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

Cold Alert: 17-24 January

ColdAlert Forecast for Sussex
Start Time 23:00 Thursday 17 January 2019
End Time 12:00 Thursday 24 January 2019
Current Info coldAlert: Alert level Forecast cold weather Thurs 17th Jan for 7 days. Heat your home to at least 18 degrees. For more info visit www.coldAlert.info
Alert Level Level 2 – ‘Alert & Ready’

ColdAlert Forecasting

The service uses information from the national “Cold weather alerts” service that is issued to public authorities and health professionals in Sussex.

The service provides cold weather alerts supplied from the national cold weather warning service at the Met Office.

ColdAlert levels and supporting information

The forecasts are supported by information provided by the Department of Health’s
Cold Weather Plan for England (2015) .

What the Cold Weather Plan Levels mean (Cold Weather Plan for England 2015)
Level 1 Winter preparedness:
– cold weather service operational
– prepares individuals and agencies for severe winter conditions
Level 2 Alert and readiness: Severe winter weather is forecast
– 60% risk of severe cold lasting more than 48 hours in the following days
– Prepare individuals and agencies for impact of severe conditions
Level 3 Response to severe winter weather: Severe weather action
– Severe winter weather forecast at Level 2 is now occurring
Level 4 Major incident: Emergency response
– Exceptionally severe weather or threshold temperatures breached for more than six days.
– Winter weather is so severe, prolonged or widespread that emergency service response is actioned.

* Older adults and children with heart or lung problems are at greater risk of symptoms developed as a result of severe cold weather.

For more details go to http://www.coldalert.info/Forecast.aspx

PVHMC – Draft Minutes of the Meeting of 7 January 2019

The draft minutes of the meeting of the Pett Village Hall Management Committee held on Monday 7 January 2019 can be read here

Main points arising from the meeting are:

  • Following a number of requests, the Committee have agreed that Hog Roasts and BBQs will be allowed on the outside area at the back of the Hall, subject to hirers obtaining their own Public Liability Insurance beforehand.
  • The Committee agreed that the main bank account should be transferred to Lloyds.
  • It was agreed to keep hire charges for the Hall at the current levels for 2019/2020.
  • Discussions should continue with the Archive and Resource Centre (ARC) about the possibility of ARC using part of the Gallery area for their archive.
  • The prize structure for the 500 Club should be simplified from February (draw made in March)  – with a first, second and third prize.
  • PVHMC Quiz Night should take place on Saturday 30 March with David Penfold asking the questions.

Project Remember – Commemorative Book Coming Soon

We are pleased to announce that a book commemorating the 2018 restoration of Pett War Memorial is to be published shortly. Entitled “The Fallen of Pett “, the book will be around 70 pages long, and printed in full colour. Given last year’s centenary, the book will focus on the men of the First World War who are named on the Memorial, incorporating updated versions of Martin King’s magazine articles over the last four years, but it will also include a broader look at remembrance and its context as well as a history of the Memorial, its creation and restoration. It is fully illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs.The book will retail at £12 a copy, but for those who place an order direct, the publishers are offering it at the discounted price of £10. The first print run will be limited in order to keep costs down, so to be certain of reserving your copy, please contact us initially.

After covering printing and any other direct costs (publishing is being provided free of charge), all proceeds from the book will be donated to Project Remember. The funds held in Project Remember’s account, after completion of the remaining works (as described in previous issues of this magazine), will establish a reserve for maintenance of the Memorial, with the balance going to veterans’ charities selected by the Project Remember Committee.

We very much hope that you will want your own copy of this book.

“The Fallen of Pett”
Authors: David Breakell and Martin King
Publisher: Edgerton Publishing Services

To reserve your copy at the discounted price of £10, please email: davidbreakell@gmail.com.

No payment is required at this stage.

David Breakell

Village Halls Week: 22-29 January 2019

Village Halls Week is a new initiative started in 2018 by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) – Pett Village Hall is a member of the Sussex Branch of ACRE. The week is an annual celebration of the village halls and other community buildings, which exist at the heart of England’s rural communities. The aim of the week-long campaign is to champion the diverse range of buildings which make up the 10,000 strong network and promote the sheer volume of services they offer. ACRE say this is an opportunity to learn more about the groups, organisations, individuals and businesses who are making use of these buildings week in and week out.

In 2019, the week runs from Tuesday 22 January to Monday 29 January. Whilst the Pett Village Hall Management Committee does not plan any special events during that week, the Committee thought it might be useful to produce a very brief summary of the range and number of events that take place there during the year to give a flavour of what goes on – perhaps more than many in the village realise.

The hall, either the main hall or the Catharine Hollman Room, or both, are in use every day of the week from Monday to Friday and are often booked at the weekends. There are increasingly very few days during the year when the hall is not in use. During weekdays, the hall can be used by up to half a dozen groups in one day. There is almost always more than one booking each weekday.

 There is a wide range of regular activities at the hall which take place most weeks during the year. These include Pett Older People’s Project (POPP), Flowerpots (toddlers’ playgroup), Badminton, Weight Watchers, Pilates, Dance Class, Keep Fit, and Pole Dancing. Other regular users include Short Mat Bowls, East Sussex Gauge O Railway Group, Yoga, Shamanic Healing and Gongs Sound Bath – and now Tai Chi. On the first Wednesday of each month there is usually a coffee morning, which now includes the Community Library Service.  There is a doctor’s surgery at the hall twice a week.

At the weekends, and occasionally on weekdays, the hall hosts various events including children’s parties, wedding receptions – five are already booked for 2019 – birthday and anniversary parties, dances, concerts, fashion shows, exhibitions, funeral receptions, craft fairs, jumble sales – the list goes on. In 2018, the hall was also the venue for the Chairman of East Sussex County Council’s annual tea party.

In addition, a number of societies meet in the hall on a regular basis including the Pett Women’s Institute, Gardening Club, Wine Tasting etc. It is of course also the venue for the meetings of the Pett Parish Council and the Pett Village Hall Management Committee.

The hall is naturally very popular with residents of Pett, but a considerable number of bookings are also made by residents and societies from other towns and villages, especially Hastings and St Leonard’s. There is a differentially priced hiring charge whereby residents of Pett Parish pay a lower fee than those from outside the parish. The Committee at their meeting on 7 January agreed to hold the prices at the current levels for the coming year.

The schedule of bookings throughout the year is now available on Pett on the Net at https://www.pettnet.org.uk/booking and the necessary forms for making bookings, along with information sheets relating to hiring the hall, are available on the website.

The feedback the Committee receives about the hall is always favourable, and the comment is frequently made that it is the nicest village hall for miles around. The availability of ample parking is also a big plus.

The current Committee and the users of the hall have the vision and sheer hard work of those who helped establish the hall at the beginning of this century to thank for its success. Given its increasing popularity, if you are thinking of booking the hall for an event in 2019 get cracking, as available slots are fast disappearing. Three new week-end events for this year have already been booked since 1 January.

The hall is nearly 20 years old now. Here’s to another 20 years and beyond of success for this valuable asset which is the centre of the community of Pett and Pett Level.

Pett Village Hall Management Committee



Footpath Restriction – French Court Farm

Chloe Rowling, Rights of Way Access Officer for East Sussex County Council, has informed Pett Parish Council about a temporary footpath restriction in Pett.

The owners of the route through French Court Farm are carrying out improvement works and whilst machinery is being used they wish to close the path to ensure walkers’ safety.

The dates of this work are during the week 14th – 18th January and explanatory signs will be placed at each end of the path.

The map below illustrates.



500 Club Draw and Membership

The draw for the 500 Club for January 2019 will take place at the meeting of POPP on Tuesday 29 January – this is because Philippa Strickland who normally oversees the draw is away at the beginning of February – the draw normally takes place at the Coffee Morning following the end of the month in question.

And a reminder that February is the month for renewing your membership of the 500 Club – and of course you can join at any time.

The forms for joining, rejoining, and buying a gift membership can be found here

The 500 Club plays a vital role in the success of Pett Village Hall, contributing towards its maintenance and upkeep. In 2018 it donated £4000 towards the cost of replacing the boilers in the hall. The Pett Village Hall Management Committee are very grateful to Philippa Strickland and Carol Pecorini for all their hard work in running the 500 Club.



Pett WI – January Update

BelindaWood, the WI President, has updated the Pett WI page here

PVHMC Quiz Night – Saturday 30 March 2019

M23 Roadworks – Update

Work to reduce congestion and improve journey times on the M23 continues this week with narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50mph North and South bound 24/7. There are no planned closures. Free recovery service and speed enforcement are in place to ensure drivers and road workers safety.

Monday 14 January – 18 January 2019. Full closure of the junction 9 (Gatwick) exit slip road between 10pm and 4am. Diversion via junction 10 (Crawley) for Gatwick, A2011, London Road, Airport Way, or continue to M25 junction 6 and back onto the M23.

Saturday 19 January 2019. Full closure of the M23 between junctions 10 – 8 North and Southbound between 10pm and 4am. Diversion for Gatwick via junction 10, A2011, London Road, Airport Way. For M25 via A264, A22 to junction 6 of the M25.

All diversion routes will be fully signed.

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

Yahoo and Hotmail Emails

Fran Rogers has asked for this post to be put onto Pett on the Net.

It would appear that some people with Yahoo accounts have not been receiving emails from Hotmail users. It may be that Yahoo is putting such emails into the Junk folder.

Fran asks if Yahoo users could check their Junk folders to see if this has happened. If they email Fran she will reply back to see if that email also goes into the Junk Folder. Fran’s email address is francesarogers@hotmail.co.uk


Tai Chi: New Class at the Village Hall!


Starting on Thursday 24 January 2019, and every Thursday after that, a Tai Chi class will be held at Pett Village Hall from 7.45pm-8.45pm. This is a new addition to the range of activities at the Village Hall. The cost is £5 per person per session.

For further details, please contact Ann Simpson at anns46@hotmail.com

500 Club – New Prize Regime

Rumpelstiltskin: Fairlight Pantomime Group

Buck’s Fizz Brunch “Meeting” & Social event-open to new members! – Saturday 19 January

This month Pett Women’s Institute will meet at the hall on Saturday 19 January at 11.30am when we look forward to welcoming existing and new members – and anyone interested in joining part of the UK’s largest and most successful women’s group (nationally over 210,000 members!) – at this special get-together where we will be hearing more about this year’s annual programme and collecting annual subscriptions which this year is £42 (just £3.50 a month!)

If you think the WI couldn’t possibly be of interest to you can I mention that if you aren’t into cooking/baking, cocktail masterclasses, creative digital photography, crafting, friendly debating, theatre/cinema and other outings, local fundraising, fun and friendship, (did I mention cocktails?) then yes, it really isn’t for you! However, for those whose interest we may have piqued please do join us for a Bucks Fizz New Year Brunch meeting (mmm, you can see we’ve ditched the “jam” – although some of us do make a mighty fine one I have to say!) You do not need to live in the village to be a member and you will receive the warmest of welcomes! Come hungry as we’ll have some tasty bunch refreshments for you to enjoy.

NB Due to the space of our meeting room at the Hall if our membership reaches capacity we may need to start a waiting list and therefore we may be unable to open our meetings to guests; so please if you have been meaning to join for a while take advantage this month to do so!

Pett in pictures – 2019

A new gallery has been added to the Pett and Pett Level Today in Film and Pictures: Pett in pictures in 2019 here

The first two photos have been added, courtesy of Sari Kavanen-Joseph.

Gardening Club 2019 Schedule

The schedule of meeting of the Gardening Club for 2019 can be viewed here

Please note that the Christmas Party will be held on Tuesday 10 December at 7.30pm in the Catharine Hollman Room at the Village Hall.

500 Club Winners – December 2018

Happy New Year!

POPP Christmas Lunch – 18 December: more photos

Above: Ann (Nicholls) and her amazing team of helpers at the Pett Older People’s Project (POPP) Christmas lunch – 18 December. Fourth from the left is the world’s best cook – Anneliese Dale, who prepared the feast.



Pett & Pett Level News – January 2019

The Editor has uploaded the January 2019 edition of Pett & Pett Level News onto the website. You can download it here