The District Council is going out to Public Consultation on its Local Plan – Preferred Options in March or April of this year. Although the Plan itself does not cover the National Park area in which we live, it will inevitably affect us all and therefore you may find the attached article interesting.
Paul (We never close) Henshaw, pictured by his frozen product stand outside Cocking Post Office .
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.
A very Happy New Year to all our readers.
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
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.