News Releases

News Releases

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

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

Jul 192018

Over 2000 people ventured out to enjoy the sunshine at the Hook Village Show and Craft Fayre, last weekend.  Local MP, Mr Ranil Jayawardena opened the show and Cove Brass Band got the afternoon off on a musical note again this year.

Numerous events took place in the central arena and families were captivated by the sheepdog show.  Sadly, Sweep was unwell, so Flight (who is still in training) delighted the crowds by herding a group of geese back into their pen.  Mighty Smith, the World’s 5th Strongest Man, engaged everyone by pitting his strength against willing volunteers.  The 90Kg medicine ball was too heavy for the local dads, who braved the challenge and the kids had a fun time trying to pull Mighty Smith’s hands apart in a double tug of war.  The Karen Blackburn Dance Academy wowed the crowds with its beautiful dance routines.

There was lots of entertainment for younger visitors to enjoy, including a miniature steam train, a coconut shy, throw a bean bag at tin cans, feed and pet the donkeys, climb aboard a vintage bus and squirt a fire engine hose.

Visitors of all ages enjoyed the vintage car display and numerous stalls selling plants, china, food, toys etc.  The Craft Fayre, held in the Community Centre, was packed with stalls selling unusual or unique, handmade items and accessories.

Even the four-legged family members were not forgotten.  Pampered pooches participated in a fun dog show and competed for prizes in categories such as the waggiest tail, best six legs (dog & owner) and cutest puppy.

Frimley Park Hospital Radio compered the event and did a great job playing feel-good summer tunes throughout.

Hook Parish Council would like to express thanks to the main organisers, Hook and Odiham Lions, without whose time and organisational skills the event would not have been such a great success.   Without the contribution made by Hook and Odiham Rotary Club, the many volunteers and local business sponsors, the event would not have been possible.  It was a credit to Hook to see so many local groups working together and supporting its Village Show.  The Parish Council was also very appreciative that all the visitors made such good use of the waste bins and left the entire site clear of litter.

Jane Worlock, Chairman of Hook Parish Council, said “It was fantastic to see so many residents and local groups enjoying themselves, blessed by glorious weather.  Surrounded by such a happy, vibrant atmosphere – what better way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon!”