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Community Council News, December 2019

Following the Community Council AGM in late November the Community Council is delighted to welcome Neil Ashton, Trudy Mann and Jill Box as new Trustees. Stepping down as Trustees this year are Derek Marr and Joe Brinkley who we thank for their contribution during the years they have served as Trustees.

Almost all readers of Green Links will have seen our lovely Christmas Tree on the Great Green. This is the first time we have had a tree on the Green and we look forward to this becoming a regular feature in years to come. Thanks to Rod Williams for leading on this initiative and to a number of volunteers who assisted in putting it up (and it was not an easy task!)

January is typically a quiet month for the Community Council but weather permitting we hope to get the New Year off to an invigorating start with our popular Hangover Hike, this year starting at the Horseshoes Inn at 10.45am. This informal walk around the footpaths of Cockfield, usually lasts for no more than an hour and a half and is a great way to catch up with villagers who you may not see so often in the Winter months, and for those who wish the Inn will of course be open at the end of the walk!

The ever popular Cockfield Community Cinema will be showing Mrs Lowry and Son at the Village Hall on Friday 24 January ,  7.00pm for 7.30pm

Starring Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall, the film is a portrait of the artist LS Lowry and the relationship with his mother, who tries to dissuade him from pursuing his passion. Enjoy the top acting performances from the two stars.

Tickets are £4.50 on the door and along with the bar there are teas and coffees as well as ice-creams and sweets.

During 2019 the cinema has had great support from you, most notably with the showing of Bohemian Rhapsody when we sold c 110 tickets on the door. Given this popularity we are investing further in the cinema with the purchase and installation of a much bigger and better screen and new speakers. These will be in place for the cinema showing of Mrs Lowry and Son on 24 January.

All the fund raising initiatives we undertake allow us to plough the money back into our village, we hope to see even more of you at the cinema this coming year. 

Waste Paper Collections continue on the last Sunday of the month, the next waste paper collection being on Sunday 26 January, as usual collections will start at 9.00 am. Please leave your papers out for the collectors in a prominent position. Proceeds from the collections go towards the running costs of the Pavilion and are therefore very valuable to the Village.

2020 dates for your diary are:

Wed 1 January Hangover Hike Horseshoes Inn 10.45am
Sat 22 February Quiz Night with fish n chip supper
Sat 21 March Swing Dance
Sat 4 April Charity Dance – in Memory of Paul Brinkley Dancing to Kenny Lee and Hustler
Sat 11 April The Duck Race
Sat 18th April  Hedgehog Awareness Event
Sat 23 – Mon 25 May (Bank Holiday) The Cockfield, Art Show
Sun 14 June Sale Trail
Sat 20 June Midsummer Walk (+ BBQ)

Tickets for the Quiz Night in February and the Swing Dance in March are on sale now at the Post Office  – we are expecting good numbers for both events so please buy your tickets early.

Our Country and Western dances have come to an end, June Pettit has been organising them for the last 48 years our thanks go to June for her tremendous effort in raising thousands of pounds and providing the village, and wider community, with entertainment for this time.

Tickets for the Dance on the 4th April in Memory of Paul Brinkley are available on the door and  it is FREE entry to the Hedgehog Awareness Event on the 18th April.

If you have any suggestions for events you would like your Community Council to consider then please contact any Trustee or email

Finally, the Community Council Trustees wish all readers a very Happy New Year.

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