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Hook Norton Community Land Trust 

 Welcome to our November 2023 Newsletter

As well as the amazing construction progress on our Homes for Hooky, 

we have plenty of exciting news for you this month.

We are now accepting donations 

ahead of our community share raise

Click on the Crowdfunder image below and have a look at the Homes for Hooky story.

There's more information on our Donations Page

We invite you to be part of the solution to the housing crisis and climate emergency by contributing to this innovative affordable and sustainable housing project that will transform people’s lives. It will enable young people, older people and families to afford to live in climate positive homes in the community they love and have a connection to, and provide a lasting legacy for future generations.


If you're a UK taxpayer we can claim an extra 25% of any donation you make, as long as you fill in the Gift Aid information on the payment page

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We've been awarded a 

Booster Fund Grant!

Having applied to Co-operatives UK for help with expenses relating to the development and launch of our Community Share Offer, we were thrilled to find out that we had been successful, and will be receiving funding from their Community Shares Booster fund.  What's even more amazing is that being awarded this grant gives us the opportunity to apply for further 'match funding'.  If we are successful, that match funding will be added to our Community Share Raise.

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More info about our Community Share Offer can be found below


The buildings are really taking shape now, with the wood cladding having been fitted to the South Terrace, and the basic structure of the North Terrace and Community Building almost complete. We anticipate completion of our climate-positive homes, community building, and microgrid in Spring 2024.


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In January, the bidding will open on the Cherwell District Council HomeChoicesite, for the HNCLT affordable homes, with priority being given to those with a local connection to Hook Norton. We will keep you updated via our Newsletters, with all the latest information about the opportunities to rent the affordable homes, and details of the four homes for sale. If you're not on our contact list yet, please register your interest on the JOIN US tab on our website.


If you’re interested in living in one of the affordable rental homes, we strongly advise that you follow this link to Apply to Join the Cherwell Housing Register

If there aren’t enough people on the register with a local connection, the homes will be offered to people from other areas within the Cherwell District. Please have a look at our Lettings Plan under the Project tab, to see how the allocations scheme will work.

Meet Our Community Share Offer Coordinator

Exciting news! Grant Appleton has joined the team as our Community Share Offer Coordinator. Grant has a background in marketing and consultancy services, and we look forward to working with him as we enter the next exciting phase of the project.

Please get in touch with Grant by email at if you would like to speak to him about marketing opportunities.

Grant will share more about our Community Share Raise and other project news in the coming weeks.

Follow our social media accounts @hooknortonclt on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn for updates.

Grant Appleton

HNCLT Community Share Offer

HNCLT are awarded the Community Shares Standard Mark

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We were thrilled to have been awarded the Community Shares Standard Mark in November, which means that our Community Share Offer has been closely scrutinised by an independent body who have confirmed that it meets the national standards for good practice


The Community Shares Standard Mark is awarded by Co-operatives UK


For general information about Community Shares, the Community Shares Standard Mark, and the Community Shares Unit, please visit


We're busy creating the new Share Offer page for our website at the moment, and by December, you'll start to see that additional information appear.


We hope to raise a minimum of £400k in order to finance the final stages of the project.
The minimum share subscription will be £250, and a maximum share subscription will be £50,000 (for individuals).


Buying Community Shares is an excellent way for you to support this innovative community-led project. We will be holding information events, both live and on line to give you the opportunity to find out exactly what a Community Share Offer entails, and to ask questions about the Share Raise, and how to purchase Community Shares.  

Why not become a Member of HNCLT?

Join for just £1

Membership is simple and affordable and open to anyone over the age of 18 who lives or works in the local and wider community and who supports the aims and ethos of HNCLT.  If you would like to join, the membership form can be found on our website: 

HNCLT Membership Form

We would love to welcome more of our contacts as members, so if you would like to have a £1 share in the company, be able to vote at public meetings, and help to influence the direction of HNCLT please click on the Membership Form link below. If you aren't sure whether you're a member or not, just drop us an email to

Would you like to join the Board?

Now that most of the technical and legal elements of the project have been completed, we are looking for new Board members to help with the next exciting chapter of this new vibrant asset to Hook Norton. It’s an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in living in one of the homes to have a say in what happens to the open spaces and communal building among other things. Various skills are needed, but we are particularly interested in help with our social media and marketing. If you are interested in taking up the challenge, please fill in the Online Application Form, or send us a message at

If you would like more information about any of the items in this newsletter, please visit our website or email us at

Hook Norton Community Land Trust Limited

Registered Office

The Brewery, Brewery Lane, Hook Norton OXON OX15 5NR

Community Benefit Society Number 8145

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