News Releases

News Releases

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

Feb 142019

Apsley House Capital plc is applying to the Secretary of State (SoS) for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) under section 16 of the Commons Act 2006 to deregister a strip of land at the junction of Newnham Road and London Road (A30), which is part of the Village Green (Jubilee Green, Newnham Road – VG Number. 138).  The purpose of this application is to enable the proposals for the development of Owens farm consisting of 700 dwellings (associated facilities) to be progressed.   Under section 38 of the Common Action 2006 Apsley House Capital plc has also applied to the SoS to carry out restricted works on Hook common, which involves a strip of land either side of the junction of Carleton Close and Newnham Road. The proposed works are to widen this road to facilitate access by a proposed new public bus service and footway along Newnham Road.

A copy of the application forms can be inspected at the office of Hook Parish Council, Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft, Hook, RG27 9NN between 9am and midday Monday-Friday until 14 March 2019 or by appointment.

The planning Inspectorate will decide the application on behalf of the Secretary of State.  Any representations should be sent in writing ON or BEFORE that date to The Planning Inspectorate, Commons Team at 3F Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN or .

Feb 062019

Community Christmas Lunch

On Christmas day a willing group of volunteers helped host lunch for 24 people who found themselves alone on Christmas Day.    Not only did the guests enjoy a delicious traditional lunch with all the trimmings, they joined in with carols, bingo and a raffle.  Santa made a visit to deliver goody bags for them to take home.

This event was free for guests, due to the generosity of residents and local businesses who either donated time, money or goods. The number of guests has grown over the last few years and we hope to put it on again later this year (Dec 2019).


At the January Parish Council meeting the Parish Precept for 2019–20 was set at £398,400. This means an average Band D household will pay £2.18 per week, equivalent to – less than a coffee at a local café.

The Precept covers the running costs of the variety of facilities, land management and services provided by the Parish Council.   We continue to offer free pre-application planning consultations and to work closely to finalise the Hook Neighbourhood Plan.    We offer support to numerous local organisations, events and charities.  Where possible we obtain additional funding to enable enhancements to the facilities in Hook.

Community Award

Do you know of 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 29th March 2019.

Become a Councillor\Local Elections

The Parish Council Elections are now 3 months away. All twelve Parish Councillors automatically retire in May 2019.  Some existing members have indicated that they will not stand again, so new members will be needed.  More important still, is that people with experience and skills gained either through experience or a personal interest in the area concerned to stand for election.  These include an understanding of Highways, Community Safety, the Environment, Sports, Marketing and P.R.  A willingness to work on new ideas is always most welcome!

Please contact the Parish Council Office to find out more.  Nomination forms will be available in late March and need to be lodged with Hart on a tight timescale.  Election Day will be on Thursday 2nd May and the new Council will take office soon after.

Owens Farm\West of Hook Appeal

Many residents have been following the Planning application for 700 dwellings at the Owens Farm/West of Hook site.  Despite Hart District Council rejecting the previous two applications, the developers have gone to appeal again.  The date for the appeal is set for 19th March 2019.  We will keep post updates on this latest appeal via the Parish Council’s website, Facebook, App and Focus.

Neighbourhood Plan

Following the Regulation 14 consultation in November/December, all comments have now been collated and the Steering Group is working on a final version to be submitted for the Reg. 15 stage of the process.  It is expected that the Final plan will be submitted to Hart District Council by early February.

Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club

Following on from the launch of Hook Live, (the new Parish Council live entertainment brand), the Echo Hotel Music Club team has been busy booking original recording artists to perform in Hook.  There are now 9 events booked to take place at Elizabeth Hall from February through to November.  See page X for details of the events, bands, tickets etc.

We are looking to bring other live entertainment to Hook, but this depends on volunteers to help arrange them e.g. Literary lunches, crafting and possibly cinema.  If you are interested in any of these and would like help to organise these, please contact the Parish Council.

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Rufus Black & Jade Like The Stone – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 16th February, 7pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Xander and the Peace Pirates & The Mike Ross Band – Elizabeth Hall on Sunday 10th March, 5pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Jo Harman and her band & Special Guest – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 20th April, 8pm – 11pm
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 1st May, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Village Show (in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions) – Hartletts Park 7th July
Jan 012019

The Councillors and Staff of the Parish Council would like to wish all of our residents a Happy New Year. We have lots of exciting new things planned for 2019, so look out for updates in the usual places – Hook Focus, noticeboards, our website, the App and on Facebook

Dec 272018

Hook Live

You may have completed the events survey delivered to every household by Hook Parish Council (HPC) in the Spring. There will be information in the January Focus about a new initiative, called Hook Live! that resulted from this

The Hook Live! Brand is an umbrella for what we hope will develop into a wide range of live entertainment. The first part of the programme, will be delivered under the name ‘Echo Hotel Music Club’, which has been established to focus on events or gigs by original music artists and bands. You can check this out via the ’Hook Live!’ and ‘Echo Hotel Music Club’ Facebook pages. More information will also follow via the Hook App, Hook Focus magazine, posters and leaflets around the village.

Gigs hosted by the ‘Echo Hotel Music Club’ will be held (mostly) at the Elizabeth Hall. The programme kicks off on Saturday 16 February 2019 at 7pm, with a band much in-demand and a music-festival favourite, the Rufus Black band. They will be supported by an exciting new talent of Jade Danielle Williams. Check out just how good these bands are by reading their biographies, view videos of them performing live and buy event tickets online via the links on the ‘Echo Hotel Music Club’ Facebook page – see below.

Future gigs already confirmed are

– Sunday 10 March 2019:
Xander and the Peace Pirates + Support

– Saturday 20 April 2019:
Jo Harman + guest(s)

– Saturday 28 September 2019:
Sari Schorr

All these bands are recording artists that are in great demand on the live music circuit and fill halls and concert venues all over the country and abroad. So, get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Not only will you enjoy a rocking night of great music, performed by brilliant musicians, you will also be able to meet the artists themselves afterwards.

For more information and to book tickets via the events section, please go to the following Facebook Pages.

Nov 062018

The BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge 2018 has launched with a new rickshaw, a new team, and a new route that will travel through Hart and stop overnight in Hook.

A team of six young people, all of whom have been supported by BBC Children in Need-funded projects, will be joined by The One Show’s Matt Baker on the eight day challenge. The team will cycle a 423 mile route, starting on Friday 9 November in Calais, France.

Team Rickshaw will cycle into Hook on Sunday 11 November.  They are expected to get to Hook between 6 -7 pm, arriving via Station Road, London Road, Griffin Way and Ravenscroft on their way to the Hook Junior School playground (via the Community Centre Car Park) at around 7pm.  Please come out and support the team and see this year’s new Rickshaw in person.

Cllr Wendy Makepeace-Browne, Chairman of Hart District Council said: “The Rickshaw Challenge is such a fun event and raises a huge amount of money for Children in Need, so it is exciting that Hart can play a part this year. I hope our residents come out to cheer on Team Rickshaw, and better still, do join in with the new public initiative!”

This year the public are being asked to take on their own cycling challenge to raise money and `Ride with Team Rickshaw’ with support from cycling app Strava. The public can do their own cycling challenge by logging their miles through the app, and Strava will automatically add their distance to the collective total.

Lynn Martin, Headteacher of Hook Junior School said: “This is a great opportunity for the children at the school and the local community in Hook to help raise money for Children in Need. We hope as many people as possible will come out to show their support.”

Since 2011, The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge has raised over £21 million for BBC Children in Need, with every penny going on to make a difference to the lives of children and young people across the UK who need it most.

Cllr Jane Worlock, Chairman of Hook Parish Council said: “Hook Parish Council is thrilled and delighted to be able to welcome the BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge to Hook on the 11 November.”

You will be able to follow Team Rickshaw’s progress on The One Show and the full route, including a real-time update of the rickshaw’s progress, is also available at online at

Nov 062018

Closure of Hartletts Park

The Annual Hook Schools Parents Association Fire Show and Fireworks will take place on Saturday 3rd 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.

BBC Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge

The Parish Council is delighted and very excited to welcome the BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge to the village on the 11th November.  We would love to know if any Hook residents, companies or teams will be taking part, either riding with the rickshaw or doing their own challenge.

Please keep an eye out for more announcements on the Parish Council Facebook page and the News section of the App.

For more information on the Rickshaw Challenge and how to take part please go to

Remembrance Sunday

The Annual service at the Church and Memorial will take place on Sunday 11th 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 12 noon.

As this year is the 100 years since the end of the First World, to mark this occasion the Parish Council has installed a new bench at the War Memorial, and will be raising the Union Jack Flag on the new Flagpole at the Community Centre.  Our kind thanks to Rawlings Transport for funding the Flag Pole to the Parish Council

The Hook Scouts/Guides, St John’s Church and other groups are also marking the centenary.

Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan is moving forward apace. There are only minor details still to be agreed eg. the photos and maps to be used.  The final draft is expected to be approved by the Parish Council on 7th November 2018.

A six-week consultation period will follow, when residents and statutory consultees will be given the opportunity to comment on the plan.

The dates and consultation venues will be published on the Parish Council noticeboards, website ( and

It is important to have as many residents come along to the consultation events to tell the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group what you think.

Community Christmas

Bookings are still available for the Community Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day.  Anyone, of any age, who will be alone on Christmas Day is welcome.  Please join the party and tuck in to 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.

New Parish Councillor

It was anticipated that the Councillor vacancy would be filled at the October Council meeting, but as the only candidate was unable to attend that Meeting, he will not now be appointed at the November meeting.   A brief resume about the new councillor will be in December’s Focus.

Dates for your diary 2018-2019


  • HSPA Fireworks – Hook Junior School on 3rd November 2018 from 5pm
  • Quiz Night, Hook Community Centre on Saturday, 17 November 2018, 7pm – 10pm
  • Tea with Santa – Hook Community Centre on 10th & 12th December 2018, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Christmas – Hook Community Centre on 25th December 2018, 12 – 3pm


  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 1st May 2019, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Village Show – Hartletts Park on 7th July 2019
Aug 162018

Would you like to become a Parish Councillor?  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 21st September 2018

Please click on the poster below for more information.

Hook Parish Council – Councillor Co-option Poster August 2018