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All the news releases and bulletins about a variety of topics.

Feb 132020
 

Community Christmas Lunch

The 2019 Hook Community Christmas Lunch was full of fun and merriment.  Thank you to all the residents and businesses, who have either donated time, money or goods to this event.  All those who attended (both volunteers and guests) had a fantastic time.

Become a Parish Councillor

The closing date for the vacancy that arose due to the resignation of Gill Miller was 31st Jan   However, we now have another vacancy due to the resignation of Ian Warner.  At the time of writing, we are awaiting to see if an election will be called or whether we will proceed to co–option again.  Please contact, Anne Atkins, the Executive Officer at the Parish Council Office for a chat about the role of Councillor.

Community Safety

A number of residents attended the January Parish Council meeting to voice their concerns about the recent increase in burglaries and anti-social behaviour (ASB).   The Manager of Budgen also attended to advise of the increase in shoplifting and ASB in some of the stores around the village centre.  In both cases, there was discontent with the lack of police resource to deal with such incidents, despite evidence being available.   The Council agreed to form a Community Safety Working Group, to investigate ways to reduce crime and antisocial Behaviour in Hook, which complement the work of the local police team.

Precept

At the January Parish Council meeting the Parish Precept for 2020 – 21 was set at £437,000. This means an average Band D household will pay £2.32 per week, equivalent to – less than a coffee at a local café.

The Precept covers the running costs of the variety of facilities, land management and services provided by the Parish Council.  We continue to offer free pre-application planning consultations and advice as to where to find information for other matters.  We offer support to numerous local organisations, events and charities.  Where possible, we obtain additional funding to enable enhancements to the facilities in Hook

Community Award

Do you know of anyone in Hook whose contribution to their neighbourhood or the local 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, due to the stiff competition, please re-nominate them again for consideration this year.  Nominations should be submitted in writing to the Parish Council Office or emailed to .  Closing date for nominations is by 30th March 2020.  The nomination form can be found on our website at http://hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/council-publications/documents/ under other documents.

Annual Village Meeting

Are you involved with a local organisation?  Tables can now be booked for the Hook Annual Village Meeting (AVM) on Wednesday 29th April.  The format is of the evening is the same as in previous years.  Doors will open to the public for refreshments and a chance to look round the exhibition of local organisations at 8 pm.  Last year, over 25 groups were represented at the exhibition and the 150 residents enjoyed some entertaining presentations during the formal part of the evening.  If your organisation is working on or has completed a project and would like to do a short presentation at the meeting, on this, please let us know.

A good way of keeping up with local organisations and events, including the AVM, is to download the Hook Parish Council App.  If your organisation is not included in the App, please get in touch with

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

Jack J Hutchinson Band and the Nile Deltas will be at Elizabeth Hall on Saturday, 1st February from 7pm – 11pm followed by Never The Bride on Saturday 7th March from 7pm – 11pm.

For more information and bookings, visit their website or Facebook page via www.echohotelmusicclub.co.uk or https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/

Diary Dates for 2020

2020

  • Annual Village Meeting at Hook Community Centre on Wednesday, 29th April 2020 from 8pm – 10pm.
  • Hook Village Show at Hartletts Park on Sunday 5th July 2020.
Feb 132020
 

Co-option Poster Feb 2020

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 Thursday 19th March 2020

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 on 01256 768 687 or , for more information or a chat about this rewarding role.

Feb 132020
 

Following the resolution made at the Full Council meeting on the 8th January 2020 regarding the allocation of the pitches at the North East Hook development, Hook Parish Council has released the following statement to provide some background to the decision taken.

Since the Community Centre was built in 1991, Hook United Youth Football Club (HUYFC) had a ‘home ground’ at Hartletts Park, along with a ‘clubroom’ and changing facilities in the Community Centre.  In 2003/4, the HUYFC management team decided they no longer wished to pay for the use of facilities as they were not being used, other than for storing kit and trophies.  They also claimed it was too far from the pitches and chose to terminate their agreement with Hook Village Community Association (HVCA), the predecessor of Hook Village Halls Charitable Association (HVHCA).  That space is now occupied by Hartletts Café and the Village Nursery.

Prior to the redevelopment of the Community Centre in 2013-15, HUYFC were asked what facilities they required.  They only requested access to use changing rooms and showers when required.  Whilst access is still available by arrangement with the Squash Club, in practice, one changing room is used for storage.

In 2013, Hart was in negotiations with the NE Hook developer for contributions to community leisure.  The Parish Council was asked to produce a bid to enable them to include a sum of money for facilities and sports pitch land.  This bid included some input from all three of the field based sports clubs operating in Hook at that time.  The pitches were never formally ‘earmarked’ for any single sport.

Hook & Odiham Rugby Football Club (HORFC) did not exist in June 2013, but formally approached the Council in 2015, requesting provision for rugby.  No formal decision is made by the Parish Council on use of open space, until it is invited to adopt the land.

Discussions with the developer only started in November 2019, when they submitted the specification for setting out the composition of the land.  It is the policy of the Council to investigate the suitability of land for use by all types of field sports.  Normally that decision would not occur until the land was transferred to the Parish Council, but the developer gave short notice of their need to complete groundworks quickly, to the specific sport specifications required.

As both the rugby and youth football clubs had an interest in use of the pitches, both were sent the same written brief by the Parish Council for bids to be received before 25th November 2019.  This bid, for use of the pitches, needed to include a statement in respect of shared use, which was the Council’s preference.   HUYFC stated, in their bid and verbally at the meeting that sharing was not an option.

The submitted bids were sent to all Councillors on 28th November to give ample time for this information to be digested.  The bids were then considered, along with verbal representations from both clubs, at the Council meeting in January.   The minutes of that meeting have been published.

It is unlikely that the pitches at NE Hook will be playable until the 2022/23 Season, so the final situation on sharing the field is fluid.  Since the Council meeting in January, other sports have also expressed an interest in having shared use of the facilities.  The Parish Council will consider these during the intervening period to 2022.  Concern expressed by HUYFC about the ongoing use of the pitches at Bramshill is likely to be clarified by the time NE Hook is available to use.

The Parish Council is approached on a regular basis by a variety of sports coaches and groups to develop facilities.  The Council will continue to look at the possible acquisition of land to provide and support the development of the widest possible leisure and sporting opportunities in Hook.

Jan 102020
 

Happy New Year

The Councillors and Staff of Parish Council wish all of our residents a Happy New Year.  We have lots of activities planned for the coming year, so look out for updates in the usual places – Hook Focus, noticeboards, our website, the Hook App and on our Facebook page.

Community Christmas Lunch

At the time of writing, the 2019 Hook Community Christmas Lunch is in the final stages of planning.  Thank you to all the residents and businesses, who have either donated time, money or goods to this event.

Become a Parish 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 30th January 2020

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.

Christmas Tree

A big ‘thank you’ to Hortus Loci for providing the magnificent Christmas tree at Grand Parade.  Thanks also to Sandra Tidy (The Base) and Marian Bright, who organised decorating the tree and the ‘Carols Round the Tree’ service on Saturday, 7th December.  Hot chocolate and mince pies were given out to everyone, who came along to join in the fun. It was a lovely community get-together and had a large turnout for this annual festive event.

Hook Neighbourhood Plan

We have been advised that the court date for the Judicial Review will be 21st January 2020.  As this date is after the copy deadline for the February Focus, we hope to provide an update regarding the outcome in the March Edition. Any interim updates will be available on our website, Facebook page etc.

Recycling Christmas Trees

 Between Saturday 4th January and Sunday 2nd February, Hart District Council has  free recycling collection points for real Christmas Trees.  Please take your tree to the local collection point and place it in the cordoned-off area.  Hart’s team will remove the trees on a regular basis during January. The Hook collection point is located at:

  • Crossways Manor Car Park, Hook (by Whitewater Surgery)

There are other collection points across Hart District.  Please contact Hart on:

01252 622122 or www.hart.gov.uk/waste-recycling for more information.

If you subscribe to Hart District Council’s Green Waste Recycling Service, you can put your tree out fo collection with your Green Bin..

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

The first event of 2020 will be Brave Rival, who will be recording a Live Album at Elizabeth Hall on Saturday, 18th January from 7pm – 11pm.

The second event will be Jack J Hutchinson Band and the Nile Deltas at Elizabeth Hall on Saturday, 1st February from 7pm – 11pm.

For more information, visit www.echohotelmusicclub.co.uk or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/

Diary Dates for 2020

 2020

  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Brave Rival Live Album Recording Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 18th January from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Jack J Hutchinson Band and the Nile Deltas at Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 1st February from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Never The Bride at Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 7th March from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Austin Gold at Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 1st April from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Annual Village Meeting at Hook Community Centre on Wednesday, 29th April 2020 from 8pm – 10pm.
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents RHR and Irene Rae at Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 16th May from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Hook Village Show at Hartletts Park on Sunday 5th July 2020.
Dec 122019
 

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 30th January 2020

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 on 01256 768 687 or , for more information or a chat about this rewarding role.

Dec 092019
 

Community Christmas Lunch

The Hook Community Christmas Lunch will again be hosted this year by the Parish Council and a band of volunteers.  Thanks to local sponsors, lunch is free of charge and transport can be provided, if required.  Anyone (of any age) who finds themselves on their own on Christmas Day is welcome at the Scout Hut (next to Elizabeth Hall) from 12 noon until 3pm.  If would you like to come along for Christmas lunch and join in the fun, please contact the Parish Council ASAP.

Carols round the Christmas Tree

On Saturday 7th December at 4:30pm there will be Carols around the Christmas Tree at Grand Parade.  Feel free to come along and join in singing classic carols, whilst munching on mince pies and keeping warm with hot chocolate!

Office Closure Dates

Please be aware that the Parish Council Office will close at 12 noon on Tuesday 24th December and re-open at 9am on Thursday 2nd January 2019.  In an emergency, please phone 07931 744266

Christmas Refuse collections

Hart District Council have confirmed their Christmas Collection Dates and these can be found at https://www.hart.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Hart_Christmas_collections_2019-2020.pdf  or via our Facebook Page, App and on Noticeboards.

For more information about waste and recycling, please go to https://www.hart.gov.uk/waste-recycling or call 01252 622122.

Become a Parish Councillor

Would you like to become a Parish Councillor?  There is currently a vacancy for a Councillor, following the resignation of Cllr Gill Miller.   A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held, if ten electors of Hook Parish give notice in writing to the Returning Officer by Tuesday 10th December calling for an election.  The address of the Returning Officer is: Hart District Council, Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU13 8AE.   If ten letters are received by Hart, a Notice will be published calling for nominations from candidates wishing to stand for election.  If ten letters are not received, the Parish Council will advertise to fill the vacancy by co-option.

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.  Whether the vacancy is to be filled by ballot or co-option, we would welcome the opportunity to speak to anyone interested in becoming a Councillor.  Please contact the Executive Officer, Anne Atkins (contact details below), for more information or a chat about this rewarding role.

Hook Parish Council triumphs in the Hampshire Association of Local Councils Awards

Following on from the successes of Hook village at the Fullers Hampshire Village of the Year Awards 2019 (where we were awarded 5 awards), Hook Parish Council has triumphed in this years Hampshire Association of Local Councils Awards.

In the Communications section, the Parish Council was presented with the Glass Trophy as Winner for Best Use of Social Media and was Runner-up for the Best Local Council Website (the e-mango Shield).

Anne Atkins was Runner-up for the Award of Hampshire Clerk of the Year 2019 (The Kirk Shield).

The Chairman of Hook Parish Council, Jane Worlock, said, “This is a great achievement by the Parish Council and our Clerk, Anne Atkins. As a local Council, our excellence in community engagement, via social media, has been recognised as the best in Hampshire. Thanks go to our officers, who provide such a great service for our residents and especially Anne, who deserves this special recognition”

SANG application – Refused

Hart District Council has refused planning permission for a SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace) to be created on the land to the rear of Holt Farm, Holt Lane. The SANG provision was intended to mitigate the impact residential development would have on the nearby SSSI (Bartley Heath) as a result of the conversion of commercial property to residential on Bartley Wood Business Park.

Hook Neighbourhood Plan

Almost immediately after the Hook Neighbourhood Plan (HNP) Referendum results were announced, Wilbur Developments Limited submitted their application for a Judicial Review (JR) in respect of the Neighbourhood Plan.  They are, in effect, challenging the decision by Hart that the HNP complied with the basic conditions in respect of the evidence and policies relating to the Gap between Hook and Newnham.  Go to www.hart.gov.uk/hook to view the Plan documents.

A Government Planning Board will review the application and determine if there are grounds for a case to be forwarded for a full JR.  The implications of this are that Hart will not be able to adopt the HNP until either the case for a JR has been dismissed or the outcome of a JR has been determined.  This is likely to take anywhere between 6 and 12 months.  Even if the Planning Board does not agree to take the matter to JR, the developer still has a Right of Appeal.

This is obviously very disappointing for the Parish Council and the members of the HNP Steering Group, who have invested an enormous amount of time and energy on preparation of the Plan and its submission to Hart for adoption.

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

The first event of 2020 will be Brave Rival who will be recording a Live Album at Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 18th January 7pm – 11pm.

For more information, please go to, visit www.echohotelmusicclub.co.uk or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/

Finally, the Parish Councillors and Office Staff wish all our residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Dates for your diary 2019-2020

 2019

  • Hook Community Christmas Lunch – Scout Hut, Hook on 25th December 2019, 12 – 3pm

2020

  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Brave Rival Live Album Recording Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 18th January 7pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Jack J Hutchinson Band and the Nile Deltas Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 1st February 7pm – 11pm
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 29th April 2020, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Village Show – Hartletts Park on Sunday 5th July 2020
Nov 132019
 

Following on from the successes of Hook village at the Fullers Hampshire Village of the Year Awards 2019 (where we were awarded 5 awards), Hook Parish Council has triumphed in this years Hampshire Association of Local Councils Awards (HALC).

In the Communications section, the Parish Council was presented with the Glass Trophy as Winner for Best Use of Social Media and was Runner-up for the Best Local Council Website (the e-mango Shield).
Anne Atkins was Runner-up for the Award of Hampshire Clerk of the Year 2019 (The Kirk Shield).

The Chairman of Hook Parish Council, Jane Worlock, said, “This is a great achievement by the Parish Council and our Clerk, Anne Atkins. As a local Council, our excellence in community engagement, via social media, has been recognised as the best in Hampshire. Thanks go to our officers, who provide such a great service for our residents and especially Anne, who deserves this special recognition.

Picture: Jane Worlock (Chairman of Hook Parish Council and a Hart District Councillor) being presented with the award for “Best Use of Social Media” from Cllr Mike Evans (HALC Chairman)

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Nov 092019
 

Hook Neighbourhood Plan

There was a good turnout at the Referendum Vote for the Hook Neighbourhood plan that was held on the 7th October. It was an overwhelming 96% of the votes cast were “Yes” to the Neighbourhood Plan.  This will now go to Hart District Council to be approved into Planning Policy.

Closure of Community Centre car park

The Annual Hook Schools Parents Association Fire Show and Fireworks will take place on Saturday 9th November.  Hartletts Park car park will be closed from 4pm until the conclusion of the firework display for safety reasons.  Please remove all vehicles from the car park before 4pm, when the barrier will be locked.

Hook Village scoops 5 awards at The Hampshire & Isle Of Wight Village Of The Year Competition

Hook won five awards at this year’s ‘Hampshire & IOW Village of the Year’ competition, which was sponsored by Fullers Brewery. The awards ceremony for the annual competition, organised by the Hampshire Association of Local Councils, was held at Chandlers Ford on 25th September.
Hook’s tally of awards included:

  • Winner, ‘Excellence in Community Engagement’ (Steven Lugg Trophy) for the Hook App
  • Winner, ‘Most Inspirational Person’ – Sue Hinton
  • Runner-up, ‘Best Open Space’ for Hook in Bloom
  • Highly Commended, ‘Best Community Initiative’ for ‘Hook Books’
    and finally,
  • Runner-up in the coveted ‘Overall Best Hampshire & Isle of Wight Village of the Year 2019’ category, which was won by Bishops Waltham.

These awards recognise the dedication and selfless work of the many volunteers in Hook, whose caring residents embody a true community spirit which makes our village such a friendly and happening place to live.

Remembrance Sunday and Poppies on lampposts

The annual service at the Church and Memorial will take place on Sunday 10th November.   The Parish Council will lay a wreath at the War Memorial at the 9.00 am service, as per usual and at the St John’s service at 10.15 am.

The Parish Council will fly the Union Jack flag on the Flagpole in Hartletts Park (opposite the Community Centre) throughout the weekend.

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

At the time of writing the final gig in the 2019 Echo Hotel Music Club (EHMC) programme, The Mentulls supported by Little Geneva is due to take place on Saturday 2nd November.  We are currently finalising next years (2020) programme.  For more information, visit www.echohotelmusicclub.co.uk or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/.

Community Christmas

Bookings now open for the Hook Community Christmas Lunch on 25th December.  Anyone, of any age, who will be alone on Christmas Day is welcome.  Please join the party and tuck into a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, have some fun, take part carol singing and enjoy good company.  Transport can be arranged on request.

If you think you may be alone on 25th December, or if you know of someone who will be, then please contact the Parish Council office.

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents The Mentulls Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 2nd November 8pm – 11pm