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Almost a year ago I wrote in the Village News:

In September 2019 a Macmillan Coffee Morning was held in the Village Hall, hosted by the lovely Jo Johnson, who had organised the event for several years. As usual it was a huge success, raising much needed funds for the iconic Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

Little did we know this was to be the last Coffee Morning hosted by Jo. Just a week after the event, to everyone’s sorrow, Jo suddenly died.  A couple of months later I was approached to see if I might be interested in organising the event in 2020. I said it would be an honour.

Then along came the pandemic and events organised and planned for 2020 all bit the dust.  2021 has been an uncertain year: I was involved in a seven-month long work project, government guidelines came and went, and came and went again, so the Coffee Morning was shelved.

 But now – how exciting – at last it is almost upon us!  The Macmillan Coffee Morning will finally take place at the end of the month at Pett Village Hall, from 9 am-12 noon in memory of Jo, and all the work she did for Macmillan Cancer Support. There will several stalls, including bric-a-brac, haberdashery and material, plants and gardening items, Christmas present ideas and a preloved handbag stall.

To start off the fundraising here is a picture of a fabulous BRAND-NEW Osprey handbag which has been donated to the Coffee Morning.

Macmillan Coffee Morning Handbag for Auction 2022

Macmillan Coffee Morning Handbag for Auction 2022

It is made of light grey leather. The colour can more easily be seen on the Pett Parish Council website: Pett on the Net  – we are inviting Silent Bids for this beautiful handbag which retails usually at around £170. If you would like to own it please email with the amount bid, your name and your contact phone number.

If you are interested in helping at the Coffee Morning please come along to a meeting at Pett Village Hall on Tuesday 1st September at 10.30am.

Cakes, scones, and biscuits will be gratefully received on the day itself from 8am.

Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Heather Godwin








Pett Methodist Post Office closed today Thursday 25th August and bank holiday Monday 29th August

Dear Residents,


Anthea gives her apologies that the post office is not open today (Thursday)  due to poor health.

Coffee Morning and Library Notes – August Review – next on Wednesday 7th September 10-12

Coffee Morning and Library Notes

August coffee morning was buzzing. It was a glorious summer’s morning, maybe too hot and we did not think that were going to be very busy and then, suddenly, we were. We were able to set up some tables and part of the library outside, which gives us all more space. That is particularly handy especially now that Robert has moved in to the doctor’s room for the hearing aid maintenance and batteries. This is, of course, much more comfortable for him and his patients than being in a cupboard, as he had been heretofore!!

As for the library, we were very pleased to enrol some new borrowers and we had a healthy selection of new books available, too. We are hoping for another injection of fresh books in September, but the Public Library is struggling to support us with all that they have going on over the Summer. We are small fry as far as they are concerned because we are the only Community Library that has come out of lockdown still functioning. We very much appreciate your support so please try to keep on supporting us and we will do our best to keep going and cajoling the library into giving us books.

Books of the Month – Roar, A Story for Every Woman by Cecilia Ahern is a collection of quirky, witty short stories. Ant Middleton‘s fiction thriller Cold Justice was voted No 1 Debut Thriller of 2021. Both will be available at the next Community Library and Coffee Morning, 10 – 12 Wednesday September 7th. See you there.


The Coffee Morning Team

Fairlight History Group Talk – Sir Reginald Eves, his work and legacy to Fairlight Wednesday 17 August 2.30pm Fairlight Village Hall

Fairlight History Group Talk Sir Reginald Eves his work and legacy to Fairlight Wednesday 17th August 2.30pm Fairlight Village Hall

Fairlight History Group Talk Sir Reginald Eves his work and legacy to Fairlight Wednesday 17th August 2.30pm Fairlight Village Hall

Advice for the Heat Wave

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The Friends of Pett Churches

I have recently taken over as the new Treasurer of the Church. This means I have joined Jonathan Meyer, our Priest-in-Charge, and the Church Warden, John Case, along with five other volunteers, in ‘managing’ the fabric and finances for the two churches: St Mary & St Peter Church in Pett Road, and the tiny St Nicholas Church on Pett Level. The title of our little group sounds very grand: Pett Parochial Church Council, but it’s not. We are ordinary people wishing to prolong the life of the churches in Pett.

While not a regular church-goer I firmly believe that our village is the richer for the presence of the churches and the churchyard, as it is for the presence of the two pubs, the cricket ground and the village hall.  So, having had experience in financially administering several charities, I agreed to take on the role. However I was very surprised, once I’d got ‘my feet under the table’, to see the extent of the Churches’ financial outgoings that need to be met every month.

Did you know that the Parochial Church Council is committed to paying over £1,000 per month for diocesan management, insurance, and the ever-increasing price of gas and electricity? In June £2,000 was paid for essential electrical safety work. We are so grateful for the voluntary help from the Guardians of the Churchyard but the grass cutting of the churchyard, by a professional firm, amounted to £640 recently.

Subscriptions by the Friends in 2021 were very welcome and used towards the costs of maintaining the church buildings. Last year we gratefully accepted an anonymous donation for part-payment of a more efficient boiler.  We started on necessary electrical work.  The porch was repainted in St Nicholas Church, the rear cross restored and rehung and earlier this year a sink and running water was installed in the vestry. Seasonal visitors who donate to this quaint little church certainly help to support our larger village church, so offering a free cup of coffee to them is a good investment!

Our income in 2021 (as in 2020) was, of course, badly affected by the Covid lockdowns, both because we missed out on regular income from the collections at weekly services but also because of the cancellation of some fundraising events. This shows how vital are monthly or annual contributions that can be relied upon.

I do understand that the cost-of-living crisis is affecting everybody in some way and there are so many calls from so many charities in these troubled times, but we probably do not need to remind you that the churches and the churchyard are an important part of the village.  Last month a long-standing village farming family held a beautiful wedding in St Mary & St Peter church. Villagers reserve plots for their own memorials, or relatives’ graves. The church steeple can be seen from great distances and is a constant symbol of divine power, whether or not you attend church services,

Please consider becoming a Friend of Pett Churches. Included with this month’s Village News is a leaflet explaining what is involved – which is actually very little! If you do agree that both Churches are an integral part of Pett and Pett Level please complete the leaflet and send it to me, The Treasurer, 2 Brambletye, Pett Road, Pett, TN35 4HE.

If you wish to pay by cheque it should be made out to St Mary & St Peter Church. Any contribution is welcome but we are hoping that your subscription could be least at £15 per person, or £20 for a couple, or £25 for a family, per year, OR you might like to make a smaller, but regular, monthly contribution by standing order.

If paying by bank transfer or standing order the account is: St Mary & St Peter Church: Sort Code: 30-96-26 Account No: 54871860.





Police Rural Crime Team July Update

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Pett Level Independent Lifeboat Art show and Sale 14th August 10.30 – 3.30



Pett Village Hall 500 Clun Winners for July

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