Police appeal for witnesses to cash snatch in Hastings

Police are searching for a thief who snatched cash from a man who had just withdrawn it from a cash machine in Hastings.

Just after 12.35pm on Friday 8 June the 65-year-old victim, a local man, withdrew £100 cash from a cashpoint outside the Natwest Bank in Havelock Road, Hastings. As he held the cash and was about to put it away, a man described as white, in his 20’s, of slim build, with short mousy brown hair and wearing jeans, ran past, grabbed the money out of his hand and ran off towards Robertson Street.

Investigator Mel Straw said; “The victim in this case is personally very vulnerable, and had also just come out of hospital after treatment for a leg injury.

“He was not attacked or injured during the incident but was badly distressed by what happened.

“If you saw what happened or think you know who was responsible, please contact us on 101, quoting serial 602 of 08/06.

“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Pett Village Gardens – A Message from Chris Hutt

‘Over the weekend of 23/24 June one of the most successful charitable fundraising events in the history of Pett was held.

Pett Village Gardens raised a total of £7090.55 for charity. The National Gardens Scheme (NGS), which supports traditional nursing charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie, received £5672.44. Pett Village Hall, which provides car parking and toilet facilities for the event, received £1418.11.

652 visitors came to Pett Village Gardens. They consumed 35 gallons of tea, 40 homemade cakes baked in the village and in Fairlight, and bought 500 plants to take home.

4 gardens took part in this exciting new event, 3 of them opening for the NGS for the first time: Ambleside, Breanross, and French Court Farm. Owners Jackie and Dave Richards, Libby and Tim Rothwell, and Suzie Gibbons and Guy worked tirelessly to ensure their gardens were looking beautiful for the event. They all drew praise from Irene Eltringham Wilson, NGS county organiser, who visited the event on Sunday.

The fourth garden, Fairlight End, home of Chris and Robin Hutt, has opened for NGS for several years. Chris said, ‘Robin and I were delighted to be joined by 3 new partners this year. Visitors could be seen strolling happily through the village and round the gardens for the whole weekend. There’s no doubt the new gardens, together with beautiful weather, boosted visitor numbers beyond what we could ever achieve as a single garden. And on behalf of all the garden owners I’d like to thank all our helpers and supporters, not least the army of village bakers who come up with the excellent cakes which are devoured by the visitors.’





Pett Village Gardens – Thank you

The Pett Village Gardens event over the weekend (23 and 24 June) enjoyed perfect weather. The gardens were open for the National Garden Scheme set up to raise money for charity.

The four gardens open to the public were:

  1. Fairlight End – Chris & Robin
  2. Breanross – Libby & Tim
  3. French Court Farmhouse – Suzie & Guy
  4. Ambleside – David & Jackie

Breanross, French Court Farmhouse and Ambleside were opening for the first time for the NGS.

Visitors came from far and wide including the Netherlands, London, Brighton, Canterbury, Seaford, Eastbourne, Bexhill, Hastings, St Leonard’s, Battle, Rye, Guestling, Fairlight – the list goes on – and last, but perhaps most importantly, Pett and Pett Level.

The owners were helped enormously by volunteers, especially those at Fairlight End where the visitors enjoyed tea and cake in large quantities! Chris and Robin (and the other owners) are especially grateful to all those in the village who made cakes and helped the event go so well.

Over the two days, 652 people visited the gardens – 325 on Saturday and 327 on Sunday (despite the competition of a certain football match in the afternoon.)

£3,926 was taken in ticket sales; £1,237.70 in plant sales (mainly Fairlight End but also Breanross – although Breanross ran out of plants on the first day); and £1,926.85 from catering (Fairlight End and French Court Farmhouse).

The grand total raised for charity was £7,090.55. 80% goes to the charities nominated by the National Garden Scheme and 20% (about £1,400) to Pett Village Hall.

Chris, Robin and the other owners are thrilled with the result and wish to thank everyone who helped and above all those who came and visited the gardens to make the weekend such a success. Thank you.


POPP – Cook Required


Pett Older People’s Project (POPP), a Luncheon club for the elderly, held in Pett Village Hall every Tuesday, 8.30am to 1.30pm require a cook to prepare and cook lunch for 40 people.

It is a paid position, working with a friendly, lively team. Car driver and necessary qualifications essential. Please contact : – Ann Nicholls ( Chairman) 07443492260

Pett and Pett Level Village News – July Edition

The July 2018 edition of Pett and Pett Level News can be downloaded here

Pett Parish Council Accounts: 2017/2018

The accounts for Pett Parish Council for 2017/2018 can be accessed here

If you would like to inspect the accounts, you can do so from 2 July to 10 August by making an appointment with Mary Philo, Clerk to Pett Parish Council at 

Crash on A21 – Appeal for witnesses

Police are seeking witnesses to a two-car collision on the A21 at Hurst Green which happened around 4.15pm on Sunday (17 June) and which left two women with serious injuries.

The vehicles involved were a white Hyundai travelling south, driven by a 64-year-old woman from Hurst Green, and a black Audi travelling north, driven by a 54-year-old man from London.

The Hyundai driver and a 74-year-old woman from Staplehurst, Kent, who was a front seat passenger in the same car, were both taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, for treatment to fractures.

The Audi driver sustained bruising and whiplash and was treated at the Conquest Hospital, St Leonards-on-Sea.

The crash, some 500 metres north of the A21’s junction with the A229 Merriments Lane, caused traffic tailbacks over several miles while the incident was being dealt with. Diversions were set up until the A21 was re-opened at 7pm.

PC Gary Douglas, of the Polegate road policing unit, said: ” We’re keen to speak to anyone who may have information which could help our enquiries into the incident.

“We’d also like to thank drivers whose journeys were delayed or disrupted by this crash for their patience and understanding.”

Anyone who saw what happened, who has relevant dash-cam footage or who noticed either vehicle being driven shortly before the collision is asked to phone 101, quoting serial 813 of 17/06.

Pett Village Hall Page – Problem

We are aware that on some devices the Pett Village Hall heading had disappeared from the Main menu and that the Bookings and What’s On page would not open.

This issue should now have been solved but if you are still having problems do email

Apologies for any inconvenience that this glitch has caused.

Marquee for Hire

Marquee for Hire

Following the Flower Show and Fayre, an Evening Dance is not planned for this year. The marquee facility is therefore available for hire from 18.00 hours on Saturday 28th for the evening and Sunday 29th July 2018 for the morning, lunchtime and afternoon.

The hire includes the large marquee, tables and chairs, the Temporary Event Licence and use of portable toilets. It does not include insurance.

The price is negotiable depending on the event(s), as agreed with P&DHS Committee.

Interested parties should contact Philippa M Strickland, Adams, Pett Road, Pett TN35 4HG. 01424814384, mobile 07850 346097 or mail for more details.