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Community Council News, December 2016

Happy New Year from the Officers and trustees of Cockfield Community Council

Well 2016 is nearly over and we can look back with some satisfaction at our activities through the year. The Art Show and the Cockfield Village Show once again proved popular and look to have secured permanent places in the village calendar. Richard Whymark and Kevin Barry provided excellent entertainment and we completed the year with an intriguing Murder Mystery evening. Unfortunately my team failed to identify the murderer (although one of us did get it right, but he was overruled by the rest of us who knew better!!!) but it was an amusing and enjoyable evening – thanks to the organisers and actors who made it so.

2017 will be no less busy for us. New for us is the Cockfield Community Cinema which we will launch in the Village Hall on Friday 27th January with a showing of Florence Foster Jenkins (a trailer for this film can be viewed by clicking here). This will be followed by Bridget Jones’ Baby on Friday 24th February and Lady in the Van on Friday 24th March. All shows start at 7.30 pm, with doors open at 7 pm. Admission (on the door) is £4.50 for adults and £3 for under 17s – refreshments will be available. Please come along and help make this a regular feature on the calendar.

The annual Duck Race will take place on Easter Saturday 15th April, the Art Show on 27th/28th/29th May, the Village Show at Clipt Bushes on Sunday 10th September and an evening of 50s/60s and 70s music with Kevin Barry on Saturday 23rd September.

We are also planning a Car Boot Sale on Gt Green in July and a Quiz Night in November.


We held the AGM on Friday 25th November. Rodney Williams presented his annual report, which is published elsewhere in this edition of Green Links, and thanked the Officers, Trustees and everyone who has helped through the year for their efforts in making the Community Council a village organisation of which to be proud.

The Board of Trustees all agreed to stand for re-election, and there being no additional nominees they were re-appointed unopposed. Rodney Williams was elected Chairman, with Julie Goodsman as Vice Chairman, Janne Cutting Keyton as Secretary and Rod Portwood as Treasurer.

The meeting agreed that the Community Council should continue to support the Village Hall and, in addition to funding the installation of wi-fi broadband (which the Trustees have previously agreed), it was agreed that a contribution should be made towards updating the cloakrooms.

Country & Western evenings

The Country & Western evenings on the first Saturday of each month (except January, July and August) are a longstanding feature of the Cockfield Calendar. June Pettit and her team of volunteer helpers work hard to make these events a success and the Trustees are grateful to them for their important contribution to Community Council funding. We get visitors from a wide area to these evenings and they have become a part of the local C & W calendar.

Our first evening, after our Christmas break, is on Saturday 4th February with Kevin Barry. Kevin needs no introduction as he has filled our hall on many occasions in the past and I’m sure all his fans will be pleased to welcome him back to Cockfield. Tickets, as always, will be £6, on the door, and there will be a licensed bar and barbecue. Doors open at 7.30 pm.

In March we have Budgie Colman and in April we see the return of Declan Gaynor.

June has put together a really great line up for 2017 so come along and enjoy great music in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Waste paper collection

The next waste paper collections will be on Sunday 8th January (later than usual to work around Christmas/New Year festivities) and Sunday 29th January. As usual, collections will start at 9.00 am.

Please note that the December collection will be on Sunday 8th January !!!!!!!!!

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