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

Robbery at Iden Stores: 8 August

Two people have been arrested in connection with a robbery near Rye.

A 21-year-old man from Broadstairs in Kent has been arrested on suspicion of robbery in Iden near Rye on Wednesday, August 8.

Another man, a 26-year-old man of no fixed address, has also been arrested on suspicion of the robbery.

At around 5.20pm on Wednesday two men walked into Iden Stores in Iden and threated staff with a handgun and an axe. They left on foot with cash.

Inspector Jon Gillings of Sussex Police said: “Any witnesses to the robbery or anyone who saw any suspicious vehicles in the area are asked to contact police on 101 quoting Operation Grangeway.”


Project Remember – August 2018 Update

David Breakell has updated the War Memorial Fund page with the latest news about Project Remember. It can be read here

Macmillan Coffee Morning – Friday 28 September







Pett Village Hall

Friday 28th September


9am ~ 12 noon


Petts biggest coffee morning for Macmillan


Many stalls to include

Cakes, plants, jewelry, pick a bottle

tombola, books,

previously loved  items you cannot live without (junk)

and many more I cannot remember


Please do come and support Jo and her team,

your attendance makes all the difference to cancer sufferers



If you can make a cake, have any spare books, plants

or anything that can be sold to help raise funds,

please let Jo know on 01424 814829

or deliver them to Wayside, Pett Road, opposite 1-6 Rectory Park


Oh, and of course, do come for coffee ~ its what it’s all about


          See you there

Pett Village Hall Management Committee 6 August 2018 – Draft Minutes

The draft minutes of the Pett Village Hall Management Committee held on Monday 6 August 2018 can be read here

They are also available on the PVHMC Agendas and Minutes page here

Pett Allotments Association – Annual BBQ: 2 September

Celebs on the Farm: 5Star TV Channel

On 9 August 2018, Pett on the Net received the following email from Simon Proctor, Producer of Celebs on the Farm. The programme can be seen on 5Star, available on Sky Channel 128, Freeview Channel 30 and Virgin Media Channel 151.

I just wanted to drop you a line as we filmed in Pett late May / early June and our series is going to be airing in a few weeks. 

We filmed at Lunsford Farm with Andrew Dunlop and had some celebrities there learning about and attempting farming challenges.

The series is going to be on 5Star from Monday 20th August for 10 nights (Monday – Friday) at 10pm and the first show is also being simulcast on Channel 5.

There are some lovely shots of Pett across the series so I hope we do you and the other residents proud.  I’ve attached a few screengrabs of aerial shots which you are welcome to feature on the site.  We loved staying and socialising in the area, the weather was terrific (most of the time!) and we had some good nights at The Royal Oak and Two Sawyers.  It really is a very special place and none of us were keen to return to London to be honest!

Perhaps you would be kind enough to let your readers know when the show is airing and also thank them on behalf of the team for making us so welcome.

Best regards


A new page with the photos – Celebs on the Farm – has been created on Pett on the Net here

The celebs are identified here

Lunsford Farm has a Facebook page here


New Lifeboat for Hastings


Peter and Sarah Adams have contributed the following:


A new Lifeboat for Hastings

After 30 years of excellent service in Hastings, the existing Mersey class lifeboat ‘Sealink Endeavour’ is to be replaced by a new Shannon class of boat.

WHY replace ‘Sealink Endeavour’?

The Shannon is the latest class of all-weather lifeboat (ALB) to join the RNLI fleet, and being capable of 25 knots, it is almost 50% faster than our current Mersey class lifeboat. She is also the first RNLI ALB propelled by waterjets instead of propellers. This makes her the most agile ALB in the RNLI fleet.  Waterjets allow the Shannon to operate in shallow waters and be intentionally beached. When precision really matters, such as operating alongside a stricken vessel or navigating near hazards, the jets enable excellent manoeuverabilty.

Measuring just over 13m in length and weighing in at 18 tonnes, the Shannon is the smallest and lightest of RNLI 25-knot lifeboats, meaning she can be launched straight from the beach via a new and improved Shannon Launch and Recovery System (SLARS), The new SLARS rig allows a faster and safer launch and recovery time compared with the present Mersey system. After being recovered from the beach bow first, a turntable in the carriage rotates the Shannon 180º ready for her next launch. This means casualties can be reached sooner, and our volunteer launching crews are more protected.

The safety and welfare of the RNLI’s volunteer crew was a key priority in the development of the Shannon class lifeboat.  The hull is designed to minimise slamming of the boat in heavy seas, whilst shock-absorbing seats further protect the crew from impact when powering through the waves. In addition, the boat includes the latest technology to ensure crew safety, and carries comprehensive medical equipment. As with all RNLI ALB’s, the Shannon is designed to be inherently self-righting.

None of this is without a price tag. A Shannon costs a minimum of £2.2 million, and the SLARS rig £1.3 million, all of which comes from voluntary donations.

HOW is it being funded?

The new Shannon-class lifeboat to be stationed at Hastings is named:

Richard and Caroline Colton after the late Mr Richard and Mrs Caroline Colton of Wellingborough.

Although Richard was not keen on the cold waters of the British Isles, during his younger years, in warmer waters he was a keen water skier and diver. Throughout his lifetime, Mr Colton was a supporter of the RNLI and he participated in the Ecurie Ecosse Historic Motor Tour in 1991 to raise funds for building a new lifeboat station at Invergordon.

Richard passed away in March 2015 and left an extraordinary legacy to the RNLI of two of the world’s rarest Ferraris. The classic cars were sold at auction for an impressive £8.5 million, making the vehicles the most valuable items ever left to the RNLI. Part of this legacy has been used to fund the new Shannon for Hastings.

Richard Coulton’s legacy is also providing the new Shannon Launch and Recovery rig for Hastings, which will be named Richard and Mark Colton, after his late son Mark.

WHAT happens now?

All this means it will be a busy time for Hastings RNLI station and its volunteer crew, as the new boat and launch rig will place a heavy demand on crew training.

Peter Adams, Hastings Lifeboat Operations Manager:

This is fantastic news for the town. The RNLI has shown its faith in us by allocating a brand new Shannon lifeboat to Hastings.  The challenge now facing the station is learning to handle the very best that 21st century lifeboat technology has to offer. Our Mersey will stay as the operational lifeboat at Hastings, being used for all call-outs, until the crew have been fully trained and passed out as competent to operate the new lifeboat. ‘Sealink Endeavour’ will then leave Hastings to start a new life outside of the RNLI.”

Here are some important Shannon arrival dates for your diary:

13th October – The new boat arrives after sailing from Poole during the preceding week, and spending the previous evening in Eastbourne. She is due arrive at midday joined by lifeboats from Hastings and hopefully Eastbourne and Rye Harbour. As this is during Hastings week we look forward to seeing a large crowd of supporters.

15th October – local crew training starts, with the new boat being launched, sailed and recovered every day this week.

27th April 2019 – The new boat will be officially named in a ceremony at the station. Look out for more details closer to the time.

For more information contact

Clive Mayhew       Hastings Lifeboat Press Officer       Tel: 07711 673138

Peter Adams       Lifeboat Operations Manager        Tel: 07768 115556

Badminton Returns to Pett Village Hall

Following discussions between the Badminton Group and the Pett Village Hall Management Committee, and the adoption of new insurance arrangements by the Group and the Committee, it has been agreed that the Badminton Group will resume playing at the Pett Village Hall. The Group will meet on Wednesdays and Fridays each week from 9.30am to 12noon.

The first session will take place on Wednesday 15 August 2018, starting at 9.30am. The Hall is booked on Friday 17 August 2018 for preparation for a wedding, so it will not be possible to hold a badminton group session that day. Badminton Group’s sessions will be added to the Bookings and What’s On page here

The Badminton Group will be a members only group. If you are not a member already, and would like to join, please contact Dave Clarke at gypsydave@uwclub.net 

The Badminton Group now has a page on Pett on the Net which can be accessed here


Film Night – Friday 17 August 2018

Rye Old Scholars 1960s Reunion – Saturday 22 September

Guestling Flower Festival: 17-19 August 2018

Thrift Fest: Saturday 22 September 2018


500 Club Winners – July 2018

LOST PURSE – Pett Flower Show: still unclaimed

A purse was found on Saturday 28 July at the Pett Flower Show. So far it has not been claimed. If it is yours, or know whose it might be, please contact Tim Rothwell on 07850 469314 tim.rothwell@pettnet.org.uk


Pett Parish News – Archive up to 2003

Mike Wilkins, the Editor of Pett and Pett Level Village News, has set up a new archive page for the magazine. There has been a magazine published for the community in Pett for over 100 years. Up to 2003 the magazine was published by the church, and from 2003 by Pett Parish Council.    Here you will find archived copies of Pett Parish News up to 2003. Copies of the magazine after 2003 can be found here



Pett Flower Show – Junior Bowling for the Pig Winner: Lily Ashdown

Pett Flower Show and Fayre are seeking the winner of the Junior “Bowling for the pig”, Lily Ashdown aged 9 years . It has not been possible to reach her by mobile phone as the number we have will not connect. Please contact Philippa Strickland on 01424 814384. Lily’s prize is in safe hands.

Pett Flower Show 2018: Saturday 28 July – Photo Gallery: Updated

A gallery of photos from the 2018 Pett Flower Show held on Saturday 28 July can be found on the newly created page here

Robin Hutt has very kindly sent in a gallery of photos of exhibits in the marquee which has been added to the page.

If you have any photos you would like included in the gallery, please email them to Tim Rothwell at tim.rothwell@pettnet.org.uk

East Sussex Highways Newsletter – Road Resurfacing

The latest edition of the Newsletter from East Sussex County Council Highways Department sets out information on road resurfacing which may be helpful in hthe light of the recent work carried out on Pett Road. The Newsletter can be accessed here