People planning to vote by post or by proxy in the local elections on Thursday 6 May 2021 are being encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
This year elections are being held for Shropshire Council, for town councils, for parish councils, and for the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner. Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post, or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote.
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April.
See below for information about postal voting. To apply for a postal vote, click here to download an application form.
To apply for a proxy vote, and for more information, click here to visit the Shropshire Council website. There are various types of proxy appointment forms, depending on the type of appointment that people want to make.
For those who choose to vote in person polling stations will be safe places to vote on 6 May, with social distancing and other safety measures in place, and people are being asked to bring their own pen or pencil.
People are also being reminded that, if they are not already registered to vote, they need to register by the deadline of Monday 19 April if they want to vote, at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Work being carried out by Severn Trent Water in Marchamley, requiring 2-way traffic signals.
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 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 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.
Marchamley residents should by now have received a copy of the following letter from Severn Trent Water, in connection with the on going work in the area:
We’re improving your supply of wonderful water…
You’ll be aware that we have been recently working in the Marchamley area replacing the old water pipes. We are pleased to inform you, that the work is coming to an end, but we still need to make our final connections to several of the properties in the area.
Where the work will take place
The work will start on the middle greened area, in the village and we will work towards Long Lane. To keep you and our workforce safe we’ll need to use traffic lights around our working areas. This work will start on the 7 October 2019 and will be completed by the
18 October 2019. You may see our team on site a few days earlier if they’re setting up equipment, and our reinstatement team will be along once the work is finished to tidy up the roads and footpaths.
The final stage of our works will start at the middle greened area in the village and we will work towards the junction of Wood Lane. This work will start on the 14 October 2019 and will be completed by 25 October 2019. On this stretch of road we will be using traffic lights at different stages along the road.
Please be aware that although we try to stick to these dates they may change due to circumstances beyond our control.
Thanks for bearing with us
During the work there may be times when access to your driveway may be temporarily hindered. We fully appreciate that it has been a bit of a pain to have this work happening near you – but please be assured that we have and will continue to (along with our contract partner Heartlands) do everything we can to minimise any disruption and get your brand new water pipes as quickly as possible.
Will my water supply be affected?
If we plan to interrupt your water supply we’ll notify you in advance with a card stating the date and the earliest start and latest end time of the interruption. It’s advisable to avoid using any appliances connected to the water supply during this period.
During or after the work, there’s a small chance your water may appear discoloured. This is nothing to worry about, and will quickly go back to normal. We’ll be doing our best to make sure your water supply is unaffected for the duration of our work. To find out more about clearing discoloured tap water, please visit our website www.stwater.co.uk/discolouration.
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Stay up-to-date with the work
- Get in touch with me Catherine Webb, on 07971 304604 between 08:00 – 17:00 Mon – Fri
- Visit our ‘Planned Improvements’ webpage at www.stw.works to see how the work is progressing
- If your query is about your water supply or sewerage service rather than this work, the number to call is 0800 783 4444 for our 24 hour Customer Operations Service Centre.
- Please let us know how we are doing at: www.stwater.co.uk/howsourwork
Communications Officer, Severn Trent
The next meeting of the Garden Club will take place on Tues 15th October at the Lyon Hall in Hodnet, 7.00 for 7:30pm.
A talk entitled “The Garden through the seasons” will be given by Zdenek Valkoun-Walker, the Head Gardener from the Dorothy Clive Gardens.
Visitors (£2) are most welcome to come along to this event and enjoy light refreshments afterwards.
Enquiries: Dave 01630-685966, or email
The club website features write-ups on previous talks, along with a schedule of forthcoming events.
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
On Saturday 21st September, Hodnet Footpath Group has arranged an afternoon walk from The Bear Inn, Hodnet, up to Marchamley and then back via Long Lane and a field path to Hodnet running past the Hearn.
We’ll meet outside The Bear at 2pm for this walk, which is about 3 miles in length along easy to moderate terrain – with a few stiles having dog gates en-route.
All are welcome, including dogs on leads.
By chance this date coincides with the recently announced last day of trading of The Bear, so we will call in at the end of the walk for a sociable ‘snifter’ – and to toast the future fortunes of Greg and Pia, who have run things well in their time at the helm.