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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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Murray Downland Trust Garden Event

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Cocking is set to host a Garden Event in aid of the Murray Downland Trust on 9th May 2015.  Set in the grounds of Casters Brook, the event will include expert advice on plants, a tour of the sculptures by Philip Jackson, plant sales and refreshments.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Trust whose objectives are to rescue and enhance neglected areas of unimproved chalk downland in the counties of Sussex and Hampshire, revealing their richness in terms of the species of flora and fauna present.  The Trust manages five reserves within the South Downs National Park and also cares for several Scheduled Ancient Monuments in the area.

The event takes place between 10.30 am and 4.30 pm.

For further details, contact Naomi Barnett on 01730 812959

Link to Murray Downland Trust Blog

2015 Elections

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There may be no need to vote for Cocking Parish Councillors on 7th May, but two other elections take place on that day.  As long as you are registered to vote, you can exercise your democratic rights and place your crosses on the ballot papers by visiting Cocking Village Hall between 7 am and 10 pm.

Click on any of the candidates names below to view the associated web pages we found by searching on the Web.

The General Election - Election of an MP for the Chichester Constituency
Candidates (in alphabetical order)

Andrew Emerson (Patria)
Mark Farwell (Labour)
Andrew Moncrieff (UKIP)
Jasper Richmond (Green)
Andrew Smith (Liberal Democrat)
Andrew Tyrie (Conservative)

District Council Election - Election of a District Councillor for Stedham Ward (Chichester DC)
Candidates (in alphabetical order)

John Cherry (Independent)
Caroline Neville (Conservative)

Parish Meeting 2015

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The 2015 Annual Parish Meeting when Cocking village residents meet their Parish Council, took place this year on April 14th at 7 p.m. in Cocking Village Hall.

It was attended by the Parish Councillors and 15 members of the public who received a presentation from Richard Pailthorpe concerning the Weald and Downland Museum’s plans for exciting new mutli-million pound retail and catering facilities.

Reports were given by the Chair, Richard Marks and the Asset Manager, David Imlach whilst the Annual Financil Return for 2013-2014 was presented by the Clerk to the Parish Council, Greg Burt.  The Village Hall Report was also discussed.

After questions Gwen Miles, standing down having acted as Clerk and then Councillor gave her farewell remarks and the meeting was closed.

The full minutes of the meeting are attached.

2014 Cocking.org Article - 2014 Minutes - 2015 Agenda - 2015 Minutes

Website is 10 Years Old

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Hail or snowCocking.org, your local website, is ten years old today.   We went online to report on the unveiling of the Cocking History Column by Lady Cowdray ten years ago yesterday, on 14th April 2005.

Many will remember the unveiling and the lunch in Manor Barn that followed.  And who can forget the freak hailstorm that created a beautiful white backdrop and stopped all the traffic up and down Cocking Hill for a while.

There was no hail on the 14th this year although there was a heavy mist hanging over the Downs in the morning.

We publish the picture of the column surrounded by hailstones again as a reminder and thank everyone who has followed Cocking events through this website over the last decade.

Four Councillors Returned without a Vote

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As there were only four nominations for the seven vacant places on Cocking Parish Council, the vote, due to be held on 7th May, will no longer go ahead.  Uncontested elections are by no means rare in small communities and the council can operate after 7th May as its quorum for meetings is a mere three councillors.

However, the number of councillors may be increased or even made up to a full complement by the co-option of extra members at a later stage.

The official notice tells the story:

Election Notice

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