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“Journal’s” Villages Contest.

Hodnet receives its Prize

Hodnet Village Prize 1955 Picture
MR. J. E. C LEWIS. (Editor of the “Wellington Journal”) presents the third prize to Mrs. Hallmark. Also in the picture are Brig. Heber-Percy and Mr. R. E. Major.

THE village of Hodnet on Saturday received its Certificate of Merit and a cheque for £5, third prize awarded in the “Journal’s” recent best kept village competition.
The ceremony took place in the Lyon Hall, Hodnet, during the course of the Women’s Institute’s annual exhibition. There was a large attendance.

The Editor of “The Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News,” Mr. J. E. C. Lewis, made the presentation. He was introduced by the president of the Women’s Institute, Mrs. D. A. E. Hall¬mark, who had entered the village in the competition earlier this year.

Mr. Lewis congratulated Hodnet on having won third prize. “It was no mean achievement,” he said, “for the standard of competition was very high.” Hodnets success, he felt, was all the more creditable because, unlike some of our more remote country hamlets, it lay beside a busy main road. This might have its advantages in some respects, but it also meant more buses, more tourists and day trippers with all that that meant in the way of litter. Thus they had not only cleared away their own debris, but he felt sure a good deal left by other people as well.

“I hope this tidy village of yours will be maintained as such,” he concluded, “and that it may inspire others who see it to go and do likewise.” The money is to be put towards the purchase of a bus shelter for the village.

Thanks to Mr. Lewis were, expressed by Mr. R. E. Major, clerk to the parish council, who said that the council were pleased that the village had done so well. They were grateful to “The Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News” for starting the competition. Among those present at the ceremony was Brigadier Heber-Percy, chairman of the parish council.

Hodnet Hall gardens get a top award (1985) – Newspaper Cutting

The beautiful gardens at Hodnet Hall have been chosen as this year’s winners of the Christie’s – Historic Houses Association Garden of the Year award. The coveted award, which was only instituted last year, is designed to focus attention on the parts played by gardens in relation to historic homes.

Hall Gardens Award 1985
The plaque unveiling, from left, Commander Michael Saunders Watson, Mr Algernon Heber-Percy, Mrs Jane Heber-Percy and Mr John Floyd.

Civic Opening for Hodnet car park – Newspaper Cutting (3 Dec. 1988)

Hodnet Car Park Opening

The new village car park next to Hodnet’s Lyon Hall was officially opened on Saturday by the chairman of North Shropshire District Council, Councillor Bill Sinker. Helping him to cut the tape are Mrs Elsie Sinker and chairman of Hodnet Parish Council, Councillor Colin Vickers.

RUIN PUT UP AS MEMORIAL – Newspaper Article

Ruin As Memorial Picture

This, folks, is a ruin. One of Shropshire’s many landmarks, in fact: It looks remarkably like the ruins of a Greek temple.

Unfamiliar? Perhaps it’s because it has only just been put up…..bang in the middle of a field. For nearly three weeks workmen, with the help of a crane have been erecting these Doric-style columns in the village of Hodnet.

Apart from a little concreting work the job has been finished.

The columns are a memorial to Brigadier A.G. W. Heber-Percy, the squire who, lived at Hodnet Hall.

The brigadier bought the Greek-style portico front entrance to Welling­ton’s Apley Castle shortly before his death in 1961

He intended to resite it, thinking it would look nice on the skyline near his hall.


But the heavy pieces of stone lay on the ground for years. Then, when it came to having a memorial to him, it was decided that it should be the folly that he had planned.

Mrs. Jane Heber-Percy, wife of the present owner of the hall, said yesterday: “We are very pleased with it. There is going to be a plaque on the columns so that people will know what it is.”

The columns are a memorial to Brigadier, A. G. W. Heber-Percy

Photocopies of two certificates awarded to Alice France in 1912 & 1918

Certificate Diocese Of Lichfield

Diocese Of Lichfield, Salop Archdiachonal Board of Education

I certify that Alice France of Hodnet School
has passed with much credit the Religious Examination
held on May 22nd 1912
John Ramsay Pyle – Diocesan Inspector

Continue thou in the things which thou hast learned

Certificate Band Of Hope

Hodnet Temperance Society – Band of Hope

This is to Certify that Alice France is a member of the above Society
having signed the following PLEDGE

I Promise by Divine Assurance to abstain from all intoxicating liquors and beverages
and to discountenance all causes and practices of intemperance

Signed March 9th 1918 No 26
Fred Gillebrand Secretary