Pett Parish Council June Report

 Pett Parish Council – DAVID PENFOLD, Chair

I have previously announced that there would be a village event on Saturday 7 August.

However, the Pett Level Preservation Trust annual lunch is on that day, so we have had to think again. We have settled on Sunday 29 August and the event will be a celebration of the end of covid restrictions – at least, I hope so – and a thank you from the parish council to everyone in the village for how they have coped with the covid crisis. In order to make this a fun afternoon, there will be a Punch and Judy show for the children (and all feeling nostalgic), as well as a balloon artist, free ice cream, refreshments and bubbly (not champagne, but probably Prosecco), with, to finish, a Bubble Show Finale. All are welcome. You should have time for both this and the Rescue Boat open day!

The date of the next council meeting will depend whether we still have to maintain social distancing and so whether the Holman room can be used or we have to move to the main hall when it is available. The date will be announced as soon as it is fixed.

I am pleased to report that the work on the tennis court drainage is well under way and should be complete by the time you receive this issue. We are grateful to Rother DC for a grant towards this work. I understand that, once the drainage work is complete, the Tennis Club will be having the surface of the court cleaned.

Elsewhere in this issue you will see another request for a volunteer to take on the role of Flood Warden, which is still vacant. However, I am very pleased to announce that Marcus Foster, who lives in the village and is an arboricultural consultant, has agreed to act as Tree Warden. I am sure that the village will benefit from his expertise.

Regarding the surgery at Guestling, I fear that we are not going to see a practice take it over. Dr Chris Chinery has continued to make efforts to encourage one of the local practices to take it on, but our MP, Sally-Ann Hart, has had a response from the CCG, indicating that it is unlikely to change its position. What is perhaps most disappointing is that it appears that the application by the Beaconsfield Road practice only specified Guestling as the area it would cover, so, even had the application been approved, patients in Pett (and Fairlight) would not have been eligible to apply to be registered there. Sadly, this means that our protests have been in vain and we shall have to remain with the Old Town or the Harold Road practice. It does not appear that patients’ wishes (rather perhaps than their needs) are a factor to be taken into account.

It is pleasing to see the Royal Oak open again under the management of Robin Lyons, who is know to many, at least partly from his time managing the Beach Club. We wish Robin, who, by the time you receive this issue, will have been joined by his brother as chef, success in his new venture.

Finally, I have to report the deaths of three long-standing and well-known village residents: Christine Harris, Rosemary Butler and Bob Osborne. There is a tribute to Christine elsewhere in this issue and tributes to the others may appear in due course. Our sympathy goes to all three families.

Pett WI July News

Pett WI News from Belinda Wood, President

We didn’t have to go too far to source May’s meeting speakers as we turned to two of our own members.  First we heard from Hilary Dymott who gave us a really illuminating talk about the recent history of Pett WI’s involvement with community projects.  During the 9 years of Hilary’s membership of Pett WI she has been the driving force behind many of our initiatives.  We are so grateful for her passion for everything she gets involved with and her incredible attention to detail with her project management.  We – and the community at large – are so incredibly fortunate to have her in our own WI!

The latest of Hilary’s-led projects for us is our support of the Conquest Hospital’s MacDonald Ward in respect of their current Courtyard Makeover appeal.  We are delighted to be working with our friends at Hastings & Ore WI on this as we felt that our combined efforts would strengthen the awareness and fundraising potential for the ward.  To start with we are helping to coordinate a launch event at the ward (date to be confirmed) for invited guests of the MacDonald ward led by Matron Mark Chamberlain.  Mark was also a guest speaker for us at our May meeting and said how impressed he had been when he met with Hilary to discuss how best we could assist the ward with their scheme.  In fact I think Mark was slightly overawed and totally impressed with the organisational capabilities of Hilary and her Pett WI Community Aid team!  Well, Mark, this is the WI you know!  This ward has such a significance to many of us and the courtyard, which is one of 21 at the Conquest Hospital, is in real need of a make-over for the use of its patients, visitors and staff!  If you would be interested in supporting the appeal please do visit the MacDonald Ward Facebook page or their Just Giving page at

We are still taking items to Rye FoodBank on a fortnightly basis and of course ensuring any financial donations also get to those in need.  Thank you as ever for your continuing support.  Donations can either be made by cheque (made payable to Pett WI) and sent to Jane Sweaney at “Oakhurst”, Pett Road, Pett, TN35 4HG or made directly into the Pett WI Bank Account – Lloyds Bank – Sort Code: 30-98-97 – Account No: 70587368 – with the reference for both as “Food Bank” please.

A reminder, if anyone needs assistance from the Food Bank to please make contact with Rother District Citizens Advice & Representation Centre (HARC) on 0333 3440681 or email and they will be happy to help.

Also at our May meeting we had a very interesting insight from Icklesham resident Sandra Clark who talked about her career in care.  She also brought us right up to date with her “side hustle” which is her Funky Hen boutique which she runs as a local business from home.  We are excited to have Sandra working with us on a special fundraising event later this year – more details soon!

From mid-July we are hoping to meet in person again and although in August we don’t hold a meeting we really hope to be resuming again at Pett Village Hall in September.  Our current membership stands at 42 and to keep it manageable we are this year capping it at 45.  We are now enjoying regular coffee morning events and a new Ladies that Munch Club as well as an online What’s App social group.  If you are interested in being a part of this vibrant group please make contact with our secretary Amanda at

St Michael’s Open Gardens 15th June Thank You!

Bower Cottage 8 open gardens 15th June 2021

St Michael’s Hospice held a wonderful Open Gardens event in Pett Village on Tuesday 15th June, raising an incredible £3205.25!

With over 350 visitors throughout the day, the 5 gardens that opened were kept very busy, with the owners being asked all sorts of gardening and planting advice, whilst the visitors wondered around and also took seats to enjoy the views, fragrances from the flowers and inspiration from everything around them.

The Hospice had refreshments at Fairlight End, with volunteers serving tea, cakes and savoury items, to keep everyone fed and watered, on what turned out to be a wonderfully hot and sunny day.

Ice cream was purchased by visitors of the gardens and villagers alike and music was played at the refreshments location, providing a tranquil place for people to rest, before moving on to their next garden destination.

Feedback about the gardens has been in abundance and wonderful feedback it has been too. All staff and volunteers attending from the Hospice on the day, had a wonderful day and we thank everyone for coming and hope they enjoyed it, as much as we and the garden owners did.

The Hospice still has a packed calendar of openings across Hastings and Rother, with 7 in July and 1 in August, so please do feel free to purchase a booklet (available in all open Hospice shops and various businesses throughout East Sussex) and join us at another one soon.

Thanks again, especially to the very generous garden owners, for allowing us to open their gardens and raising a fantastic amount for St Michael’s Hospice at the same time

Laura Sully – St. Michael’s Hospice

Bus Service 101 diversion and shuttle bus during Winchelsea Beach Roadworks for 28th June to 1st July only

The work next week includes a road closure and most service 101 bus journeys will be diverted on the relevant days.

East Sussex Highways responsible for this scheme agreed to access for buses at school times and, because of the hours applying to the closure, buses will be able to run as normal before 8.00am and after 5.00pm.

During the main part of the day on the relevant dates, service 101 will have to run via the A259 between Rye and Hastings. The County Council has arranged for a shuttle bus to run between Ore, Fairlight, Fairlight Cove and Pett Level during these periods. Passengers can transfer to/from other buses at Ore for travel to/from Hastings, the Conquest Hospital and Rye. The shuttle service will be operated by Rambler Coaches. It will not be possible for buses to serve Winchelsea Beach during the main part of the day.

A temporary timetable for buses along the corridor normally served by the 101 is attached and applies Monday 28 June – Thursday 1 July. This includes the shuttle bus journeys.

Relevant information was sent to colleagues at Rye College and Guestling Bradshaw CEP School earlier this week.

Download PDF of Shuttle timetable here

Service 101 shuttle service timetable Monday 28th June to Thursday 1 July only


Pett Village Hall Climbing Frame

new playequipments at pett village hall
With grateful thanks to Carol Pecorini for organising this, and to the 500 Club for part funding it, the Pett Village Hall Management Committee are pleased to say that this new climbing frame has been installed at the Hall today. We hope the children have great fun using it. All we need now is a return to nicer weather!
Tim, Chair, PVHMC

Fairlight Open Gardens 11th July

fairlight open gardens 2021 poster

Thank you to Pett on the Knit

pett on the kit

pett on the kit

Funeral of Bob Osborne

Funeral of Bob Osborne

Bob’s Funeral is on Friday 18th June at 12.15 at Hastings Crematorium.

Due to Covid restrictions the service is by invitation only.

The Family would like those wishing to pay their last respects to know that his cortege will be leaving Glebe Cottages, Elm Lane at 11.45 and will make its way to the Crematorium through Pett village.

Donations can be made in Bob’s memory to Cancer Research or RNLI.