News Releases

News Releases

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

Jul 032020

In line with the latest Government announcement we are working to reopen our play areas and outdoor gyms from Saturday 4th July provided the Council is satisfied all the necessary risk assessments, signage etc are in place.

We are responsible for 11 play areas and all of these need to be inspected and new signage installed by our Play Inspection Team before we can safely reopen to the public.

We are committed to maintaining them as safely as possible. All Parish play areas are inspected weekly, depending on use, so that hazards such as glass and litter are kept to a minimum and that the equipment is in good working order.

It is likely to take a number of days to complete all the necessary work and we ask residents to remain patient while we carry this out and not to use a play area or outdoor gym until it has been reopened. We are expecting to have all of our play areas open within the coming week.

In the meantime, please follow the guidance below:

1. If the playground facility you visit has not yet officially been opened, please do not attempt to use, or access the equipment or area.
2. Do not remove any temporary barriers/fencing to the playground or unravel any swing seats or cables that may have been secured to put them out of use –
this must be done safely by the Parish Council.
3. Once a play area is open, follow the current social distance guidelines when visiting, and encourage your children to do the same and follow any guidance displayed in the play area e.g. number of children per piece of equipment.
4. If the playground is busy, consider coming back at a later time. Talk to your children about this possibility before visiting.
5. Wash your and your children’s hands before and after visiting. Take hand sanitiser with you and consider taking a bottle of water for if your children’s hands get covered in mud. Ensure your children are using hand sanitiser frequently.
6. Follow and adhere to all current government advice in addition to the above guidance.

Jun 242020

Due to COVID, our local MP Ranil Jayawardena has been unable to hold his regular surgeries out in the community in person so he has decided to virtual.

His next session is this Friday at 5pm. If you would like to attend, please sign up online, at

Joining information will be sent to the email address provided closer to the time.

Jun 222020
The Police have advised us that they have charged 7 people in connection with a series of 28 residential burglaries across Hampshire, Surrey and Thames Valley (including several in Hook) from 27 August 2019 and 18 December 2019. All seven have been remanded or bailed to appear before Basingstoke Magistrates Court on August 13. For more information and crime prevention advice please go to:
Jun 192020

The Ordnance Survey has worked with Natural England to create a new website that brings together current advice from government, councils and other outdoor organisations, so the public can decide where to go and what to do outside.

The site allows visitors to search by activity and location for suggestions and ideas about how they can get outside safely.  It also has guides on how to use a compass, to wild camping.

Jun 182020
Neighbourhood Watch have compiled a free burglary prevention toolkit which can be found here.
If you are vulnerable due to age (over 65), circumstance, disabled, or a victim of household crime then The Bobby Scheme is free and should be able to assist you in securing your home. For more information can be found here.
Jun 172020

Hart and Rushmoor Live at Home Scheme (MHA) have had to stop their weekly clubs. They used to run Chit Chat Tuesday every other Tuesday at Elizabeth Hall.

During these extraordinary times and with many of those that used to attending shielding, they have decided to go Virtual.

They have a variety of activities for those who are 55 or older.

For more information go to to find out what is on offer

Jun 162020

Whilst the library service has been providing us with ebooks & e-audio books via their BorrowBox app and e-magazines via their RBdigital UK app, not everyone one can access this or like reading a digital book/magazine. You can now do “click and collect” at your local library and collect a selection of physical books. Click here to sign up.

Please do not attend the library unless you have ordered your books via this service and you have been told they are ready for collection.