event will be cancelled
without further notification.
2. Please read the safety notes below:
Hodnet Footpath Group can not accept any liability for loss of
or damage to property [inc clothing and personal effects]
Looking forward to seeing you on 16th,
Yours sincerely,
Mary Hardy
(Hodnet FPG Secretary)


Hodnet and District Garden Club Annual Show 2013

This year’s show takes place on Saturday 17th August, at the Lyon Hall.

This is always an interesting and exciting event, well worth attending either as an exhibitor or a guest. For times and details click on the flyer below.


And finally, a few key points from the rules:
The show is open to any amateur exhibitor.
Entries close at 5:00pm on the Thursday before the show, and entry fees are paid on the morning of the show.
Exhibits must be brought to the showroom between 10.00am and 11.45am on the day of the show.
Rules and entry form

Hodnet Housing Development – Further Consultation Event

Strutt & Parker have contacted the Hodnet web-team with details of a further Consultation Event to consider revised proposals for the potential housing development to the rear of Shrewsbury Street.
The Event will take place between 6.00 and 8.00pm on Thursday 11th July at the Lyon Hall.
We have been sent an electronic version of their publicity poster. It states:

Taking on board comments received during the May consultation we have made amendments to the scheme and would like to hear local people’s opinion on the changes.
We therefore invite residents to join us for another consultation event to be held between 6.00pm and 8.00pm on Thursday 11th July at Lyon Hall, Hodnet.

Should we receive any further information about the changes to the proposals before the meeting, we will post them on the website.
In a separate development, Shropshire Council have announced here that on Wednesday 26th June the Cabinet would be considering “final recommendations for potential sites for new housing and employment land”. The Site Allocations and Management of Development Plan (SAMDev plan) proposes that there should be a third phase of public consultation beginning on 1 July. Providing it was approved at the meeting, the strategy will go out to public consultation from 1 July to 31 August 2013 with a view to approval by Cabinet of a final version of the plan by the end of 2013.
Again the web-team will post information about this consultation once we have them. In the meantime anyone wanting to more information on SAMDev should follow the links to the Cabinet papers and SAMDev section of the council’s website provided at the bottom of the page link above.