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.
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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.
As anyone living in the village will know, Cocking does not have a mains gas supply and consequently the choice of heating fuel is somewhat limited. Heating oil is a common fuel choice, but it has always been rather expensive and the oil price has always been liable to fluctuations - See our indicative Oil Price Watch Graph.
Not being mains supplied, oil also presents delivery and storage problems. The historically high price has also led to a rise in the incidence of oil theft, especially in rural areas.
So there is plenty to think about and options you many not have thought about, such as buying syndicates.
Well help may be at hand, because as part of "BIG ENERGY SAVING WEEK 2012 *", Action in Rural Sussex is holding two events in the Chichester District and the first is to be held in Cocking.
WITH ADVICE AND INFORMATION ON VARIOUS ENERGY SAVING MEASURES
[Photo by Peter O'Neill: Jeff Mableson, Jennifer Hall, Naomi Barnett, Sheila Hanrahan, Jennifer Harvey, Alan Hall and a horse.]
On Sunday 14 October 2012, a party of seven villagers took a walk of nearly nine miles in quiet country to the east of Cocking. Starting at 09.30, their two cars were parked at the view point on the A285 at the top of the hill above Duncton, from which there is a wide panorama northwards across the Sussex Weald. The walkers descended through woods towards Barlavington and north to Burton Park from which they continued west past Duncton Village Hall, Westerlands Stud and Upper Norwood to Graffham where they enjoyed an excellent lunch at the busy Foresters Inn.
Their route then went past Calloways – after which the photograph was taken – to East Lavington and through the grounds of Seaford College before a steep climb through woods up the scarp slope of the Downs to the car park for their return to Cocking.
It had been perfect autumn day, the sky cloudless except for a brief interlude when the photograph was taken by the seventh walker, Peter O’Neill.
[Photo Peter O'Neill: Alan Hall, Jeff Mableson, Jennifer Hall, Naomi Barnett, Sheila Hanrahan, and Jennifer Harvey.]
Not a steam engine this year, but the last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, seen here flying over Cocking on its return from an appearance at Airbourne, the Eastbourne International Airshow. To learn more about the project that keeps XH558 flying with the Cold War long over, have a look at the Vulcan to the Sky website.