Village News & Events:

Annual Social Media Award

We are very proud to say that OPC have been awarded the HALC Annual Social Media Award based on our Facebook page and the content used to keep the community informed and engaged.

OPC Chairman Cllr Jon Hale was presented the award by the Chairman of HALC at their recent AGM. HALC represents all 262 parishes in Hampshire.

OPC are relatively new to social media. With the community committee having tentatively launched the page a few years ago to help ensure residents were informed of our meetings, decisions, projects and events. As well as help promote other village organisations. It really has gone from strength to strength, even helping inform and guide key decisions, such as our recent youth hub, with embedded surveys and questionnaires. So thank you to all who follow our page!

The event was also attended by the Police Commissioner, which allowed Jon to take the opportunity to raise concerns over the cash point robberies and the deployment of police resources, especially PCO’s and Special Constables, away from rural communities. These concerns were echoed by other Parish Councils in attendance.


Planning and Traffic and Transport meeting

We are currently experiencing problems with our website and apologise for this.

Please find attached the following for the next meetings to be held on 19 November 2018:
Planning committee agenda
Traffic and Transport committee agenda
Please also find attached the draft minutes for the last planning committee meeting which was held on 29 October 2018 and the draft minutes for the last Traffic and Transport committee meeting which was held on 8 October 2018.

Please find attached the meeting papers for the planning committee meeting and the meeting papers for the Traffic and Transport committee meeting both to be held on 19 November 2018.


BBC Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge

BBC Children In Need Rickshaw Challenge is coming to Hook.  It is anticipated that the rickshaw will arrive between 6pm – 7pm, however, it could be later if the riders encounter inclement weather or experience a breakdown

Attached is the poster and this is the link to the press release on our website

The route they are planning on taking is:

Coming up through Upper Hale and along the A287. They will not be going through Odiham but rather they will be taking the bypass road passed Newlands Farm/Lodge Farm. They will then cross the M3 Jn5 motorway roundabout and then take the B3349, Griffin Way South. At the roundabout they will take the first exit on to Station Road past Tesco’s until the next roundabout where they will take the 4th exit on to the A30, London Road. Taking the 3rd exit back on to the B3349 Griffin Way South, the rickshaw will turn right into Ravenscroft and follow this road into Hook Junior School

For more information and to track the riders progress please go to

We hope as many people as possible will line the route to cheer the riders on.


Cllr of the Year Award

Congratulations to Cllr Jon Hale who has received a national recognition for his work within the community by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC). Cllr Hale was awarded one of their prestigious Star Council trophies in the Cllr of the Year category at NALC’s AGM that took place on 30 October.

NALC’s annual Star Council Awards ceremony celebrates the positive impact local Councils, Cllrs and County Associations have on their communities, with their awards representing the ultimate accolade in this sector.

The Chairman of NALC has said: “Each year the awards get bigger and the level of entries gets stronger. We received a record number of nominations this year and would like to congratulate this year’s finalists.”

Cemetery Maintenance

You may have seen a notice at the cemetery advising that OPC has appointed a contractor to carry out work on several graves within the new lawn area of the cemetery.  We anticipate that the contractor will commence the agree works shortly.