Pett on the Net – New Facebook Page

A new Facebook page – Pett on the Net – has been set up. The administrators are Pett residents Sandra Goodsell and Tim Rothwell.

It is a ‘closed’ Group – so you will not be able to post on the page unless you join the Group.

This the FB page for residents of Pett, Pett Level and the surrounding area. It replaces any previous FB pages for Pett. It complements the Pett on the Net website – and the Pett and Pett Level Village News magazine. It is a great place to share photos (old and new), local stories and events, up to date information, lost and found etc. The rules are: no personal attacks on other members; no aggression or bad language; and no political posts – please! Any posts that are considered inappropriate will be deleted by the administrators.

To join the Group go to

East Sussex CC – Summary of Achievements 2017/2018 and Council Plan 2018/2019

East Sussex County Council have published a summary, available here Note for parishes – ESCC summary of achievements 2017-18 setting out some of the key achievements of the Council in 2017/18 (up to February 2018) under the four strategic priorities of the Council.

The Council Plan for 2018/2019 has now been published and can be downloaded here.

Pett Flower Show – 2018

The Schedule and Application form for entries for the 2018 Pett Flower Show & Fayre are now available. They can be downloaded (for printing) on the Pett Flower Show page here

Pett Allotments – AGM Minutes and Plots Available

The Minutes of the AGM of the Pett Village Allotments Association (PVAA) held on 28 March 2018 are available  here AGM Minutes 28 March 2018

The PVAA still have some vacant plots available – both full and half size plots.

If you are interested in taking a plot and/or having a tour of the site, please contact the PVAA Secretary Libby Rothwell at

Tomboogie at the New Beach Club

Mandy Hogarth is planning to run Tomboogie classes at the New Beach Club at Pett Level on Monday mornings.  Mandy has been running classes for the last 3 years on a Monday evening in Rye and, after a very successful charity event in conjunction with Pett WI, has had a lot of interest from local residents to run a daytime class.
This is a new venture for both Mandy and the New Beach Club and so she wants to make sure she has enough interest going ahead.

To express an interest in joining this new activity, please contact Mandy at


Pett Parish Council – Chair’s Annual Report

The text of the Annual Report by David Penfold, Chair, Pett Parish Council submitted to the Annual Parish Meeting on 20 March 2018 can be read here

Project Remember 2018 Launched – War Memorial Fund

Project Remember was launched at the Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday 20 March 2018. It has been conceived by a small group of local residents who have got together to carry out the renovation of Pett War Memorial. The aim is to have the works funded and completed this year, in good time for the Remembrance Day commemorations on 11th November 2018. An important deadline, since that day will be the exact centenary of the Armistice which brought World War One to a close. The project has the full backing of Pett Parish Council, who have constituted the team as an official Working Party, and of the Pett Parochial Church Council, in whose churchyard the Memorial stands.

Details of the project, and how to contribute, can be found on the War Memorial Fund page on this site here

The pdf version of the webpage for downloading and printing can be found here

Bogus Callers in Hastings and Rother

The Sussex Police and In the Know Neighbourhood Watch have issued the following advice on 23 March:

‘We have recently had some reports across Hastings & Rother where the older generation have been targeted and given access to their homes to people posing as officials. 

Doorstep callers come in various forms. The difficulty at the door is knowing whether or not they are genuine.

Always report bogus callers to the police.
Always put the chain on before you open the door, or use a door viewer.
Bogus ‘officials’ may claim to be from gas/water/electricity board, health authority or other organisations but all ‘officials’ have a company identity card. Ask to see it and take hold of it to read it. Keep asking questions until you are absolutely sure they are who they say they are. If they are genuine they will have no objections to this. If you are in any doubt call their head office, but close the door first and do not call a number they give to you, look it up in a telephone directory.
Keep your account numbers for services such as gas, water, electric & BT so that you can ask the caller what your account number is to ensure they are genuine. Some companies operate a password scheme and some have Braille on their ID cards. If you are still in doubt, do not let them in, but call the police.
Bogus ‘workpeople’, like tree loppers, will sometimes offer to carry out work at a low price but when it is completed the price increases. Often they will ask for money in advance, they may even offer to drive you to the bank or building society to withdraw money to pay them. They could then simply disappear or do a poor job very expensively. If you need any building work done, get three written quotes from reputable firms, and then decide which one is the best.
Bogus ‘dealers’ may offer to buy antiques, furniture or jewellery at what seems to be a good price. Chances are they are trying to trick you into selling something for a lot less than it is worth. If you want to sell something choose one or two genuine dealers to value the item or ask a friend or relative for advice. Ask them for ID and a calling card.

If callers become intimidating, ask a neighbour for help or call the police. You are quite entitled to say NO and ask them to leave.

Crime prevention tips:

  • If you’re not sure who is at your door, don’t open it. Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are purporting to be from i.e. Police, Council or Gas, Electricity, Water companies. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider. Do not use any telephone numbers provided by the caller, as they may be bogus.
  • Many utility service providers like gas, electricity and water, provide password schemes for customers, sign up to these. When unannounced callers claiming to be from these utility providers call at your door they should know the password if they are genuine.
  • ‘Water Boards’ no longer exist, it is an obsolete phrase used only by bogus callers.
  • Don’t keep large quantities of cash at home, put it in the bank where it is safe.
  • Keep doors locked and windows secure at all times.
  • Ensure that if you do let somebody in to your home, that you close the door behind them – distraction burglars often work in teams, where one will distract you whilst others sneak in through the insecure door.
  • If somebody asks for your help (for example needs to make a telephone call, lost a ball in your garden, needs a drink or pen and paper) refer them to a trusted neighbour or assist them through a closed door or call a friend or neighbour to come and help.
  • If you suspect a bogus caller is at your door call the police immediately.’



Help us keep Sussex safe

Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Please contact us online, email us at or call 101.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

False Telephone Preference Service Calls

Action Fraud, the National Fraud & Cyber Reporting Centre, have issued advice about false claims of Telephone Preference Services (TPS). Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ – an enhanced call-barring service, which includes baring international call centres.

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.

In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days. On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.

During 207 there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.

Action Fraud say you can protect yourself as follows:

  • There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official ‘do-not-call’ register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at
  • You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
  • Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you are talking to, If in doubt, hang up immediately.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040.


Rye Old Scholars Association (ROSA) forthcoming events

Were you a pupil at Rye County Secondary School, Rye Grammar School or Thomas Peacocke School? Then these two forthcoming events will be of interest.

The ROSA Annual Lunch at the Mermaid on Sunday 13 May 2018 follows the ROSA AGM. It will be the perfect Sunday lunch!

On Saturday 22 September 2018 there will be a reunion of those who attended the three schools during the 1960s at the Sidney Allnutt Pavilion on the Cricket Salts, Rye. (Sidney Allnutt was a highly-respected and long-serving member of staff at Rye Grammar School as well as being a leading figure in all things sporting in Rye.) Come along and meet old friends – and perhaps contemporaries who weren’t friends! From 7pm – 11.45pm