Pett Parish Council Update 

The council met in October as it was unable to meet in September during the period of mourning following the death of the Queen. There were a number of quite lively discussions. The first, in public time following the reports from the district councillors, was about the closure of the swimming bath in Rye because Rother District Council would not increase the grant for the pool. The cost of this was compared with the cost so far of the redevelopment of the Town Hall in Bexhill. It appears that there may be grants that can save the swimming pool and I understand that our MP is pursuing this with the appropriate government department.

Strangely, the Town Hall redevelopment plan has run into problems with the district’s own planning committee and it is clear that no final decision on this will be made for some time. And, on the subject of planning, I am still awaiting a response explaining why the replacement of caravans by chalets at the Kentucky site at Pett Level did not require planning permission.  This development looks even more controversial now that planning permission has been requested to extend the period of occupancy to 50 weeks in the year; this looks remarkably like using the chalets (or should we still call them caravans?) as a permanent residence. The council decided to object to this application.

The council had been considering planting a tree, probably on the piece of land known as ‘Hyde Park’, to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. However, a decision has now been made that, subject to the agreement of Highways, planting will be delayed until next year and the tree will commemorate both the Jubilee and the Coronation of the new king. If you wish to suggest other ways in which the village might celebrate the coronation, please let the clerk know, again by 4 November. I am old enough to remember the Queen’s coronation in 1953, when most houses were decorated with flags, bunting and other decorations in celebration. Should we be asking parishioners to do the same in 2023?

At the November meeting of the council, we shall be considering the budget for 2023/24. If you have a scheme or an activity that you feel that council should consider supporting, then please send an email to the clerk before Friday 4 November. Similarly if there is a project that you feel the council should undertake, then please send details to the clerk by the same date.

Last month, I mentioned hedges and I am going to repeat myself. If you have a hedge that borders the road, please cut it back. If you don’t, you will probably get a letter from the parish clerk asking you to do so. If you still don’t do so, the hedge will be referred to East Sussex Highways, who, in the last resort, will come and cut the hedge and send you a bill! This is not for aesthetic reasons, but so that safe sight lines can be maintained on the roads and, of course, that the roads retain their intended width.

Our attention has been drawn to the Rother Rural Trust. When considering the budget for next year, the council will decide whether to make a donation to the trust. However, can I remind you that the trust was set up to help people in need and grants can cover all sorts of need? If you know of someone who you feel is in a situation where a grant would help, please let Stephen Hardy, the secretary of the Trust, know. His email is and his phone number 01580 881309. Such grants, unfortunately, may be even more necessary as the economic situation deteriorates.

Finally, I have to report the death of Tony Meek, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday in the Royal Oak. For many years Tony engraved the Flower Show cups. Our sympathy goes to his family.

David Penfold, Chair, Pett Parish Council


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Next Coffee Morning Wednesday 2nd November 10-12

Coffee Morning and Library Notes

Autumn certainly blew in at the October Coffee Morning, the foyer being scattered with leaves coming in on the gusting wind. Thanks to Fran for sweeping them up.

We had quite a few new books this month and a very useful bookshelf to display them on – thank you Anna. It helps us make better use of the space and also, hopefully, to avoid overcrowding. We hope it makes the books easier to browse, too. As well as Recent Arrivals, we continue to have Fiction displayed alphabetically by author, Non-fiction, displayed randomly with many subjects to explore including health, hobbies and biographies, and a small Children’s collection. We also carry a small but varied selection of Large Print books.

Robert was with us once again, using the doctors’ room to check hearing aids and replace batteries. Although the Library and Coffee Morning were quite busy, Robert says that he was not. If you wear a hearing aid, do consider coming along to the village hall to have it serviced. No parking charge and easier than going to the hospital. And a sociable coffee and cake available to buy, too!!

A reminder also that David Penfold always comes along to the Coffee Morning and, as Chairman of the Parish Council, is happy to have an informal chat with you about village matters

Our Book of the Month is Midnight at Malabar House by Vaseem Khan. This is an historical ‘who dunnit’ set in Bombay in 1950. Never having been the slightest bit interested in India, I was reluctant to read this book. But I do like a good murder mystery, which this is and perforce it has an authoritative dose of social history thrown in, too, being set just after Partition. It also has an interesting cast of well-drawn characters and an unusual leading lady in Inspector Persis Wadia. Published in 2020, this is the first tale in a series of three – and I have already read the second book.

The next date for your diary, as ever, is the first Wednesday of the month – 2nd November, 10 – 12.

Anna, Vivien and the Coffee Morning Team

Quiz Night 29th October 7pm Pett Village Hall

Quiz Night 29th October 7pm Pett Village Hall

£5 per team member (which includes a free Raffle ticket). Teams of 6 maximum. Bring your own drink and refreshments.

Register your teams with Heather at     or     07977 100 296


East Sussex County Council Report – September 22 From Cllr Keith Glazier

Adult Social Care

 Events programme celebrates Older People’s Day

East Sussex County Council and East Sussex Seniors’ Association have unveiled the 15th annual Older People’s Day events programme. The Full of Life programme celebrates the role older people play in our communities and coincides with the UN International Day of Older Persons on October 1.

A mix of free and paid for in person activities and virtual events are open to the 50 plus age group across the county throughout September and October.

Starting with the first event on September 6, this year’s programme features age friendly activities ranging from museum visits, quizzes, and lunch clubs to film screenings, walks, and singalongs, as well as events for people with dementia.

Activities are taking place in locations across East Sussex including Battle, Bexhill, Crowborough, Eastbourne, Hastings, Newhaven and Seaford.

Events being held include a visit to Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, a day trip to Battle, a talk about the Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance Charity in Eastbourne, and a singalong session for people with dementia and their carers in Bexhill.

People can view the full programme and find out more information about events taking place in their area here.

The Older People’s Day events programme is supported by East Sussex County Council, East Sussex Seniors’ Association and the NHS, in partnership with leisure centres, local councils, charities, community and voluntary organisations.


Business Services

 Recruitment campaign shines light on positives

East Sussex County Council has launched a new campaign encouraging people to consider a career with ESCC amid a national recruitment crisis.

For the ‘We Choose East Sussex’ campaign, some of the local authority’s 11,000 employees have shone a light on the positives that drew them to their roles. The support of colleagues, the chance to make a positive difference for residents, the flexibility to balance home and work life, and the varied career opportunities were among the positives they highlight.

The colourful campaign aims to address the recruitment crisis which is affected businesses and organisations across the country with growing numbers of people not in employment who are not looking for work.

It features the authentic voices of staff describing their jobs in their own words. The video which can be viewed here and more information about career opportunities can be found here.

 Children’s Services

 Celebrating work experience programme success

More than 3,600 students from across East Sussex have been given an insight into the world of work thanks to the council’s work experience scheme. Coordinated by East Sussex County Council’s Work Experience Team, the initiative offers workplace opportunities to students aged 14 to 18.

During the last academic year, pupils from 32 schools were offered placements with over 1,400 businesses across the county providing valuable hands-on workplace experience.

The placements allow students to gain a better understanding of East Sussex businesses and hear what employers expect of their staff, as well as providing them with the opportunity to get information directly from businesses and learn about career pathways.

Employers from a wide variety of business sectors offered placements to students this year including manufacturing, construction, engineering, catering, health care, teaching, retail and tourism.

The council is keen to hear from businesses across East Sussex who would like to offer work experience placements to students during the current academic year.

Businesses interested in finding out more should contact the Work Experience team  here.


The council continues its recruitment search for new Foster Parents.  Information can be found here:

 Thousands can benefit from online careers event

What Next Sussex are inviting thousands of students to improve their career options by logging on to an online event next month.

What Next Sussex will offer students, teachers and parents the chance to find out about the options available from across Sussex and get an insight in to industries and sectors where the greatest career opportunities are available.

The event on Thursday, October 6, is a My Choices event run by the Sussex Learning Network, with support from Elev8Careers, and support and funding from East Sussex Careers Hub and Coast to Capital Careers Hub. It will offer live chat events at 1.30pm to 3pm and at 6pm to 7.30pm.

East Sussex employers including Rathfinney, Hawes Construction and Metaltech will join with educational, training and apprenticeship providers to highlight opportunities and explore all that Sussex has to offer after GCSEs.

Find out more here about the free online event and how to register.

 Communities, Economy and Transport

Funding confirmed for bus improvements

East Sussex County Council has received confirmation from Government that it will receive £41,415,025 to implement its Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) – proposals to help the council and bus operators improve services and increase the use of public transport.

The funding, which will benefit people in every part of the county, will support;

  • Bus priority improvements including physical infrastructure and traffic light priority
  • Bus service improvements including fixed route and timetabled services and flexible services with improved frequencies, later evening services and improved weekend services
  • Fare reductions
  • Bus Stop improvements including the provision of high-quality interchanges, more and improved bus shelters and more real time information at stops

Ahead of funding being confirmed, and to take full advantage of the summer season, the county council agreed to fund a range of fare reductions for bus passengers that were part of the BSIP proposals.

A number of operators across East Sussex already offer discounts including a new £5 East Sussex single operator day ticket, family and group travel tickets and an off-peak unaccompanied young person £1 flat single fare tickets.

With the two and a half year funding allocation now confirmed, officers will progress with the delivery of the BSIP schemes at pace to ensure that the benefits are obtained by the residents of East Sussex as early as possible.

More information about the plan is available here.

Events celebrate Libraries Week 2022

Libraries Week, which runs from October 3 to 9, is an annual celebration of the best that libraries have to offer, and this year aims to showcase how libraries are inspiring learning for all and helping individuals to unlock and fulfil their potential at every stage of life.

A series of events will be running in libraries across the county over the coming weeks to celebrate Libraries Week.

Free events for adults and children will be taking place in East Sussex libraries in late September and throughout October to encourage people to never stop learning. Events include writing for wellbeing workshops, author led storytelling sessions, creative writing courses, and poetry.

Regular library activities such as Ryhmetime, Homework and Activity Clubs, and Family Learning events will also continue to take place in libraries across the county throughout October.

More information on the events being held to celebrate Libraries Week 2022, and information on how to book a place can be found here.

Further details about the East Sussex library service and the activities on offer are available here.



Pett Village Hall 500 Club – September winners

PVH 500 Club Winners Poster Sept 2022

PVH 500 Club Winners Poster Sept 2022


worlds biggest coffee morning logo

What a great morning! Just anybody who was anybody came to support the Macmillan Coffee Morning on the last day of September. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and to feel, almost, as though the lock-down had been a bad dream.

Grateful thanks must go to the Planning Team: Wendy Burgess, Jackie Richards and Betty Harknett and the magnificent Catering Team lead by Sara Dann, with Trish Walker as her lieutenant.  Thanks, too, to the Pett Village Hall Committee who generously donated the Hall and the Badminton Group for giving up their morning. Rod Rolfe kindly subsidised the publicity posters and Tic Toc, The Royal Oak and The Old Butcher’s Shop all supported the morning.

But, most of all, thank you to everyone who came along, donated items for sale, made delicious scones and cakes, and helped on the stalls.

The Grand Total? £1,926.23 before Gift Aid.

In the words of Strictly Come Dancing: