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New South Downs Boundary may run through Cocking

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New proposed boundaries have been published that exclude Midhurst, Petworth, Fernhurst, Milland, Northchapel, Petersfield and Liss from the plans for a South Downs National Park. The revised boundary, based on the inspector's recommendation, runs south around Midhurst crossing the A286 less than 200 metres north of the turning to Heyshott (Bex Lane).

Maps can be viewed on the Natural England website - click here for a link . The revised boundary is only 'indicative and will be subject to a further period of consultation assuming that the Minister decides to reopen the South Downs public inquiry in late 2007. The consultation period on that decision runs from 2nd July to 13th August 2007.

Parish Meeting 2007

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Juliet Kay retires from CouncilThe annual Parish Meeting was held in Cocking Church on the evening of 24th May.

In addition to the main business, the retirement of Aubrey Marks and Juliet Kay as councillors was marked and they were thanked for their work on the Parish Council by Chair, Frances Russell.


Police Trap Catches Speeding Motorists

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Speed TrapThe Sussex Police set up a speed trap on the corner of the A286 opposite the Post Office this weekend. Before long they were flagging down motorists caught breaking the 30 m.p.h limit that applies through the village.

It will be no surprise to local residents that these drivers had driven past the speed sensitive warning sign and were still over the limit.

One of the first cars stopped was a powerful red Ferrari, but this was swiftly followed by an old red Volvo estate. No pattern there except perhaps the colour, but it was good to see some positive action from the Police.

Local Sculptor's Work Unveiled at New Wembley Stadium

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Bobby Moore StatueCocking's renowned resident sculptor, Philip Jackson is no stranger to high profile commissions and his latest work is no exception. The twice life-size bronze of famous footballer and captain of England's 1966 World Cup winning team, Bobby Moore, was unveiled today.

Resplendent in its prominent position at the entrance to the new Wembley Stadium the work was unveiled by team mate Bobby Charlton. The speeches included tributes from Prime Minister, Tony Blair, Sir Trevor Brooking and Bobby Moore's wife Stephanie.

With the 2007 FA Cup Final just around the corner, the statue will be seen by another 90,000 people soon.

Clean Up Cocking 2007

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Bags of RubbishThe Clean up Cocking, annual spring clean of the verges and other public spaces in the village, took place on Sunday 15th April.

A small band of parish councillors and other volunteers spent an hour or two litter-picking and filling regulation issue purple bags like the ones shown in our picture.

2007 Cocking Quiz

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Quiz crowdOn 8th March, the Catholic Church Hall in Midhurst once again became the venue for the popular annual Cocking Parish Quiz. Once more the hall was packed and, as ever, a really good time was had by all.

Seven teams racked their brains over eight rounds expertly served up for the second year running by Quiz Master Arthur Mason.

The quiz was keenly fought, closely contested and at times noisy, but the 'Yardies' team came out as eventual winners having scored 135 out of a possible total of 160 points.

Juliet Kay thanked Mr Mason and presented him with a bottle of wine. She also thanked the tireless helpers who had provided the refreshments, including delicious savoury and dessert pancakes.

Mrs Kay went on to explain that the proceeds of the event would once again be used to help fund the project to provide a Village Centre for Cocking and it was announced after the event that £535 had been raised for that good cause.

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