Cocking’s hall celebrates first birthday

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IT IS a year since Lady Cowdray cut the ribbon and officially opened Cocking’s new village hall and villagers are preparing to mark the event.

It had been 53 years since the old village hall closed down and villagers suddenly found they had a new heart and a focus for community events.

So far community events have been a sell out success from the inaugural bonfire evening to May Day celebrations and a camping weekend on the field.

It is already home to a yoga group and an American Country Dancing set and members of the management committee are on the look out for more bookings.

In the mean time first anniversary celebrations will take place on Saturday October 1 in the hall with a village treasure hunt, for all ages from 2pm to 4pm.

The treasure hunt, which is free to enter, will extend around the village.

Those who would like to take part can collect their packs from the village hall at 2pm and return with their families and teams for refreshments.

In the evening there will be music, cheese and wine from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Tickets at £5 are available from Cocking Post Office and include a cheese supper and a welcoming glass of wine. The audience is invited to bring their own drinks. Music comes courtesy of The Glory Boys and numbers are limited so villagers are advised to get their tickets early.