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

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The Minutes from the 19th March Parish Meeting of Electors are now available together with the Agenda for 9th April.

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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

 

Breakfast Patrol

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Breakfast PatrolThis being 'Soft Top Sunday' at Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, Parish Councillor David Imlach was on duty by the Post Office to monitor the behaviour of motorists passing through Cocking.

He seemed to think that average speeds today were lower than on previous such events and put this down partly to the upgrading of the southbound speed sign that now shows the '30' symbol.

Whatever the reason this was another example of the Parish Council taking the issue of speeding through the village seriously.

It now remains to be seen whether the Festival of Speed (26 - 29 June) will lead to inconsiderate driving through the village or just the traditional congestion.

And the fastest vehicle through the village this morning was ...

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