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.