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Community Council News, January 2017

Cockfield Community Council News

The Officers and Trustees have taken a serious look at the finances and membership of the Community Council and are planning to introduce some major changes in 2016/7.

When the organisation was set up way back in the nineteen seventies it had one aim in mind – the building of the Village Hall. Membership fees were collected to fund this project and the draw was set up as a non-profit way of keeping members interested in their membership. Since then we have continued to raise funds to support a wide range of village activities and also provide entertainment aimed to please all tastes.

We have been successful in our fundraising activities over recent years and are in a strong financial position to support any future projects which may be proposed – at this time we have been asked to support major refurbishment of the Village Hall and we are in a good position to do so.

We have therefore decided that we will make membership subscription-free from this year. What this will mean, effectively, is that membership of the Community Council will be open, free, to all Cockfield residents.

We have also decided to stop the monthly draw with March being the last time that names will be drawn from the hat.

There is one area where we will continue to administer membership and that is with regard to use of the minibus. Anyone wishing to drive the minibus must be in possession of a permit, issued by the Treasurer, which confirms that he or she meets our insurers’ requirements in terms of vehicles they are allowed to drive, age and licence cleanliness. These permits, which will be valid for one year from date of issue, will be issued free of charge to Cockfield residents, but non-residents will be required to pay an annual membership subscription of £5.

Cockfield Community Cinema

Cockfield Community Cinema will be launched in the Village Hall on Friday 27th January with a showing of Florence Foster Jenkins ). This will be followed by Bridget Jones’ Baby on Friday 24th February and Lady in the Van on Friday 24th March.  Click here  to see trailers for all these films. 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.

We very much hope that our film shows will become a regular feature on the calendar so please come along and support this new Community Council venture.

Country & Western evenings

Our Country & Western evenings are back with the first dance of the year on Saturday 4th February. Kevin Barry will be performing and I’m sure that 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

Events in April

The annual Duck Race will take place on Easter Saturday 15th April in Earl’s Meadow. This event is great fun for all the family so come along and get competitive in our beautiful, tranquil (except when the Duck Race is on!!) meadow.

On Saturday 22nd April we will be holding an 80/20 auction in the Village Hall. Everyone is invited to bring items which our professional auctioneer will be selling on the basis of 20% commission going to the Community Council.  Further details will be published in Green Links.

Dates for your diaries

The Art Show will take place on 27th/28th/29th May, this will be our third show and we very much hope that we will continue the success of lasts year’s event.

There will be a Car Boot Sale on Gt Green on Sunday 2nd July

The Village Show at Clipt Bushes will be on Sunday 10th September with an evening of 50s/60s and 70s music with Kevin Barry on Saturday 23rd September and a quiz night on Saturday 18th November.

Carols on the Green is provisionally booked for 19th December.

Details of all these events will appear in Green Links, the Village website, and will be circulated through our Community Council e-mail distribution list. If you wish to be included on the list, which is an excellent source of information about local events, please apply through the website or by e-mail to

Waste paper collection

The next waste paper collections will be on Sunday 29th January  and Sunday 26th Febuary. As usual, collections will start at 9.00 am

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