News Releases

News Releases

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

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  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 or to subscribe to the newsletter, please go to . 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 or the EHMC website at

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

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

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

Jul 102019

Hook Village Show

This popular annual event will take place at Hartletts Park on 7th July from 12 noon – 5 pm.  The event is organised, in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions.  A Village Show programme, detailing the attractions and timetable of events, was delivered to every household in Hook, last month.  If you wish to enter your four-legged friend in the Dog Show, please make sure you register and pay by 2pm, when judging of the first class starts.

Please be aware that the Community Centre car park will be closed from 9pm on Saturday 6th July until 6:30pm on Sunday 7th.  From 7:30am Sunday until 6:30pm the grassed area and skate park in Hartletts Park will be closed to the public, unless you are attending the show.  There will be a small area of the car park open during the event, for blue badge holders and those visiting the community centre/café.  We look forward to seeing you all there, to enjoy this family friendly event.


Hook Parish Council (HPC) has received numerous complaints about parking along the A30 end of Sheldons Lane.  Whilst HPC do not have authority over the highway, we work in collaboration with Hampshire Highways (HH) and Hart District Council (HDC) who do have the authority to resolve such issues.

New parking restriction orders are authorised by HDC on a rolling basis.  HDC adds qualifying projects to their work list (in order of impact/safety priority) known as a “Parking Consolidation Order (PCO)”. Raising PCO’s s is a costly, and slow process, with a small budget for such works.  For this reason, PCO’s are only raised when there is sufficient works to justify a collective Order, not for ad hoc schemes.  Having recently implemented a PCO, which included the double yellow lines along Elizabeth Hall access road, it will be some time before a further PCO is authorised.

Whilst HPC has recommended a PCO is put in place, any restrictions on Sheldons Lane are likely to result in displacement of the problem to another residential streets.  HDC will be keen to avoid this outcome when considering measures and options that could be included in a PCO, to resolve residents concerns about parking in that area.

HCC consultation – Balancing the budget

Hampshire County Council have opened a consultation to ask for residents’ views on how to meet their budget shortfall.

Please go to for more information on this consultation and follow the links to complete the consultation form. The consultation ends at 11:59pm on 17th July 2019.  If you need a paper form, please contact Hampshire County Council on 0300 555 1375

Neighbourhood Plan

At the closing date for the Reg 15 consultation, 16 responses had been received by Hart.  The Examiner has requested clarification on a number of points and replies to both the responses and examiner have been submitted.

Hook App

We are continually adding events, activities, news and information to the App.  If you have a non – commercial event that you would like to advertise, please let us know.

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

The Echo Hotel Music Club events are growing in popularity.  With only four gigs left for 2019, plans are underway on the 2020 line up.  The next gig is on Saturday 27th July.  For details of the programme of EHMC events and tickets, please see page X or visit their Facebook page

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Hook Village Show (in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions) – Hartletts Park 7th July
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Catfish and Dan Burnett– Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 27th July, 7pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Sari Schorr – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 28 September, 7:30pm – 11pm
Mar 292019

Following consultation on a draft Hook Neighbourhood Plan in November – December 2018 the Parish Council as the ‘qualifying body’ has amended the Plan and now submitted it to Hart District Council.

Hart District Council is now required to carry out further consultation on the Plan. The consultation period is between 1st April and 20th May 2019, and all representations must be made to the District Council as set out below.

Copies of the proposed Hook Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents (including the representation form/procedures to be followed in responding) are available to view on the Hart District Council’s website at

Hard copies (including representations forms) are also available for inspection during normal opening hours at:


Hart District Council Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet, Hants, GU51 4AE

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm


Hook Parish Council Office, Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft, Hook, RG27 9NN

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am – 12:00 pm or by appointment (01256 768687 or 01256 768573)

Please note that representations to the consultation must be made in writing. There are several ways to make your comments:

  • Complete an online form or an electronic representation form (these can be found online at) or set out your comments and email it to:
  • Print a representation form or write a letter and post it to us at: Neighbourhood Planning, Corporate Policy, Hart District Council, Harlington Way, Fleet, GU51 4AE

Any representation may include a request to be notified of the Council’s decision to ‘make’ the Neighbourhood Development Plan (bring it in to legal force).

Following this six week public consultation, the proposed Plan will be submitted for independent examination. Dependent on the outcome of the examination the Plan will then be subject to a local referendum. If successful, the Hook Neighbourhood Plan will be ‘made’ (bought into legal force) and will form part of the Hart Development Plan and be used in the determination of planning applications relating to land in Hook Parish.

All comments must be received by 4pm on Monday 20th May. Representations after this time will not be accepted.

Mar 222019

This morning (22nd March 2019), on day 4 of the Inquiry, the developer WITHDREW their Appeal for permission to build 700 homes.

This means the Inquiry Closed!

Well done to all those who worked tirelessly to help build the evidence and present the case. Hook won out in the end.

Mar 082019

Owens Farm proposed development update

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 .

Your Parish Needs You

The Parish Council Elections are being held on 2nd May 2019.  All twelve Parish Councillors will automatically retire at the end of their four-year term.  A number of existing members have indicated that they will not stand again, so there will be a need for some new members.  We know that Hook if fortunate to have many residents that are passionate about our community and possess a wide range of skills and experience that can contribute to keeping Hook a great place to live and work.  A willingness to work on new ideas is always most welcome!

By being a Councillor is your chance to help make a difference in Hook.  The Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plan will take effect this year paving the way to regenerate the centre of Hook.  We also have many exciting opportunities for new sporting and recreation facilities.

If you want more information on this rewarding role please contact the Executive Officer, Anne Atkins at the Parish Council Office for a chat by the 26th March.

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 29th March 2019.

Hook Live\ Echo Hotel Music Club

At the time of writing the first gig under the Parish Council new live music brand has a sell-out audience on the 16th February.  Please see below for more dates.

Burglaries in Hook

Hook has fallen victim to domestic burglaries more frequently. These have most recently been occurring in the afternoon between 4pm and 6pm.

Police have asked us to remind residents to take sensible precautions as a deterrent:

  • Have indoor lights on timers indoors
  • Lock doors, windows and side gates
  • Lock external doors with a key, even if you are in the house
  • Use outdoor sensor controlled lighting

More information on protecting your property can be found at

Also consider, registering your valuables with the national tagging service called ‘Immobilise’ at This assists the police in returning any stolen property recovered to its rightful owner.

Dates for your diary 2019

  • 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 Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Erin Costello plus Hollie Rogers – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 11th May, 8pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Albany Down, Eddy Smith & The 507 – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 1st June, 7pm – 11pm
  • Hook Village Show (in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions) – Hartletts Park 7th July