NEW Hook Books at the Elizabeth Hall
Ever since the library van stopped coming to the village we have been trying to find a way of providing low cost books to the community. As many of you will know there are some lovely ladies in the village who fundraise for charity by selling books. They help fundraise for Hook in Bloom, the Hook History Group and the Macmillan Coffee morning.
So we thought why not do it for the community as a whole and use the Elizabeth Hall. Hook Books will not only provide books for villagers, but it will help keep the Elizabeth Hall in people’s minds, it will give villagers an excuse to meet up to choose books and have a cup of tea or coffee, and it will fundraise to help expand Hook Books and contribute to the Elizabeth Hall.
Hook Books will be launched on Thursday 17th January and will be run initially on the third Thursday each month in Hall 4 of the Elizabeth Hall from 2pm to 4pm. As its popularity increases we hope to extend to the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month and we may even have the books available some mornings whilst the halls staff are on the premises. That’s all in the future and depends on how popular the scheme becomes.
How is it going to work? HVH hope to have a small start-up grant soon which will help to build book shelves on casters and with doors so we don’t clutter up the Elizabeth Hall. We already have quite a few books, we have a supply source, plus lots of promises of more from villagers. We are going to major on fiction and, because so many people have requested them, children’s books as well.
We are looking for paperback fiction and children’s books and we would like villagers to donate them to Hook Books. We have decided not to have reference or table top books because they don’t move so quickly and we want to keep refreshing the books we have. We do not want to get into the bureaucracy of lending and retrieving so we will be charging a nominal 50p a book, so if you want to keep it you can, or you can re-donate. Any books that stay too long will be recycled.
There is still a considerable number of people who do not have Sky films, etc. so we are also considering expanding to DVDs and we may also stock puzzles.
Please spread the word amongst villagers. Come along and support Hook Books on the 3rd Thursday of the month. If you would like to help please let HVH know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This new project will only work if the community joins together to make it happen.
February Half Term Fun is Organised!
Free Half Term Animal Fun will be on Wednesday 20th February 2019 – 11am to 4pm in Hook Community Centre. All the activity in the main hall, Sheldon, will be free for everyone. Visitors include Special Branch who will be helping children to make snakes, snails, fish and bird feeders out of willow and Mill Cottage Farm from Alton who will be bringing a selection of their small animals for children to see and talk about. These core visitors will be supported by local charities like Guide Dogs for the Blind and other organisations.
The ever popular Safari Pete will also be making a welcome return and giving timed talks about his wonderful animals and reptiles. However, following on from visitor feedback last year, we are planning smaller group sessions to see Safari Pete in the small hall Holt for a contribution of £2 per child for tickets excluding babes in arms. The sessions are recommended for children aged 4 plus.
Plans are also afoot to have ‘Stars in their Eyes’ competitions for guinea pigs and rabbits. Entry forms will be available at the Pet Shop, Village Halls and Council Offices.
We are only able to put this event on thanks to support from Hook Parish Council to help make the main hall free to enter and a grant from County Councillor Jonathan Glen’s Hampshire CC devolved budget. So thanks to them we have truly super half term event this February for Hook’s children.
Going out for Valentine’s Day can be so expensive! In Hook you can enjoy a romantic evening out for just £25 per person. Come along to the Valentine’s Ceilidh in the Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 9th February. Hosted by Jonathan and Sharon Glen, the evening promises to be great fun. Plus there’s a cash bar.
The 2-course sit down meal brought to us by Whitewater Catering includes a choice of Haggis (Gluten free option available), Chicken, Spinach & Mushroom Cannelloni or Salmon accompanied by Swede and Mash. Followed by a choice of desserts. Please advise the village hall team of your preferences when booking.
Tickets are already selling fast for this lively village gathering so get yours soon! Tickets are available on line via billetto. – bit.ly/2rbDetc, ringing the village halls on 01256 764000 or emailing email@example.com.
Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances Hook Village Halls Charitable Association reserves the right to alter or cancel any of the above events. E&OE
November’s Quiz Night
10 teams met for a Quiz Night in November. Congratulations to the Kool Kats who won Saturday’s village quiz! Let’s see who can beat them next time. Well done team!
Santa’s Tea Parties
Hook’s children’s tea parties have gone from strength to strength. This year saw full houses on both the Monday and Wednesday, with 15 children each day enjoying making a Christmas card, listening to Santa’s stories, individually meeting the great man himself to receive a present and tea with scrumptious cakes
New Year’s Resolution?
If your New Year’s Resolution is to get more involved in your village, here’s an opportunity – consider joining the HVHCA team of directors.
For just a few hours a month you could use your skills, knowledge and experience to help keep our halls a lively and vibrant village asset. No particular skills, etc. are required. For an informal, non-committal chat, call John Watson, the Village Halls Manager, on 01256 764000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.