News

News

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

May 282020
 

Just before we went into Lockdown our new look Annual Report came back from the printers and was delivered to every household in Hook during April/beginning of May. If you missed it you can view a digital copy here or contact us if you would like a hard copy.

We would love to hear your feedback on what you thought of this new format. Is there information that you would have liked to see included ? Is there anything you would like to change ?

May 272020
 

Hook and Odiham Lions have teamed up with other Lions groups to work a fantastic community project to get computers to children who need them to enable them to do their school work. However, they need your help.

They desperately need computers and other equipment so they can continue this important project. If you have any questions or any equipment that you think may be of use please email Mark Hazell on and he will be able to advise you.

 

Hook and Odiham Lions Press Release:

Lions IT Refurbishment Project – Appeal For Donations of Laptops and PCs

The Lions are currently running a project to provide disadvantaged children with refurbished IT equipment to enable them to continue with their ‘home learning’ education during the Covid19 school closure and beyond.
With the closure of schools home learning has become essential therefore and, working with the school-teachers, needy recipients for computers and equipment are identified.

We are now appealing, to the general public, for donations of computers and equipment and following the current strict health guidelines we collect from donors. The equipment is tested, all data is removed, using professional software, and reloaded with Windows 10 operating system by qualified Lions (we can provide a formal certificate, if required, verifying all data has been removed).

A complete suite of programmes, suitable for home learning, is then downloaded. The computers are then distributed to the identified recipients.

To date we have distributed over 200 computers…….but we need more kit. Demand for computers from schools is outstripping supply. For a more information please see https://youtu.be/sI5AwySJEno or follow them on Facebook here

If you have any questions or have kit that we can collect please email Mark Hazell on

May 262020
 

From today (Tuesday 26th May), residents will be able to book a bulky waste collection from their home. They can also order blue bins and glass recycling crates, although they anticipate a longer than usual delivery time for these items due to the coronavirus disruption. Click here to book/order. If you are in need of a glass crate, we (Hook Parish Council) have a limited number available. Please contact the office on 01256 768 687 or and we will arrange to get one to you.

Garden waste collections will resume for existing subscribers mid-June. Hart District Council will be writing to all customers with full details, including their start date, a revised expiry date for their subscription to allow for the pause in service and how excess green waste will be handled.

Unfortunately, they are unable to take new garden waste sign-ups at this time but will let residents know when this service is available.

For more information click here

May 192020
 

Please see the below update from our Local Beat Team regarding cars being stolen and steps you can take to prevent you from becoming a victim.  Please continue to report suspicious behaviour by phone using 101 or online at https://www.hampshire.police.uk/ro/report/.

“We have recently seen an increase in theft of motor vehicle offences with vehicles being taken without the keys. This is believed to be as a result of equipment being used to amplify your key’s signal. There are some measures you can take to prevent this type of theft.
* Secure your vehicle in a garage where possible
* Use physical barriers to block your vehicle in.
* Secure your keys in a secure location within your home. Leaving your key’s at the rear of a property, furthest from the vehicle location, is recommended.
* Consider securing keys in a key signal blocking case. These can be purchased online. Alternatively a tin or aluminium case should be used.
* Consider the use of a steering lock or car cover. This will significantly slow down or deter an offender.
Our colleagues in Thames Valley Police are also seeing similar offences and are leading this investigation.
We will be increasing our patrol activity around residential areas over the coming weeks and we would ask you to support our efforts by reporting any suspicious activity via 101. Should you suspect a crime in progress or that is imminent, call 999.”

For more information, follow the local beat team (Hart North Police) on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HartNorthPolice

May 152020
 

In line with the Prime Ministers announcement on 10th May we have reopened our Tennis Courts and MUGA (Multi Use Games Area).   These facilities are free for residents to use on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • You CAN use these facilities:
    • with people from your own household; or
    • two people, from two different households play, as long as they are staying two metres apart.
  • You CANNOT use the facilities:
    • if you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating.
    • with members of your household plus any person from outside the household, playing sport together.

PLAYERS MUST MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES  – If social distancing in not observed, we reserve the right to close these facilities.

Please observe social distancing and wait outside the court area, when waiting for a court.  Please be considerate to others wishing to use the courts and limit your games accordingly.

Follow hygiene guidance and clean/wash your hands at soon as possible after using these facilities.

The Community Centre is remaining closed (along with all our play areas and Skate Park) therefore, there are no handwashing or Toilet facilities available on site

May 142020
 

The Echo Hotel Music Club (EHMC) has increased in popularity since it started last year so it is sad to see the 2020 programme being cut short, but it is definitely the right thing to do, to ensure everyone remains safe. We hope that EHMC can return bigger and better in 2021.

Press release from EHMC:

We hope everyone is well and continuing to stay safe.

After much deliberating and watching how the Coronavirus situation has developed, we have decided that it is very unlikely that gigs are going to be feasible before the end of the year at the earliest. Therefore, it is with great sadness that we are cancelling the rest of the gig programme for 2020. Foremost in our minds has been the safety of our audiences, bands and our team of volunteers.

So…

For those who have bought tickets via Ticketsource, you will get refunded automatically. For those who bought tickets in any other way (e.g. cash) please contact us on 07810 893564 to agree how we can refund you.

We have decided to do it this way, rather than just reschedule the gigs in 2021 with existing tickets, because of the uncertainty of dates in terms of any on-going restrictions, band availability and the commitments of our audience members. We have already had discussions about rescheduling with the 2020 bands and it is hoped that we will be able to new dates with all of them.

May 142020
 

We have been made aware of a Hampshire charity called Butterflies Bereavement. They offer a range of bereavement support services and a friendship buddies service across the county. They help those who have been bereaved recently or over the years who are struggling with life.

They are open 7 days a week.
Their contact numbers are:
023 8 1550 066
Or
07889 009 393

For more information, go to their website www.butterfliesbereavement.co.uk

May 122020
 

We do hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weather at the weekend and were able to celebrate VE Day whilst Social Distancing. We would love to see pictures of what you did to celebrate. We would also like to see your pictures of what you have been doing during lockdown.

Send them to . We would look to use these on our Website, Social Media and other Parish Council publications.

May 072020
 

Lots of activities are planned for the day that all can be undertaken without leaving your home.

10:30am – To mark the 75th anniversary of victory for Europe over Germany in the Second World War, Hampshire County Council is celebrating with a specially produced video with personal reflections and a special performance from the Military Wives Choir – This will be shown on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/hantsconnect/), YouTube (https://youtu.be/Vi8EOAv3QxE) and on their Website https://www.hants.gov.uk/

11am – 2 minutes silence on your doorstep

3pm – Churchill’s historic speech will be shown on the BBC

4pm  – Grab a picnic blanket and head for your front garden (if you have one) for Tea and scones\Coffee and Cake

6pm Dinner and raise your glass to your Neighbours

9pm Nationwide sing a long to “We’ll meet again” with the Royal British Legion after the Queen’s address.

Please enjoy yourselves but remember to adhere to social distancing rules throughout the day.VE Day – Friday 8th May