News Releases

News Releases

Some news can’t wait for the monthly bulletin and is posted as a News Release, as it happens.

May 102017
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.
Check out the below posters around the village and our Event on Facebook


Apr 262017

In view of the publication of Hart’s Local Plan, your Parish Council will hold separate consultations specific to any issues that directly affect Hook.

The first of these will be on Sunday 7th May at Elizabeth Hall between 11am – 4pm. The second chance will be on 24th May at the Community Centre between 7pm – 8pm, prior to the Annual Village meeting.

The information will also be displayed outside the Parish Council Reception from the 8th May.

Apr 262017

Hart District Council (HDC) have released the Hart Local Plan today. Please go to to review.

Hart are holding a consultation on the Local Plan on Tuesday 2nd May 2pm – 8pm at Hook Community Centre. It is a drop-in consultation where you can view the plan and ask the District Council staff questions.

You have until 5pm on Friday 9 June 2017 to submit your comments to HDC.

Apr 102016
L-R: Jonathan Glen, Ranil Jayawardena, Jane Worlock

L-R: Jonathan Glen, Ranil Jayawardena, Jane Worlock. Photo: Jackie Lawton

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.

Health and Wellbeing portfolio holder, Cllr. Jane Worlock, said, “It was wonderful to see so many organisations and volunteers under one roof, bringing the community together to talk about their activities, make new friends and discover new ideas.”

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 another about to be provided in 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.

Supported and sponsored by Tescos, including free fruit and vegetables as part of Tescos Eat Happy Project, the Hook In Bloom volunteers provided refreshments all day and evening.

The event embraced recent research published by The New Economics Foundation, who assessed latest scientific evidence and created a simple set of actions to improve wellbeing in everyday life.  The Five Ways to Wellbeing are:

  • Connect
  • Be Active
  • Take Notice
  • Keep Learning
  • Give

It was using this criteria that the parish council identified that it could apply for financial support to help with the Health and Wellbeing Event, the expansion and production of the Health and Wellbeing Directory, support for the Hook Village Show on 11th September and help with publicising the Hook Taxi Bus, Hook Village Halls and Hook in Bloom.

Mar 172016

In Bloom has bagged £8,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Eight million shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed Hook in Bloom has been awarded £8,000.

The results have been announced and we will now begin work on bringing our project to life.

The centre of Hook village is in need of some TLC and now, with Tesco’s help, Hook will be able to start bringing that dream into reality. This is an ongoing project and volunteers know that it will not be a quick fix. During 2016 we will start refurbishing and upgrading the existing beds, build new structures where they are needed, and then introduce permanent colourful planting complemented by annual planting. 

“This is a wonderful and welcome boost from Tesco for our project”, says one of the In Bloom volunteers, Sue Hinton. “We aim to make Hook a bright and colourful place in which to live, work and visit. Everyone will benefit from the various In Bloom initiatives.”

Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and the feedback has been brilliant.

“We can’t wait to see the money being put to use bringing these projects to life.

Nov 292015

Anthony HawkinsIt is with great sadness that Hook Parish Council records the death of former Parish Councillor Anthony Hawkins.

Anthony was by profession a Planning Consultant, who had previously worked for Bell Cornwell in Hook. He joined the Parish Council in 2011,  around the time of his retirement and then brought his expertise to bear for the benefit of Hook, as Chairman of the Parish Council’s Development Strategy Committee and Vice-Chairman of its Planning Committee.

Anthony stood down from the Parish Council in May 2015, to move to Sussex. His expert knowledge and his sense of humour are sorely missed by his former colleagues on the Council.

Oct 242015

Ranil Jayawardena MP returned to Hook on Friday 16th October to officially open the refurbished Hook Community Centre. Two years in the making, the centre opened its doors for business in May to delighted comments from surprised residents that it was like a completely new building and how clean, light and airy it was.

Speaking to a packed hall of guests who are or had been involved with the project, hirers, past hirers, local businesses and residents who had been disrupted by the building works, Ranil said: “Having grown up in Hook and seen the village change over the years, I’m pleased that it retains its sense of community today. It’s great to see the new facilities provided by this community centre, which is just what the people of Hook wanted. I should like to thank Hook Parish Council and Hook Village Halls Charitable Association (HVHCA) for all their work in making this a reality.”

Opening of the Community Centre 2015

Left to right: Iain Chalmers (Chairman of Hook Parish Council),
Robert Leppard (HVHCA director and lead parish councillor during the construction),
Clare Greenwood (HVHCA community facilities manager), Ranil Jayawardena MP,
Anne Atkins (Clerk of Hook Parish Council), David Butler (Chairman of HVHCA).

Chairman of Hook Parish Council, Councillor Iain Chalmers, who welcomed everyone and introduced Ranil to the guests said, “Hook continues to develop as a community and grow.

“The community centre project represents the end of a long journey, and one to which many people from all parts of the community have contributed, many of whom are here today. The result is a community centre fit for the future of our thriving community, both business and residential.

I also want to thank our Parish Clerk, Anne Atkins, because without her foresight and determination this project would have been extremely difficult to achieve.”

Iain finished by saying, “We are also delighted that HVHCA are our partners in running the village halls,” and then introduced David Butler, Chairman of HVHCA the charity that is responsible for running both the Elizabeth Hall and Hook Community Centre.

“I must congratulate the vision that was exercised by Hook Parish Council in re-furbishing the old, draughty community centre into something of such enormous potential benefit to the village,” said Dave Butler, “I urge anyone who has not had a chance to have a look round to do so as soon as they can.

I also want to give public thanks to our directors, community facilities manager and every member of her staff for their commitment in getting things operational so well before, during and following formal handover, despite a number of what can only be called operational difficulties due to inevitable constructional and other delays. Well done everybody.

Being a volunteer director of HVHCA is so rewarding and we have a great team but we do need more, so if anyone is interested in doing something for the heart of the community, please get in touch,” concluded Dave.


There are three main halls, Sheldon, Bartley and Holt, each with their own kitchen facilities, for hire by everyone.

Hook Community Centre is also home to five permanent organisations:

  • Little folk now have a brand new facility in the Hook Community Nursery with its own kitchen, toilets and free flow play areas.
  • The Base Youth Centre which has been running since the 1980s to serve the youth of Hook has a superb area with its own access, kitchen and toilets.
  • The Squash Club has new courts with a viewing gallery and changing facilities.
  • The Parish Council now has new offices with a councillors’ meeting room next door.
  • Already Hartletts Cafe is becoming a hub of village life and people are meeting up regularly for coffee in the morning, lunch and tea. Open for long hours, it is a pleasant meeting place.

Other useful facilities will soon include free WiFi, online access to Citizens Advice and in the future a library kiosk.

Hook Village Halls, the Elizabeth Hall and Hook Community Centre, are managed by Hook Village Halls Charitable Association, which is a not for profit organisation under the leadership of a board of volunteer directors and are run day to day by a team of paid staff.

HVHCA is also arranging, or bringing in, a number of specific events which will be attractive to all age groups. Look out for summer activities next year.

If organisations are interested in hiring any of the facilities at either the Elizabeth Hall or Hook Community Centre they should ring the HVHCA office on 01256 764000. For more information visit

Jun 202015

Gordon WinterIt was with great sadness that we heard the news of Gordon’s passing on June 16 2015. But no matter the loss that we on the council feel, our primary thoughts are with Gordon’s wife Jenny, and their family. We wish you all our heartfelt condolences and, of course, our support.

A Councillor since 2009, Gordon was an exemplary representative for his community. As a colleague on the Council, he was quick to offer support and guidance, yet he was also characterised by a strong ethical sense of what was right.

Gordon was far more than a councillor ‘in name only’. He committed large amounts of his time and energy in support of our community, and was always one of the first to volunteer for additional duties. Perhaps more importantly, during the past 4 years, when there have been a number of major projects going on in the village, Gordon was a constant point of support and advice for the council staff – in this regard, he will not be easily replaced.

And, what of his legacy? In the October 2009 edition of Hook Focus, just before the by-election in which he was elected on to the Parish Council, Gordon wrote that his aims were:

  • Constantly improving the facilities of the village for the benefit of all.
  • To reduce the incidents of vandalism in partnership with the police.
  • Ensuring that future projects are beneficial to the local businesses and economy of the village.

He added that:

“I hope that I can contribute in some small way to maintaining and enhancing the village for us and future generations.”

Gordon, you have done all of that, and so much more.

You will be missed and remembered by us all.

Iain Chalmers, Chairman, Hook Parish Councillor

Dec 292014

In 2004, Hook Parish Council undertook a survey, which subsequently informed the Hook Parish Plan. Since then Hook has seen growth and a number of changes.

A new Council will be elected in 2015, during another period of development and change. This survey will assist the new Council in developing its strategy for retaining the quality of life enjoyed by residents, workers and visitors to Hook for the coming years. The Parish Council has a wide range of duties and powers, which are funded through a portion of the Council tax (the precept) which averages £98 pa per household.

This survey questionnaire aims to seek the views of all who live in Hook (all ages included). A survey aimed at business will be undertaken separately. We not only want to know about the existing facilities and services available in Hook, but also those which will be required to sustain our community in the future.

Please will you take a few minutes to complete the survey?

  • An online version can be completed by visiting:
  • You can also download the form download the form here, complete and return it by e-mail to  or print it and drop it in the designated boxes at Tesco’s, Doctor’s Surgery, Infant and Junior Schools, Post Office, Elizabeth Hall and the red post box at the back of the Community Centre.
  • Printed copies of the questionnaire are also available from these locations or the Parish Council office at the Community Centre.

Your views are invaluable and your time is much appreciated


Feb 252014

Hook Parish Council has been notified of two sets of roadworks which may cause disruption simultaneously.

Delays are inevitable due to increased traffic routine through the centre of Hook, so extra time may be needed for journeys in peak periods.

New Watermain to be laid between Hook and North Warnborough

From 3rd March 2014 SE Water will be carrying out work to replace the water main between Hook and North Warnborough. This will involve lane closures and traffic light controls between The Mill House, North Warnborough and the junction of Station Road with Griffin Way South in Hook, including the M3 junction roundabout.

Work is expected to be completed by 7th June.

Diversions will be in operation. See for the latest information.

A30 Bridge Works

From 24.03.2014 until 30.09.2014 Highways will be replacing the bridge parapets at Fulsome Bridges (the Crooked Billet). During these works the A30 will be maintained open, but reduced to a single carriageway in each direction and the footways will be closed. It is expected there will 2 nights road closure at beginning and end of works and a speed reduction will be in operation during the works.