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Monthly Bulletin: July/August 2023

Annual Village Show

As you will have read in last months’ magazine the Hook and Odiham Lions are organising the Annual Village Show for us again this year.  It will be taking place on Sunday 2nd July 12 – 5pm at Hartletts Park.  There is fun for all the family and some great arena events such as the Jez Avery Stunt Show and Hook’s very own Morris Men.  The very popular dog show is also back.  A program has been delivered to every household in Hook. If you have misplaced yours, an electronic copy can be found here https://hook.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/HVS-Programme-2023-combined_compressed-1.pdf or you can pick up a paper copy from Hook Parish Councils’ office or on the day from the entrance.

Skate Park Opening Event

As reported last month, the Skate Park is progressing well and we have been providing regular update videos via our Facebook page, which are also shown on the home page of our website.  At the time of writing, we understand that the build should be completed by the end of June.  We have organised an opening event on Saturday 15th July, 11am – 2pm.  Please bring a picnic and chairs and come down to try out the new park.  We will have an ice cream van and hot food van on site and Hartletts Café will also be open.  We will be offering free lessons (10am – 1pm) on how to use your scooter and skate board on the various obstacles.  This will be on a first come, first served basis.  There will also be competitions to enter with prizes to be won.

Suspension of Hook App

Unfortunately, our App provider is no longer supporting the Hook App and it is therefore no longer working or available for download.  The provider advised that we would be moved to a new supplier but, as yet, this has not happened.  We are now looking at the App as part of our website redevelopment project and we will be publishing a survey in regards to the App shortly.   We will advertise the survey via our website and Facebook.

Co-option of new councillors 

As not enough residents put their names forward to become Parish Councillors in May, resulting in an uncontested election, we had 4 vacant seats on the Parish Council. The vacancies were advertised and as a result, 3 applications were received.  At the June Parish Council meeting, the applications were considered and all 3 applicants were elected to join the Parish Council.

Our new Parish Councillors are:

Molly Greenland

Jen Copeland

Barry Myall

We will update our website once all the paperwork has been completed. We still have 1 remaining vacancy, now known as a persistent vacancy, which can be filled by co-option at any time. If you are interested in being considered to join the Parish Council, please contact our Clerk who can provide details of the co-option process.

Financial Statement/un-audited accounts – available on our website

Our unaudited accounts and associated documentation for the 2022-2023 financial year are now available to view on our website.

Go to https://bit.ly/3waa3If

Tennis Courts and Hanging Baskets

Our Grounds Team have been busy during the last few weeks.  Along with their normal duties, they have fixed the broken tennis net post and the droopy net, meaning all 3 courts are now available to use.  In the middle of June, they put up 35 hanging baskets.  I am sure you agree, they look lovely. Our tennis courts are outdoors and get a lot of use in the summer, particularly during Wimbledon fortnight.  They are free to use all year round on a first come, first served basis and are located to the side of Hook Community Centre.