Thursday 4th June, 2009 was an election day in Cocking. Not a General Election perhaps, but polls were being held for both the European Parliamentary - South East Region and the West Sussex County Council, Fernhurst Division contests.
Seasoned Cocking voters will remember voting in the Blue Bell Inn, but as this has been closed or some time the venue has moved over the road to the Moonlight Cottage Tea Rooms.
The County Council list of candidates was fairly standard, but the list of parties on the European Parliament ballot paper was the longest ever and included some odd organisations such as the Roman Party. Ave! which is really a French bus driver called Jean-Louis Pascual, who has been running for local elections in Reading under this party banner since 2006.
With the current political situation as febrile as it is, perhaps we won't have to wait long before the Tea Rooms once again act as Cocking's Polling Station, but next time for a full scale General Election.
A surprise landing took place in Cocking last Sunday and the event was recorded for posterity by Geoffrey Shepherd. This colourful balloon traversed the village before eventually running out of gas on Cocking Hill. See all the photos in the Gallery here .
The couple's enterprising approach to the shop has been a revelation to the village. A vegetable stall for local produce, Linda's home made scones, hot soup and sandwiches for hikers - are just a few examples of their innovative approach. They really are willing to try out fresh ideas.
Canon Colin Bradley paid tribute to Paul & Linda's contribution to Cocking and thanked them on behalf of the packed Church and residents generally. Paul replied with some funny tales about his early struggles with Post Office book-keeping and his exposure to 'southerners' and Linda wiped away a tear or two, which wasn't only due to the quality of Paul's jokes.
The assembled crowd then ate and drank the delicious refreshments, while the church was filled with the sound of conversation well into the evening. A really good party was had by all.
It's time again for the ever popular village event, the annual Village Bonfire and Fireworks.
Villagers will have received envelopes for donations towards the Sports Pavilion Project and can hand them in the Post Office. There will also be a bucket collection on the night.
So turn up, enjoy the evening and let's hope the weather is good.
Unfortunately, due to the adverse weather conditions, the Cocking & Bepton Fete, due to be held on 6th September, had to be cancelled.
Apparently Southern Water were already working on repairs to the burst first thing in the morning, but the supply was not restored until the afternoon.