Autumn Public Walks- 2022

Although the response to our earlier season walks was a bit patchy, and rain forced cancellation of one, we’ve decided to persevere and try some more in the Autumn – all in the hope that local residents and friends will join us to explore some of the interesting (possibly ‘hidden’ to many) countryside that exists right on our doorsteps!

Past walks have attracted a diverse bunch of local folk, so why not come along for a pleasant stroll in good company?

To assist with planning, we aim to do these walks on a regular day each month, namely the first Tuesday of the month during September (Stoke on Tern to Peplow), October (Around High Hatton) and November (Hodnet to Fauls). All walks will start at 10.00 AM and last around 2 hours.

Full details will be put on the village website and our Facebook page later in the summer, please look out for them. In the meantime, if you’re interested, please note the dates in your diary.

Free parking is available at all start points. Accompanied children and dogs [on leads] welcome on all walks. Sensible footwear advised, plus a drink/snack. Most walks are between 2 – 3 hrs duration.

Keep up to date with our activities via the Hodnet website or better still our groups own Facebook page – search for Hodnet Footpath Group.

8/7/22 – New Date for Glow Worm Spotting

AMENDMENT: Due to changeable/unsuitable weather this event, planned for 1/7/22, has now been moved to the reserve date of 8/7/22. All other details unchanged. If you registered you will have been sent an advice email, if not and especially if you miss this website notice, please accept our apologies. Hopefully see you next week.

Hodnet Footpath Group are once again running our annual nightime walk to try and spot some of Hodnet’s rare glow worms.

These nationally scarce, and locally rare, insects live in certain parts of the vegetation alongside the old railway line from Hodnet to Wollerton. During their brief breeding season they may be spotted glowing to attract a mate.

Glow Worm taken at Hodnet 2016

A warm dark and moonless dry night is the best time to spot them from mid June to mid July, and our walk this year is being held on Friday 1st July. Although you can turn up on the night, it helps us plan/manage the event better if you register your interest. Please contact David Wilson email or call 07970 304169

Meeting Point: By the old Railway Line bridge on Station Road, Hodnet, for a 10.30PM departure. Alternatively, meet in the reception area of The Bear Inn, Hodnet, at 9.30pm for a pre-walk drink – departing for Station road at 10.15pm.

Children and dogs (on leads) welcome. A torch may be helpful for the walk [but isn’t necessary for spotting Glow Worms!]. Sensible shoes and clothing advised.

Note. If wet, the event will be cancelled and then take place on the following friday. If you let David Wilson know you are coming he can keep an email/phone contact for you and let you know if this becomes necessary.

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.

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

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:

Shropshire Survey

Shropshire Council is conducting research into what residents – and visitors – think of and enjoy about living in and visiting the county.

Complete the survey about what you love about Shropshire, and be entered into the free prize draw!

You can say what you think by following this link to a very simple survey

It will take only a few minutes to complete, asking your opinion on what you like about living here and what you think makes our county so special.

The names of two respondents will be drawn at random. Each will win a £50 shopping voucher to spend at a Shropshire business of their choice.

The closing date to complete the survey is Monday 1 August.

Yoga in Wollerton!

Mandy Parkin, from Market Drayton, will be running an ‘Absolute Beginners’ yoga course in the Wollerton Village Room, commencing the evening of Monday, July 25th. The course will take place over 6 weeks and consist of weekly sessions of 75 minutes each. Participants will be asked to provide their own mats and blankets, with Mandy providing blocks and straps.

To confirm your interest, Mandy is contactable via


text: 07942 490716 or via Facebook

A41 Roadworks

The dreaded roadworks have commenced along with the usual, totally predictable snarl up of heavy vehicles along country roads.

There is a Shropshire Council Highways Customer Services emergency telephone number:

‘If the problem is urgent, please telephone 0345 678 9006 (Highways Customer Services)’.

Our MP, Helen Morgan, can also be contacted. Email contact is preferred.

Council Tax Rebate for energy costs – deadline 22 June

Shropshire Council is urging residents that received a letter inviting them to apply for the £150 council tax energy rebate dated 17 May 2022, and who haven’t yet applied, to ensure they get their applications in no later than Wednesday 22 June 2022.

Residents that don’t apply by this date will not be able to receive the rebate via a bank payment, or a cash voucher. Instead, they will have the energy rebate credited against their council tax account. This will happen before the end of September 2022.

Also, if you don’t want the rebate, you need to log onto the website and let Shropshire Council know.

To date, the Council estimates there are around 10,000 residents that received the letter but haven’t applied.

If you aren’t able to apply online, you can call the team on 0345 678 9002 and someone will be able to help you with your application. Phone lines are extremely busy so please only call if you can’t go online.

If you have already applied, but haven’t heard anything yet, you don’t need to do anything. Shropshire Council has received around 16,000 applications so far and the team are busy processing these. 

Wollerton’s Platinum Jubilee Street Party

Thanks to a recently revitalised Wollerton Village Room group, Wollerton got together to organise its own street party on Sunday 5th June 2022 – to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

God bless you, Ma’am.

Despite fears of a poor turnout due to the weather forecast, and rather unpleasant working conditions for the team setting up the planned [and last minute extra] gazebos in the morning, in the end the rain abated. Notwithstanding the rain, we were rather thankful it wasn’t windy, as there was nothing that could really be done to anchor the gazebos down!

With a few last minute hitches with missing gazebo parts and a music IT glitch, all was finally ready and…. hurrah, a good number of people turned out for the event; with neighbours old and new mingling in an unusual setting to mark a unique moment in history – and after two years of Covid restrictions it all felt quite……liberating!

Whilst special thanks are due to the organisers, thanks are also due to all who attended and entered into the spirit of the occasion – as without them the event would not have been a success.

Some photos are included recording the progress of the day. Others can be seen on the Wollerton Village Room’s Facebook page. If you were there and have others you’d like to add, please send them to the webmaster.

1st Gazebos are up
A troublesome extra gazebo – where are the right bits?
Getting there !
Testing Testing!
5 mins to go!
All ready – but will it stop raining? and will anyone come?
Still raining, but people start arriving.
Party in full swing
Trying a game
Rain has stopped, specially closed road now in full use!