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Monthly Bulletin: February 2019

Community Christmas Lunch

On Christmas day a willing group of volunteers helped host lunch for 24 people who found themselves alone on Christmas Day.    Not only did the guests enjoy a delicious traditional lunch with all the trimmings, they joined in with carols, bingo and a raffle.  Santa made a visit to deliver goody bags for them to take home.

This event was free for guests, due to the generosity of residents and local businesses who either donated time, money or goods. The number of guests has grown over the last few years and we hope to put it on again later this year (Dec 2019).


At the January Parish Council meeting the Parish Precept for 2019–20 was set at £398,400. This means an average Band D household will pay £2.18 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 to work closely to finalise the Hook Neighbourhood Plan.    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 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 29th March 2019.

Become a Councillor\Local Elections

The Parish Council Elections are now 3 months away. All twelve Parish Councillors automatically retire in May 2019.  Some existing members have indicated that they will not stand again, so new members will be needed.  More important still, is that people with experience and skills gained either through experience or a personal interest in the area concerned to stand for election.  These include an understanding of Highways, Community Safety, the Environment, Sports, Marketing and P.R.  A willingness to work on new ideas is always most welcome!

Please contact the Parish Council Office to find out more.  Nomination forms will be available in late March and need to be lodged with Hart on a tight timescale.  Election Day will be on Thursday 2nd May and the new Council will take office soon after.

Owens Farm\West of Hook Appeal

Many residents have been following the Planning application for 700 dwellings at the Owens Farm/West of Hook site.  Despite Hart District Council rejecting the previous two applications, the developers have gone to appeal again.  The date for the appeal is set for 19th March 2019.  We will keep post updates on this latest appeal via the Parish Council’s website, Facebook, App and Focus.

Neighbourhood Plan

Following the Regulation 14 consultation in November/December, all comments have now been collated and the Steering Group is working on a final version to be submitted for the Reg. 15 stage of the process.  It is expected that the Final plan will be submitted to Hart District Council by early February.

Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club

Following on from the launch of Hook Live, (the new Parish Council live entertainment brand), the Echo Hotel Music Club team has been busy booking original recording artists to perform in Hook.  There are now 9 events booked to take place at Elizabeth Hall from February through to November.  See page X for details of the events, bands, tickets etc.

We are looking to bring other live entertainment to Hook, but this depends on volunteers to help arrange them e.g. Literary lunches, crafting and possibly cinema.  If you are interested in any of these and would like help to organise these, please contact the Parish Council.

Dates for your diary 2019

  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Rufus Black & Jade Like The Stone – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 16th February, 7pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Xander and the Peace Pirates & The Mike Ross Band – Elizabeth Hall on Sunday 10th March, 5pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Jo Harman and her band & Special Guest – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 20th April, 8pm – 11pm
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 1st May, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Village Show (in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions) – Hartletts Park 7th July