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                    These pages were last updated on November 2nd 2018
On that date this page was updated with the November 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,

Thank you to everyone who organised and supported our harvest celebrations; they were a great success. I felt a bit like the Vicar of Dibley, running from one meal to another but it was all worthwhile.

We are coming to the end of another year, and the month of November brings us to the time when the world remembers all who paid the ultimate sacrifice in war. From the Great War to our present day, and every conflict in between, we have watched the bravery of all our armed services, and we could never repay their courage.

Even in the midst of war, God is with us, and because of our Lord Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, we can have hope in a hopeless world, and light in the darkest of places.

I would like to share this poem with you all.

England To Her Sons


Sons of mine, I hear you thrilling To the trumpet call of war;

Gird you then, I give you freely

As I gave your sons before,

All the noblest of the children

I in love and anguish bore


Free in service, wise in justice, Fearing but dishonour’s breath;

Steeled to suffer uncomplaining Loss and failure, pain and death;

Strong in faith that sees the issue And in hope that triumpheth.

Go, and may the God of battles,

You in His good guidance keep;

And if He in wisdom giveth

Unto His beloved sleep,

I accept it, nothing asking,

Save a little space to weep.




Killed in action, 1916

From The War Poets, an anthology.


God bless

Your Rector Edith




Services for November 2018

Hodnet Peplow
   Sunday November 4th
   All Saints
     8.00am Holy Communion
   11.00am All Souls servicel
   Sunday November 11th
   10.45am Remembrance Service
    6.30pm Harvest Festival
   Sunday November 18th
   2nd before Advent
   11.00am  Holy Communion
   Sunday November 25th
   Christ the King
    11.00am  Morning Prayer
      6.30pm  Evensong
   9.30am Holy Communion
  Sunday December 2nd
  Advent Sunday
      8.00am  Holy Communion
    11.00am  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
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


To hold a Family Service you need families and unfortunately our experiment has not
worked out as we hoped, for the simple reason that no families attended! We are not
abandoning the idea by any means and we hope that they will be back soon.
The Rector and our new organist, Margaret Simpson  are working again with the
children’s choir. We hope that they will be in evidence at Christmas and we very
much hope that parents and grandparents will want to come
and see and support them.

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

Christmas Fayre

Lyon Hall Saturday 24th November
10.00am - 3.00pm

Large selection of Christmas gifts
Jams, jellies & chutneys  Cakes & cake decorations
Peplow ‘Snow Kids’ knitted animals
Candles, cards, tree decorations
‘Peplow Blizzard’ winter hats  Etc., etc., etc.
Bacon baps & refreshments
Admission FREE
In support of Peplow and Hodnet Churches


SEWING GROUP    The group meets every two weeksat someone's home for a cup of tea and some sewing for   the Peplow crafts sales table - and of course, some chat.

If you would like to come and meet us and help, please phone Elizabeth Downes on 01952 840215


Marchamley News

QUIZ NIGHT with fish & chip supper
Friday 16th November Marchamley Club

Marchamley Events is organising a Quiz Night to be held on Friday 16th November
at Marchamley Club. £10 per person to include
hot supper.

Doors and bar open 7pm for prompt 7.30 start.
Maximum of six per team – but you don’t have to come with a full team,
we will match up singles or couples on the night.

Pre-booking essential by Wednesday 14th November
with your
choice of fish & chips, pie & chips, sausage & chips
 – vegetarian
option too.
To book your place, call 01630 684048; text to 07585 807759;
email; or call in at the Club

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
The refurbishment of Marchamley Club continues now that the summer holidays are over with the help of generous grants from the National Lottery, Hodnet Parish Council and the Millichope Fund. Following a very comprehensive survey of the building in June which indicated the presence of asbestos dust in various locations, the dust was removed by a specialist licensed company who issued a certificate in mid-September.
A new heating system is set to be installed at the end of October just after the family Halloween party to be held on Sunday 28th October. The bar area is also currently being improved and refurbished and a further programme of modernisation will continue into the New Year.
The Club’s 100 Club lottery which is drawn monthly continues to help raise funds for building improvements. Winners of the £50, £25 and £10 monthly prizes in August were all from School Lane in Marchamley.

Held on the second Thursday of each month, 7.30-9.00pm, in Marchamley Club. (No meetings in July and August).

Come along and join in the chat and have a drink even if you haven’t read the books.
                          If you would like more information, call Karen 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 685491

Other Sites

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