Articles of general interest

Urgent Call for Help with 2017 Bonfire

Written by Administrator on .


The Cocking Bonfire and Fireworks night will be on Saturday 28th October this year.  If you have enjoyed this event in previous years we need your help. In order for it to go ahead we rely solely on volunteers from the village. If we do not have enough volunteers we legally cannot run the night. Currently we do not have enough to proceed and if we do not get any more the fireworks will be cancelled this year.  We therefore would implore you to lend a hand and help keep this great community event running.  There are many jobs to be done - some large and some small and any help is appreciated. Some of the jobs you could help with are:

  • Building the bonfire the weekend before the event
  • Helping to set up tables, make mulled wine and get ready for the event
  • Collecting donations at the gate
  • Making cakes to sell
  • Helping behind the bar selling cakes and drinks
  • Marshaling whilst the fireworks are on
  • Tidying up the hall afterwards

This is a lot of work for just a handful of people, but the more that offer to help the less there is to do.  If you can help us with anything at all, please get in touch with us using the details below.

Alessandra (Allie) and Adam Keefe
Bluebell Cottage, Bell Lane
07940 795025

Church Fete 2017

Written by The Editor on .

This popular annual event takes place this year on Saturday 2nd September 2017 - Gates at Cocking Rectory, open at 2pm
We are hoping for a lovely sunny afternoon!
Last year saw the introduction of two new stalls: the Hot Dog Van, and Fitzcanes with their delicious ice-cream.
Amongst many others, there will of course be the usual super cake stall.
Please bring friends and family, and come along to share in this great village afternoon!
Help needed
All sorts of help are needed:
  • putting up the marquees on the Rectory lawn (August 24th at 6pm)
  • helping out on one of the many stalls or events during the afternoon
  • helping to clear up afterwards
Donations are welcome from Saturday August 26th: Please put all your donations in the large marquee.
Please bring your cake donations on the day from 10am.
Unfortunately we cannot accept very large items, or any electrical goods.
For offers of help and more information, please contact
David Imlach at Cocking 01730 815384
Sheila Ryan at Bepton 01730 716300

New Vicar for St. Catherine's

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Rev Linda RobertsonFollowing the retirement of Colin Bradley, there has been an interregnum at St. Catherine's.  However here is an extract from the message read out at the morning service on 26th July:

"There is progress to report! After a lengthy selection process we have now secured a new vicar. I received a letter on Tuesday 21st July from the Lord Chancellor’s office as the representative of the Crown confirming the appointment of Reverend Linda Robertson to the Benefice of Cocking with West Lavington, Bepton and Heyshott. The installation of our new vicar by Bishop Martin of Chichester will be on Monday 28th September at 19:30; details will follow.
Linda Robertson was ordained priest in the Diocese of Winchester in 2004 and has been a non-stipendiary (i.e. unpaid) team vicar in the Totton Team Ministry since 2010. She was from 2004 until now employed as a senior librarian at the University of Southampton. During that time up to 2010, Linda was a curate and later assistant priest taking responsibility for two churches during an interregnum. Before this, Linda was headteacher of the primary school in Ampfield after having held several other teaching posts since 1987.
Linda’s first degree was obtained at Somerville College in Oxford in Natural Science– Physics followed by an MSc in Medical Physics in Aberdeen. After a spell as librarian at the University of Aberdeen she became a full time mother before starting in teaching. Linda’s interests are wide and include having been active for many years with the Samaritans, having board membership of the charity Share the Vision concerned with library access for visually impaired people and has an interest in many accessibility issue for different types of disability.
We very much look forward to welcoming Linda as our new vicar and I will keep you posted about the details of the installation on the 28th September; please put it in your diary as you are all welcome".

I have met Linda on a few occasions now and I can assure you that she will be an excellent leader and pastor."

Nico Dekker, Churchwarden Cocking with West Lavington

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