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                    These pages were last updated on April 1st 2019
On that date this page was updated with the April 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

It doesn’t seem that long ago when I was wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, and now it’s nearly Easter.
That tiny baby born in a manger so long ago, will now suffer and die upon a cross for the sins of the world.
The true meaning of Easter is to offer everyone eternal life, through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

It’s a known fact that many people don’t like to talk about death, and yet we are all going to die one day. However, death does not have to be the end, it can just be the beginning of a wonderful life in heaven when you believe that Jesus is your Saviour.

There are few things in life that we can hold onto forever, but we can hold forever, God’s Love for us.
I wish all a joyful Easter Time as we thank God for the riches of His Grace.

 A prayer as we approach Easter

Oh Christ, your cross speaks both to us and to your world.
In your dying for us you accepted the pain and hurt of the whole of creation.
The arms of your cross stretch out across the broken world in reconciliation.
You have made peace with us, help us to make peace with you
by sharing in your reconciling work.

Your Rector        Edith





Services for April 2019

Hodnet Peplow
   Sunday April 7th
   Passion Sunday
     8.00 am Holy Communion 
   11.00 am Morning Prayer
   Sunday April  14th
   Palm Sunday
    11.00 am Holy Communion
   6.30 pm Evensong
   Thursday April 18th
   Maundy Thursday
   7.00 pm Maundy service
   Friday April 19th 
   Good Friday
     7.00 pm  Stations of the Cross
  Sunday April 21st
  Easter Day
     6.00 am  Service of Light
             with  Holy Communion
   11.00 am  Holy Communion
  Sunday April 28th
  Easter 2
    11.00 am Rogation Service at
    Soulton Hall Long Barrow
    9.30 am Holy Communion
  Sunday May 5th
  Easter 3
      8.00 am Holy Communion
    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 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)

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Hodnet News


This year, our Rector, Edith, is hoping to appeal to a wider audience who may be interested in observing Lent and developing their faith.  She would welcome all-comers at St Luke's every Wednesday evening between 7pm - 9pm starting on the 20th March to watch a film relating to the Bible.  Tea and coffee will be served and conversation will be welcomed.

Wednesday 3rd April - Judas Iscariot

Wednesday 10th April - Mary Magdalene



 A big thank you to all the members of the junior choir for faithfully attending rehearsals every Friday evening. We had a lovely party in church with Carols and  lots of goodies. Cody and Poppy were super members of our choir at the Carol Service in Church, and once again this was only possible with the support of all the parents, thank you. 

I look forward to the New Year with our junior choir, and perhaps we can encourage lots more boys and girls to join, and have the experience of being taught by a wonderful organist, with the opportunity to sing.   Junior choir will resume on Friday 11th January from 6-7pm in St Luke’s Church, Hodnet.           Your Rector Edith 



Our Meetings continue on Friday 12th and 26th April from 10.00 to 11.30 am.
All welcome in St Luke’s Church every other Friday morning. 

We aim to give  mums a chance to have a quiet cup of coffee while the little ones
entertain themselves in their own special play area. 

Either phone the Rector or just come!



The Rector loves to paint, others love to knit and crochet.   This little group meets in church every Wednesday morning from 10.00 to 12.00 (or until you’ve had enough!) 




Spiritual and musical enriching activities at Hodnet School take place on a Friday afternoon at the Hodnet Hub from 3.15pm-4.45pm.  Edith leads the children in a Biblical story with a colouring-in activity too while Margaret delivers some singing and musical activities.  Children of all primary school ages can attend at no cost.


Retirement of Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire

End of an era. 

In 1996, Sir Algernon Heber-Percy was appointed as Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire as the Queen’s representative in the county.

Born in Shropshire, Sir Algernon served for a time in the Grenadier Guards before returning to run the family interests in Shropshire. He farms and runs an estate with his wife the Honourable Lady Jane Heber-Percy. They also look after their large and beautiful garden at Hodnet Hall, which is open to the public. Sir Algernon has had many and varied outside interests throughout his life in the county. These have included being a member of the executive committee of the National Trust and chairman of the Mercia region. He has been a trustee of the National Garden Scheme and the Honorary Colonel of the 5th Battalion The Light Infantry, the West Midland Regiment, and also Shropshire Army Cadet Force and is currently President of the Severn Hospice. He has been Lord Lieutenant for 22 years and was knighted in the 2014 New Year’s Honours list, two days before his 70th birthday.  Among his many duties as Lord Lieutenant, he is responsible for arranging royal visits to the county and most notable of these must be the wonderful Queen’s Diamond Jubilee visit to Cosford which he organised in 2012.  Sadly, it is traditional that the Lord Lieutenant retires at the age of 75 and we offer him our thanks for his unstinting service to the county and local community.



The new Lord-Lieutenant for the county recently appointed by The Queen – indeed the first woman Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire – is Anna Turner.
Anna is a true Salopian, having been born and brought up near Market Drayton and now living just outside Whitchurch.  She has given many years of voluntary service to the county, not least as a magistrate for 27 years.  Anna has also served on the board of visitors for HM Prison Stoke Heath, as well as being a volunteer with the Samaritans, a sight loss charity and her local foodbank.
Anna helps her husband Jonathon to run the family shipping business and has two adult children and three young grandchildren.  She is a very keen horsewoman, having ridden some flat-racing in her younger days and more recently stewarding at point-to-points.
Having been High Sheriff for a year in 2009/2010 and served as a Deputy Lieutenant for the last eight years, Anna is looking forward to her new role representing The Queen in the county.  “It is a tremendous honour and I was so privileged to be asked,” she says.
Anna has already accepted some new roles such as  patron of the Blood Bikes charity and will be welcomed to the advisory board of Shrewsbury University.  She hopes to have a lot more involvement with the military life of the county, with visits to RAF Shawbury and as a board member of the West Midlands Reserve Forces & Cadet Association.  As part of her duties, Anna will accompany any royal visits to Shropshire and will be involved in recommending honours and awards for people and businesses nominated from the surrounding area.  She hopes that the 26 Deputy Lieutenants around the county will assist her by taking a greater role in keeping her abreast of events and charitable causes in their local areas.

“I am really looking forward to meeting people from all over the county, especially those involved in voluntary work and charitable causes and promoting Shropshire within the UK,” Anna adds.  “After all, it is people who matter and make things happen, and we all need to celebrate that.”



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.

 Peplow News


Sunday 14th April 2019, Peplow to Petsy Farm.
Meet at The Chapel at 1.45 for 2.00 pm start.

Coffee Mornings

Community Group Friday 26th April 2019 from 10:30am 
Randall and Mary's Highway Cottages, Peplow.
Chapel of Epiphany  Saturday 13th April 2019
10.30 to 12.00am

Book Club

Tuesday 30th April 2019 - 8.00pm at Claire's Pound House, Wollerton.
Please contact Louise for further details.  (

Peplow Sewing Group

The next meetings of 2019 will be on Wednesdays at 2pm at Rita’s House, Tunstall Farm.
10th  and 24th April  and 8th May


Marchamley News


Meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in Marchamley Club.  April’s meeting on the 11th will discuss Santa Montefiore's "The temptation of Gracie".    Come along and join us for the book discussion, general chat or just a drink. 


Elvis Tribute Night on Friday 19th April, 8pm til late.  £10 per person for members and non-members alike – tickets available from the Club or contact Angie on 07762 739967.  See  the Club’s Facebook page for further details.

SOIRĖE FRANÇAISE  ('French Evening’ to you and me) on Friday 12th April 2019 at 7pm in the Lyon Hall, Hodnet

Tickets £15 to include Apéro, Buffet et Amusements Français

Tickets must be pre-booked by 8th April.  BACS or cash payments can be made – for details contact Helen on 07506 108809  or email  Alternatively write your cheque payable to Marchamley Events, add a note of your name(s) and contact details and drop it in the letterbox of no. 11 School Lane, Marchamley.  Profits to be donated to Severn Hospice.  Join us and have a great evening – striped tee-shirts, berets and strings of onions optional!



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

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