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First Snow

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The first snow fall of 2013 was soon melting, but further wintery weather remained on the forecast. Let us hope the road sign parked by the bus shelter isn't an omen of things to come.

Bus Shelter in Snow

Naughty, but Nice

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Queen V

After many years overseas in Australia, Queen V finally came home to follow her dream of performing burlesque in England. After gracing the stages of London in 2011 she wanted to bring a touch of the city down to West Sussex and create a burlesque scene in the country.

So what better way to start than a 'Queen of Hearts Cabaret Show' in her home town of Cocking? After a lot of hard work and support from friends and family, Queen V finally achieved her goal and 'Santa's Burlesque Snowgirls' supported by 'The Air Raid Sirens' singing duo was a roaring success! (see review)

The girls will be working together in future and you can get in touch with Queen V through her website

www.queenvburlesque.com

Review

Cocking Village Hall was packed out on Saturday night for the Queen of Hearts Cabaret Show's performance of Santa's Burlesque Snowgirls and the audience was not disappointed.  Cabaret is a new departure for the village, but there was obviously a pent-up demand for it and the audience of about 50 was nicely balanced, half and half, women and men.

The guests were cheered by a glass of bubbly on arrival and just in from Australia, Cameron, the evening's compere had a refreshingly different approach to his task (or was he really learning on the job?).  His performance and the cheeky antics of stage manager Alessandro (those who were there will know what that means) added some extra touches of humour to the fun occasion.

The main acts were of course those delivered by the three glamorous stars; Queen V, Miss Amarettease and Odelia Opium.  Aided by fans, feathers, parasols and glamorous costumes, each of the ladies performed several times across the two halves of the show.  Between each act and providing time for the stars to change into new and extravagant costumes, the two-girl close harmony group, The Air Raid Sirens sang their way through an impressive repertoire of excellent numbers, mostly from the 1940s.

Each naughty cabaret number was delivered with wit and panache, ignoring the restrictions of the small stage to pack in a lot of variety.  The show never flagged and it was amazing how many exciting costumes and props appeared from the Hall's tiny off-stage area.

During the interval the audience tucked into the supper provided, combining it with 'bring their own' liquid refreshments.

In the second half the performers left the stage to introduce a little greatly-appreciated audience participation and Queen V performed her Champagne Showgirl number to much applause.  Effects such as the snow machine and sound track added a seasonal flavour, while the show ended on a Christmas number in which Cameron donned a costume to play the role of Father Christmas.  As the cast took their final bows to much applause, local Postmaster and budding impresario, Councillor Paul Henshaw, was dragged willingly onto the stage to take a bow and bring the show nicely to a close.

Now - see some pictures of the show in the Gallery or click here.

Cocking Christmas Lights

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Post Office and Bluebell

Magnificent lighting effects are beautifying the Cocking nights in the run up to Christmas.  The Post Office is particularly spectacular this year with more lights than ever before.  Santa should have no difficulty spotting the village on his approach.  Let's hope it's good for trade as well.

Post Office and Bluebell

Post Office

Low Turnout, but Police Commissioner Elected

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Sussex Police Helmet

The last Cocking Parish Council By-Election attracted a record turnout of 49% of our electorate, but this week's Police & Crime Commissioner Election was not as well supported.

Across Sussex, the turnout was only about 15%. Nevertheless we now have a new Commissioner in Katy Bourne, Conservative Party candidate, District Councillor and business woman.  Katy beat her nearest rival, Labour's Godfrey Daniel in the 'second round' by 80,028 to 55,602 votes including voters' second preferences.  The three other candidates were eliminated in the first round of voting.

Santa's Burlesque Snowgirls

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Cabaret Flyer

[click on the image above to enlarge and for full details]

Cocking Village Hall will host a cabaret show next month in a departure from traditional fare such as wine and cheese, quizzes and music evenings.

The Queen of Hearts Cabaret Show on 15th December will be presenting Santa's Burlesque Snowgirls featuring Queen V, Miss Amarettease and Odelia Opium.

If you find the prospect intriguing and want to go along you will need a £15 ticket in advance (or £20 on the door).  Once admitted you will discover that in addition to the show the entertainment includes 'bubbly on arrival' and a hot supper.

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