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It has been going strong (if not 3G) for almost two weeks now.  Well done Orange / EE!
Let's hope no more trees decide to block it - the return of the leaves in spring might be critical.

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Church Matters

St Catherine of Siena

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Parish Council

The Parish Council have received a letter from the National Lottery advising that they have been successful in their application for £10,000 towards Playground improvements.
Councillors Peter O'Neill and David Imlach led on this application.

Agenda of 5th Jan  new!
Minutes: All - Latest   Update!

St Catherine's Christmas Services

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Here is a convenient list of the upcoming Christmas services at Cocking's Parish Church

Sun 21st Dec - 09:30 - Eucharist

Sun 21st Dec - 15:00 - Carol Service with the choir, followed by mulled wine and mince pies

Wed 24th Dec - 16:00 - Crib Service with setting up of the crib by the children and the band

Wed 24th Dec - 23:30 - Midnight Mass

Thu 25th Dec - 09:30 - Christmas Day Eucharist

Playground Improvements

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Following a successful application, Cocking Parish Council has secured a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery towards improvements to the village playground.

Further details will follow, but in the meantime here are some pictures of colourful new equipment that will be appearing in due course.

[Equipment images courtesy of Wicksteed Playgrounds]

Playground roundabout

Playground ski sticks

Playground table

Orange Blames the Trees for Signal Loss

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Today some local Orange Mobile customers received texts from the parent company, EE.

The texts said "You may have experienced problems recently with service in Cocking. We apologise for the inconvenience caused. We have now fixed the issue. For further details data charges apply."

The link from the texts to EE's 'Community' web site (not a site many would be aware of, and not one that Orange Customer Service seem to have directed many complainants to over the last 10 weeks) reveals this interesting post from Ed_H, Community Manager.  It was posted on Tuesday 28th October and updated the next day.

EE Community Article


Possible Improvements to Playground

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We have learned that the Parish Council has applied for grant funding for the children’s playground to cover some necessary restoration of certain features, which although maintained in accordance with annual safety audits have nevertheless deteriorated during the 21 years since the playground was opened.  In addition, several new installations are proposed, all of which promise to be very appealing to our children – and those who visit from neighbouring parishes.

The application is for £10,000 – the maximum available under this funding heading, Awards for All – which would cover nearly all of the cost.  The Council would if necessary be able to meet the small extra sum if the quotation is accepted in full.
It is unlikely that a decision will be announced before mid-January, and the proposed work would be completed within two or three months.

Update: 18 Nov - The good news is that we didn't have to wait for January.  See this article.

Is the Orange Signal Back?

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Full Orange SignalWonder of wonders, this afternoon Frances Russell and I held a conversation with each other over the Orange/EE network without any clever technology to help us.  A bit sad perhaps given that we are such near neighbours, but the point is that there was a strong mobile phone signal.

Let us hope that it is back for good.


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New keep left traffic bollardsA new street light and replacement 'Keep Left Traffic Bollards' have just been installed on the A286 pedestrian refuge as part of an upgrade to Cocking's road furniture and lighting.

The new bollards are designed to spring back if hit by passing traffic and may therefore last longer in good condition than their predecessors.

Work on the electricity supply to the street light next to Cocking Post Office continues, making it impossible to use a stretch of the pavement.

Please continue to support your local shop despite the inconvenience.

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