Welcome to Pett on the Net – the Community website for Pett & Pett Level.

This website is provided by Pett Parish Council for the community of Pett and Pett Level. If you want to post a news item of interest to the community, publicise an event, your group, society, or organisation, or report or comment on local events, then please contact our webmaster, Tim Rothwell, at tim.rothwell@pettnet.org.uk

Any views expressed on this website are not necessarily those of Pett Parish Council or the webmaster.

We also have a Facebook Page – Pett on the Net Group – which complements the website. If you would like to ask to join the FB Group, just click here

If you are visiting, or planning to visit, Pett and Pett Level, this is our website where you will find information about the area, including latest eventschurch serviceslocal history and much more. Our Village Magazine, which can be accessed here, contains advertisements for local accommodation, including B & B, pubs and other businesses in the area.

Emergency telephone numbers and useful addresses can be found here

We hope you enjoy your stay.

Latest News/Notices/Articles

Poppies For Pett Leaflet

Click here to download the Poppies For Pett leaflet. See the WI page for more details.


Pett WI – October Update

The October update to the Pett WI page can be read here

Reporting Hate Crime

Sussex Police have issued the following Press Release about reporting hate crime.

‘Sussex Police is supporting Hate Crime Awareness Week this month, and encouraging people to report hate crime.

 The national awareness week, which runs from October 13 to 20, aims to raise awareness of what hate crime is, giving support to victims, their families and communities and dealing with perpetrators appropriately. 

 During this week we will be using social media to raise awareness of hate crime to help give knowledge and confidence to victims to report to the police, using the hashtags #NHCAW and #NoPlaceForHate to spread the word. 

 We will be sharing real life experiences of victims of hate crime to help increase public confidence in the police and to indicate that we will always deal with reports of hate with empathy and professionalism. 

 In July 2018, a 36-year-old father was in Hove with his young child.

 A man standing outside a pub shouted a stream of racial abuse at the man and his child, including phrases like “You weren’t born in England like I am.”

 The father felt embarrassed and wanted to protect his child from such abuse, and reported this incident to a passing police patrol.

 A 41-year-old man from Hove was arrested for racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm and distress, and at this point the man subjected the officers to homophobic abuse. He also assaulted both officers.

 The man was charged with racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm and distress and two counts of assault against the officers.

 The man pleaded guilty to the charges when he appeared in court in August, and was sentenced to a 10 day rehabilitation activity requirement and 40 hours unpaid work, as well as £50 compensation to the father, for the racially aggravated offence.

 He was also convicted of the two assaults and ordered to pay £50 compensation to each of the officers. £85 costs was also levied and the sentence included an uplift to take account of the race hate crime element.

 The father said: “I felt frustrated, I bring my child up to do the right thing and be a good person. I do not expect them to have to witness such awful behaviour against us.

 “The police were fantastic, really professional. They kept me updated throughout the case.

 “If I was subjected to such behaviour again, or if I witnessed someone else being targeted in the same way, I would make a stand and report it. It is important to report, so the police know what is going on. I would tell other people to report such behaviour too.” 

 Sussex Police lead for Hate Crime, Superintendent Ed De La Rue said: “It takes courage to report any crime, but especially one that is an attack on your very identity, such as hate crime. We are working hard to ensure our response to crimes reflect the victim’s needs, as well as the modern world and our priorities to you, the public.

 “No one should have to live in fear and be targeted just for who they are. We actively encourage reporting of hate crime and incidents so that we can support individual victims, but also because the more we understand what is happening and where, the better we can prevent other offences occurring. We also want to bring perpetrators to justice, sending a clear message that it is not acceptable to threaten, intimidate, offend or abuse anyone for an aspect of their personality. We will take all reports seriously.” 

 Hate crime can be reported to us by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency. ‘

Help us keep Sussex safe

Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Distraction Burglars

Sussex Police have issued the following advice about distraction burglars. This comes at a time when there have been some examples recently of unsolicited callers in Pett offering various items for sale. A door sticker produced by the Police and Trading Standards stating that the household does not buy from unsolicited sellers at the door can be downloaded here

‘Not all burglars break into your home, some try to trick or con their way in.
Known as distraction burglars, or bogus callers, they will try to mislead you or distract your attention to get into your home and steal your money or valuables.
We have had a number of reports of distraction burglaries over the weekend.
Think twice especially if you have an unexpected caller.
If in doubt keep them out.’

Help us keep Sussex safe

Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Quiz Night – Saturday 27 October: Bookings please!

Following representations about the original date of 3 November, the Pett Village Hall Committee Quiz Night will revert to tradition and will be held on SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER. Please note the change of date. So far, we have a record of only two tables being booked. If you intend to have a table, could you please let Tim Rothwell know as soon as possible on 07850 469314 or tim.rothwell@pettnet.org.uk

Thanks very much.

Pett Village Hall Bookings – 2019

The current bookings for Pett Village Hall from January 2019 to August 2019 have now been uploaded here

The current bookings for the remainder of 2019 will be uploaded shortly.

Where no booking is shown, the main Hall and/or the Catharine Hollman Room are still available.

The bookings for 2019 are coming in thick and fast, and if you wish to book the Hall for a special event next year, it may be a good idea to reserve the date now. If you wish to book an event please contact Tim Rothwell, the Bookings Manager, on 07850 469314  tim.rothwell@pettnet.org.uk to check availability.

Project Remember Update

David Breakell’s October update for Project Remember can be read here

Wedding Dress Exhibition

New Hastings Lifeboat

Christmas Craft Fair – Saturday 24 November

Gardening Club Update: October Meeting

The Gardening Club page of the website has been updated with a report on the October meeting here

Motorway Roadworks and Emergencies

Sussex Police have sent the following message.

We are pleased to inform you that we have made arrangements for Neighbourhood Watch to be informed of significant planned road works and major emergencies on nearby Motorways. To give you some background, the M23 is currently being upgraded to be a Smart Motorway between junctions 8 – 10. This carries a substantial amount of traffic to and from Sussex including Gatwick Airport, and of course it connects to the M25. If a serious incident affects these roads then road users from far afield are affected and this increases congestion on other roads and routes. This impacts journey times and fuel costs, and can lead to further accidents. We appreciate that some of the recipients of these messages may live some distance from a motorway, so you may be less affected by motorway incidents, but on the other hand you might be planning a long journey!

The first message which we have received relates to the period Friday 12 October – Friday 19 October.

Work to improve journeys continues this week on the M23 between junctions 8 – 10. On Monday 15 October, for 2 nights, there will be a full closure southbound of junction 9 entry slip between 10pm and 4am. Traffic will be diverted via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue to re-join the M23 at junction 10. On Wednesday 17 October for 3 nights, there will be a full closure Northbound at junction 9 entry slip road between 10pm and 4am. Traffic will be diverted to junction 10 on the M23 and back. There are narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50mph North and South bound 24/7. Free recovery service is in place and all CCTV cameras are live.

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E-mail enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk or visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk.


Stray Cat


Thanks to Philippa Strickland for the photo.

Judith Dean has added the following comment: ‘I am not sure where the photo of this notice was taken but if it refers to the rather beautiful grey/silver cat that comes round here (Chick Hill area) and has cost me a lot of money at the vets because of its aggression to my cats, then I would really appreciate someone taking it away.

However I think it looks too well kept to be a stray. I just think it is an unneutered male who roams widely. It certainly doesn’t let you near it. Perhaps if it does belong to someone they might like to consider neutering – if not for its sake, then for the well-being of my cats!
He broke my cat’s tail.’

500 Club – September 2018 Winners

Jazz in the Village: Friday 23 November – Pett Village Hall




Ian and Dominic have been performing together for a number of years playing melodic improvisations on jazz standards and original compositions.  Their style of jazz concentrates on developing melodic ideas within the framework of the melody of a tune, whilst maintaining the concept and groove behind it.  The result is a very accessible melodic style which allows them to explore, improvise and develop ideas without losing the essence of each piece of music, and to interact together in as creative a way as possible.

They have had enormous success over many years during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with their very successful show “Jazz at Lunchtime”.  Thousands of people have come to see them perform, with many sell-out shows.  A number of visitors to the Edinburgh Fringe from all over the world have returned year after year.

Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, the duo has regularly and extensively toured throughout the UK.  They have embarked on many rural tours under their “Jazz in the Village” series, playing in hundreds of halls, often bringing jazz for the first time to remote communities, performing in intimate settings to appreciative audiences.  The beautiful Scottish scenery that they have seen on their travels has inspired the writing of many pieces of music by Ian.

Ian and Dom have also performed in a number of festivals including:

Edinburgh Jazz Festival

Glasgow Jazz Festival

Fife Jazz Festival

Callander Jazz Festival

Borders Jazz Festival

Bath Fringe Festival

Buxton Fringe Festival

They have also performed in Arts Centres and small theatres throughout the country, such as: Kirkudbright Arts Centre; East Kilbride Arts Centre; Aberdeen Art Gallery (Cowdray Hall); The Loft, Winchester; Knock Castle, Crieff; The Firestaion Arts Centre, Windsor; Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead; The Lot Arts Centre, Edinburgh; Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine; The Old Well Theatre, Moffat; Lockerbie Little Theatre;  Dibble Tree Theatre, Carnoustie; The City Theatre, Durham; Mission Theatre, Bath; The Doghouse Jazz Club, Ramsbottom; Henry’s Jazz Cellar, Edinburgh; Links Hotel Jazz Club, Montrose; Swallow Theatre, Newton Stewart; National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh; The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen; Bearsden Town Hall and The Music Village, Brussels.

“…he really used the vast range of the tenor, always with gentle lyricism”

“…really excellent Millar originals…”

“Beautiful soaring magic! I was blown away by your show, just breath-taking!”

“What a lovely and exhilarating performance! Enjoyed the interaction between the two of you, and the obvious love you have for what you do.”

“…expect warm, intelligent, reflective, human music…”

 “Ian Millar’s own composition Morning Dew opened the performance, its lovely sinuous melody ranging freely from the heights to the depths of the tenor sax voice.”

“…a unique performance not only in its introduction of many new pieces but also in the splendidly relaxed jazz styling; music that had its own special flavour and was not a copy of anything else.”

And now they are playing at Pett Village Hall!

Bring your own supper and liquid refreshments and come along on 23 November!

More information about Ian and Dominic an be found here


Stabbing in Warrior Square


Police investigating a stabbing in St Leonards-on-Sea, which took place mid-afternoon on Saturday 29 September, are seeking witnesses and would urge anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

It happened below the rose garden in Warrior Square Gardens, St Leonards.

The victim, a 37-year-old local man, suffered wounds to his legs and was taken by ambulance to the trauma unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, for treatment. His injuries were not considered to be life-threatening and he was later allowed home.

Anyone able to assist detectives is asked to contact Sussex Police by phoning 101, quoting serial 788 of 29/09.

Alternatively they can visit Crimestoppers or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Help us keep Sussex safe

Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Fashion Show: 29 November

Lost Property

From Monday 1 October, in alignment with police forces nationally, Sussex Police will no longer record reports of lost property in police stations, in person, online, email or through 101.

The national decision was approved by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) after discussions between police forces and the National Police Front Counters Forum (NPFCF). Traditionally, police have accepted the responsibility of recording lost and found property, although there is no statutory duty to do so.

Chief Inspector Roy Hodder, Communications Department said: “Although lost property will no longer be recorded by police, we are accepting items of found property.

“There are a range of other free services which will allow you to report if an item has gone missing.

“Also it is worth noting that some items of lost property need to be reported directly to the relevant issuing authority. For example, a lost passport is to be reported to the passport agency, a driving licence to the DVLA or credit cards to the bank or financial provider.

“There are a few exceptions though. In cases where items which are dangerous or hazardous such as ammunition, firearms, weapons, chemicals/poisons are lost, these are to be reported to police immediately.

“Where an item has a serial number such as electrical equipment, it’s recommended that they are registered at www.immobilise.com which is free of charge. This will also help police identify and reunite you with your property if it was ever stolen.


Help us keep Sussex safe

Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Rye school magazines

Anyone who was at Rye County Secondary School or Rye Grammar School in the late 1950s and/or early/mid 1960s may be interested in a new page – School Magazines – that has just been created on the Rye Old Scholars Association (ROSA) website. A number of editions of RX (the school magazine of Rye County Secondary School) and RYA (the school magazine of Rye Grammar School) are available to read  here

Rural Crime Strategy Launched

On 20 September, Sussex Police launched its new Rural Crime Strategy outlining how it aims to keep all those in rural communities safe and detailing how it aims to tackle those who commit crime in the countryside.

With large rural areas and significant numbers of the population defined as living in rural settlements, Sussex Police has had an established network of rural and wildlife officers specifically trained to deal with agricultural, environmental, heritage and wildlife incidents for several years. This network of specialists is also available to provide support and advice to colleagues who may be called upon to deal with incidents of rural crime during their daily duties.

Rural crime is a typically under-reported area and Sussex Police are encouraging those affected to ensure that they do report incidents so that an accurate picture of the problem can be assessed. They are already working in partnership with a number of agencies including the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), the Environment Agency and local authorities across the county to prevent crime wherever possible and to deal with it effectively and swiftly when it does occur.Initiatives in support of this include Operation Traverse, in liaison with the Angling Trust, the National Wildlife Crime Unit and other partners, which encourages anglers to become ‘eyes and ears’ for tackling wildlife crime across the county.

Sergeant Carter has been involved in a national campaign to educate dog owners in responsible control of their pets in a bid to reduce the large number of deaths from sheep and other livestock-worrying incidents. He has worked closely with farmers and the NFU across Sussex in dealing with incidents.

Assistant Chief Constable Nick May said: “Sussex Police take rural crime seriously. Superintendent Emma Brice was appointed as the dedicated strategic lead for rural crime early this year and she is supported by Sergeant Tom Carter, our operational lead, who has an enormous amount of experience in this area. They are coordinating how Sussex Police prevent, respond to and investigate rural crime to keep communities safe and feeling safe at a local level.

“As part of our commitment to keeping rural communities safe and building confidence in the services provided by us and our partners, we will soon be inviting people to join the new Sussex Countrywatch Partnership. This will provide the opportunity for those living and working in, and visiting, rural areas to sign up to receive information about rural crime and prevention advice to protect their homes and businesses.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “The new rural crime strategy recognises the importance that particular crimes have for people living and working in our rural areas.

“It’s only right that residents know these crimes are being taken as seriously as those in urban parts of Sussex. I remain focused on this issue and welcome the fact that Sussex Police acknowledge the recommendations from the National Rural Crime Survey.”

Help us keep Sussex safe

Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org