In 2003 the Parish Council of Cockerham decided to instigate the production of a Parish Plan. The aim was to bring together concerns and aspirations of the village and to produce a document which could be used to demonstrate specific needs within the Parish.
A steering group was formed, and was given the task of producing a Parish Plan for the Parish of Cockerham. Firstly, ‘star charts‘ were displayed at various village events over the summer of 2003 and great interest was shown by villagers. The controlling gathering then appropriated polls to each individual of 11 years and over in the ward and the data gotten from these and the 'star diagrams' frame the premise of the Parish Plan.
Key zones of concern were recognized from the reviews these being:
- The Environment and Conservation
- Tourism and Leisure
On the following pages you will find statistics and information relating to each of these concerns, together with our vision for the future.
We hope you find the Parish Plan of interest and our grateful thanks go to all who have helped in it’s production in any way.
The town of Cockerham is arranged roughly 7 miles south of Lancaster and has a populace of very nearly 600 individuals. It is encompassed by the Parishes of Thurnham, Forton and Pilling.
The name Cockerham is thought to be Celtic and means " A town or property by a winding waterway'. The main occupation in the village is agriculture with distinct diversification into tourism with several caravan parks and holiday cottages available. The village also boasts superb restaurant, public house, farm shop/ice cream outlet, 2 garages, a joiners and undertakers and the parish hall where many functions are held in the large purpose built hall with bar.
Cockerham has many public footpaths which are regularly used by ramblers and locals alike. The village is home to St Michael's Parish Church, commonly known as the 'Church in the field'. As indicated by the history books the Church goes back to 1400, yet the present building has been modified and changed in the years that took after. A communal grave can be found in the Church Yard dating back to a terrible plague which raged through the village in 1650. 64 lives were lost.
Cockerham is a small rural community which is situated on the Irish Sea Coast to the south of the Historic City of Lancaster. It has within its boundaries many different environmental habitats ranging from salt marshes, peat bogs, woodland, riverbanks and a large proportion of agricultural land.
Some of these sites are designated S.S.S.Is. There are many varied species of wildlife, flowers and plants, the most notable being the Natterjack Toads, and the many thousands of Pink-Footed Geese which winter on the farmland and marshes in the area.
The Parish Council have recently managed to secure the deeds to the village green which is currently part of a project to enhance the centrepiece of the village by planting shrubs, trees and flowers etc.
The labour for this and other necessary work is being undertaken by the recently appointed village lengthsman, who is also responsible for keeping the village clean and tidy.
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