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THURSDAY 4TH JUNE 6.30PM at The Rectory (Garden Room)
Note change of venue.

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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.

Playground

Playground

[Photos courtesy of Peter O'Neill]

Cocking to get More Gs

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Hill Barn MastUsers of mobile phones in Cocking will be aware that the service provided by EE (formerly Orange) is only a 2G one.  That means that it is fine for telephone calls (when it's working), but not useful for Internet browsing or other more challenging uses such as streaming video.

It seems that all this is due to change following a planning application that EE lodged last March which has just been approved.  As a result, the commpany will be making a major upgrade to the equipment linked to the mast adjacent to Hillbarn Farm, overlooking the village.  That upgrade will enable EE to offer 3G and 4G services in the area.

In its application EE states that "The existing installation provides 2G coverage for EE in the local area, as well as forming part of their wider linked network. The proposed equipment upgrade would enhance the operational effectiveness of the site and would introduce new 3G and 4G services to the EE network, along with 3G services for
H3G.

In addition to enhanced voice and texts services, this will allow customers to use ultra-fast speeds when browsing the internet, streaming videos, or sending emails wherever they are. By providing a  "virtual office environment" there are significant potential benefits in terms of reduced commuting; which is helpful in supporting the sustainable development agenda. It also means faster downloads on the go.  It has been possible to introduce these services through a minor equipment upgrade at an existing site rather than through the introduction of additional base stations in the locality."

It remains to be seen when the work will take place and how much interruption, if any, there will be to the existing service.

Murray Downland Trust Garden Event

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Cocking is set to host a Garden Event in aid of the Murray Downland Trust on 9th May 2015.  Set in the grounds of Casters Brook, the event will include expert advice on plants, a tour of the sculptures by Philip Jackson, plant sales and refreshments.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Trust whose objectives are to rescue and enhance neglected areas of unimproved chalk downland in the counties of Sussex and Hampshire, revealing their richness in terms of the species of flora and fauna present.  The Trust manages five reserves within the South Downs National Park and also cares for several Scheduled Ancient Monuments in the area.

The event takes place between 10.30 am and 4.30 pm.

For further details, contact Naomi Barnett on 01730 812959

Link to Murray Downland Trust Blog

2015 Elections

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There may be no need to vote for Cocking Parish Councillors on 7th May, but two other elections take place on that day.  As long as you are registered to vote, you can exercise your democratic rights and place your crosses on the ballot papers by visiting Cocking Village Hall between 7 am and 10 pm.

Click on any of the candidates names below to view the associated web pages we found by searching on the Web.

The General Election - Election of an MP for the Chichester Constituency
Candidates (in alphabetical order)

Andrew Emerson (Patria)
Mark Farwell (Labour)
Andrew Moncrieff (UKIP)
Jasper Richmond (Green)
Andrew Smith (Liberal Democrat)
Andrew Tyrie (Conservative)

District Council Election - Election of a District Councillor for Stedham Ward (Chichester DC)
Candidates (in alphabetical order)

John Cherry (Independent)
Caroline Neville (Conservative)

Parish Meeting 2015

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The 2015 Annual Parish Meeting when Cocking village residents meet their Parish Council, took place this year on April 14th at 7 p.m. in Cocking Village Hall.

It was attended by the Parish Councillors and 15 members of the public who received a presentation from Richard Pailthorpe concerning the Weald and Downland Museum’s plans for exciting new mutli-million pound retail and catering facilities.

Reports were given by the Chair, Richard Marks and the Asset Manager, David Imlach whilst the Annual Financil Return for 2013-2014 was presented by the Clerk to the Parish Council, Greg Burt.  The Village Hall Report was also discussed.

After questions Gwen Miles, standing down having acted as Clerk and then Councillor gave her farewell remarks and the meeting was closed.

The full minutes of the meeting are attached.

2014 Cocking.org Article - 2014 Minutes - 2015 Agenda - 2015 Minutes

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