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Community Council News, July 2017

Well Summer’s here again and the holidays are upon us. This means that things quieten down a bit for the Community Council and we have a chance to recharge our batteries through August. Not everything stops and, as shown below,  the Cockfield Community Cinema has a special treat in store (mainly for the children….) at the end of the month. We’re also working hard to put a programme together for next year and we’re always pleased to get your ideas for events  in the year ahead. Now that we’ve abolished membership subscriptions and all residents of the village (and past members) are members (whether they like it or not) we will need to rely more and more on our fundraising efforts to support our objective of providing facilities for the benefit and well-being of the village. So please, if you have an idea for a great event let one of the Trustees know.

The Village Hall is now over 40 years old – the Community Council was central in raising the funds to build it – and we will be supporting it in its initiatives to bring it up to date. We have already funded a new sound system and the installation of wi-fi and broadband and we are working on getting blinds fitted to the roof lights. Major improvements to the toilets and the kitchen are on the horizon and I’m sure that we will be deeply involved in funding these and making Cockfield Village Hall an asset to be proud of in the 21st century.

Everyone can help by supporting our fund raising events and coming up with new initiatives – tell us what you think and we’ll seriously consider anything which we believe will appeal to the village.

In the meantime – Happy Holidays to everyone and we’ll see you at the next event!!!

We held a Car Boot Sale on Great Green on Sunday 2nd July – although this wasn’t the largest car boot sale that the world has ever seen, with the pitch rental fees, proceeds from the sale of refreshments and the Community Council bric-à-brac stall, we raised a reasonable contribution to our funds (despite the efforts of one local newspaper to tell everyone that it was on Tuesday!) Thanks to everyone who attended as buyers or sellers, those who donated bric-à-brac and our helpers.

Cockfield Community Cinema

Our July show, on Friday   28th  July  is A United Kingdom. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and admission is £4.50 adults, £3.00 under 16s.

In August, we will present an additional film with an afternoon showing of Beauty and the Beast. This will be free to children and their accompanying  adults. Then, in the evening, we will be showing The Sense of an Ending at the usual time and with our usual admission prices – all this happens on Friday 25th August

Country & Western Evening

There is no Country & Western evening in August but we will be back with a bang on Saturday 2nd September with Kenny Lee & Hustler. Kenny and the boys are one of our most popular bands and we’re looking forward to a great evening. This is followed on Saturday 7th October by the return of Cardy & Coke. Tickets will be at the usual price of £6 on the door and there will, of course, be a bar and barbecue.

Cockfield Village Show

The Village Show at Clipt Bushes will be on Sunday 10th September with a full programme of events – the flower, produce and handicraft show, the childrens’ entertainer and a dog show not to mention an entertainment by the children of Cockfield School and other surprise events. The Show will be preceded by a Church Service at 11.30 and will open at 12.00. As always we will need helpers on the day – if you are prepared to give up an hour or so that afternoon please give your name to Barbara at the Post office.

Dance to Kevin Barry

On Saturday 23rd SeptemberKevin Barry will be back to entertain us. Kevin has a wide repertoire of songs and performs regularly all over East Anglia – as a seasoned professional entertainer he tailors his performance to what hits the spot with the audience – so whether it’s 50s, 60s, 70s or 80s there’ll be something for everyone. Tickets will be £6 on the door and there will be a licensed bar and barbecue.

Quiz Night will be  on Saturday 18th November. Watch this space for more details

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 30th July and Sunday 27th August.  As usual, collections will start at 9.00 am. As always, these collections are an important source of funds for the Community Council so please leave your papers out for the collectors.

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