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

May 102018
 

HSPA are holding a Beer festival this Saturday. Tickets are £6 and are available from Trees Newsagents in the centre of Hook, Hook Infant/Junior School offices or Hartletts Cafe.

Please see their Facebook page\event for more information

https://www.facebook.com/events/200579794005084/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22page%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22page_upcoming_events_card%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

 

 

May 072018
 

Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 23rd May from 8.00 pm

The Annual Village Meeting is on Wednesday 23rd May at Hook Community Centre.

Timings for the evening are as follows:

  • 8pm – 8.30 pm Doors open, Reception and Exhibition
  • 8:30pm -10.00 pm Welcome and Formal Proceedings

The exhibition will include a number of Local Organisations, who will be on hand to discuss what they do.  These include: Basingstoke Advanced Motorists, Hart and Rushmoor Live at Home Scheme, Hook Action Against Over Development, Hook Allotments, Hook Care Group, Hook Eagle Morris Men, Hook Focus, Hook In Bloom, Hook Local History Group, Hook and Odiham Lions, Hook Village Agent, Hook Village Halls Charitable Association, Odiham Cottage Hospital, Townswomen Guild, Patient Participation Group.  This year we will abe welcoming a number of new exhibits from Hart District Council, in addition to the Dog Warden, Community Services (Housing and Disability Grants) and Hart Country Side Services.

We will also have a number of speakers on the programme, including the Hook History Society who will give a brief overview of its new interactive project and the Patient Participation Group who will present its “Managing a Health Weight” initiative.  Please see the agenda for more information.  In addition, the Parish Council will present the Hook Community Award to a member of the community

Your Parish, District and County Councillors will be attending the evening to answer any issues raised and there will be a general Questions and Answer session at the end. Please submit your questions by 17th May to the Executive Officer.  Please do this via email 

The meeting is not only a great way to meet other residents, whose paths you may not usually cross, but also an opportunity to meet some of the many organisations that provide local services. Importantly, the Annual Village Meeting enables you to ‘have your say’ in open forum about matters in Hook.

Hook Parish Council App

We hope you have all had a chance to try out our new App.  We are adding new information to it regularly and welcome any feedback. Please send your comments to

If you belong to a Hook organisation that would like their details included, or if you have an event coming up, please complete one or both of the registration forms on our website at:  http://hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/council-publications/documents/ or contact us at the office on 01256 768687

Litter Pick

Following on from the success from the last litter pick in January, Hook Runners have organised and are running another litter pick on Sunday 13th May from 2pm (meeting at the Hook Community Centre) to litter pick the village, prior to the Fun Run the following week.  If you can spare some time to help and take part, they would be happy to see you there.  For more information, please contact .

Hook Road Race and Fun Run

Please be aware that the Community Centre Car Park will be CLOSED on Sunday 20th May, for the Annual Hook Fun Run and Road Races, which sets off from Hartletts Park at 10.00 am.  Come along and cheer the runners on, or if you have a youngster, take part in the Under 5’s race at 9:45am. Please go to www.hookfunrun.com/ for more information.

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

The Hook Village Show on Sunday the 15th July on Hartletts Park will be organised by the Parish Council in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions Club, and supported by Odiham and Hook Rotary Club, to ensure this event is bigger and better than last year.  The Show has been moved from September to July this year to improve the chance of good weather and to provide a full arena programme, which will include a stage for performers, as well as a good mix of approximately 50 stalls and other attractions for all ages.

Hook Village Halls will also be holding a Summer Craft & Produce Fayre in the Community Centre, in parallel

If you would like a stall at either event, please email: for stalls in Hartletts Park, or for an indoor Craft Fayre booking email:

Cemetery Memorial Testing

This has now been completed and some stones have been laid flat on the grounds of safety.  There are a number of other graves, where it has been noted that works need to be undertaken to keep them safe.  We will endeavour to contact the owners of these graves in due course.

Dates for your diary

  • Hook Fun Run and Road Races – Hartletts Park – Sunday 20th May 2018
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – Wednesday 23rd May 2018 8pm
  • Hook Annual Village Show and Craft Fair – Hartletts Park & Hook Community Centre -Sunday 15th July 2018 12 noon – 5pm
May 052018
 

Our Annual Report has been delivered to every household in the Village. Inside the report you will find a survey. Please take the time to have a read through the report and complete the survey. You can see an electronic version here http://hook.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Annual-Report-2017-18-Village-Events-Entertainment-Survey-2018.pdf

The survey is per person, not per household.  Therefore, if more than one member of your household would like to complete the survey please go to http://hook.gov.uk/surveys/ . Either complete it online, print off a copy and return it via the freepost address, or drop it off to our offices.

Please be aware that the closing date for completing the survey is 5pm 30th May 2018.

Apr 292018
 

Last Sunday, April 22nd it was World Earth Day and Hook and Odiham Lions Club organised a Litter Pick along Station Road and London Road between the two White Harts, plus the footpath linking these two roads. They collected 8 sacks of rubbish. Items found included 2 bicycle chains and locks, numerous disposable plastic gloves from the petrol stations, a man’s cap, an interdental tooth brush, bottles, cans, paper and cigarette ends.

A big thank you to Hook and Odiham Lions for your efforts to help keep Hook tidy

Apr 282018
 

We have been advised that the central reservation on the A287 at the junction with Hook Road will be closed to allow for works on behalf of South East Water from 1st May 2018 for approximately one month.

If you have any queries regarding the above, please contact South East Water direct on 01634 276117.

Apr 262018
 

Ever wondered what happens to your rubbish once it has been collected?

Veolia are opening up several of their waste management facilities for behind the scenes tours. All places must be pre-booked in advance. Children are permitted, however, please check when booking if there are any restrictions on ages and/or accessibility as these are operational sites.

https://www.veolia.co.uk/hampshire/about-us/about-us/corporate-responsibility/wonder-open-days

There are three sites that are holding open days near Hook. These are:

14th May 2018 – Alton Material Recycling Facility
See how recycling collected from across the county is sorted and processed to be made into new products.
To book your place please email or call 0203 5675340

22nd September 2018 – Chineham Energy Recovery Facility
Find out how green electricity from waste is generated. To book your place please email or call 0203 5673855

27th September 2018 -Little Bushy Warren (Near Basingstoke) Composting Facility
From waste to rich organic compost, discover what happens to your garden waste
To book your place please email or call 01256 381895

Apr 262018
 

Hook is lucky enough to have three tennis courts that are open all year round and are FREE to use on a first come, first served basis. These are to the right of Hook Community Centre.

We currently allow the Junior School to use them at certain times. We now, also rent out the far two courts for private tennis coaching. Therefore, you may find there is restricted use from time to time. There will be one court available for the public to use on a first come, first served basis, during the coaching sessions.

The coaching will be happening on:
Tuesday: 9am – 11:30
Wed: 15:45 – 17:15
Thurs:18:00 – 20:00

Apr 142018
 

Launching the Hook Parish Council App – We are delighted to introduce a new App for Hook.  This offers a great opportunity for residents to receive the latest information about local events and activities and to communicate directly with local groups, organisations and businesses using a Tablet or Smart Phone.  We are also proud to lead the way, with the only Council App in Hampshire.   Search for ‘Hook Parish Council App’ on the App Store or Google Play.

The App will continue to develop as usage increases, so please tell friends, neighbours and family to download it.  The main features are:

Events calendar – This section will be packed with information about various activities and events going on in Hook and include links to more information about the event or to ticket bookings.

Places – This button opens a map of Hook.  Click on the place pin and to directly access information about, or communicate with, the organisations shown.

Fix My Street – Directly from the main screen you can now report issues from your phone and upload photographs of the problem that you wish to report.

More – Here you will find local organisations along with many other features.   Click on Local Organisations, select the organisation and you can call, e-mail, get directions or go to their website directly from the App.

A new “Welcome to Hook” pack will be added, to help new residents settle in and become part of the community.  Until this is ready, there is a leaflet showing walks around Hook.

If you belong to a Hook organisation that would like their details included, please complete one or both of the registration forms on our website at:  http://hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/council-publications/documents/

Hook Community Award – Nominations for the 2018 Community Award should be submitted using the Application Form on our website, by post to the Parish Council Office or emailed to   Closing date for nominations is by 27th April 2018.

Annual Village Meeting – Wednesday 23rd May from 8.00 pm.   Bookings are now open to local groups and organisation that would like to participate in the exhibition which takes place before the formal meeting.  For information and booking please contact

Tennis Coaching at Hartletts Park – In addition to offering the Junior School exclusive use of the courts for coaching, we have recently agreed to allow a private coaching company to hire the courts for individuals and groups.   When not in use by the school or for coaching, the courts will remain free to use, on a first come first served basis.

Hook Village Show and Craft Fair – Sunday 15th July – If you would like a stall at the event, please email: for stalls in Hartletts Park, or for indoor craft fair bookings email:

Hook Road Race and Fun Run – A reminder that the Community Centre Car Park will be CLOSED on Sunday 20th May, for the Annual Hook Fun Run and Road Races, which set off from Hartletts Park at 10.00 am.  Why not come along and join in the fun.

Cemetery Memorial Testing – Under the Parish Council’s duty of care and upkeep of burial grounds, memorial assessments will be undertaken in the near future in both Hook cemeteries.   In some cases it may be necessary to lay the stones flat; in others, remedial work may be required to ensure safety.  To ensure work is carried out sensitively, if you know of, or have any connection with a grave in either cemetery or have any concerns regarding the memorial works, please contact the Parish Council office as soon as possible.

Dates for your diary

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – Wednesday 23rd May 2018 8pm
  • Hook Fun Run and Road Races – Hartletts Park – Sunday 20th May 2018
  • Hook Annual Village Show and Craft Fair – Harletts Park & Hook Community Centre -Sunday 15th July 2018 12 noon – 5pm