Cocking Parish Council

Your Parish Council, Cocking Parish Council, normally meets at 18:30 on the first Monday of the month (except August), while the Annual Parish Meeting takes place in April or May. The current venue for monthly meetings is Cocking Village Hall. Members of the public are generally welcome to attend proceedings, but they may be asked to withdraw for certain items of business.  Should you wish to raise an issue with the Council, please do so in advance so that it can be included on the agenda, as normally only agenda items can be discussed at the meetings.

The Council plus other useful contacts

Name Contact Details

Chair
Miss Frances Russsell

frances russell

6 Lamberts Yard,
Cocking
West Sussex
GU29 0EU

01730 817539
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Frances took early retirement from the NHS in 2002 following a long career, initially in Nursing, where she became Director of Nursing Services /Deputy Chief Executive of Richmond Twickenham and Roehampton NHS Trust, and latterly in General Management. She was appointed as Chief Executive of Sussex Weald and Downs NHS Trust based in Chichester in 1993 and took early retirement in 2002.

Since her retirement she has been actively involved in the voluntary sector as a Trustee of Age UK West Sussex and Chair of The Aldingbourne Trust. She was appointed as Chair of Healthwatch West Sussex in 2013. Frances has also been Chair of Governors at Chichester College and was previously a councillor on Cocking Parish Council for eight years.
Frances has lived in Cocking with her 4 dogs since 1996, but grew up in Luton and to this day is a supporter and season ticket holder of Luton Town FC.

Vice Chair
David Imlach

David Imlach 

4 Malthouse Cottages,
Crypt Lane, Cocking,
West Sussex GU29 0HP

01730 815384
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David and his wife Sharon have lived in the village for over sixteen years although they bought their house a couple of years before as a weekend retreat.  They liked the area so much that when David retired, they made Cocking their home. Prior to retirement, he worked for 36 years for a national electrical retailer - in senior management roles including transport-distribution and building development and maintenance. David also worked with local community affairs and was a director of a Charitable Trust.
Today, David sits on the Parocial Church Council as a representative on the local Deanery Synod and is principal organiser of the annual church fête. He also sits on various other local committees.
In his spare time, David likes playing golf. He is a member of both the Cowdray and Chiddingfold golf clubs and is the organiser of a major Seniors competition covering surrounding counties.
David has four children and many grandchildren!

Councillor Jean Jackson

vacancy

Casters Brook,
Cocking, West Sussex,
GU29 0HJ

01730 816978
07979 500517
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I have lived in Cocking for 32 years and have been involved in many village projects during that time.

These include being a member of the committee to design, make and produce the Cocking History Column, editor and publisher of the book - A Short History of Cocking, organiser of the Cocking Flower Festival - a three day event at Cocking Church for the Millennium (it was an excellent fundraiser), committee member with Frances Russell for the inception and implementation of the Village Hall and fund raiser for the Parish Church and other appeals.

I am a Governor of the Restoration and Development Trust of Chichester Cathedral and I sit on the Dreambuilding Committee helping to raise funds for the new St Wilfrid’s Hospice - £12,000,000 + has been raised to date.

I run the Sculpture Studio together with my husband Philip Jackson.

I am completely integrated in village life and want to do anything that can help to keep the village vibrant and a happy
place for people to live in.

Councillor
Richard Marks

Richard Marks

174 Hilltop, Hill Barn Lane,
Cocking,
West Sussex GU29 0HS

01730 814156
07966 514473
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Councillor Tim Waite

Timothy Waite

Bankside, Bell Lane, Cocking, West Sussex GU29 0HU

01730 814459
07465 725725
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Moved to Cocking Spring 2018 restoring one of the oldest properties in the village, built 1530.

Started early career as a computer consultant culminating as South England Sales Manager for a large computer system manufacturer.

Learnt to fly at Goodwood and schooled in Petersfield. Thereafter, commissioned in the Royal Navy as a Lieutenant RN as an aviator seeing action in Northern Ireland and Bosnia as the Operations Officer. Moved into commercial flying operating large jet aircraft on worldwide operations including living in Dubai and Australia. Extensive airline training, examining and management experience.

Lives with his wife Beverley, a Doctor of Psychology together with her daughter.

Very focused to continue the “togetherness” and vision of Cocking village life.

Vacancy

Silhouette of an anonymous head and shoulders

   

Vacancy

Silhouette of an anonymous head and shoulders

   

Clerk to the Council
Greg Burt

Greg Burt

46 Highfield Road,
Bognor Regis,
West Sussex PO22 8PH

01243 862287
07739 506275
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The Clerk to the Council, Greg is the part-time Council's Proper Officer and Responsible Financial Officer. He is responsible for the Councils' administration, ensuring that everything the Council does is legal, including its finances.
He as a degree in Public Administration, and after 10 years of self-employment, since 1999 has held a variety of positions within Parish and Town Councils in Hampshire and West Sussex, coming to Cocking in the summer of 2014, which he undertakes alongside a full-time role as Clerk to another Parish Council.
Greg enjoys working with communities and in his spare time is heavily involved in a number of community groups in Bognor Regis where he lives.

District Councillor

Judith Fowler

Judith Fowler

 07889 421850
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From the District Council website:
My original career was in social work, in hospitals and with the Armed Forces in UK and abroad and the Atomic Energy Authority.  Later, I studied drama and taught in Chichester College.  On ‘retirement’ I worked as a travel representative in Europe.

My interests are travel, theatre, gardening and jazz.  I have one son who works in IT.

District Councillor

Gordon McAra

Gordon McAra

Keston,
Carron Lane,
Midhurst,
West Sussex,
GU29 9LB

01730 815569
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From the District Council website:
A local resident for 25 years, he serves on Midhurst Town Council and is Vice Chairman of the Planning Committee. With a background in financial services and communications, to avoid any further commuting to London he took to a bike and worked as a postman in the Wittering area for three years. Married with two children, he has also served as a councillor, committee chairman and Justice of the Peace in Edinburgh, giving him wide experience of local government. He is particularly interested in planning and townscape and has considerable experience of working with conservation groups. Locally, he plays badminton after a fashion and is regularly seen avoiding potholes on his bike about town.

County Councillor

David Bradford

David Bradford

The Oaks, Smock Alley,
West Chiltington,
Pulborough,
West Sussex RH20 2QX 

07922 865735
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From the County Council website:
David Bradford is a Marketing and Strategic Planning expert and Investment Analyst. He was formerly a company director and has previously held Director positions for two charities. He is married to Anne and between them they have four children.

Footpaths:

Mrs Naomi Barnett

Highlands,
Bell Lane,
Cocking,
West Sussex GU29 0HU

 

If you can't find the information you require here, please contact the Clerk to Cocking Parish Council as above.

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