Business and Community Guide

Look out for The Little Common & Cooden Business and Community Guide which will be dropping through everyone’s door very shortly.

Don’t worry if you do not live locally, there will be additional copies available in shops around the village and it is available for download from our website.

The Guide is a very useful reference for locals and visitors alike.  It contains some local history, a map to locate businesses and ads from our LCCBA members as well as community information if you want to find out about local leisure activities and venues.

We are very grateful to The Property Cafe Estate Agents for their generous contribution towards the production costs.

Business and Community Guide



Christmas Extravaganza 2014

Crowds flocked to the Craft Fayre at The British Legion at the start of Little Common’s Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday 6th December, organised by Little Common & Cooden Business Association.  There was such a variety of stalls that choosing gifts for Christmas was tricky – from beautiful floral arrangements by Little Common Flower Club to original handmade items by a range of local crafters.

Santa then started his tour of the village in an open top car, provided courtesy of Cream Wedding Carriages.   When he arrived at his Grotto at Harmony Blinds, children were eager to meet him, get an early Christmas gift as well as telling him what they would really like on Christmas Day. During the afternoon, music was heard throughout the village from the Lion’s barrel organ, Robin Higley’s PA system at the roundabout, and singing groups JACS (Julie’s Adult Choir Singers) and Quintasia kept people entertained with Christmas songs.  Traders added to the festive atmosphere with their own competitions, as well as offering free refreshments and other Christmas cheer to passing visitors, including hot chestnuts from Cole’s Greengrocers, the newest business in the village. As usual excitement mounted as residents and visitors were drawn to the roundabout for the traditional tree lighting ceremony. It nearly did not happen this year as only a week before it was found that the electricity supply had been disconnected when a wide load heading for the new link road passed through the village in the summer.  Rapid action by Little Common & Cooden Business Association and a quick response from the Highways Agency saved the day.  Mayor Brian Kentfield, supported by Kathy Harmer, Chair of the Association, and Santa, was able to switch on the lights on time – phew!!  Thanks to James Kimber of Cooden Beach Hotel as well for generously sponsoring the tree lights this year. Children from Little Common Primary School celebrated the tree lighting moment with their singing – a magical moment thanks to Kate Laver who teaches music at the school.  They then followed Santa and the Mayor in their car in a procession to the Royal British Legion, playing recorders and bells and encouraging others to join their parade drawing a large crowd of all ages.

The crowd packed into the Legion to join in the carols accompanied by the Legion Concert Band.  Local Church Leaders provided original and amusing insights into what Christmas means to them – thanks to Reverends Jonathan Frais and Ian Pruden. Quintasia and JACs once more provided well received musical interludes as part of the service. A free buffet of baked potatoes was provided for over 100 people but the children were more than eager for their party to begin.  Refreshments were provided by the Legion and the disco party was hosted by Laura and Scott Johnstone.  There was fun and games with all children receiving gifts courtesy of Lifescape Builders and presented by Santa.  The festivities continued with live music provided by Ameritz who kept everyone entertained for the rest of the evening.

A splendid day once more so well done Little Common & Cooden Business Association members for making such a success of the day and to all the villagers for their support.

Christmas Extravaganza 2015

Little Common & Cooden Business Association will be lighting up the village this Christmas in a much bigger way than previous years thanks to the fund raising by local traders and the time generously given by the traders’ working group who have overcome a mountain of red tape to make it happen.  In particular, a huge thank you goes to local electrician Steve Lusted and builder Tony Foster who have worked so hard to wire up the street lights to create colourful festive displays outside the post office and along Cooden Sea Road.  Another big thank you to James Kimber of the Cooden Beach Hotel for his donation toward the main tree lights and to Jon Baker of Littledown Christmas Tree Farm for once again providing a magnificent tree ready to be admired by all.

Before the ‘Big Switch On’ traders in Little Common will be organising a range of activities around the village on Saturday 5th December.  Again there will be something for everyone from our oldest residents to our youngest but the success of the day does rely on the support of everyone!  As well as villagers, we are hoping to attract visitors from further afield to experience the delights of our traditional village celebrations as well as supporting our wide range of small independent businesses.  Come along and use the day to stock up on local produce, browse a range of specialist shops as well as save a bit of money with some of the special offers available.  Almost all shops in the village will be open.

The Association will be hosting a Christmas Craft Fayre at The Royal British Legion in Meads Avenue from 10am to 1pm.  Local groups and crafters will be demonstrating their skills as well as selling a wide range of items which will make ideal gifts for all the family at Christmas.  Entry is free and refreshments will be available.  You can also pick up your ‘Lucky Number’ tickets at the same time. Remember they are only £1 each and only a limited number available.  The first prize is £200 with runner up prizes of £50 and £30 to spend with any business which is a member of the Business Association – this could be treating yourself to a meal, indulging yourself with a new hairstyle or beauty treatment, stocking up on some luxury food and other items for Christmas, or even putting it towards a new kitchen, bathroom or much needed building work!  The combinations are endless!!  If you want to make sure you get your tickets, they are on sale now at Betts & Loyd, Cream, DarnKnits, Espresso Max, Touch of Glamour and The Wheatsheaf.



Santa will make a tour of the village around 1.45pm before going to his temporary home at Santa’s Grotto in Touch of Glamour.  Give him a wave and a cheer as he goes past but don’t forget to visit him at his grotto which will be open from 2pm to 4pm.  Children will be welcome to bring their Christmas lists to share with him and receive an early Christmas present at the same time.  For our youngest residents, there is a children’s  party at The Wheatsheaf for the under 10 year olds.  There will be games and prizes to be won in an hour of fun and games between 3pm and 4pm.  Dress up as your favourite film character and that could win you a special prize.

Around the village there will be carol singing groups and the Lions Club barrel organ will be adding to the festive air the village so stop and give them your support – why not join them in a song or two!  Take time to soak up the atmosphere and browse the many shops who will be enticing you in with treats and competitions of their own.  Have a go at the competitions – try and find our ‘Christmas letters’ which make up the words of a Christmas Greeting – all you have to do is find all 14 letters and tell us in which business premises you found them and you could win a super prize.  Closing date for this competition is Tuesday 8th December so they can be completed on the day or afterwards – details on the entry forms which can be picked up at:  DarnKnits (in Village Mews) and Touch of Glamour.  There is also a competition on our website for those who are technically minded so do have a go!

Let it go ..........

Last few days to see the wonderful ‘FROZEN’ window display in Darn Knits. Lynn choose the popular film for her winter display which has been very popular with local children. If you haven’t seen it yet pop along before the end of February to have a look. There are also some more pictures on her page in the business directory.

Then pop back next week to see her spring display……

Remembrance Day Parade

Members of the British Legion marched  to the memorial on the Roundabout for the annual act of Remembrance on Sunday November 8th.

Among the reefs laid was one by Kathy Harmer, chairperson of Little Common and Cooden Business Association.

Remembrance Sunday 2014

Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Little Common

The British Legion held their annual remembrance ceremony at the memorial on the roundabout in Little Common on Sunday 9th November

Among the reefs this year was one laid by Kathy Harmer, Chairwoman of Little Common and Cooden Business Association.

Kathy and Amanda Baldwin with Bexhill Lions Club wreath.

Village in Bloom



Judging took place for Village in bloom today, the criteria was floral display and tidy weed free frontage.




The winner is St Leonard’s glass, they have an amazing floral display with a great selection of beautiful well kept flowers and plants while a very tidy weed free frontage. St Leonard’s glass is a gateway to our Village from Birkdale and this display is a credit to our Village, well done guys! IMG_2128 village-hair

The runner up is The Village hair shop. Brenda Freeman and her staff deserve special credit as they weeded replanted and are caring for the neglected beds outside coop. They really have gone that extra mile! Well done and thank you guys!



Thank you also to Councillor Stuart Earl, Keith Walter, And chair of the business association Kathy Harmer for the judging today.


Village in Bloom Presenation

A new competition was launched this year to encourage retailers to add colour to the Village and enhance the fabulous baskets and troughs already provided by Little Common & Cooden Business Association.
Judges where Keith Walter, Councillor Stuart Earl, and Chair of the Business Association Kathy Harmer. Kathy Harmer said retailers made a great effort, notably Brenda Freeman and her girls at The Village Hair Shop, who received a runners up certificate,they had a pretty displays outside their own shop but, also took it on themselves to cultivate the neglected beds outside the Coop! And what a difference it has made!
However the winner was St Leonard’s Glass, Sandra and Miriam provided an amazing display with plenty of colour and planting schemes, and not a weed is sight! Well done guys! They received a certificate and the Keith Walter Shield, a new initiative which recognises and acknowledges the efforts made by Keith maintaining the wonderful floral displays in our Village throughout the summer over the years!

Wheatsheaf Inn opening

The Wheatsheaf Inn held a Preview Night on Wednesday 30th March. This was by invitation only and well attended by local businesses. New owner Lynn Adair has supervised a complete refurbishment by local builders Total Project Management in just two months. The Wheatsheaf now has a welcoming bar, games room and restaurant as well as a new play area in the garden.

Local Councillor Mr Stuart Earl welcomed everyone and congratulated Lynn and her team for all their hard work.

The Wheatsheaf Inn opened to the public on Thursday 31st March and already has events planned for April. Check out their new website for details of events, opening times and menu.