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                    These pages were last updated on November 29th 2018
On that date this page was updated with the December 2018 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,

Everyone sings, “this is the season to be jolly” but for many people this season can be a sad and lonely time.  This past year may have brought illness or the loss of a loved one, so the thought of a new year alone, can be fearful.

As we prepare for Advent and Christmas we need to be reminded of the reason why Christ came into our world.

The Christmas story is a wonderful story of God’s love for us, that’s why He sent His Son to be fully human and fullness divine, with a purpose to save mankind from sin.

Whenever angels appear in the Christmas story they never fail to say, “don’t be afraid.”

In fact this happens four times during the events of the birth of Jesus.  Someone has counted the number of times we read “don’t be afraid” in the Bible.  It amounts to 365, that’s one for each day of the year, God does not want us to be afraid.

So I pray this Christmas time that no-one will feel afraid or lonely, that everyone will know and feel God’s love around them.

Have a “joyful” and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

God bless

Your Rector Edith


Loving God,
We thank you for this glad time of year, this Advent season which reminds us of so much.
This is a time for looking back, and remembering the birth of your Son, light into our darkness.
A time for looking forward and anticipating his coming again.
Above all, a time for the present moment, for examining our lives,
searching our hearts, exploring your word, and renewing our faith,
a time for recognising more fully that Jesus is with us
each moment of every day, now and always,
We thank you God.






Services for December 2018

Hodnet Peplow
   Sunday December 2nd
   Advent 1
   11.00am Morning Prayer
   Sunday December 9th
   Advent 2
   11.00am Holy Communion
    6.30pm Evensong
   Sunday December 16th
   Advent 3
     6.30pm  Carol Service
   Sunday December 23rd  
   Advent 4
    11.00am  Morning Prayer
  Monday December 24th
  Christmas Eve
     3.00pm  Crib Service
   11.30pm  Holy Communion
    6.30pm Holy Communion
  Tuesday December 25th
  Christmas Day
   11.00am  Holy Communion

  Sunday December 30th
  Christmas 1
   11.00am  Holy Communion
  Sunday January  6th
  Epiphany 1
    8.00am  Holy Communion

  Sunday January 13th
  Epiphany 2

     6.30pm  Evensong

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 685491
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 new 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


This is being held on Sunday 16th December 2018 at 6.30pm by candlelight.  Mince Pies and drinks will be served after the service during which the Christmas Raffle will be drawn.  Tickets can be purchased from Tim Preston or on the night of the Carol Service in Church.  There are many prizes - first prize £100, second prize £50.

Carols will be sung by the Crib on Thursday, December 20th at the home of Eileen and Peter Broadgate. Shrewsbury Street. Hodnet. 7pm. 


Thank you to everyone – including Hodnet Primary School – who filled shoeboxes with small gifts to be delivered to a child in Europe or Africa. A total of 52 completed boxes were collected from this parish which will soon be on their way to overseas transport.  Your thoughtfulness will definitely make a difference to a child who would otherwise receive nothing at Christmas.  Thank you!

Fay Ives 

NB.  The January sales are a great place to pick up small items which would be suitable for next year’s shoeboxes plus any surplus Christmas gifts.  Start early!


A new group for mums and little ones was launched very

successfully at St. Luke’s in July - Happy Tots.
We meet in church every other Friday morning from 10.00
to 11.30, giving mums a chance to have a quiet cup of coffee
while the little ones entertain themselves in their
own special play area.
Meetings will be on 12th & 26th October
Either phone the Rector or just come!

The Rector loves to paint
so she has started a little art group
that meets in
church every other Wednesday morning
from 10.00 to 12.00  (or until you’ve had enough!)
Can’t paint? Can’t draw?
Neither can any of us! But we enjoy it!
See you on 3rd & 17th October!
                                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.

 Peplow News


Sunday 9th December, Peplow to Petsy Farm , followed by Festive Nibbles at Sally’s
Meet at The Chapel at 1:15pm for 1:30pm

Sunday 13th January 2019, Shropshire Union Canal near Cheswardine. 
Meet adjacent to ‘Knighton Site Family Social Club’ (Post code ST20 0QH)
at 1:15pm for 1:30pm

Coffee Morning

Friday 30th November 2018 from 10.30am
Martin’s—Highway Cottages

Friday 25th January 2019 from 10:30am
Richard’s & Elizabeth’s - The Wythes

Book Club

Tuesday 18th December - 8:00pm (to be confirmed)

Tuesday 22nd January 2019 - 8.00pm

Peplow Sewing Group

Are taking a well earned Christmas break and will resume in the New Year.


Marchamley News

Eleven teams (63 quizzers) battled it out on 16th November at Marchamley Club for the Quiz Night. Fish & chip suppers arrived from Newcotts halfway through the six rounds of questions and the evening’s profits will benefit both local charitable causes and the Club.

The next event is Christmas Carols on the Square on Saturday 15th December at 6pm with members of Whitchurch Brass Band. Bring a lantern, dress warmly and come and join the singing to put you in the Christmas mood! Everyone welcome!


The new heating system is now finished and, together with the bar refurbishment, the Club is looking good!  Various regular events are held including monthly bingo plus occasional members-only evenings or fundraising efforts. New members are welcome – if interested, please call in to the Club one evening after 8pm to speak to the Secretary.  The Club is also available for booking to non-members for children’s or family parties at a nominal charge.  Why not call in and have a look round?


is a social club for members but anyone in the locality is welcome to join - membership currently £1 per annum - club  is open 8pm each evening, with 'early doors' from 7pm on Fridays to
meet up for a drink and a chat.
For full information on our social events, see our Facebook page @marchamleyclubevents


Meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in Marchamley Club. 

The meeting on Thursday 13th December will discuss 'The Light between Oceans' by M L Stedman.  An emotional and thought-provoking book - and there's a film of it too.

A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper's island. It holds a dead man - and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating decision. They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours.

Come along and join us for the book discussion, general chat or just a drink.  Everyone welcome!



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 685491

Other Sites

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