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

May 072021
 

The 2020 Covid legislation, allowing local government meetings to be held virtually, was not
extended by the government beyond 7th May, as expected. Guidance from the local
government advisory bodies is that meetings can now only be held face to face. The Council
does not feel there is a practical way to hold this event safely, meeting social distancing
requirements for all attendees.

It is with regret that the 2021 Hook Annual Village Meeting is, therefore, cancelled.

Presentations from the speakers, will be published on our website on or immediately
after 12th May.  We will publish the questions submitted in advance, on our website, along with the
responses on or shortly after 13th May.

May 062021
 

The latest edition of Hook Focus is out now . You can pick up your copy from Hartletts Cafe, Tesco, Trees Newsagent and the Post Office in Hook for just 80p.

If you wish to submit an article for the next issue (June) the copy deadline is Wednesday 19th May.

Apr 302021
 

The Hook Annual Village Meeting will be held VIRTUALLY via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 12th May at 8pm. We are excited to announce that the following speakers will attend the event:

• Chief Inspector John Halfacre, Hampshire Constabulary
• Caroline Winchurch, Hart Voluntary Action
• Mark Hazell, Hook and Odiham Lions

There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of each of their presentations. However, if you have any questions that you would like to ask the Parish Council or any of our speakers in advance, please email them to , by Wednesday, 5th May. This enables the speakers to respond at the meeting.

The Agenda is on our website https://hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/council-meetings/agendas/ where you will find the link to join the virtual meeting.

Apr 292021
 

Since Monday, you can now pop into pharmacies in Hampshire to collect a Rapid lateral flow COVID test kits to use at home. For information about all the test-and-collect options in Hampshire – including pharmacy and test site locations and opening times – visit www.hants.gov.uk/testandtrace

Your nearest collection point in Hook is, Boots pharmacy in the village centre.

Apr 132021
 

Dr Jane Worlock, Chairman, Hook Parish Council responds to the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on 9th April 2021

Dr Jane Worlock, Chairman of Hook Parish Council said:

“It is with great sadness that Hook Parish Council joins the nation in mourning the passing of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.  His loss will be felt by many in the community of Hook, and particularly by the young people who are involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.  The loss of the Duke will be felt throughout the commonwealth, not only as the longest-serving consort to a British monarch and a major national figure, but as an active supporter of a huge number of charities for more than seven decades.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the Royal Family, to whom we send our heartfelt condolences.”

As a mark of respect, the Union flag in Hartletts Park will continue to be flown at half-mast throughout the eight days of morning, ending on Sunday 18th April.

In line with current Covid restrictions and the wishes of the Royal Family, we are unable to open a physical Book of Condolence.  Residents wishing to send a message to the Royal Family can do so via https://www.royal.uk/.   For those unable to submit a message online, single page written tributes can be sent to Hart District Council marked “book of condolence” before 6th May.  These will subsequently be bound into a book.

The public are asked not to travel to London or other landmarks to lay tributes in public spaces. It is understood that arrangements will be coordinated to reflect and mourn, once it is safe to do so and easing restrictions enable this to take place.

The Royal Household understand that members of the public would like to express their grief on the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.  Making a donation to one of His Royal Highness’s many patronages is a fitting way of paying tribute to his remarkable legacy.  A list of His Royal Highness’s patronages, and how you can donate can be found on https://www.royal.uk/.

picture of HRH-The-Duke-of-Edinburgh

Apr 102021
 

Hook Parish Council Annual Report

A copy of our Annual Report will be delivered to every household in Hook this month. Thanks go to Hook and Odiham Lions who have kindly offered to deliver these on our behalf.  An electronic copy can also be found on our website at https://hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/council-publications/annual-reports

2021 Annual Village Meeting

As reported last month, the Annual Village Meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday 12th May at 7:30pm.  We are excited to announce that the following speakers will attend the event:

  • Chief Inspector John Halfacre, Hampshire Constabulary
  • Caroline Winchurch, Hart Voluntary Action
  • Mark Hazell, Hook and Odiham Lions

There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of each presentation. However, if you have any questions that you would like to ask the Parish Council or any of our speakers in advance, please email them to by Wednesday, 5th May.  This enables the speakers to respond at the meeting.

The Agenda will be published shortly on our website https://hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/council-meetings/agendas/ where you will find the details on how to join the virtual meeting.

Hook in Bloom

A huge thank you to the Hook in Bloom volunteers who braved the weather at the end of last year and planted bulbs throughout the village.  Daffodils, Crocuses and Narcissi have been bursting into bloom to herald the arrival of Spring in Hook.  For those of you who haven’t already seen the call to action, Hook in Bloom is asking those who can knit or crochet to make poppies for a large piece of art planned for Remembrance Day in November. Please email for more information and a copy of the pattern.

Hedges and Trees

If you have trees or hedges that border a path, please remember that it is your responsibility to manage them.  Hedges need to be kept trimmed back so they do not encroach public footpaths and tree branches should be trimmed so they are above head height and any “dead wood” be removed.  Please ensure that your green waste is disposed of responsibly, either via:

Elections

At the time of writing, it is planned that the Local Government Elections on Thursday 6th May will take place.  If you do not wish to vote in person, you have until 20th April to apply for a postal vote: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/voting-person-post-or-proxy/voting-post

These elections in May are for the following:

  • Election of a Ward councillor for each of the 11 wards of Hart District Council (your District Councillor)
  • Election of a County Councillor for each of the 5 divisions of Hampshire County Council (your County Councillor)
  • Election of a Police & Crime Commissioner for Hampshire

For more information, please go to https://www.hart.gov.uk/election-information

Apr 092021
 
Hook Parish Council would like to express their condolences to Her Majesty The Queen on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. As a mark of respect, the Union flag in Hartletts Park will be flown at half-mast until the morning after the funeral.
Due to the Covid pandemic, we are unable to make the normal arrangements for opening public Books of Condolence. We will make further announcements regarding arrangements for public expressions of condolence once the Palace publishes their statement.
His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Union Jack flying at half mast in Hartletts Park
Apr 092021
 

Hook Parish Council would like to express their condolences to Her Majesty The Queen on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. As a mark of respect, the Union flag in Hartletts Park will be flown at half-mast until the morning after the funeral.

 

Due to the Covid pandemic, we are unable to make the normal arrangements for opening public Books of Condolence. We will make further announcements regarding arrangements for public expressions of condolence once the Palace publishes their statement.

Photo of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of EdinburghUnion Jack flying at half mast in Hartletts Park