Monthly News Bulletins

Monthly News Bulletins

Since April 2000, Hook Parish Council has published Monthly News Bulletins in Hook Focus Magazine. An archive of the Bulletins is available below.

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.

Sep 102020
 

Parish Council Office reopens

At the time of writing, we are hoping to reopen our office on the 2nd September.  However, as with all things recently, this may change.

Volunteers

When lockdown struck our Community rose to the challenge.  Many of you will have been helping friends, family and neighbours who were isolating or shielding.  The Hart Response Hub had calls from many other residents willing to help strangers with shopping, pharmacy collections, or just someone to chat to.  Some have been baking cakes, making scrubs or printing/sewing masks for the NHS.  It has been heart-warming to see the community spirit in Hook flourishing.  Many new friendships have also been formed and families have been out discovering the beautiful countryside that is on our doorstep.

Play Areas

Most play areas are open and being well used, albeit with a reduced level of equipment (e.g one of a pair of swings removed or disabled) to enable social distancing whilst using the play area.  There is evidence that social distancing has not always been practised and in the case of the outdoor gym, this had to be closed as it became impossible to keep taping up the equipment to prevent usage.  If you are using the play areas please observe the safety and hygiene notices (a copy of which can be found on our Website and Facebook page).

One play area, at Sheldens Reach, has cause confusion.  This play area is not owned by the Parish Council, although the gate was locked along with all the other play areas in March.  Having re-opened it, along with our other play areas and advised Cala Homes, they took the decision that it should be closed as they do not have the resources to manage it in the current situation.

Dog Waste – King John V playing fields

It has come to our attention that there is a problem with people not clearing up after their dog at the King George V playing fields.  These fields are used for a number of sports.  Dog waste is not only unpleasant, it is a health hazard.   Please clear up after your dog.  FREE dog bags are available.  Call the office on 01256 768 687 to find out where your nearest collection point is.

Annual Village Meeting

This event was rescheduled from May to 15th September, but sadly now had to be cancelled.  The government has removed the requirement for this meeting to take place in 2020, due to continued social distancing.

Last year Guy Mason gave a very engaging talk about Bassetts Mead and he was due to do so again this year.  However, he has moved onto pastures new in the NW of England, so we do not know who will replace him at HIWWT.  Two other presentations were to be made by Mark Hazell, on behalf of Hook & Odiham Lions and Chief Inspector John Halfacre.  Mark has prepared an article based on the content of his presentation, which can be found on page X.  CI Halfacre will also prepare a written update, to be published in the October.

We will announce the date for the 2021 Meeting early in the New Year.

Hook App & Hook Focus Magazine

If you have recently moved to Hook, you may not yet be aware of the Hook Focus Magazine or that Hook Parish Council has an App.   In normal times both are packed with information about local events and activities.  Hook Focus is published 11 times a year and costs 80p per copy continues to be full of articles from local organisations and groups, as well as some of those a little further afield.   It is available from Trees, The post office, Hartletts Cafe and Tesco (Customer Service Counter) or can be delivered to your door for £6 for a full year.

A great way to get to know your new neighbours is the become a Hook Focus distributor – and you get some healthy exercise into the bargain.  For more information about Focus subscriptions or distribution contact 01256 764 132

Sadly, the events calendars are a bit empty right now, but when all the groups, organisations and charities are ‘back in business’, to keep up to date with what is going on, subscribe to Hook Focus or Search ‘Hook Parish Council’ on Google Play or App Store to Download our App Free now.

Small Hook Businesses win awards

Congratulations to Hook Post Office for becoming a regional finalist in the Post Office ‘We’re Stronger Together’ awards for service during Covid-19 pandemic and to Hartletts Café for being awarded TripAdvisor’s Best of the Best Award.

Many Hook businesses have worked really hard during the pandemic, to provide the goods and services residents needed, and in some case completely diversifying.   Undoubtedly, there has been a significant financial impact on small business, so please show your support and continue to shop/eat out locally.

Your Hook Pictures

The landscape of Hook has been transformed over the summer as many residents and businesses made good use of their time in Lockdown creating beautiful displays in their garden.  If you have captured images of the beautiful local scenery, gardens or wildflowers on your daily walks we would love to add them to the growing gallery on our website, or use them in the 2021 Annual Report or on social media as testament to the industrious and resilient residents of Hook did during lockdown  If you are happy to share these with us, please send them by email to: with the name of the photographer and a description/caption.

Jul 052020
 

At the time of writing, the government is still gradually easing the Lockdown.   The Play Parks and Outdoor Gym remained closed in June.  Please continue to check our App, website, noticeboards, Facebook page and Hook Focus for information on reopening of facilities and when events/meetings are taking place. We will continue to follow Government advice and guidelines.

Parish Council Office

The Parish Council office remains closed; however, all staff are still contactable and working from home.  We will return to our office once the Community Centre reopens, but our opening hours may vary.

Our Ground Maintenance Team are working hard to ensure the facilities that are available are kept well maintained.  The hanging baskets adding a beautiful splash of colour to lift everyone’s spirits in the village centre.  The Hook in Bloom volunteers have been busy planting in the beds along Station Road and ensuring the planters are also looking beautiful.  There are various areas of wildflowers beginning to bloom around the village, which Hart District Council planted just before lockdown.  These are not only providing colour, but an important habitat for insects such as bees and other pollinators.

Meetings

Meetings of the Council and Committees are being held virtually, when urgent business requires.  There will be a Council meeting on 1st July, when it is expected John Orchard will be co-opted onto the Council to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Gill Miller.

Agendas are published the week prior to the virtual meeting and will include information and links to enable public participation.  All Agendas can be found on Parish Council Noticeboards and our website at https://hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/council-meetings/agendas/ .

Accounts and Audit

Although new legislation extended the period for the local council audit process, the Internal Audit has been completed with no matters being raised.  The Accounts and Audit Statements will be presented to Council on 1st July for Approval.  Details of how and where to view the accounts will be published on the Parish Council App, Facebook page, Website and Noticeboards during the summer.

Planning

As Hart District Council Officers were redeployed to support the COVID-19 crisis response, much routine the work slowed down, but planning applications continue to be processed at a steady pace.  The first virtual meeting of the Hook Planning & Infrastructure Committee took place on 10th June and members of the public attended online.

Two pre-applications of note were submitted to Hart just before COVID-19 struck, the first, for a 160-unit retirement village with ancillary buildings on the same site as the recently refused 700 home West of Hook (Owens Farm) planning application. Hart District Council has issued a response to the Pre-application which can be read in full here.

The second Pre-application for a 70-bed care home on land adjacent the Reading Road on the green field site between the North East Hook development and the garden centre. The full response from Hart can be found here.

Fly tipping

Over the months that the Household Recycling Centres and Green Waste Collection Service were not operating, we have seen an increase in fly tipping.   Please do not dump your waste.  It is unsightly, antisocial, attracts vermin and is illegal.   If convicted at court, the maximum fine is unlimited, and you could face 5 years in prison.

You are still liable for any fine incurred if you employ a person or company that does not dispose of your waste appropriately.  A list of registered companies can be found at https://www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk/.

To check if a company is licensed to dispose of waste, or for more information about fly tipping go to https://www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/flytipping.

Defibrillators

If you need to call 999 and the Ambulance Service advise using a defibrillator, they will direct you to the nearest one and provide you with the code to remove the machine from the cabinet. Anyone can use a defibrillator, as verbal instructions are given throughout.  In Hook you would expect to be directed to one of these three locations:

  • Grand Parade, RG27 9HF – adjacent to the Mosaic opposite the Post Office is.
  • Elizabeth Hall, RG27 9HH – at the front of the main entrance.
  • Hook Community Centre, RG27 9NN – near the Squash Court entrance gate

Use of Parish Council Land for Activities and Events

Since the Community Centre had to close, several notices have been published, advertising events or services to take place in Hartletts Park, including personal training, fitness classes or organised gatherings involving large groups.   These activities require the permission of the Parish Council before being advertised.  Private bookings and commercial activities are chargeable, in the same way booking an indoor space would be.  The charges can be found at: https://hook.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Hartletts-Park-Hire-Charges-2019-20.pdf

Booking system for the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC)

HWRC’s re-opened in May.  To reducing queues a booking system is now in place.  Do not take items to any HWRC without a pre booked appointment.  Bookings can be made via https://www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/recyclingcentres/book-appointment or by phone on 023 8017 9949

ECHO HOTEL MUSIC CLUB – 2020 Programme cancelled.  See page X for update.

 ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING – 15th September 2020 subject to COVID Advice

Jun 112020
 

At the time of writing, the COVID-19 lockdown had just begun to ease.  The measures announced on 10th May, enabled us to swiftly re-open the Tennis Courts and Basketball area, with the proviso that social distancing was still adhered to.   We will continue to follow Government advice and guidelines until normality can resume.   As facilities, activities and events begin to take place, we will be posting updates via Facebook, Hook App, Noticeboards, our website, and Hook Focus.

SERVICE UPDATE

The Parish Council office remains closed with all staff working from home.  An Extraordinary Meeting of the Council was held at the end of March, to enable the Executive Officer to continue to manage the day to day business of the Council, whilst using e-mail and video conferencing to communicate with Councillors.  This has ensured that the bills got paid, with essential facilities and services continuing uninterrupted.

Play areas and open spaces are still being monitored and waste bins emptied, ensuring that equipment remained safe and the areas are clean.  Grass is being cut in our open spaces, so with lockdown easing, residents can enjoy exercising outdoors.  In response to reports of breaches of some play areas and antisocial behaviour in the early weeks, a private security company undertook patrols and we received very positive feedback from residents in some parts of Hook.

The health and wellbeing of our community remains the top priority.  The Executive Officer was designated by Hart Response Hub, to co-ordinate Hook volunteers and residents needing support (shopping, medication delivery or a regular phone chat), who registered with the County Council or Hart Response Hub or contacted the Parish Council directly.

We are very grateful to all the volunteers for coming to the aid of our community.  The Hook Support Group should be congratulated for their wonderful work, shopping and delivering countless bags of groceries.  The overall volume of support requests has been comparatively small in Hook.  This is due to the number of residents supporting their friends and neighbours and improved access to online deliveries.  Well done to everyone for following the guidance, staying indoors, supporting others and staying safe.

PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL REPORT

Our ‘new look’ Annual Report 2019-20 went to print just before lockdown, and was delivered to every household in April, as usual.  If you did not get a copy, please call the Parish Council Office on 01256 768687 and we will be happy to deliver one.

MEETINGS

Whilst non-critical business has been deferred, meetings of the Council and Committees have been cancelled until social distancing measured make it feasible to meet face to face.    If urgent business does need to be discussed, virtual meetings will be held, with the Agenda published the week prior to the meeting.  The Agenda will include information and links to enable public participation.   The AGM of the Council is usually held in May, but Government has removed this requirement, so this meeting will take place as soon as practicable.

HELP AT HAND

Hart has delivered a support leaflet to all residents and businesses.  If you did not receive one, please let the Parish Council office know or it can be viewed at https://www.hart.gov.uk/covid-19-council-services.

ECHO HOTEL MUSIC CLUB – 2020 Progamme cancelled.  See the Facebook Page here for more details

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING – 15th September 2020 subject to COVID Advice

Apr 102020
 

It would be nice to bring you our usual round of upbeat and exciting things to look forward to, or updates on what has been happening in Hook.   However, these are challenging and unprecedented times for many so, not helped by empty supermarket shelves and being told to stay away from other people.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Given the developing Coronavirus situation and the uncertainty it brings, we understand that this is a difficult time for residents.  The health and wellbeing of our community is our top priority, so we will continue to follow Government advice and guidelines.  As a result, several activities and events will be changing and we will be posting updates via our website, noticeboards, Hook App etc. over the coming weeks/months.

Due to the majority of the office work being desktop based, we closed the Parish Council office at the end of March and all the staff are working remotely from home.  They can still be contacted by e-mail or phone in the normal way.

To reduce risk of social contact for Councillors, staff and members of the public that might attend, we are cancelling all meetings of the Council and its Committees during April.  This period will be extended depending on Government guidance.

We urge residents to follow the official advice, and stay safe so we can all look forward to a healthy Summer.

Help is at Hand

A number of groups have been set up, offering help with day to day shopping etc, for those in self isolation.  If you are not able to get help from friends, neighbours, family or other means, please contact the Parish Council office on the numbers below and we will endeavour to assist.

Annual Village Meeting – Postponed.

This has been postponed until later in the year.  All exhibitors and speakers have been notified and we will be in contact when a new date has been confirmed.  There were a number of nominations received by the closing date.  These will be held pending a new date for the Annual Village Meeting, later in the year.

New Councillor

At the Council meeting on 4th March, Les Morrison was co-opted to the Council.  Les moved to Hook with his wife and two children in 1989. Having retired in 2019 after 47 years working for the I.T. industry in engineering, service, support and project roles he joined the Council in order to “give something back to this wonderful community.

Councillor Co-option

At 19th March, the closing date for this vacancy, only one application for co-option had been received.  It is anticipated that an appointment will be made at the May Council meeting or the next meeting that is held thereafter.

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, the April and May gigs have been cancelled.  It is hoped to continue the planned programme from June, but keep an eye out for updates via their website at www.echohotelmusicclub.co.uk or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/

Diary Dates for 2020

Hook Village Show at Hartletts Park on Sunday 5th July 2020.

Mar 072020
 

Hook Community Award

The closing date for nominating someone is approaching.  Nominations should be submitted in writing to the Parish Council Office or email .   The nomination form can be found on our website at https://hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/council-publications/documents/under other documents.

The only firm rule for nomination is, 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, due to the stiff competition, please re-nominate them again for consideration this year.

The closing date for nominations is 30th March 2020

Annual Village Meeting

Are you involved with a local group or organisation?  Tables are filling up fast for the Hook Annual Village Meeting (AVM) on Wednesday 29th April.  The format is the same as in previous years.  Doors will open to the public for refreshments and a chance to look round the exhibition of local organisations at 8 pm.

It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase what your group or organisation does and a chance to recruit members.  Last year, over 25 groups were represented at the exhibition and the 150 residents enjoyed some entertaining presentations during the formal part of the evening.

If you would like a table, please contact us at

Become a Parish Councillor

It is anticipated that a new Councillor will be co-opted at the Council meeting on 7th March, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Gill Miller.  A further vacancy was created by the resignation of Ian Warner.

To be considered to join the Council please write to the Executive Officer with a summary about yourself including:

  • how long you have lived or worked in Hook
  • your reasons for wishing to become a councillor
  • previous community involvement or council experience
  • any other skills you can bring to the Council
  • your interests and recent career history

Prior to applying, please contact Anne Atkins, the Executive Officer at the Parish Council Office for a chat about what becoming a Councillor involves.

The closing date for this vacancy is the 19th March 2020.

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

Never The Bride will be at Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 7th March from 7pm – 11pm followed by Austin Gold on Saturday 18th April from 7pm – 11pm.

For more information and bookings, visit their website or Facebook page via www.echohotelmusicclub.co.uk or https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/

Diary Dates for 2020

2020

  • Annual Village Meeting at Hook Community Centre on Wednesday, 29th April 2020 from 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Village Show at Hartletts Park on Sunday 5th July 2020
Feb 132020
 

Community Christmas Lunch

The 2019 Hook Community Christmas Lunch was full of fun and merriment.  Thank you to all the residents and businesses, who have either donated time, money or goods to this event.  All those who attended (both volunteers and guests) had a fantastic time.

Become a Parish Councillor

The closing date for the vacancy that arose due to the resignation of Gill Miller was 31st Jan   However, we now have another vacancy due to the resignation of Ian Warner.  At the time of writing, we are awaiting to see if an election will be called or whether we will proceed to co–option again.  Please contact, Anne Atkins, the Executive Officer at the Parish Council Office for a chat about the role of Councillor.

Community Safety

A number of residents attended the January Parish Council meeting to voice their concerns about the recent increase in burglaries and anti-social behaviour (ASB).   The Manager of Budgen also attended to advise of the increase in shoplifting and ASB in some of the stores around the village centre.  In both cases, there was discontent with the lack of police resource to deal with such incidents, despite evidence being available.   The Council agreed to form a Community Safety Working Group, to investigate ways to reduce crime and antisocial Behaviour in Hook, which complement the work of the local police team.

Precept

At the January Parish Council meeting the Parish Precept for 2020 – 21 was set at £437,000. This means an average Band D household will pay £2.32 per week, equivalent to – less than a coffee at a local café.

The Precept covers the running costs of the variety of facilities, land management and services provided by the Parish Council.  We continue to offer free pre-application planning consultations and advice as to where to find information for other matters.  We offer support to numerous local organisations, events and charities.  Where possible, we obtain additional funding to enable enhancements to the facilities in Hook

Community Award

Do you know of anyone in Hook whose contribution to their neighbourhood or the local 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, due to the stiff competition, please re-nominate them again for consideration this year.  Nominations should be submitted in writing to the Parish Council Office or emailed to .  Closing date for nominations is by 30th March 2020.  The nomination form can be found on our website at https://hook.gov.uk/about-hook-parish-council/council-publications/documents/ under other documents.

Annual Village Meeting

Are you involved with a local organisation?  Tables can now be booked for the Hook Annual Village Meeting (AVM) on Wednesday 29th April.  The format is of the evening is the same as in previous years.  Doors will open to the public for refreshments and a chance to look round the exhibition of local organisations at 8 pm.  Last year, over 25 groups were represented at the exhibition and the 150 residents enjoyed some entertaining presentations during the formal part of the evening.  If your organisation is working on or has completed a project and would like to do a short presentation at the meeting, on this, please let us know.

A good way of keeping up with local organisations and events, including the AVM, is to download the Hook Parish Council App.  If your organisation is not included in the App, please get in touch with

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

Jack J Hutchinson Band and the Nile Deltas will be at Elizabeth Hall on Saturday, 1st February from 7pm – 11pm followed by Never The Bride on Saturday 7th March from 7pm – 11pm.

For more information and bookings, visit their website or Facebook page via www.echohotelmusicclub.co.uk or https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/

Diary Dates for 2020

2020

  • Annual Village Meeting at Hook Community Centre on Wednesday, 29th April 2020 from 8pm – 10pm.
  • Hook Village Show at Hartletts Park on Sunday 5th July 2020.
Jan 102020
 

Happy New Year

The Councillors and Staff of Parish Council wish all of our residents a Happy New Year.  We have lots of activities planned for the coming year, so look out for updates in the usual places – Hook Focus, noticeboards, our website, the Hook App and on our Facebook page.

Community Christmas Lunch

At the time of writing, the 2019 Hook Community Christmas Lunch is in the final stages of planning.  Thank you to all the residents and businesses, who have either donated time, money or goods to this event.

Become a Parish 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 30th January 2020

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.

Christmas Tree

A big ‘thank you’ to Hortus Loci for providing the magnificent Christmas tree at Grand Parade.  Thanks also to Sandra Tidy (The Base) and Marian Bright, who organised decorating the tree and the ‘Carols Round the Tree’ service on Saturday, 7th December.  Hot chocolate and mince pies were given out to everyone, who came along to join in the fun. It was a lovely community get-together and had a large turnout for this annual festive event.

Hook Neighbourhood Plan

We have been advised that the court date for the Judicial Review will be 21st January 2020.  As this date is after the copy deadline for the February Focus, we hope to provide an update regarding the outcome in the March Edition. Any interim updates will be available on our website, Facebook page etc.

Recycling Christmas Trees

 Between Saturday 4th January and Sunday 2nd February, Hart District Council has  free recycling collection points for real Christmas Trees.  Please take your tree to the local collection point and place it in the cordoned-off area.  Hart’s team will remove the trees on a regular basis during January. The Hook collection point is located at:

  • Crossways Manor Car Park, Hook (by Whitewater Surgery)

There are other collection points across Hart District.  Please contact Hart on:

01252 622122 or www.hart.gov.uk/waste-recycling for more information.

If you subscribe to Hart District Council’s Green Waste Recycling Service, you can put your tree out fo collection with your Green Bin..

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

The first event of 2020 will be Brave Rival, who will be recording a Live Album at Elizabeth Hall on Saturday, 18th January from 7pm – 11pm.

The second event will be Jack J Hutchinson Band and the Nile Deltas at Elizabeth Hall on Saturday, 1st February from 7pm – 11pm.

For more information, visit www.echohotelmusicclub.co.uk or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/

Diary Dates for 2020

 2020

  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Brave Rival Live Album Recording Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 18th January from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Jack J Hutchinson Band and the Nile Deltas at Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 1st February from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Never The Bride at Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 7th March from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Austin Gold at Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 1st April from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Annual Village Meeting at Hook Community Centre on Wednesday, 29th April 2020 from 8pm – 10pm.
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents RHR and Irene Rae at Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 16th May from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Hook Village Show at Hartletts Park on Sunday 5th July 2020.
Dec 092019
 

Community Christmas Lunch

The Hook Community Christmas Lunch will again be hosted this year by the Parish Council and a band of volunteers.  Thanks to local sponsors, lunch is free of charge and transport can be provided, if required.  Anyone (of any age) who finds themselves on their own on Christmas Day is welcome at the Scout Hut (next to Elizabeth Hall) from 12 noon until 3pm.  If would you like to come along for Christmas lunch and join in the fun, please contact the Parish Council ASAP.

Carols round the Christmas Tree

On Saturday 7th December at 4:30pm there will be Carols around the Christmas Tree at Grand Parade.  Feel free to come along and join in singing classic carols, whilst munching on mince pies and keeping warm with hot chocolate!

Office Closure Dates

Please be aware that the Parish Council Office will close at 12 noon on Tuesday 24th December and re-open at 9am on Thursday 2nd January 2019.  In an emergency, please phone 07931 744266

Christmas Refuse collections

Hart District Council have confirmed their Christmas Collection Dates and these can be found at https://www.hart.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Hart_Christmas_collections_2019-2020.pdf  or via our Facebook Page, App and on Noticeboards.

For more information about waste and recycling, please go to https://www.hart.gov.uk/waste-recycling or call 01252 622122.

Become a Parish Councillor

Would you like to become a Parish Councillor?  There is currently a vacancy for a Councillor, following the resignation of Cllr Gill Miller.   A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held, if ten electors of Hook Parish give notice in writing to the Returning Officer by Tuesday 10th December calling for an election.  The address of the Returning Officer is: Hart District Council, Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU13 8AE.   If ten letters are received by Hart, a Notice will be published calling for nominations from candidates wishing to stand for election.  If ten letters are not received, the Parish Council will advertise to fill the vacancy by co-option.

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.  Whether the vacancy is to be filled by ballot or co-option, we would welcome the opportunity to speak to anyone interested in becoming a Councillor.  Please contact the Executive Officer, Anne Atkins (contact details below), for more information or a chat about this rewarding role.

Hook Parish Council triumphs in the Hampshire Association of Local Councils Awards

Following on from the successes of Hook village at the Fullers Hampshire Village of the Year Awards 2019 (where we were awarded 5 awards), Hook Parish Council has triumphed in this years Hampshire Association of Local Councils Awards.

In the Communications section, the Parish Council was presented with the Glass Trophy as Winner for Best Use of Social Media and was Runner-up for the Best Local Council Website (the e-mango Shield).

Anne Atkins was Runner-up for the Award of Hampshire Clerk of the Year 2019 (The Kirk Shield).

The Chairman of Hook Parish Council, Jane Worlock, said, “This is a great achievement by the Parish Council and our Clerk, Anne Atkins. As a local Council, our excellence in community engagement, via social media, has been recognised as the best in Hampshire. Thanks go to our officers, who provide such a great service for our residents and especially Anne, who deserves this special recognition”

SANG application – Refused

Hart District Council has refused planning permission for a SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace) to be created on the land to the rear of Holt Farm, Holt Lane. The SANG provision was intended to mitigate the impact residential development would have on the nearby SSSI (Bartley Heath) as a result of the conversion of commercial property to residential on Bartley Wood Business Park.

Hook Neighbourhood Plan

Almost immediately after the Hook Neighbourhood Plan (HNP) Referendum results were announced, Wilbur Developments Limited submitted their application for a Judicial Review (JR) in respect of the Neighbourhood Plan.  They are, in effect, challenging the decision by Hart that the HNP complied with the basic conditions in respect of the evidence and policies relating to the Gap between Hook and Newnham.  Go to www.hart.gov.uk/hook to view the Plan documents.

A Government Planning Board will review the application and determine if there are grounds for a case to be forwarded for a full JR.  The implications of this are that Hart will not be able to adopt the HNP until either the case for a JR has been dismissed or the outcome of a JR has been determined.  This is likely to take anywhere between 6 and 12 months.  Even if the Planning Board does not agree to take the matter to JR, the developer still has a Right of Appeal.

This is obviously very disappointing for the Parish Council and the members of the HNP Steering Group, who have invested an enormous amount of time and energy on preparation of the Plan and its submission to Hart for adoption.

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

The first event of 2020 will be Brave Rival who will be recording a Live Album at Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 18th January 7pm – 11pm.

For more information, please go to, visit www.echohotelmusicclub.co.uk or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/

Finally, the Parish Councillors and Office Staff wish all our residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Dates for your diary 2019-2020

 2019

  • Hook Community Christmas Lunch – Scout Hut, Hook on 25th December 2019, 12 – 3pm

2020

  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Brave Rival Live Album Recording Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 18th January 7pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Jack J Hutchinson Band and the Nile Deltas Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 1st February 7pm – 11pm
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 29th April 2020, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Village Show – Hartletts Park on Sunday 5th July 2020
Nov 092019
 

Hook Neighbourhood Plan

There was a good turnout at the Referendum Vote for the Hook Neighbourhood plan that was held on the 7th October. It was an overwhelming 96% of the votes cast were “Yes” to the Neighbourhood Plan.  This will now go to Hart District Council to be approved into Planning Policy.

Closure of Community Centre car park

The Annual Hook Schools Parents Association Fire Show and Fireworks will take place on Saturday 9th 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.

Hook Village scoops 5 awards at The Hampshire & Isle Of Wight Village Of The Year Competition

Hook won five awards at this year’s ‘Hampshire & IOW Village of the Year’ competition, which was sponsored by Fullers Brewery. The awards ceremony for the annual competition, organised by the Hampshire Association of Local Councils, was held at Chandlers Ford on 25th September.
Hook’s tally of awards included:

  • Winner, ‘Excellence in Community Engagement’ (Steven Lugg Trophy) for the Hook App
  • Winner, ‘Most Inspirational Person’ – Sue Hinton
  • Runner-up, ‘Best Open Space’ for Hook in Bloom
  • Highly Commended, ‘Best Community Initiative’ for ‘Hook Books’
    and finally,
  • Runner-up in the coveted ‘Overall Best Hampshire & Isle of Wight Village of the Year 2019’ category, which was won by Bishops Waltham.

These awards recognise the dedication and selfless work of the many volunteers in Hook, whose caring residents embody a true community spirit which makes our village such a friendly and happening place to live.

Remembrance Sunday and Poppies on lampposts

The annual service at the Church and Memorial will take place on Sunday 10th November.   The Parish Council will lay a wreath at the War Memorial at the 9.00 am service, as per usual and at the St John’s service at 10.15 am.

The Parish Council will fly the Union Jack flag on the Flagpole in Hartletts Park (opposite the Community Centre) throughout the weekend.

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

At the time of writing the final gig in the 2019 Echo Hotel Music Club (EHMC) programme, The Mentulls supported by Little Geneva is due to take place on Saturday 2nd November.  We are currently finalising next years (2020) programme.  For more information, visit www.echohotelmusicclub.co.uk or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/.

Community Christmas

Bookings now open for the Hook Community Christmas Lunch on 25th December.  Anyone, of any age, who will be alone on Christmas Day is welcome.  Please join the party and tuck into a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, have some fun, take part carol singing and enjoy 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 the Parish Council office.

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents The Mentulls Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 2nd November 8pm – 11pm