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.

Delays Expected on Shrewsbury Road, Market Drayton – 12 to 17 Jan, 2020

Roadworks Sign

Following disruption at the A53 roundabout by Mullers on Friday, Hodnet residents travelling into Drayton should expect to encounter further delays this week.

Further roadworks are planned on Shrewsbury Road between the A53 roundabout and the one at Longford Turning.

The work includes carriageway repairs, gully emptying and tree trimming.

For the first four days of the works Shrewsbury road will remain open, with traffic being controlled by temporary lights. The road is scheduled to be completely closed however, on Friday 17 January.

Details and the planned diversion route can be viewed on the One Network website.

Waste Not Want Not!

What sort of world is it where people living in a country with a developed household waste collection service feel it is necessary, let alone acceptable, to dump rubbish on the side of the road?

This is the result (at the bottom of Mill Road, Wollerton) of someone seemingly happy to inflict their ‘discarded’ Christmas on the rest of us. It’s so wantonly done there are gift tag names on much of it!

Shropshire Council have now been notified of this incident.

Whilst there may be an innocent reason behind this’deposit’, if anyone does know of a family where an Emily Rose, ‘baby Janey’; Kenny [aka baby Kenny?] or Indiana may have received presents; or who the givers – Dean, Jade, Jessica, Talia or Uncle Leroy or Aunt Kerry may be, then please consider letting them know it’s been dumped there – in case they wish to arrange its removal; or let Shropshire Council know their details, so that they may investigate further.

This case of fly-tipping was also covered in the Shropshire Star – ‘The tree still had the decorations on!’

Holiday Recycling and Rubbish Collections 2019

Shropshire Council has posted information on its website about Christmas and New Year bin collections and recycling advice.

If you didn’t receive the card with details of alternative collection dates and how to recycle specific items over the coming weeks you can download the PDF version here.

The above page also provides guidance on which types of Christmas cards and wrapping paper can be recycled in your blue bag.

You can watch the “Scrunch Test” video here.

Christmas and New Year Pharmacy Opening Times 2019/20

The NHS has published details of its pharmacies opening times rota for the upcoming bank holidays. Details for Market Drayton and Whitchurch are as follows:

Pharmacy/TownTel. No.

Christmas Day

Boxing Day

New Year’s Day

Boots, Cheshire St01630 652660

11:00 to 12:00


11:00 to 12:00

Murrays Healthcare, Medical Centre01630 652784


11:00 to 12:00


Boots, Watergate Street01948 662060



11:00 to 12:00

Green End Pharmacy, Green End01948 662109


11:00 to 12:00


Rowlands Pharmacy, High Street01948 662813

11:00 to 12:00



The local Clinical Commissioning Groups have also produced the following infographic with advice on how to obtain medical help over the holiday period.

NHS Infographic

Marchamley Water Mains – Update 11 November

Marchamley residents should soon receive a copy of the following letter from Severn Trent Water, in connection with the on going work in the area:

Dear Customer,

Important Update:

In order to connect the new water pipes up from the School Lane junction down towards Marchamley Hill, we’ll need to carry out night work on Wednesday the 20 November 2019 at approximately 22:00 due to the low water pressure this work will create. This work will then continue for several hours into Thursday morning.

Due to the work that needs to be done before and after the night work, we will be closing this section of road on 18 November 2019 to 23 November 2019. We’re really sorry about this, but it will mean we keep everyone safe and get the work done as quickly as possible. Access to homes will be maintained at all times and there will be a signposted diversion route in place as you approach the working area from all routes.

Please be assured that we, and our contract partner Heartlands, will be doing everything we can to minimise the disruption and get the work finished as quickly as we can. I’m very sorry in advance for any disruption this work causes.

We appreciate your patience during the last phase of this scheme.

Stay up-to-date with the work
* Get in touch with me Catherine Webb, on 07971 304604

Yours faithfully
Catherine Webb
Communications Officer, Severn Trent