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The 2016 Annual Parish Meeting of Electors is on 25th April.  See the article below.

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Minerals Local Plan - Consultation Latest

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You may not have realised it, but West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority are working in partnership to prepare a new Joint Minerals Local Plan for West Sussex.  This will replace the existing Minerals Local Plan (2003). The Council is now consulting on the content of the Draft Plan for a nine week period which will end on Friday 17 June 2016.  You will find attached below a letter providing further details of the consultation and how you can comment.  
 
The documents can be viewed at West Sussex libraries and County, District or Borough Council offices, including the South Downs National Park office in Midhurst. You can also view the consultation documents, the draft Plan and information on how to respond online at www.westsussex.gov.uk/mwdf.

Mineral Plan Consultation Letter

 

Public Notice - Council Pensions

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The following public notice is published on behalf of Cocking Parish Council.

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LGPS Notice

New Vicar for St. Catherine's

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Rev Linda RobertsonFollowing the retirement of Colin Bradley, there has been an interregnum at St. Catherine's.  However here is an extract from the message read out at the morning service on 26th July:

"There is progress to report! After a lengthy selection process we have now secured a new vicar. I received a letter on Tuesday 21st July from the Lord Chancellor’s office as the representative of the Crown confirming the appointment of Reverend Linda Robertson to the Benefice of Cocking with West Lavington, Bepton and Heyshott. The installation of our new vicar by Bishop Martin of Chichester will be on Monday 28th September at 19:30; details will follow.
 
Linda Robertson was ordained priest in the Diocese of Winchester in 2004 and has been a non-stipendiary (i.e. unpaid) team vicar in the Totton Team Ministry since 2010. She was from 2004 until now employed as a senior librarian at the University of Southampton. During that time up to 2010, Linda was a curate and later assistant priest taking responsibility for two churches during an interregnum. Before this, Linda was headteacher of the primary school in Ampfield after having held several other teaching posts since 1987.
 
Linda’s first degree was obtained at Somerville College in Oxford in Natural Science– Physics followed by an MSc in Medical Physics in Aberdeen. After a spell as librarian at the University of Aberdeen she became a full time mother before starting in teaching. Linda’s interests are wide and include having been active for many years with the Samaritans, having board membership of the charity Share the Vision concerned with library access for visually impaired people and has an interest in many accessibility issue for different types of disability.
 
We very much look forward to welcoming Linda as our new vicar and I will keep you posted about the details of the installation on the 28th September; please put it in your diary as you are all welcome".

I have met Linda on a few occasions now and I can assure you that she will be an excellent leader and pastor."

Nico Dekker, Churchwarden Cocking with West Lavington

Church Presentation to Stonepillow

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Stonepilow PresentationOur picture shows a presentation held during the St. Catherine's family service on 7th June.
David Imlach and some of the young church are seen handing over £240 which was collected by donations into the red bucket seen in the picture.
Sylvie Johnston, Chief Executive of Stonepillow, who received the money and goods that had been donated, also gave a talk to the congregation about the work of of the local charity for homeless people in the Chichester and Bognor areas.

It has been a busy time for St. Catherine's, which also held an evensong service on Sunday the 14th June at 3.00pm.  It had been several years since an evensong service had been held in Cocking.  After the service a welcome cup of tea was served in the Moonlight Cottage Tea Rooms.

Click here to go to Stonepillow's website.

[Photo courtesy of Tim Barley]

Cocking Playground Upgraded

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The Parish Council has now completed the upgrades to the village's Childrens' Playground.  New play equipment, repainting and resurfacing give the playground an inviting new look as can be seen from these photos taken by Peter O'Neill on a sunny spring day.

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Playground

[Photos courtesy of Peter O'Neill]

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