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Monthly Bulletin: January 2018

Happy New Year

The Parish Council would like to wish all of our residents a happy new year.  We have lots of exciting new things planned for 2018, so look out for updates in the usual places – Hook Focus, noticeboards, our website and on Facebook.

Bookkeeper/Finance Administrator Vacancy

Over the last 15 months the Parish Council Committees and administration have undergone a Structure Review. A number of changes h have been gradually implemented.  This has created a vacancy for a new member of our team.  We are looking to recruit a part time Bookkeeper/Finance Administrator.  Please contact the Parish Council Office for more information.  Closing Date for applications is 12th January 2018.

Hook Village Show Call for Volunteers

 The provisional date for the 2018 Hook Village Show, is 15th July 2018.  The Flower and Produce Show, in aid of Hook in Bloom, will become a separate event, as this needs to be held in the autumn.  In order to ensure the success of the event, we will need a team of willing volunteers to help with the organisation prior to the event and on the day.  If you are able to help, please email to register your interest.

Hook Community Award

Do you know anyone whose community contribution 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 the community, on an entirely voluntary basis and over a sustained period. Previous nominations that did not result in an award will not be carried forward, so 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 27th April 2018.

Hook Neighbourhood Plan Update

The first Draft of the Hook Neighbourhood Plan will be open for public consultation from 15th January.  Two consultation events are being held in January.

  • 18th January 2018 at Elizabeth Hall, Raven Road 18.00 – 21.00
  • 20th January 2018 at Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft 12.00 – 16.30

Please come along to review and make comment on the plans.

Grit Bins

Hampshire County Council has around 3500 roadside salt bins located across the highway network.  They have been checking and replenishing these in recent weeks.
The bins are filled with a 50:50 mix of salt and grit and this can be freely used by members of the community for de-icing pavements and smaller access roads, and particularly those areas of public highway that are not covered by one of their main salting routes. P lease be aware that it only takes a tablespoon of salt/grit (roughly around 20 grams) to treat one square metre of road or pavement so a full bin can treat a substantial area.   If your local salt bin is less than ¾ full and needs refilling through the winter season, the quickest way to let them know is via the specific link on their web page at:

Recycling of Christmas trees

Between Saturday 6th January and Tuesday 30th January, Hart District Council are again running Free Real Christmas Tree Recycling collection points.  Please take your tree to the local collection point and place it in the cordoned-off area for Hart’s team to remove on a regular basis and recycle during January.   The most local ones to Hook are:

  • Crossways Car Park, Hook (By the doctors)
  • Church Road Car Park, Fleet
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre, Springwell lane, Hartley Wintney
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre, Wade Road, Basingstoke

The District Council have also advised that, if you subscribe to the Green Waste Recycling Service, you can put your tree out with your Green Bin for collection.

For more information go to

South East Water

Following the consultation event that South East Water held on 29th November, just a reminder that the works on Griffin Way South will start on 8th January.  Works are expected to take 27 Weeks and it is anticipated there will be delays and traffic congestion, particularly during peak times.  Please allow extra time for your journey.

Fix my street

If residents experience problems in and around Hook with potholes, streetlight faults, fly tipping, footpaths etc. the quickest way to get them fixed is to log on to  Three is also a link off the Parish Council website.

All you have to do is enter the post code where the problem is located, or use the map to pinpoint the location, together with a short description of the issue.  This will be forwarded to the correct authority for the specific problem.  Residents say this system is usually extremely efficient and they did receive or could track progress with resolution of the problem.

Dates for your diary

  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre – 23rd May 2018
  • Neighbourhood Plan First Draft Consultations –
    • 18th January 2018 at Elizabeth Hall, Raven Road 18.00 – 21.00
    • 20th January 2018 at Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft 12.00 – 16.30