Annual Village Meeting
Almost 170 people attended this annual community event, which continues to grow each year. It was great to see so many new faces. The exhibition was fully booked and the speakers (Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Connect to Support Hampshire and the Hook Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group) were very informative and well received by the audience. The public had a chance to chat to the 15 prospective Parish Council Candidates in advance of the elections the following day.
We want to continue to build on the success of this community event and would welcome any feedback or ideas of what you would like to see next year eg more time to browse the exhibition, new speakers or topics you are interested in, comments on the exhibition or suggestions for future exhibitors. Please contact the Parish Council office via email, phone or post with your thoughts and ideas.
A fond farewell to Jane Bonnin
The Annual Village Meeting provided an opportunity to say a fond farewell to Councillor Jane Bonnin. Jane joined Hook Parish Council in 1982 and served continuously for 37 years, but decided not to stand for re-election this time. As a token of appreciation for her exceptional service and commitment to the community of Hook, the Chairman presented Jane with the gavel and block that had been used to open and close all Parish Council meetings throughout her time on the Council. Since joining the Council Jane has served as Chairman of the Council, and of both the Planning & Staff Committees. She developed the Council’s website and IT systems. In addition, she has been involved in a wide range of activities with local organisations and societies.
Jane expressed thanks to everyone for the support she received during her time on the council. She urged residents to continue to support the Parish Council in the future. The Parish Council Annual Report included a short reflection on her 37 years as a Councillor.
Hook Community Award
The Chairman presented the 2019 Community Award to Neil Evans, for his work over 18 years supporting The Base Youth Club. Neil was instrumental in growing teenager attendance at The Base and developing new initiatives. He worked closely with the Parish Council on improvements to the rear of the Community Centre (basketball area) and the multicourt, fundraising for the Teen Shelter and the skate ramps. In accepting the Award, Neil expressed thanks for the support of parents as well as, past and present, members of The Base Management team
Parish Council Elections
On 2nd May, Paul Kinge, Gill Miller, Jacqui Nabbs, Liz Tomlinson and Ian Warner were elected to the Parish Council, along with seven existing Councillors. Contact details for all Councillors can be found on our website (incl. information about each Councillor), noticeboards and the Hook Parish Council App.
The new Council held its first meeting on Wednesday 8th May at which Dr Jane Worlock was re-elected Chairman of the Council with Rob Cowell as Vice Chairman. At the first meeting of the Council, The Chairman took the opportunity to express thanks for the contribution of the previous councillors; Jane Bonnin, Sue Hinton and Angela Yates, who did not stand for re-election, and also to Debra Davies and John Orchard, who were not re-elected but whose expertise we hope to retain.
In partnership with the Hook In Bloom volunteers, the Parish Council is eagerly anticipating the arrival of the beautiful hanging baskets that will start to adorn the village in June. The display has been expanded this year to include baskets adjacent to the plough and on the A30 in front of St Johns church). These, along with the wildflower areas and borders planted in the centre, not only create a splash of colour, but also provide food for insects and birds. If anyone would like to help the Hook In Bloom volunteers maintain these sites, please email:
Painting of Tennis courts and Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)
The surface of the Tennis Courts and MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) were repainted before Easter. With the warmer weather, Wimbledon and summer holidays approaching these facilities are likely to be in high demand. The three Tennis Courts and MUGA (marked out for basketball and football) are free to use on a first come, first served basis.
Hook Village Show
This popular Annual Event take place at Hartletts Park. on 7th July from 12-5 pm. The event is organised, in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions, who are busy putting everything in place. The Village Show programme will be delivered to every household in early June. If you would like a stall or would like to help on the day, please contact Terry Cheeseman at . Please see page X for more information
Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live
The Echo Hotel Music Club events have gone from strength to strength since the programme began in February. The next gig is on 1st June and tickets are selling fast. For details of the programme of EHMC events and tickets, please see page X or visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/
Dates for your diary 2019
- Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Gorilla Riot, Eddy Smith & The 507 – Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 1st June, 7pm – 11pm
- Hook Village Show (in partnership with Hook and Odiham Lions) – Hartletts Park 7th July
- Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Catfish and Dan Burnett– Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 27th July, 7pm – 11pm