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Christmas Fayre

Don’t forget! The Christmas Fayre is at the Lyon Hall, Hodnet, tomorrow, Saturday 27th November, between 10 am and 2 pm.

There will be craft stalls, gifts, preserves and refreshments.

Parking and entry are free.

Fix my Street!

Shropshire Council is encouraging residents to report issues of concern via the website www.fixmystreet.com

Reporting anything is a very straightforward process. Typing in a postcode brings up a good map of the area so that the issue of concern can be marked. There is a comprehensive ‘tick box’ list of categories – Abandoned vehicles, Bus stops, Car parking, Dog fouling, … Pavements/footpaths, Potholes, …Other. Users are encouraged to add a photo of the problem – issues with photos are apparently likely to be resolved more quickly. Users are required to put in some personal information but, from my own experience, this doesn’t generate a mass of ‘rubbish’ correspondence, just allows confirmation that the issue has been logged.

The process is simple and quick to do. We all have things we like to grumble about so let’s actually report them! A flood of reports about and photos of the same potholes might get them fixed sooner.

Click on this link to go directly to the website: https://www.fixmystreet.com

Mobile Police Station in Hodnet

PC Alan Ambrose and the Safer Neighbourhood Team will be visiting Hodnet on Monday 24th January, from 11:15 – 12:15. As usual, they will be located on Church Street, just past the village shop.

Do go along and raise any concerns you might have; the more that people mention issues of concern, the more chance there is of anything being done to resolve them.

Shropshire Potholes

Shropshire Council announced today, 12 January 2022, that they have repaired 20,156 potholes across the county since April 2021.

In addition, 49 stretches of road across Shropshire – measuring 143km – are being resurfaced between November 2021 and March 2022 as part of the council’s annual resurfacing programme – work that will help to prevent potholes forming in future.

The roads for which work is due to start this month and which will impact Hodnet and the surrounding area the most are:

  • 10 to 24 January – A41 Whitchurch bypass, from Chester Rd Island to A525 Wrexham Rd Island. Work will take place overnight (8pm to 6am).
  • 20 to 30 January – Quarry View To 30mph start, A49 Preston Brockhurst Junction

Don’t forget to keep using fixmystreet.com to report road/street related issues to Shropshire Council.

Vaccination Bus to visit Hodnet – 17th January 2022

Shropshire Council’s Vaccination Bus will visit Hodnet next Monday, 17th January 2022.

The bus will arrive at 08:00 and park near the Sports and Social Club. (The car park will still be available for the school drop off).

Vaccinations will take place from 08:30 – 10:30.

1st, 2nd and booster Vaccines will be available.

Please do take advantage of this opportunity if you are not yet fully vaccinated.

New Houses in Hodnet

Development of the land off Abbots Way has been on the cards for a number of years now. Proposals have gone to and fro, objections have been raised, plans have been tweaked. The process is long. The proposed plans for 44 houses were approved, with some points to be clarified, but the developer has now submitted plans for 51 houses. 

The link below should take you to Shropshire Planning where all the plans are available for inspection and there is the opportunity to comment if you wish.

https://pa.shropshire.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=QH87HBTDHIG00&activeTab=summary

Support for those struggling with winter energy costs

People who are struggling to heat their homes are encouraged to seek advice and support to help with their winter energy costs.

Shropshire Council, along with its partners, offers a range of support and advice to help those in fuel poverty or facing other financial worries. These include:

  • Keep Shropshire Warm – a partnership between the council and Shrewsbury- based charity Marches Energy Agency (MEA), that offers free and impartial energy advice to anyone in need in Shropshire. Local advisers can support residents with a range of energy concerns, from accessing grant funding to switching supplier or resolving fuel debt issues. Residents who require help and support can contact the Keep Shropshire Warm team for free on 0800 112 3743 or via email at advice@mea.org.uk.
  • Household Support Fund – If you are one of the 3,600 households who have received a letter from the council, advising that you are eligible for a one-off payment of £115 to help with essential costs this winter, don’t delay. Complete the form as soon as possible so you don’t miss out. Those eligible will be in receipt of Universal Credit (at a level that is below the threshold for free school meals or free prescriptions) and council tax support. To receive this support residents will need to complete a short online application form to verify their identity and provide their bank details for payment. Each letter contains a unique identifier which needs to be provided to verify their application.  The form can be accessed at shropshire.gov.uk/hhsupportfund.
  • Finance and welfare support this winter– The council now has a range of support and funding available to help the most vulnerable of Shropshire’s households to manage over the winter months. This includes financial help for those eligible and who have been affected by the pandemic, and who may be struggling to pay for food or other essential outgoings. Please note this is limited funding and will only be offered for a limited time until it is spent. To find out more call 0345 678 9078.

Every winter millions of people across the UK struggle to stay warm and healthy at home. In Shropshire alone there is around 16,000 households suffering from fuel poverty. Rising energy costs, low incomes and inefficient homes leave them unable to afford even basic household essentials like food and heating. Living in a cold home can have a range of impacts on physical and mental health, and treating cold-related illness is estimated to cost the NHS in England and Wales over £2bn a year.

This year the fuel poverty situation will be even more difficult. The pandemic continues to squeeze household finances further, and the recent energy price increases will be being felt just as weather turns colder. Some of the health conditions caused or worsened by cold homes, such as asthma and COPD, also place people at greater risk from the virus.

There are a number of grants available for residents to improve their heating and insulation at home, helping them reduce energy costs and stay warmer at home. More information and an online application from can be found at www.shropshire.gov.uk/keep-shropshire-warm

Finance and welfare support this winter

To find out more about what other finance and welfare support is available during the winter months call Shropshire Council’s Welfare Support Team on 0345 678 9078 or visit https://shropshire.gov.uk/five-ways-to-winter-wellness/welfare-and-wellbeing/

Hodnet COVID-19 vaccination site

Hodnet Fire Station is now offering a NHS walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic to all those who are eligible for jabs.

Anyone aged 12 or over can walk-in for their first, second, third or booster COVID-19 vaccination at the fire station until the end of January, from 10am to 4pm every Wednesday

You can find out more about the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin vaccination programme here: Covid-19 Vaccination Programme (stwics.org.uk)

Hodnet Footpath Group: meeting

We are having our next meeting at 7.30pm on the 8th Dec.

This is being held at the Wollerton Bowls/Social Club – not the Hodnet Social Club, as (incorrectly) stated in the Parish Magazine.

Anyone interested in our work/helping us, as we consider what our 2022 activities might be, will be very welcome.

If you’d prefer a chat beforehand, please call Richard on 685286.

Parish Magazines

Delivery of Parish Magazines is underway. There is a new delivery person in Hodnet this month, so if she misses you, please accept her apologies and collect a copy from the Village Stores.

Parish Magazines

Delivery of Parish Magazines is underway. There is a new delivery person in Hodnet this month, so if she misses you, please accept her apologies and collect a copy from the Village Stores.