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New Parish Council minutes from 6th November and the agenda for the Meeting on 4th December are now available on the Council Meetings page.

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Snow Falls on Cocking

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Cocking residents woke on 24th January to see the ground blanketed by the first snowfall of the 2006/2007 winter.
The main A286 running through the village was largely unaffected and the temperature was high enough to melt most of the snow by lunchtime.

A Sense of Place

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A Sense of PlaceA Sense of Place: West Sussex Parish Maps by Kim C Leslie. Published 01 Nov 2006 by West Sussex Country Council.History Column in the Snow
ISBN: 0862605644 Hardback £35 in the shops, £29.50 mail order from WSCC or a mere £20 if you collect it from the County Records Office in Chichester yourself - details

This book is a sumptuously illustrated account of West Sussex through the medium of the village maps produced for the Millennium. It is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the county or its history.

As most Cocking residents will know, our famous Cocking History Column is unique among Millennium Maps in being a column rather than a traditional flat map. The Column was unveiled by Lady Cowdray on 15 April 2005, a little late for the Millennium, but the bronze spiral history of the village since Domesday, the two bronze maps, column and plinth took a lot of organising for a village of little over 400 souls.

Kim Leslie, author of the book and Director of the Millennium Maps Project (now known as the Parish Maps Project), is well known to those involved in the project locally and he spoke at the unveiling ceremony.

In the afternoon of 'Unveiling Day' there was a freak hail storm that blocked the road up to the South Downs behind the village. Your Webmaster took the opportunity of snapping the column in those unique weather conditions. Three of those photographs, including the one on the right, are to be found in the book's entry for Cocking and Kim also plugged this web site - so buy the book!
Parish Maps Project website

Summer Visitor

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Summer visitorThis 1913 Burrell Gold Medal Tractor, made an unscheduled stop at Milestone Garage, Cocking today 21 August.
Apparently there was a problem with a tyre, but whatever the cause the tractor, once used for timber haulage, made an interesting and nostalgic sight for the handful of locals who witnessed it.

Cocking Church gets a Patron Saint

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St. Catherine of SienaKnown for having no dedication, Cocking Church was recently given a patron saint - St. Catherine of Siena.

Saint Catherine, born in 1347 (or possibly 1333) died in 1380. She was canonised in 1461 and her feast day is 29th April.

Following extensive consultation, the saint was the unanimous choice of the Bishop, the PCC and the Priest-in-Charge, the Rev Canon Colin Bradley.

[more on St. Catherine...]

Cocking History Column Wins Prestigious Award

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Award for ColumnJuliet Kay is pictured here collecting a plaque at the annual Sussex Heritage Awards held on 6th July in the De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea. The award Juliet collected was the Public & Community Award for Cocking's History Column which was won despite tough competition from Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion itself and other projects from around West and East Sussex.

Entries had to involve restoration or a be new projects providing or improving facilities for the community. Other entrants included village halls, clubrooms, signs, museums, libraries, schools, open spaces and entertainment facilities. The category was open to individuals and organisations including councils, clubs, societies, and associations.

Barn Dance

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Philippa Gibbons and her team organised a Barn Dance held in aid of the Village Hall Project at Manor Farm on Sunday 17th June. An excellent band and good weather contributed towards its success and it was enjoyed by a good crowd of all age groups from tiny tots to pensioners. This event raised £528.55 towards the project to develop a Cocking Village Hall and Community Centre.

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