Dementia Community Roadshow

Shropshire NewsroomLast Friday Shropshire Newsroom announced a series of Dementia Community Roadshows across the county on several days this week. Full details can be found here.
The roadshows, which are being organised by Shropshire’s Alzheimer’s Society, aim to raise awareness of dementia in  local communities, to support people to get a diagnosis and to help them gain access to help and support, including health and financial benefits.
The nearest venue to Hodnet is in Market Drayton on Wednesday, 18 February from 10.00am to 4.00pm in Morrisons, Maer Lane.
The event will be hosted by local support workers and volunteers who will be on hand to signpost people with dementia and their carers to essential local services, and bring people concerned about their memory, or that of a loved one, a step closer to achieving a diagnosis.
For more information about the event, contact the Alzheimer’s Society in Shropshire on 01743 341800.

Help the Footpath Group

On 19th Feb, at 7.30pm, our group will be meeting at The Bear Inn, Hodnet.
We’ve been running for 5 yrs now; during which time we’ve received good feedback on our local walk leaflets and improvements we’ve made to some local paths – but to keep it up we need help.
If you like walking, maybe just exercising the dog rather than epic hikes, then please consider coming along and joining our small, friendly and mixed group of like-minded people.
You can ‘join’ our group in full (attend meetings and help as much or as little as you like/feel able) or as a ‘friend’ (simply be e-mailed information on our group walks). Either way, there’s no fuss in doing so and ‘membership’ is free.
For more details contact:
Chairman: Richard Underwood Tel 01630 685286 or email
Secretary Mary Hardy Tel 01952 540970 or email
WHAT DO WE DO/WHAT HAVE WE DONE ? – See our webpage for more info: 

Peplow Community Meeting

Chapel of the EpiphanyPeplow Chapel – Thursday 5th February at 7.30pm
To discuss a proposal to use the chapel as a community centre for the benefit of the local community.
Please support this opportunity.
Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.
For further details please contact Dave Jackson on 01952-840489 or via email See this post for more about this project.

Market Drayton Arts Festival 2014

A Community Festival of the Arts in Market Drayton

Thursday 30 October to Sunday 2 November
Four days featuring a variety of events from artistic workshops, open studios and theatre to interactive music, dance and literature – there really will be something for everyone.
Most of these events will be free, though there are a number where an admission charge applies.
For a full list of events, artists and admissions please see the Festival’s website:
Or pick up a programme from various locations including some shops and the Festival Drayton Center.

This event is 'on' Something different for a Wednesday Eve?

Wednesday, mid-week and what to do?
Maybe you’re fed up with summertime telly? Tired of the kids twittering/facebooking? Dog keeps looking at you expectantly!
Then why not join a short evening country walk, which has been organised by the Hodnet Footpath Group for Wed 30th July.
We leave The Lyon Hall at 7pm [free parking] and expect to be back by 9pm. Our route will take us over a mix of paths, tracks and lanes to/from Marchamley Wood – total distance about 5 miles.
Sensible footwear required, dogs [on leads where necessary] and kids welcome.
If the weather is terrible the walk will be cancelled, but if in doubt check the website after 5pm for a ‘Go/No Go’ announcement!
If you want more info see the contacts listed on this website’s groups page Here

Weston Village Show 2014

Weston Show 2014
Click the image to download a PDF flyer.
Sunday August 3rd, 11.30am to 5.00pm
The Citadel, Weston-under-Redcastle
Adults £5.oo each – Children free

NEW THIS YEAR: Jazz Band, Climbing Tower, Pancake Races, Aircraft Simulator! 
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND FOR THE CHILDREN: Children’s and parent races, bales assault course, archery, pony club games, animal corner, fire engine, face painting, Pinxton puppets and tractor and trailer rides.
FOR THE ADULTS:  Vintage cars, tractors and bikes with a 60’s theme Pageant. Shire horses, North Shropshire hounds and beagles. Plants, cakes and jam stall, craft displays, etc.
FOOD AND DRINK: Teas and cakes, BBQ, Pimms and local beers, pancake stall and local ice cream.
Also featuring a Fun Dog Show!

A real country show for all the family.

Funds raised for Village Church and Village Hall, Pancreatic Cancer Research and Marie Curie Cancer
Dog show information from Christine Moodie Tel:  01939-200656 or email.
Other enquiries: John Edwards 01939-200235 or Sylvia Griffiths 01630-685204 or email.

More information on the Weston-under-Redcastle website.


Hodnet – Marchamley path repaired

The permissive path, part washed away by torrential rain earlier this year, has now been repaired by Shropshire Council.
Now that this is done, in the near future the vegetation at the sides of the path is due to be cut back and some routine weed spraying will then take place.
It is hoped that this action will encourage past, and new, users to make the most of this valuable facility.
Anyone who discovers future problems with this path, or who has any comments/suggestions to make concerning it, should contact the Parish Council.

Hodnet and District Garden Club, 2014 Horticultural Show

Hodnet & District Garden ClubSaturday 16th August sees the 32nd HDGC Annual Show taking place at the Lyon Hall. There are prizes on offer in many categories ranging from the traditional fruit and veg, to arts and crafts, cooking and a special section for youngsters. The show is open to both members and non-members alike, although we hope that if you enjoy the show you’ll consider becoming a member.
Each exhibitor gains points for their winning entries, with special awards going to those with the most points and to those winning specific categories. The nine main categories are listed below, and each is divided into specific sub-sections:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Flowers
  • Novice
  • Floral Art
  • Craft
  • Domestic
  • Junior (under 16)
  • Taste

For further details of categories, trophies and awards, rules, entry forms or to download the full show schedule, please see the Garden Club website.
The Show is open to the public at 2pm.
Entry: £1.00 members, £2 non members, includes refreshment.
We hope to see many folk coming along to this well-established event, as either exhibitors or visitors.

Dog access gates make walks easier

New dog access gate at The HearneeDog walkers using Footpaths Group walks 2 or 3 will be pleased to hear that another dog access gate was recently completed adjacent to the lower stile where the route turns off just above The Hearne Farm drive and heads across the fields in the direction of Long Lane.
A similar gate has already been fitted by the top stile. This work should now make the route more accessible for dog owners, and obviate the need for anyone to walk through the Hearne farmyard. People have been known to do this in the past, but it is not a right of way.
Remember that leaflets for all five walking routes produced so far by the Hodnet Footpath Group can be downloaded from this page, or should soon be available for collection (along with two new ones) at the P.O, The Bear, the village shop or the  Doctor’s surgery.

Irish Night

Hodnet Preschool Playgroup Committee are organising an
Friday 28th March 2014. 7.30pm. Lyon Hall
Tern Valley Tinkers will be entertaining us
£6 per person including Irish Stew
It promises to be a great night and we look forward to seeing everyone, please come and support us
For further details and tickets please contact Patricia 07766 465125