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The Parish Council now publishes copies of its Village Newsletter on this website.

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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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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.

Cocking.org 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, cocking.org 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 cocking.org 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 cocking.org 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 .

Winter Returns to Cocking

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Village Noticeboard Decked in SnowHeavy snow fell on the village throughout the morning of Sunday 6th April for the first time since the last fall, which was on 24th January.

No major disruption was caused, but the snow blanketed out the planned Village Spring Clean before melting away at lunchtime.  The Village Spring Clean is now being re-planned by the Parish Council and will take place as soon as possible.  When there is a firm  new date, it will be publicised here.

Concert Coming to Cocking

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Kimmo PohjonenManor Farm in Cocking has been chosen to host one of only four UK performances by the legendary Finnish accordionist and composer Kimmo Pohjonen on Tuesday 13 May.

Concert goers will be able to make it an evening out as there is a Bar and Bar-B-Q (vegetarian option available) using organic meats from Manor Farm from 6pm.  The concert itself starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £10.00 in advance, £12.00 on the door from: 01243 774641 (Bar-B-Q not included in ticket).

Further information: www.rootsaroundtheworld.info

Kimmo Pohjonen visits Cocking on Tuesday 11 March to record some of the sounds which will be sent back to Finland and used in his 'Earth Music' suite.

Second Speed-Activated Sign - activated

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Active ImageAs villagers will know, there has been a speed-activated 'Slow Down' sign in Cocking for some time. This is activated by motorists exceeding the 30 m.p.h. limit on entering Cocking from the north on the A286.  Since 1st November, Cocking has had a second sign to warn traffic entering the village down Cocking Hill from the Chichester direction.  Our reporter photographed the new sign today (from the verge) and we have produced an animation to demonstrate how it works when activated by a speeding motorist.

It wasn't difficult to take a shot of the illuminated sign as all the cars which passed the sign while our reporter was taking his pictures broke the speed limit. There's a message in that somewhere.

While on the subject of compliance with laws, this website has been asked to remind its readers that the bus shelter is a No Smoking zone. A fact that seems to have escaped some of its users.

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