Pett Flower Show and Fayre zoom AGM 3rd March 7.30pm

Flower Show Logo design of various green leaves

Flower Show AGM

Wednesday 3 March 2021, 7.00 pm via Zoom

Use the following link to join the meeting:

Any connection problems,
please contact David Penfold (813003; 07850 058544; )

Roadmap to Easing Covid-19 Restrictions

Stage one – earliest, 8th March 2021

  • All schools and colleges will reopen
  • University students can return for practical courses
  • Two people from different households can meet outside for recreation, which can include “a coffee on a bench”.
  • One nominated person can visit a relative in a care home

Stage one (part 2) – earliest, 29th March 2021

  • People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the “rule of six”, including in private gardens
  • The stay-at-home rule will end but people should stay local as much as possible
  • Outdoor sport facilities will reopen and formally organised outdoor sports can restart

Stage two – earliest, 12th April 2021

  • Non-essential retail allowed to open, as well as hairdressers and other “close contact services”
  • Gyms, spas and swimming pools can reopen for individuals and households
  • UK domestic holidays away from home permitted, with self-contained accommodation able to reopen for use by members of the same household
  • Outdoor settings such as Zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas, as well as beer gardens and alcohol takeaways can re-open
  • Libraries and community centres can open

Stage three – earliest, 17th May 2021

  • People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors, including outdoor theatres and cinemas
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors
  • Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
  • Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children’s play areas can open, as can adult indoor group sports and exercise classes.
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen to household groups
  • International leisure travel will resume no earlier than 17 May

Stage four – earliest, 21st June 2021

  • All legal limits on social contact will be removed
  • No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events.
  • Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen

People on Learning Disability Register invited for vaccination – Sussex NHS Message

It has been announced nationally that people on the GP Learning Disability Register are now eligible for their COVID-19 vaccination as part of priority group 6.

This will mean more people with learning disabilities will be offered the vaccine more quickly, and help ensure those most at risk of death or hospitalisation are prioritised for vaccination.

Those on the GP Learning Disability Register (as well as adults with other related conditions, including cerebral palsy) being prioritised follows the latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) who are independent advisors to the government, as people who are severely affected by learning disabilities are at higher risk of death from COVID-19.

It is important everyone with a learning disability checks that they are on the register and asks their GP to go on it if they are not. The local NHS is working in close collaboration with local authorities and other partners to identify anyone else severely affected by a learning disability who is not registered.

COVID-19 Vaccination Easy read materials to share:

Top tips for people with learning disabilities and their carers

Why is my local GP-led vaccination service not open all week? Advice from Sussex NHS


Why is my local GP-led vaccination service not open all week?

All our vaccination services are working extremely hard to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible with the vaccines they have available.

Vaccination supplies fluctuate from week to week and depend on the supply from national stocks. Because they are used as quickly as possible, this means that not all vaccination services operate every day.

Most local vaccination services receive confirmation of their delivery for the coming days, then invite people in to match the number of vaccines available, and then open for dedicated days to use up supplies before they expire. For the Pfizer vaccine, this is usually within a three day window.

GP practices are also working really hard at the moment to maintain both general medical services and the vaccination programme, and so will have teams back in their surgeries to ensure they can continue to provide the day to day care needed by their patients.

So if your local vaccination service doesn’t appear to be busy, the staff will be back in their practices, providing care to patients and booking people in and getting ready for their next vaccination sessions.

The NHS has already offered the vaccine to everyone in the area in the first four priority groups and remains on track to offer it to everyone in the first nine priority groups by May, in line with the national target.

Everyone over the age of 65 is eligible for the vaccine and can book their first appointment online at or by calling 119. Those in cohort 6, which includes many people with underlying health conditions and their carers, will be contacted by their GP when it is their turn to receive the vaccine.

Do you have any Vaccine Enquiries

We understand that at this time people have lots of questions about the vaccination and about the programme and its roll out across our communities.

To help support people and answer queries you may have, we have a vaccine enquiry service which can be accessed by email or by phone.

0800 433 4545
(Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm)

It is important to be clear this is not a phone number or email address to book your vaccination.

The national booking system can be accessed by visiting or calling 119 free of charge.


High Weald Star Stories

High Weald Star Stories: Orion the Hunter – YouTube

People have looked up at the stars for thousands of years and seen pictures and stories. The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has some of the darkest skies in the South East; now, light pollution threatens our wildlife and means we see fewer stars. Listen as our Education Officer Rachel tells the atmospheric story of Orion the Hunter, founded thousands of years ago in Greek mythology. You will hear the story of one of our most-loved constellations and learn how to help reduce light pollution, so we can all see the stories in the stars for centuries to come. Why not wrap up warm, stand outside and listen while looking up at the night sky?

Suitable for ages 7+ (references to hunting and death in Greek mythology).

This video is a KS2 resource from the High Weald Hero education programme:…​. Learn more about the Dark Skies of the High Weald AONB at:…

South Downs National Park is also running an exciting Dark Skies series of events Dark Skies Festival: Dark Skies Festival (

CPRE have also launched their Dark Skies count Dark skies – CPRE

Community Library Notes

By next month, April, we should know when we can plan to reopen at the Village Hall. In the meantime, we reiterate that the public library is doing a sterling job. We have personal experience of their excellent service and there is no reservation fee at the moment. They have also introduced Borrowbox, an audiobook provider which can be downloaded from your app store and you then log in with your library card number and PIN. More information about the public library service can be had by phoning 0345 60 80 196. You can also use this number to reserve up to ten books. It is free and easy to join the library and can be done online if you are unable to visit a library (where you need to take proof of your name and address).


It is also possible to borrow books from the selection available in the porch of St Nicholas Church by the beach in Pett Level. While a financial contribution is appreciated, a notice on the door suggests that this could be made when the church is open again. Fran Rogers very kindly swaps the books in the porch over with some of those in the church from time to time. Much appreciated Fran!

Anna and Vivien

Appeal by Friends of Pett Churches St. Mary and St. Peter, Pett and St. Nicholas, Pett Level

 Friends of Pett Churches

St. Mary and St. Peter, Pett and St. Nicholas, Pett Level

February 2021


Dear Friend

Pett Church

This is a difficult time for every charity and Pett Church is no exception.  All our usual fund-raising events had to be cancelled in 2020 and at the moment 2021 events are possibly also at risk of cancellation.  In addition only a few services were held last year and so the usual weekly collections were not possible.

So your contribution as a Friend of Pett churches was very valuable last year and is even more desperately needed now.


A Friend might well ask:

Why does Pett Church need my contribution?

What will my contribution be spent on?

What do I get out of it?


The costs of running the church building have continued in spite of the lack of services.  For example, once the winter came we needed to switch the heating on from time to time to prevent the damage caused by damp.


In the autumn of 2020 our aged gas boiler died.  It was temporarily resuscitated but the diagnosis was poor and so we have had to incur the considerable expense of a new boiler.   We are fortunate to have been promised a generous amount towards this but it is quite costly and new wiring is also needed.  And decoration inside the church is long overdue.


As a Friend you benefit from your subscription by knowing that Pett Church can continue as an important part of this village.  Hope can continue of not only the presence of the church building but also of the spread of Christian faith with the comfort it brings in times of stress. Over the decades to come, whenever you or your friends and family come back to Pett and catch the first sight of the church spire, there can be the satisfaction of knowing that it is the contribution of the Friends that has ensured the survival of Pett Church.


And so we give heartfelt thanks to you for your past generosity and now especially for your generosity this year.  If you pay by Standing Order we ask that you consider a small increase.  Cash or cheques should be sent as before to the Treasurer Lesley Wilkins at Adeleine, Pett Road, Pett TN35 4HB.  Any contribution is welcome but we are hoping that the subscriptions will remain at least at £15 per person or £20 for a couple or £25 for a family.


If paying by bank transfer the account is: St Mary & St Peter Church

Account 54871860 Sort Code 30-96-26


We hope to be able to start services again in March and we also hope to hold some services outside in good weather.  Do think of coming along!


Yours sincerely

Gill Plank

Automatic Number Plate Survey by Neighbourhood Watch

The National ANPR Portfolio Office are looking to get your thoughts around the use of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) in Sussex.

ANPR technology is used by police forces across the UK –including Sussex to help detect, deter and disrupt criminality, including organised crime groups and terrorists. The registration plate cameras are governed by strict codes of practice. They are most commonly used to alert officers to stolen vehicles, vehicles that have been involved in crime or to help locate missing people. The data they collect can also be used in investigations.

You’ve probably seen how ANPR works from TV programmes or you may even use a petrol station or car park which uses the system to keep you safe. Just in case you haven’t, we’ve made a short film to show how ANPR Is used. The video shows the use of ANPR in West Midlands Police in locating a missing person. To watch it, click here ANPR Video.

ANPR is a vital tool to help policing stay one step ahead of criminals and better protect people. Your views play an important part in how we do this. The anonymous survey will only take a few minutes of your time to complete.

Click here to complete the survey ANPR Survey Live Link.

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Test it Tuesday – Smoke Alarms

east sussex fire and rescue test it tuesday

East Sussex Fire and Rescue advert to Remind People to Test their Smoke Alarms –  Test it Tuesday