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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%

Another Parish Walk

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Parish walks

There was another of the series of parish walks on 18th April, taking advantage of the wonderful spring weather.  The chosen 'Grade 1'  route took the walkers along Mill Lane, Hoe Copse, across the Graffham Road and to Heyshott, through Hampshire Copse.  The return journey was via Sage Barn and again Mill Lane.  Our image shows the intrepid party including a couple from Chichester, but not Peter O'Neill who took the splendid photograph.

You can view, and possibly download, a larger version of the photo if you click on the image itself.

Pearson plc Interim Results 2009

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The interim financial results for Pearson plc (£660m profit before tax) in which the local land owning Cowdray family has a stake, may be of interest to local residents

Full details can be found here on the company website and readers may also be interested in another article, this time about Cowdray wealth, which mentions the possibility of sand extraction back in April 2009.

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