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

Theft in Hastings: Police Appeal

Police in Hastings are searching for heartless thieves who stole from an elderly couple after pretending that work needed doing on their roof.
At about 12.10pm on Tuesday 12 February, a man talked his way into their house in Sedlescombe Road North, saying that work needed doing urgently on the roof, to the sum of £2000.
The suspect then took the victim, a 75-year-old man, out to the back garden to look at the roof, during which time a second man entered the house and steal two safes containing £2000, four or five watches, a 24 carat gold coin, some old English money, a dash cam and three watches.
The suspects are believed to have left in a white van, believed to be a Peugeot Partner or similar, which was initially in Burry Road, though at one point it moved into Paynton Road before leaving the area.
Detective Constable Shaun Ryan said; “If any residents of Sedlescombe Road North, Burry Road, or Paynton Road, or nearby areas, have had calls of a similar nature, we ask them to contact us.
“I would also like local residents to check their CCTV, especially doorbell cameras, which may have caught best footage of the suspects or their vehicle at the relevant times.
“If you can help in anyway please contact us online (link added) or by calling us on 101, quoting serial 544 of 12/02. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“And please don’t forget, if in doubt keep them out. Don’t let anyone into your home unless you know exactly who they are and if you are happy with their reason for being there.”

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

Pett Village Hall – Heating Update

As you probably know, we have been having further problems with the heating at the Village Hall. This time it is with the valves to the underfloor heating in the main hall – they have been leaking onto the electrics which has caused the fuses to blow continually. The heating is fine in the Catharine Hollman Room.
The heating engineer has managed to get the system in the main hall working again, but it is not as warm in there as it should be. He has ordered replacement valves which he will fit as soon as they arrive – I may need to ask for a volunteer to cancel their session to enable the work to be done.
I do apologise for all the difficulties we have been having. We did think that the new boilers would solve all the issues but obviously not. The system has been in place for quite a few years now and it is inevitable I guess that these things will occur, but that does not excuse the fact that the main hall is not warm.
Thanks once again for your patience and understanding.
Kind regards
Tim Rothwell

Chair, Pett Village Hall Management Committee

Lunsford Farm in the Past

Thatching the corn stacks in 1968


Andrew Dunlop Senior (Andrew’s father)

Photos courtesy of Andrew Dunlop, Lunsford Farm

Jumble Sale – Saturday 23 March

Beautiful Pett

Fairlight Players

Fairlight Players

Dates of our forthcoming events for your 2019 diary are as follows:

  • ~  May 9, 10 and 11 May we present our spring production the award winning play ‘Humble Boy’. This play was staged in the National Theatre in 2001 starring Diana Rigg and SimonRussell. Tickets will go on sale in April, so watch for posters.
  • ~  June 22 Our A.G.M. This is for paid up members have a chance to have their say on how wedo things. The meeting is followed by a social and entertainment.
  • ~  August 22 auditions for the autumn play.
  • ~  November 7 – 9 our autumn production directed by Charlotte Eastes. The play is to beconfirmed.
    Would you like to get involved? We are always looking for people front of house selling programs or raffle tickets etc. Please make yourself known is you would like to help.

    The Fairlight Players always welcome new members, acting, back stage or just friends of the society. If you would like more information on how to join please contact me, either on 01424- 814178 or email carolardley@aol.com . We also have an email news list but due to the new GDPR regulations we have lost contact with some of you so if you would like to be kept informed of forthcoming events contact me at the same email address and reregister with our list. We do not pass email addresses on to any other parties. I have found several members have changed their email addresses, please let me know if you have changed yours so we can keep you in touch with our events. All that is left is to wish you all a very Happy Healthy New Year and thank you all for another year of your support.


Carol Ardley, Secretary

Lent Lunch and Steeple Fundraising


There will be a Lent lunch at Cliff House, Pett Level on Wednesday 3rd April starting at 12.30pm. There is no ticket price but donations will be welcome and they will go to the Steeple Fund. There will be a Raffle. The lunch will be soup and bread and cheese (and alternatives for non-cheese eaters) and salad. I need to know in advance if you are coming. I do hope you will!

Angela Hawksley; angela.hawksley3@gmail.com; 01424 812705; 07976 389635

Pett & Pett Village News – March 2019

The Editor has uploaded the March edition of Pett & Pett Village News here 

Annual Parish Meeting – 19 March

Archive and Resources Centre: ARC

A new page has been created on the website  here giving information about the proposed Archive and Resources Centre (ARC).

M23 Roadworks and Brighton Line Improvements – Update 16 February

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

26 February South and Northbound full carriageway closure between 10pm and 4am

This closure is to construct 1 super span and 1 gantry.  Both sides of the M23 will be closed between Junctions 8 – 10. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and re-join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick from junction 10 – A2011, A23 London Road.

Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

Network Rail are carrying out major engineering works on the Brighton Main Line from 16 to 24 February, closing the line between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. These are essential works as part of their railway improvement plan.

No direct trains will run between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. 2 trains per hour will run from Brighton to London Victoria via Littlehampton with extended journey times. Replacement buses will also run.

For full details and to register for alerts visit www.BrightonMainline.co.uk

Please check before you travel and visit National Rail for live departure updates and timetable information.

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

Rother Rural Trust: Grant Applications and Donations

Rother Rural Trust is a registered charity (number 1067847), set up in 1998 with a mission to help individuals and organisations in need in the rural parishes of Rother, excluding Battle and Rye.

Its specific aims are to relieve poverty, promote education and to do other charitable works. In the past, the Trust has for example, given grants to people in real need, to replace beds or washing machines, or has given support to promising young athletes and musicians to pay for their equipment or instruments.

To apply for a grant is very simple; write to the Clerk to the Trustees at the address below stating where you live and giving the reasons why you are asking for a grant and saying what amount you need.

The first  of the two  meetings  of the trustees of the Rother  Rural Trust (RRT) scheduled for 2019 takes place  on Monday 25 February, so if you have  any  possible
applications for the  Trust to  look  at, could you  please  get in touch  with the Clerk to the Rother Rural Trust preferably initially  by  email (see below).

Typically the Trust awards sums in the region of £250, but the Trustees can agree other amounts if they feel the need is justified.

If you wish to donate to the Trust, and many parish councils and individuals have done so, for which we are very grateful, again contact the Clerk to the Trustees. Cheques should be made out to the Rother Rural Trust.

Contact details are:

Clerk to the Rother Rural Trust c/o Town Hall
Bexhill on Sea
East Sussex  TN39 3JX

Telephone: 01580 881309
Email: stephenhardy1948@gmail.com


PVHMC Quiz Night – Saturday 30 March 2019

Pett Allotments Association – AGM

Pett WI – Update

The latest update to the Pett WI page from President Belinda Wood can be found here

Road rage in Hastings – Police appeal for witnesses

We are keen to talk to motorists, pedestrians or public transport passengers who may have noticed a road-rage type incident in Hastings on Thursday, 7 February, between 5.30pm and 6pm.
It began when a burgundy red Hyundai hatchback was travelling east along the seafront and was followed by a silver Ford Transit van in the vicinity of Warrior Square, St Leonards-on-Sea.
Both vehicles took the same route, going east to Denmark Place and then via Albert Road onto the A2101 Queen’s Road, before turning right onto Elphinstone Road, left onto Laton Road, then via various roads in the Blacklands area before taking different directions at Parkstone Road.
Throughout this time the van is alleged to have followed the car extremely closely and sounded its horn several times.
As the town was busy with peak period traffic and pedestrians, we hope that someone may have witnessed aspects of the incident and are keen to speak to anyone who may have information or relevant dash-cam or CCTV footage.
They are asked to report details by phoning 101, quoting serial 947 of 07/02. Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by phoning 0800 555 111.
A 25-year-old Hastings man arrested on suspicion of witness intimidation has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

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

Speed awareness project: Pett Road, Pett


Back in 2015 I initiated the idea of displaying  “Speed Awareness “ signs on waste bins in Pett Road, Pett. It was an attempt, by displaying stick-on posters on Rother’s wheelie bins, to try and remind passing drivers that the speed limit on Pett Road is 30mph. To some extent the experiment has proved successful, although it has been difficult to quantify the benefits. It is very much reliant upon public perception but at least we may have prevented few inconsiderate drivers from speeding.

If by chance there are any residents who have moved into the village since 2015 and/or I have missed them, I do have a few posters left over and I am happy to deliver a set to you.  The only criteria is that you must live in Pett Road somewhere between Peter James Lane and the top of Chick Hill, and you must regularly place your bin by the kerb side.

 If you are interested please contact me either via email or telephone me.


Chris Saint, District Councillor.

Email: cllr.chris.saint@rother.gov.uk

Web: www.your-councillor.com/chris-saint/

Tel: 01424 813047



Attempted robbery – Hastings 3 February

Hastings Police are looking for a teenager suspected of robbing a young boy of his wallet.
At about 7.20pm on Sunday (3 February) the 14-year-old boy was attacked from behind, while walking home, at the junction of Hardwicke Road and Egremont Place in Hastings, having just got off a train at nearby Ore station.
He was grabbed round the throat by the assailant who demanded his wallet and threw him to the floor, but left the wallet at the scene on finding there was no cash in it.
The boy sustained cuts to his elbows and face.
Investigator Bernadette Peters said; “The suspect is described as white, 16 to 18 years old, with a local accent, of medium build, and wearing black clothing with a jumper or jacket, with a hood up concealing his face. If you saw this incident or either the boy or his assailant in the moments leading up to it, please contact us by calling 101, quoting serial 1002 of 03/02,”

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

Found Property – new decision by the Police

All police forces nationally will no longer record reports or accept responsibility for some found property items.
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. This change follows recent amendments to the way police record lost property.
Chief Inspector Roy Hodder said: “Police services are under increasing pressure to reduce non-essential demand. The public are encouraged to retain the property themselves and try to reunite it with its owner wherever possible. In all cases reasonable steps to trace the owner should be made.
“Items that contain personal data should be reported to the issuing authority for example, the relevant bank for a debit card. If you are unable to do this and you hand it in to the police, we will forward this onto them for you. The card will not be retained by the police.
“If you find an item on licensed premises, private premises, such as a hotel, house, in a taxi, on public transport, on business premises or educational premises, you should hand it to staff as they should operate their own lost and found procedures.
“If you find an item and you believe it is stolen or has been involved with a crime, please report this to us online, via 101 or visit your local police station.”
Found property that will continue to be accepted and recorded by police includes:
Items capable of containing data e.g mobile phones, computers, tablets
Cash within wallets where an owner can be clearly identified
Unidentifiable cash
Items suspected of being stolen or involved in crime
Firearms and ammunition, explosives, chemicals
Found property that will be accepted and processed immediately:
Passports – UK, EU and International
Bank cards
Identity cards
Personal documentation (e.g. bank statements, benefit books)
Birth, marriage and death certificates
Driving licences
Found property that will no longer be accepted:
Empty handbags, bags, wallets and purses
Perishable goods
Reports on lost and found property can be made online by copying and pasting this link into your browser:

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

Friars Hill Open!

Friars Hill is open again to traffic today Thursday 31 January following the closure which was due to a gas leak that has now been repaired.