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Timetables published for bus services saved by Shropshire Council

Shropshire Council is stepping in to temporarily fund a number of local bus services which Arriva were planning to end or alter. Bus Service 64 – Market Drayton to Shrewsbury is one of the services to be supported by the council until September 2022.

Revised timetables for this service are now available and can be found by following the appropriate link below.

All other timetables are published on the relevant operator’s website.

When support runs out for the above services in September 2022 it does not necessarily mean that the routes will cease, it simply allows the council a period of time to reflect and identify any alternative solutions to encourage new passengers as it looks to Shropshire’s future in terms of public transport.

Litter Pick 7th May 2022

Are you free for a couple of hours on Saturday 7th May? We will meet at Hodnet Rec at 10am for a litter pick of the Rec and the Railway Walk. We have litter grabbers, bin bags and hoops to hold them; we just need some volunteers!

It will be sociable, fun and a great way to meet people and support your community.

Parking is available at the Social Club.

Please contact steven.j.freeman@outlook.com to confirm your interest.

Stoke Heath Prison seeks Volunteers

Inside every prison there is an Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) made up of members of the public from all walks of life doing an extraordinary job.

Whatever your background, if you’re open minded, enthusiastic, good with people and of sound judgement, you could be perfect for the role!

The IMB at Stoke Heath is currently recruiting. If you are interested, there is much more information available at www.imb.org.uk. Applications should be made online by 15th May 2022 at www.imb.org.uk using reference 1214/Stoke Heath/2022

Cost of Living Help

From the Shropshire Council website:

Increases in the cost of food, fuel and utilities are affecting many households in Shropshire.

To help, Shropshire Council has brought together a number of useful links, tips and pointers on where and how people can find help across the county (http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/cost-of-living-help/ ).

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This will help people see the range of services on offer from the council and other organisations. This includes a benefits calculator so that people can check whether they’re getting the benefits they’re entitled to, advice about energy bills and reducing energy costs from the Marches Energy Agency, as well as information from Citizens Advice about how to manage debt.

The council also recently announced that every household in council tax bands A to D will receive £150 rebate towards rising energy costs, to be paid from April 2022. To find out more about this people can visit the council’s website (https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/council-tax/energy-bills-rebate/) and Newsroom (https://newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk/2022/03/council-tax-direct-debit-energy-rebate/).

Hodnet District Garden Club

The Club is getting back up and running post Covid!

The following social media pages/groups have been set up by the Club: https://www.facebook.com/HodnetDistrictGardenClub – for information about the club and the upcoming events etc.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/hodnetdistrictgardenclub – this is a Facebook Group where everyone can chat, post pictures, ask for advice etc. 


https://www.instagram.com/HodnetDistrictGardenClub – this is the Instagram link.

The next Garden Club meeting is on Tuesday 26th April, details yet to be announced. Everyone is welcome.

Heating Oil Thefts

The following is from Market Drayton Police Facebook page. Market Drayton’s PCSO Steve Robinson says:

“Following the recent spike in crude oil prices, the cost of heating oil has also increased. Reports have been received relating to thefts from tanks at residential properties and commercial premises, notably in rural locations.

“Things you might want to consider could be:

Implementation of a fuel management system with a key or code access and alarm features.

Try to ensure the tank is overlooked either with natural views or using physical surveillance such as CCTV or, better still, both.

Install anti-siphoning devices and lockable fuel caps.

Install motion sensor lights.”

In addition, sometimes its a good thing to be a nosey neighbour! If you see strange vehicles about, jot down number plates or take a photograph if it is safe to do so.

AR Richards Fuel Campaign

We are currently offering our Head Office as a drop off point for donations to be taken to Poland to support Ukraine. The surrounding community have been amazing with their donations and our staff are currently sorting through donated items such as clothes, bedding, toiletries, toys, shoes and first aid items. We have our Artic curtain sider due for dispatch early next week which will require fuel, any donations for this would be greatly received. All funds raised will be for fuel with any remaining amount being used to purchase items for Ukraine.

We have the 2000-mile round trip to fund and we have set up the following Just Giving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ar-richardsltdfuelforukraine?utm_term=ZvK5MbWBg

Every penny counts for this much needed cause!

Hodnet and District Garden Club

We will be holding a meeting in the Lyon Hall, Hodnet at 7.30pm on Tuesday 15th March to discuss how we can get the club up and running again after temporary closure due to COVID.  If you are interested in being part of the club, please come along for an informal chat with like minded amateur gardeners.  There will, of course, be tea and cake. 

Please phone 01630 685966 for more information.