News Releases

News Releases

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

Dec 122019
 

There is currently a vacancy for a Councillor.  If you have a strong interest in your local community, would like to help shape the future of Hook and influence what residents’ money is spent on, then this may be the role for you.

The closing date for applications is Friday 30th January 2020

For more information and how to apply, please go to our Website, Facebook page or the News section on our App.  Alternatively, please contact the Executive Officer, Anne Atkins on 01256 768 687 or , for more information or a chat about this rewarding role.

Nov 132019
 

Following on from the successes of Hook village at the Fullers Hampshire Village of the Year Awards 2019 (where we were awarded 5 awards), Hook Parish Council has triumphed in this years Hampshire Association of Local Councils Awards (HALC).

In the Communications section, the Parish Council was presented with the Glass Trophy as Winner for Best Use of Social Media and was Runner-up for the Best Local Council Website (the e-mango Shield).
Anne Atkins was Runner-up for the Award of Hampshire Clerk of the Year 2019 (The Kirk Shield).

The Chairman of Hook Parish Council, Jane Worlock, said, “This is a great achievement by the Parish Council and our Clerk, Anne Atkins. As a local Council, our excellence in community engagement, via social media, has been recognised as the best in Hampshire. Thanks go to our officers, who provide such a great service for our residents and especially Anne, who deserves this special recognition.

Picture: Jane Worlock (Chairman of Hook Parish Council and a Hart District Councillor) being presented with the award for “Best Use of Social Media” from Cllr Mike Evans (HALC Chairman)

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Nov 092019
 

Hook Neighbourhood Plan

There was a good turnout at the Referendum Vote for the Hook Neighbourhood plan that was held on the 7th October. It was an overwhelming 96% of the votes cast were “Yes” to the Neighbourhood Plan.  This will now go to Hart District Council to be approved into Planning Policy.

Closure of Community Centre car park

The Annual Hook Schools Parents Association Fire Show and Fireworks will take place on Saturday 9th 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 Village scoops 5 awards at The Hampshire & Isle Of Wight Village Of The Year Competition

Hook won five awards at this year’s ‘Hampshire & IOW Village of the Year’ competition, which was sponsored by Fullers Brewery. The awards ceremony for the annual competition, organised by the Hampshire Association of Local Councils, was held at Chandlers Ford on 25th September.
Hook’s tally of awards included:

  • Winner, ‘Excellence in Community Engagement’ (Steven Lugg Trophy) for the Hook App
  • Winner, ‘Most Inspirational Person’ – Sue Hinton
  • Runner-up, ‘Best Open Space’ for Hook in Bloom
  • Highly Commended, ‘Best Community Initiative’ for ‘Hook Books’
    and finally,
  • Runner-up in the coveted ‘Overall Best Hampshire & Isle of Wight Village of the Year 2019’ category, which was won by Bishops Waltham.

These awards recognise the dedication and selfless work of the many volunteers in Hook, whose caring residents embody a true community spirit which makes our village such a friendly and happening place to live.

Remembrance Sunday and Poppies on lampposts

The annual service at the Church and Memorial will take place on Sunday 10th November.   The Parish Council will lay a wreath at the War Memorial at the 9.00 am service, as per usual and at the St John’s service at 10.15 am.

The Parish Council will fly the Union Jack flag on the Flagpole in Hartletts Park (opposite the Community Centre) throughout the weekend.

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

At the time of writing the final gig in the 2019 Echo Hotel Music Club (EHMC) programme, The Mentulls supported by Little Geneva is due to take place on Saturday 2nd November.  We are currently finalising next years (2020) programme.  For more information, visit www.echohotelmusicclub.co.uk or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/.

Community Christmas

Bookings now open for the Hook Community Christmas Lunch on 25th December.  Anyone, of any age, who will be alone on Christmas Day is welcome.  Please join the party and tuck into a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, have some fun, take part carol singing and enjoy good company.  Transport can be arranged on request.

If you think you may be alone on 25th December, or if you know of someone who will be, then please contact the Parish Council office.

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents The Mentulls Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 2nd November 8pm – 11pm
Sep 262019
 

Hook won five awards at this year’s ‘Hampshire & IOW Village of the Year’ competition, which was sponsored by Fullers Brewery. The awards ceremony for the annual competition, organised by the Hampshire Association of Local Councils, was held at Chandlers Ford on 25th September.

Hook’s tally of awards included:

• Winner, ‘Excellence in Community Engagement’ (Steven Lugg Trophy) for the Hook App
• Winner, ‘Most Inspirational Person’ – Sue Hinton
• Runner-up, ‘Best Open Space’ for Hook in Bloom
• Highly Commended, ‘Best Community Initiative’ for ‘Hook Books’
and finally,
• Runner-up in the coveted ‘Overall Best Hampshire & Isle of Wight Village of the Year 2019’ category, which was won by Bishops Waltham.

Anne Atkins, Executive Officer of Hook Parish Council, said, “These awards recognise the dedication and selfless work of the many volunteers in Hook, who care so passionately about their village”.

Jane Worlock, Chairman of Hook Parish Council and Hart District Councillor for Hook Ward, said, “What a fantastic achievement by Hook, whose caring residents embody a true community spirit which makes our village such a friendly and happening place to live”.

 

 

 

 

Left to right :  Anne Atkins (Executive Officer of Hook Parish Council) , Sandra Tidy (Hook in Bloom & Hook Books), Maggie Kirtley (Hook in Bloom & Hook Books), Jane Worlock Chairman of Hook Parish Council and Hart District Councillor for Hook Ward, Pam Mercer Administrative Officer (Community Engagement) at Hook Parish Council and Sue Hinton (Hook in Bloom & Hook Books and winner of Most Inspirational Person

 

 

 

 

Left to right – Anne Atkins, Executive Officer of Hook Parish Council, Jane Worlock, Chairman of Hook Parish Council and Hart District Councillor for Hook Ward

Sep 132019
 

Over the last 5 years there have been several consultations on the content of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan.   Following Examination by an independent Inspector, Hart District Council approved the Plan to be taken to Referendum.  This means all registered electors of Hook have the final say in whether the Plan gets adopted and becomes part of Hart’s Planning Policy for Hook.

The document sets out the community’s objectives for the development and use of land in Hook.  It includes a vision of how the Village Centre can be revitalised, adds weight to the protection of our green spaces and moves us towards improved sports and leisure facilities.

The more people who turn out and vote “YES”, the stronger our defence against unwelcome development and ensures the strength of the Plan.

The Plan documents can be found online at www.hart.gov.uk/Hook.  A printed copy of the Plan and Examiner’s Report can be viewed at Hook Community Centre and at Elizabeth Hall.

Please encourage as many of your friends and family, who live in Hook, to vote.  Support your community by sharing the information we publish on our website, Facebook page and Hook App.  If you would like to display a poster in your window (there are a number of versions to choose from), they can be found below.  There is also a copy of our information leaflet.  For more information please contact the Parish Council Office 01256 768687 or contact us via Facebook or email

NP Referendum Information Handout

NP Referendum Poster 4 – Aqua

NP Referendum Poster 3 – Tropics

NP Referendum Poster 1 – Green

Sep 062019
 

Planning Update

Hook Action Against Over Development (HAAOD) have issued their latest newsletter giving an update on planning/development related matters that Hook residents may be interested in:

  • Premier Inn Hotel coming to Hook
  • New settlement\Shapley Heath Garden Community update
  • Local Plan update
  • Holt Farm SANG application

See the Parish Council website http://hook.gov.uk/category/news/development/ or to subscribe to the newsletter, please go to https://hookdevaction.org.uk/subscribe/ . A paper copy is also available from the Parish Council Office.

The Parish Council Planning and Infrastructure (P&I) Committee agenda for 24th July included consideration of the Holt Farm SANG application).  However, due to inaccuracies in the submitted plans the application had been taken off-line from HDC’s planning portal, so is likely to be discussed at one of the September P&I Committee meetings.  Please see our notice boards and website for future P & I agendas.

Please be aware that whilst Hook Parish Council is consulted on planning matters, the Council’s representation is only one voice.  If you wish your views to be taken into account by HDC in their determination of planning applications (whether in support or in opposition), please submit comments directly to Hart via their planning portal, or

Hook Neighbourhood Plan – VOTE YES

The Hook Neighbourhood Plan will be taken to the residents of Hook in a Referendum on 7th October.  Please support this important document for the future of Hook by voting YES and also encourage your friends and neighbours to do so.  See page X for more information on the voting process.

Hook Village Show

Over 2000 people attended the annual Village Show which took place at Hartletts Park on 7th July.  The Dog Show was very popular this year, with over 90 entries!  The Parish Council would like to express their gratitude to Hook and Odiham Lions, who organised the event on behalf of Hook Parish Council.  Thanks also to the other Lions Groups (and their friends) who, worked in conjunction with other local organisations, such as Odiham & Hook Rotary and the local Scouts, to put on another great show.

The feedback we received has been very positive and those that attended had an enjoyable afternoon.  We look forward to seeing everyone again next year

Defibrillators and CPR Training

Did you know that a CPR self- training kit is available to borrow for FREE?  The kit contains an instruction DVD, providing lifesaving information, along with several inflatable “Resuci Annie” dolls to practice on.  Please contact the Parish Council office if you wish to borrow the kit.

In a real emergency, when advised by the Ambulance Service to use one, there are two defibrillators currently available in Hook, with a third to come soon.  These are located:

  • Opposite the Grand Parade shops near the zebra crossing
  • At Hook Community Centre adjacent to the Squash Club entrance

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

There are only three gigs left in the 2019 Echo Hotel Music Club (EHMC) programme.  Planning is already well underway for 2020 and the calendar is filling up fast.  The next gig is on Saturday 28th September.  For details of the programme of EHMC events and tickets, please see page X or visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/ or the EHMC website at www.echohotelmusicclub.co.uk

News and information

Keep up to date with local news and information via our App and Facebook Page.

We are the only council in Hampshire to have an App.  It is FREE and available on Andriod and IOS – search Hook Parish Council App.  It is full of information about events and news happening in and around Hook.

We also publish lots of information and news that may useful to residents via our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/HookParishCouncil/

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Sari Schorr and Conner Selby – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 28 September, 8pm – 11pm
  • Hook Neighbourhood Plan Referendum, Elizabeth Hall, on Monday 7th October between 7am and 10.00 pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Stevie Nimmo and Brave Rival Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 19th October 8pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents The Mentulls Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 2nd November 8pm – 11pm
Jul 182019
 

There are several significant planning/development related matters that will be of interest to residents of Hook:

  1. Premier Inn Hotel coming to Hook
  2. New settlement\Shapley Heath Garden Community update
  3. Local Plan update
  4. Holt Farm SANG application

Local action group Hook Action Against Over Development (HAAOD) have issued their latest newsletter giving more information about these topics. If you wish to subscribe to the HAAOD newsletter to be kept abreast with developments, please go to https://hookdevaction.org.uk/subscribe/

A copy of HAAOD latest newsletter can be found here Update from Hook Action Against Overdevelopment – July 2019

The Parish Council Planning and Infrastructure Committee are to consider the Holt Farm SANG application (along with other planning applications) on Wednesday 24th July and will submit representations directly to Hart District Council (HDC).

Please be aware that whilst Hook Parish Council is consulted on planning matters, the Council’s representation is only one voice.  If you wish your views to be taken account of by HDC in the determination of planning applications (whether in support or in opposition), please submit it via their planning portal.

If you have any comments\views regarding the above planning proposals please contact HDC directly on 01252 622 122