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

Jan 062019
 

Happy New Year

The Councillors and Staff of Parish Council would like to wish all of our residents a happy New Year.  We have lots of exciting new things planned for 2019, so look out for updates in the usual places – Hook Focus, noticeboards, our website, the App and on Facebook.

Christmas Trees

Thank you to Hortus Loci for providing the two large Christmas trees in Hook that have been on display at Grand Parade and at Hook Community Centre during December.  Thanks also go to Tesco, and particularly to Sandra Tidy, who organised decorating the tree on Grand Parade and a lovely carol service, around the tree, on the 8th December, along with hot chocolate, mince pies for everyone who came along to join in.  It was a lovely community event and had a good turnout, despite the cold, damp weather.

Community Christmas Lunch

At the time of writing, the 2018 Hook Community Christmas Lunch is in the final stages of planning.  We are expecting around 25 people, who expect to be alone on Christmas Day to join in the fun.  This year, the larger number of guests meant moving the lunch into the Community Centre, having outgrown Hartletts Café (last years’ venue).  Thank you to all the residents and businesses who have either donated time, money or goods to this event.

Neighbourhood Plan Consultations

The Neighbourhood Plan is nearly complete.  The consultation period closed on the 20th December and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering group is now collating the responses.  Any necessary changes will be made, ready for it to be approved for submission to the next stage in the process early in the New Year.

Hook Live

Last Summer Hook Parish Council (HPC) ran a survey on what activities and entertainments Hook residents would like to see in our Village.  There was a good response with significant support for more live music.  Consequently, HPC is delighted to announce that it has established ‘Hook Live!’, a managed, branded vehicle to organise and co-ordinate the calendar of future HPC-sponsored live entertainment for the village.

As part of that initiative, the ‘Echo Hotel Music Club’ has been established to focus on events or gigs by original music artists and bands.  HPC has been very proactive in kick-starting this exciting new venture.  Events are already being advertised through the dedicated ’Hook Live!’ and ‘Echo Hotel Music Club’ Facebook pages, the HPC App, Hook Focus magazine, posters and leaflets around the village.

Gigs hosted by the ‘Echo Hotel Music Club’ will be held (mostly) at the Elizabeth Hall.   The programme kicks off on Saturday 16 February 2019 at 7pm, with the much in-demand music-festival favourites, the Rufus Black band, supported by the exciting new talent of Jade Danielle Williams.  Check out just how good these bands are by reading their biographies, view videos of them performing live and buy event tickets online via the links on the ‘Echo Hotel Music Club’ Facebook page – see below.

Future gigs already confirmed are:

  • Sunday 10 March 2019: Xander and the Peace Pirates + Support
  • Saturday 20 April 2019: Jo Harman + guest(s)
  • Saturday 28 September 2019: Sari Schorr

All these bands are recording artists that are in great demand on the live music circuit and fill halls and concert venues all over the country and abroad.  So, get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.  Not only will you enjoy a rocking night of great music, performed by brilliant musicians, you will also be able to meet the artists themselves afterwards.

See you at the first gig!

Find our more at  –     https://www.facebook.com/Hookliveevents  or  https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/

Recycling Christmas Trees

Between Monday 7th January and Friday 1st February, Hart District Council are again running 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 will be:

  • Crossways Car Park, Hook (By the doctors)

There will be other collection points across the Hart District.  Please contact Hart on 01252 622122 or www.hart.gov.uk/waste-recycling for more information on these .

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.

Dates for your diary 2019

  •  Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Rufus Black and Jade Danielle Williams – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 16th February, 7.00 pm – 11.00 pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Xander and the Peace Pirates – Elizabeth Hall on Sunday 10 March, 7:30pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Jo Harman + guest(s) – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 20 April, 7:30pm – 11pm
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 1st May, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Village Show (in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions) – Hartletts Park on 7th July
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Sari Schorr – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 28 September, 7:30pm – 11pm
Jan 012019
 

The Councillors and Staff of the Parish Council would like to wish all of our residents a Happy New Year. We have lots of exciting new things planned for 2019, so look out for updates in the usual places – Hook Focus, noticeboards, our website, the App and on Facebook

Dec 272018
 

Hook Live

You may have completed the events survey delivered to every household by Hook Parish Council (HPC) in the Spring. There will be information in the January Focus about a new initiative, called Hook Live! that resulted from this

The Hook Live! Brand is an umbrella for what we hope will develop into a wide range of live entertainment. The first part of the programme, will be delivered under the name ‘Echo Hotel Music Club’, which has been established to focus on events or gigs by original music artists and bands. You can check this out via the ’Hook Live!’ and ‘Echo Hotel Music Club’ Facebook pages. More information will also follow via the Hook App, Hook Focus magazine, posters and leaflets around the village.

Gigs hosted by the ‘Echo Hotel Music Club’ will be held (mostly) at the Elizabeth Hall. The programme kicks off on Saturday 16 February 2019 at 7pm, with a band much in-demand and a music-festival favourite, the Rufus Black band. They will be supported by an exciting new talent of Jade Danielle Williams. Check out just how good these bands are by reading their biographies, view videos of them performing live and buy event tickets online via the links on the ‘Echo Hotel Music Club’ Facebook page – see below.

Future gigs already confirmed are

– Sunday 10 March 2019:
Xander and the Peace Pirates + Support

– Saturday 20 April 2019:
Jo Harman + guest(s)

– Saturday 28 September 2019:
Sari Schorr

All these bands are recording artists that are in great demand on the live music circuit and fill halls and concert venues all over the country and abroad. So, get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Not only will you enjoy a rocking night of great music, performed by brilliant musicians, you will also be able to meet the artists themselves afterwards.

For more information and to book tickets via the events section, please go to the following Facebook Pages.

https://www.facebook.com/Hookliveevents

https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/

Dec 192018
 

BBC Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge came to Hook

Over 2000 people braved the cold to welcome the BBC Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge to Hook on Sunday 11th November.  It was lovely to see so much support for this charity.  Matt Baker was so impressed he commented that “Hook is one of the friendliest places I have ever been to”.

Despite finishing later than expected (around 7:30pm) all the riders, Pudsey, Matt Baker and the team came and spoke to many of the well-wishers and took selfies with those who wanted them, before heading off for some well-earned rest.

Pudsey entertained the crowds and showed off his “flossing” moves and BBC Radio Solent compered the event.

Debra Davies (Vice Chairman of Hook Parish Council), Marian Bright (Senior Administrative Officer) and George Evans (a local student) presented a cheque for £100 on behalf of the Parish Council to Matt Baker.

The team were back at the school the on Monday 12th November at 6:15am ready to set off to Royal Wootton Bassett.  Thank you to those of you who got up early to come and see them off.  Your support was really appreciated.

Community Christmas Lunch

The Hook Community Christmas Lunch will be hosted by Hook Parish Council and the small band of volunteers again this year.  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 Hartletts Café, Hook Community Centre from 12 noon until 3pm.  If would like to come along for Christmas lunch and join in the fun, please contact the Parish Council ASAP.

Councillor Vacancy Filled

At the October Parish Council meeting Verd Nabbs was appointed as a Parish Councillor.  Verd has lived in Hook since 2004 and is married with two grown up daughters.  He is now retired, following a career in the IT Industry.  An active member of Rock Choir he has performed at a range of gigs both large and small. He has a passion for live music and in performing arts.  Following the results of the Parish Council Events Survey earlier in the year, he is taking the lead in creating a programme of events, tapping into a network of musicians and enthusiasts.  He is keen to hear from anyone who is interested in assisting him in developing an exciting programme of events for Hook.

Neighbourhood Plan Consultations

The Neighbourhood Plan is nearly complete, and a six-week consultation period commenced on 8th November.  The Regulation 14 consultation is the last opportunity for residents and statutory consultees to comment on the plan, before it is submitted to Hart District Council, for them to progress the Plan to Adoption, after which it will become Planning Policy

It is important to have as many residents as possible comment on the Plan.  You can download the Plan, supporting documents and comment form at:http://neighbourhoodplan.hook.gov.uk/regulation-14-consultation/ .  (Paper copies are available from the Parish Office on request).

Please ensure that your comments are submitted by midday on Friday 20th December 2018.

E-mail your completed form or comments to :  or by post c/o The Executive Officer, Hook  Parish Council, Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft RG27 9NN.

Office Closure Dates

Please be aware that the Parish Council Office will close at 12 noon on Friday 21st December and will re-open at 9am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.  In an emergency, please phone 07931 744266

Lock up and keep property safe

With Christmas around the corner, thieves are often attracted by the visible gifts around the tree so this is a time to ensure that you secure your property. Small steps can help.  Free advice can be obtained from https://www.bluelamptrust.org.uk/Bobby_Scheme or https://www.police.uk/crime-prevention-advice/burglary/

Register your valuables with the national tagging service at www.immobilise.com/.  This assists Police in returning your property should any stolen items subsequently be recovered.  If you have a bike you can also registering it at www.bikeregister.com

Christmas Refuse collections

At the time of writing, Hart District Council have not confirmed their Christmas Collection Dates or, when and where their Christmas Tree Recycling will be.  As soon as we have this information, we will put it out via Facebook, our App and on Noticeboards.

Please remember that wrapping paper, shredded paper, plastic packaging cannot be recycled so these materials need to go in the black bins.

Hart District Council will empty green glass collection 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.   If you prefer to have a wheeled glass bin, they are available from Hart District Council and cost £30.

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

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

Dates for your diary 2018-2019

 2018

  • Hook Community Christmas Lunch – Hook Community Centre on 25th December 2018, 12 – 3pm

2019

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 1st May 2019, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Village Show – Hartletts Park on 7th July 2019
Nov 062018
 

The BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge 2018 has launched with a new rickshaw, a new team, and a new route that will travel through Hart and stop overnight in Hook.

A team of six young people, all of whom have been supported by BBC Children in Need-funded projects, will be joined by The One Show’s Matt Baker on the eight day challenge. The team will cycle a 423 mile route, starting on Friday 9 November in Calais, France.

Team Rickshaw will cycle into Hook on Sunday 11 November.  They are expected to get to Hook between 6 -7 pm, arriving via Station Road, London Road, Griffin Way and Ravenscroft on their way to the Hook Junior School playground (via the Community Centre Car Park) at around 7pm.  Please come out and support the team and see this year’s new Rickshaw in person.

Cllr Wendy Makepeace-Browne, Chairman of Hart District Council said: “The Rickshaw Challenge is such a fun event and raises a huge amount of money for Children in Need, so it is exciting that Hart can play a part this year. I hope our residents come out to cheer on Team Rickshaw, and better still, do join in with the new public initiative!”

This year the public are being asked to take on their own cycling challenge to raise money and `Ride with Team Rickshaw’ with support from cycling app Strava. The public can do their own cycling challenge by logging their miles through the app, and Strava will automatically add their distance to the collective total.

Lynn Martin, Headteacher of Hook Junior School said: “This is a great opportunity for the children at the school and the local community in Hook to help raise money for Children in Need. We hope as many people as possible will come out to show their support.”

Since 2011, The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge has raised over £21 million for BBC Children in Need, with every penny going on to make a difference to the lives of children and young people across the UK who need it most.

Cllr Jane Worlock, Chairman of Hook Parish Council said: “Hook Parish Council is thrilled and delighted to be able to welcome the BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge to Hook on the 11 November.”

You will be able to follow Team Rickshaw’s progress on The One Show and the full route, including a real-time update of the rickshaw’s progress, is also available at online at http://pudsey.viewranger.com/

Nov 062018
 

Closure of Hartletts Park

The Annual Hook Schools Parents Association Fire Show and Fireworks will take place on Saturday 3rd 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.

BBC Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge

The Parish Council is delighted and very excited to welcome the BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge to the village on the 11th November.  We would love to know if any Hook residents, companies or teams will be taking part, either riding with the rickshaw or doing their own challenge.

Please keep an eye out for more announcements on the Parish Council Facebook page and the News section of the App.

For more information on the Rickshaw Challenge and how to take part please go to
https://rickshaw.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/index.html

Remembrance Sunday

The Annual service at the Church and Memorial will take place on Sunday 11th 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 12 noon.

As this year is the 100 years since the end of the First World, to mark this occasion the Parish Council has installed a new bench at the War Memorial, and will be raising the Union Jack Flag on the new Flagpole at the Community Centre.  Our kind thanks to Rawlings Transport for funding the Flag Pole to the Parish Council

The Hook Scouts/Guides, St John’s Church and other groups are also marking the centenary.

Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan is moving forward apace. There are only minor details still to be agreed eg. the photos and maps to be used.  The final draft is expected to be approved by the Parish Council on 7th November 2018.

A six-week consultation period will follow, when residents and statutory consultees will be given the opportunity to comment on the plan.

The dates and consultation venues will be published on the Parish Council noticeboards, website (www.hook.gov.uk) and http://neighbourhoodplan.hook.gov.uk/.

It is important to have as many residents come along to the consultation events to tell the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group what you think.

Community Christmas

Bookings are still available for the Community Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day.  Anyone, of any age, who will be alone on Christmas Day is welcome.  Please join the party and tuck in to 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.

New Parish Councillor

It was anticipated that the Councillor vacancy would be filled at the October Council meeting, but as the only candidate was unable to attend that Meeting, he will not now be appointed at the November meeting.   A brief resume about the new councillor will be in December’s Focus.

Dates for your diary 2018-2019

 2018

  • HSPA Fireworks – Hook Junior School on 3rd November 2018 from 5pm
  • Quiz Night, Hook Community Centre on Saturday, 17 November 2018, 7pm – 10pm
  • Tea with Santa – Hook Community Centre on 10th & 12th December 2018, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Christmas – Hook Community Centre on 25th December 2018, 12 – 3pm

2019

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 1st May 2019, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Village Show – Hartletts Park on 7th July 2019
Oct 042018
 

Parish Council Community App

New information is being added to the App all the time.  There is now a Noticeboard section under “More” which contains all of the posters that are on the Parish Council Noticeboards.

With a number of key dates coming up (Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas),if you are holding an event in Hook, it can be advertised via the events section on the App for free.  Please email the details of your event to

Closure of Hartletts Park

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 for safety reasons.  Please remove all vehicles from the car park before 4pm, when the barrier will be locked.

Recent spate of burglaries – crime prevention

There has been a spate of domestic and commercial burglaries in the area over the summer.  The police believe the thieves were passing through several local communities, including Hook.  Please remain vigilant and ensure you secure your property and vehicles.  If you witness an incident or see something suspicious, please report it to 101.  Any information reported will enable the local Beat Team to target its patrols appropriately.

Members of the Parish Council attend the Quarterly Policing Meetings.  These meetings influence policing priorities for the next quarter, so if there is an ongoing issue that you would like the Parish Council to take to these meetings, please contact the Council office.

For more information on securing your property please go to https://www.police.uk/crime-prevention-advice/burglary/.  Also consider, registering your valuables with the national tagging service called ‘Immobilise’ at https://www.immobilise.com.  This assists the police in returning any stolen property recovered to its rightful owner.

Councillor Vacancy

At the time of writing, one co-option application had been received for the Councillor vacancy. If no other candidates apply by the 21st September, the Parish Council will appoint the new co-optee at the October Council meeting.

Village Events & Entertainment Survey Results 

Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey.  A total of 248 surveys were completed, which represents 7.75% of households, or 3.1% of residents.

The Parish Council is in the process of contacting those people who provided contact details and indicated that they would be willing to help organise an event/activity.  If you provided your details and have not yet received an email or call, please contact or 01256 768687.

Although there was support for a number of the smaller activities on the survey, the top five most popular events were:

  • Food festivals
  • Christmas market
  • Summer fetes
  • Evening cinema
  • Weekend cinema
  • Picnic in the park

A calendar of events for 2019 is currently being compiled.  If you would like to help develop more events in Hook, please contact the Parish Council.

Community Christmas

As mentioned in the last edition of Focus, the Parish Council will be hosting a Community Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day.  Anyone, of any age, who will be alone on Christmas Day is welcome to join the party and enjoy Christmas dinner, some fun, carol singing and 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 with the Parish Council office.

Scam Mail

Royal Mail have asked us to publicise to our community how to report Scam Mail.  Scam Mail typically involves professional fraudsters sending convincing letters that are designed to trick people out of money or other valuables.  Scam mail can include bogus competitions and fake prize draws.  The mail can be hard to spot.  Should you or anyone you know receive such mail, Royal Mail’s advice is to:

  • Write to FREEPOST SCAM MAIL (enclosing any items that are suspected of being scam mail)
  • Calling the Royal Mail Scam Mail Hotline 0800 0113 466
  • Emailing

Dates for your diary 2018-2019 

2018

  • Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – Hook Community Centre on 28th Sept, 10.00 – noon
  • Children’s Halloween Party – Elizabeth Hall on 26th October 2018, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
  • HSPA Fireworks – Hook Junior School on 3rd November 2018 from 5pm
  • Tea with Santa – Hook Community Centre on 10th & 12th December 2018, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Christmas – Hook Community Centre on 25th December 2018, 12 – 3pm

2019

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 1st May 2019, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Village Show – Hartletts Park on 7th July 2019
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