Hook Village Carols around the Christmas Tree

Wednesday 4th December 2019 at 6.00 pm 

Look out for the children walking from school by candlelight to the hall via Mad Dog Lane/Valway 

(with a special visit from Father Christmas.  Hook School pupils will arrive to sing carols around the tree at 6.00 pm.  Groups in the village are holding stalls.  The WI will be serving mulled wine, mince pies, tea/coffee and more.  Hook Parish Council raffle proceeds will be donated to Hook School along with any other kind donations.

Come along and join in the Christmas festivities. 




Poppies on lampposts are due to be displayed in the village as from tomorrow.  Additional poppies will be displayed - a big thank you to Hook in Bloom and Councillor McDonald for their generous donations.  All proceeds has been donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.







Below are just a few of the items Hook Parish Council has covered during 2018/2019: 
* Successful funding applications resulted in a total of £14,000.00 towards the refurbishment and new play equipment      in the Play Park (via Goole Wind Farm/Big Lottery Awards for All and Tesco Bags of Help). A further £1,000.00 Tesco    funding secured – for 2 benches to be sited at the Contemplation Garden.
* The Play Park fencing and gate installed by Goole Welding via the successful Goole Wind Farm funding.
* Garth Lane 20mph speed limit and zebra crossing received a negative response from ERYC. 
* Land and ponds at Westfield Lake - ERYC Planning - ongoing.
* Further accidents and condition of the road in Westfield Lane reported to the ERYC. Ongoing campaign to make the      road safer.
* Play Park tree planting undertaken via Sixpenny Wood Wind Farm funding.
* HPC raised £50.00 at the Hook Celebration Day towards the Village Christmas Event.
* HPC continue with the upkeep of the defibrillator. Checks by HPC/NHW.
* Boulder in place at the Gala Field to alleviate unauthorised access.
* Poppies purchased via donations from residents/village groups for display on lampposts for Remembrance Day.
* Work completed on the Contemplation Garden, funded by Hook St Mary's Church and HPC.
* Village Christmas event - £228.45 donated to Hook St Mary's Church.


There are currently two vacancies on the Parish Council (one as a result of the local elections and the other following the resignation of a Councillor). Please contact Clerk to Hook Parish Council if you would like further details - hpc@gmx.co.uk




 The Members of the Parish Council are delighted to announce that our application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme has been successful and our project was put forward in Tesco Goole store for customer vote during January and February 2019. £1,000 was awarded to Hook Parish Council and, as previously agreed with Tesco Bags of Help, the funding was spent on the outdoor amenities in the village (2 benches were purchased and sited at the Contemplation Garden).
Thank you all for your votes!


Groups in the village came together to organise the Christmas event at the Memorial Hall on Saturday 1 December 2018, 3.00 - 5.30 pm. Father Christmas and Mrs Christmas visited the Memorial Hall, where pupils from Hook CE Primary School sang carols around the Christmas tree. There were festive stalls inside and outside the hall, raffle, tombola, mulled wine, mince pies, tea/coffee and more. Children were able to visit Father Christmas and tell them what they were hoping for on Christmas morning. All Hook Parish Council proceeds were donated to St Mary's Church, a total of £228.45 (which included kind donations from stallholders). Thank you to all those who joined in the festivities.




Groups in the village held the Christmas event at the Memorial Hall on Saturday 2 December 2017, 2.00 - 4.00 pm. Father Christmas and Elf visited the Memorial Hall, where pupils from Hook CE Primary School sang carols around the Christmas tree. There were festive stalls inside and outside the hall, raffle, tombola, hot roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, mince pies, tea/coffee and more. Children were able to visit Father Christmas and tell them what they were hoping for on Christmas morning. All Hook Parish Council proceeds were donated to Hook Memorial Hall, along with any other kind donations from stallholders £337.90 in total. The event had a lovely festive feeling and was enjoyed by all.




For more information call Floodline on (01482) 393399, go to www.eastriding.gov.uk/…/emergencies/preparing-for…/flooding/ or follow the council on Twitter @East_Riding and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eastridingcouncil
You can also get the latest flood alerts/warnings through www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding, call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgency and #FloodAware on Twitter for the latest flood updates.

Flooding - preparing for emergencies
Where to find facts about flooding, how to safeguard your home, what to do if a flood is on its way, dealing with insurance issues and what the national flood forum is.


Listen to your local radio and TV weather forecasts for advice from the emergency services
Move your car to higher ground
Empty furniture drawers and cupboards. Place the contents and any furniture you can upstairs
Fasten plastic bags round the legs of wooden furniture to help minimise absorption of water
Turn off mains gas and electricity
Put plugs in sinks and weight them down to prevent backflow from the drains. Weigh down the loo seat too.
Bring caged outdoor pets inside, move all pets with food, water, bedding and litter trays upstairs
Make sure any valuable or sentimental items and important documents are safe
Put any flood protection in place
REMEMBER flood water will probably contain sewage, which can cause disease. Always wash your hands/arms/legs after coming into contact with floodwater with hot water and soap. Keep contaminated footwear and clothing away from children
DO NOT allow children to play in floodwater, as well as the risk of disease manhole covers may have dislodged under the pressure of floodwater creating a drowning risk. If you need to walk through floodwater consider using a pole (brush handle) to test the ground in front of you
We encourage members of the community to check on their neighbours, especially if they are elderly or live on their own.

For further information call Floodline on 01482 393399. You can also get the latest flood alerts/warnings at www.environment-agency.gov.uk


 Hook Parish Council held the the annual 'Carols around the Christmas tree' event on Wednesday 7 December 2016 at 6.00 pm at Hook Memorial Hall.

Pupils from Hook Primary School were invited to sing Christmas Carols with Reverend Philip Ball, St Mary's Church, switching the lights on.
Refreshments were then served in the Memorial Hall, courtesy of Hook Parish Council, with a raffle and games and a surprise visit from Father Christmas  - all proceeds this year will be donated to Hook C E Primary School, £218.17.


The Members of Hook Parish Council are delighted to announce that following the Tesco Bags of Help vote in Tesco Goole store, the Sports Field Access and Development Project came second and has been chosen by Tesco customers to receive a grant award of £10,000.00!  The Parish Councillors would like to thank everyone who voted for the project and look forward to continuing with the plans to further enhance the facility for residents to enjoy for many years to come.  Thank you.

Following the recent unauthorised traveller encampment, the Members of the Parish Council are meeting at the Gala Field tomorrow evening (Thursday) at 5.30 pm in order to discuss ways to secure the field and preventative measures for the future. Any interested parties are welcome to attend to give their views.
You may be aware that the travellers were recently served an eviction notice at the Gala Field. The travellers left the site - leaving a disgraceful and unjustifiable mess, estimated to be around 20 tonnes of rubbish and building waste. Signs were place at each entrance to the field advising that it may have been contaminated and access should be avoided. The Parish Council are very grateful to D Roffey and team for clearing and piling all the rubbish ready for free collection by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Measures have been taken already to help avoid unauthorised encampments in the future, with others still to be put in place. The area is yet to be treated by specialists due to possible contamination.
All residents will shortly be receiving a special edition of the Hook Eye, written by Councillor Stephen Ward. This edition provides further information regarding the unauthorised encampment and will hopefully provide answers to many of your questions during this trying time for the Parish Council.


Many people have been asking what is happening regarding the Gala Field and there is a lot of speculation and misinformation. For clarity we can confirm that yesterday Hook Parish Council were finally offered assistance from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Environmental Department. The Members of the Council had already organised a third emergency meeting to discuss the situation of the travellers at the Gala Field. At this meeting the Councillors formally accepted the offer of assistance. All three meetings have not been secret, as has been suggested and minutes of the meetings are available on the Parish Council website www.hookparishcouncil.co.uk
There have been many comments regarding what should and could be done and there has also been a significant amount of support. Speaking as Hook Parish Council Clerk, I can assure you that the Parish Councillors have not been resting on their laurels -quite the opposite. As a Parish Council we have been seeking and following Police advice and looking for solutions to a problem that none of us had previous experience of. The problems that we have faced have been exacerbated by the fact that the land is registered to Hook Parish Council and, as such, is considered as privately owned land, which is why the East Riding of Yorkshire Council were unwilling/unable to initially assist.
A number of travellers have now left the site, however the instruction to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council remains in place - to remove the unauthorised campers from the Gala Field. The first priority is to vacate the field as quickly as possible and then to secure it to minimise the risk of recurrence. Once these two objectives have been achieved the next priority will be to assess the site and to clean up.
If there is anything further to report we will let you know and you can view both the Hook Parish Council and Neighbourhood Watch Facebook pages as well as the Neighbourhood Watch Twitter feed.
All contact details for Hook Parish Council are on the website.
Thank you.
As most of you are aware there are travellers occupying the Gala Field. The Parish Council held an emergency meeting last night and are in contact with the East Riding Traveller Liaison team. The Police have been involved and we are advised that the travellers plan to leave in a week (as of yesterday).
In the meantime, please be vigilant and be aware that there have been reports of some door knocking and touting for business (paving driveways) and some claim they are looking for lost dogs.
Please be very wary about employing anyone who knocks at your door and always look for an address on any vehicle used for business.
If you have anything to report please contact the Parish Council or Neighbourhood Watch.


 A Fun Day was held in the Hook Play Park on 19 June 2016 to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday - which just happened to be Father's Day too!  Did you all see the photographs in the Goole Times on 23 June 2016?

After such miserable weather the week prior, we were thankful that the sun shone and we had a lovely, dry afternoon.
The High Street and Memorial Hall were decorated with flags and banners and at 1.00 pm over 90 children and families all came along to join in the fun.
It was lovely to see so many children taking part in the fancy dress competition.  Judges - Deputy Mayor, Stephen Harrison, Councillor Josie Head and Mrs Judith Turner chose Alisha Watling and Neve Cannon as the winners.
Many families enjoyed their picnics in the park and just in case you were still hungry there were ice-creams, hot dogs and sweets on sale too.
There were several races and also a tug-of-war - with a few mums helping the girls to win!  There was a book stall, face painting, tombola, raffle and coconut shy to name a few.  The face painter was kept busy all afternoon with the park full of interesting faces.
Hook Parish Council would like to thank the Fire Service and our Community Police for attending the Fun Day.
A great afternoon was enjoyed by all, with £355.85 raised to be donated to Hook Heritage Group to help them continue with their good work.
A big thank you to everyone who helped ensure the day was a great success!


Hopefully you will have all seen the new notice board outside the Memorial Hall.  This is available for all notices of a non-commercial nature with village interest.  Please contact any Member of the Council or hpc@gmx.co.uk if you wish to have a notice posted.


The Christmas lights switch on event took place on Wednesday 2nd December 2015 at 6.00 pm.  Reverend Philip Ball welcomed residents to Hook Memorial Hall before the big count down for the lights switch on, afterwards the pupils of Hook C of E Primary School sang carols around the tree for all to join in.  Festive refreshments were available inside the Memorial Hall for all to enjoy, courtesy of the Parish Council.

Raffle/childrens games were available, with a visit from Father Christmas - £209.05 was raised, all proceeds will be donated to St Mary's Church, Hook.

The Members of Hook Parish Council would like to thank all those who have donated gifts/prizes, ensuring the event was a success.


 Dog fouling is an ongoing problem in the village. Dog wardens have undertaken patrols in.  Members of Hook Parish Council and the Clerk have also taken part in a new East Riding of Yorkshire Council scheme, whereby training is provided to help improve the service and level of enforcement against dog fouling in the village.

Mrs Huscroft, Headteacher of Hook Primary School, kindly allowed the pupils to take part in a competition to produce posters to help tackle dog fouling, which are displayed around the village, with the winner receiving a voucher donated by the Parish Council. 

TheBIG Tidy up 

 The Members of Hook Parish Council recently organised a BIG Tidy up.  The event took place on Saturday 21st March 2015 (1.30 - 3.30 pm), meeting place - Hook Memorial Hall.  Equipment such as litter pickers, gloves and bags were provided by the ERYC, free of charge.Over 12 bags of rubbish were collected from within the village, including Mad Dog Lane, Garth Lane, High Street, the Play Park, Gala Field and Church Lane.  

The Members of the Parish Council would like to thank all those who volunteered their time and efforts in helping to maintain a clean and tidy village - thank you.


 Hook Parish Council has been awarded a further free Woodland Trust tree pack.  The pack consists of 420 trees, year-round colour.  The trees will be planted in the Gala Field in Hook as part of the exciting plans for the development of a woodland area in the village for all to enjoy for years to come.