Women’s Institute September Report

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Invitation to Sunday 29th August

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We Did Meet Again!

Logo design of various green leavesSaturday 31st July 2021

When the Committee started planning for this year’s show and picked the theme of “We’ll Meet Again”, little did we know how close to the finish of lockdown it would be to achieve.

Pett is a very friendly village so folk came out to enjoy the Show being held at Pett Village Hall for the first time, some catching up with old friends after many months.

Taking the decision to locate the Show at Pett Village Hall had many benefits with all the facilities to hand. Considering the gales on Friday 30th July the vision of raising a Marquee on the Recreation Ground does not bear thinking about.

What did everyone think of the Show? The Committee have received many congratulations for putting on a great Village event and felt that the location of the Village Hall was brilliant. There was a super atmosphere, it was easy to get round all the exhibits and the stalls – and we had sunny weather!

There are some excellent photos on the Flower Show page of Pettnet and the Pett Village websites.

There are many people to thank for making the day a success: the volunteers manning the stalls and refreshments (superbly run by the WI);. our carpark attendant; the donors of cakes and  tombola and raffle prizes; our sponsors; the great after-show clear-up team; the judges and stewards .We hope everyone has received a personal thanks. Please forgive us if you were forgotten.

Finally, I give my thanks to the members of the committee who work so hard throughout the year to bring the whole day together. You are a great team.

We welcome suggestions for a theme for 2022.

Philippa M Strickland

Chairman P&DHS

August Coffee Morning and Community Library


Bunting (thanks, Jen) sunshine and free cake – the August coffee morning was a huge success so thank you to everybody who came along. It was a joy to stand in the kitchen and hear again the hubbub of voices, people chatting and laughing, meeting friends old and new; it seems like such a long time since we were all together in such numbers. Thank you to Mary for the lemon drizzle cakes, they were soon consumed as they were so delicious. Thank you to Jan and Julie for helping in the kitchen; they haven’t lived in the village for long but are always keen to help and become involved. In September we hope Fran will be back with us and we can welcome you all again to the village coffee morning.

The library also played its part, lending a record number of books and enrolling more new borrowers – simple to join and always free.

And, as usual, David Penfold was there to represent the Parish Council and answer any questions. Hot topic in August was trimming the allotment borders to avoid nettles going to seed and springing up in carefully tended plots.

Do come along and play your part, just by being at the Village Hall on Wednesday September 1st, 10 – 12. All funds raised at the Coffee Morning go to the Village Hall. See you there!!

Anne, Tim and Vivien

Needed: Help with the Pett Post Office

Hello All,

Sadly Nathan who has been helping Anthea with unpacking and packing up the Post Office equipment on Thursdays is now unable to carry on.

So we are in need of another volunteer to assist her at 12-15 and 3pm or 2!

Please contact Anthea in the Post Office at the chapel or contact me; Wendy Hatch on

Thank you

Rural Crime Team August Update

The latest Rural Crime update can be reached via the link below.



500 Club July Winners


500 CLUB


Winners for July are

1st Doreen McCausland

2nd Cliff Burt

3rd David Burgess

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Draw Date 4th Aug 2021

Pett Village Hall is a Registered Charity in England and Wales No 1005693

Coffee Morning and Community Library 4th August 10 am Village Hall- Freedom tea and lots of cake!

August Coffee Morning will be a celebration of the end of restrictions. After many months of lockdown and various restraints that have hampered our day to day living we can finally have a more normal coffee morning. To celebrate this we are pleased to offer customers a FREE slice of cake with every drink purchased. So, if you haven’t visited the coffee morning before or maybe you used to come along before the pandemic and have yet to return, why not make the 4th of August the day you come along? We are open 10.00 – 12.00 and can assure you a very warm welcome awaits. If you live in the village and need transport to the village hall please ring Tim on 07734 282494. This is a very sociable and pleasant way to help raise funds for our Village Hall. Please support those who give their time.

And just a reminder that the Community Library is already FREE, with no date stamp and no ‘overdue’ fine, so we can’t add anything to the celebration in that way; just a wide selection of subject matter and time to chat. Last month we changed about 25% of our books and, now we are getting back to a more familiar way of being, hope to rotate the selection more often. If you still have pre-pandemic books, maybe its time for a change. Weather permitting, we continue to set up a few tables outside.


Looking forward to seeing you all


Tim, Anne and Fran, Anna and Vivien

Pett WI August News

Pett WI News from Belinda Wood, President

What a great speaker for our final (we hope) Zoom meeting in June.  Kirsty Murphy spoke about her career in the RAF, including her time as the first female pilot for the Red Arrows as well as her latest work with The Blades. Filled with enthusiasm, motivation, inspiration and modesty – especially in respect to the MBE award by HM The Queen that very week – here is just flavour of the feedback we received from our members after the meeting.   “Brilliant speaker. What a way to end our Zooms. Kirsty is such a beautiful personality!”

“An inspiration to us all.”

“An amazing lady! Great speaker…an enjoyable evening.”

“What a way to finish the Pett WI zoom gatherings! A record attendance too. Kirsty is a truly lovely and inspirational lady with a twinkle in her eye. Incredible career. Amazing stories with gems of anecdotes! Brilliant evening. Am still buzzing!”

“Thanks for organising such an inspiring and entertaining speaker.”

“I am speechless she is such an inspiration and such a modest young woman!! A great speaker!”

“WOW!!! Just wow! She was so inspirational and what an amazing speaker! The Red Arrows’ stuff actually made me really emotional, I’m so happy to be lucky enough to be part of such a great group, thank you!”

And to quote the Red Arrows’ motto “Éclat from start to finish!”

The wet early summer weather meant that when members went to pick the cherries from the tree we rented in honour of past president Muriel Turner the useful yield was down by a good 60%!  However we still had a very enjoyable couple of hours together.  As the event coincided with American Independence Day fresh blueberry muffins were on hand to help sustain the pickers who managed to get a decent harvest nonetheless.  The cherries will form the basis of different produce to be shared at a forthcoming social event for all members.

We continue to support Rye Foodbank, and our current project to help the MacDonald Ward with their Courtyard Makeover Appeal continues too. Please do visit the MacDonald Ward Facebook page or their Just Giving page at https://justgiving.com/campaign/macdonaldcourtyard if you are interested in finding out more.

If you’d like to join our group please make contact with our secretary Amanda at or look out for us on our Facebook page.