Monthly News Bulletins

Monthly News Bulletins

Since April 2000, Hook Parish Council has published Monthly News Bulletins in Hook Focus Magazine. An archive of the Bulletins is available below.

Sep 062018
 

Planning Update

The level of Planning Applications in Hook reduced over the summer period, so the Planning & Infrastructure Committee was able to delegate responses for minor applications.  The Parish Council planning team is currently focusing on responding to the Wilbur Developments appeal against the refusal of their planning application for 700 homes on Owens Farm (West of Hook).  A significant number of residents of both Hook and Newnham objected to this application.  A meeting is being arranged between Hook PC, Hampshire CC, Hart DC, Newnham PC and local action groups to agree a strategy to object effectively to this appeal.  Objections and comments previously made by members of the public will be considered by the Inspectorate. Comments relating specifically to new information or evidence must be submitted directly to the Planning Inspectorate bye-mailing by 11th September 2018.

Hook Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (NPSG) met with a planning consultant from the South Downs National Park on the 9th July to clarify actions and discuss progress with development of the Plan.  Notes of meeting are now on the Neighbourhood (NHP) Plan website at http://neighbourhoodplan.hook.gov.uk/

The NHP programme remains as presented at the Annual Village Meeting.   The next key stage is the Regulation 14 version of the Plan being finalised in September 2018 to be available for public consultation in early October 2018

Police Beat Surgery

Your local Beat Officers are holding a Police Beat Surgery at Hartletts Cafe, Hook on Tuesday 4th September between 15:00 – 16:00.  This is an opportunity for residents to speak with the officers to raise any community concerns and obtain up to date crime prevention advice.

School Run

The car park at Hartletts Park is primarily for users of the Park and Community Centre.  It is a concession to the school for parents to use it for school drop off and pick up.  As it can get very congested during peak times, we would remind drivers to be courteous to other car park users, as the children return to school.  School Parking Permits are available for us in Crossways Car Park. Please speak to the Infant School Reception for more information this scheme.

Community Christmas

For a third year, the Parish Council will be hosting a Community Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day.  Anyone who will be alone on Christmas Day is welcome to join the party and enjoy Christmas dinner, some fun, carol singing and good company.   This event is free for guests thanks to the generous donations made by a number of local organisations and sponsors.

If you think you may be alone on 25th December, or you know of someone, who will be, then please get in contact with the Parish Council office.  There is no age restriction for joining in and transport can be arranged on request.  Over the coming months we will be contacting those who attended or helped us with the arrangements last year.

Become a Councillor

Would you like to become a Parish Councillor?  There is currently a vacancy for a Councillor.  If you have a strong interest in your local community, would like to help shape the future of Hook and influence what residents’ money is spent on, then this may be the role for you.

The closing date for applications is Friday 21st September 2018

For more information and how to apply, please go to our Website, Facebook page or the News section on our App.  Alternatively, please contact the Executive Officer, Anne Atkins, for more information or a chat about this rewarding role.

Hook Village Show

Over 2000 people ventured out to enjoy the sunshine at the Hook Village Show and Craft Fayre, on Sunday 15th July.  Local MP, Mr Ranil Jayawardena opened the show.

Numerous acts took place in the central arena and there were lots of stalls and activities for all ages to enjoy, including the very popular Dog Show.  The Craft Fayre, held in the Community Centre, was packed with stalls selling unusual or unique, handmade items and accessories.

Hook Parish Council would like to express thanks to the main organisers, Hook and Odiham Lions, whose time and organisational skills made the event such a great success.   Without the contribution made by Hook and Odiham Rotary Club, the many volunteers and local business sponsors, the event would not have been possible.  It was a credit to Hook to see so many local groups working together and supporting the Hook Village Show.  The Parish Council was also very appreciative that all the visitors made such good use of the waste bins and left the entire site clear of litter.

Jane Worlock, Chairman of Hook Parish Council, said “It was fantastic to see so many residents and local groups enjoying themselves, blessed by glorious weather.  Surrounded by such a happy, vibrant atmosphere – what better way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon!”

Dates for your diary 

  • Police Beat Surgery – Hartletts Café – 4th September – 15:00 – 16:00
  • Hook Flower and Produce Show – Hook Community Centre – 9th September – 11:00 –16:00
  • Music and Paella – Elizabeth Hall – 22nd September – 19.30 – 23.00
  • HSPA Fireworks – Hook Junior School – 3rd November 2018
  • Community Christmas – Hook Community Centre – 25th December 2018
Jul 102018
 

Hook Village Show and Craft & Produce Fayre – Sunday 15th July

The Hook Village Show will be held on Sunday the 15th July Hartletts Park.  The event is being organised by Hook and Odiham Lions Club, in partnership with Hook Parish Council and supported by Odiham and Hook Rotary Club.

Hook Village Halls Charitable Association will also be holding a Summer Craft & Produce Fayre in the Community Centre as part of the event.

Highlights this year include:

  • A central food court with over 60 stalls
  • A main arena with demonstrations from Mighty Smith the World’s 5th strongest man, Sweep’s Sheepdog Show, Cove Brass band, Karen Blackburn’s Dance Academy.
  • A fun dog show in the dog arena for family pets, including best 6 legs (pet and owner), waggiest tail, best rescue dog.
  • Steam engine rides, fairground rides.
  • Animals to stroke; donkeys, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs.
  • Beer trailer, slushy drinks, real coffee.
  • Vintage vehicles; 1917 Thorneycroft truck; 1926 Sunbeam car, 1939 fire engine.

Hook Fun Run and Road Race – Sunday 20th May 

On Sunday the 20th May the Parish Council welcomed the Hook Fun Run to Hartletts Park to undertake their Annual Races.  Well done to the organising committee and all the volunteers who worked so hard to make the event such a success.

Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 23rd May 

The Annual Village Meeting is just that, a meeting for the Community, and not a Parish Council meeting.  Over 100 people turned out for the exhibition and presentations.  For the first time, the event “went live” on Facebook and the video of live interviews with exhibitors received a very positive response.

The Hook Community Award is presented by the Council, from nominations submitted by residents.  Dermot Smith received the 2018 award for his work in the development of Hook Action Against Over Development Group (HAAOD), their website and newsletter. The analysis of complex documents, presented in a simple, easy to understand way for all means that he is a real residents’ champion for Hook, who is in touch with the community.

  • Patricia Hughes, Joint Chief Executive of Hart District Council, gave an enlightening presentation covering topics including local crime, new homes, affordable housing, countryside and, of course, the Hart Local Plan.
  • The Hook Local History Society demonstrated their new online project, which includes a number of video clips on various Historical topics in Hook. If you would like to know more about this project, e-mail or 01256 766451 or it is available to view at the Parish Council Office.
  • Whitewater Health Patient Participation Group (PPG) gave a very interesting presentation on their latest initiative on “Managing a Healthy Weight”. Please contact the PPG via the Doctors Surgery for more information on this project.
  • The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group’s Chairman provided an update on progress with the Plan and a timeline for it being submitted to Hart for the next state of consultation.

Next year’s Annual Village Meeting will be held on Wednesday 1st May 2019, which is just before the full Parish Council elections. This will be a great opportunity to meet the candidates, so note the date in your diary early. 

Fly Tipping

In recent months there has been a significant increase in waste being fly tipped.  This not only looks unsightly, but in some cases, the waste can be hazardous.  If you see anybody dumping waste, please report it via www.fixmystreet.co.uk  or call Hart District Council on 01252 622122.

If you need to dispose of household items and are unable to take it to a local refuse site, make sure you employ someone reputable, with the necessary licence to dispose of it at a Waste Management Facility.   If they do not dispose of it appropriately, you could be liable for any fines that result.  Go to https://www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk/ for a list of reputable traders

Dates for your diary

  •  Hook Annual Village Show and Craft Fair – Hartletts Park & Hook Community Centre -Sunday 15th July 2018 12 noon – 5pm
Jun 112018
 

Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 23rd May from 8.00 pm

At the time of writing, this has event has not yet taken place.  A full report on this will appear in the next edition of Focus.  In the meantime, please see our Facebook, App for the latest news.

Annual Report and Village Events & Entertainment Survey

Every household in Hook should have received a copy of the Annual Report, which included the Village Events and Entertainment Survey.  Residents have given a fantastic response to the survey.  Thanks to all of you who completed this questionnaire and for your helpful and interesting comments.  Once the data had been collated and analysed the results will be reported in the future edition of Focus.

Further copies of the Annual Report are available either as a paper copy from the Parish Council Offices or it can be viewed online at http://hook.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Annual-Report-2017-18-Village-Events-Entertainment-Survey-2018.pdf

Litter Pick

Well done to Hook Runners who organised and ran another Community Litter Pick on Sunday 13th May.   More than 40 volunteers (including non-Hook Runners) took part and collected over thirty bags of rubbish from the ten-mile Fun Run route.  The rubbish included two tyres and a bicycle frame.  Sadly, several piles of dog waste were found in the Hartletts Park (which the volunteers cleaned up).  Please ensure you pick up after your dog; the Parish Council provides free dog bags for this purpose and the waste can be disposed of in ANY public rubbish bin.

Our thanks to Hart District Council who provided the litter pick sticks and bags and took away all the rubbish collected.  Thank you also, to all the volunteers who gave up some of their Sunday to take part.

If you have an event that you would like to promote via our App or Facebook page, contact us at or 01256 768687 for more details.

Hook Village Show and Craft & Produce Fayre – Sunday 15th July

The Hook Village Show will be held on Sunday the 15th July t Hartletts Park.  The event is being be organised by Hook and Odiham Lions Club, in partnership with Hook Parish Council and supported by Odiham and Hook Rotary Club.

Highlights this year include:

  • A central food court with over 60 stalls
  • A main arena with demonstrations from Mighty Smith the World’s 5th strongest man, Sweep’s Sheepdog Show, Cove Brass band, Karen Blackburn’s Dance Academy.
  • A fun dog show in the dog arena for family pets, including best 6 legs (pet and owner), waggiest tail, best rescue dog.
  • Steam engine rides, fairground rides.
  • Animals to stroke; donkeys, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs.
  • Beer trailer, slushy drinks, real coffee.
  • Vintage vehicles; 1917 Thorneycroft truck; 1926 Sunbeam car, 1939 fire engine.

Hook Village Halls Charitable Association will also be holding a Summer Craft & Produce Fayre in the Community Centre as part of the event.

If you would like a stall at either event, please email: for stalls in Hartletts Park, or for an indoor Craft Fayre booking email: ASAP to secure your booking.

Domestic waste being dumped in bins

There has been a significant increase in domestic waste being dumped in public rubbish bins, Crossways Car Park (Dr Surgery) and garden waste tipped over fences onto public land.  This results in valuable public money is being spent clearing and disposing of this waste.  There are two local Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) that you can take excess household or garden waste to.  These are:

Hartley Wintney – Springwell Lane, RG27 8BW

BasingstokeWade Road, RG24 8PL

For opening times and more information go to https://www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/recyclingcentres and type in your post code or call 0300 555 1375.

Alternatively, you can contact Hart District Council to enquire about obtaining a larger rubbish or recycling bin or to arrange for them to collect items (this is chargeable).  Please go to https://www.hart.gov.uk/household-waste or call 01252 622122.  You can also sign up to their garden waste Curbside Collection Scheme (this is also chargeable) https://www.hart.gov.uk/garden-waste

Trees

Over recent months, incidents of illegal tree felling, have increased in number. Before embarking on any tree work please contact the Tree Officer at Hart District Council https://www.hart.gov.uk/trees-hedges, or 01252 774419.  Please also ensure that the tree actually belongs to you!.  If not, please consult the owner prior to embarking on any work.

Dates for your diary

  • Hook Annual Village Show and Craft Fair – Hartletts Park & Hook Community Centre -Sunday 15th July 2018 12 noon – 5pm
May 072018
 

Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 23rd May from 8.00 pm

The Annual Village Meeting is on Wednesday 23rd May at Hook Community Centre.

Timings for the evening are as follows:

  • 8pm – 8.30 pm Doors open, Reception and Exhibition
  • 8:30pm -10.00 pm Welcome and Formal Proceedings

The exhibition will include a number of Local Organisations, who will be on hand to discuss what they do.  These include: Basingstoke Advanced Motorists, Hart and Rushmoor Live at Home Scheme, Hook Action Against Over Development, Hook Allotments, Hook Care Group, Hook Eagle Morris Men, Hook Focus, Hook In Bloom, Hook Local History Group, Hook and Odiham Lions, Hook Village Agent, Hook Village Halls Charitable Association, Odiham Cottage Hospital, Townswomen Guild, Patient Participation Group.  This year we will abe welcoming a number of new exhibits from Hart District Council, in addition to the Dog Warden, Community Services (Housing and Disability Grants) and Hart Country Side Services.

We will also have a number of speakers on the programme, including the Hook History Society who will give a brief overview of its new interactive project and the Patient Participation Group who will present its “Managing a Health Weight” initiative.  Please see the agenda for more information.  In addition, the Parish Council will present the Hook Community Award to a member of the community

Your Parish, District and County Councillors will be attending the evening to answer any issues raised and there will be a general Questions and Answer session at the end. Please submit your questions by 17th May to the Executive Officer.  Please do this via email 

The meeting is not only a great way to meet other residents, whose paths you may not usually cross, but also an opportunity to meet some of the many organisations that provide local services. Importantly, the Annual Village Meeting enables you to ‘have your say’ in open forum about matters in Hook.

Hook Parish Council App

We hope you have all had a chance to try out our new App.  We are adding new information to it regularly and welcome any feedback. Please send your comments to

If you belong to a Hook organisation that would like their details included, or if you have an event coming up, please complete one or both of the registration forms on our website at:  http://hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/council-publications/documents/ or contact us at the office on 01256 768687

Litter Pick

Following on from the success from the last litter pick in January, Hook Runners have organised and are running another litter pick on Sunday 13th May from 2pm (meeting at the Hook Community Centre) to litter pick the village, prior to the Fun Run the following week.  If you can spare some time to help and take part, they would be happy to see you there.  For more information, please contact .

Hook Road Race and Fun Run

Please be aware that the Community Centre Car Park will be CLOSED on Sunday 20th May, for the Annual Hook Fun Run and Road Races, which sets off from Hartletts Park at 10.00 am.  Come along and cheer the runners on, or if you have a youngster, take part in the Under 5’s race at 9:45am. Please go to www.hookfunrun.com/ for more information.

Hook Village Show and Craft & Produce Fayre – Sunday 15th July

The Hook Village Show on Sunday the 15th July on Hartletts Park will be organised by the Parish Council in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions Club, and supported by Odiham and Hook Rotary Club, to ensure this event is bigger and better than last year.  The Show has been moved from September to July this year to improve the chance of good weather and to provide a full arena programme, which will include a stage for performers, as well as a good mix of approximately 50 stalls and other attractions for all ages.

Hook Village Halls will also be holding a Summer Craft & Produce Fayre in the Community Centre, in parallel

If you would like a stall at either event, please email: for stalls in Hartletts Park, or for an indoor Craft Fayre booking email:

Cemetery Memorial Testing

This has now been completed and some stones have been laid flat on the grounds of safety.  There are a number of other graves, where it has been noted that works need to be undertaken to keep them safe.  We will endeavour to contact the owners of these graves in due course.

Dates for your diary

  • Hook Fun Run and Road Races – Hartletts Park – Sunday 20th May 2018
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – Wednesday 23rd May 2018 8pm
  • Hook Annual Village Show and Craft Fair – Hartletts Park & Hook Community Centre -Sunday 15th July 2018 12 noon – 5pm
Apr 142018
 

Launching the Hook Parish Council App – We are delighted to introduce a new App for Hook.  This offers a great opportunity for residents to receive the latest information about local events and activities and to communicate directly with local groups, organisations and businesses using a Tablet or Smart Phone.  We are also proud to lead the way, with the only Council App in Hampshire.   Search for ‘Hook Parish Council App’ on the App Store or Google Play.

The App will continue to develop as usage increases, so please tell friends, neighbours and family to download it.  The main features are:

Events calendar – This section will be packed with information about various activities and events going on in Hook and include links to more information about the event or to ticket bookings.

Places – This button opens a map of Hook.  Click on the place pin and to directly access information about, or communicate with, the organisations shown.

Fix My Street – Directly from the main screen you can now report issues from your phone and upload photographs of the problem that you wish to report.

More – Here you will find local organisations along with many other features.   Click on Local Organisations, select the organisation and you can call, e-mail, get directions or go to their website directly from the App.

A new “Welcome to Hook” pack will be added, to help new residents settle in and become part of the community.  Until this is ready, there is a leaflet showing walks around Hook.

If you belong to a Hook organisation that would like their details included, please complete one or both of the registration forms on our website at:  http://hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/council-publications/documents/

Hook Community Award – Nominations for the 2018 Community Award should be submitted using the Application Form on our website, by post to the Parish Council Office or emailed to   Closing date for nominations is by 27th April 2018.

Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 23rd May from 8.00 pm.   Bookings are now open to local groups and organisation that would like to participate in the exhibition which takes place before the formal meeting.  For information and booking please contact

Tennis Coaching at Hartletts Park – In addition to offering the Junior School exclusive use of the courts for coaching, we have recently agreed to allow a private coaching company to hire the courts for individuals and groups.   When not in use by the school or for coaching, the courts will remain free to use, on a first come first served basis.

Hook Village Show and Craft Fair – Sunday 15th July – If you would like a stall at the event, please email: for stalls in Hartletts Park, or for indoor craft fair bookings email:

Hook Road Race and Fun Run – A reminder that the Community Centre Car Park will be CLOSED on Sunday 20th May, for the Annual Hook Fun Run and Road Races, which set off from Hartletts Park at 10.00 am.  Why not come along and join in the fun.

Cemetery Memorial Testing – Under the Parish Council’s duty of care and upkeep of burial grounds, memorial assessments will be undertaken in the near future in both Hook cemeteries.   In some cases it may be necessary to lay the stones flat; in others, remedial work may be required to ensure safety.  To ensure work is carried out sensitively, if you know of, or have any connection with a grave in either cemetery or have any concerns regarding the memorial works, please contact the Parish Council office as soon as possible.

Dates for your diary

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – Wednesday 23rd May 2018 8pm
  • Hook Fun Run and Road Races – Hartletts Park – Sunday 20th May 2018
  • Hook Annual Village Show and Craft Fair – Harletts Park & Hook Community Centre -Sunday 15th July 2018 12 noon – 5pm
Mar 082018
 

Hart Local Plan – The Hart Local Plan Strategy and Sites 2016-2032 Proposed Submission Version is out for consultation until 4pm on 26 March 2018.   This stage of consultation is part of the legal process. Your comments will be considered by a Planning Inspector, who will be looking at specific aspects of the Plan.  Please read the guidance note that accompanies the response form before submitting your comments.   All the information, documentation and response form is on the Hart District Council’s website at www.hart.gov.uk/Local-Plan-Publication-2018

Please use the Hart response form and submit it by email to , send a hard copy to Hart District Council, Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 4AE.  All documents are available in hard copy at Hart District Council, other local Parish Councils and Library’s within the Hart area.  If you have any questions email to the address above or call 01252 774118.

New Staff member – The Parish Council are pleased to announce the appointment of Serena Dolby to the Parish Council Office.  She will be taking up the role of part time Bookkeeper.  Serena has lived and worked in Hook for a number of years and we are delighted to welcome her to the Team.

Cemetery Memorial Testing – Under the Parish Council’s duty of care and upkeep of burial grounds, memorial assessments will be undertaken in the near future in both Hook cemeteries.   In some cases it may be necessary to lay the stones flat, in others remedial work may be required to ensure safety.  To ensure work is carried out sensitively, if you know of, or have any connection with a grave in either cemetery, or have any concerns regarding the memorial works please contact the Parish Council office as soon as possible.

RAF 100 celebrations in Odiham – Saturday 9th June 2018 – As part of the celebrations for the centenary of the Royal Air Force, a Box Cart Race event is being planned for the morning of Saturday 9th June 2018.

Teams will compete in a luge style box cart event, starting one at a time in a time trial. There will also be a Box Cart competition.   As well as general build and design quality, carts will be judged on 2 additional criteria:

  • The level of RAF theming.
  • The lengths they have gone to, to achieve the RAF theme.

There will also be a 200 table street party after the race and we will publish more information about this in due course.

Hook Parish Council would like to enter at least one cart.  Teams including pilots, crew and design/builders are needed.   If you would like more information or to be part of a team to represent Hook’s close relationship with RAF Odiham over its history, please register your interest at: . ASAP as we don’t have long to plan and build the cart.

Hook Neighbourhood Plan – The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group held two public consultations on the first Draft of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan during January.  See page x for update.

Hook Community Award – Nominations for the 2018 Community Award should be submitted using the Application Form on our website, by post to the Parish Council Office or emailed to .  Closing date for nominations is by 27th April 2018.

Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 23rd May at 8:30pm – More details of the 2018 Annual Village Meeting will be published in the April issue of Focus, but if your organisation would like to participate in the exhibition which takes place before the formal meeting, please contact .

Hook Village Show – Sunday 15th July – Following on from the success of last years’ show, the event will be held again in Hartletts Park, but on Sunday 15th July 12 noon until 5 pm.   It will be organised in partnership with the Hook and Odiham Lions.  There will also be a Craft Fair in the Community Centre that HVHCA (Hook Village Halls Charitable Association).  If you would like a stall in Hartletts Park please email .   If you would like a stall in the Community Centre, please email

Hook Road Race and Fun Run – A reminder that the Community Centre Car Park will be CLOSED on Sunday 20th May, for the Annual Hook Road Race and Fun Run.  See page x for more information.

Dates for your diary

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – Wednesday 23rd May 2018 8 pm
  • Hook Fun Run – Hartletts Park – Sunday 20th May 2018
  • Hook Annual Village Show and Craft Fair –Harletts Park and Hook Community Centre -Sunday 15th July 2018 12noon – 5pm
Feb 082018
 

Community Christmas

Hook’s 2017 Community Christmas Day lunch was again funded entirely by the kindness and generosity of Hook Fun Run & Road Races, Bell Cornwell, Hook & Odiham Lions Club, Whitewater Pharmacy, William Grant & Sons, Tesco, Rawlings Transport, Taylor Wimpey, Andwell Brewery, Hartletts Café and Hampshire County Council.  Both the jolly band of dedicated volunteers, who gave their time to host the event, and those who attended had a wonderful time. Thank you everyone for your fantastic support!

Hook Neighbourhood Plan Update

The first Draft of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation in January and two public events took place on 18th and 20th.   If you missed the consultations, or wish to review the documents please go to: http://np.hook.gov.uk/consultation-january-2018/.  Please take the time to give us your views at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GPB56WW or by using the comment form on the Neighbourhood Plan website.  The closing date for responses is 8th February 2018.  https://www.hart.gov.uk/draft-local-plan

South East Water

The South East Water works have started on Griffin Way South and are expected to take 27 weeks.  There will inevitably be delays and traffic congestion, particularly during peak times.  Whilst South East Water appreciate that these delays are frustrating, please be courteous to other road users and allow extra time for your journey.  Update on how the work is progressing can be found at: https://corporate.southeastwater.co.uk/hook.

Council Precept 2018-19

At the January Parish Council meeting the Parish Precept for 2018–19 was set at £363,400. This means an average Band D household will pay £2.02 per week, equivalent to a pot of tea at a local café.

The Precept covers the running costs of the variety of facilities, land management and services provided by the Parish Council.  A number of new and exciting initiatives and events are planned for the coming year.  We continue to offer free pre-application planning consultations and to work closely on the development of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan.    We support a number of local organisations, events and charities.  Where possible we obtain additional funding to enable enhancements to the facilities in Hook.

Hook Community Award

Do you know anyone whose contribution to their neighbourhood or the wider community should be recognised with the Hook Community Award?  The award is presented each year at the Annual Village Meeting.  The only firm rule for nomination is that the person or organisation must have given service to our community, on an entirely voluntary basis and over a sustained period.  If you have previously nominated someone, who was not the successful nominee that year, please re-nominate those individuals or groups again for them to be in the running this year.   Nominations should be submitted in writing by post to the Parish Council Office or emailed to .  Closing date for nominations is by 27th April 2018.

Great Community Spirit

Our thanks go to Hook Runners for organising and undertaking a litter pick around the centre of Hook.  They collected 25 black bags of rubbish in one hour.  This has made a positive difference to our village and deserves recognition and appreciation.

Keen eyed residents may also have spotted brightly coloured or themed painted pebbles hidden around the village.  This is part of a growing Facebook community called Hidden Rocks Hook.  Many of our talented young (or young at heart) residents have produced and shared their mini works of art for others to see, photograph and relocate for others to find.  Why not join the fun, contribute your own creation and help brighten the landscape.  See the Hidden Rocks Facebook page for more information on participating.

Dates for your diary
Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Jan 042018
 

Happy New Year

The Parish Council would like to wish all of our residents a happy new year.  We have lots of exciting new things planned for 2018, so look out for updates in the usual places – Hook Focus, noticeboards, our website and on Facebook.

Bookkeeper/Finance Administrator Vacancy

Over the last 15 months the Parish Council Committees and administration have undergone a Structure Review. A number of changes h have been gradually implemented.  This has created a vacancy for a new member of our team.  We are looking to recruit a part time Bookkeeper/Finance Administrator.  Please contact the Parish Council Office for more information.  Closing Date for applications is 12th January 2018.

Hook Village Show Call for Volunteers

 The provisional date for the 2018 Hook Village Show, is 15th July 2018.  The Flower and Produce Show, in aid of Hook in Bloom, will become a separate event, as this needs to be held in the autumn.  In order to ensure the success of the event, we will need a team of willing volunteers to help with the organisation prior to the event and on the day.  If you are able to help, please email to register your interest.

Hook Community Award

Do you know anyone whose community contribution should be recognised with the Hook Community Award?  The award is presented each year at the Annual Village Meeting.  The only firm rule for nomination is that the person or organisation must have given service to the community, on an entirely voluntary basis and over a sustained period. Previous nominations that did not result in an award will not be carried forward, so please re-nominate those individuals or groups again for them to be in the running this year.  Nominations should be submitted in writing by post to the Parish Council Office or emailed to .  Closing date for nominations is by 27th April 2018.

Hook Neighbourhood Plan Update

The first Draft of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan will be open for public consultation from 15th January.  Two consultation events are being held in January.

  • 18th January 2018 at Elizabeth Hall, Raven Road 18.00 – 21.00
  • 20th January 2018 at Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft 12.00 – 16.30

Please come along to review and make comment on the plans.

Grit Bins

Hampshire County Council has around 3500 roadside salt bins located across the highway network.  They have been checking and replenishing these in recent weeks.
The bins are filled with a 50:50 mix of salt and grit and this can be freely used by members of the community for de-icing pavements and smaller access roads, and particularly those areas of public highway that are not covered by one of their main salting routes. P lease be aware that it only takes a tablespoon of salt/grit (roughly around 20 grams) to treat one square metre of road or pavement so a full bin can treat a substantial area.   If your local salt bin is less than ¾ full and needs refilling through the winter season, the quickest way to let them know is via the specific link on their web page at:

www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/severeweather/salting

Recycling of Christmas trees

Between Saturday 6th January and Tuesday 30th January, Hart District Council are again running Free Real Christmas Tree Recycling collection points.  Please take your tree to the local collection point and place it in the cordoned-off area for Hart’s team to remove on a regular basis and recycle during January.   The most local ones to Hook are:

  • Crossways Car Park, Hook (By the doctors)
  • Church Road Car Park, Fleet
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre, Springwell lane, Hartley Wintney
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre, Wade Road, Basingstoke

The District Council have also advised that, if you subscribe to the Green Waste Recycling Service, you can put your tree out with your Green Bin for collection.

For more information go to www.hart.gov.uk/waste-recycling

South East Water

Following the consultation event that South East Water held on 29th November, just a reminder that the works on Griffin Way South will start on 8th January.  Works are expected to take 27 Weeks and it is anticipated there will be delays and traffic congestion, particularly during peak times.  Please allow extra time for your journey.

Fix my street

If residents experience problems in and around Hook with potholes, streetlight faults, fly tipping, footpaths etc. the quickest way to get them fixed is to log on to www.fixmystreet.com.  Three is also a link off the Parish Council website.

All you have to do is enter the post code where the problem is located, or use the map to pinpoint the location, together with a short description of the issue.  This will be forwarded to the correct authority for the specific problem.  Residents say this system is usually extremely efficient and they did receive or could track progress with resolution of the problem.

Dates for your diary

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – 23rd May 2018
  • Neighbourhood Plan First Draft Consultations –
    • 18th January 2018 at Elizabeth Hall, Raven Road 18.00 – 21.00
    • 20th January 2018 at Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft 12.00 – 16.30
Dec 062017
 

Hook Community Christmas

The Parish Council plans to host a Hook Community Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day again this year. Anyone who will be alone (of any age) on Christmas day can join the party for Christmas dinner, some fun, carol singing and to enjoy the company of others. This event is free for guests thanks to a number of local organisations, volunteers and sponsors who have been extremely generous in providing money, time and goods.

If you are able to volunteer your help on the day or if you will be alone on Christmas Day and would like lunch, please get in contact by e-mail at or call the office on 01256 768687 for more information or to register your interest.

New Councillor – Rob Cowell OBE

The Parish Council is pleased to announce that Rob Cowell OBE has now joined the council. He has recently retired after serving 36 years in the RAF. Rob originates from Hampshire and moved to Hook in 2006, with his wife and two grown up sons. He enjoys tennis, golf and travel and gardening. Rob has a genuine desire to use his administrative and leadership skills in all committee activities, and relishes the opportunity to face the future challenges of Hook’s development.

Parish Council Office Christmas Closure

Please be aware that the Office will close at 12 noon on Friday December 22nd December and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Planning News

The last year has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of Hook planning applications, submitted to Hart District Council (HDC). These include several large scale developments such as Owen’s Farm (West of Hook). Hook Parish Council’s Planning and Infrastructure Committee meets twice monthly to discuss such applications. As a statutory consultee, representing the local community’s interests, it continues to feedback local opinions though the submission of planning comments to HDC. A summary of the larger applications received and the Parish Council’s response to them can be found at http://hook.gov.uk/category/development/.  If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Parish Council for a paper copy.

Wellworth Park Play Area Refurbishment

The official opening was a great success. Over 100 people enjoyed the sunshine when the park was officially opened by Ranil Jayawardena MP, who was accompanied by his young daughter. Wicksteed provided goody bags for every child. The Parish Council have been awarded £1,000 towards the refurbishment from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ Scheme. Thank you to all those who voted for the project with, their blue discs in Tesco’s. Thank you also to ‘Petals From Paula’ who donated the ribbons for the opening ceremony. The new play equipment enables greater accessibility, combining modern equipment with classic childhood favourites and provides a wonderful play venue for children of all ages. .

Hook Infrastructure

The Parish council is a key link between the community and other tiers of local government. We have regular dialogue with Hampshire County Council highways and endeavour to keep residents informed of relevant matters.

S E Water will commence installation of an essential new water main, between Griffin Way South and the roundabout on station road, on 8th January. This will be done in sections and will take until July to be completed.   Traffic disruption is unavoidable, as traffic lights will be in operation.

Recycling and Waste

Hart District Council will take one or more of their green crates from the kerbside. If you would like an additional crate, they are free to collect from Hart District Council or the Parish Council office.   Alternately, if you prefer to have a wheeled glass bin they are available from Hart District Council and cost £30. Please remember that wrapping paper, shredded paper, plastic packaging cannot be recycled and will need to go in your black bins. For more information about recycling, go to https://www.hart.gov.uk/waste-recycling or call 01252 622122.

Crime and ASB

There has been a recurrence of break-ins to access cars keys from the house and steal the cars. With Christmas around the corner, make sure you secure your property.

Thieves often gain access by putting a hand or hook through the letter box and removing keys left visible nearby, or lifting the handle to open the door. UPVC doors are particularly vulnerable, where the handle had been lifted to engage the lock rather than locked with the key. Advice from the police is to double lock all doors with the key when leaving home and at night and ensure keys are not visible through the letter box or window.  Free advice can also be obtained from https://www.bluelamptrust.org.uk/Bobby_Scheme

The Parish Councillors and the Office Staff would like to wish all our residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Dates for your diary

  • Hook Community Christmas Lunch–25th December 2017, Hook Community Centre 12 – 3pm
Nov 092017
 

New Parish Councillor

At the closing date, one application had been received for the councillor vacancy on the Parish Council.  The candidate will, therefore, be appointed at the Parish Council Meeting on the 1st November.  A brief resume about the new councillor will be in December’s Focus.

South Western Trains

South Western Railway is proposing major changes to the rail service to Hook at peak times.  Our local MP, Ranil Jayawardena is running a petition to persuade South Western Railways to change their proposal to reduce both the number of peak morning services from Hook to London Waterloo from five to two.  The South Western Railway proposal is currently out for public consultation, which closes on 22nd December 2017.

Please go to (https://www.tellranil.com/campaigns/save-our-train-services) to find out more and support Ranil in his efforts to change these proposed timetable amendments, as we are aware that this will affect a large number of Hook and Winchfield residents who use the train to get to work in London. You can also send your comments directly to South Western Trains by email

Hook Fireworks Show

The annual Hook Schools Parents Association Fire Show and Fireworks will take place on Saturday 4th November.  Hartletts Park car park will be closed from 4pm until the conclusion of the firework display.  Please remove all vehicles from the car park before 4pm.

Hook Community Christmas

The Parish Council plans to host a Hook Community Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day again this year.  Anyone who will be alone on Christmas day can join the party for a free Christmas dinner, some fun, carol singing and to enjoy the company of others.  This event is free for guests thanks to a number of local organisations, volunteers and sponsors who have been extremely generous in providing money, time and goods.

If you are able to volunteer your help on the day or if you will be alone on Christmas Day and would like lunch, please get in contact by e-mail at or call the office on 01256 768687 for more information or to register your interest.

Hook Christmas Cracker

The Hook Christmas Cracker team are busy putting together a programme of entertainment for 2nd December from 5pm.  See http://www.hookchristmascracker.com for information.

Bassetts Mead

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, who manage Bassetts Mead on the Parish Council’s behalf, have been busy pruning trees, shoring up the river beds and pollarding the area.  This is all in a bid to increase the diversity of habitats for wildlife and fish stocks in the river which will hopefully encourage otters to return.  For Information about what the Trust has been doing go to http://hook.gov.uk/about-hook/facilities/bassetts-mead/

Public Transport Survey

The lack public transport in Hart is a major problem for those who do not have access to a car or bus service; or who would prefer not to have to drive to the train station.  It can make it difficult for some to find employment; and for others to attend their hospital appointments, do their shopping or even do every day essential visits to friends etc.  For those with mobility problems it can lead to social isolation.

Transport in Hart is a Group founded to establish whether there are ways of increasing the amount of road based public transport available to the community of Hart District and to see if there are better ways of integrating scheduled bus or train services, with proposals for new and improved Community Transport.  The Group includes the 21 Town/Parish Councils in Hart, the 7 Voluntary Care Groups and the current Community Transport operators.

The Group now needs your help to understand your particular needs, so that options of what may be available can be explored.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey at:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HartTransport2017

Hard copies of the survey are available at the Parish Council office.  The survey closes on 30th November 2017

Dates for your diary

  • HSPA Fire Show – Hook Junior and Infant Schools – 4th November from 5pm
  • Hook Christmas Cracker – Saturday 2nd December 2pm – 9pm – Station Road and Crossways Car Park
  • Hook Community Christmas – Monday 25th December 2017, Hook Community Centre 12 noon – 3pm