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Our Moving Banner

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Cocking Friendly Society BannerA proposal to move the Cocking Friendly Society Banner  from its current resting place in the Bell Tower of St. Catherine's Church, Cocking was discussed at this evening's Parish Council Meeting (9th September).

The Council agreed that the Banner, dating from 1876 and restored in 1998, would be more readily accessible for viewing by the public in Cocking Village Hall and there was even the suggestion that it should be 'paraded' on its journey from the Church.  The fine details were however far from finalised.

The Council formally agreed to co-opt Peter O'Neill as a councillor and to endorse the current set of financial regulations.

Although this was a fairly short, hour long, meeting, a wide range of topics were discussed, including:

  • Progress on the Hyde Martlett development of 18 dwellings at The Croft, which appears to be on track and well-managed.
  • Surfacing of the path leading from the development to the Sports Field.
  • the use (and possible cost) of the Council using electronic planning application documents instead of paper.  This would represent a cost saving move for the Planners, but one which would require Cocking Parish Council to use an overhead projector, screen and laptop to view the plans.  Grants may be available apparently.
  • Lack of progress with traffic management (speed control) and the safety problems preventing the introduction of a SID (Speed Indicating Device).
  • Quotes for weed spraying the new allotment site, which it is now thought should be ready for handover to users in November.
  • The support contract and future uses of the 'Cocking Community (laptop) Computers' that have been lying unused in store for a considerable time.
  • The draft of the forthcoming edition of the Parish Newsletter.

Further details on these and other subjects discussed will be found in the official minutes when they are published by the Council in due course.

Get Filled in on Roadworks

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Wildlife in the Shade

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Fledgling swallowsThese four fledgling swallows are enjoying the shade in my Cocking garage while outside their parents slave away, gathering their next meal in the 30 degree summer heatwave we are enjoying.

Letter to Cocking from Scottish & Southern Energy

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As anyone in Cocking on Thursday 28th will remember, the power outage lasted somewhat longer than planned.  Some took advantage of the enforced gloom to light candles and there are even reports of increased levels of alcohol consumption in some areas.  However there is no doubt that the level of disruption was higher than expected and Scottish & Southern Energy have accordingly sent the attached thoughtful letter to the village.

It is good to know that Cocking now has an improved electricity supply and that thanks to the sterling work done by SSE we may now be safe against lightning striking in the same place twice.

Note: Click on the image below to open an enlarged version if required.


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Cocking Prepares for Cuts

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Generator at the GarageWhile local residents were boiling kettles in the expectation that the power would be cut after breakfast, local businesses were preparing for a day of power interruptions.  The picture shows a generator being set up at Milestone Garage to allow work to continue during the day.

Electricity Interruption

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As local residents already know via a letter from SSE Power Distribution, the Company are temporarily interrupting the electricity supply to Cocking on Thursday 27th June 2013, between 08:00 and 17:00.

The outage sounds major with domestic and commercial premises both being affected throughout the village.

Cocking Post Village Stores inform us that the shop will be open on the 27th, but that regrettably they will be unable to undertake Post Office business on that day.

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