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Signs of Spring?

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These crocuses were spotted on one of the best days of the year so far; sunny and dry.  Maybe they were also enjoying the extra light caused by the removal of the chestnut trees.  In any case they were putting on a glorious show by the roadside and it was good to see the Childrens' Playground in use too.

Crocuses

A Message from Colin Bradley

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Over the last few years, Saint Catherine’s has begun to do more, not least since the village of West Lavington joined Cocking in the benefice.
 
Everyone linked to the Church is welcome to help in any way he or she wishes. Below is a list of activities to be involved in. If any one or more of these appeals to you, please just let me know and we can arrange for you to help just as much as you wish.
 
READING IN CHURCH AT THE 9.30 SUNDAY SERVICE: This is so important. The service is enriched by other voices, not just the priest’s.
 
SERVING AT THE ALTAR: (guidance will be given) This is one of the most spiritual of activities and really draws someone into the meaning of the service.
 
HELPING AT THE LUNCH CLUB: (once a month: serving at the tables; setting up the tables; clearing away). This is a very valuable activity and we desperately need extra help to cope with the work.
 
ARRANGING FLOWERS IN CHURCH: The flowers add colour and life to the church. Arranging them is an anonymous, but deeply appreciated activity.
 
CLEANING THE CHURCH:  We very much need the help. The church is visited by a lot of people (great!!) but some have MUDDY BOOTS. Do consider joining the rota of cleaners. We aim to have enough helpers to make the turn to clean come round every two months.
 
THE CHOIR: Naomi Dekker has built up a choir which sings on special occasions. It’s great fun and there is always room for more singers.
 
THE BAND: plays about once a month. The music is undemanding and it is great fun to be part of an all age group.
 
Do please think about how you might help. I am very happy to talk on a non committal basis about any of these activities. I know how precious time is, but it also matters to enrich the time. There may be something here which will enrich your time.
 
Best wishes,
Colin.

Cocking's Village Pub Re-opens

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BluebellCocking residents will be pleased to learn that their local inn and restaurant, The Bluebell, has re-opened today (16th November) after a short closure.

Simon Tideswell and his team are already serving coffee with cake, sandwiches  and meals from a temporary menu that they plan to update and extend in the New Year.

With the calendar in mind,  bookings can now be made for Christmas Day.

Dark Skies Over Cocking

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Moon as seen from CockingThe Cocking Parish Council meeting on Monday 11th November included a short talk from a representative of the South Downs National Park Authority on the subject of the Authority's Dark Skies Project.

Clouds permitting, there is never a problem spotting the Moon; shown here as seen from the village.  However, the number of stars and other celestial bodies visible is an entirely different matter, depending greatly on levels of light pollution.  Luckily for us, the South Downs suffer relatively low levels compared with nearby urban areas, but there is still scope for improvement, especially if the National Park is to achieve the coveted status of a Dark Skies Reserve.

If you want to find out more about the SDNPA's Dark Skies Project, visit their web pages on the subject by clicking here.  To download their leaflet, click here.

Cocking Bonfire & Fireworks Go Off with a Bang

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Pumpkin CompetitionThis traditional village event was in doubt almost until the last minute due to heavy rain falling within half an hour of the planned start.  Happily, the rain cleared up just in time and a very successful evening was had after all.

For the first time the fireworks were set off electronically under new safety guidelines and a very good turnout of hungry villagers consumed 150 hot dogs washed down by 30 litres of mulled wine.

In line with tradition, there was a competition for the best pumpkin carvings. We feature a picture of Hazel West who won the junior pumpkin prize, while the senior prize went to a creation by Jasmine Smith and Millie Redshaw.

 

[Photos courtesy of Tim West]

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