Hodnet Medical Centre – Dispensary

The Medical Practice has posted the following clarification on it’s website today (25 Mar. 2020):

The dispensary is still open for you to collect your repeat prescriptions

Please could you leave 5 days rather than the usual 3 days before you collect your repeat as due to the current situation our dispensary staff are extremely busy.

Due to government guidelines we are unable to dispense more than one month’s worth of prescriptions at a time, this is to stop people stockpiling and creating drug shortages for everyone else. 

Hodnet Medical Centre – Important Update About Morning Surgeries

The surgery has posted the following announcement on its website on Monday 23 March.

Until further notice the morning “drop-in” surgeries will be “phone-in” only!

The official notice reads:

Changes to Morning Surgery

Morning surgery will now be done over the telephone, it will still be

between 8.30am and 9.45am.

If you do arrive at the surgery, you will be offered a telephone consultation only

We do have some telephone consultations available to book with our clinicians, please call us to make an appointment if you do not want to wait. 

A further update has been posted today (Tuesday 24 March, 2020):

In order to minimise the spread of Coronavirus, until further notice morning surgery will initially be carried out by telephone call. This is a precautionary measure to minimise the amount of patients sitting together in our waiting area and reduce contacts and risk for our staff and patients. 

  • Please do not come inside the surgery to book in to morning surgery
  • Ring the surgery to register your request for a consultation before 9.45am
  • In order to direct your consultation you will be asked for brief details of your symptoms
  • You will be telephoned back by a doctor or nurse, they will decide if you need to be seen.

For information about the centre’s dispensary, please see this post.

Changes to Arriva bus timetables from Monday 23 March 2020

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Arriva have amended their local bus service timetables from Monday 23 March 2020 across the whole of their UK operation, including in Shropshire.

Arriva are having to take these steps in light of the unprecedented challenge to their business caused by coronavirus. They have had to adjust their business to the drastically reduced levels of demand whilst also trying to serve their customers as best they can whilst seeing an increased level of staff absence – and with more expected daily.

Route 64 will be operating a Saturday timetable.

Shrewsbury Park and Ride is to operate as per a normal timetable.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Shropshire Council has extended its concessionary bus travel for the elderly and vulnerable, to enable them to take advantage of the exclusive early morning shopping times being offered by some supermarkets and shops.

Until today concessionary bus passes couldn’t be used before 9.30am.

Under the new arrangement the passes can be used before 9.30am, with immediate effect and until further notice.

The change applies to all bus services operating in the Shropshire Council area.

There may be further adjustments in the coming days and weeks to reflect passenger demands and government advice.

Hodnet Primary School closed for a deep clean

The Shropshire Star reports that Hodnet Primary School has closed for at least three days after a pupil showed symptoms of coronavirus.

It is stressed that this is not a confirmed case and the school is undertaking a precautionary deep clean and taking preventative steps to ensure the health and safety of all pupils and staff.

A link to the full Shropshire Star article, which includes a copy of the letter sent by the School to parents, can be found here:

Coronavirus: Shropshire school closes for deep clean as strict new powers planned – Shropshire Star

The School anticipates being open again from Thursday 19th March.

Roadworks 27-28 Feb 2020

Between the Rocking Horse Shop and Weston Junction, Marchamley.

Works being carried out by Severn Trent. There will be two-way signals and delays are likely.

Roadworks 17-21 February 2020

Delays likely – Traffic control (multi-way signals)

On Shrewsbury Road, Market Drayton (near Farcroft Drive)

Responsibility for works: Severn Trent Water

Stoke Heath cut off – as Wollerton Wetlands Flood!

Storm Dennis has seen the Wollerton Wetlands live up to their name, as these pictures show.

River levels are about 1ft down on their peak last night; and whilst those familiar with this area will recognise the footbridge, much else at the moment is ‘beneath the waves’ – with a walk over the field path from here to Stoke Heath definitely not on the cards!

Hodnet Footpath Group – 2020 Walks

Hodnet Footpath Group are pleased to announce dates for their accompanied (public) walks in 2020.

They seem to attract a diverse bunch of people, so why not come along for a pleasant stroll in good company? Make a note in your diary now, and keep up to date via the Hodnet website’s homepage or our groups Facebook page.

Free parking is available at all start points. Accompanied children and dogs [on leads] welcome on all walks. Sensible footwear advised, and maybe a torch on the Glow Worm walk. Most walks are of 2 – 2.5 hrs duration, but May 8th likely to be 3- 4 hrs.

If weather is terrible, these events will be cancelled and then run at same time/same day the following week.

The walk routes can be seen in the relevant walk leaflets, downloadable from


March 30th – Hodnet to Hawkstone Hall hotel (with planned tea/coffee stop and optional walk around their beautiful gardens), via Marchamley (Hodnet Walks 3). Depart 11.00 AM Lyon Hall car park, Hodnet.

May 8th – (May Day Bank Holiday – not 4th May as shown in many diaries printed before the Government changed the date!). Walk from Hodnet to Fauls (Hodnet Walks 6). Depart 11 AM Lyon Hall car park, Hodnet.

June 19th – Annual evening Glow Worm walk (Hodnet Walks 1). Meet by old Railway Line bridge on Station Road, Hodnet, for a 10.30PM departure.

July 30th. Summer Evening walk from Peplow to Stoke on Tern (Hodnet Walks 9).Depart 7pm from Peplow Chapel.
Sept 23rd – Walk around Fauls (Hodnet Walks 7). Depart 11 AM from Fauls Church.