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

Nov 282020
 

Hart Employment and Skills Hub https://www.hart.gov.uk/employment-and-skills can help support Hart residents with finding employment or training while unemployed. They offer help with the following:

Careers advice
Support to develop achievable job goals and career paths
Searching for vacancies
Job application advice
Preparing for interviews including mock interviews
Access to training and qualifications
Confidence building
Support to overcome barriers to securing employment

Nov 262020
 

The Government has just announced that Hampshire (excluding the Isle of Wight) will be placed in Tier 2 when we come out of Lockdown on Wednesday 2nd December. Below is an infographic detailing what restrictions will be in place.

As we get more detailed information on what council-owned facilities are allowed to be open/re-opened, we will update this on our App, Website and Facebook.

For more local information please go to www.hart.gov.uk/covid-19. For the full list of what areas in England will be in which tier, please go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/full-list-of-local-restriction-tiers-by-area

Infographic showing What you can do in Tier 2

Nov 232020
 

A huge thank you to the team of volunteers who braved the weather and helped put up/take down the Poppies on lampposts around Hook. Not only was it a lovely tribute to those that have fallen, but it also added a splash of colour across the village.

As part of the commemorations, whilst following government guidance, the Parish Council was able to lay a wreath at the War Memorial and fly the Union Jack flag on the Flagpole at Hartletts Park (opposite the Community Centre) throughout the Remembrance weekend.

Poppies on the war memorial Nov 2020Poppies on Lampost

Nov 172020
 

Odiham Education Charity, the Foundation Body of Robert May’s School situated in West Street, Odiham, wishes to appoint a Foundation Trustee (Governor) for a 4-year term. They are looking for a resident of the school’s catchment area, preferably with experience in any of the following areas: estates, strategy, financial/ procurement or from a secondary education background at leadership level, to complement the other four Foundation Trustees who represent the charity.

If you do not have a background in any of these areas, but would like to be considered for this position please do get in touch with them as they are keen to talk to anyone who has an interest in education, time to give and a desire to serve the community in this way.

Please contact Sue Laing c/o LFM, The Stables, 23b Lenten Street, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1HG ( telephone number 01420 590660 ) or for further information or expressions of interest. The closing date for applications is 19th December 2020 and the newly appointed Foundation Trustee will take up his or her position with immediate effect once the formal appointment processes have been completed.

Nov 142020
 

Environment & Community Administrator

This is an exciting opportunity for a Hook resident, or person with in-depth local knowledge, to become actively involved as part of a team in the management of the Council and its Assets.  Reporting to the Executive Officer, the current role will be managing the Council’s facilities such as Parks, Open Spaces and Play Areas.

The Parks and Open Spaces responsibilities include co-ordinating the various contractors and organisations, who undertake work on our behalf, whilst ensuring maintenance and safety meets required standards.

The successful applicant will have experience of managing contracts and a solid administrative background; good organisation and communication skills are essential (written and verbal); be self-motivated and a good team player. Comprehensive expertise in using the full Microsoft Office Suite and the ability to work remotely when required, is a pre-requisite.  Own transport and clean driving license essential.

Salary range pro rata £23,000-£29,000 (37 hour week), depending on experience and qualifications.  This appointment is based at the Parish Council office located at the Community Centre, Ravenscroft. Working hours Monday – Friday (25 hour week), with some evening and occasional weekend duties.   For more detailed information about this role, please contact Executive Officer, Anne Atkins on (01256) 768687.

The closing date for applications is the 19th November 2020.

Nov 102020
 

Community Safety

Following complaints from residents about ASB, and a small number of car thefts and burglaries earlier in the year, the council has formed a Community Safety Working Group.  This group is made up of Councillors and other agencies in Hart who will initially investigate the type of issues of concern to residents.  It is intended to distribute a survey to every household in Hook during November to identify these.  Please complete and return this survey to assist the group in formulating recommendations to Council.

Part Time Administrator

There is a position for a part time administrator in the Parish Council office.  Please go to https://hook.gov.uk/job-vacancy for more information and how to apply for this role.  The closing date for applications is Thursday 19th November.

Poppies on lampposts and Remembrance Sunday (8th November 2020)

A team of volunteers have kindly offered to help put up/take down Poppies on lampposts around Hook. At the time of writing the plan is for them to go up at the beginning of November.

As part of the commemorations, the Parish Council plan to lay a wreath at the War Memorial and fly the Union Jack flag on the Flagpole at Hartletts Park (opposite the Community Centre) throughout the Remembrance weekend.

Annual Reports

For those residents new to Hook, who may not have seen the Parish Council’s  Annual Report, this informative publication is delivered to every household in Hook in April ahead of the Annual Village Meeting and outlines Parish Council activities and achievements during the past year and what services the Council offers.  If you would like a copy, please contact us or you can pick one up from the Parish Council office.  Alternatively, you can find a electronic copy on our website at: https://hook.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/39716-hpc_Annual-report-19-20.pdf

Pictures of Hook

Many of us over the summer were able to enjoy the good weather.  We are always looking for photographs of Hook residents embracing village life, or pictures of the beautiful scenery we have on our doorstep.  We would like to use these on our social media, website and within our publications.  If you have any pictures that you are willing to share with us, please email them to with the name of the photographer and a description or caption.

Nov 092020
 

Sadly, after further clarification, we have been advised that with immediate effect we must close the MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) by the Tennis Courts and the Skate Park.

At the moment, we have been advised that the main parks and children’s playgrounds can remain open. We will continue to monitor the guidance.

Nov 062020
 

If Coronavirus has had an impact on you, or any aspect of your life, you can call the Hampshire Coronavirus Support Helpline on: 0333 370 4000 for information, support and advice. Lines open 9am-5pm Mon-Thurs and 9am-4;30pm Fri. Lines also open Sat and Sun.

Calls to the Hampshire Helpline number will be directed to the most appropriate team at Hart or to Hook Parish Council for local support.

If you live in Hook and had support with shopping etc during the previous lockdown, and want to get back in touch, call 01256 768687 Ext. 201.

Nov 052020
 

As per government guidelines, we are required to close the Tennis Courts with immediate effect. We will continue to monitor and follow the guidance, regarding all other Parish Council owned facilities.

Nov 032020
 

Due to COVID and as per Government guidelines, the Parish Council has decided to close the office as of 12 noon Wednesday 4th November 2020. All staff will then be working from home and will be available on email and via phone.

Our contact details are as follows:

Phone – 01256 768 687/573
Should you require help with shopping/prescriptions etc, please select extension 201

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