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.

Jun 212017
 

LOCAL PLAN

You will have received a leaflet through your door advising you of a consultation event that was held on Tuesday 2nd May from 2pm – 8pm. This was an event run by Hart District Council to discuss all aspects of the Hart Local Plan.

On Sunday 7th May, Hook Parish Council hosted a ‘drop – in’ at Elizabeth Hall to explain how the Hart Local Plan would affect Hook residents. This was well attended and it was great to see so many people taking an interest in how the village will grow over the coming years.

There are two further opportunities for you to see what the Hart Local Plan means for Hook residents.

  • The display boards from our ‘drop – in’ event can be viewed in the foyer of the Community Centre until the end of the Hart Local Plan consultation period on the 9th June.
  • Prior to the start of the Annual Village Meeting on Wednesday, 24th May at Hook Community Centre, our staff will be available to answer any questions between 7pm – 8:30pm (when the formal meeting starts). The Hook Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will be providing an update during the meeting.

Your response to the current draft Local Plan Consultation is essential, if you wish to share your views on the further development of Hook. Previous responses to earlier consultations will not be taken into account.

Please provide your comments via or by post to Hart District Council, Harlington Way, Fleet, GU51 4AW by 5pm on Friday, 9th June 2017, with a copy of your comments to Hook Parish Council (). Your comments will assist the Parish Council in forming its own response to Hart.

Our draft comments to Hart District Council will be published on our website on Thursday, 18th May; our final comments will be published on our website and submitted to Hart District Council on Thursday, 8th June. To assist resident in formulation their own response, the slides shown at the consultation and associated maps can be found on our website at:
http://hook.gov.uk/hook-local-plan-consultation-may-2017/

Please note: Slide 3 of the 2017 Local Plan Consultation Information – final document summarises the Parish Council’s main concerns regarding the Local Plan.

Once adopted, this Plan will become Planning Policy until 2032.

All residents of Hook need to respond to the Local Plan consultation to have their views taken into account by Hart District Council. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your say now.

HOOK VILLAGE SHOW

The Parish Council is organising external events in Hartletts Park for the Hook Village Show on Sunday, 10th September. If any local organisations would like a stall at the show, please email Cllr. Terrey via:  All show proceeds will be donated to Hook in Bloom.

DOG FOULING AND LITTERING

With the lighter evenings, there has been a significant increase in complaints regarding dog fouling and littering in Hook, in particular at Bassetts Mead. Please keep this area pleasant for all who use it by picking up your litter and after your dog. Free Dog Poo bags are available from the Parish Council office weekdays from 9.00am –12 noon.

From Monday, 8th May, Hart District Council are having a crackdown on Litter and Dog Fouling, as part of their “stop it, don’t drop it” initiative. Litter Enforcement Officers will patrol the streets and open spaces within Hart and issue fines for anyone caught. There will be a £75 fine for littering (which includes cigarette butts and chewing gum) and £50 fine for dog fouling. The service is being provided by East Hampshire District Council and is self-funding. Please see link to Hart’s dedicated ‘stop it don’t drop it’ page for more information: www.hart.gov.uk/stop-it-dont-drop-it

IMPORTANT DATE 

Thursday, 8th June – Hook Parish Councils final comments on the Local Plan available on our website.   Don’t forget to submit your responses to Hart District Council by 9th June.

Events at hook community centre:

 Hook Village Show – Sunday, 10th September 2017, 12 noon – 5.00pm

 

 

May 102017
 

HOOK’S HEALTH & WELLBEING EVENT

A FREE event on Saturday 20th May at Hook Community Centre from 11am to 5pm:

  • Over 30 exhibitors featuring the Police ‘Battle Bus’ with children activities, Sexual Health Team, exercise and other local groups
  • FREE First aid and Defibrillator training
  • Talks on Meditation, Health and Nutrition, the Princess Trust for Carers, Hampshire Constabulary and more
  • Tesco will be hosting a snack area selling drinks and light bites e.g. pizza, sausage rolls, homemade cakes (made by the Hook in Bloom volunteers) with all proceeds from the snack area going to Hook in Bloom
  • The Base will be providing entertainment and free fruit kebabs for children (6 yrs +) from 12 noon – 2pm, so parents can attend talks and browse the exhibition without distraction
  • There is an opportunity for all to try out our ‘Smoothie Bike’ and create a delicious fruit drink whilst exercising.

The talks and demonstrations have limited capacity and, last year, the First Aid training proved extremely popular. Therefore, please arrive early to secure your place.

Again, we are able to hold this event, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund ‘Awards for All’ grant scheme. Last year’s feedback from both exhibitors and visitors revealed that it was a great village networking opportunity.

Leaflets detailing the timetable for the talks and demonstrations will be coming through your door soon. Details will also be on our website and Facebook page.

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING

The Annual Village Meeting is on Wednesday 24th May. Of special interest this year is the Hart Local Plan and concept ideas for replacement of the Wellworth Park play equipment. These will be displayed prior to the main exhibition, when members of the Council will also be available. Timings for the evening are:

    • 7.00 – 8.00 pm            Local Plan and play area display
    • 8.00 – 8.30 pm            Reception and exhibition
    • 8.30 -10.00 pm           Welcome and formal meeting

 

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 and to have your say in ‘Hook’ matters.

HART LOCAL PLAN

Hart District Council announced that the six week consultation period on the Hart Local Plan will commence on the 26th April; we encourage residents to respond. Hook Parish Council will be holding a public consultation on Sunday 7th May between 11am – 4pm in Hall 3 at Elizabeth Hall. This will provide an opportunity to discuss Hart’s proposals with Parish Councillors, before the Council formulates its response to Hart’s Local Plan consultation. The proposals for Hook can also be viewed at the Annual Village Meeting. Information will remain on display outside the Parish Council Office at Hook Community Centre, until the end of the full consultation period. Please see Hart District Council and Hook Parish Councils’ websites for more information.

HOOK VILLAGE SHOW

The Parish Council is organising the Hartletts Park area of the Hook Village Show on Sunday 10th September. A group of councillors has formed a working party and if any local organisations would like a stand at the show please email Chris Terrey on the special email address he has set up for the purpose – All proceeds from the event will go to Hook in Bloom.

SAVE THE DATES 

  • Hart Local Plan consultation – Sunday 7th May 2017, 11am – 4pm
  • Hook Health & Wellbeing Day – Saturday, 20th May 2017, 11am – 5pm
  • Hook Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday, 24th May 2017, 7pm
  • Hook Village Show – Sunday, 10th September 2017, noon – 5pm

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Apr 122017
 

HOOK’S HEALTH & WELLBEING EVENT

Don’t forget to put Hook’s Health and Wellbeing Day on Saturday 20th May from 11.00am – 5.00pm, in Hook Community Centre in your diary. Hosted by the Parish Council, it is free to both exhibitors and visitors, and already nearly 30 exhibitors have signed up!

We are able hold the event again this year, thanks to the grant from the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All grant schemes.  Last year’s feedback revealed that it was a great village networking opportunity, whether visiting or exhibiting.  The event is a great chance to interact with, and find out about the great activities, organisations, charities and clubs operating in Hook. There are just a few spaces left so if your charity or organisation would like a free table please

In addition to stands, there will be free first aid training, including how and when to use the defibrillator, first aid training and a host of other demonstrations.  Refreshments will be available with proceeds going to Hook in Bloom.  More details in future editions of Hook Focus.

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING

The Agenda for the Annual Village Meeting, on 24th May, will be published later in April.  If you are involved with a local organisation and would like the opportunity to exhibit, please contact the Parish Council office as soon as possible.  We are anticipating updates on both the Neighbourhood and Local Plans being a focus of the event.

WELLWORTH PARK

Designs are being prepared by 3-4 play equipment providers for replacement of the Wellworth Park play area.  These will be on display for comment at the Annual Village meeting (see save the dates).  Please come along and give us your views and preferences.

HART LOCAL PLAN

At the time of writing, the date for publication of the Draft Hart District Local Plan is not clear, but we believe it will be during April.  Once published, there will be a six week consultation period.  To enable Parish Councillors to prepare a response, we wish to hear the views of residents.  In anticipation that the Plan will be available during April, we have provisionally arranged a display and consultation on Sunday 7th May in Hall 3 at Elizabeth Hall.  Please check our noticeboards and website for confirmation of this date, in case publication of the draft Local Plan is delayed.

HOOK HOPPA AND LOCAL TRANSPORT

Although Capital Cars has renewed their operator license, usage numbers for the Hook Hoppa no longer justify the level of expense.  We have been in contact with the regular users to assess their needs and the type of service that could be put in place instead of the Hoppa.  If you have a specific need for transport in order to access services or facilities within Hook we would like to hear from you as soon as possible.

A Hart wide transport survey is being planned, in conjunction with other Parish and Town Councils.  Watch out for more information on how to participate.

HOOK VILLAGE SHOW

Following the Parish Council’s decision to become more involved with Hook Village Show, a councillor lead working party has been formed.  The group will help with the organisation of the Hartletts Park area for the show being held on Sunday 10th September.  If any local organisations would like a stand at the show please email Councillor Chris Terrey on the special email address he has set up for the purpose –   All proceeds from the event will go to Hook In Bloom.

HELP SAVE THE HOOK CHRISTMAS CRACKER

This popular community event is entirely run by volunteers and a great deal of effort goes into making the Hook Christmas Cracker such a success.   After a number of years of excellent work, some members of the organising team are standing down.  We offer our thanks and good wishes go to them all.

Without enough people to organise the various aspects of the event, it is at risk of not taking place in December 2017.  To secure the future of the Cracker, a number of people will need to join the remaining team.

The roles needed are: attracting sponsors, advertising/marketing, website and social media management, communications, stall holder bookings, treasurer and booking performers/ entertainment.

If you are interesting in offering your help with any aspect of the organisation, please email:  

KEEP CALM AND CHAT TO A COUNCILLOR

If you would like to have an informal chat with a Parish Councillor, please join us in Hartletts Café on Tuesday 27th April.

HOOK FUN RUN

We are very pleased to see the Hook Fun Run return to Hartletts Park; now the events permanent home.  This year it will be held on Sunday 21st May 2017.  All such community events need volunteer help, none more so than the Fun Run with marshals needed to cover 13 miles of courses plus people to handle baggage, information and safety in Hartletts Park.   If you, or someone you know, is able to spare an hour or two to help please contact the team via http://hookfunrun.com/contact-us/

SAVE THE DATES

Events at hook community centre:

Hook Health & Wellbeing Day – Saturday, 20th May 2017, 11.00am – 5.00pm

  • Hook Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday, 24th May 2017, 7.30pm
  • Hook Village Show – Sunday, 10th September 2017, noon – 5.00pm
Mar 062017
 

HEALTH & WELLBEING EVENT

After the success of last year’s event, the Parish Council will host another Health & Wellbeing Day on Saturday, 20th May between 11.00am – 5.00pm in Hook Community Centre, thanks to a Big Lottery Fund grant. The event is free to both exhibitors and visitors.  Last year’s feedback revealed that the day provided a great village networking opportunity, whether visiting or exhibiting.

The day is a great chance to interact with and find out about the great organisations, activities, charities and clubs operating in Hook. If your charity or organisation would like a free display/demo space please email:

In addition to display stands, there will be training on how and when to use the defibrillator, first aid training and a host of other demonstrations.  Refreshments will be available with proceeds going to Hook in Bloom. More details in future editions of Hook Focus.

Coinciding with our event, Hart have a Wellbeing focused Festival from 7 – 21st May, aimed at helping more people to get more active, more often.    This is a two week programme of discounted or free physical activity sessions across Hart and Rushmoor.  Watch out for publicity about the programme of events.

Keeping with the wellbeing theme, to coincide with National No Smoking Day on 8th March, Hook Parish Council is supporting Hart in introducing a voluntary code of non-smoking in children’s playgrounds and open spaces in Hook.  Signs will put up in all our play areas, politely asking people not to smoke whilst in the play area.  Your support in making this initiative a success is much appreciated.

 HART LOCAL PLAN

Representatives of Hook Parish Council attended Hart District Council’s Cabinet meeting, held on the 9th February 2017, to consider the latest draft of the Local Plan. The target for new homes was agreed and the draft Local Plan based on these allocations was authorised to progress to consultation in accordance with Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning Act, scheduled for March 2017. The agreed allocation for consultation can be viewed in the minutes of the Hart Cabinet meeting via:  http://www.hart.gov.uk/February-Meetings.

COUNCILLOR JANE BONNIN

 On 16th February, current and past Councillors joined celebrations to mark the 35th anniversary of Jane Bonnin becoming a Parish Councillor.  Jane moved to Hook in 1976 with her young family.  Since joining the Council Jane has served as Chairman of the Council, Chairman of the Planning & Staff Committees.  She also developed the Council’s website and IT systems.  In addition, she has been involved in a wide range of activities with local organisations and societies

When asked for comment on reaching this landmark anniversary, Jane said “in 1982, when I first took my seat on Hook Parish Council, Hook was less than a third of the size it is now. We had the old Elizabeth Hall and the King George V Playing Field, but no other facilities. It’s been a great privilege working with successive teams of Parish Councillors and staff to seize opportunities for making improvements and providing new facilities such as the Community Centre and Hartletts Park, as Hook has grown”.

COMMUNITY AWARD NOMINATIONS

Do you know anyone who should be recognised with the Hook Community Award?  Service to the community, for which the award is to be considered, must have been on an entirely voluntary basis, over a sustained period. Previous nominations that did not result in an award will not be carried forward, so please re-nominate. Nominations should be emailed to by 31st March 2017.

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING 24th MAY

The format of the AVM, with an exhibition and displays from local organisations followed by formal reports and questions, has not changed for several years.  We would like to hear residents’ views on the format and what other activities, presentations or speakers may be of interest future meetings.

HOOK VILLAGE SHOW 10TH SEPTEMBER

The Parish Council will be more involved with Hook Village Show.  A group of councillors have formed a working party to plan the activities taking place in Hartletts Park. If any organisations would like a stand at the show please email:  All proceeds from the event will support Hook In Bloom.

KEEP CALM AND CHAT TO A COUNCILLOR

If you would like to have an informal chat with a Parish Councillor about anything relating to Hook, please join us in Hartletts Café on the 4th Tuesday of every month in from 6 – 7pm. The next one is on Tuesday 28th March, followed by 27th April 2017.

SAVE THE DATES 

events at hook community centre:

  • Hook Health & Wellbeing Day – Saturday, 20th May 2017, 11.00am – 5.00pm
  • Hook Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday, 24th May 2017, 7.30pm
  • Hook Village Show – Sunday, 10th September 2017, noon – 5.00pm

 

Feb 062017
 

COUNCIL PRECEPT 2017-18

At the January Parish Council meeting the Parish Precept for 2017–18 was set at £330,400 (£321,400 in 2016 -17).  This means a total rise for an average Band D household of £1.07 pence.

The Precept covers the running costs of the services provided by the Parish Council and management of all its land, facilities and services provided.  We continue to offer free pre-application planning consultations.  We continue work closely on the development of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan and emerging Hart Local 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 and secure them for the long term.

NEW COUNCILLOR

Chris Terrey was co-opted to the Council on 4th January.  He moved to Hook in 2015.  Chris has 35 years’ experience in the civil service, particularly in central government, having worked in the Cabinet Office and the Prime Minister’s Office.  He is currently a Director of Hook Village Halls Charitable Association and a member of The Base committee.  He is also assisting in the creation of the Hook Shed club.

Chris said ‘I am keen to serve my local community and have a particular interest in the Third Age and local issues.

NEW OFFICE TEAM MEMBER

Hook Parish Council welcomes Pam Mercer to the Parish Council office. Pam is the new Community Engagement Officer and, in addition to being responsible for the website and all aspects of the Council’s social media strategy, she will be involved with community activities such as the Health & Wellbeing Event, Annual Village Meeting and production of the HPC Annual Report.

RE-ORGANISATION

The new Community Engagement Officer position is as a result of an independent review of Hook Parish Council by HALC (Hampshire Association of Local Councils) to ensure that the Council is well placed to meet the growing needs of the community. Following this review, the committees of the Council and reporting procedures were re-structured. In addition, to meet modern day practice, the role of Parish Clerk has been renamed ‘Executive Officer’.

HOOK HOPPA

Due to circumstances beyond our control, at the end of January, Capital Cars suspended the Hook Hoppa service due to an issue with the Operator License.  Anyone affected by this service suspension should contact the Parish Council office.

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS

After the resounding success of the 2016 Community Christmas Lunch, the Parish Council will host another in 2017. There’s no need to be alone next Christmas – just make a date in the diary to join us on Monday 25th December. Hook’s 2016 Community Christmas was made possible thanks to the kindness and generosity of Hook Fun Run & Road Races, Trees Newsagents, Bell Cornwell, Hook Lions, Whitewater Pharmacy, William Grant & Sons, Tesco, Rawlings, Taylor Wimpey, Jonathan Glen via his Hampshire County Council Councillors’ Fund and all the dedicated volunteers, who gave their time to make sure all who attended had a wonderful time. Thank you everyone for your fantastic support!

HOOK’S HEALTH & WELLBEING EVENT

After the success of last year’s event, thanks to the Big Lottery Fund grant, another Health & Wellbeing Event will be held in 2017.  This will be hosted by the Parish Council on Saturday, 20th May between 11.00am – 5.00pm and is free to both exhibitors and visitors. This is a great chance to interact with and find all about the great activities, organisations, charities and clubs operating in Hook.

Feedback from last year revealed that it was a great village networking event, whether visiting or exhibiting. In addition to stands, there will be training on how and when to use the defibrillator, first aid training and a host of other demonstrations.  Refreshments will be available with proceeds going to Hook in Bloom. More details will appear in next month’s Hook Focus.

COMMUNITY AWARDS

Do you know anyone who should be recognised with the Hook Community Award? The only firm rule is that service to the community, for which the award is to be considered, must have been 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. Nominations should be emailed to by 31st March 2017.

KEEP CALM AND CHAT TO A COUNCILLOR

If you would like to have an informal chat with a Parish Councillor about anything relating to Hook, please join us in Hartletts Café on the 4th Tuesday of every month in from 6 – 7 pm. The next one is on Tuesday 4th January. Further dates are:

  • 28th February 2017
  • 28th March 2017

SAVE THE DATES

Events at Hook Community Centre:

  • Children’s Animal & Wildlife Fun Day (Free) – Monday 20th February 2017, 11.30am – pm
  • Hook Health & Wellbeing Day – Saturday, 20th May 2017, 11.00am – 5.00pm
  • Hook Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday, 24th May 2017, 7.30pm
Jan 092017
 

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

So much was achieved as a community in 2016 and the final success story of the year was the Christmas Community Lunch. Volunteers and guests joined forces to enjoy a wonderful time at Hook Community Centre on Christmas Day.  This was organised by the Parish Council’s Health and Wellbeing Group with sponsorship from Bell Cornwell, Cllr. Jonathan Glen, Hook Fun Run, Hook & Odiham Lions, Rawlings Transport, Taylor Wimpey, Tesco, Trees Newsagents and Wm. Grant & Sons. This will be an annual event, so if you or anybody you know are on their own and would like to join in next year, please put Monday 25th December in your diary and register your interest with the Parish Council.

RECYCLING CHRISTMAS TREES

If you have a real Christmas tree, please dispose of it sensibly. You can ring 7th Bramshill Hook Scout Group on 01256 469236 from 9am on 4th – 6th January and they will collect it on 7th January for a small donation of £3.50. Just leave your tree outside your property with an envelope containing your donation tied to the tree.

You can also take the tree to Crossways Car Park, Reading Road, between Tuesday 3rd January and Monday 30th January and place it in the cordoned-off area for Hart’s team to remove on a regular basis and recycle during January.  Alternatively, you can cut it up into small pieces and put it in your green waste bin or sack.

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.  All you have to do is enter the post code of where the problem is located, together with a short description and this will be forwarded to the correct authority for resolution.  Residents say this system is extremely efficient – within days of reporting a missing manhole cover in Station Road, a team from Hart cleared the railway bridge of weeds and debris and the cover was replaced before an accident occurred.

WHO DOES WHAT?

With several authorities and service companies involved in keeping Hook functioning efficiently, residents are not always sure to whom they should report problem or seek advice. Visit www.hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/ for the link to a list of useful contacts.

DEFIBRILLATORS

Did you know we have a defibrillator in the centre of Hook, with a second one due to be installed at the Community Centre?  Some residents have already received training and more training sessions are planned as part of the Health and Wellbeing Event in May.  Please register your interest in CPR/Defibrillator training with the Parish Council Office – you might just save someone’s life.

 BETTER BROADBAND IN HOOK?

We regularly receive enquiries from residents about high speed broadband provision and recognise that not all service providers can offer this throughout Hook.  One frequently recurring query is that whilst the Head Office of Virgin Media is located in Hook, Virgin does not provide a cable service in the village. Other areas in Hart that already have cable enjoy speeds up to 200 Mbps, compared with the 78 Mbps currently available, at best, in Hook.  After consulting Virgin Media, we understand that a faster broadband service is planned for Hook within the next 3 years.  However, the more people who register an interest in obtaining cable, the better the chance of accelerating this timeframe.  Spread the word to neighbours and friends to register an interest at: http://www.virginmedia.com/cablemystreet/.

NEW TEAM MEMBER

Hook Parish Council welcomes Annalie Hadfield to the office team. Annalie is the Administrative Officer responsible for planning and deals with the input and consultation of planning matters concerning Hook.

COMMUNITY AWARDS

Do you know anyone who should be recognised with the Hook Community Award? The only firm rule is that service to the community, for which the award is to be considered, must have been 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. Nominations should be emailed to by 31st March 2017.

SAVE THE DATES

Events at Hook Community Centre:

  • Children’s Animal and Wildlife Fun Day (Free) – Wednesday, 15th February 2017, 11.30am – 4pm
  • Hook Health and Wellbeing Day – Saturday, 20th May 2017
  • Hook Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday, 24th May 2017
Dec 082016
 

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS

It is all systems go for the Hook’s Community Christmas Lunch in support of Hook Parish Council’s theme for December – Combating Loneliness. Sadly, for many people, Christmas is a time that they feel most isolated, so in Hook we want to help alleviate this.

To book your place, to volunteer to help (before or on Christmas Day) or for donations, please call or email: by 16th December.

We need help with transport, cooking, serving, clearing away, organising carol singing and games.  We plan also e to have a Christmas tree and decorations.

A recent survey found that nearly half a million people will spend Christmas Day alone. The hope is that connections forged at this festive gathering can last, create friendships and enable those in the neighbourhood to avoid feelings of isolation in the future.

HOOK HOPPA

The new Hook Hoppa has seen an increase in repeat customers and new people using the service, but numbers are not currently sufficient to make the service viable long term.

We are looking at adjustments to the route, but for the service to be retained, it needs to be used frequently – remember the saying ‘use it or lose it’!

Copies of the timetable have been delivered to every household and are available at pick up points around Hook, including Tesco, doctors’ surgery and the Parish Council Office.

KEEP CALM AND CHAT TO A COUNCILLOR

If you would like to have an informal chat with a Parish Councillor about anything relating to Hook, please join us in Hartletts Café on the 4th Tuesday of every month in from 6 – 7pm. The next one is on Tuesday 4th January. Further dates are:

  • 28th February 2017
  • 28th March 2017

NEW COUNCILLOR

Lee Haddock was co-opted to the Council on 2nd November.  He moved to Hook in 2014, but has worked in Hook for 5 years.  He is married with two children.

He is a Director of a firm of Chartered Quantity Surveyors, so has a particular interest in the planning aspects of the parish Council’s work. His considerable experience will be of great benefit to Hook as it develops in the future.

CHRISTMAS PREPARATION and INFORMATION

For Christmas refuse collections please go to the Hart District website to find out when your rubbish will be collected – www.hart.gov.uk/household-waste.

If you have a real Christmas tree please dispose of it sensibly. Look out for Hart’s Christmas tree recycling advice, cut it up into small pieces and put in you green waste bin, or ring 7th Bramshill Hook Scout Group on 01256 469236 from 9am on 4th to 6th January and they will come and collect it on 7th January for a small donation of £3.50. Just leave your tree outside your property with an envelope containing your donation tied to the tree.

Don’t forget to lock up your property, including sheds and garages, over Christmas so that burglars are not tempted to break in whilst you are away or help themselves to your lovely presents.  Leave a security light on, make sure your doors are properly locked and your presents are out of sight.

CHRISTMAS OFFICE CLOSING DATES

The Council Offices will be closed from noon on Friday 23rd December and will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January. We would like to take this opportunity of wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

SAVE THE DATE

  • Children’s Animal and Wildlife Fun Day (Free) – Wednesday 15th February 2017 – 11.30am to 4pm in Hook Community Centre
  • Hook Health and Wellbeing Day – Saturday 20th May 2017
  • Hook Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 24th May 2017
Nov 152016
 

Community Christmas

Hook Parish Council’s theme for December is Combatting Loneliness. Christmas is known as a time to celebrate with family and friends, but sadly, for many elderly and other people, it is the time that they feel most isolated.

A recent survey has found that nearly half a million individuals will spend Christmas Day alone. Cllr Yates says, “By working together we can make a difference to our older people and our communities.”

The hope is that connections forged at this festive gathering can last, create friendships and enable those in the neighbourhood to avoid feelings of isolation in the future.

Please get in touch on 01256 768687 or email to book your place or if you can be a gift of service in preparation before or on Christmas Day.  We will need help with transport, cooking, serving, clearing away, organising carol singing and games.  We also would like to have a Christmas tree, decorations and a Santa to hand out small gifts.

 Hook Hoppa

 The new Hook Hoppa service has seen an increase in customers and new people using the service, but numbers are not currently sufficient to make the service viable long term.  Feedback suggests that further adjustments to the route would benefit some additional residents.  If changes to the route or timetable would enable you to use the service to access facilities, e.g. Hook Community Centre, please contact the Parish Council by 1st December.

Copies of the timetable have been delivered to every household and are available at pick up points around Hook, including Tesco, Drs surgery and the Parish Council Office.  For the service to be retained, it needs to be used frequently – remember the saying ‘use it or lose it’!

Men’s Shed

The Men’s Shed open meeting held on Monday 17th October was attended by more than 50 people from Hook and neighbouring communities.  There was much discussion and numerous ideas about taking the initiative forward in Hook.  If you were unable to attend, but would like more information or to be kept abreast of progress, please contact Liz Glenn at Hart District Council:  .  The next step is to identify members for a Steering Group in the near future.

Let’s not lose this opportunity for Hook hosts the first Men’s Shed in Hart. 

KEEP CALM AND CHAT TO A COUNCILLOR

If you would like to have an informal chat with a Parish Councillor about anything relating to Hook, please join us in Hartletts Café on the 4th Tuesday of every month in from 6 – 7pm. The next one is on Tuesday 22nd November. Further dates are:

  • 24th January 2017
  • 28th February 2017
  • 28th March 2017

COUNCILLOR VACANCY

In October we advised of the publication of the Notice of Vacancy resulting from the resignation of Martin Whittaker.  As Hart did not receive the required number of letters calling for a formal ballot, the Parish Council will need to fill the vacancy by co-option as soon as possible.

If you are interested in applying then please contact the Clerk to find out more about this rewarding role within our forward thinking team.

To apply to be considered to join the council, please write to the Clerk, with a summary about yourself, including:

  • how long you have lived or worked in Hook
  • reasons for wishing to be a councillor
  • previous community involvement/council experience
  • any other skills you can bring to the Council
  • your interests and recent career history

The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 14th November.  Applicants must attend the Parish Council meetings on Wednesday 7th December and also on Wednesday 4th January 2017 when the co-option appointment will be made.

Hook Fireworks Show

 The Annual Hook Schools Parents Association Fire Show and Fireworks will take place on Saturday 5th 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.

 SAVE THE DATE

  • Children’s Animal and Wildlife Fun Day (Free) – Wednesday 15th February 2017 – 11.30am to 4pm in Hook Community Centre
  • Hook Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 24th May 2017
  • Hook Health and Wellbeing Day – Saturday 20th May 2017
Oct 102016
 

HOOK HOPPA 

The Hook Taxi Bus service was relaunched as the Hook Hoppa in September, under the banner ‘Connecting the Community’.   The new route and frequency of service has been expanded to include most areas of Hook.  If you have not already received a copy of the new timetable through you door, please contact the Parish Council Office for information.  For the service to be retained, it needs to be used frequently – remember the saying ‘use it or lose it’! There has been lots of initial interest in this new service, which is good news.

MEN’S SHED – a nationwide movement

A Men’s Shed is a larger version of a typical man’s shed in the garden.  It offers men of all ages, who like to pursue practical pursuits such as woodworking or metalworking, a place to share tools and resources to work on a variety of personal or community projects. Men’s Sheds are places where men can come together for skill sharing, informal learning and to enjoy social and leisure time. There are already 334 Men’s Sheds operating across the UK, with more opening all the time. They are underpinned by a wealth of evidence that they help men stay connected, active and contribute much to participants’ wellbeing.

Hart District Council has approached Hook Parish Council regarding the establishment in Hook of the first Hart District Men’s Shed.  A great deal of interest has been shown by Hook residents to have a Men’s Shed sited within the Parish. This initiative would be funded by grants, not from Hook’s precept.

Due to the initial interest in this project, an open meeting is being held in Hook Community Centre on Monday, 17th October at 7.15 pm for all those (both male and female) interested in setting up the first Hart District Men’s Shed in Hook. Please show your support by coming along to speak with like-minded people and to get involved at a local level in this growing, nationwide movement.
Let’s make sure that Hook hosts the first Men’s Shed in Hart.

HOOK VILLAGE SHOW

It was fantastic to see so many people turn out to support the Hook Village Show.  From the entrants to the competitions, to the sponsors and stall holders, but especially to the many volunteers that made it all happen, it truly was a community event.  Thanks to everyone who helped to make the show a huge success.

 KEEP CALM AND SPEAK TO A COUNCILLOR

If you would like to have an informal chat with a Parish Councillor about anything relating to Hook, please join us in Hartletts Café on the 4th Tuesday of every month in from 6 – 7pm. The next one is on Tuesday 25th October. Further dates are:

22nd November 2016
24th January 2017
28th February 2017
28th March 2017

COUNCILLOR VACANCY

Hook Parish Council is very fortunate to attract a wide range of Councillors, many of whom have challenging working lives.  Unfortunately, job changes or work commitments sometimes mean they cannot complete their four year term as a Councillor.   The decision to resign is never taken lightly and it is always sad to lose knowledgeable, committed and hardworking volunteers from the Council or any community organisation.

In September we were sorry to publish a Notice of Vacancy arising from the resignation of Martin Whittaker.

If at least ten residents write to the Returning Officer at Hart District Council requesting a ballot, a by-election will be called to fill the vacancy on the Parish Council.  The closing date for letters is 5th October at 5.00 pm.  If insufficient letters are received by Hart, the vacancy will be filled by Co-option in due course.

CPR TRAINING KIT

Hook is soon to have a second defibrillator, courtesy of the British Heart Foundation, which will be located in Hartletts Park.  Part of their Nation of Lifesavers Community Scheme involves helping more people access CPR training.  We now have a CPR training kit, which is available free of change on loan to any Community Groups that would like to arrange its own training session.  Please get in touch with the Parish Clerk to get more information about the kit and its availability

 SAVE THE DATE

  • Men’s Shed Meeting – Monday 17th October in Hook Community Centre
  • Children’s Halloween Holiday Fun (Free) – Friday 28th October in Elizabeth Hall
  • Children’s Animal and Wildlife Fun Day (Free) – Wednesday 15th February 2017 – 11.30am to 4pm in Hook Community Centre
  • Hook Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 24th May 2017
  • Hook Health and Wellbeing Day – Saturday 20th May 2017
Sep 052016
 

KEEP CALM AND SPEAK TO A COUNCILLOR

Ever wanting to keep in touch with residents, an informal get together is being organised every 4th Tuesday of the month in Hartletts Cafe from 6pm to 7pm. The first is on Tuesday 27th September. If you have any items you wish to bring to your councillors’ attentions please come along for a cup of tea or coffee.

 HOOK HOPPA 

Connecting the Community is a very important strap-line in Hook so please go to our website to see how the village will be physically connected!

BASSETTS MEAD

Young people have been spotted camping on Bassetts Mead. This is unacceptable, unpermitted activity for the site and has been made especially dangerous because of campfires. Will parents please discourage their children from taking part before damage or injury occurs. Please report any incidents to HPC or the Hampshire Wildlife Trust. The police are aware.

A MEN’S SHED IN HOOK

We are getting nearer to turning this into reality. If you are interested in securing a Men’s Shed in Hook make a date to come along to an open meeting at 7.45pm on Monday 17th October in Bartley room at the Community Centre.

Hook Parish Council in collaboration with Hart Voluntary Action wants to gauge interest amongst Hook residents about setting one up in the village.  We are looking for men who live in Hook or nearby with some time on their hands to help with all stages from design, to set-up, to running the shed on a day to day basis. If you have not heard of Men’s Sheds before do look on the UK Association’s web-site http://menssheds.org.uk and then get in touch with

A Men’s Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden.  A Men’s Shed offers men of all ages, including older men, who like to pursue practical pursuits (e.g. wood-work or metal-work), a place to share tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing or  on joint projects.  Men’s Sheds are places of skill-sharing and informal learning and a place of leisure where men come together to work.  There are already 334 Men’s Sheds operating across the UK and more opening all the time, with a wealth of evidence that they help men stay connected and active.

Let’s make sure that Hook gets a Men’s Shed.

 COUNCILLOR VACANCY  

 A vacancy has arisen for a councillor because of the resignation of Iain Chalmers due to work commitments. As 10 applications for an election have not been received by Hart’s Returning Officer we will now need to fill the vacancy by co-option. Please see the Hook Parish Council website and noticeboards for information on how to apply. Closing date for applications is 15th September.

For more information see Notice of Vacancy – Iain Chalmers

ELAINE BECOMES A COUNCILLOR

Elaine Fordham who lives in Rectory Road was co-opted on to the Council at the 3rd August meeting.

A retired community midwifery sister, Elaine has lived in Hook for the past five years. She is a member of St. John’s church and a volunteer at St. Michael’s Hospice. She is also a Complementary Therapist and a Trustee for the Carers Trust (based in Reading).

With over 35 years of experience in the NHS, Elaine is passionate about local matters. Before retirement, alongside her midwifery role, she was Deputy Chairperson and Clinical Governance Lead for the Southampton Primary Care Trust (PCT).

Says Elaine, “I feel I can now use my talents and energy in support of the community in Hook, particularly young people and the socially excluded. I am very aware of the needs of hidden communities and the urgency to integrate them into the community. I would like to see more co-operation between our community services – Police, Health, Social Services, Local Councils and Voluntary Services.”

FAREWELL TO CHRISTINE

It is with sadness that we bid farewell to our Deputy Clerk Christine Randall, who also acts as Clerk to the Planning Committee and deals with all matters concerning planning. Christine’s knowledge, dedication and experience over the last 12 years has been invaluable as Hook has developed and grown. Retiring for personal reasons, Christine will still advise Hook on matters concerning the Hart Local Plan and Hook Neighbourhood Plan.

For details of the vacancy see Admin Officer Vacancy August 2016

SAVE THE DATE

  • Hook Annual Village Show – Hook Community Centre – Sunday 11th September 2016