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Cocking Village Hall Nears Completion

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Cocking Village Hall

The Official opening of Cocking Village Hall takes place at at 3.00 p.m. on Friday 29th October when Lady Cowdray will be the guest of honour.  Later, at 6.30 that evening, why not come and enjoy Music, Wine, Cheese and Nibbles.  As well as nibbling, this could be your first chance to have a good look round our New Village Hall.

Five Go On A Parish Walk

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Parish Walkers

On the evening of Thursday 15th July, these four ramblers plus the photographer (Peter O'Neill) embarked on the latest in a series of Parish Walks.  This shot was taken from within the Murray Downland Trust, looking down from the escarpment to Heyshott.

Cocking Community Computers Launched

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Cocking Community ComputersIT instructor Steve Redshaw is seen here helping a group of students to understand how to make the most of the Internet.  The venue is Moonlight Cottage Tea Rooms in Cocking where villagers can take advantage of what the technology can offer and pick up some new techniques.

Created by Cocking Parish Council with funding provided through Action in Rural Sussex (AiRS), the centre has five new lap-top computers.  A series of training sessions has been arranged at each of which ten students (two to each computer) will be learning the intricacies of e-mail, online shopping, booking tickets and searching the Internet.

As well as catering for locals who have computers, but need more training, residents of Cocking and neighbouring parishes are welcome to attend the Centre to use a computer whenever the Tea Room is open; there is no charge.  The Centre may be on the move later in the year to the new Cocking Village Hall.  Currently under construction, building should be completed at the end of the summer.

[Photo courtesy of Peter O'Neill]  Anyone interested in Cocking Community Computers should ring Steve or Sue Redshaw on 01730 813336.

Parish Meeting 2010

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Perhaps for the last time, if plans for the new Village Hall come to fruition, the Cocking Parish Meeting was held in Cocking Church this evening.  Over 30 villagers attended the meeting which included a talk by Mr Robin Crane who spoke about the new South Downs National Park for which he has campaigned for many years.

The Parish Meeting was also the last for Gwen Miles in her position as Parish Council Clerk.  It was revealed that Gwen has served the Parish council under a total of 8 chairmen and women since 1987.

Further details of this year's Meeting will follow, but the minutes of the 2009 Meeting, the 2009/2010 Annual Accounts and today's Agenda are available on the Parish Council Papers Page, or just click here.  Note that the file is quite a large one (20Mb) and will take some time to download even with a broadband connection.

Work on Village Hall is Under Way

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Village Hall FoundationsIf you stroll up to the Sports Field, you can now see that progress is being made on the new Village Hall.  The contractors have been on site and work has begun constructing the slab on which the wooden structure will eventually sit.

If you want to know more about the Village Hall project, the Cocking Parish Council - Annual Parish Meeting takes place this week on Thursday May 20th. in the Church.

Election Day 2010

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Tea  Rooms Polling StationFor the second time, Moonlight Cottage Tea Rooms were called upon to act as Cocking's Polling Station.  From 7 a.m. (when your reporter cast the first vote) until 10 p.m., the booths were in use, collecting the votes of village residents.

For the record, the sitting MP (Andrew Tyrie) was returned again and the full results for the Chichester constuency were:

Andrew Tyrie (The Conservative Party) 31,427

Martin Lury (Liberal Democrat) 15,550

Simon Holland (Labour) 5,937

Andrew Moncreiff (UK Independence Party) 3,873

The turnout was 69.80%

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