The brewery is a central part of the local community, not just in terms of its physical presence within the village of Hook Norton but also in terms of its commitment to community life – just as it has been ever since its earliest days.
The family’s support of the Fire Brigade dates back as far as 1928 when Bill Clarke was appointed Chief Officer of the Hook Norton Volunteer Fire Brigade. Since then, successive members of the family have been heavily involved, with both David Clarke and James Clarke taking up the post. Over the years, many other members of staff have been and continue to be called upon during the working day to go to work as retained firefighters on behalf of the village.
The Brewery is delighted to continue its support of the Hook Norton Brass Band – a community band which is central to many local events including leading the Armistice Day parade. In 2004, James Clarke succeeded his father as Honorary President of the band, a position he holds to this day.
Every summer our local, successful cricket club turns out in very smart Hook Norton branded cricket shirts and a few members of the brewery can even be seen striding down the wicket on a summer’s evening.
Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research has been the brewery’s nominated charity since 1984 and the brewery continues to raise regularly funds in support of it. The brewery also sponsors a Fellowship Post at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford.
The Military Vehicle Trust meets monthly at the Visitor Centre and some wonderful old vehicles can often be seen up at the Brewery for Open Days and events.
Many local groups use the Visitor Centre for regular meetings. Among them are The Hook Norton History Group and the Hook Norton Low Carbon Group, a group in which the brewery is also very involved. The Brewery also regularly invites local school children and local business into the brewery as part of its ongoing commitment to education.
Hundreds of locals and visitors from further afield gather at the brewery for their twice yearly Open Days. These days are designed as a thank you to the local community for their support of the brewery and usually involve some music, a hog roast and plenty of….beer!
Hook Norton Brewery supports military charity The Baton. The charity exists to raise awareness and support for serving personnel past, present and their families. It has as its symbol the handle of a Medical Emergency Response Team stretcher used in Afghanistan to evacuate casualties from combat. The charity’s founder, Alan Rowe, and Baton trustee Suzanne Dando, the television presenter and celebrated former Olympian gymnast, visited the brewery to thank it for its support.