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New Parish Council minutes from September and the agenda for the October Meeting are now available.

The latest External Audit of the Council's Annual Return has also been posted on the Parish Council's  'Transparency Information' page.

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Humidity: 87%

Wind: 17.70 km/h

  • 18 Oct 2017

    Rain 15°C 10°C

  • 19 Oct 2017

    Scattered Showers 16°C 11°C

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.

Pohjonen Concert Attracting Interest

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Kimmo PohjonenYou may have seen the handbills or the posters in neighbouring villages publicising the upcoming concert.  Interest, however, is not only local.

Organisers of the Kimmo Pohjonen concert on Tuesday 13 May, Mark & Sue Ringwood who live in Singleton, have reported unprecedented media interest in the performance.As one might expect it has been featured in Farmers' Weekly, and on BBC Radio's Farming Today, but on Thursday 24 April the Daily Telegraph will be carrying a feature, and the Independent's Janet Street-Porter is coming to the village to review the performance.

The regional television stations of Meridian, and BBC-TV South are all set to preview the event. is on the map

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This website is not yet three years old, but it already has quite an impressive web presence.

For example, is has climbed the search engine rankings to become the first-listed result when searching Google, Yahoo, A9 , Live and Alta Vista using the single word 'cocking' although for some reason it is still in second place on MSN .  Now the Cocking entry on much-used Wikipedia , the web encyclopaedia, lists as a primary external link.

Last, but not least, for some time Cocking has had an entry on the Geograph site that maps every one kilometre square of the country with local photographs.

A surprising number of surfers from around the world land on and sites such as the above are part of the reason for that.

Speed Sign Stolen

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If you are wondering why the new speed activated road sign at the bottom of Cocking Hill isn't flashing any more, the answer is that it has been stolen.

Apparently such equipment has become a popular target for thieves because of the valuable solar panels, wind generators and batteries it contains.  This is not only a case of theft and criminal damage, it also threatens road safety and means that the good work the sign has done in traffic calming could be undone while a replacement is arranged.

Sign components are now being security marked to reduce their appeal to felons and the police are stepping up their countermeasures.  In the meantime members of the public are being asked to report suspicious activity or interference with signs to the police by dialling 999.

For a reminder of what it looked like, click here .

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