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.

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
Jul 072016
 

COUNCILLOR VACANCY 

The closing date for receipt of applications was Thursday 9th June 2016. Co-option will take place on Wednesday 3rd August 2016 so by the time Hook Focus goes to press again we shall be able announce our 12th Councillor.

LOCAL PLAN CONSULTATION RESULT

The results of the Hart Local Plan Refined Housing Options 2016 Consultation have been published.  A brief summary is:

  • Winchfield is the preferred option (59%), and strategic urban extensions (SUX) the least favoured (13%). 29% favoured Dispersal.
  • Of the combined approaches:
    • 40% Winchfield + Dispersal
    • 35% of people favoured SUX + Dispersal
    • 21% Winchfield + SUX
    • 4% all three

The full report is at www.hart.gov.uk/local-plan-housing-options-results-2016. According to this, 684 of the 4030 responses from within Hart (17%) were from Hook residents.  As Hook comprises of 9% of Hart’s population, this justifies the effort made by the residents and local organisations in responding to the consultation.

BASSETTS MEAD   

Several improvements are planned for Bassetts Mead, including new gate access way posts and information boards, so do look out for their arrival.

Please also remember, as the school holidays arrive and the weather gets warmer, when you visit Bassetts Mead, or anywhere else in Hook, please clear up after your dogs.  Remember humans of all ages can contract toxocariasis from dogs’ poo and children between the ages of 1 to 4 are particularly susceptible. Free dog poo bags are available, mornings only, from the Parish Council offices.

MORE ROSES IN HOOK

The Cemetery has a new memorial rose bed at the top of the current burial area to cover the drain that runs to the Rectory. It is located on the right hand side as you enter the cemetery from the pedestrian gate. There is now an opportunity for a rose bush to be planted in remembrance of a loved one once permission has been obtained from the Parish Council.

 HOOK IN BLOOM

Children from Hook Junior School have been helping with In Bloom, including assisting volunteers to plant roses in time for the Hook Royal Party in the Elizabeth Hall grounds. As Hook Focus goes to press, and as weather permits, planting will continue in the village centre.  Hook In Bloom volunteers would love to hear from anyone who would like to get involved by emailing:

 HOOK ROYAL PARTY

It was wonderful to see how all the various village organisations worked together to make this a resounding success despite the threatening weather.

MEN’S SHED – WHAT IS THIS?

 We are investigating the possibility of having a men’s shed in Hook. No promises yet but if you are interested in getting involved please email .

A larger version of a typical man’s shed, a place where a man can feel at home and pursue practical interests, the shed would have available tools, etc. for a group of men to share and use. The tools could be used for their own projects, or may be the men would like to work on community projects. But the purpose of the shed would be a place to meet, share skills, learn and chat to other men.

So keep a look out for further information but, in the meantime, if you would like to be involved in helping to move the project forward get in touch with the Parish Council. Better that men help to make the project work rather than the women sort it out for them!

 SAVE THE DATES

  • Look out for free summer holiday activity for children in Hook Community Centre
  • Hook Annual Village Show – Hook Community Centre – Sunday 11th September 2016

 

Jun 062016
 

NEW CHAIRMAN and LEAD COUNCILLORS

 At the Annual Parish Council Meeting on 4th May Dr Jane Worlock was elected Chairman of the Council and Debra Davies became Vice Chairman.   John Orchard is the new Chairman of the Planning Committee.

A review of the Parish Council’s Committee structure is underway.  This is likely to see the combining of certain committees and some new function areas.  In the interim, Lead Councillors have been appointed for matters relating to Amenities, Community Safety, Highways, PR and Media, Transport, Wellbeing and Youth.

COUNCILLOR VACANCY

 In April a Notice of Vacancy was published arising from the resignation of Mark Potterton.  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 helping to shape the future of your local community and influence how residents’ money is spent, 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 Thursday 9th June 2016.  Applicants will be required to attend the Council meeting on Wednesday 6th July as well as the meeting when the co-option will take place on Wednesday 3rd August 2016.

BASSETTS MEAD VISITOR SURVEY

In the coming months, visitors to Bassetts Mead will see developments to the site. Hook Parish Council, in partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, has instigated improvements to accessibility and an enhanced the visitor experience.  In line with this, a visitor survey will be carried out in June/July, so Hook Parish Council can better understand the needs and aspirations of visitors to Bassetts Mead.  The results of the survey will be used to guide ongoing improvements to the site, in line with its status as a SANG (Strategic Alternative Natural Greenspace).

HOOK IN BLOOM

Planting has begun at the Community Centre and in the Village Centre. As soon as the grant from Tesco comes through, the work will start in earnest.  Hook In Bloom volunteers will love to hear from you if you would like to get involved the you via their website at https://hookinbloom.org where there is a link to their facebook page.

HOOK ROYAL PARTY

The next event for the whole village is the Hook Royal Party on 12th June.  Although all are welcome, there is limited availability at Elizabeth Hall so reserve your space by logging on to:  www.hookroyalparty.org

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING

One of a number of items that will have been reported to attendees at the Annual Village Meeting on 18th May, is the completion of the Community Centre.  As the building was completed late and re-occupied in phases, there are staged 12 month maintenance periods under the contract.  These are coming to an end and the Final Account is under negotiation.   The builder, Construction Partnership Ltd (CPL), has applied for an additional award of £521,000 against the contract.  This is not an unusual scenario with this type of contract.

The Parish Council and its advisers believe that CPL is not entitled to any further monies, above the £1.54m already paid.  This difference of opinion is likely to result in a period of negotiation and possibly legal challenge.

The Parish Council has received professional and legal advice.  This was that the Parish Council should be seen to be reasonable, proactive and to be preparing to pay, if required.

As a precautionary measure, on 4th May the Parish Council resolved to seek approval from Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for temporary borrowing of up to £500,000, in the event of the loan being required.  If any borrowing becomes necessary, that is likely to impact on the precept for future years, there will be a consultation on how this cost could be met before the budgets are set.

 SAVE THE DATE

  • Hook’s Royal Party – Sunday 12th June 2016
  • Hook Annual Village Show – Hook Community Centre – Sunday 11th September 2016
May 062016
 

PLANNING MATTERS

Providence House, Bartley Way – There will be a public exhibition (pre-application) at Hook Community Centre on Friday 6th May 2016 between 14:00 & 22:00 for the new buildings proposed in the car parks at Providence House, hosted by Bell Cornwell. The car park areas have been sold separately to the main building that already has planning permissions.

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING

The Hook Annual Village Meeting (AVM) will be held on Wednesday 18th May at 8.00 pm at Hook Community Centre.

  1. Hart District Council has been invited to provide an update on the Local Plan and housing numbers for Hook.
  2. A progress report will be given on the Hook Neighbourhood Plan

The AVM is a community meeting, not a Parish Council meeting and we always welcome ideas for the kind of presentations or activities residents would like to see at this event. 

HEALTH AND WELLBEING EVENT ON THURSDAY 7TH APRIL

Supported by 35 local organisations, Hook’s first Health and Wellbeing Event on Thursday 7th April was opened by Mr. Ranil Jayawardena MP.   Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Cllr. Jonathan Glen also took time to meet the many organisations and volunteers that serve Hook and the surrounding area.

The community led event, supported by Hook Parish Council and funded by the Big Lottery Fund Grants for All initiative, was held at the new Hook Community Centre and created a networking hub for the day. Positive feedback from exhibitors was that it was great to meet up with so many other organisations in a day, to discover ways of working together, with a chance to publicise to Hook residents what organisations do and to recruit members for the various activities and services they offer.

In addition to the stands in the main hall, training courses saw 26 people learning about life saving CPR and how the village’s defibrillators are accessed and used. Hook has a defibrillator in the village centre with we plan to installed a further one outside Hook Community Centre. Other courses included the Feldenkrais Method of movement and education, Spiritual Wellbeing, Digestive and Health Nutrition, Simple Cancer Prevention by Victoria’s Promise, Aspects of Hearing and an interactive session by Dementia Friends.

GOOD NEWS

The Bell Meadow and Bramshott Drive area of Hook is due to be resurfaced by Hampshire County Council. Not only is it good news for nearby residents, but also for the cyclists who use it as a through route to the business area and Holt Lane plus the children who undertake their cycle proficiency training in the vicinity. The works could take place any time over the next few months and residents should watch out for letters with advice as to when to move their cars.

HOOK IN BLOOM

Now that they know £8,000 is coming from the Tesco’s BagsforHelp initiative, the In Bloom volunteers will be planting for In Bloom. The first phase will be the planting of the Hampshire and other ground cover roses from County Series of roses, which will mainly be in the village centre with perhaps some around the new Community Centre. It is then hoped to move on to new containers at strategic places like the entrances into Hook. Hart District Council are budgeting autumn planting of spring bulbs and wild flowers, so that we can have swathes of colour, and are looking at other areas where they can make a positive impact to the environment.

In April, led by young people in Hook, there were several litter picks and tidy ups. More about these in next month’s Hook Focus. All these activity is in support of Hook in Bloom.

All this activity will take time and for more In Bloom news please see page……

  • Hook Fun Run – moves to Hartletts Park – Sunday 15th May 2016
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – 18th May 2016
  • Hook’s Royal Party – Sunday 12th June 2016
  • Hook Annual Village Show – Hook Community Centre – Sunday 11th September 2016
Apr 072016
 

HEALTH AND WELLBEING EVENT ON THURSDAY 7TH APRIL

This free event will see more than 30 exhibitors and groups showing what’s available for the community. It opens at noon and closes at 8pm, so there’s plenty of time to pop along and talk to the wide range of organisations who provide activities, training or advice for Hook residents.

Did you know we have a defibrillator in the village centre? We are about to get another one at the Community Centre. There will be free bookable training sessions on the 7th at 2.30pm and 6.00pm for people who would like to learn how to use them. You never know, you might well be walking through the village or strolling in Hartletts Park one day and someone may just need you to save their life!

The Park Gym will be demonstrating how to use Hook’s outside gym, there will be a cycle challenge by the staff of Hart Leisure Centre and you can ride the Smoothie bike to make your own nutritious smoothie.

The In Bloom volunteers, supported by Tesco, will be providing light refreshments in Bartley so take time out to have a coffee or tea with a friend, or pop into Hartletts Café.

BASSETTS MEAD

This area of public open space is located to the east of Holt Park.  HPC works closely with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, which manages Bassetts Mead on the Council’s behalf.  Last summer, extensive tree works were undertaken to clear several large trees that had fallen across the River Whitewater.  In addition, the car park adjacent to Doctor’s Acre, was extended to improve access for visitors.  Over the coming year, further work is planned to improve the site and the Parish Council would welcome comments from residents and visitors alike concerning this area of natural greenspace.

WARNING

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards would like residents to be alert to unsolicited cold telephone calls whereby the caller claims that you may be in the wrong Council Tax band, and are paying too much.  Furthermore, for a fee, they can look into matters for you.

Any resident wishing to check their Council Tax band is advised that they can do this by calling the Valuation Office Agency on 0300 0501 501 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm).  There is no fee for the checking service.

For advice on scams, or to report a matter to Trading Standards, contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

Further information can be found on the following gov.uk Council Tax Appeal website – www.gov.uk/council-tax-appeals/challenge-your-band.

PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE

and clear up after your dogs and take your litter home. May be it is because we are coming to the end of a long winter but it seems that there is more unwanted mess around. There has been a particular dog problem along the footpath to the school which isn’t at all pleasant. The hedgerows, especially along the stream from the school to Holts Park, also have a lot more litter. Only so many areas can be cleaned by contractors, and volunteer litter squads will soon be out, but it would be more pleasant and helpful if people didn’t drop their litter in the first place. Dog poo bags can be collected free from HPC offices every week day until noon.

WATER MAIN REPLACEMENTS IN STATION ROAD

Please don’t forget these are due to start on 11th April so do plan your visits to this part of the village.

HOOK IN BLOOM

See page….. for the latest In Bloom news.

SAVE THE DATES

  • Health and Wellbeing Event – Hook Community Centre – Thursday 7th April 2016
  • Hook Fun Run – moves to Hartletts Park – Sunday 15th May 2016
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – 18th May 2016
  • Hook’s Royal Party – Sunday 12th June 2016
  • Hook Annual Village Show – Hook Community Centre – Sunday 11th September 2016
Mar 132016
 

MORE GOOD NEWS

The good news this month is that Hook has been awarded two generous grants – one from Tesco’s #BagsofHelp initiative for the Hook in Bloom village planting scheme, which will take place over the coming months and a Big Lottery Fund grant for Health and Wellbeing.  The BLF money will be used to foster the Five Ways to Wellbeing which are Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

This means that it will help with activities such as the Health and Wellbeing Event, various aspects of In Bloom, help put on the Hook Village Show, help with the Taxi Bus, the Wellbeing Directory and go towards providing summer activities for children.

Another bit of good news is that Hook Parish Council has a new website thanks to excellent work by Cllr Jane Bonnin. The website is bright, clean, fresh and easily navigable. One of the reasons for changing is that it will be much easier to manage and update. Well done and thank you Jane.

WATER MAIN REPLACEMENTS IN STATION ROAD

Just as we launch into In Bloom, South East Water announced they will be digging up Station Road! In Bloom is an ongoing project so we will plan around the works.  However, they will cause quite a bit of disruption in the village centre all through the summer until October.

The work will affect the road between railway bridge/Osborn Way to Griffin Way and will be carried out from April until October.  SEW need to put in an entirely new water infrastructure rather than repairing the old. The good news is that there should be no interruption to water supplies.

The road will be closed in three work phases and large lorries will need to go through the village centre.  Businesses reliant on use of large lorries are in direct discussions with the contractors to make it as safe as possible.  Please take care, plan your visits to Hook centre and don’t forget all the businesses that still need your support to carry on as normal during the works.

LOCAL PLAN HOUSING OPTIONS CONSULTATION  

New consultation begins. Please act (or act again) to make sure the views of Hook Residents are heard.

There is no clear indication of the reason that the consultation, run from November to January 2016, on the options to be included in the Local Plan was stopped the day before the consultation closed. The ‘refreshed’ Housing Options Consultation has been reopened, and can be found at: http://www.hart.gov.uk/consultations

The main changes over the previous consultation affect only the ‘Refined Options for Delivering New Homes’ document that now includes all the villages in Hart.

Those who gave an e-mail address on the original response should have received an e-mail from Hart asking you to confirm your previous submission.  If you want your previous response to be re-used you should go to: www.hart.gov.uk/confirmation-of-local-plan-response

If you submitted a paper response a simple ‘re-submission paper’ is available at the Parish Council Office or Trees Newsagent.

If you did not submit a response originally, we encourage you to consider responding this time.  Paper copies of the full form are available at the Parish Council Office or Trees Newsagent.

THANK YOU

Thank you everyone for being so courteous whilst using the Community Centre car park now the school building works are underway and there have been no problems.  One or two minor concerns have been raised on the roads around Church View, where some parents are not parking considerately. So if care could be taken in this area it would be brilliant.

NEW ON LINE SEARCHABLE DIRECTORY

Work is well under way on the new Health and Wellbeing Directory – please make sure your organisation is included.

SAVE THE DATES

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – 18th May 2016
  • Health and Wellbeing Event – Hook Community Centre – Thursday 7th April 2016
  • Hook Fun Run – moves to Hartletts Park – Sunday 15th May 2016
  • Hook Annual Village Show – Hook Community Centre – Sunday 11th September 2016
Feb 062016
 

GOOD NEWS TIME!

We like good news in Hook and this month we can announce that the Hook Precept (the Parish Council element of the Council Tax) will remain at £321,400 again this year.  In practice, based on a Band D household, this means £1.89 pw which is a slight reduction compared with 2015-2016.

The Precept covers the running costs of the services provided by the Parish Council and management of all its assets – open spaces such as Bassetts Mead, playgrounds, sports pitches, cemeteries, street lighting, trees, public art and Christmas lights.  We continue to offer free pre-application planning consultations, to 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, such as The Base Youth Centre and Hook Christmas Cracker.  Where possible we obtain additional funding to enable enhancements to the facilities in Hook and secure them for the long term.

HART LOCAL PLAN REFINED OPTIONS CONSULTATION

At the time or writing we understand the re-consultation on the local plan will commence at the end of January and will be for a period of 6 weeks.  All previous electronic responders will be contacted and asked if they wish to re-submit, which will be a one click action.  It is not clear how paper responses already submitted will be handled.  We will post new information via our usual channels as it becomes available.

See the Hook Neighbourhood Plan website for an update on our joint response.

HOOK’S NEW WELL BEING EVENT

There are lots of great activities, organisations, charities and clubs operating in Hook, plus new ones that have recently started up since the reopening of Hook Community Centre.  With this in mind, the Parish Council is hosting a free (to both exhibitors and visitors) Health and Wellbeing Event in the community centre on Thursday 7th April from noon until 8.00pm.

The times and date were chosen so that everyone has a chance to come along and talk to exhibitors and for organisations to network.  In addition to stands, there will be training on how and when to use the defibrillator, first aid training and demonstrations.  Refreshments will be available with proceeds going to Hook In Bloom.

NEW ON LINE SEARCHABLE DIRECTORY

Hook already has a very good Wellbeing Directory and now moves are afoot to expand the directory and improve access to the information.  Hart Voluntary Action will set up a dedicated Hook section on its database.  Hook is invited to be the first in Hart to use the new system and pave the way for other towns and villages in the district.  If an organisation you are involved with would like to be included please email: .

HOOK IN BLOOM

Without even trying to recruit, 10 very enthusiastic volunteers have stepped forward to help with Hook In Bloom.  More details on page x and in next month’s Hook Focus. The campaign will be officially launched at the Health and Wellbeing event, but in the meantime, the committee are currently seeking grants and sponsorships, organising the competitions and the Village Show. The three parts of Hook In Bloom are:

  1. A business and community In Bloom competition, in support of 2 below;
  2. To enhance the centre of the village and other identified areas with new planting; and
  3. To hold a Flower and Produce Show as part of the Village Show on 11th September.

So whilst the weather is cold think about your gardens and allotments and plan how your family is going to take part.

COMMUNITY AWARDS

Do you know anyone who should be awarded the Hook Community Award?  The only firm rule is that the 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 have not been carried forward so please re-nominate. Please email nominations to by 31st March 2016.

 

Sue Hinton

Parish Councillor

PR and Media Portfolio Holder

Jan 072016
 

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Let’s start the New Year on a right note, with some good news. Nine volunteers have joined forces to hopefully cheer up Hook in 2016. No promises yet but they are applying for grants to improve the village centre under the new Hook In Bloom campaign. If you can help with sponsorship please email .

The committee wants to improve the appearance of Hook and have created a wish list of locations for new planting, are launching business and residents’ competitions to support that aim, and holding a Village Show in September. More news later on the Village Show but it will have something for everyone.

RECYCLING CHRISTMAS TREES

Don’t forget to take your real Christmas tree along to Hook Garden Centre in Reading Road until 9th January for recycling.

LOCAL PLAN HOUSING OPTIONS SURVEY

At the time of writing, the Parish Council were advised that a five page explanation of the options in the Local Plan Options Survey had been delivered to every household. Given the barrage of propaganda from the ‘wehearthart’ (Winchfield action group) it is becoming more and more apparent that your response to the consultation is very important.

You can respond on line at www.hart.gov.uk or paper copies are available at the Parish Council offices Ravenscroft and at Trees newsagent.

For any help or advice please contact the Parish Council Office or e-mail

COMMUNITY AWARDS

Do you know anyone who should be awarded the Hook Community Award? The only firm rule is that the 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 have not been carried forward so please re-nominate. Please email nominations to by 31st March 2016.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Latest scientific evidence has assessed that there are five simple ways of improving wellbeing in everyday life – Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

There are so many activities in Hook, and especially the village halls, to support this advice but do we all know exactly what is on offer?

So everyone has an opportunity to find out exactly what is available, a free (to both exhibitors and visitors) Health and Wellbeing event is planned for Thursday 7th April in Hook Community Centre. Groups or organisations, especially those already using the halls who are involved with providing activities for health and wellbeing in the village, are invited to have a stand. Please email the Parish Clerk to register your interest. It will be on a first come first reserve basis.

There will also be defibrillator and other first aid training available throughout the day.

Hook already has a very good Wellbeing Directory and now moves are afoot to expand the directory and improve access to the information. Hart Voluntary Action will set up a dedicated Hook section on its database and Hook is invited to be the first in Hart to use the new system and pave the way for other towns and villages in the district. If an organisation you are involved with would like to be included please email .

COMMUNITY CENTRE CAR PARK

Schools expansion building works are expected to start during January. A new access to the site will be created from the Community Centre Car Park near the skate park. This will mean the loss of 5-7 parking spaces and construction traffic will be moving through the car park. Please be aware that this will mean an increase in congestion in both the car park and along Ravenscroft. Crossways Car park is free before 9 am and permits can be obtained from the infant school reception, for parking during the afternoon school run.

ANTHONY HAWKINS – Parish Councillor 2011-15

We were shocked to receive the sad news that Anthony had passed away suddenly on Thursday 26th November. Anthony did not stand for Council again in May as he moved to start a new life in West Sussex. Our thoughts are with his fiancée Jacqueline and all his family.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE – Please see the Neighbourhood Plan Website for the latest News

SAVE THE DATES

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – 18th May 2016
  • Health and Wellbeing Event – Hook Community Centre – Thursday 7th April 2016
  • Hook Fun Run – moves to Hartletts Park – Sunday 15th May 2016
  • Hook Annual Village Show – Hook Community Centre – Sunday 11th September 2016

Sue Hinton
Parish Councillor
PR and Media Portfolio Holder