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.

Oct 112017
 

Hook Village Show

The Hook Village Show took place on the 10th September and was well attended despite the weather.  The Parish Council stand was popular with children, who were busy entering the Vegetable and Treasure Hunt competitions. The winner of a Smart Phone (donated by a local resident) for the Vegetable Hunt was Daniel Parsons and Ollie Turner won a bag of gold (£10 in coins) for the Treasure Hunt    Our thanks go out to all those who braved the elements to help with the multitude of tasks on the day.

Wellworth Park Play Area Refurbishment

At the time of writing, work on replacing the play area is due to start at the end of September.   The contractor hopes to complete the work by the 23rd October. The play area will be closed during the refurbishment work. The reopening date will be announced in October, but may be subject to change, depending on the weather conditions. We will publish updates via our notice boards and Facebook page. Below is the updated graphic image of what the new park will look like.

Skate Park and Graffiti

As you may be aware, on the evening of Monday 4th September, the skate park ramps were heavily sprayed with graffiti. The Parish Council routinely paints the ramp surfaces with a special ‘grippy’ paint to improve safety. The areas of the ramps covered in graffiti were slippery and our Independent Play Inspector advised that the sudden change of ride surface, from grip to slip, part way across the ramp created an unnecessary hazard. This was also confirmed by several skaters. The Council took steps to rectify the problem and re-open the park as quickly as possible.

The Council has a zero tolerance policy on graffiti in general and endeavours to remove it where possible. The exception to this has been to allow the young people using the skate park to graffiti the upright walls, but not the ramps, provided it is not rude or offensive. This policy has worked well and has been respected by our local youth and skate park users. It is a pity those responsible have caused such inconvenience to the users and expense to the Council. This was not the only area of Hook that fell victim to graffiti and the Police are following up on information about possible perpetrators.

Hook Fireworks Show

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.

Hook Community Christmas

Last year the first Hook Community Christmas Lunch was held on Christmas Day. Anyone who alone on Christmas day was able to join the party for a free Christmas dinner, some fun, carol singing and to enjoy the company of others.    A number of local businesses were extremely generous in providing both money and goods. A large team of local people volunteered to help with a host of tasks including decorating the hall, cooking, serving food, transport etc.

The Parish Council plans to host the lunch again in 2017.   We will be in contact with those who attended last year, but 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. If you will be alone, but could not to the Community Centre, we may be able to arrange for Santa and his helper to deliver a Christmas Dinner, so please do get in contact.

We will be shortly be in touch with those who helped us last year to see if they wish to volunteer again. Until we know the number of guests we do not know how many volunteers are needed. If you are a Hook resident and would like to help beforehand or on the day, please e-mail us at or call the office on 01256 768687 for more information or to register your interest.

Dates for your diary

  • HSPA Fire Show – Hook Schools – 4th November
  • Hook Christmas Cracker – Saturday 2nd December 2pm – 9pm – Station Road and Crossways Car Park
  • Hook Community Christmas – Monday 25th December 2017, Hook Community Centre
Sep 142017
 

Hook Village Show

On Sunday 10th September, the Village Show will take place at Hartletts Park from 12–5pm. The day is jam-packed with activities and fun for all the family. Entry is free and highlights include:

Fire Engine – sit in a fire engine, chat to the fire fighters, try on their uniform

  • . Police Car – meet your beat officer and PCSO, sit in a police car, turn on the sirens and lights; crime prevention information available; dressing up kit for children and colouring fun.

Dog Show – Hart District Council’s Dog Warden will be running a dog show. Enter your dog on the day in one or more categories, which include: dog in best condition, best handler under 16 and dog with the waggiest tail.

  • Tug of War Contest – Enter a team of 4 people for the chance to win £100 cash. £5 entry per team. Prior registration required.
  • Fairground – A selection of fairground rides supplied by Walls & Son Pleasure Rides including Bungee Bounce, Mega Slide, Bouncy Castle Play Centre as well as others
  • Show Arena – Lots of exciting events and displays throughput the day
  • The Base – The Base will be holding an event either in The Base or outside (dependent on the weather)
  • Classic Cars – There will be a selection of classic cars on display.
  • Food and Drink – There will be a variety of food and drink stalls available including a Beer Tent, Ice Cream Vans, Sweet Stall and Burger/Sausage stall
  • Tea Room – Tesco are providing a “pop up ” Tea Room in the Community Centre throughout the day

There will also be the Food and Produce show on in the Community Centre between 2pm – 4pm with the prize giving for the winners at 4pm.

Radio Frimley Park are the resident DJ’s for the day and will compere the event.

Event information will be updated on the Parish Council’s Facebook page as attractions are added. The Councillors and staff look forward to seeing you there.

School Parking

As the school are re-opening after the summer, this is just a reminder to be courteous to other drivers using the Hook Community Centre Car Park, as it can get very congested. This car park is primarily for users of Hartletts Park and Hook Community Centre, but the Parish Council permits it to be used for school drop off and pick up. Please do not park in the staff or disabled parking (without a blue badge) or on the yellow lines at any time. The schools can be contacted for more information on parking at Crossways Car Park.

Refurbishment of Wellworth Park Play Area

Following the Parish Council meeting on the 2nd August, Wickstead (Design A) was awarded the contract for refurbishing the play area. A final scheme, based on Design A is being in prepared, ready for work to commence in September. Thank you to everyone who responded to the surveys; your input and comments were greatly appreciated and assisted in the decision making process. Please see next month’s Focus and the Council’s Facebook page for updates on the reopening of the play area.

Council and Committee Meetings

The public are welcome to any meetings of the Council or its Committees. The calendar of meetings and agendas are displayed on the Parish Council notice boards and website. See updates at: http://hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/council-meetings/

The Agendas are published 7 days before each meeting. at the beginning of the meetings, there is an opportunity for members of the public to speak on matters which affect the Council or Committee, under an item called the Ten Minute Rule. If you wish to attend and speak, please note the following:

–   Any resident of the Parish may ask to speak during the Ten Minute Rule;

–   Only one person can speak on any given topic at any meeting;

–   The normal time allowed will be a total of 10 minutes, but the chairman may vary this depending on number of speakers wishing to address the council;

–   The Councillors undertake to listen to the speaker, and may ask questions for clarification; it does not undertake to answer questions raised during the same session;

–   The more notice given, the more specific any questions are and the more clearly an issue is described, the more likely it is that the Council will be able to provide an answer;

–   Any written materials available can be submitted at least 24 hours before the meeting to the Executive Officer for circulation to Councillors.

Would you like to become a Hook Parish Councillor?

There is a current vacancy for a Parish Councillor. If you have a strong interest in your local community and would like to shape the future of Hook, then this is the role for you.

The time required to carry out the role varies depending on individual interests and Committee involvement. Attending relevant meetings and active participation, as part of a team, is essential. A commitment to attend training, support Council activities and events would also be expected. Meetings and community activities can take place during the day, evening or weekends.

Full Council meets on the first Wednesday of every month.

There are three Committees:

  • Planning & Infrastructure (P&I) – meets every fortnight on a Wednesday evening.
  • Environment & Community (E&C) – meets on the third Wednesday of every month.
  • Finance, Strategy & Resources (FSR) – meets every two months on a Tuesday evening.

To be considered for the vacancy, please write to the Executive Officer with a summary about yourself, including:

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

The closing date for applications is 15th September. Candidates will be invited to an informal information evening on 28th September to meet Councillors and the Executive Officer. Co-option will take place at the Parish Council meeting on 1st November 2017.

Please contact the Executive Officer, Anne Atkins, for more information or a chat about this rewarding role.

SAVE THE DATE:

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

Jul 042017
 

Annual Village Meeting

The Hook Village Annual Meeting was held on the 24th May, and more than 80 residents attended. A number of local groups displayed their group’s activities and how to get involved.

As a precursor to the evening, the Hart Draft Local Plan was on display and information on how this impacted on Hook. Also on display were concept designs for the refurbishment of the Wellworth Park Play Area.

The Hart Local Plan was the key focus of discussion. And this led to some lively exchanges with the District Councillors, who were there to answer residents’ concerns and questions.

The Neighbourhood Steering Group gave a very informative presentation, about the progress of the of the Neighbourhood Plan. If you would like to join the group, please contact them via their website http://neighbourhoodplan.hook.gov.uk/contact/ or email:

The 2017 Hook Community Award was presented to Hook Christmas Cracker. It was accepted by Bernice Wall, David Grant and Mike Morris. The Christmas Cracker has gained in popularity and become a major community event in Hook. This year the event will take place on the 2nd December. If you would like to become involved please contact:

Councillor Vacancy

In June a Notice of Vacancy was published arising from the resignation of Lee Haddock. Lee was co-opted to the Council in November 2016, but has sadly had to step down due to other commitments. We would like to thank him for his time on the council and wish him well for the future.

At the time of writing, it is not known if Hart will receive the required number of letters calling for a formal ballot. If there are sufficient letter, a notice calling for nominations for candidates will be published in early July.   Otherwise, the Parish Council will need to fill the vacancy by co-option as soon as possible.   In either case, 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 Executive Officer to find out more about this rewarding role within our forward thinking team.

If the vacancy is to be filled by co-option, details of deadlines and how to apply will be published in August on our website and noticeboards and also in the September Focus.

Wellworth Park Play Area Refurbishment

Five different designs for the refurbishment of the Wellworth Park Play Area were displayed in the Community Centre foyer during May and June. The consultation has now closed and the comments will be considered by the Environment & Community Committee in order to formulate a final plan, that will go out to tender.

Health and Wellbeing event

The Health and Wellbeing event took place on the 20th May, with over 30 exhibitors several talks and demonstrations. Tesco provided fruit for the Smoothie Bike and savoury snacks in a pop-up refreshment Café. The Base organised activities for children, so adults could attend the talks or browse the exhibition. Over 50 residents and families attend during the course of the day. There was a good response to the free First aid and defibrillator training. Two defibrillators are publicly accessible: one at Grand Parade, by the Mosaic and the other is currently in the Parish Council office, but is due to be installed outside the Community Centre shortly.

Hart Local Plan

Over the past few weeks, Hart District Council (HDC) has been consulting with the community regarding the content of its draft Local Plan. The closing date for responses to this consultation has now passed and HDC are currently digesting the findings. Hart have stated that the publication of a Pre-Submission Document for comments will be made available in the Winter. Hook Parish Council has highlighted several points of objection and the formal response to the consultation can be found on its website at http://hook.gov.uk/hook-parish-councils-formal-response-to-the-harts-draft-local-plan-consultation

Most recently, the Parish Council has been consulted by several developers with interests at Bartley House (Station Road), West of Hook (Owen’s Farm) and Winchfield sites. It is beneficial to all parties if the Parish Council is consulted on any further development in Hook at the earliest possible stage, as this enables the Council to represent the views of the community, whilst endeavouring to secure a favourable outcome where development happens. Planning applications outlining proposals for West of Hook and Winchfield are expected to be submitted to HDC in August and the public are encouraged to comment, via Hart’s website as these applications go live.

Website, Facebook, Social Media and Noticeboards

There are four Parish Council Noticeboards within Hook. These are regularly updated and are located at:

  • Hartletts Park (opposite the Community Centre)
  • Grand Parade Shops (next to Barista Coffee Shop)
  • Wellworth Park (at the entrance from A30)
  • Holt Park (on the main road in opposite Doctors Acre, next to the Bus Stop).

The Parish Council can be contacted via www.hook.gov.uk, phone, post, email, Facebook Messenger, or in person at our offices.

Jun 212017
 

LOCAL PLAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOOK VILLAGE SHOW

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

DOG FOULING AND LITTERING

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

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

IMPORTANT DATE 

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

Events at hook community centre:

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

 

 

May 102017
 

HOOK’S HEALTH & WELLBEING EVENT

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

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

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

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

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

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING

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

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

 

The meeting is not only a great way to meet other residents, whose paths you may not usually cross, but also an opportunity to meet some of the many organisations that provide local services and to have your say in ‘Hook’ matters.

HART LOCAL PLAN

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

HOOK VILLAGE SHOW

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

SAVE THE DATES 

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

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@HookPC

Apr 122017
 

HOOK’S HEALTH & WELLBEING EVENT

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

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

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

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING

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

WELLWORTH PARK

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

HART LOCAL PLAN

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

HOOK HOPPA AND LOCAL TRANSPORT

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

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

HOOK VILLAGE SHOW

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

HELP SAVE THE HOOK CHRISTMAS CRACKER

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

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

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

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

KEEP CALM AND CHAT TO A COUNCILLOR

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

HOOK FUN RUN

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

SAVE THE DATES

Events at hook community centre:

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

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

HEALTH & WELLBEING EVENT

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

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

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

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

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

 HART LOCAL PLAN

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

COUNCILLOR JANE BONNIN

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

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

COMMUNITY AWARD NOMINATIONS

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

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING 24th MAY

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

HOOK VILLAGE SHOW 10TH SEPTEMBER

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

KEEP CALM AND CHAT TO A COUNCILLOR

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

SAVE THE DATES 

events at hook community centre:

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

 

Feb 062017
 

COUNCIL PRECEPT 2017-18

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

The Precept covers the running costs of the services provided by the Parish Council and management of all its land, facilities and services provided.  We continue to offer free pre-application planning consultations.  We continue work closely on the development of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan and emerging Hart Local Plan.  We support a number of local organisations, events and charities.  Where possible we obtain additional funding to enable enhancements to the facilities in Hook and secure them for the long term.

NEW COUNCILLOR

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

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

NEW OFFICE TEAM MEMBER

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

RE-ORGANISATION

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

HOOK HOPPA

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

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS

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

HOOK’S HEALTH & WELLBEING EVENT

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

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

COMMUNITY AWARDS

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

KEEP CALM AND CHAT TO A COUNCILLOR

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

  • 28th February 2017
  • 28th March 2017

SAVE THE DATES

Events at Hook Community Centre:

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

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

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

RECYCLING CHRISTMAS TREES

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

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

FIX MY STREET

If residents experience problems in and around Hook with potholes, streetlight faults, fly tipping, footpaths etc. the quickest way to get them fixed is to log on to www.fixmystreet.com.  All you have to do is enter the post code of where the problem is located, together with a short description and this will be forwarded to the correct authority for resolution.  Residents say this system is extremely efficient – within days of reporting a missing manhole cover in Station Road, a team from Hart cleared the railway bridge of weeds and debris and the cover was replaced before an accident occurred.

WHO DOES WHAT?

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

DEFIBRILLATORS

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

 BETTER BROADBAND IN HOOK?

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

NEW TEAM MEMBER

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

COMMUNITY AWARDS

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

SAVE THE DATES

Events at Hook Community Centre:

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

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS

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

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

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

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

HOOK HOPPA

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

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

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

KEEP CALM AND CHAT TO A COUNCILLOR

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

  • 28th February 2017
  • 28th March 2017

NEW COUNCILLOR

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

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

CHRISTMAS PREPARATION and INFORMATION

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

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

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

CHRISTMAS OFFICE CLOSING DATES

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

SAVE THE DATE

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