Village News

News about Cocking and its inhabitants.

Signs of Spring?

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These crocuses were spotted on one of the best days of the year so far; sunny and dry.  Maybe they were also enjoying the extra light caused by the removal of the chestnut trees.  In any case they were putting on a glorious show by the roadside and it was good to see the Childrens' Playground in use too.

Crocuses

Cocking's Village Pub Re-opens

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BluebellCocking residents will be pleased to learn that their local inn and restaurant, The Bluebell, has re-opened today (16th November) after a short closure.

Simon Tideswell and his team are already serving coffee with cake, sandwiches  and meals from a temporary menu that they plan to update and extend in the New Year.

With the calendar in mind,  bookings can now be made for Christmas Day.

Dark Skies Over Cocking

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Moon as seen from CockingThe Cocking Parish Council meeting on Monday 11th November included a short talk from a representative of the South Downs National Park Authority on the subject of the Authority's Dark Skies Project.

Clouds permitting, there is never a problem spotting the Moon; shown here as seen from the village.  However, the number of stars and other celestial bodies visible is an entirely different matter, depending greatly on levels of light pollution.  Luckily for us, the South Downs suffer relatively low levels compared with nearby urban areas, but there is still scope for improvement, especially if the National Park is to achieve the coveted status of a Dark Skies Reserve.

If you want to find out more about the SDNPA's Dark Skies Project, visit their web pages on the subject by clicking here.  To download their leaflet, click here.

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