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Call 101 To Help Stop Illegal Off-Roading

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People witnessing illegal or anti-social off-road driving on paths in the countryside are being called on to report it to the police using the new 101 phone number.

Sussex Pathwatch is a special service set up to help protect the safety of everyone using rights-of-way, fields and woodland to prevent the damage that illegal offroading can cause. A similar service called Countrywatch has been set up in Hampshire. Anyone can report an offence by calling 101 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in Sussex and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in Hampshire.

Angela Ward, ranger for the South Downs National Park, said:
“Most people driving off-road do so legally and with consideration for other people. Unfortunately there are a small minority driving illegally. They put everyone’s safety at risk, give legal drivers a bad name and cause damage to the countryside.

“That’s why we’re working with the Police and local authorities on this scheme. If illegal off-roading isn’t reported then the police can’t take any action.”

Just one example of Pathwatch success was in a case of illegal off-road motorcycling on a Site of Special Scientific interest near Small Dole in West Sussex. The site, which holds three nationally rare habitats and supports a rich community of rare butterflies and moths, was blighted by off-road motorcyclists who had even brought in equipment to dig tracks. Following calls from the public, Sussex Police were able to catch them in the act and serve notice – meaning that if they reoffend in the next 12 months their vehicle will be impounded and possibly crushed. This led to the activity stopping.

Angela added:
“Off-roading can be great fun so if you want advice on how to do it legally speak to the Land Access and Recreation Association, the Trials Rider Fellowship or ask us on Twitter @SussexPathwatch or Facebook.”

Find out more about Countrywatch at www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/rural-crime/country-watch or Sussex Pathwatch at www.pathwatch.info.

[Article contributed by Angela Ward at the South Downs National Park Authority - website: http://www.southdowns.gov.uk/]


Council to hold Affordable Housing Event

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Chichester District Council has issued this media release.

East Pallant House, 1 East Pallant, Chichester  PO19 1TY

Tel: 01243 534679     Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date: Wednesday 19 March Ref: 3405

Register your local connection to Cocking

Households are being invited to register a local connection to Cocking for a new affordable housing development in the parish.

Chichester District Council and Hyde Martlet will be holding a Local Connection Registration Event on Monday 24 March at Cocking Village Hall, Bell Lane, Cocking, GU29 0HU. District and parish council staff, and Hyde Martlet representatives, will be available between 3-7pm to discuss the development.  

Thirteen new affordable rented homes are being built at the former garage compound and land north of The Croft in Cocking. They will include:

  • six two-bedroom flats;
  • five two-bedroom houses;
  • two three-bedroom houses.

The homes will be prioritised for households that are able to prove a Local Connection to the parish of Cocking.

A Local Connection is defined as:

  • being a current Cocking resident (for at least 12 months); or
  • being permanently employed within Cocking (for a minimum of 18 hours a week, for at least 12 months); or
  • having a family member currently permanently living in Cocking (defined exclusively as parents, siblings or children; for a minimum of 5 years); or
  • being a previous Cocking resident that has been forced to move away due to a lack of affordable housing.  

Interested housing register applicants who feel they meet any of the Local Connection criteria must make sure the district council has all the relevant information to allocate the properties. Please bring along to the session, any evidence to support at least one of the Local Connections listed above. This will make sure that a bid for one of the properties is considered in line with the council’s allocation scheme and at the same time make sure your housing register application is up-to-date.

If you have any further queries, or are unable to make the appointed times, please contact the Housing Team's Customer Service Centre at Chichester District Council on 01243 534734.


For further information, please contact Jo Steele,

Public Relations Officer, on 01243 534679


Signs of Spring?

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These crocuses were spotted on one of the best days of the year so far; sunny and dry.  Maybe they were also enjoying the extra light caused by the removal of the chestnut trees.  In any case they were putting on a glorious show by the roadside and it was good to see the Childrens' Playground in use too.



Cocking at Christmas 2013

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A Message from Colin Bradley

Written by Colin Bradley on .

St. Catherine's Church, CockingOver the last few years, Saint Catherine’s has begun to do more, not least since the village of West Lavington joined Cocking in the benefice.
Everyone linked to the Church is welcome to help in any way he or she wishes. Below is a list of activities to be involved in. If any one or more of these appeals to you, please just let me know and we can arrange for you to help just as much as you wish.
READING IN CHURCH AT THE 9.30 SUNDAY SERVICE: This is so important. The service is enriched by other voices, not just the priest’s.
SERVING AT THE ALTAR: (guidance will be given) This is one of the most spiritual of activities and really draws someone into the meaning of the service.
HELPING AT THE LUNCH CLUB: (once a month: serving at the tables; setting up the tables; clearing away). This is a very valuable activity and we desperately need extra help to cope with the work.
ARRANGING FLOWERS IN CHURCH: The flowers add colour and life to the church. Arranging them is an anonymous, but deeply appreciated activity.
CLEANING THE CHURCH:  We very much need the help. The church is visited by a lot of people (great!!) but some have MUDDY BOOTS. Do consider joining the rota of cleaners. We aim to have enough helpers to make the turn to clean come round every two months.
THE CHOIR: Naomi Dekker has built up a choir which sings on special occasions. It’s great fun and there is always room for more singers.
THE BAND: plays about once a month. The music is undemanding and it is great fun to be part of an all age group.
Do please think about how you might help. I am very happy to talk on a non committal basis about any of these activities. I know how precious time is, but it also matters to enrich the time. There may be something here which will enrich your time.
Best wishes,


Cocking's Village Pub Re-opens

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BluebellCocking residents will be pleased to learn that their local inn and restaurant, The Bluebell, has re-opened today (16th November) after a short closure.

Simon Tideswell and his team are already serving coffee with cake, sandwiches  and meals from a temporary menu that they plan to update and extend in the New Year.

With the calendar in mind,  bookings can now be made for Christmas Day.

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