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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.

Parish Walk - Duncton

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Duncton Walk

[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.

Duncton Walk

[Photo Peter O'Neill: Alan Hall, Jeff Mableson, Jennifer Hall, Naomi Barnett, Sheila Hanrahan, and Jennifer Harvey.]

Cheaper Heating?

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Oil Tank

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


COLLECTIVE OIL BUYING – THE FACTS

Wednesday 24th October 2012
Cocking Village Hall, between 4pm and 7pm.

  • Hear about existing oil buying syndicates and schemes
  • Find out how your community could start a scheme
  • Get safety information about dealing with oil container leaks
  • Find out the most up to date information about oil theft and how to tackle this
  • Get information about the different providers and suppliers, so you can
  • Make an informed choice for your household or parish

* Big Energy Saving Week, an initiative of the Energy Saving Trust, Citizens' Advice Bureau, Government, Industry and charities, runs from 22 - 27 October

Olympic Torch Relay Visits Midhurst

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 Olympic Torch Bearer

Hundreds of local people turned out in predictably wet conditions to greet the Olympic torch as it passed through Midhust from Rogate on its way to Petworth.

The weather didn't seem to have dampened spirits unduly and the crowd waited patiently in the drizzle, displaying tradional British stoicism.  A few flags were sold in the run up (to be waved at the appropriate time) and local cafes probably also did well; a small element of the financial legacy of the Olympics perhaps.

After various sponsor floats and a girl in green on roller skates who set off police sirens whenever she got the chance, an impressive police turnout in cars, vans and on motorcycles heralded the arrival of the Olympic Flame.  Having been borne down North Street, the Torch was passed on in a handover and relighting operation at the traffic lights opposite Capron House.

As the next leg of the relay set off, the crowds in North Street dispersed quite rapidly as the rain was getting heavier; the Olympic flame however still burned brightly.

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