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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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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]

Latest Church Newsletter

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Church NewsletterThe latest copy of the St Catherine's Church Newsletter, detailing events for the month ahead, is to be found on the Church Page (see the menu entry under the heading of Community above).

Alternatively, you can read the Newsletter by simply clicking on the image below.

 

Christmas is Coming

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Christmas Fair FlierAnd one sign of the impending festivities is that events are being held to help us prepare for the season.

One such is The Christmas Fair at Ditcham, which will benefit good causes including our own  Cocking Church's St. Catherine of Siena Building Fund.

 

Harvest Lunch at CVH

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Harvest Lunch Here we see young Seth digging into his Harvest Lunch at Cocking Village Hall, at an event organised by Portia Charles and helpers on behalf of St Catherine's Church. This is the second year that the lunch has taken place.  This year the lucky diners sat down to a meal of home-made salads and superb meat, followed by a fantastic array of equally home-made sweets.

 

[Photograph: Courtesy of Councillor David Imlach]

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