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.

Mar 082018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dates for your diary

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

Community Christmas

Hook’s 2017 Community Christmas Day lunch was again funded entirely by the kindness and generosity of Hook Fun Run & Road Races, Bell Cornwell, Hook & Odiham Lions Club, Whitewater Pharmacy, William Grant & Sons, Tesco, Rawlings Transport, Taylor Wimpey, Andwell Brewery, Hartletts Café and Hampshire County Council.  Both the jolly band of dedicated volunteers, who gave their time to host the event, and those who attended had a wonderful time. Thank you everyone for your fantastic support!

Hook Neighbourhood Plan Update

The first Draft of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation in January and two public events took place on 18th and 20th.   If you missed the consultations, or wish to review the documents please go to:  Please take the time to give us your views at: or by using the comment form on the Neighbourhood Plan website.  The closing date for responses is 8th February 2018.

South East Water

The South East Water works have started on Griffin Way South and are expected to take 27 weeks.  There will inevitably be delays and traffic congestion, particularly during peak times.  Whilst South East Water appreciate that these delays are frustrating, please be courteous to other road users and allow extra time for your journey.  Update on how the work is progressing can be found at:

Council Precept 2018-19

At the January Parish Council meeting the Parish Precept for 2018–19 was set at £363,400. This means an average Band D household will pay £2.02 per week, equivalent to a pot of tea at a local café.

The Precept covers the running costs of the variety of facilities, land management and services provided by the Parish Council.  A number of new and exciting initiatives and events are planned for the coming year.  We continue to offer free pre-application planning consultations and to work closely on the development of the Hook Neighbourhood 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.

Hook 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 27th April 2018.

Great Community Spirit

Our thanks go to Hook Runners for organising and undertaking a litter pick around the centre of Hook.  They collected 25 black bags of rubbish in one hour.  This has made a positive difference to our village and deserves recognition and appreciation.

Keen eyed residents may also have spotted brightly coloured or themed painted pebbles hidden around the village.  This is part of a growing Facebook community called Hidden Rocks Hook.  Many of our talented young (or young at heart) residents have produced and shared their mini works of art for others to see, photograph and relocate for others to find.  Why not join the fun, contribute your own creation and help brighten the landscape.  See the Hidden Rocks Facebook page for more information on participating.

Dates for your diary
Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Jan 042018

Happy New Year

The Parish Council would like to wish all of our residents a happy new year.  We have lots of exciting new things planned for 2018, so look out for updates in the usual places – Hook Focus, noticeboards, our website and on Facebook.

Bookkeeper/Finance Administrator Vacancy

Over the last 15 months the Parish Council Committees and administration have undergone a Structure Review. A number of changes h have been gradually implemented.  This has created a vacancy for a new member of our team.  We are looking to recruit a part time Bookkeeper/Finance Administrator.  Please contact the Parish Council Office for more information.  Closing Date for applications is 12th January 2018.

Hook Village Show Call for Volunteers

 The provisional date for the 2018 Hook Village Show, is 15th July 2018.  The Flower and Produce Show, in aid of Hook in Bloom, will become a separate event, as this needs to be held in the autumn.  In order to ensure the success of the event, we will need a team of willing volunteers to help with the organisation prior to the event and on the day.  If you are able to help, please email to register your interest.

Hook Community Award

Do you know anyone whose community contribution 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 the community, 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 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 27th April 2018.

Hook Neighbourhood Plan Update

The first Draft of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan will be open for public consultation from 15th January.  Two consultation events are being held in January.

  • 18th January 2018 at Elizabeth Hall, Raven Road 18.00 – 21.00
  • 20th January 2018 at Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft 12.00 – 16.30

Please come along to review and make comment on the plans.

Grit Bins

Hampshire County Council has around 3500 roadside salt bins located across the highway network.  They have been checking and replenishing these in recent weeks.
The bins are filled with a 50:50 mix of salt and grit and this can be freely used by members of the community for de-icing pavements and smaller access roads, and particularly those areas of public highway that are not covered by one of their main salting routes. P lease be aware that it only takes a tablespoon of salt/grit (roughly around 20 grams) to treat one square metre of road or pavement so a full bin can treat a substantial area.   If your local salt bin is less than ¾ full and needs refilling through the winter season, the quickest way to let them know is via the specific link on their web page at:

Recycling of Christmas trees

Between Saturday 6th January and Tuesday 30th January, Hart District Council are again running Free Real Christmas Tree Recycling collection points.  Please take your tree to the local collection point and place it in the cordoned-off area for Hart’s team to remove on a regular basis and recycle during January.   The most local ones to Hook are:

  • Crossways Car Park, Hook (By the doctors)
  • Church Road Car Park, Fleet
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre, Springwell lane, Hartley Wintney
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre, Wade Road, Basingstoke

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.

For more information go to

South East Water

Following the consultation event that South East Water held on 29th November, just a reminder that the works on Griffin Way South will start on 8th January.  Works are expected to take 27 Weeks and it is anticipated there will be delays and traffic congestion, particularly during peak times.  Please allow extra time for your journey.

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  Three is also a link off the Parish Council website.

All you have to do is enter the post code where the problem is located, or use the map to pinpoint the location, together with a short description of the issue.  This will be forwarded to the correct authority for the specific problem.  Residents say this system is usually extremely efficient and they did receive or could track progress with resolution of the problem.

Dates for your diary

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – 23rd May 2018
  • Neighbourhood Plan First Draft Consultations –
    • 18th January 2018 at Elizabeth Hall, Raven Road 18.00 – 21.00
    • 20th January 2018 at Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft 12.00 – 16.30
Dec 062017

Hook Community Christmas

The Parish Council plans to host a Hook Community Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day again this year. Anyone who will be alone (of any age) on Christmas day can join the party for Christmas dinner, some fun, carol singing and to enjoy the company of others. This event is free for guests thanks to a number of local organisations, volunteers and sponsors who have been extremely generous in providing money, time and goods.

If you are able to volunteer your help on the day or if you will be alone on Christmas Day and would like lunch, please get in contact by e-mail at or call the office on 01256 768687 for more information or to register your interest.

New Councillor – Rob Cowell OBE

The Parish Council is pleased to announce that Rob Cowell OBE has now joined the council. He has recently retired after serving 36 years in the RAF. Rob originates from Hampshire and moved to Hook in 2006, with his wife and two grown up sons. He enjoys tennis, golf and travel and gardening. Rob has a genuine desire to use his administrative and leadership skills in all committee activities, and relishes the opportunity to face the future challenges of Hook’s development.

Parish Council Office Christmas Closure

Please be aware that the Office will close at 12 noon on Friday December 22nd December and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Planning News

The last year has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of Hook planning applications, submitted to Hart District Council (HDC). These include several large scale developments such as Owen’s Farm (West of Hook). Hook Parish Council’s Planning and Infrastructure Committee meets twice monthly to discuss such applications. As a statutory consultee, representing the local community’s interests, it continues to feedback local opinions though the submission of planning comments to HDC. A summary of the larger applications received and the Parish Council’s response to them can be found at  If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Parish Council for a paper copy.

Wellworth Park Play Area Refurbishment

The official opening was a great success. Over 100 people enjoyed the sunshine when the park was officially opened by Ranil Jayawardena MP, who was accompanied by his young daughter. Wicksteed provided goody bags for every child. The Parish Council have been awarded £1,000 towards the refurbishment from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ Scheme. Thank you to all those who voted for the project with, their blue discs in Tesco’s. Thank you also to ‘Petals From Paula’ who donated the ribbons for the opening ceremony. The new play equipment enables greater accessibility, combining modern equipment with classic childhood favourites and provides a wonderful play venue for children of all ages. .

Hook Infrastructure

The Parish council is a key link between the community and other tiers of local government. We have regular dialogue with Hampshire County Council highways and endeavour to keep residents informed of relevant matters.

S E Water will commence installation of an essential new water main, between Griffin Way South and the roundabout on station road, on 8th January. This will be done in sections and will take until July to be completed.   Traffic disruption is unavoidable, as traffic lights will be in operation.

Recycling and Waste

Hart District Council will take one or more of their green 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.   Alternately, if you prefer to have a wheeled glass bin they are available from Hart District Council and cost £30. Please remember that wrapping paper, shredded paper, plastic packaging cannot be recycled and will need to go in your black bins. For more information about recycling, go to or call 01252 622122.

Crime and ASB

There has been a recurrence of break-ins to access cars keys from the house and steal the cars. With Christmas around the corner, make sure you secure your property.

Thieves often gain access by putting a hand or hook through the letter box and removing keys left visible nearby, or lifting the handle to open the door. UPVC doors are particularly vulnerable, where the handle had been lifted to engage the lock rather than locked with the key. Advice from the police is to double lock all doors with the key when leaving home and at night and ensure keys are not visible through the letter box or window.  Free advice can also be obtained from

The Parish Councillors and the Office Staff would like to wish all our residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Dates for your diary

  • Hook Community Christmas Lunch–25th December 2017, Hook Community Centre 12 – 3pm
Nov 092017

New Parish Councillor

At the closing date, one application had been received for the councillor vacancy on the Parish Council.  The candidate will, therefore, be appointed at the Parish Council Meeting on the 1st November.  A brief resume about the new councillor will be in December’s Focus.

South Western Trains

South Western Railway is proposing major changes to the rail service to Hook at peak times.  Our local MP, Ranil Jayawardena is running a petition to persuade South Western Railways to change their proposal to reduce both the number of peak morning services from Hook to London Waterloo from five to two.  The South Western Railway proposal is currently out for public consultation, which closes on 22nd December 2017.

Please go to ( to find out more and support Ranil in his efforts to change these proposed timetable amendments, as we are aware that this will affect a large number of Hook and Winchfield residents who use the train to get to work in London. You can also send your comments directly to South Western Trains by email

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.  Please remove all vehicles from the car park before 4pm.

Hook Community Christmas

The Parish Council plans to host a Hook Community Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day again this year.  Anyone who will be alone on Christmas day can join the party for a free Christmas dinner, some fun, carol singing and to enjoy the company of others.  This event is free for guests thanks to a number of local organisations, volunteers and sponsors who have been extremely generous in providing money, time and goods.

If you are able to volunteer your help on the day or if you will be alone on Christmas Day and would like lunch, please get in contact by e-mail at or call the office on 01256 768687 for more information or to register your interest.

Hook Christmas Cracker

The Hook Christmas Cracker team are busy putting together a programme of entertainment for 2nd December from 5pm.  See for information.

Bassetts Mead

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, who manage Bassetts Mead on the Parish Council’s behalf, have been busy pruning trees, shoring up the river beds and pollarding the area.  This is all in a bid to increase the diversity of habitats for wildlife and fish stocks in the river which will hopefully encourage otters to return.  For Information about what the Trust has been doing go to

Public Transport Survey

The lack public transport in Hart is a major problem for those who do not have access to a car or bus service; or who would prefer not to have to drive to the train station.  It can make it difficult for some to find employment; and for others to attend their hospital appointments, do their shopping or even do every day essential visits to friends etc.  For those with mobility problems it can lead to social isolation.

Transport in Hart is a Group founded to establish whether there are ways of increasing the amount of road based public transport available to the community of Hart District and to see if there are better ways of integrating scheduled bus or train services, with proposals for new and improved Community Transport.  The Group includes the 21 Town/Parish Councils in Hart, the 7 Voluntary Care Groups and the current Community Transport operators.

The Group now needs your help to understand your particular needs, so that options of what may be available can be explored.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey at:

Hard copies of the survey are available at the Parish Council office.  The survey closes on 30th November 2017

Dates for your diary

  • HSPA Fire Show – Hook Junior and Infant Schools – 4th November from 5pm
  • Hook Christmas Cracker – Saturday 2nd December 2pm – 9pm – Station Road and Crossways Car Park
  • Hook Community Christmas – Monday 25th December 2017, Hook Community Centre 12 noon – 3pm
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:

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.


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 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

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, phone, post, email, Facebook Messenger, or in person at our offices.

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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:

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.


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.


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:


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



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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.


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 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.


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.


  • 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