Jam Jars

We have about 35 or so clean jam jars (with lids) of various sizes on offer – no payment of course but it would be good if you could collect them from our house in Pett.

If you are interested, please email


Tim and Libby Rothwell

The photo shows some examples of the jars.

Scam Call – Message from Sussex Police

A Scam Call has been reported in your neighbourhood

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about the below incident please contact us online, email us at or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

🚨 🚨 We have been made aware of a possible telephone scam🚨 🚨

You may receive an automated call from someone acting as your internet provider who say that they will terminate your internet in the next 24hours due to hacking activity on the internet IP address, as a result they need to take action.
You will be asked to press 1 to speak to a member of staff or press 2 for anything else.  PLEASE HANG UP!

once you have hung up please use a different phone to call your internet provider to confirm that was not them, you can also call Sussex Police on 101 if you are in doubt, but always use a different phone as scammer may still be listening.

for a copy of out latest scam book please visit this link: https://www.sussex.police.uk/SysSiteAssets/media/downloads/sussex/advice/operations-initiatives-and-watch-schemes/operation-signature/the-little-book-of-scams

Lewes Speakers Festival 2019

Bishop Richard Harries (former Bishop of Oxford) is coming to Lewes in July.  Specifically he is going to talk about the struggles and joy many of the great writers had as a result of their faith.

In a wider context tickets are now on sale for our Summer Lewes Speakers Festival 2019. It takes place on the 12th, 13th and 14th July. We have another great line-up and we hope to see you then. Please go to www.lewesspeakersfestival.com for full details or call the Box Office on: 0333 666 3366.

The full line-up with dates and times is below. 

Marc Rattray


Lewes Speakers Festival 2019

Friday 12th July 17.00 Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of Sylvia, charts the story of the fight for women’s rights.

Friday 12th July 18.45 Julian Baggini, the popular philosopher, gives an overview of world thinking and an explanation of why Western thought is more individualistic than its Eastern  counterpart.

Friday 12th July 20.15 Andy Smart, one of the UK’s best improvisation comedians and Comedy Store and Edinburgh Fringe veteran, recounts his early life experiences on a 6 year road trip in a series of hilarious anecdotes.

Saturday 13th July 11.15 Richard Harries, former Bishop of Oxford for 19 years, describes the struggles and joy many of the great writers had as a result of their faith.

Saturday 13th July 13.00 Linda Yueh, Oxford academic and former BBC Chief Business Correspondent, explains how the great economists can help us today.

Saturday 13th July 15.00 Guy Leschziner, leader of the Sleep Disorder Centre at St Guys Hospital and BBC 4 presenter on mysteries of sleep, explains the science behind nightmares and sleep walking.

Saturday 13th July 16.45 Jonathan Fenby, former Editor of the Observer, explains how 1947-8 were the pivotal years that shaped the world we know today.

Saturday 13th July 18.30 David Wilson, Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University and former Prison Governor to the most violent men in the UK, gives an insight into their lives and mindset.

Saturday 13th July 20.00 Andrew Monaghan, Director of Research on Russia and Security at Oxford University, explains how to deal with the challenges that Russia poses to the West.

Sunday 14th July 0945 Robin Aitken, a former BBC reporter and journalist, accuses the BBC of having a liberal agenda bias and of being far from neutral.

Sunday 14th July 11.15 Rosa Prince, the Daily Telegraph journalist, compares and contrasts the backgrounds and lives of Prime Minister Teresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.

Sunday 14th July 13.00 Martin Kemp, a world authority on Leonardo Da Vinci, explains him through 100 milestones in his life work.

Sunday 14th July 14.45 Paul Dolan, Professor of Behavioural Science at LSE and expert on happiness, gives an account of how to live the best life and to avoid the myth of perfection.

Sunday 14th July 16.30 Peter Owen Jones, BBC documentary maker and celebrity Vicar of Firle, takes us on a hill-walking guide with the cumulative ascent of the height of Mr Everest.

Sunday 14th July 18.00 Ayesha Hazarika, stand-up comedian and former special adviser to Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband and  Tom Hamilton, former Head of Research for the Labour Party, give an insight into the bear-pit of British politics – Prime Minister’s Question Time.


Pett Village Hall Management Committee and AGM Minutes: 13 May 2019

The minutes of the meetings of the Pett Village Hall Management Committee and AGM held on Monday 13 May 2019 can be read here

ROADWORKS: Gillsmans Park, St Leonards

East Sussex Highways have posted the following.

ROADWORKS: Gillsmans Park, St Leonards

What works are taking place?

We will be carrying out carriageway jointing works on Gillsmans Park, St Leonards.

When will these works start?

Work will start on Monday 17th June 2019 and continue for 4 days.

Road closure information

Gillsmans Park will be closed to through traffic between 7am and 7pm from Gillsmans Hill to Fernside Avenue.


Traffic will be diverted via Gillsmans Hill, Fern Road, Fernside Avenue and vice versa.



ROADWORKS: Victoria Avenue, Hastings

What works are taking place?

We will be carrying out drainage works on Victoria Avenue, Hastings.

When will these works start?

Work will start on Wednesday 5th June 2019 and continue for 2 weeks.

Road closure information

Victoria Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Grenville Road to outside no. 9 Victoria Avenue.

Access for residents will be maintained.


Traffic will be diverted via Victoria Avenue, Clifton Road, Old London Road, Victoria Avenue & vice versa.

Operation Magpie – Sussex Police

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie on Tuesday (May 28), a week-long summer burglary crime prevention and awareness campaign.
Out of 43 UK police forces, Sussex is one of the safest places to live with low rates of burglary compared to other counties across England and Wales. There were 7170 reports of burglary from January – December 2018, 1134 fewer offences (13.6%) over the same period in 2017 (8304).
This campaign will build on our successes in protecting communities from burglary through raising awareness and sharing advice about protecting homes during the summer months. We also want to show our commitment to bring offenders to justice for this type of crime, especially where vulnerable people are targeted.
During this week (28 May to 3 June,) prevention advice and social media messages will be shared to help further prevent burglaries.
Sussex Police takes reports of such crimes very seriously. On 1 May 2019, at Lewes Crown Court, Marie Keane, 50, was jailed for seven years for offences including burglary. Marie often claimed to be a carer, and targeted vulnerable and elderly people in their own homes. She was arrested after some excellent police work and pleaded guilty to six offences – three burglaries, two thefts from persons and a fraud by false representation.
Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, Sussex Police burglary prevention lead said: “We have worked hard to reduce instances of burglary in Sussex over the last year and have seen a significant reduction in reports of this crime. We continue to work to protect members of our communities from this crime and through this campaign we will be offering advice on keeping homes, outbuildings and business premises safe.
“We treat burglary as a serious matter, especially where vulnerable members of the community are targeted and will be sharing examples of where we have prosecuted individuals for such crimes. None of this is achieved without your support and I am really grateful to all our partners, including Neighbourhood Watch and members of the community who work with us to reduce burglary and bring offenders to justice.”
Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Sussex is the fifth least likely county to be burgled in the country which means it’s generally a safe place to live. However, this does not take away from the profound effect this crime can have on a victim. We often forget the personal impact someone experiences and nobody should ever feel unsafe in their home.
“I am confident that Sussex Police is proactively tackling this issue but I will continue to ensure that they maintain their effective levels of prevention and deterrent activities. This is why I support Operation Magpie which will see officers directly targeting those who commit burglary whilst continuing to give crime prevention advice to homeowners.
“We all have a part to play to help keep Sussex safe and I urge residents to follow police advice and keep their property secure so that they are not a target for burglars.”
To help protect yourself this summer whether you are home or planning a trip away, please read our crime prevention advice online: https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/.
Register your belongings on the Immobilise national property register. It’s free and takes just a few minutes. If your valuables are stolen it will allow you to tell the police, your insurer and secondhand traders to assist in recovering your property and catch the thief. Find out more on their website
Communities can work together to prevent crime. By joining an existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme or becoming a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator your community can be stronger together.

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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Bred Steam Engine Society

A new page – Brede Steam Engine Society – has been created on Pett on the Net here



Nuisance Cat Caught

Who owns  this  cat?



The feline felon has been caught . Lured by pussy cat treats. He has been transported to a rescue centre where he will have a full health check and be neutered . Once recovered from the operation he will be offered for rehoming , when without a doubt he will be a wonderful pet .

A group of local caring cat owners are covering the cost of his treatment. If you know the owner please contact 07850346975.

Appeal and a Warning from Sussex Police: 28 May

Appeal can you help?
A cyclist has sadly died following a collision on the A2690 Combe Valley Way, near Bexhill.
The collision, involving a pedal cycle and a blue Vauxhall Astra, occurred about 6.20am on Sunday 26 May.
The cyclist – a 53-year-old local man – was sadly declared dead at the scene.
The driver – 34-year-old local man – sustained minor injuries.
A 34-year-old man from Bexhill was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and causing death by driving without due care while unfit through drink/drugs. He has been released on conditional bail until 23 June.
Anyone who saw what happened, or who saw either of the vehicles in the area shortly before the collision, is urged to email call 101, quoting Operation Newell.
Witnesses sought following two car crash near Camber
Police are seeking witnesses to a head-on collision on Jury’s Gap Road between Camber, near Rye, and Lydd, Kent, which left three people seriously injured.
It happened just before 8pm on Friday (24 May) and involved a black Porsche Boxster cabriolet travelling east, and a white Skoda Yeti travelling west.
A 36-year-old man driving the Porsche was flown by air ambulance to King’s College Hospital, London, with serious abdominal injuries.
A passenger in the Porsche, a 21-year-old woman of no fixed address, sustained serious injuries to her right ankle and was taken to the William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, Kent.
Also taken to the William Harvey Hospital was the Skoda driver, a 65-year-old man from Camber, who suffered serious pelvic injuries.
The road was closed between Camber and Lydd for eight hours while the incident was being dealt with. Police would like to thank any motorists whose journeys were disrupted for their patience and understanding.
Anyone who saw either vehicle being driven shortly before 8pm, who witnessed the crash or who may have dash-cam footage or other relevant information, is asked call Sussex Police on 101, quoting Operation Redhall.
Operation Signature – protecting vulnerable victims of Fraud
Be on the alert for bogus phone callers seeking your bank account details.
Police are reminding Sussex residents, especially the elderly, to stay on the alert for bogus phone calls and visitors after 35 cases of ‘courier fraud’ or attempts so far in May including six on one day.
But thanks to alert residents and bank staff, only six attempts succeeded.
In several of the cases residents have received phone calls from someone purporting to be a ‘Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harrison’. There is no such officer. The caller alleges that there has been unauthorised use of a debit or credit card, that someone has been arrested, and that there is
an investigation ongoing.
The caller says that the resident must either supply their PIN and other card details over the phone, and hand the card or cards to a courier who would arrive at the door.
However thanks to the alertness of residents, and in six cases thanks to the alertness of bank staff , only six of the 35 attempts were successful, with a total loss of £24,800 – the biggest single loss was £7,900. The oldest victim was 96 years old.
18 were in West Sussex, 16 in East Sussex, and one in Brighton
The bank staff interventions saved losses totalling £63,500.
Local officers have responded to every report and have been providing support, including advice and assistance on prevention measures.
PC Bernadette Lawrie, the Sussex Police Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer said; “Remember – no police officer, or bank staff on the phone, will ever ask for your bank details or for cash. Don’t give your details or cash to anyone in these circumstances!
“Six of the attempts failed due to the good work of bank staff, using the nationally agreed police/banking protocol which has trained bank staff in how to spot the signs of this type of crime.”
So far in 2019, there have been 198 such incidents across Sussex, of which less than a third (59) succeeded, involving a loss totalling £458,209.
See these top tips to help stop this type of fraud;
– Act with care if you get an unsolicited phone call.
– Never transfer funds into a new account on the instruction of an unexpected caller – even if they tell you the account is in your name.
– Always check your phone line has properly disconnected before making another call – try calling a good friend first, wait 5 minutes or use a different phone.
– Never share your PIN number or enter your PIN into a telephone.
– Never withdraw money and hand it to a courier or a police officer.
– Never give your bank cards to a courier or anyone who comes to your door.

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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org