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These pages were last updated on November 29th 2019
On that date this page was updated with the December 2019 News &Services.



Hodnet Parish is located in North Shropshire, in the West Midlands and is part of Lichfield Diocese.

We are two churches who together are looking to love God and serve Him in our rural area and further afield.

Have a look at our Statement of Purpose on the "About Us" section for more information.

We hope that you find what you are looking for here, if not please use the details under "Contact Us" and we will do our best to answer your query.

About Us

We are an Anglican church with two lovely historic buildings in different parts of the parish:
        * St Luke's Church in Hodnet, of Norman origin, is the Parish Church
        * The Chapel of the Epiphany at Peplow, a hamlet south of Hodnet.

We share the following Core Purposes -
Mission - to bring people of every age and background into a living and growing relationship with Jesus Christ
Community - to be a mutually supportive, caring community in which everyone has a part to play
Worship - to offer worship to God that is wholehearted, accessible and relevant
Discipleship - to enable people to grow in wholeness and Christ-likeness in their own lives and relationships
God's Kingdom - to change the way the world around us goes about its business

Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

Baptism and Thanksgiving
We welcome families who wish to bring their children to be baptised. A first step would be to attend a church service and introduce yourself, or to contact the Rector directly. We will help you to understand the significance of Baptism and what part the Church can play in your child's growth in faith. In it you make a commitment to Christ and to the nurture of your child in the Christian faith. As a church we promise to grow as part of the church. If all you wish to do is to express your gratitude to God for the gift of a child then an alternative to baptism would be a service of Thanksgiving.

If you are planning to get married the best way to do so is in church in the presence of God. To say your vows "in the sight of God" concentrates the mind on the seriousness of the commitment and expresses your need for the strength and help of God in your marriage.
You are eligible to be married in one of our churches if either of you are resident in the parish or one of you is a member of the electoral roll of either church. For non-residents to join the electoral roll it is necessary to have attended worship regularly for at least six months.
We believe in a loving and forgiving God and so Divorce is not always a barrier to being married in Church. If either of you have been divorced it's important to discuss this with the Rector, as an opportunity to learn from the past and to move on. Contact the Rector as a first step in your wedding plans.

The Church of England Marriage Measure 2008 became law in October
This new legislation, overwhelmingly passed by the General Synod, came into force on the 1st October 2008. This measure offers the Church new ways to clarify, reissue and celebrate its wider welcome, so as to meet the needs of couples requesting church weddings and to better integrate more of them into the ongoing life of the local church. It does not affect the existing right of parishioners but allows couples opportunity to marry in a church which has special significance for them, even though it is not where they live, without applying for a special licence. The changes will mean an engaged couple is welcome to be married in church in a parish if just one of the following applies: 

* One of them was baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish;
* One of them has ever lived in the parish for six months or more
* One of them has at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for six months or more;
* One of their parents has lived in the parish for six months or more in their child's lifetime
* One of their parents has regularly attended public worship there for six months or more in their child's lifetime;
* Their parents or grandparents were married in the parish.

Young people may be prepared for confirmation at any age from school year 6 and upwards. This is normally done in a group each year or every other year, which meets weekly for about 8 weeks. Adults may be confirmed at any age, and preparation for this may be done individually or in a group. Contact the Rector with any enquiries about confirmation.

For many people the subject of death is a very sensitive issue. When a loved one dies we are in a state of shock and bewilderment. The Funeral Director arrives to make the funeral arrangements and will ask you if you would like to go into church for the service or go straight to the Crematorium. All you need to do is tell the Funeral Director you would like a church service.

The funeral would be a service of thanksgiving with a personal tribute to the person's life. Because of time pressures at the Crematorium, I encourage you to use the church for a short service. Obviously I hope we never need to meet under sad circumstances but if we did I want you to know that your church cares very much and wants to support and comfort you.   

Rector's Message


Dear Friends,

Christmas is nearly upon us and already I have seen some homes with Christmas trees lit up, and it’s only November! The mad rush around the shops will soon begin, if it hasn’t already.

I wonder do we ever think about the very first Christmas, and how peaceful it must have been. Yes, it was busy because there was a census taking place, however, we could assume it was also tranquil because Mary was to give birth to Jesus in a stable  with only the animals and Joseph present.

Jesus came into the world surrounded by love and peace, something our world is crying out for today. As Christians, no matter how hard life gets, no matter how many people hurt you, we still have to share God’s love with them.

For many people, Christmas is a sad time of lost loved ones and families divided, but Christmas is a time for love and for forgiving others, just as our Saviour came to do.

In among the noise of Christmas, with so much to do, take a little time out to remember the baby born so long ago, to bring light into the dark.

Have a wonderful peaceful Christmas everyone,

Your Rector      Edith





Services for December 2019

Hodnet Peplow
   Sunday December 1st
   Advent 1
    11.00 am Morning Prayer    
   Sunday December 8th
   Advent 2
    10.45 am  holy Communion
    6.30 pm Evensong
  Sunday December 15th
  Advent 3
      6.00 pm  Carol Service
  Sunday December 22nd
  Advent 4
    11.00 am  Morning Prayer
  Tuesday December 24th
  Christmas Eve
      3.00 pm Crib Service
    11.30 pm Holy Communion 
    6.30 pm Christmas Communion
                   with Carols
  Wednesday December 25th
  Christmas Day
    10.00 am Holy Communion

 Sunday  December  29th
 Christmas 1
  11.00 am Parish Communion
 Sunday  January  5th
 Christmas 2
    11.00 am  Morning Prayer

Monthly Pattern of Services within the Parish

Hodnet Peplow
1st Sunday 8.00 am Holy Communion     

11.00 am Family Service

2nd Sunday 11.00 am Holy Communion
6.30 pm Evensong
3rd Sunday 11.00 am Holy Communion
4th Sunday 11.00 am Morning Prayer
  6,30 pm Evensong
9.30 am Holy Communion
5th Sunday 11.00 am A single Parish Service of Holy Communion  at one of the churches


Officer Name Tel: Number
Parish Rector Rev. Edith Quirey
07578 603919   &
01630 684181
Hodnet Church Wardens Mrs Janice Parker 01630 685531
Mr Tim Preston 01630 685315
Peplow Church Warden
Mrs Elizabeth Downes
01952 840215

News and Events

The Parish News  (the magazine)

If you do not receive a copy each month but would like to have one by email
please send your email address to;      
The Editor at  


Hodnet News

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY at St. Luke's Church

Friday 8th November at 7.00pm - Wartime Music and Singalong

Saturday 16th November  at 3.00pm - Service of Rededication of the Bells

and Monday 9th December - at the Chapel of the Epiphany Celebration Supper

Sunday 15th December 2019 at 6.00pm - St Luke’s Church Carol Service Immediately after the service
festive refreshments will be served during which the raffle will be drawn. 

Tuesday 24th December at 3.00pm - St Luke’s Crib/Christingle Service

Christmas Day Service, St Luke’s Church at 10.00am - to allow the turkey to cook!


Arts & Crafts Session.  Weekly on Wednesdays 10.00am - 12.00pm
Art materials provided.  Tea and coffee provided.  An opportunity to knit or crochet poppies for our
Remembrance tribute or add a few tapestry stitches to our commemorative kneeler.

Happy Tots.  Fortnightly on Fridays 10am - 11.30am on 8th and 22md August
We aim to give mums a chance to have a quiet cup  while the little ones
entertain themselves in their own special play area.

Church Rehearsals.

Children’s Choir:  Friday evening 6-7pm           Adults’ Choir:   Friday evening 7-8pm

Bellringing Practice:         Friday evening 7-8.30pm


Peplow News

Christmas Fayre

Sunday 10th November at the Lyon Hall  10.00 am to 3.00 pm


Sunday 10th November
Hopton upon Hine Heath.  Meet at the woodland near Hermitage Farm,  at 1.45pm for 2.00pm start.

Coffee Morning

22nd November from 10.30 am at Cyrils - Oak Cottage

Book Club

Tuesday 26th November at 8.00pm  Contact Louise Morris ( for titles and venue.

Peplow Sewing Group

At Rita's house, Tunstall Farm on Wednesday's 13th and 27th November

Marchamley News


Our meetings are always the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm, held in Marchamley Club.  Everyone welcome – you don’t have to live in Marchamley!  We spend a bit of time discussing the subject book followed by a general chat and a drink, finishing around 9pm.

Our meeting on Thursday 14th November will discuss  ‘The Silent Patient’ by Alex Michaelides, his debut thriller soon to be made into a film.  It is about Alicia who shoots her husband one evening and then never speaks again.  Forensic psychotherapist Theo is convinced he can treat her – but if she speaks will he want to know the truth?


LIVE MUSIC NIGHT Friday 29th November at Marchamley Club, 8pm till late.  Josh will be singing a mix of songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.   £10 per person to include hot supper.  Tickets are available on the door or from the Club in advance to reserve your table.




Dr Naresh Raichura, MBchB, MSc

Dr Naresh Raichura died at home on Saturday 31st August, aged 65.  The parish of Hodnet send their sincere condolences to his widow Wendy and his children Sophie, Tom, Daisy, Poppy, Flora and Violet.  The family lived in School Lane, Marchamley until their move to Cheswardine in 1996.

Dr Raichura completed his degree at the University of Liverpool and trained as a doctor at the Royal Liverpool Hospital.  He became a partner at the Hodnet practice in 1986, joining Dr Romesh Mehta.

In February 1990 Dr Mehta snr and Dr Raichura moved to the new medical centre. It was officially opened by Viscount Leverhulme who paid tribute to the efforts of both Dr Mehta snr and Dr Raichura in working to give the village its new purpose-built centre.

Dr Raichura was a very highly-respected GP and will be greatly missed by his patients and work colleagues.  His funeral took place at St Swithun’s Church, Cheswardine on 16th September.

Reg Anslow

Reg Anslow’s funeral was held at St Luke’s Church, Hodnet on 20th September, where Reg was a regular worshipper.  He died in Cheswardine Nursing Home on 3rd September at the age of 88.

Reg was one of six children in the Anslow family who lived at Little Madeley, Staffs.  He attended Stone Grammar School and achieved a first-class degree in Agricultural Botany from the University of Durham.  Whilst working at his first job in Berkshire, he met his wife Pam who nursed him through a motorbike accident.

He proposed to her before he left hospital and they were married in Mauritius in 1957 where Reg had gone to work the previous year.  Reg and Pam had three children - Claire, Mark and Jane - between 1957 and 1964. 

In 1978 Reg became a lecturer and researcher at Harper Adams and moved to Applegarth in Marchamley in 1984.   Pam died suddenly the following year and Reg threw himself into village life.  He was a churchwarden at St Luke’s, a member of Hodnet gardening club, helped at Hodnet Primary School with their gardening club and was always there to help and support whatever cause was going on in the villages. 

He also loved walking, music, painting and gardening and was well-known for opening his garden for charity.  His health had not been good for the last five years but until recently he still drove down to Hodnet every day for his newspaper and was a very well loved member of the community.  Reg is survived by his three children, three grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Ann Mitchell

It is with great sadness that Marchamley Club announces that Ann passed away on 10th October. 

Ann served behind the bar and ran the Club for many years and was its most staunch supporter.  She was also part of many Marchamley families’ lives as she helped out with housekeeper/cleaner duties for lots of young families. 

Ann would do anything for anyone – although she didn’t drive, she thought nothing of walking down to Hodnet and back to fetch the daily paper and shopping for a housebound neighbour.  She delivered the Shropshire Star around the village and was a well known and well loved resident of Marchamley. 

Our sympathies and condolences go to her daughter Mandy and family.




For his sermon at the Morning Prayer service on 6th January – the Feast of the Epiphany – Bishop Michael of Lichfield said he was taking the words of the hymn ‘Brightest and best of the sons of the morning’ as his subject.  This hymn was written by Reginald Heber, who was the great-great-grandfather of  Sir Algernon Heber-Percy of Hodnet Hall.

Bishop Michael went on to say that on the same day four years earlier, he had celebrated the Epiphany in St Paul’s Cathedral, Kolkata (originally Calcutta).  He was preaching beside a marble statue of Bishop Heber, who was the Second Bishop of Calcutta, which was why he was so delighted to be in Hodnet in the church where Reginald Heber began his ministry.

The statue in St Paul’s Cathedral was sculpted by Francis Leggatt Chantrey and there is also a marble monument of Bishop Heber by the same sculptor in St George’s Cathedral, Madras (now Chennai).  In Hodnet church in the Heber-Percy chapel is a monument  to Bishop Heber, sculpted by Chantrey.  There are also some beautiful coloured tiles laid in memory of Bishop Heber in the floor by the organ.  If you look on the front row of tiles, you will see these tiles in pairs which each have a bishop’s mitre and the initial R H in them.

So who was Bishop Heber? Reginald Heber was born in the rectory at Malpas on 21st April 1783.  Whilst at University in Oxford he became known as a poet.  After graduation he travelled widely in Scandinavia, Russia and Central Europe before being ordained in 1807.  He then took over his father's old parish of Hodnet where he began writing hymns and general literature. In all he wrote 57 hymns, mainly between 1811 and 1821.  The most famous and well-used of these are ‘Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty’, ‘From Greenland’s icy mountains’ and ‘God, that madest earth and heaven’.

Reginald Heber was Rector of Hodnet from 1807-1822 before taking his young family out to India to become Bishop of Calcutta.  This title meant that he not only served the whole of the Anglican church in India but also Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and parts of Australia and southern Africa.  He served as Bishop of Calcutta for three years from 1823 until his untimely death at the age of 42 on 3rd April 1826 at Trichinopoly from a cerebral haemorrhage.  He is buried on the north side of the altar within St John’s church in Trichinopoly, where he preached his last sermon.



 THE BELLS                                  

The eight bells of St. Luke’s were quiet for a while in September. The clappers, which strike the bell when rung, were in need of some repair.They swing on a pivot in the head of the bell, and the bushes, or the lining of the bearing, were badly worn. Work was last done on the bells in 1997, organised by the then tower captain, the late Gerald Mothershaw. Four clappers were replaced, and the other four were refurbished with new bushes and stainless steel pins. The bells’ supporting frames were also cleaned and repainted.
The replacement of clapper bushes is a job for a professional, so after removal by Geoff Smith and John Powell, they were taken to bellhangers, Whites of Appleton, near Oxford, to have the work done. Re-fitting in the bells was done on their return.
The octagonal bell tower at St Luke's is the only one of its kind in Shropshire. The belfry originally housed six bells which were then rung from the ground floor. They were cast by Thomas Rudhall of Gloucester in 1769. Two smaller bells were added in 1947 by Taylors of Loughborough, in memory of the fallen of the 1939-45 war.
Above the ringing chamber is the clock chamber housing a clock dated 1848 made by Joyces of Whitchurch. The clock was wound by hand every Friday until the summer of 2014, when the winding was automated.
There are eight bells in the tower weighing from 4 cwt (hundredweight) for the treble bell to 12 cwt for the tenor bell.
The bells are regarded as one of the best “eights” in Shropshire so are very popular with visiting ringers from all over the country. Learners or experienced ringers are most welcome at Hodnet, and as is common in most parishes, we are always looking for people to learn to ring.

Bellringing is considered good exercise and is thought to ward off dementia! If you would like to come and see what it’s all about, phone John Powell on 01630 685325.




Contact Us

For information about all activities within the Parish, services, weddings, baptisms, funerals etc. please contact the Rector: Rev. Edith Quirey  at;

    The Rectory,
    Abbots Way,
    TF9 3NQ
    Telephone: +44 (0) 1630 684181
    &  07578 603919

Other Sites

Here is another site - - our village website - which may be of interest.