Half Marathon Completed to Raise funds for Rye Food Bank

Paul Stapley and Laura Mitchell

Paul Stapley and Laura Mitchell

Father and daughter team, Paul Stapley 74 and his much younger daughter Laura Mitchell, both well known figures in the village, Paul for his involvement in the Parrish council, the cricket team and the setting up of the allotment society amongst other things and Laura who runs an extremely popular dance class in the village hall ,for the second year have run a half marathon in aid of Rye food bank. To the cheers of many well wishers set off on the route encompassing, Pett, Guestling, Icklesham and the outskirts of Winchelsea. It was a glorious day allowing them crystal clear views of Dungeness and the channel as they made the return journey back into the village. Well done Laura and Paul who so far have managed to raise over £840 towards Rye Food bank, Laura has set up a just giving page if you wish to donate.
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/laura-mitchell-78?

Message from UK Power Network regarding Storm Eunice

I am writing regarding our preparations for Storms Dudley and Eunice, which will arrive consecutively in the UK from tomorrow (Wednesday 16th February).

As you may be aware, UK Power Networks manages the local power lines and substations which distribute electricity to over 8.3m homes and businesses across London, the South East and the East of England.

Storm Dudley will arrive tomorrow and is forecast to have a minimal impact on our network. However, Storm Eunice is expected to arrive on Friday 18th and is expected to bring stronger winds and unsettled weather.

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but strong winds and heavy rain can bring down branches and trees, damaging overhead power lines. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.

We have organised for additional staff in our contact centre and more engineers on the ground, particularly for Storm Eunice, to be available to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather.

Both you and your residents will be able to find regular updates and information about individual power cuts on our website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk . We will also be posting general updates on @UKPowerNetworks .

Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

  • Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map, with details of individual power cuts
  • Call 105 free of charge to speak to our customer service team, report a power cut or damage to the electricity network
  • Tweet @UKPowerNetworks to report a power cut or to receive updates
  • Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates

We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut.  Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register.  You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority .

Rother Policing Update -February

Please find below the monthly updates and round up.

Safer Rother Partnership Priorities –

  • Anti-social behaviour and youth crime – working in partnership to reduce the occurrence and impact of young people involved in crime and ASB and as victims.
  • Rural Crime – including specific types of crime, for example; theft of farm and large plant machines and cross border crime.
  • Drug Related Harm – including drug supply (local and county lines) and the impact on the local community. Including partnership work with drug treatment and support agencies.
  • Acquisitive Crime – within retail, links to community reassurance and addiction which will include working with business sector, residents and support enforcement.

Monthly Round-Up:

              Arrests:  56

Incidents of note:

Arrests made in connection with catalytic converter thefts in Sussex

A man has been arrested on suspicion of a series of thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles across Sussex.

Officers from the Specialist Enforcement Unit (SEU) made the arrest at an address near Dartford in Kent on Monday, January 10.

The 55-year-old was taken into custody on ten counts of theft from a motor vehicle. The alleged offences relate to thefts which took place in January 2021 in Eastbourne, Bexhill, St Leonards, Etchingham, Bognor and Littlehampton.

Further information can be found on the Sussex Police website here. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/arrest-made-in-connection-with-catalytic-converter-thefts-in-sussex/

 Two men charged following burglaries in Wealden and Rother

Two men have been charged in relation to burglaries in North Wealden and Rother.

Police were called around 2.20pm on Tuesday (January 18) by a member of the public who had spotted some suspicious behaviour at a property in Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham. A blue Vauxhall Astra was seen leaving the scene, and around 6.20pm that evening the same vehicle hit an ANPR camera in Kent.

Officers from Kent Police stopped the car on the M25 and recovered a quantity of jewellery from inside. The jewellery matched that reported stolen during the Etchingham burglary, and a second burglary that had taken place at a property in Eridge Road, Groombridge, around 4.30pm that day.

The two occupants of the car were arrested and returned to Sussex for interview.

To read more, please visit our website here. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/two-men-charged-following-burglaries-in-wealden-and-rother/

Burglaries: 26

 Out in the Community:

Neighbourhood Policing Team week of action

From January 17th to the 23rd police forces across the country took part in a national week of action to highlight the role of Neighbourhood Policing Teams and to share information on the work they do to help people in their time of need. To mark the week, officers from across East Sussex shared their experiences of what it’s like working within Sussex’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams on our website here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/no-two-days-are-the-same—what-its-like-working-for-sussexs-neighbourhood-policing-teams

 East Sussex model railway group awarded police funding to keep project on track

Rother PCSO Holter recently met with members of a local model railway society to present £300 of grant funding towards their latest project. East Sussex Garden Rail Group has been awarded the funds from the Police Property Act Fund, which will go towards extending their outdoor railway track. The full story can be found on our website here. https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/sussex/news/news/east-sussex-model-railway-group-awarded-police-funding-to-keep-project-on-track/

 On the Team:

  • Bexhill – (Central, Collington, Kewhurst, Old Town & Worsham, Pebsham & St Michaels, Sackville, Sidley, St Marks and St Stephens):

Sgt Lauren Buck

PCSO Darren Owen, PCSO Neil Holden, PCSO Roy Collins, PCSO Joe Winchester, PCSO Mollie Booth, PCSO Sarah Hunt.

  • Battle – (Ashburnham and Penhurst, Battle, Netherfield and Telham, Bodiam, Brightling, Burwash, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Dallington, Etchingham, Ewhurst Green, Staplecross and Cripps Corner, Hooe, Hurst Green, Mountfield, Ninfield, Roberstbridge and Salehurst, Sedlescombe, Ticehurst, Stonegate and Flimwell and Whatlington):

Sgt Mark Tansley

PCSO Laura Harrison, PCSO Rachel Scott, PCSO Sam Kemp, PCSO Emma Phillips, PCSO Daryl Holter.

  • Rye – (Westfield, Three Oaks, Fairlight, Guestling, Broad Oak, Brede, Rye, Rye Foreign, Camber, Playden, Iden, Udimore, Winchelsea, Winchelsea Beach, Pett, Northiam, Peasmarsh and Beckley):

Sgt Matt Chapman

PCSO Rebekah Unicombe, PCSO Orla Lindsay, PCSO Demetrius Georghiou and PCSO Zoe Burden.

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February Coffee Morning and Community Library

The February Coffee Morning was such a fine (if chilly) day, we were able to set up some of the library tables outside. This gave Jane more space for her jigsaws and some extra room for those awaiting Robert’s help with their hearing aids. Please note: in March there will be NO Hearing Aid Maintenance service.

In the library at the moment we hold over 250 books, subdivided as to fiction, non-fiction and children and a sizeable mixed selection of large print books, too. As for books of the month, we have been given for our own small permanent collection Smart Guide to Back Care by Janet Wakley. Janet was a specialist nurse, instructor and back care advisor to other medical staff and gives back care training to St John Ambulance Brigade members. Crammed full of information, help and advice, this is probably a book we could all benefit from reading. If you’ve not much time, try A Cornish Carol, a light-hearted short story from Fern Britton. Or for something rather more gritty, The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble.

We are all volunteers trying to offer a community hub while at the same time raising money for the Village Hall with the sale of delicious hot drinks and cake. This is also where the 500 Club draw is made, you can talk informally to a member of the Parish Council, you can borrow a library book or three and a jigsaw, meet new people, catch up with friends and always have a friendly welcome. See you at the Village Hall Wednesday March 2nd, 10 – 12.

Anna and Vivien; Anne, Tim and Fran

The Archive Resource Centre Opening Day -12th February 2021

ARC logo

Back in the Spring of 2019, when we began this community archive project for Fairlight, Guestling and Pett, no one foresaw the pandemic, so we didn’t expect that getting to this stage would take the best part of three years. Now, finally, we have a home for the archive, secure, wired, equipped and furnished and we are planning for digital cataloguing of our collections to commence in the first half of 2022. We are holding an Opening Day at Pett Methodist Church on February 12th, so you can see for yourself.

On the day, the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Andrew Blackman, will formally declare the ARC room open at 11:30am. In the main hall, we will be exhibiting a collection of original artwork from significant 20th century artists with links to this area. Haydon Luke will be giving an extended talk about this subject, at 12 noon and 2pm. As well as the exhibition and the talks, there will be refreshments and a chance to talk to committee members about future plans and to see the ARC room. Entry is FREE but you will be encouraged to support us by becoming (or renewing as) a Friend of the ARC under a new, annual scheme. The cost of running the ARC is modest, but it doesn’t pay for itself!

Getting to this point has required money and dedicated time, so the Open Day is also an opportunity to thank all those who’ve helped us make it this far: Rother District Council and our ward councillors, Roger Bird and Andrew Mier; The Isabel Blackman Foundation; Fairlight, Guestling and Pett Parish Councils; and the many individuals from across the area who have made donations, large and small, to our Friends’ fund or who have donated equipment or their time.

We look forward to welcoming you on the day and if, when you have seen what is planned, you would like to get more involved in the project just have a word with one of the Committee members.

Please note: masks may still be required on the day

Contact:

 

IMPORTANT – PETT VILLAGE HALL PARKING: TUESDAY 8TH FEBRUARY

On Tuesday 8th February the Parish Council’s contractor will be completing tree work between the boundary of the Village Hall and the allotments.

Please do not park on the tarmac area in front of the Hall on 8th February. Please let others who may park there know. Thank you.

The Village Hall Committee cannot accept responsibility for any damage to vehicles parked in that area caused by the tree work.

It will be safe to park on the gravel area at the side of the Hall.

Tim Rothwell, Chair PVHMC

Village Hall 500 Club January Winner

500 Club winners Jan 22

500 Club winners Jan 22

Pett & Pett Level News

Richard and I would like to hear from anyone who is interested in helping us put together Pett & Pett Level News, so helping to contribute to the enjoyment of our community. If you think you may be interested then please contact either of us direct or email us at .

The Archive Resource Centre -Opening Day 12th February

ARC logo

Back in the Spring of 2019, when we began this community archive project for Fairlight, Guestling and Pett, no one foresaw the pandemic, so we didn’t expect that getting to this stage would take the best part of three years. Now, finally, we have a home for the archive, secure, wired, equipped and furnished and we are planning for digital cataloguing of our collections to commence in the first half of 2022. We are holding an Opening Day at Pett Methodist Church on February 12th, so you can see for yourself.

On the day, the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Andrew Blackman, will formally declare the ARC room open at 11:30am. In the main hall, we will be exhibiting a collection of original artwork from significant 20th century artists with links to this area. Haydon Luke will be giving an extended talk about this subject, at 12 noon and 2pm. As well as the exhibition and the talks, there will be refreshments and a chance to talk to committee members about future plans and to see the ARC room. Entry is FREE but you will be encouraged to support us by becoming (or renewing as) a Friend of the ARC under a new, annual scheme. The cost of running the ARC is modest, but it doesn’t pay for itself!

Getting to this point has required money and dedicated time, so the Open Day is also an opportunity to thank all those who’ve helped us make it this far: Rother District Council and our ward councillors, Roger Bird and Andrew Mier; The Isabel Blackman Foundation; Fairlight, Guestling and Pett Parish Councils; and the many individuals from across the area who have made donations, large and small, to our Friends’ fund or who have donated equipment or their time.

We look forward to welcoming you on the day and if, when you have seen what is planned, you would like to get more involved in the project just have a word with one of the Committee members.

Please note: masks may still be required on the day

Contact:

Chick Hill Road Closures 3-4 February and 14-16 February

Reminder
Chick Hill is scheduled to be closed from Moore Cottage to Windsong for works by Openreach (replace decayed pole) from the 3rd February to the 4th February. Emergency access will be maintained.
There will be another closure between Elms Lane and Lunsford for gas works between 14th February and 16th February
Diversion route
C92 Pett Level Road – C92 Battery Hill – C92 Fairlight Road – A259 Old London Road – A259 Rye Road – A259 Winchelsea Road – C23 Friars Hill – C23 Pett Road and vice versa.

Chick Hill Road Closures 3-4 and 14-16 February

Chick Hill Road Closures 3-4 and 14-16 February