It's a tasty idea when the chips are down...

It's tasty idea when the chips are down...

It's tasty idea when the chips are down...

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AN ANDOVER councillor has come up with a tasty idea to grow funds for a local charity.

Councillor Tony Hooke, of Hampshire County Council, will be selling seed potatoes today and tomorrow to raise cash for Neighbourcare.

The charity – which provides a range of services for vulnerable people in the town – has been hit with funding cuts and Cllr Hooke hopes to raise £4,500 through the smashing idea.

The idea is that people can buy a seed spud for £2.50 each from Cllr Hooke in Upper High Street and then the green-fingered gardener who grows the largest weight of produce from the one potato will win a chauffeured trip for two to Wisley Gardens with a cream tea.

The weigh-in will take place on the last Saturday of September.

Cllr Hooke, who wants to raise the money to replace a grant of £4,500 that the organisation was recently turned down for, said: “Neighbourcare is so important to everybody in the town, I don’t think we will be let down.”

The seed potatoes, which have been donated by a generous volunteer, will also be available to buy throughout April from Neighbourcare, in Union Street, and Broadway Garage, in Suffolk Road.

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10:59am Fri 4 Apr 14

Peter.Smith says...

What utter nonsense. Firstly since when has anyone elected Tony Hooke to the Borough Council?
Secondly, Tony Hooke and his bag of spuds are not going to raise £4,500 for anything. Neighbourcare, while providing a valued service to some, is not "important to everyone in the town". This man allegedly gives all his HAMPSHIRE County Council allowances to this charity, this suggests, along with his large house in Yateley, that he isn't short of a few bob. Why doesn't he just donate the extra £4,500?
Lets face it, this is yet another publicity stunt from a Councillor who has nothing to say on the real issues and wants to get as much publicity as possibly for his candidatures next year. Shame on the once great Andover Advertiser for printing yet another page of biased nonsense.
What utter nonsense. Firstly since when has anyone elected Tony Hooke to the Borough Council? Secondly, Tony Hooke and his bag of spuds are not going to raise £4,500 for anything. Neighbourcare, while providing a valued service to some, is not "important to everyone in the town". This man allegedly gives all his HAMPSHIRE County Council allowances to this charity, this suggests, along with his large house in Yateley, that he isn't short of a few bob. Why doesn't he just donate the extra £4,500? Lets face it, this is yet another publicity stunt from a Councillor who has nothing to say on the real issues and wants to get as much publicity as possibly for his candidatures next year. Shame on the once great Andover Advertiser for printing yet another page of biased nonsense. Peter.Smith
  • Score: 5

7:10pm Fri 4 Apr 14

deborah.long14@btinternet.com says...

Peter.Smith wrote:
What utter nonsense. Firstly since when has anyone elected Tony Hooke to the Borough Council?
Secondly, Tony Hooke and his bag of spuds are not going to raise £4,500 for anything. Neighbourcare, while providing a valued service to some, is not "important to everyone in the town". This man allegedly gives all his HAMPSHIRE County Council allowances to this charity, this suggests, along with his large house in Yateley, that he isn't short of a few bob. Why doesn't he just donate the extra £4,500?
Lets face it, this is yet another publicity stunt from a Councillor who has nothing to say on the real issues and wants to get as much publicity as possibly for his candidatures next year. Shame on the once great Andover Advertiser for printing yet another page of biased nonsense.
It seems that Cllr Hooke cannot do right from wrong, what ever he does.
He works tirelessly for others, and what does he get criticism.
How do you not know what he has or has not donated to charity and good causes. If he announced it he would be criticised for that too. At least he is trying and is giving up his free time to support and help others.

What have have you done today to make YOU feel proud!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Peter.Smith[/bold] wrote: What utter nonsense. Firstly since when has anyone elected Tony Hooke to the Borough Council? Secondly, Tony Hooke and his bag of spuds are not going to raise £4,500 for anything. Neighbourcare, while providing a valued service to some, is not "important to everyone in the town". This man allegedly gives all his HAMPSHIRE County Council allowances to this charity, this suggests, along with his large house in Yateley, that he isn't short of a few bob. Why doesn't he just donate the extra £4,500? Lets face it, this is yet another publicity stunt from a Councillor who has nothing to say on the real issues and wants to get as much publicity as possibly for his candidatures next year. Shame on the once great Andover Advertiser for printing yet another page of biased nonsense.[/p][/quote]It seems that Cllr Hooke cannot do right from wrong, what ever he does. He works tirelessly for others, and what does he get criticism. How do you not know what he has or has not donated to charity and good causes. If he announced it he would be criticised for that too. At least he is trying and is giving up his free time to support and help others. What have have you done today to make YOU feel proud!!!!! deborah.long14@btinternet.com
  • Score: 0

9:50am Sat 5 Apr 14

Peter.Smith says...

deborah.long14@btint
ernet.com
wrote:
Peter.Smith wrote:
What utter nonsense. Firstly since when has anyone elected Tony Hooke to the Borough Council?
Secondly, Tony Hooke and his bag of spuds are not going to raise £4,500 for anything. Neighbourcare, while providing a valued service to some, is not "important to everyone in the town". This man allegedly gives all his HAMPSHIRE County Council allowances to this charity, this suggests, along with his large house in Yateley, that he isn't short of a few bob. Why doesn't he just donate the extra £4,500?
Lets face it, this is yet another publicity stunt from a Councillor who has nothing to say on the real issues and wants to get as much publicity as possibly for his candidatures next year. Shame on the once great Andover Advertiser for printing yet another page of biased nonsense.
It seems that Cllr Hooke cannot do right from wrong, what ever he does.
He works tirelessly for others, and what does he get criticism.
How do you not know what he has or has not donated to charity and good causes. If he announced it he would be criticised for that too. At least he is trying and is giving up his free time to support and help others.

What have have you done today to make YOU feel proud!!!!!
The point is that he doesn't work tirelessly, he says he does, but can't tell anyone anything he has actually acheived. Even his own UKIP colleagues on the council are starting to get fed up with his showboating and attitude. He gets himself in the paper with a different subject each week.

He seems to have a cause per month, one month it's buses, then he's up in a different part of the country while his division is flooding and we never hear anything about the buses again. This month he set up a petition to keep a branch of Tesco open.... he apparently thinks the leader of the local council has powers to do that, surely we can expect a county councillor with an history of gathering intelligence to have some of his own.

He even used the closure of care homes for his own self publicity, i'm told that a number of people overheard him telling a UKIP member that the closures would be great for them because it would isolate the conservatives. He shouldn't be playing politics with the lives of the elderly, my next door neighbour's mum was in one of the homes and she was disgusted by his attitude towards the whole thing.

I, and many other voters, don't care what he does or doesn't give to charity, I care about my councillors doing what they are elected to do and he isn't doing anything at all, he talks a good talk but when it comes down to it he shows over and over that he doesn't understand how local government works. I don't have a problem with UKIP, this is a democracy after all. I just take issue with bullies who are all talk and no substance.

His close friends refer to politics as a blood sport and suggest others should get out of it if they can't handle the pressure - the same goes for him.
[quote][p][bold]deborah.long14@btint ernet.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter.Smith[/bold] wrote: What utter nonsense. Firstly since when has anyone elected Tony Hooke to the Borough Council? Secondly, Tony Hooke and his bag of spuds are not going to raise £4,500 for anything. Neighbourcare, while providing a valued service to some, is not "important to everyone in the town". This man allegedly gives all his HAMPSHIRE County Council allowances to this charity, this suggests, along with his large house in Yateley, that he isn't short of a few bob. Why doesn't he just donate the extra £4,500? Lets face it, this is yet another publicity stunt from a Councillor who has nothing to say on the real issues and wants to get as much publicity as possibly for his candidatures next year. Shame on the once great Andover Advertiser for printing yet another page of biased nonsense.[/p][/quote]It seems that Cllr Hooke cannot do right from wrong, what ever he does. He works tirelessly for others, and what does he get criticism. How do you not know what he has or has not donated to charity and good causes. If he announced it he would be criticised for that too. At least he is trying and is giving up his free time to support and help others. What have have you done today to make YOU feel proud!!!!![/p][/quote]The point is that he doesn't work tirelessly, he says he does, but can't tell anyone anything he has actually acheived. Even his own UKIP colleagues on the council are starting to get fed up with his showboating and attitude. He gets himself in the paper with a different subject each week. He seems to have a cause per month, one month it's buses, then he's up in a different part of the country while his division is flooding and we never hear anything about the buses again. This month he set up a petition to keep a branch of Tesco open.... he apparently thinks the leader of the local council has powers to do that, surely we can expect a county councillor with an history of gathering intelligence to have some of his own. He even used the closure of care homes for his own self publicity, i'm told that a number of people overheard him telling a UKIP member that the closures would be great for them because it would isolate the conservatives. He shouldn't be playing politics with the lives of the elderly, my next door neighbour's mum was in one of the homes and she was disgusted by his attitude towards the whole thing. I, and many other voters, don't care what he does or doesn't give to charity, I care about my councillors doing what they are elected to do and he isn't doing anything at all, he talks a good talk but when it comes down to it he shows over and over that he doesn't understand how local government works. I don't have a problem with UKIP, this is a democracy after all. I just take issue with bullies who are all talk and no substance. His close friends refer to politics as a blood sport and suggest others should get out of it if they can't handle the pressure - the same goes for him. Peter.Smith
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1:20pm Sun 6 Apr 14

deborah.long14@btinternet.com says...

Peter.Smith wrote:
deborah.long14@btint

ernet.com
wrote:
Peter.Smith wrote:
What utter nonsense. Firstly since when has anyone elected Tony Hooke to the Borough Council?
Secondly, Tony Hooke and his bag of spuds are not going to raise £4,500 for anything. Neighbourcare, while providing a valued service to some, is not "important to everyone in the town". This man allegedly gives all his HAMPSHIRE County Council allowances to this charity, this suggests, along with his large house in Yateley, that he isn't short of a few bob. Why doesn't he just donate the extra £4,500?
Lets face it, this is yet another publicity stunt from a Councillor who has nothing to say on the real issues and wants to get as much publicity as possibly for his candidatures next year. Shame on the once great Andover Advertiser for printing yet another page of biased nonsense.
It seems that Cllr Hooke cannot do right from wrong, what ever he does.
He works tirelessly for others, and what does he get criticism.
How do you not know what he has or has not donated to charity and good causes. If he announced it he would be criticised for that too. At least he is trying and is giving up his free time to support and help others.

What have have you done today to make YOU feel proud!!!!!
The point is that he doesn't work tirelessly, he says he does, but can't tell anyone anything he has actually acheived. Even his own UKIP colleagues on the council are starting to get fed up with his showboating and attitude. He gets himself in the paper with a different subject each week.

He seems to have a cause per month, one month it's buses, then he's up in a different part of the country while his division is flooding and we never hear anything about the buses again. This month he set up a petition to keep a branch of Tesco open.... he apparently thinks the leader of the local council has powers to do that, surely we can expect a county councillor with an history of gathering intelligence to have some of his own.

He even used the closure of care homes for his own self publicity, i'm told that a number of people overheard him telling a UKIP member that the closures would be great for them because it would isolate the conservatives. He shouldn't be playing politics with the lives of the elderly, my next door neighbour's mum was in one of the homes and she was disgusted by his attitude towards the whole thing.

I, and many other voters, don't care what he does or doesn't give to charity, I care about my councillors doing what they are elected to do and he isn't doing anything at all, he talks a good talk but when it comes down to it he shows over and over that he doesn't understand how local government works. I don't have a problem with UKIP, this is a democracy after all. I just take issue with bullies who are all talk and no substance.

His close friends refer to politics as a blood sport and suggest others should get out of it if they can't handle the pressure - the same goes for him.
As I said, What have you done to make YOU feel proud? apart from spending all your time slagging people off.
[quote][p][bold]Peter.Smith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]deborah.long14@btint ernet.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter.Smith[/bold] wrote: What utter nonsense. Firstly since when has anyone elected Tony Hooke to the Borough Council? Secondly, Tony Hooke and his bag of spuds are not going to raise £4,500 for anything. Neighbourcare, while providing a valued service to some, is not "important to everyone in the town". This man allegedly gives all his HAMPSHIRE County Council allowances to this charity, this suggests, along with his large house in Yateley, that he isn't short of a few bob. Why doesn't he just donate the extra £4,500? Lets face it, this is yet another publicity stunt from a Councillor who has nothing to say on the real issues and wants to get as much publicity as possibly for his candidatures next year. Shame on the once great Andover Advertiser for printing yet another page of biased nonsense.[/p][/quote]It seems that Cllr Hooke cannot do right from wrong, what ever he does. He works tirelessly for others, and what does he get criticism. How do you not know what he has or has not donated to charity and good causes. If he announced it he would be criticised for that too. At least he is trying and is giving up his free time to support and help others. What have have you done today to make YOU feel proud!!!!![/p][/quote]The point is that he doesn't work tirelessly, he says he does, but can't tell anyone anything he has actually acheived. Even his own UKIP colleagues on the council are starting to get fed up with his showboating and attitude. He gets himself in the paper with a different subject each week. He seems to have a cause per month, one month it's buses, then he's up in a different part of the country while his division is flooding and we never hear anything about the buses again. This month he set up a petition to keep a branch of Tesco open.... he apparently thinks the leader of the local council has powers to do that, surely we can expect a county councillor with an history of gathering intelligence to have some of his own. He even used the closure of care homes for his own self publicity, i'm told that a number of people overheard him telling a UKIP member that the closures would be great for them because it would isolate the conservatives. He shouldn't be playing politics with the lives of the elderly, my next door neighbour's mum was in one of the homes and she was disgusted by his attitude towards the whole thing. I, and many other voters, don't care what he does or doesn't give to charity, I care about my councillors doing what they are elected to do and he isn't doing anything at all, he talks a good talk but when it comes down to it he shows over and over that he doesn't understand how local government works. I don't have a problem with UKIP, this is a democracy after all. I just take issue with bullies who are all talk and no substance. His close friends refer to politics as a blood sport and suggest others should get out of it if they can't handle the pressure - the same goes for him.[/p][/quote]As I said, What have you done to make YOU feel proud? apart from spending all your time slagging people off. deborah.long14@btinternet.com
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