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Parish Council Minutes from 8th January and the Agenda for the Meeting on 5th February are now available on the Council Meetings page.


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Village Throws a Party for its Postmasters

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Paul & Linda HenshawThe Henshaws arrived in Cocking a year ago to take over the Post Office and village shop, saving it from possible closure.  A year later the Post Office is even more firmly established as a vital part of village life and offers a much wider range of products than before.

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.

Remember, Remember!

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2008 Bonfite PosterIt'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.

Village Fete Cancelled

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Unfortunately, due to the adverse weather conditions, the Cocking & Bepton Fete, due to be held on 6th September, had to be cancelled.

Water, water everywhere

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Dripping tapThe miserable summer continues with heavy rain and even a clap or two of thunder.  No doubt the organisers of the Cocking & Bepton Fete are hoping that the weather will change by next weekend.  In the meantime there was not a drop of water to drink from our taps when Cocking woke today to find that it was affected by a major burst water main.
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.

It's Summer Again

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The PresidentAs usual steam engines have been sighted in the village, this time on their way to the Steam Fair at the Weald and Downland Museum at Singleton over the weekend.

The machine pictured towing a Jeep is 1905 Burrell Road Locomotive No. 2789 called 'The President'.  It has three gears, weighs 16 tons and has an 8 HP steam engine. It stopped in the lay-by, perhaps to gather strength for Cocking Hill and eventually left the village in a puff of steam - almost literally.

Parish Meeting 2008

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Cocking's annual Parish Meeting was held in the Church on Thursday 15th May.  It was attended by 34 including Frances Russell, Chair of the Parish Council and the meeting and two other councillors.

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