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Funeral of Bob Osborne
Bob’s Funeral is on Friday 18th June at 12.15 at Hastings Crematorium.
Due to Covid restrictions the service is by invitation only.
The Family would like those wishing to pay their last respects to know that his cortege will be leaving Glebe Cottages, Elm Lane at 11.45 and will make its way to the Crematorium through Pett village.
Donations can be made in Bob’s memory to Cancer Research or RNLI.
The Pett Level Preservation Trust are delighted to announce the winner of this year’s ‘Design a Pett Level postcard’ competition. Congratulations to Ava (age 11), whose picture impressed our judge, local artist Annie Soudain, for its lovely composition and colours. The breadth and quality of entries this year was so good that in addition to awarding a winner, Annie singled out four further entries that she felt deserved a special commendation. The Highly Commended entries came from Mika (age 7), Teddy (age 5), Mikey (age 6) and Zoe (age 13). The winning postcard will be on sale for £1 at village venues and events over the summer months and can be purchased direct (e-mail for details). 2022 competition details will be announced in the New Year. All proceeds to the Pett Level Preservation Trust.
Gardening Club Report – June Harris. June 2021
It was an uplifting experience for us all as many members of the gardening club met up again for the first time since March last year, just before the world changed so disastrously. We were finally able to go ahead with our planned visit, arranged in 2019 for the 2020 schedule, to professional garden designer Kristina Clode’s own garden at Waterworks Cottages in Brede. Kristina and her family moved into their house about thirteen years ago, but began work in earnest on the garden ten years ago when, with plant machinery on hand for their house extension, they could divert the diggers to the property’s land. Kristina told us the garden was one steep slope, from the front gate to the back garden boundary, so the first job was to “move the mountain”, levelling and evening up the ground, digging out the pond, zoning and creating different areas and generally turning an unusable plot into the foundations for the artistic and colourful garden it is today.
From the lane, a path leads from the gate through the front garden which comprises a lovely wildflower meadow, full of summer colour. When successful these can be so enchanting, bucolic and nostalgic, belying the considerable amount of blood, sweat and tears expended to achieve the final aim! Kristina told us she began with a standard wildflower seed mix for clay soil, to which she has added over the years many more species. As is often advised, the successful cultivation of yellow rattle is the key to a healthy and varied meadow as Kristina herself discovered. In the early days it often appeared, disappointingly however, that some plants were missing, but the following year, up they popped! The pretty purple and lilac orchids we also have here in Pett, were a particular concern as they appeared to have been unsuccessful, but then one year, there they were and they have settled and multiplied since. Kristina has consulted Fergus from Great Dixter on occasions regarding issues with the meadow, but his response is always reassuring, basically, don’t worry, be patient and they will appear – and they do! Nowadays this most successful meadow has a long succession of interest from fritillaries in spring to wild carrots in the autumn, with the balance of plants also changing each year as nature dictates.
The garden continues down the side of the house, where there is a small courtyard area with simple wooden bench seating and a fire pit, called by the family, The Fire Circle. High hornbeam hedging, already there when they moved in, but overgrown and spindly, now tamed and layered, surrounds it and creates a secluded and self-contained social space, handy for the house. From here the garden then opens out at the back of the house, where a sizeable lawn is surrounded by luxuriant flower and shrub borders, specimen trees, and a separate prolific vegetable garden with two greenhouses containing tender plants.
Kristina had also very kindly arranged for us to visit another, this time naturally wild meadow, back in the village. The view from this meadow and adjacent house and garden is stunning – literally visible (just) across the Brede valley is Fairlight Church! To the east a similar view reaches right across, with Icklesham to the right and Rye Bay straight ahead – breathtaking scenery!
Our visit to Brede concluded very sociably as we all adjourned to the Red Lion pub for lunch. We ate in the pretty garden, enjoying the food, company and summer sunshine – it felt good to be able to socialise (almost) as normal and we were all grateful for the opportunity. We will be visiting Borde Hill gardens in July – details will be sent out by email to all members in due course, plus, advance notice that in August we will be holding our annual plant sale fundraiser and social in the village, so this is a plea to nurture seedlings and divide perennials to donate!
Christine Harris (24th October 1925 – 26th May 2021)
The funeral service of Christine Harris is to take place at Pett Church on Wednesday 16th June at 2pm.
Unfortunately, because of Covid restrictions, entrance to the church is by invitation only. There will be a public address system installed for those wishing to pay their respects outside of the church.
Marie and Lorna plus all the families
Wednesday 16th June at 7.30pm – Kirsty Murphy, comes highly recommended by WIs and other organisations. Kirsty will talk about her experiences as the RAF’s first ever female Red Arrows pilot. She now works for the UK Space Station and also flies for The Blades in her “spare” time!
The families of Christine Harris would like to thank all family, friends, and carers for their messages of condolence regarding her passing.
Christine was born into the Cooke Dynasty, the daughter of Reginald Cooke and Gladys Begbie, in 1925. She spent the majority of her life in and around Pett.
Unfortunately, due to the death of her mother at an early age, she spent much of her life suffering with anxiety and depression.
She attended Pett School and, not enjoying sport, discovered that if she was slow getting changed, by the time she got to the recreation field it was time to go back! She was however an avid Girl Guide, and we have her badges to prove it!
She achieved her Pitman Secretarial Diploma and was employed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries during the war.
She loved dancing and music, especially Country and Western, and told us that, in a different time, she would have liked to have become a photographer.
After marrying and having a family, and including a spell in Gloucestershire, she settled back in Fairlight. She then got a part-time job at Pett Level Stores, working for the infamous ‘Joe’ and Linda Goldsmith. She stayed there for many happy years.
Her second marriage to ‘Jimmy ‘Harris brought her back to Pett for a further 40 plus years.
She was involved in all aspects of village life:
- jumble sales – she took upon herself to wash, iron, and label everything prior to the sale
- collecting for charity door to door
- fetes and the Flower Show, which was pioneered by her father
- anything to do with The Lifeboat / Coastguard Association / The Beach Club, all with close family connections.
- And, of course, both Churches.
Physically for her age she was in good health. Supported by carers she had her final wish which was to stay in her own home. She was happy sitting in her front sun porch, watching and acknowledging people as they walked past. They would pop in for a chat and to admire her Poinsettias.
She leaves behind, 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson.
Marie and Lorna plus all the families
The Pett Village Hall Management Committee are making good progress with their new website which will be going live in the next few weeks. More details to follow!
In the meantime we are asking if anyone has photos of the old village hall – preferably of both the inside and the outside – to go in the History section of the website. We would be able to scan it if you weren’t able to email it to us.
All are welcome to enjoy the Open Gardens in Pett
Sunday 13 June 11.00 to 17.00
In aid of National Gardens Scheme:
Tuesday 15 June 10.30 to 16.00
In aid of St Michael’s Hospice:
Hither Green Cottage
We’ll be back in our usual Coffee Morning slot of the first Wednesday of the month, 10 – 12, Wednesday 2nd June. Hope to see you there, complete with handiwork.
Anna and Vivien