Hook’s 2017 Community Christmas Day lunch was again funded entirely by the kindness and generosity of Hook Fun Run & Road Races, Bell Cornwell, Hook & Odiham Lions Club, Whitewater Pharmacy, William Grant & Sons, Tesco, Rawlings Transport, Taylor Wimpey, Andwell Brewery, Hartletts Café and Hampshire County Council. Both the jolly band of dedicated volunteers, who gave their time to host the event, and those who attended had a wonderful time. Thank you everyone for your fantastic support!
Hook Neighbourhood Plan Update
The first Draft of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation in January and two public events took place on 18th and 20th. If you missed the consultations, or wish to review the documents please go to: http://np.hook.gov.uk/consultation-january-2018/. Please take the time to give us your views at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GPB56WW or by using the comment form on the Neighbourhood Plan website. The closing date for responses is 8th February 2018. https://www.hart.gov.uk/draft-local-plan
South East Water
The South East Water works have started on Griffin Way South and are expected to take 27 weeks. There will inevitably be delays and traffic congestion, particularly during peak times. Whilst South East Water appreciate that these delays are frustrating, please be courteous to other road users and allow extra time for your journey. Update on how the work is progressing can be found at: https://corporate.southeastwater.co.uk/hook.
Council Precept 2018-19
At the January Parish Council meeting the Parish Precept for 2018–19 was set at £363,400. This means an average Band D household will pay £2.02 per week, equivalent to a pot of tea at a local café.
The Precept covers the running costs of the variety of facilities, land management and services provided by the Parish Council. A number of new and exciting initiatives and events are planned for the coming year. We continue to offer free pre-application planning consultations and to work closely on the development of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan. We support a number of local organisations, events and charities. Where possible we obtain additional funding to enable enhancements to the facilities in Hook.
Hook Community Award
Do you know anyone whose contribution to their neighbourhood or the wider community should be recognised with the Hook Community Award? The award is presented each year at the Annual Village Meeting. The only firm rule for nomination is that the person or organisation must have given service to our community, on an entirely voluntary basis and over a sustained period. If you have previously nominated someone, who was not the successful nominee that year, please re-nominate those individuals or groups again for them to be in the running this year. Nominations should be submitted in writing by post to the Parish Council Office or emailed to . Closing date for nominations is by 27th April 2018.
Great Community Spirit
Our thanks go to Hook Runners for organising and undertaking a litter pick around the centre of Hook. They collected 25 black bags of rubbish in one hour. This has made a positive difference to our village and deserves recognition and appreciation.
Keen eyed residents may also have spotted brightly coloured or themed painted pebbles hidden around the village. This is part of a growing Facebook community called Hidden Rocks Hook. Many of our talented young (or young at heart) residents have produced and shared their mini works of art for others to see, photograph and relocate for others to find. Why not join the fun, contribute your own creation and help brighten the landscape. See the Hidden Rocks Facebook page for more information on participating.
Dates for your diary
Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – Wednesday 23rd May 2018