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All the news releases and bulletins about a variety of topics.

Oct 042018
 

Parish Council Community App

New information is being added to the App all the time.  There is now a Noticeboard section under “More” which contains all of the posters that are on the Parish Council Noticeboards.

With a number of key dates coming up (Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas),if you are holding an event in Hook, it can be advertised via the events section on the App for free.  Please email the details of your event to

Closure of Hartletts Park

The Annual Hook Schools Parents Association Fire Show and Fireworks will take place on Saturday 4th 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.

Recent spate of burglaries – crime prevention

There has been a spate of domestic and commercial burglaries in the area over the summer.  The police believe the thieves were passing through several local communities, including Hook.  Please remain vigilant and ensure you secure your property and vehicles.  If you witness an incident or see something suspicious, please report it to 101.  Any information reported will enable the local Beat Team to target its patrols appropriately.

Members of the Parish Council attend the Quarterly Policing Meetings.  These meetings influence policing priorities for the next quarter, so if there is an ongoing issue that you would like the Parish Council to take to these meetings, please contact the Council office.

For more information on securing your property please go to https://www.police.uk/crime-prevention-advice/burglary/.  Also consider, registering your valuables with the national tagging service called ‘Immobilise’ at https://www.immobilise.com.  This assists the police in returning any stolen property recovered to its rightful owner.

Councillor Vacancy

At the time of writing, one co-option application had been received for the Councillor vacancy. If no other candidates apply by the 21st September, the Parish Council will appoint the new co-optee at the October Council meeting.

Village Events & Entertainment Survey Results 

Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey.  A total of 248 surveys were completed, which represents 7.75% of households, or 3.1% of residents.

The Parish Council is in the process of contacting those people who provided contact details and indicated that they would be willing to help organise an event/activity.  If you provided your details and have not yet received an email or call, please contact or 01256 768687.

Although there was support for a number of the smaller activities on the survey, the top five most popular events were:

  • Food festivals
  • Christmas market
  • Summer fetes
  • Evening cinema
  • Weekend cinema
  • Picnic in the park

A calendar of events for 2019 is currently being compiled.  If you would like to help develop more events in Hook, please contact the Parish Council.

Community Christmas

As mentioned in the last edition of Focus, the Parish Council will be hosting a Community Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day.  Anyone, of any age, who will be alone on Christmas Day is welcome to join the party and enjoy Christmas dinner, some fun, carol singing and 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 with the Parish Council office.

Scam Mail

Royal Mail have asked us to publicise to our community how to report Scam Mail.  Scam Mail typically involves professional fraudsters sending convincing letters that are designed to trick people out of money or other valuables.  Scam mail can include bogus competitions and fake prize draws.  The mail can be hard to spot.  Should you or anyone you know receive such mail, Royal Mail’s advice is to:

  • Write to FREEPOST SCAM MAIL (enclosing any items that are suspected of being scam mail)
  • Calling the Royal Mail Scam Mail Hotline 0800 0113 466
  • Emailing

Dates for your diary 2018-2019 

2018

  • Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – Hook Community Centre on 28th Sept, 10.00 – noon
  • Children’s Halloween Party – Elizabeth Hall on 26th October 2018, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
  • HSPA Fireworks – Hook Junior School on 3rd November 2018 from 5pm
  • Tea with Santa – Hook Community Centre on 10th & 12th December 2018, 4pm – 5pm
  • Community Christmas – Hook Community Centre on 25th December 2018, 12 – 3pm

2019

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 1st May 2019, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Village Show – Hartletts Park on 7th July 2019
Sep 062018
 

Planning Update

The level of Planning Applications in Hook reduced over the summer period, so the Planning & Infrastructure Committee was able to delegate responses for minor applications.  The Parish Council planning team is currently focusing on responding to the Wilbur Developments appeal against the refusal of their planning application for 700 homes on Owens Farm (West of Hook).  A significant number of residents of both Hook and Newnham objected to this application.  A meeting is being arranged between Hook PC, Hampshire CC, Hart DC, Newnham PC and local action groups to agree a strategy to object effectively to this appeal.  Objections and comments previously made by members of the public will be considered by the Inspectorate. Comments relating specifically to new information or evidence must be submitted directly to the Planning Inspectorate bye-mailing by 11th September 2018.

Hook Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (NPSG) met with a planning consultant from the South Downs National Park on the 9th July to clarify actions and discuss progress with development of the Plan.  Notes of meeting are now on the Neighbourhood (NHP) Plan website at http://neighbourhoodplan.hook.gov.uk/

The NHP programme remains as presented at the Annual Village Meeting.   The next key stage is the Regulation 14 version of the Plan being finalised in September 2018 to be available for public consultation in early October 2018

Police Beat Surgery

Your local Beat Officers are holding a Police Beat Surgery at Hartletts Cafe, Hook on Tuesday 4th September between 15:00 – 16:00.  This is an opportunity for residents to speak with the officers to raise any community concerns and obtain up to date crime prevention advice.

School Run

The car park at Hartletts Park is primarily for users of the Park and Community Centre.  It is a concession to the school for parents to use it for school drop off and pick up.  As it can get very congested during peak times, we would remind drivers to be courteous to other car park users, as the children return to school.  School Parking Permits are available for us in Crossways Car Park. Please speak to the Infant School Reception for more information this scheme.

Community Christmas

For a third year, the Parish Council will be hosting a Community Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day.  Anyone who will be alone on Christmas Day is welcome to join the party and enjoy Christmas dinner, some fun, carol singing and good company.   This event is free for guests thanks to the generous donations made by a number of local organisations and sponsors.

If you think you may be alone on 25th December, or you know of someone, who will be, then please get in contact with the Parish Council office.  There is no age restriction for joining in and transport can be arranged on request.  Over the coming months we will be contacting those who attended or helped us with the arrangements last year.

Become a Councillor

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

For more information and how to apply, please go to our Website, Facebook page or the News section on our App.  Alternatively, please contact the Executive Officer, Anne Atkins, for more information or a chat about this rewarding role.

Hook Village Show

Over 2000 people ventured out to enjoy the sunshine at the Hook Village Show and Craft Fayre, on Sunday 15th July.  Local MP, Mr Ranil Jayawardena opened the show.

Numerous acts took place in the central arena and there were lots of stalls and activities for all ages to enjoy, including the very popular Dog Show.  The Craft Fayre, held in the Community Centre, was packed with stalls selling unusual or unique, handmade items and accessories.

Hook Parish Council would like to express thanks to the main organisers, Hook and Odiham Lions, whose time and organisational skills made the event 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 the Hook 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!”

Dates for your diary 

  • Police Beat Surgery – Hartletts Café – 4th September – 15:00 – 16:00
  • Hook Flower and Produce Show – Hook Community Centre – 9th September – 11:00 –16:00
  • Music and Paella – Elizabeth Hall – 22nd September – 19.30 – 23.00
  • HSPA Fireworks – Hook Junior School – 3rd November 2018
  • Community Christmas – Hook Community Centre – 25th December 2018
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!”

Jul 102018
 

Hook Village Show and Craft & Produce Fayre – Sunday 15th July

The Hook Village Show will be held on Sunday the 15th July Hartletts Park.  The event is being organised by Hook and Odiham Lions Club, in partnership with Hook Parish Council and supported by Odiham and Hook Rotary Club.

Hook Village Halls Charitable Association will also be holding a Summer Craft & Produce Fayre in the Community Centre as part of the event.

Highlights this year include:

  • A central food court with over 60 stalls
  • A main arena with demonstrations from Mighty Smith the World’s 5th strongest man, Sweep’s Sheepdog Show, Cove Brass band, Karen Blackburn’s Dance Academy.
  • A fun dog show in the dog arena for family pets, including best 6 legs (pet and owner), waggiest tail, best rescue dog.
  • Steam engine rides, fairground rides.
  • Animals to stroke; donkeys, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs.
  • Beer trailer, slushy drinks, real coffee.
  • Vintage vehicles; 1917 Thorneycroft truck; 1926 Sunbeam car, 1939 fire engine.

Hook Fun Run and Road Race – Sunday 20th May 

On Sunday the 20th May the Parish Council welcomed the Hook Fun Run to Hartletts Park to undertake their Annual Races.  Well done to the organising committee and all the volunteers who worked so hard to make the event such a success.

Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 23rd May 

The Annual Village Meeting is just that, a meeting for the Community, and not a Parish Council meeting.  Over 100 people turned out for the exhibition and presentations.  For the first time, the event “went live” on Facebook and the video of live interviews with exhibitors received a very positive response.

The Hook Community Award is presented by the Council, from nominations submitted by residents.  Dermot Smith received the 2018 award for his work in the development of Hook Action Against Over Development Group (HAAOD), their website and newsletter. The analysis of complex documents, presented in a simple, easy to understand way for all means that he is a real residents’ champion for Hook, who is in touch with the community.

  • Patricia Hughes, Joint Chief Executive of Hart District Council, gave an enlightening presentation covering topics including local crime, new homes, affordable housing, countryside and, of course, the Hart Local Plan.
  • The Hook Local History Society demonstrated their new online project, which includes a number of video clips on various Historical topics in Hook. If you would like to know more about this project, e-mail or 01256 766451 or it is available to view at the Parish Council Office.
  • Whitewater Health Patient Participation Group (PPG) gave a very interesting presentation on their latest initiative on “Managing a Healthy Weight”. Please contact the PPG via the Doctors Surgery for more information on this project.
  • The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group’s Chairman provided an update on progress with the Plan and a timeline for it being submitted to Hart for the next state of consultation.

Next year’s Annual Village Meeting will be held on Wednesday 1st May 2019, which is just before the full Parish Council elections. This will be a great opportunity to meet the candidates, so note the date in your diary early. 

Fly Tipping

In recent months there has been a significant increase in waste being fly tipped.  This not only looks unsightly, but in some cases, the waste can be hazardous.  If you see anybody dumping waste, please report it via www.fixmystreet.co.uk  or call Hart District Council on 01252 622122.

If you need to dispose of household items and are unable to take it to a local refuse site, make sure you employ someone reputable, with the necessary licence to dispose of it at a Waste Management Facility.   If they do not dispose of it appropriately, you could be liable for any fines that result.  Go to https://www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk/ for a list of reputable traders

Dates for your diary

  •  Hook Annual Village Show and Craft Fair – Hartletts Park & Hook Community Centre -Sunday 15th July 2018 12 noon – 5pm