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Parish Council Minutes from 8th January and the Agenda for the Meeting on 5th February are now available on the Council Meetings page.


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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.



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 ...

Parish Meeting 2014

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Assistance DogCocking's Annual Parish Meeting for 2014 was held at its usual venue, Cocking Village Hall, on Wednesday 21st May.

Parish Council Chair, Richard Marks, welcomed approximately 20 parishioners and after a few introductory words the audience was treated to a presentation by Canine Partners, the charity founded in 1990 and based at nearby village Heyshott.

Canine Partners Presentation

Andy Sims and his wife Sue explained that they were volunteers who trained puppies destined to become the assistance dogs who help make the lives of their disabled owners easier and more comfortable.  Andy did most of the talking and their lovely and lively young labrador Toffee, handled by Sue, did most of the tail wagging.

The audience was surprised to hear that there are up to 130 dogs like Toffee going through training at any one time.  Initially, they live with volunteers such as Andy and Sue whilst undertaking a basic training that starts when they are about 8 weeks old.  In addition to general socialisation and obedience, the regime is designed to give the puppies three fundamental skills that can be built on and combined; eventually enabling them to undertake useful and complex tasks such as fetching the post, undressing their owners, shopping and clothes washing.

Sue and Toffee demonstrated the three core skills of touching, tugging and retrieving and it was fascinating to see how these could be developed into an end product, when, for example, Toffee showed that he could raise Sue from a bed by tugging on a rope she was holding and then fetch her shoes and crutches to help her get up.  Toffee was obviously enjoying what was only his second public appearance and although trained to be quiet, he became excited and gave his only bark of the evening when asked to 'get help' for his owner.

Andy explained that following basic training, at 15-16 months old the dogs receive a further 4 - 5 months advanced training with experts at Heyshott before being united with their new disabled owners during a two week intensive residential course.  Even after going home with their owners, the dogs receive seven visits from Canine Partners in their first year as assistance dogs and at least two per annum thereafter.  Canine Partners also provide 24 x 7 support for life.

The audience also learned that it costs about £20,000 to train and support each assistance dog and that the Charity is wholly funded by public donation and sponsorship.  Schemes such as 'Adopt a Puppy' were mentioned as were the Charity's Summer Show (July 5th) and the regular information sessions held at Heyshott.

For further details of the work of Canine Partners, see their website at or follow them on social media via Twitter: @canine_partners or Facebook:

Parish Meeting

After a lot of questions, Toffee and the Sims were allowed to leave and the annual Parish Meeting resumed.

The minutes of last year's Parish Meeting held on 16th May 2013 (click here to see them), had been circulated and drew no comments or questions.

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