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May 062016
 

PLANNING MATTERS

Providence House, Bartley Way – There will be a public exhibition (pre-application) at Hook Community Centre on Friday 6th May 2016 between 14:00 & 22:00 for the new buildings proposed in the car parks at Providence House, hosted by Bell Cornwell. The car park areas have been sold separately to the main building that already has planning permissions.

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING

The Hook Annual Village Meeting (AVM) will be held on Wednesday 18th May at 8.00 pm at Hook Community Centre.

  1. Hart District Council has been invited to provide an update on the Local Plan and housing numbers for Hook.
  2. A progress report will be given on the Hook Neighbourhood Plan

The AVM is a community meeting, not a Parish Council meeting and we always welcome ideas for the kind of presentations or activities residents would like to see at this event. 

HEALTH AND WELLBEING EVENT ON THURSDAY 7TH APRIL

Supported by 35 local organisations, Hook’s first Health and Wellbeing Event on Thursday 7th April was opened by Mr. Ranil Jayawardena MP.   Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Cllr. Jonathan Glen also took time to meet the many organisations and volunteers that serve Hook and the surrounding area.

The community led event, supported by Hook Parish Council and funded by the Big Lottery Fund Grants for All initiative, was held at the new Hook Community Centre and created a networking hub for the day. Positive feedback from exhibitors was that it was great to meet up with so many other organisations in a day, to discover ways of working together, with a chance to publicise to Hook residents what organisations do and to recruit members for the various activities and services they offer.

In addition to the stands in the main hall, training courses saw 26 people learning about life saving CPR and how the village’s defibrillators are accessed and used. Hook has a defibrillator in the village centre with we plan to installed a further one outside Hook Community Centre. Other courses included the Feldenkrais Method of movement and education, Spiritual Wellbeing, Digestive and Health Nutrition, Simple Cancer Prevention by Victoria’s Promise, Aspects of Hearing and an interactive session by Dementia Friends.

GOOD NEWS

The Bell Meadow and Bramshott Drive area of Hook is due to be resurfaced by Hampshire County Council. Not only is it good news for nearby residents, but also for the cyclists who use it as a through route to the business area and Holt Lane plus the children who undertake their cycle proficiency training in the vicinity. The works could take place any time over the next few months and residents should watch out for letters with advice as to when to move their cars.

HOOK IN BLOOM

Now that they know £8,000 is coming from the Tesco’s BagsforHelp initiative, the In Bloom volunteers will be planting for In Bloom. The first phase will be the planting of the Hampshire and other ground cover roses from County Series of roses, which will mainly be in the village centre with perhaps some around the new Community Centre. It is then hoped to move on to new containers at strategic places like the entrances into Hook. Hart District Council are budgeting autumn planting of spring bulbs and wild flowers, so that we can have swathes of colour, and are looking at other areas where they can make a positive impact to the environment.

In April, led by young people in Hook, there were several litter picks and tidy ups. More about these in next month’s Hook Focus. All these activity is in support of Hook in Bloom.

All this activity will take time and for more In Bloom news please see page……

  • Hook Fun Run – moves to Hartletts Park – Sunday 15th May 2016
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – 18th May 2016
  • Hook’s Royal Party – Sunday 12th June 2016
  • Hook Annual Village Show – Hook Community Centre – Sunday 11th September 2016
Apr 102016
 
L-R: Jonathan Glen, Ranil Jayawardena, Jane Worlock

L-R: Jonathan Glen, Ranil Jayawardena, Jane Worlock. Photo: Jackie Lawton

Supported by 35 local organisations, Hook’s first Health and Wellbeing Event on Thursday 7th April was opened by Mr. Ranil Jayawardena MP. Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Cllr. Jonathan Glen also took time to meet the many organisations and volunteers that serve Hook and the surrounding area.

The community led event, supported by Hook Parish Council and funded by the Big Lottery Fund Grants for All initiative, was held at the new Hook Community Centre and created a networking hub for the day. Positive feedback from exhibitors was that it was great to meet up with so many other organisations in a day, to discover ways of working together, with a chance to publicise to Hook residents what organisations do and to recruit members for the various activities and services they offer.

Health and Wellbeing portfolio holder, Cllr. Jane Worlock, said, “It was wonderful to see so many organisations and volunteers under one roof, bringing the community together to talk about their activities, make new friends and discover new ideas.”

In addition to the stands in the main hall, training courses saw 26 people learning about life saving CPR and how the village’s defibrillators are accessed and used. Hook has a defibrillator in the village centre with another about to be provided in Hook Community Centre. Other courses included the Feldenkrais Method of movement and education, Spiritual Wellbeing, Digestive and Health Nutrition, Simple Cancer Prevention by Victoria’s Promise, Aspects of Hearing and an interactive session by Dementia Friends.

Supported and sponsored by Tescos, including free fruit and vegetables as part of Tescos Eat Happy Project, the Hook In Bloom volunteers provided refreshments all day and evening.

The event embraced recent research published by The New Economics Foundation, who assessed latest scientific evidence and created a simple set of actions to improve wellbeing in everyday life.  The Five Ways to Wellbeing are:

  • Connect
  • Be Active
  • Take Notice
  • Keep Learning
  • Give

It was using this criteria that the parish council identified that it could apply for financial support to help with the Health and Wellbeing Event, the expansion and production of the Health and Wellbeing Directory, support for the Hook Village Show on 11th September and help with publicising the Hook Taxi Bus, Hook Village Halls and Hook in Bloom.

Apr 072016
 

HEALTH AND WELLBEING EVENT ON THURSDAY 7TH APRIL

This free event will see more than 30 exhibitors and groups showing what’s available for the community. It opens at noon and closes at 8pm, so there’s plenty of time to pop along and talk to the wide range of organisations who provide activities, training or advice for Hook residents.

Did you know we have a defibrillator in the village centre? We are about to get another one at the Community Centre. There will be free bookable training sessions on the 7th at 2.30pm and 6.00pm for people who would like to learn how to use them. You never know, you might well be walking through the village or strolling in Hartletts Park one day and someone may just need you to save their life!

The Park Gym will be demonstrating how to use Hook’s outside gym, there will be a cycle challenge by the staff of Hart Leisure Centre and you can ride the Smoothie bike to make your own nutritious smoothie.

The In Bloom volunteers, supported by Tesco, will be providing light refreshments in Bartley so take time out to have a coffee or tea with a friend, or pop into Hartletts Café.

BASSETTS MEAD

This area of public open space is located to the east of Holt Park.  HPC works closely with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, which manages Bassetts Mead on the Council’s behalf.  Last summer, extensive tree works were undertaken to clear several large trees that had fallen across the River Whitewater.  In addition, the car park adjacent to Doctor’s Acre, was extended to improve access for visitors.  Over the coming year, further work is planned to improve the site and the Parish Council would welcome comments from residents and visitors alike concerning this area of natural greenspace.

WARNING

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards would like residents to be alert to unsolicited cold telephone calls whereby the caller claims that you may be in the wrong Council Tax band, and are paying too much.  Furthermore, for a fee, they can look into matters for you.

Any resident wishing to check their Council Tax band is advised that they can do this by calling the Valuation Office Agency on 0300 0501 501 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm).  There is no fee for the checking service.

For advice on scams, or to report a matter to Trading Standards, contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

Further information can be found on the following gov.uk Council Tax Appeal website – www.gov.uk/council-tax-appeals/challenge-your-band.

PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE

and clear up after your dogs and take your litter home. May be it is because we are coming to the end of a long winter but it seems that there is more unwanted mess around. There has been a particular dog problem along the footpath to the school which isn’t at all pleasant. The hedgerows, especially along the stream from the school to Holts Park, also have a lot more litter. Only so many areas can be cleaned by contractors, and volunteer litter squads will soon be out, but it would be more pleasant and helpful if people didn’t drop their litter in the first place. Dog poo bags can be collected free from HPC offices every week day until noon.

WATER MAIN REPLACEMENTS IN STATION ROAD

Please don’t forget these are due to start on 11th April so do plan your visits to this part of the village.

HOOK IN BLOOM

See page….. for the latest In Bloom news.

SAVE THE DATES

  • Health and Wellbeing Event – Hook Community Centre – Thursday 7th April 2016
  • Hook Fun Run – moves to Hartletts Park – Sunday 15th May 2016
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – 18th May 2016
  • Hook’s Royal Party – Sunday 12th June 2016
  • Hook Annual Village Show – Hook Community Centre – Sunday 11th September 2016
Mar 172016
 

In Bloom has bagged £8,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Eight million shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed Hook in Bloom has been awarded £8,000.

The results have been announced and we will now begin work on bringing our project to life.

The centre of Hook village is in need of some TLC and now, with Tesco’s help, Hook will be able to start bringing that dream into reality. This is an ongoing project and volunteers know that it will not be a quick fix. During 2016 we will start refurbishing and upgrading the existing beds, build new structures where they are needed, and then introduce permanent colourful planting complemented by annual planting. 

“This is a wonderful and welcome boost from Tesco for our project”, says one of the In Bloom volunteers, Sue Hinton. “We aim to make Hook a bright and colourful place in which to live, work and visit. Everyone will benefit from the various In Bloom initiatives.”

Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and the feedback has been brilliant.

“We can’t wait to see the money being put to use bringing these projects to life.

Mar 132016
 

MORE GOOD NEWS

The good news this month is that Hook has been awarded two generous grants – one from Tesco’s #BagsofHelp initiative for the Hook in Bloom village planting scheme, which will take place over the coming months and a Big Lottery Fund grant for Health and Wellbeing.  The BLF money will be used to foster the Five Ways to Wellbeing which are Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

This means that it will help with activities such as the Health and Wellbeing Event, various aspects of In Bloom, help put on the Hook Village Show, help with the Taxi Bus, the Wellbeing Directory and go towards providing summer activities for children.

Another bit of good news is that Hook Parish Council has a new website thanks to excellent work by Cllr Jane Bonnin. The website is bright, clean, fresh and easily navigable. One of the reasons for changing is that it will be much easier to manage and update. Well done and thank you Jane.

WATER MAIN REPLACEMENTS IN STATION ROAD

Just as we launch into In Bloom, South East Water announced they will be digging up Station Road! In Bloom is an ongoing project so we will plan around the works.  However, they will cause quite a bit of disruption in the village centre all through the summer until October.

The work will affect the road between railway bridge/Osborn Way to Griffin Way and will be carried out from April until October.  SEW need to put in an entirely new water infrastructure rather than repairing the old. The good news is that there should be no interruption to water supplies.

The road will be closed in three work phases and large lorries will need to go through the village centre.  Businesses reliant on use of large lorries are in direct discussions with the contractors to make it as safe as possible.  Please take care, plan your visits to Hook centre and don’t forget all the businesses that still need your support to carry on as normal during the works.

LOCAL PLAN HOUSING OPTIONS CONSULTATION  

New consultation begins. Please act (or act again) to make sure the views of Hook Residents are heard.

There is no clear indication of the reason that the consultation, run from November to January 2016, on the options to be included in the Local Plan was stopped the day before the consultation closed. The ‘refreshed’ Housing Options Consultation has been reopened, and can be found at: http://www.hart.gov.uk/consultations

The main changes over the previous consultation affect only the ‘Refined Options for Delivering New Homes’ document that now includes all the villages in Hart.

Those who gave an e-mail address on the original response should have received an e-mail from Hart asking you to confirm your previous submission.  If you want your previous response to be re-used you should go to: www.hart.gov.uk/confirmation-of-local-plan-response

If you submitted a paper response a simple ‘re-submission paper’ is available at the Parish Council Office or Trees Newsagent.

If you did not submit a response originally, we encourage you to consider responding this time.  Paper copies of the full form are available at the Parish Council Office or Trees Newsagent.

THANK YOU

Thank you everyone for being so courteous whilst using the Community Centre car park now the school building works are underway and there have been no problems.  One or two minor concerns have been raised on the roads around Church View, where some parents are not parking considerately. So if care could be taken in this area it would be brilliant.

NEW ON LINE SEARCHABLE DIRECTORY

Work is well under way on the new Health and Wellbeing Directory – please make sure your organisation is included.

SAVE THE DATES

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – 18th May 2016
  • Health and Wellbeing Event – Hook Community Centre – Thursday 7th April 2016
  • Hook Fun Run – moves to Hartletts Park – Sunday 15th May 2016
  • Hook Annual Village Show – Hook Community Centre – Sunday 11th September 2016
Feb 292016
 

Development_ThreatThe Local Plan Consultation has now been re-launched. The original consultation was stopped after discrepancies were noted in the questionnaires, but it has now been re-started. However, previous responses will not be taken into account unless you follow the confirmation instructions given in the letter from Hart District Council that went to every household. Hart’s website also has details.

Also read the Restarted Consultation Leaflet for advice from Hook Parish Council, Hook Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and Hook Action Against Overdevelopment on what you can do.

Go to Hart District Council’s website to confirm your previous response on-line or to enter a fresh one. The consultation will close at 4pm on Friday 18 March.

Feb 282016
 

Hook_In_Bloom_logoHook is All Set to Bloom

Villagers love the community feel of Hook, and many who leave the village because they can’t find a house, often return years later. However, a regularly heard criticism is that the centre of Hook could do with some TLC. This observation has often been cited whenever consultations have taken place.

Thanks to an energetic and enthusiastic band of volunteers, backed by various village organisations including the Parish Council, Hart District Council, Hampshire County Council, Hook Village Halls Charitable Association, Hook Allotments Association and Hook Gardening Club, Hook village is well on its way to Bloom.

Hook has already been awarded two generous grants to help support In Bloom.  One from the Big Lottery Fund as part of Hook’s Health and Wellbeing grant, which will help towards publicity and costs associated with the Village Show and the Business and Residents In Bloom competition, and another from Tesco. The Tesco grant is a minimum of £8,000 as part of their #BagsofHelp initiative. Voting will take place in Hook’s Tesco store from 27th February to 2nd March so we are encouraging everyone to visit the store to vote for Hook in Bloom

Daffodils on blueIn addition to this grant aid, ways  are being identified where Hart DC can help with various environmental improvements, including wild flower and bulb planting, and other yet to be agreed projects.

Everyone in the village should benefit from In Bloom. From the child who proudly displays their prize won in an In Bloom competition, to the person who wins the best front garden, to the large business who doesn’t mind their international investor visiting Hook because they are proud of the area where their business is located.

How Can We All Help?

By supporting the various initiatives in any way we can.  This could include taking part in the competitions, to visiting Tesco and voting in #BagsofHelp, by giving time to help with litter picks and planting and encouraging our children to take part, by not dropping litter in the first place and by making sure we pick up our dogs’ mess, by having fun and taking part in the fundraising events.

Tesco Bags of Help

Lottery Funded

Feb 062016
 

GOOD NEWS TIME!

We like good news in Hook and this month we can announce that the Hook Precept (the Parish Council element of the Council Tax) will remain at £321,400 again this year.  In practice, based on a Band D household, this means £1.89 pw which is a slight reduction compared with 2015-2016.

The Precept covers the running costs of the services provided by the Parish Council and management of all its assets – open spaces such as Bassetts Mead, playgrounds, sports pitches, cemeteries, street lighting, trees, public art and Christmas lights.  We continue to offer free pre-application planning consultations, to work closely on the development of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan and emerging Hart Local Plan.  We support a number of local organisations, events and charities, such as The Base Youth Centre and Hook Christmas Cracker.  Where possible we obtain additional funding to enable enhancements to the facilities in Hook and secure them for the long term.

HART LOCAL PLAN REFINED OPTIONS CONSULTATION

At the time or writing we understand the re-consultation on the local plan will commence at the end of January and will be for a period of 6 weeks.  All previous electronic responders will be contacted and asked if they wish to re-submit, which will be a one click action.  It is not clear how paper responses already submitted will be handled.  We will post new information via our usual channels as it becomes available.

See the Hook Neighbourhood Plan website for an update on our joint response.

HOOK’S NEW WELL BEING EVENT

There are lots of great activities, organisations, charities and clubs operating in Hook, plus new ones that have recently started up since the reopening of Hook Community Centre.  With this in mind, the Parish Council is hosting a free (to both exhibitors and visitors) Health and Wellbeing Event in the community centre on Thursday 7th April from noon until 8.00pm.

The times and date were chosen so that everyone has a chance to come along and talk to exhibitors and for organisations to network.  In addition to stands, there will be training on how and when to use the defibrillator, first aid training and demonstrations.  Refreshments will be available with proceeds going to Hook In Bloom.

NEW ON LINE SEARCHABLE DIRECTORY

Hook already has a very good Wellbeing Directory and now moves are afoot to expand the directory and improve access to the information.  Hart Voluntary Action will set up a dedicated Hook section on its database.  Hook is invited to be the first in Hart to use the new system and pave the way for other towns and villages in the district.  If an organisation you are involved with would like to be included please email: .

HOOK IN BLOOM

Without even trying to recruit, 10 very enthusiastic volunteers have stepped forward to help with Hook In Bloom.  More details on page x and in next month’s Hook Focus. The campaign will be officially launched at the Health and Wellbeing event, but in the meantime, the committee are currently seeking grants and sponsorships, organising the competitions and the Village Show. The three parts of Hook In Bloom are:

  1. A business and community In Bloom competition, in support of 2 below;
  2. To enhance the centre of the village and other identified areas with new planting; and
  3. To hold a Flower and Produce Show as part of the Village Show on 11th September.

So whilst the weather is cold think about your gardens and allotments and plan how your family is going to take part.

COMMUNITY AWARDS

Do you know anyone who should be awarded the Hook Community Award?  The only firm rule is that the service to the community, for which the award is to be considered, must have been on an entirely voluntary basis and over a sustained period. Previous nominations that did not result in an award have not been carried forward so please re-nominate. Please email nominations to by 31st March 2016.

 

Sue Hinton

Parish Councillor

PR and Media Portfolio Holder

Jan 072016
 

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Let’s start the New Year on a right note, with some good news. Nine volunteers have joined forces to hopefully cheer up Hook in 2016. No promises yet but they are applying for grants to improve the village centre under the new Hook In Bloom campaign. If you can help with sponsorship please email .

The committee wants to improve the appearance of Hook and have created a wish list of locations for new planting, are launching business and residents’ competitions to support that aim, and holding a Village Show in September. More news later on the Village Show but it will have something for everyone.

RECYCLING CHRISTMAS TREES

Don’t forget to take your real Christmas tree along to Hook Garden Centre in Reading Road until 9th January for recycling.

LOCAL PLAN HOUSING OPTIONS SURVEY

At the time of writing, the Parish Council were advised that a five page explanation of the options in the Local Plan Options Survey had been delivered to every household. Given the barrage of propaganda from the ‘wehearthart’ (Winchfield action group) it is becoming more and more apparent that your response to the consultation is very important.

You can respond on line at www.hart.gov.uk or paper copies are available at the Parish Council offices Ravenscroft and at Trees newsagent.

For any help or advice please contact the Parish Council Office or e-mail

COMMUNITY AWARDS

Do you know anyone who should be awarded the Hook Community Award? The only firm rule is that the service to the community, for which the award is to be considered, must have been on an entirely voluntary basis and over a sustained period. Previous nominations that did not result in an award have not been carried forward so please re-nominate. Please email nominations to by 31st March 2016.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Latest scientific evidence has assessed that there are five simple ways of improving wellbeing in everyday life – Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

There are so many activities in Hook, and especially the village halls, to support this advice but do we all know exactly what is on offer?

So everyone has an opportunity to find out exactly what is available, a free (to both exhibitors and visitors) Health and Wellbeing event is planned for Thursday 7th April in Hook Community Centre. Groups or organisations, especially those already using the halls who are involved with providing activities for health and wellbeing in the village, are invited to have a stand. Please email the Parish Clerk to register your interest. It will be on a first come first reserve basis.

There will also be defibrillator and other first aid training available throughout the day.

Hook already has a very good Wellbeing Directory and now moves are afoot to expand the directory and improve access to the information. Hart Voluntary Action will set up a dedicated Hook section on its database and Hook is invited to be the first in Hart to use the new system and pave the way for other towns and villages in the district. If an organisation you are involved with would like to be included please email .

COMMUNITY CENTRE CAR PARK

Schools expansion building works are expected to start during January. A new access to the site will be created from the Community Centre Car Park near the skate park. This will mean the loss of 5-7 parking spaces and construction traffic will be moving through the car park. Please be aware that this will mean an increase in congestion in both the car park and along Ravenscroft. Crossways Car park is free before 9 am and permits can be obtained from the infant school reception, for parking during the afternoon school run.

ANTHONY HAWKINS – Parish Councillor 2011-15

We were shocked to receive the sad news that Anthony had passed away suddenly on Thursday 26th November. Anthony did not stand for Council again in May as he moved to start a new life in West Sussex. Our thoughts are with his fiancée Jacqueline and all his family.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE – Please see the Neighbourhood Plan Website for the latest News

SAVE THE DATES

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – 18th May 2016
  • Health and Wellbeing Event – Hook Community Centre – Thursday 7th April 2016
  • Hook Fun Run – moves to Hartletts Park – Sunday 15th May 2016
  • Hook Annual Village Show – Hook Community Centre – Sunday 11th September 2016

Sue Hinton
Parish Councillor
PR and Media Portfolio Holder