Season’s Greetings

A message from the Chair of Pett Parish Council, David Penfold

I would like to thank all those who have sent me Christmas cards. I am not sending any this year, but will make a donation to an appropriate charity. I would therefore like to wish everyone in the parish a Happy Christmas and good health and happiness in the year to come.

The Passing of Tim Rothwell

Tim Rothwell

It is with shock and much sadness that we have to report the sudden death on Sunday of Tim Rothwell, who has done so much for our community, particularly in his role as chair of the village hall management committee. The condolences of the parish council, on behalf of the community, go to his wife Libby and the rest of his family. At its meeting in January, the council will consider whether there is any way in which Tim’s work can be recognised.

Coffee Morning and Library Notes

There was a bright, festive atmosphere at the December Coffee Morning with elves and Christmas jumpers galore. Does anyone have a knitting or crochet pattern for a Christmas jumper? If so, please may we borrow it? (To make for next year!!)

It is interesting to see that the Hearing Aid Maintenance with Robert at the helm is bringing in people from quite far afield – even Rye and Broad Oak. Because it is apparently quite difficult to get an appointment at regular clinics, those who need this service are popping in to the Coffee Morning – having a coffee and cake while they wait, as well as signing up to the Community Library. Therefore, just a reminder that it costs nothing to join or borrow books and we do not limit how long you may keep a book, which is especially handy if it is a craft or cookery book so that you have time to follow a project through. We carry about 200 books and now aim to introduce about 15 to 20 new volumes each month

This Book of the Month is recommended as “A cracking good read,” by a borrower who said she would not usually select a crime novel. Said book is Beau Death by Peter Lovesey. Other reviewers have said “A delightfully clever puzzle . . . building up to an ingenious final reveal” and ” . . . darkly funny, with richly drawn characters, detailed police procedure, brilliant dialogue and impeccable plotting.”. This modern detective story is set in Bath, the eponymous Beau being Beau Nash, the king of style and manners in Bath in a previous era. Humour, history and mystery in one brilliant novel.

This month we have a second Book of the Month which has been highly recommended: Sister, A Novel of The Women’s Suffrage Movement by Tim Stafford. Set in America between 1890 and 1919, this is a reminder that the women’s suffrage movement extended beyond our own shores. As another has written: ” ‘Sisters’ is the powerful chronicle of a second-generation suffragist searching for her identity during the dramatic, turbulent times surrounding the women’s suffrage movement in America. Striving to understand the true meaning of women’s rights, Susan relies on her Christian faith for answers.’

And if neither of these appeals to you, there are plenty more to chose from. If you have particularly enjoyed a book you have borrowed from the Community Library and that you think others might also like, do let us know when you bring it back and we’ll flag it up in our book of the month review.

Next Coffee Morning and Community Library: Wednesday 4th January, 10 – 12.

 

Seasons Greetings from Anna, Vivien and the Coffee Morning Team

Carol Service St Nicholas Tuesday 20th 6.30pm

Carol Service St Nicholas Tuesday 20 December 6.30pm

No Post Office at Pett Methodist Church Today (Monday 12th December)

Apologies no post office service today due to the weather.

Carols in the Barn Saturday 17th December 6.30pm Pickham Farm

Carols in the Barn

Pickham Farm

Saturday 17th December, 6.30pm

Our traditional carol evening with the cattle, sheep, donkeys and goats!

With mulled wine and mince pies.  

In aid of Farm Africa.

Please wrap up warm!

Post Office at Methodist Church Pett Closed Today

Anthea sends her apologies. Anthea is still unwell and so there will be no post office services at the Methodist Chapel today (Thursday 8th December).

Are you vulnerable? Need help should power, gas or water cuts occur! Register for Priority Services

We are about to go into a period of cold weather, so now is the time to make sure that you have support available should power, gas or water cuts occur.

The Priority Services Register is a free support service to help people in vulnerable situations. Energy suppliers and network operators offer it. Each keeps their own register, although some share with each other.

We recommend that people who may be vulnerable or at risk during severe weather should be on a Priority Services Register. Friends and relatives can assist those who may be in need of a bit of help to register, such as the elderly or people with serious medical conditions, or those who may not have Internet access and therefore may not have received this message. Each operator can be contacted online or by phone.

Similarly, if your household is already registered, please make sure that your registration is fully up to date, for example, to ensure that contact details and special needs remain accurate.

Please act now, don’t wait!

Power cuts don’t happen very often, but if the electricity, gas or water supply network is damaged or develops a fault, engineers work around the clock 24/7 to restore supplies as quickly as is safely possible. Being on a Priority Services Register will ensure that extra support will be received if the customer experiences an outage. Support is likely to include:

  • A priority number that you can call 24 hours a day
  • Text and voice message alerts, letting you know when they are aware of a large power cut in your area or should your water supply be interrupted
  • Tailored support if needed such as home visits, hot meals, advice and keeping your friends and relatives updated
  • Where possible they will send you text and voice messages when severe weather is expected, to help you prepare
  • In certain scenarios they may also offer a free hotel overnight and transport to the hotel
  • For complex power cuts, community welfare teams provide on-site support which includes hot drinks, hot meals, a Wi-Fi connection and charge points.

OFGEM has a summary at https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/information-consumers/energy-advice-households/getting-extra-help-priority-services-register, and this includes help in finding the suppliers in your area. As various energy suppliers and network operators are active in Sussex, the following are the ones who cover most of the county, but there are some others. If you try to register with the wrong operator they will usually steer you in the right direction.

Electricity
UK Power Networks – most of the SE of England https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/power-cut/priority-services/about-the-priority-services-register
SSEN – parts of the West of Sussex https://www.ssen.co.uk/PriorityServices/

Water
Southern Water https://www.southernwater.co.uk/help-advice/join-our-priority-services-register
South East Water https://www.southeastwater.co.uk/get-help/help-for-priority-customers