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.

Jul 102019
 

Hook Village Show

This popular annual event will take place at Hartletts Park on 7th July from 12 noon – 5 pm.  The event is organised, in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions.  A Village Show programme, detailing the attractions and timetable of events, was delivered to every household in Hook, last month.  If you wish to enter your four-legged friend in the Dog Show, please make sure you register and pay by 2pm, when judging of the first class starts.

Please be aware that the Community Centre car park will be closed from 9pm on Saturday 6th July until 6:30pm on Sunday 7th.  From 7:30am Sunday until 6:30pm the grassed area and skate park in Hartletts Park will be closed to the public, unless you are attending the show.  There will be a small area of the car park open during the event, for blue badge holders and those visiting the community centre/café.  We look forward to seeing you all there, to enjoy this family friendly event.

Parking

Hook Parish Council (HPC) has received numerous complaints about parking along the A30 end of Sheldons Lane.  Whilst HPC do not have authority over the highway, we work in collaboration with Hampshire Highways (HH) and Hart District Council (HDC) who do have the authority to resolve such issues.

New parking restriction orders are authorised by HDC on a rolling basis.  HDC adds qualifying projects to their work list (in order of impact/safety priority) known as a “Parking Consolidation Order (PCO)”. Raising PCO’s s is a costly, and slow process, with a small budget for such works.  For this reason, PCO’s are only raised when there is sufficient works to justify a collective Order, not for ad hoc schemes.  Having recently implemented a PCO, which included the double yellow lines along Elizabeth Hall access road, it will be some time before a further PCO is authorised.

Whilst HPC has recommended a PCO is put in place, any restrictions on Sheldons Lane are likely to result in displacement of the problem to another residential streets.  HDC will be keen to avoid this outcome when considering measures and options that could be included in a PCO, to resolve residents concerns about parking in that area.

HCC consultation – Balancing the budget

Hampshire County Council have opened a consultation to ask for residents’ views on how to meet their budget shortfall.

Please go to https://www.hants.gov.uk/news/jun05balancingthebudget for more information on this consultation and follow the links to complete the consultation form. The consultation ends at 11:59pm on 17th July 2019.  If you need a paper form, please contact Hampshire County Council on 0300 555 1375

Neighbourhood Plan

At the closing date for the Reg 15 consultation, 16 responses had been received by Hart.  The Examiner has requested clarification on a number of points and replies to both the responses and examiner have been submitted.

Hook App

We are continually adding events, activities, news and information to the App.  If you have a non – commercial event that you would like to advertise, please let us know.

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

The Echo Hotel Music Club events are growing in popularity.  With only four gigs left for 2019, plans are underway on the 2020 line up.  The next gig is on Saturday 27th July.  For details of the programme of EHMC events and tickets, please see page X or visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Hook Village Show (in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions) – Hartletts Park 7th July
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Catfish and Dan Burnett– Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 27th July, 7pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Sari Schorr – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 28 September, 7:30pm – 11pm
Jun 102019
 

Annual Village Meeting

Almost 170 people attended this annual community event, which continues to grow each year.   It was great to see so many new faces.  The exhibition was fully booked and the speakers (Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Connect to Support Hampshire and the Hook Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group) were very informative and well received by the audience.  The public had a chance to chat to the 15 prospective Parish Council Candidates in advance of the elections the following day.

We want to continue to build on the success of this community event and would welcome any feedback or ideas of what you would like to see next year eg more time to browse the exhibition, new speakers or topics you are interested in, comments on the exhibition or suggestions for future exhibitors.  Please contact the Parish Council office via email, phone or post with your thoughts and ideas.

A fond farewell to Jane Bonnin

The Annual Village Meeting provided an opportunity to say a fond farewell to Councillor Jane Bonnin.  Jane joined Hook Parish Council in 1982 and served continuously for 37 years, but decided not to stand for re-election this time.  As a token of appreciation for her exceptional service and commitment to the community of Hook, the Chairman presented Jane with the gavel and block that had been used to open and close all Parish Council meetings throughout her time on the Council.  Since joining the Council Jane has served as Chairman of the Council, and of both the Planning & Staff Committees.  She 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.

Jane expressed thanks to everyone for the support she received during her time on the council.  She urged residents to continue to support the Parish Council in the future.  The Parish Council Annual Report included a short reflection on her 37 years as a Councillor.

Hook Community Award

The Chairman presented the 2019 Community Award to Neil Evans, for his work over 18 years supporting The Base Youth Club.   Neil was instrumental in growing teenager attendance at The Base and developing new initiatives.   He worked closely with the Parish Council on improvements to the rear of the Community Centre (basketball area) and the multicourt, fundraising for the Teen Shelter and the skate ramps.  In accepting the Award, Neil expressed thanks for the support of parents as well as, past and present, members of The Base Management team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parish Council Elections

On 2nd May, Paul Kinge, Gill Miller, Jacqui Nabbs, Liz Tomlinson and Ian Warner were elected to the Parish Council, along with seven existing Councillors.  Contact details for all Councillors can be found on our website (incl. information about each Councillor), noticeboards and the Hook Parish Council App.

The new Council held its first meeting on Wednesday 8th May at which Dr Jane Worlock was re-elected Chairman of the Council with Rob Cowell as Vice Chairman.  At the first meeting of the Council, The Chairman took the opportunity to express thanks for the contribution of the previous councillors; Jane Bonnin, Sue Hinton and Angela Yates, who did not stand for re-election, and also to Debra Davies and John Orchard, who were not re-elected but whose expertise we hope to retain.

Hanging Baskets

In partnership with the Hook In Bloom volunteers, the Parish Council is eagerly anticipating the arrival of the beautiful hanging baskets that will start to adorn the village in June.  The display has been expanded this year to include baskets adjacent to the plough and on the A30 in front of St Johns church).  These, along with the wildflower areas and borders planted in the centre, not only create a splash of colour, but also provide food for insects and birds.  If anyone would like to help the Hook In Bloom volunteers maintain these sites, please email:

Painting of Tennis courts and Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)

The surface of the Tennis Courts and MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) were repainted before Easter.  With the warmer weather, Wimbledon and summer holidays approaching these facilities are likely to be in high demand.  The three Tennis Courts and MUGA (marked out for basketball and football) are free to use on a first come, first served basis.

Hook Village Show

This popular Annual Event take place at Hartletts Park. on 7th July from 12-5 pm.   The event is organised, in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions, who are busy putting everything in place.  The Village Show programme will be delivered to every household in early June.  If you would like a stall or would like to help on the day, please contact Terry Cheeseman at . Please see page X for more information

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

The Echo Hotel Music Club events have gone from strength to strength since the programme began in February.   The next gig is on 1st June and tickets are selling fast.  For details of the programme of EHMC events and tickets, please see page X or visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Gorilla Riot, Eddy Smith & The 507 – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 1st June, 7pm – 11pm
  • Hook Village Show (in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions) – Hartletts Park 7th July
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Catfish and Dan Burnett– Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 27th July, 7pm – 11pm
May 102019
 

Annual Village Meeting and Annual Report

During April, the Hook Annual Report was delivered to every household, along with flyers for the Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live gigs and the “Hook App”.

The Annual Village meeting will take place on Wednesday 1st May from 8pm at Hook Community Centre.  As in previous years the doors will open at 8pm with a welcome drink and a chance to visit the exhibition.  This year there is also an opportunity to meet and chat to the 15 candidates (9 current councillors and 6 new nominees) for the Parish Council elections being held the following day.

The agenda can be viewed on our Website and Noticeboards. There will be a large number of local groups and organisations displaying information, a number of speakers and presentation of the Community Award.

Parish and District Council Elections

Both District and Parish Council elections will take place on Thursday 2nd May at Elizabeth Hall.  Details of the candidates for both elections can be found on the Hart District Council website and Parish Council noticeboards

At the Polling Station, you will receive two ballot papers. One for the Parish Council Elections and one for the District Council Elections.

We are delighted to have 15 Candidates for the 12 seats on the Parish Council.  The candidates have produced a combined leaflet, which you should have received through the door during April.  Copies will also be available at the Annual Village Meeting.

The Parish Council ballot paper will list all 15 candidates and you will need to select up to 12.  The District Council ballot paper will list 6 candidates and you will need to select up to 2.

If this is your first time voting, the staff at the polling station will be happy to explain what to do.

Hook Village Show

Work is well underway in organising this popular Annual Event held at Hartletts Park. This year it will be held on 7th July.   Once again, the event is being organised on behalf of the Parish Council, in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions, who are busy putting everything in place.  If you would like a stall, please contact Terry Cheeseman at .

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

At the time of writing, the much anticipated and talented Jo Harman is scheduled to perform on 20th April.  For an update on the ongoing programme of EHMC events, please see page X

Hook Road Race and Fun Run

The Community Centre Car Park will be CLOSED on Sunday 19th 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?

Community Transport

The Parish Council is in discussions with Hartley Wintney Parish Council regarding the provision of Community Transport for Hook.  There are two existing services available to Hook residents.

The door to door shopper service is aimed at helping those with mobility challenges to reach Fleet, Basingstoke and The Meadows and Camberley.

There is also a timetabled service which connects Hook with Hartley Wintney, Yateley, The Meadows and Camberley.  This service is open to all and passengers can use the existing bus stops along the route to request the bus to stop.

There will be a stall at the Annual Village Meeting, or for more information contact 01252 849712 or e-mail .

Owen Farm Appeal

The Inspectors Inquiry for the Owens Farm (West of Hook) Planning Appeal opened on 19th March.  Representations were made by Hook Parish Council, Hook Neighbourhood Plan, individual residents, Hook Action Against Overdevelopment, Whitewater Valley Preservation Society, Newnham Parish Council, Basingstoke & Dean Borough Council and Hart District Council during the first three days of the hearing.  On the morning of day 4, the developer withdrew their appeal.  This was done on condition that they would not be held liable for the other parties’ costs.  This was viewed as a great victory for local democracy.

Following the withdrawal of the appeal, the developer subsequently withdrew their application for deregistration of areas of Common and Village Green along Newnham Road.

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 1st May, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Village Show (in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions) – Hartletts Park 7th July
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Albany Down, Eddy Smith & The 507 – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 1st June, 7pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Sari Schorr – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 28 September, 7:30pm – 11pm
Apr 112019
 

Annual Village Meeting and Annual Report

The Annual Village meeting will be held on Wednesday 1st May from 8pm.  As in previous years the doors will open at 8pm and there will be a chance for you to have a welcome drink and then peruse the exhibition.  This year there is also an opportunity to meet and chat to the candidates for the Parish Council elections due to be held the following day.

The exhibition is filling up fast.  There will be a large number of local groups and organisations to talk to about what they do.  The agenda will be published in early April, so look out for details on the exhibition and who will be speaking at the meeting.

Ahead of the Annual Village Meeting, the Hook Annual Report will be delivered to every household in the village.  Information will also be delivered about the Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live gigs and the “Hook App”.

Hook Road Race and Fun Run

The Community Centre Car Park will be CLOSED on Sunday 19th 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 ?

Owen Farm Proposed Development Appeal

At the time of writing, the Planning Appeal is underway.  Over the two weeks of the hearing the Planning Inspector will be presented with evidence from various parties (including the Parish Council, which strongly objects to the proposed scheme).  We understand the Inspector is due to make her formal recommendations during May or June

Your Parish Needs You

Parish Council Elections are being held on 2nd May 2019.  All twelve Parish Councillors will automatically retire at the end of their four-year term.  A number of existing members have indicated that they will not stand again, so there will be a need for some new members.

The closing date for nominations is the 3rd April, so please contact the Parish Council Office if you want more information about becoming a Councillor.

Becoming a Parish Councillor is a great way to help make a difference in Hook.  The Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plan will take affect this year paving the way to regenerate the centre of Hook.  We also have many exciting opportunities for new sporting and recreation facilities.

Hook Live\ Echo Hotel Music Club (EHMC)

At the time of writing, there have been two gigs.  The support for live music in Hook has been tremendous.  This has prompted a request for Jazz and other types of music event.  If you have a passion or interest in Jazz and other music genres and are willing get involved in bringing it to Hook, please contact the Parish Council Office.

Please see page X for more information on dates and performers.

Neighbourhood Plan.

The Neighbourhood Plan has now been submitted to Hart District Council.  We would like to thank all the residents who took the time to input into this and respond to all the surveys and consultation.  In particular, we would like to thank those on the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group who gave up many weekends and evenings to create and complete the plan.  Please see page X for more information.

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 1st May, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Village Show (in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions) – Hartletts Park 7th July
Mar 082019
 

Owens Farm proposed development update

Apsley House Capital plc is applying to the Secretary of State (SoS) for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) under section 16 of the Commons Act 2006 to deregister a strip of land at the junction of Newnham Road and London Road (A30), which is part of the Village Green (Jubilee Green, Newnham Road – VG Number. 138).  The purpose of this application is to enable the proposals for the development of Owens farm consisting of 700 dwellings (associated facilities) to be progressed.   Under section 38 of the Common Action 2006 Apsley House Capital plc has also applied to the SoS to carry out restricted works on Hook common, which involves a strip of land either side of the junction of Carleton Close and Newnham Road. The proposed works are to widen this road to facilitate access by a proposed new public bus service and footway along Newnham Road.

A copy of the application forms can be inspected at the office of Hook Parish Council, Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft, Hook, RG27 9NN between 9am and midday Monday-Friday until 14 March 2019 or by appointment.

The planning Inspectorate will decide the application on behalf of the Secretary of State.  Any representations should be sent in writing ON or BEFORE that date to The Planning Inspectorate, Commons Team at 3F Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN or .

Your Parish Needs You

The Parish Council Elections are being held on 2nd May 2019.  All twelve Parish Councillors will automatically retire at the end of their four-year term.  A number of existing members have indicated that they will not stand again, so there will be a need for some new members.  We know that Hook if fortunate to have many residents that are passionate about our community and possess a wide range of skills and experience that can contribute to keeping Hook a great place to live and work.  A willingness to work on new ideas is always most welcome!

By being a Councillor is your chance to help make a difference in Hook.  The Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plan will take effect this year paving the way to regenerate the centre of Hook.  We also have many exciting opportunities for new sporting and recreation facilities.

If you want more information on this rewarding role please contact the Executive Officer, Anne Atkins at the Parish Council Office for a chat by the 26th March.

Community Award

Do you know anyone whose contribution to their neighbourhood or the wider community should be recognised with the Hook Community Award?  The award is presented each year at the Annual Village Meeting.  The only firm rule for nomination is that the person or organisation must have given service to our community, on an entirely voluntary basis and over a sustained period.  If you have previously nominated someone, who was not the successful nominee that year, please re-nominate those individuals or groups again for them to be in the running this year.   Nominations should be submitted in writing by post to the Parish Council Office or emailed to   Closing date for nominations is by 29th March 2019.

Hook Live\ Echo Hotel Music Club

At the time of writing the first gig under the Parish Council new live music brand has a sell-out audience on the 16th February.  Please see below for more dates.

Burglaries in Hook

Hook has fallen victim to domestic burglaries more frequently. These have most recently been occurring in the afternoon between 4pm and 6pm.

Police have asked us to remind residents to take sensible precautions as a deterrent:

  • Have indoor lights on timers indoors
  • Lock doors, windows and side gates
  • Lock external doors with a key, even if you are in the house
  • Use outdoor sensor controlled lighting

More information on protecting your property can be found at 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.

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Xander and the Peace Pirates & The Mike Ross Band – Elizabeth Hall on Sunday 10th March, 5pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Jo Harman and her band & Special Guest – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 20th April, 8pm – 11pm
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 1st May, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Erin Costello plus Hollie Rogers – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 11th May, 8pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Albany Down, Eddy Smith & The 507 – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 1st June, 7pm – 11pm
  • Hook Village Show (in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions) – Hartletts Park 7th July
Feb 062019
 

Community Christmas Lunch

On Christmas day a willing group of volunteers helped host lunch for 24 people who found themselves alone on Christmas Day.    Not only did the guests enjoy a delicious traditional lunch with all the trimmings, they joined in with carols, bingo and a raffle.  Santa made a visit to deliver goody bags for them to take home.

This event was free for guests, due to the generosity of residents and local businesses who either donated time, money or goods. The number of guests has grown over the last few years and we hope to put it on again later this year (Dec 2019).

Precept

At the January Parish Council meeting the Parish Precept for 2019–20 was set at £398,400. This means an average Band D household will pay £2.18 per week, equivalent to – less than a coffee at a local café.

The Precept covers the running costs of the variety of facilities, land management and services provided by the Parish Council.   We continue to offer free pre-application planning consultations and to work closely to finalise the Hook Neighbourhood Plan.    We offer support to numerous local organisations, events and charities.  Where possible we obtain additional funding to enable enhancements to the facilities in Hook.

Community Award

Do you know of anyone whose contribution to their neighbourhood or the wider community should be recognised with the Hook Community Award?  The award is presented each year at the Annual Village Meeting.  The only firm rule for nomination is that the person or organisation must have given service to our community, on an entirely voluntary basis and over a sustained period.  If you have previously nominated someone, who was not the successful nominee that year, please re-nominate those individuals or groups again for them to be in the running this year.   Nominations should be submitted in writing by post to the Parish Council Office or emailed to .  Closing date for nominations is by 29th March 2019.

Become a Councillor\Local Elections

The Parish Council Elections are now 3 months away. All twelve Parish Councillors automatically retire in May 2019.  Some existing members have indicated that they will not stand again, so new members will be needed.  More important still, is that people with experience and skills gained either through experience or a personal interest in the area concerned to stand for election.  These include an understanding of Highways, Community Safety, the Environment, Sports, Marketing and P.R.  A willingness to work on new ideas is always most welcome!

Please contact the Parish Council Office to find out more.  Nomination forms will be available in late March and need to be lodged with Hart on a tight timescale.  Election Day will be on Thursday 2nd May and the new Council will take office soon after.

Owens Farm\West of Hook Appeal

Many residents have been following the Planning application for 700 dwellings at the Owens Farm/West of Hook site.  Despite Hart District Council rejecting the previous two applications, the developers have gone to appeal again.  The date for the appeal is set for 19th March 2019.  We will keep post updates on this latest appeal via the Parish Council’s website, Facebook, App and Focus.

Neighbourhood Plan

Following the Regulation 14 consultation in November/December, all comments have now been collated and the Steering Group is working on a final version to be submitted for the Reg. 15 stage of the process.  It is expected that the Final plan will be submitted to Hart District Council by early February.

Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club

Following on from the launch of Hook Live, (the new Parish Council live entertainment brand), the Echo Hotel Music Club team has been busy booking original recording artists to perform in Hook.  There are now 9 events booked to take place at Elizabeth Hall from February through to November.  See page X for details of the events, bands, tickets etc.

We are looking to bring other live entertainment to Hook, but this depends on volunteers to help arrange them e.g. Literary lunches, crafting and possibly cinema.  If you are interested in any of these and would like help to organise these, please contact the Parish Council.

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Rufus Black & Jade Like The Stone – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 16th February, 7pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Xander and the Peace Pirates & The Mike Ross Band – Elizabeth Hall on Sunday 10th March, 5pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Jo Harman and her band & Special Guest – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 20th April, 8pm – 11pm
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 1st May, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Village Show (in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions) – Hartletts Park 7th July
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
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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
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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