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

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
Aug 162018
 

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

Please click on the poster below for more information.

Hook Parish Council – Councillor Co-option Poster August 2018

Jul 192018
 

Over 2000 people ventured out to enjoy the sunshine at the Hook Village Show and Craft Fayre, last weekend.  Local MP, Mr Ranil Jayawardena opened the show and Cove Brass Band got the afternoon off on a musical note again this year.

Numerous events took place in the central arena and families were captivated by the sheepdog show.  Sadly, Sweep was unwell, so Flight (who is still in training) delighted the crowds by herding a group of geese back into their pen.  Mighty Smith, the World’s 5th Strongest Man, engaged everyone by pitting his strength against willing volunteers.  The 90Kg medicine ball was too heavy for the local dads, who braved the challenge and the kids had a fun time trying to pull Mighty Smith’s hands apart in a double tug of war.  The Karen Blackburn Dance Academy wowed the crowds with its beautiful dance routines.

There was lots of entertainment for younger visitors to enjoy, including a miniature steam train, a coconut shy, throw a bean bag at tin cans, feed and pet the donkeys, climb aboard a vintage bus and squirt a fire engine hose.

Visitors of all ages enjoyed the vintage car display and numerous stalls selling plants, china, food, toys etc.  The Craft Fayre, held in the Community Centre, was packed with stalls selling unusual or unique, handmade items and accessories.

Even the four-legged family members were not forgotten.  Pampered pooches participated in a fun dog show and competed for prizes in categories such as the waggiest tail, best six legs (dog & owner) and cutest puppy.

Frimley Park Hospital Radio compered the event and did a great job playing feel-good summer tunes throughout.

Hook Parish Council would like to express thanks to the main organisers, Hook and Odiham Lions, without whose time and organisational skills the event would not have been 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 its 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!”

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