WELCOME TO HOOK FOCUS
15th April 2020: Covid 19 and Hook Focus - Cancellation of May Issue
Unfortunately, despite the good intentions of the Hook Focus team to carry on regardless through the Covid 19 crisis, the ongoing government restrictions on outside activies have effectively 'grounded' our distribution network. As Hook Focus is distributed throughout Hook by a very large team of volunteer distributors, we cannot operate without them and therefore it is currently not viable for us to produce Hook Focus.
Our last April issue had already gone to print when the restrictions were put into place which prevented it from being distributed and subsequently resulted in that issue being given away for free from the usual outlets - Trees, the Post Office and Tesco. Although we are a not-for-profit operation, we do need to cover our production and printing costs and thus we are unable to simply print and give away further issues. Sadly, this means we will be out of action for the time being and we have been left with no choice other than to cancel our May issue.
As for later issues, we will be monitoring the situation on a month by month basis and hopefully we will be back in print sooner rather than later.
With regard to business advertising, the normal advertising period (April to March) will be extended by the number of months that we are unable to print.
With regard to subscriptions, the collection of subscription renewals will be delayed until the autumn, by which time we will hopefully be back in print. Further details will appear when that happens.
The Focus Team
Welcome to Hook Focus, the village magazine of Hook, in North East Hampshire
Hook Focus is Hook’s authoritative magazine and since 1973 it has carried news of future Community Events and reports on all that has been happening in Hook. Focus is managed by Hook volunteers and is independent of all other bodies.
So what does the magazine contain?
Editorial, news and reports contributed by local organisations. Regular items include Schools and their linked Parents Associations, sports clubs, Churches, leisure activities for all ages from babies to pensioners, the Parish Council and youth facilities. Advertisements by local businesses are particularly helpful to those moving to Hook.
Who reads it?
Our team of volunteer distributors deliver monthly (except August) to 1,200 homes and we believe that, as a result of copies being passed on to family members, Focus is read in 2,000 of Hook’s 3,000 homes. In addition 200 copies are sold for us by Trees Newsagent, the Post Office in the Hook shopping area and Hartletts Cafe.
How do I get my copy of Focus?
There are several ways of securing your copy of Focus. See the Subscriptions page for full information.
Hook Focus Business Advertising
Our business advertising space for the Focus year, April 2020 to March 2021, is now on sale. Hook Focus, which is produced and distributed by volunteers, relies heavily on the revenue from our business advertising, so please support Focus by advertising your business with us. As ever, our prices remain very competitive and a single one-off payment not only secures your advert for 11 issues, but also helps to secure the future of the village magazine. If you would like to advertise your business with us, then please contact us our new advertising guru, Sandra Tidy, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07756 367234.
Prices for one year’s advertising (11 issues):
6x6cm: B&W £80; Colour £160
6x12cm: (portrait) or 12x6 cm (landscape):
B&W £160; Colour £320
¼ page: B&W (portrait, 9.5x12.5cm): £240
½ page: B&W (landscape, 19x12.5cm): £480