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Monthly Bulletin: December 2019

Community Christmas Lunch

The Hook Community Christmas Lunch will again be hosted this year by the Parish Council and a band of volunteers.  Thanks to local sponsors, lunch is free of charge and transport can be provided, if required.  Anyone (of any age) who finds themselves on their own on Christmas Day is welcome at the Scout Hut (next to Elizabeth Hall) from 12 noon until 3pm.  If would you like to come along for Christmas lunch and join in the fun, please contact the Parish Council ASAP.

Carols round the Christmas Tree

On Saturday 7th December at 4:30pm there will be Carols around the Christmas Tree at Grand Parade.  Feel free to come along and join in singing classic carols, whilst munching on mince pies and keeping warm with hot chocolate!

Office Closure Dates

Please be aware that the Parish Council Office will close at 12 noon on Tuesday 24th December and re-open at 9am on Thursday 2nd January 2019.  In an emergency, please phone 07931 744266

Christmas Refuse collections

Hart District Council have confirmed their Christmas Collection Dates and these can be found at https://www.hart.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Hart_Christmas_collections_2019-2020.pdf  or via our Facebook Page, App and on Noticeboards.

For more information about waste and recycling, please go to https://www.hart.gov.uk/waste-recycling or call 01252 622122.

Become a Parish Councillor

Would you like to become a Parish Councillor?  There is currently a vacancy for a Councillor, following the resignation of Cllr Gill Miller.   A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held, if ten electors of Hook Parish give notice in writing to the Returning Officer by Tuesday 10th December calling for an election.  The address of the Returning Officer is: Hart District Council, Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU13 8AE.   If ten letters are received by Hart, a Notice will be published calling for nominations from candidates wishing to stand for election.  If ten letters are not received, the Parish Council will advertise to fill the vacancy by co-option.

If you have a strong interest in your local community, would like to help shape the future of Hook and influence what residents’ money is spent on, then this may be the role for you.  Whether the vacancy is to be filled by ballot or co-option, we would welcome the opportunity to speak to anyone interested in becoming a Councillor.  Please contact the Executive Officer, Anne Atkins (contact details below), for more information or a chat about this rewarding role.

Hook Parish Council triumphs in the Hampshire Association of Local Councils Awards

Following on from the successes of Hook village at the Fullers Hampshire Village of the Year Awards 2019 (where we were awarded 5 awards), Hook Parish Council has triumphed in this years Hampshire Association of Local Councils Awards.

In the Communications section, the Parish Council was presented with the Glass Trophy as Winner for Best Use of Social Media and was Runner-up for the Best Local Council Website (the e-mango Shield).

Anne Atkins was Runner-up for the Award of Hampshire Clerk of the Year 2019 (The Kirk Shield).

The Chairman of Hook Parish Council, Jane Worlock, said, “This is a great achievement by the Parish Council and our Clerk, Anne Atkins. As a local Council, our excellence in community engagement, via social media, has been recognised as the best in Hampshire. Thanks go to our officers, who provide such a great service for our residents and especially Anne, who deserves this special recognition”

SANG application – Refused

Hart District Council has refused planning permission for a SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace) to be created on the land to the rear of Holt Farm, Holt Lane. The SANG provision was intended to mitigate the impact residential development would have on the nearby SSSI (Bartley Heath) as a result of the conversion of commercial property to residential on Bartley Wood Business Park.

Hook Neighbourhood Plan

Almost immediately after the Hook Neighbourhood Plan (HNP) Referendum results were announced, Wilbur Developments Limited submitted their application for a Judicial Review (JR) in respect of the Neighbourhood Plan.  They are, in effect, challenging the decision by Hart that the HNP complied with the basic conditions in respect of the evidence and policies relating to the Gap between Hook and Newnham.  Go to www.hart.gov.uk/hook to view the Plan documents.

A Government Planning Board will review the application and determine if there are grounds for a case to be forwarded for a full JR.  The implications of this are that Hart will not be able to adopt the HNP until either the case for a JR has been dismissed or the outcome of a JR has been determined.  This is likely to take anywhere between 6 and 12 months.  Even if the Planning Board does not agree to take the matter to JR, the developer still has a Right of Appeal.

This is obviously very disappointing for the Parish Council and the members of the HNP Steering Group, who have invested an enormous amount of time and energy on preparation of the Plan and its submission to Hart for adoption.

Echo Hotel Music Club/Hook Live

The first event of 2020 will be Brave Rival who will be recording a Live Album at Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 18th January 7pm – 11pm.

For more information, please go to, visit www.echohotelmusicclub.co.uk or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/echohotelmusichook/

Finally, the Parish Councillors and Office Staff wish all our residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Dates for your diary 2019-2020


  • Hook Community Christmas Lunch – Scout Hut, Hook on 25th December 2019, 12 – 3pm


  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Brave Rival Live Album Recording Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 18th January 7pm – 11pm
  • Hook Live/Echo Hotel Music Club presents Jack J Hutchinson Band and the Nile Deltas Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 1st February 7pm – 11pm
  • Annual Village Meeting – Hook Community Centre on 29th April 2020, 8pm – 10pm
  • Hook Village Show – Hartletts Park on Sunday 5th July 2020