News Releases

News Releases

Some news can’t wait for the monthly bulletin and is posted as a News Release, as it happens.

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   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

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

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 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:


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:

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

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 032021

Are you eligible to order or collect free coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow home test kits ?

You can order kits to test your household if

• you’re 18 or older
• you live in England
• you do not have coronavirus symptoms
• you have not been told to self-isolate
• you or someone in your household, childcare or support bubble attends a primary school, a nursery, a secondary school, a sixth form, a college, or works at one
• you cannot get tests from a test site or your work

A test kit contains 7 tests. You can order one test kit per household each day. If you collect them from a collection centre you get 14 tests

To order a test kit for home delivery go to

To find your nearest collection site go to

Mar 292021

Today, the next set of restrictions are being lifted. Below details what you can now do. Even though restrictions are being lifted, please remember to continue to social distance, wash your hands regularly and wear a mask when required.

All of the Council owned facilities (MUGA, Tennis Courts and Skate Park) are now open. The Outdoor Gym will remain closed for the time being.

For more information detailed information on what you can now do go to

Poster summarising what you can now do as the first set of lockdown restrictions are lifted

Mar 222021

Local elections are due to be held on Thursday 6th May 2021.  If you wish to stand for any of the seats/positions (District, County or Police and Crime Commissioner) you have until 4pm on Thursday, 8th April 2021 to submit your nomination papers to Hart District Council (Southampton City Council for Police and Crime Commissioner).

For more information about the elections please contact Hart District Council on or call 01252 774073

Below are the lists of seats\positions available

Police and Crime Commissioner election notification

Notice of Election – District

Notice of Election – County

Mar 172021

Want to recycle more but frustrated by the limited amount of things collected via our doorstep recycling? This fantastic group of volunteers, who initially started in Rotherwick, have expanded their collection points to Hook and other surrounding villages. They collect some of the things you can’t normally recycle using the Terracycle scheme.

For more information about what they collect and collection points go to

Mar 142021

Hampshire’s Road Safety Team are holding a free webinar via Zoom on Thursday 18th March, 10.30 to 12.00, specifically aimed at drivers over 60 but also useful for drivers of all ages.

The webinar will last a maximum of 90 minutes with items about why drivers have accidents, concentration, awareness, roundabouts and T-junctions amongst others.

You do not need a Zoom account to join. Register now: