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Monthly Bulletin: October 2017

Hook Village Show

The Hook Village Show took place on the 10th September and was well attended despite the weather.  The Parish Council stand was popular with children, who were busy entering the Vegetable and Treasure Hunt competitions. The winner of a Smart Phone (donated by a local resident) for the Vegetable Hunt was Daniel Parsons and Ollie Turner won a bag of gold (£10 in coins) for the Treasure Hunt    Our thanks go out to all those who braved the elements to help with the multitude of tasks on the day.

Wellworth Park Play Area Refurbishment

At the time of writing, work on replacing the play area is due to start at the end of September.   The contractor hopes to complete the work by the 23rd October. The play area will be closed during the refurbishment work. The reopening date will be announced in October, but may be subject to change, depending on the weather conditions. We will publish updates via our notice boards and Facebook page. Below is the updated graphic image of what the new park will look like.

Skate Park and Graffiti

As you may be aware, on the evening of Monday 4th September, the skate park ramps were heavily sprayed with graffiti. The Parish Council routinely paints the ramp surfaces with a special ‘grippy’ paint to improve safety. The areas of the ramps covered in graffiti were slippery and our Independent Play Inspector advised that the sudden change of ride surface, from grip to slip, part way across the ramp created an unnecessary hazard. This was also confirmed by several skaters. The Council took steps to rectify the problem and re-open the park as quickly as possible.

The Council has a zero tolerance policy on graffiti in general and endeavours to remove it where possible. The exception to this has been to allow the young people using the skate park to graffiti the upright walls, but not the ramps, provided it is not rude or offensive. This policy has worked well and has been respected by our local youth and skate park users. It is a pity those responsible have caused such inconvenience to the users and expense to the Council. This was not the only area of Hook that fell victim to graffiti and the Police are following up on information about possible perpetrators.

Hook Fireworks Show

The annual Hook Schools Parents Association Fire Show and Fireworks will take place on Saturday 4th November. Hartletts Park car park will be closed from 4pm until the conclusion of the firework display for safety reasons. Please remove all vehicles from the car park before 4pm, when the barrier will be locked.

Hook Community Christmas

Last year the first Hook Community Christmas Lunch was held on Christmas Day. Anyone who alone on Christmas day was able to join the party for a free Christmas dinner, some fun, carol singing and to enjoy the company of others.    A number of local businesses were extremely generous in providing both money and goods. A large team of local people volunteered to help with a host of tasks including decorating the hall, cooking, serving food, transport etc.

The Parish Council plans to host the lunch again in 2017.   We will be in contact with those who attended last year, but if you think you may be alone on 25th December, or you know of someone, who will be then please get in contact with the Parish Council office. There is no age restriction for joining in and transport can be arranged on request. If you will be alone, but could not to the Community Centre, we may be able to arrange for Santa and his helper to deliver a Christmas Dinner, so please do get in contact.

We will be shortly be in touch with those who helped us last year to see if they wish to volunteer again. Until we know the number of guests we do not know how many volunteers are needed. If you are a Hook resident and would like to help beforehand or on the day, please e-mail us at events@hook.gov.uk or call the office on 01256 768687 for more information or to register your interest.

Dates for your diary

  • HSPA Fire Show – Hook Schools – 4th November
  • Hook Christmas Cracker – Saturday 2nd December 2pm – 9pm – Station Road and Crossways Car Park
  • Hook Community Christmas – Monday 25th December 2017, Hook Community Centre