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Consultation on Minerals Plan

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Cocking and the surrounding villages are affected by traffic as a result of mineral extraction and residents close to quarrying operations may be even more affected.

Of interest to all concerned is the fact that West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority are developing a new Joint Minerals Local Plan for West Sussex; one that will set a strategy for mineral development to 2031.  The authorities are encouraging public engagement with work on the emerging evidence base and are seeking views on a series of Background Papers as set out below:
    1.    Setting the Context - Spatial Portrait
    2.    Minerals in West Sussex
    3.    Site Identification and Assessment Methodology
    4.    Safeguarding Mineral Infrastructure
    5.    Safeguarding Mineral Resources

For further details and instructions on how to comment on the Papers before the deadline of 28 July, visit the County Council's web page.

Colin Bradley to Retire

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We reprint Colin's 'Message' from the latest (July) edition of St. Catherine's Newsletter (see Church Matters above) in which he announces that he will be retiring at the end of the year.

A MESSAGE FROM COLIN

It is with great regret that I announce that I shall retire from the post of Priest in Charge of the Benefice of Cocking with West Lavington and Bepton before the end of this year.

I have been here nearly fourteen years. Of course, I am not going just yet, and there will be plenty of time for me to try to express my thanks to all who have contributed to the life of the church here, but I do want to emphasize what has been my guiding principle.

For me, what matters above all is what we receive through Holy Baptism and Confirmation, that is, life together in Christ. A collection of imperfect human beings come together in a local church and, because we are given the Holy Spirit, we may be transformed into an icon of Christ, to represent Christ in the communities around us.

For me it is all summed up in the Eucharist. In the Eucharist, we are the Body of Christ receiving the Body of Christ to become the Body of Christ. It is a constant process of spiritual change and development. In accordance with that principle, I have sought to teach and inspire others to take seriously their spiritual development and to do so within the life of the church, the local church. I hope that in the course of that work, the local church has been inspired to be an active and supportive part of the life of the villages in the Benefice.

[July 2014]

Blooming Post Office

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Post Office with Flowers

The sun was shining and the floral display at Cocking Post Office was looking at its best.  Linda and Paul have been working hard to ensure that the village is looking blooming great.

Post Office Flowers

No Stopping in Cocking

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Cycle RacersTaken during a cycle race that started at Fontwell and passed through the village this morning, the shot shows a look of steely determination on the faces of the riders.  Fit as they no doubt are, they may be thinking that there's still a long way to go whichever of the three courses they signed up to.  The Short course is a mere 48 miles long, the Standard is 83 miles and, for the masochists, the Epic course is 125 miles in length with 7,582 feet of uphill riding.

For full details of the event, which it is thankfully too late to enter - click here.

Fewer Fire Engines at Midhurst?

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Fire PosterWest Sussex County Council Fire and Rescue Service have published a consultation document on proposals for changes to their services from 2015/2016.

The proposals for Midhurst include the removal of the second fire engine, mitigated by a possible increase in the use of a four-wheel drive vehicle.  This is  set against a background of declining use and the authority say that the change would save money.  The downside would be that there would be an increase in the time taken for a second appliance to attend incidents in our area of about 10 minutes, as any second appliance would usually have to come from Petworth.  The detailed calculations in the proposal document for Midhurst Station also show that against the savings there would be increased costs "in terms of life and property damage."

As these proposals affects the safety of local residents, it is suggested that you read the proposals in full and comment on them, if you feel moved to do so, before the deadline of 23rd August.  For further details and documents relating to this article you can visit the Council's web page on the subject here, where you will find amongst other items an interesting profile of Midhurst Fire Station and instructions on how to have your say.

Meeting on Oil Extraction

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We have received notice of an upcoming public event on Oil & Gas exploration and extraction that may be of interest.

Poster

 

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