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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 events, church services, local history and adverts for local services, including B&B, accommodation, pubs etc.
Our Village Magazine, which can be accessed here, also contains local advertisements and other useful information.
Emergency telephone numbers and useful addresses can be found here
We hope you enjoy your stay.
Royal Military Canal at Pett Level – 1 July 2020
Advice from Get Safe on Line on avoiding social media scams can be found here Social Media Scams
The Government have now confirmed that Pett Village Hall will be allowed to host keep fit related activities from 25 July 2020, subject to certain conditions. The Pett Village Hall Committee are asking all hirers to agree the terms of the special conditions of hire document (available here Conditions of Hire Covid – 6 July 2020) as a condition of hire.
The activities which can definitely take place include:
- Badminton (subject to certain restrictions)
- Dance for Fitness
- Pole Dancing
- Shamanic Healing
- Tai Chi
We are urgently seeking further guidance in relation to Short Mat Bowls.
It will be for individual activity organisers, in consultation with their members, to decide whether and when they wish to resume bookings at the Village Hall.
From August, the diary for the Village Hall will be updated to reflect the current bookings. The diary is available here https://www.pettnet.org.uk/booking
Chair, Pett Village Hall Management Committee
From Andrew Hottle, Professor of Art History at Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, USA
I am researching and writing about Sylvia Sleigh (1916-2010), an artist who lived in the rectory at Pett for a number of years in the late 1940s and early 1950s. I hope to locate any of her paintings that remain in the area; they are usually signed and dated. I am also interested to learn more about the four people listed below. All of them were painted by her. I would be most grateful for any additional information.
1. A 15-year-old girl called Desirée who was painted in 1951. She might have been related to Sybella Stuart Watt, who lived at Broadhayes, Pett.
2. Gladys Hake (1885-1971), who was painted in 1954. She purchased at least one oil painting and one watercolour from Sylvia Sleigh.
3. Felicity Campbell (1916-1982), also known as Mrs John Patrick Walsh. She was an artist who lived at Friars Hill Cottage, Guestling.
4. Dawn Kingham, who lived in Goatham Lane, Brede. She served as a paid model for a few paintings in 1953 and 1954.
If you have any information you can share, please email me at
The latest update (11 July) on the M23 roadworks can be read here M23 110720
East Sussex Highways will be carrying out Surface Dressing works on Friars Hill, Guestling.
When will these works start?
Provisional date: 19/07/20
Road closure & diversion information
These works will take place between A259 Winchelsea Road & Peter James Lane. During this time the road will be closed to through traffic. A diversion route will be in place Via Pett Road, Rosemary Lane, Battery Hill, Fairlight Road, A259 Old London Road, A259 Rye Road, A259 Winchelsea Road and vice versa.
Further details can be found here https://www.eastsussexhighways.com/highway-schemes/friars-hill-guestling-sd
The latest weekly update (10 July 2020) from Hastings and Rother Police can be read here Police 100720
The latest Rother Neighbourhood Watch warnings about scams can be read here RNW 090720
The latest update from Rother Neighbourhood Watch giving advice on avoiding being scammed on social media can be read here RNW 80720
The Neighbourhood Watch e-Newsletter for July can be read here NHW 70720
I have just heard the very sad news from Tony Turner’s nephew Keith that Tony passed away on 11 June 2020. Although he was living in Surrey at the time of his passing, Tony grew up in Pett and was known to many. Keith made the wonderful video last year which was shown on the ARC open day in October of Tony remembering his childhood in Pett.
From Monday 13 July East Sussex County Council will be reopening five libraries in East Sussex. The libraries at Battle, Hastings, Eastbourne, Newhaven and Crowborough have been chosen based on their size, layout and staffing availability, and to ensure there is one in each district and borough area.
A full library service cannot be offered due to the need for social distancing. People are being encouraged to continue to use the eLibrary where they can, so that libraries can manage customer numbers safely.
The number of customers in each library will be limited, social distancing will be in place, and there’ll be no seating, study spaces, toilets or events. Visitors should expect to queue and follow signs and instructions from staff. In line with Government guidance, visitors will be asked for their name and phone number at the time they go into the library. This information may be shared with the NHS test and trace programme if needed.
The County Council will increase cleaning, distance furniture and computers, add hygiene screens and quarantine books between uses. Libraries will close 30-60 minutes earlier than usual each day to allow staff to restock.
45-minute computer sessions will be available and a click-and-collect service will let customers pick up books ordered online or via phone. Browsing will be very limited, and DVDs, newspapers and periodicals will be removed. Anything borrowed can be kept until 30 September without any fines.
The County Council will need to see how well these five libraries operate to ensure customers and staff are safe, and how many more staff this takes, before they can take a decision on opening more libraries later in the summer and in early autumn.
Although we are unable to host many of our usual activities at the moment, Pett Village Hall officially reopens today – 6 July.
As a condition of hire, we are asking users to agree to the special conditions of hire document attached below which supplements the usual hire conditions. The document is based on advice from Government, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and Action in Rural Sussex (AIRS).
We will be keeping the document under review and will issue any amendments etc as and when necessary.
Let’s hope we can get all our activities back again at the Hall as soon as possible.
Chair, Pett Village Hall Management Committee