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.

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
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
 

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
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
May 072018
 

Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 23rd May from 8.00 pm

The Annual Village Meeting is on Wednesday 23rd May at Hook Community Centre.

Timings for the evening are as follows:

  • 8pm – 8.30 pm Doors open, Reception and Exhibition
  • 8:30pm -10.00 pm Welcome and Formal Proceedings

The exhibition will include a number of Local Organisations, who will be on hand to discuss what they do.  These include: Basingstoke Advanced Motorists, Hart and Rushmoor Live at Home Scheme, Hook Action Against Over Development, Hook Allotments, Hook Care Group, Hook Eagle Morris Men, Hook Focus, Hook In Bloom, Hook Local History Group, Hook and Odiham Lions, Hook Village Agent, Hook Village Halls Charitable Association, Odiham Cottage Hospital, Townswomen Guild, Patient Participation Group.  This year we will abe welcoming a number of new exhibits from Hart District Council, in addition to the Dog Warden, Community Services (Housing and Disability Grants) and Hart Country Side Services.

We will also have a number of speakers on the programme, including the Hook History Society who will give a brief overview of its new interactive project and the Patient Participation Group who will present its “Managing a Health Weight” initiative.  Please see the agenda for more information.  In addition, the Parish Council will present the Hook Community Award to a member of the community

Your Parish, District and County Councillors will be attending the evening to answer any issues raised and there will be a general Questions and Answer session at the end. Please submit your questions by 17th May to the Executive Officer.  Please do this via email 

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. Importantly, the Annual Village Meeting enables you to ‘have your say’ in open forum about matters in Hook.

Hook Parish Council App

We hope you have all had a chance to try out our new App.  We are adding new information to it regularly and welcome any feedback. Please send your comments to

If you belong to a Hook organisation that would like their details included, or if you have an event coming up, please complete one or both of the registration forms on our website at:  http://hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/council-publications/documents/ or contact us at the office on 01256 768687

Litter Pick

Following on from the success from the last litter pick in January, Hook Runners have organised and are running another litter pick on Sunday 13th May from 2pm (meeting at the Hook Community Centre) to litter pick the village, prior to the Fun Run the following week.  If you can spare some time to help and take part, they would be happy to see you there.  For more information, please contact .

Hook Road Race and Fun Run

Please be aware that the Community Centre Car Park will be CLOSED on Sunday 20th May, for the Annual Hook Fun Run and Road Races, which sets off from Hartletts Park at 10.00 am.  Come along and cheer the runners on, or if you have a youngster, take part in the Under 5’s race at 9:45am. Please go to www.hookfunrun.com/ for more information.

Hook Village Show and Craft & Produce Fayre – Sunday 15th July

The Hook Village Show on Sunday the 15th July on Hartletts Park will be organised by the Parish Council in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions Club, and supported by Odiham and Hook Rotary Club, to ensure this event is bigger and better than last year.  The Show has been moved from September to July this year to improve the chance of good weather and to provide a full arena programme, which will include a stage for performers, as well as a good mix of approximately 50 stalls and other attractions for all ages.

Hook Village Halls will also be holding a Summer Craft & Produce Fayre in the Community Centre, in parallel

If you would like a stall at either event, please email: for stalls in Hartletts Park, or for an indoor Craft Fayre booking email:

Cemetery Memorial Testing

This has now been completed and some stones have been laid flat on the grounds of safety.  There are a number of other graves, where it has been noted that works need to be undertaken to keep them safe.  We will endeavour to contact the owners of these graves in due course.

Dates for your diary

  • Hook Fun Run and Road Races – Hartletts Park – Sunday 20th May 2018
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – Wednesday 23rd May 2018 8pm
  • Hook Annual Village Show and Craft Fair – Hartletts Park & Hook Community Centre -Sunday 15th July 2018 12 noon – 5pm
Apr 142018
 

Launching the Hook Parish Council App – We are delighted to introduce a new App for Hook.  This offers a great opportunity for residents to receive the latest information about local events and activities and to communicate directly with local groups, organisations and businesses using a Tablet or Smart Phone.  We are also proud to lead the way, with the only Council App in Hampshire.   Search for ‘Hook Parish Council App’ on the App Store or Google Play.

The App will continue to develop as usage increases, so please tell friends, neighbours and family to download it.  The main features are:

Events calendar – This section will be packed with information about various activities and events going on in Hook and include links to more information about the event or to ticket bookings.

Places – This button opens a map of Hook.  Click on the place pin and to directly access information about, or communicate with, the organisations shown.

Fix My Street – Directly from the main screen you can now report issues from your phone and upload photographs of the problem that you wish to report.

More – Here you will find local organisations along with many other features.   Click on Local Organisations, select the organisation and you can call, e-mail, get directions or go to their website directly from the App.

A new “Welcome to Hook” pack will be added, to help new residents settle in and become part of the community.  Until this is ready, there is a leaflet showing walks around Hook.

If you belong to a Hook organisation that would like their details included, please complete one or both of the registration forms on our website at:  http://hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/council-publications/documents/

Hook Community Award – Nominations for the 2018 Community Award should be submitted using the Application Form on our website, by post to the Parish Council Office or emailed to   Closing date for nominations is by 27th April 2018.

Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 23rd May from 8.00 pm.   Bookings are now open to local groups and organisation that would like to participate in the exhibition which takes place before the formal meeting.  For information and booking please contact

Tennis Coaching at Hartletts Park – In addition to offering the Junior School exclusive use of the courts for coaching, we have recently agreed to allow a private coaching company to hire the courts for individuals and groups.   When not in use by the school or for coaching, the courts will remain free to use, on a first come first served basis.

Hook Village Show and Craft Fair – Sunday 15th July – If you would like a stall at the event, please email: for stalls in Hartletts Park, or for indoor craft fair bookings email:

Hook Road Race and Fun Run – A reminder that the Community Centre Car Park will be CLOSED on Sunday 20th May, for the Annual Hook Fun Run and Road Races, which set off from Hartletts Park at 10.00 am.  Why not come along and join in the fun.

Cemetery Memorial Testing – Under the Parish Council’s duty of care and upkeep of burial grounds, memorial assessments will be undertaken in the near future in both Hook cemeteries.   In some cases it may be necessary to lay the stones flat; in others, remedial work may be required to ensure safety.  To ensure work is carried out sensitively, if you know of, or have any connection with a grave in either cemetery or have any concerns regarding the memorial works, please contact the Parish Council office as soon as possible.

Dates for your diary

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – Wednesday 23rd May 2018 8pm
  • Hook Fun Run and Road Races – Hartletts Park – Sunday 20th May 2018
  • Hook Annual Village Show and Craft Fair – Harletts Park & Hook Community Centre -Sunday 15th July 2018 12 noon – 5pm
Mar 082018
 

Hart Local Plan – The Hart Local Plan Strategy and Sites 2016-2032 Proposed Submission Version is out for consultation until 4pm on 26 March 2018.   This stage of consultation is part of the legal process. Your comments will be considered by a Planning Inspector, who will be looking at specific aspects of the Plan.  Please read the guidance note that accompanies the response form before submitting your comments.   All the information, documentation and response form is on the Hart District Council’s website at www.hart.gov.uk/Local-Plan-Publication-2018

Please use the Hart response form and submit it by email to , send a hard copy to Hart District Council, Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 4AE.  All documents are available in hard copy at Hart District Council, other local Parish Councils and Library’s within the Hart area.  If you have any questions email to the address above or call 01252 774118.

New Staff member – The Parish Council are pleased to announce the appointment of Serena Dolby to the Parish Council Office.  She will be taking up the role of part time Bookkeeper.  Serena has lived and worked in Hook for a number of years and we are delighted to welcome her to the Team.

Cemetery Memorial Testing – Under the Parish Council’s duty of care and upkeep of burial grounds, memorial assessments will be undertaken in the near future in both Hook cemeteries.   In some cases it may be necessary to lay the stones flat, in others remedial work may be required to ensure safety.  To ensure work is carried out sensitively, if you know of, or have any connection with a grave in either cemetery, or have any concerns regarding the memorial works please contact the Parish Council office as soon as possible.

RAF 100 celebrations in Odiham – Saturday 9th June 2018 – As part of the celebrations for the centenary of the Royal Air Force, a Box Cart Race event is being planned for the morning of Saturday 9th June 2018.

Teams will compete in a luge style box cart event, starting one at a time in a time trial. There will also be a Box Cart competition.   As well as general build and design quality, carts will be judged on 2 additional criteria:

  • The level of RAF theming.
  • The lengths they have gone to, to achieve the RAF theme.

There will also be a 200 table street party after the race and we will publish more information about this in due course.

Hook Parish Council would like to enter at least one cart.  Teams including pilots, crew and design/builders are needed.   If you would like more information or to be part of a team to represent Hook’s close relationship with RAF Odiham over its history, please register your interest at: . ASAP as we don’t have long to plan and build the cart.

Hook Neighbourhood Plan – The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group held two public consultations on the first Draft of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan during January.  See page x for update.

Hook Community Award – Nominations for the 2018 Community Award should be submitted using the Application Form on our website, by post to the Parish Council Office or emailed to .  Closing date for nominations is by 27th April 2018.

Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 23rd May at 8:30pm – More details of the 2018 Annual Village Meeting will be published in the April issue of Focus, but if your organisation would like to participate in the exhibition which takes place before the formal meeting, please contact .

Hook Village Show – Sunday 15th July – Following on from the success of last years’ show, the event will be held again in Hartletts Park, but on Sunday 15th July 12 noon until 5 pm.   It will be organised in partnership with the Hook and Odiham Lions.  There will also be a Craft Fair in the Community Centre that HVHCA (Hook Village Halls Charitable Association).  If you would like a stall in Hartletts Park please email .   If you would like a stall in the Community Centre, please email

Hook Road Race and Fun Run – A reminder that the Community Centre Car Park will be CLOSED on Sunday 20th May, for the Annual Hook Road Race and Fun Run.  See page x for more information.

Dates for your diary

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – Wednesday 23rd May 2018 8 pm
  • Hook Fun Run – Hartletts Park – Sunday 20th May 2018
  • Hook Annual Village Show and Craft Fair –Harletts Park and Hook Community Centre -Sunday 15th July 2018 12noon – 5pm