Piano Recital Misha Galant

Misha Galant Piano Recital Saturday 18th March 7.30pm St Thomas Church Winchelsea

Fire Service Review

Dear Resident,

I have seen the Fairlight Residents’ Association email from Helena Dollimore drawing attention to the Fire Service Review and her campaign to maintain a proper level of Fire and Rescue coverage for our villages.

It would be useful to set out the current position. I have been in communication with Sally-Ann Hart MP’s office over this issue and received the following statement –

“Sally-Ann had a meeting with Chief Officer Dawn Whittaker of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) on the 1 February in which she raised her serious concerns about the possibility of the downgrading of the cover provided by The Ridge fire station in Hastings and the impact that this would have on Hastings and the outlying villages.

Sally-Ann is very pleased to learn of the announcement by the East Sussex Fire Authority last Friday that they have agreed that the way that emergency response is provided for the east of the service is reconsidered in order to enable the continued provision of 2 immediately available fire appliances in Hastings for 24 hours 7 days a week.”

At first sight that is an encouraging response, but it does not make clear that the appliances are to be at The Ridge, rather than Bohemia Road. Accordingly I wrote to Sally-Anne’s office on 17 February seeking clarification as follows –

“A remaining point of concern is that the wording does not specifically refer to the retention of fully-staffed appliances at the Ridge, but only “in Hastings”. That could mean at Bohemia Road station, which is unacceptably far from the villages of Fairlight, Guestling, Icklesham and Pett which I represent.”

Sally-Ann Hart’s office has taken this up with the Fire Service and I await a response.

I would like residents to be assured that I have been actively dealing with this issue, as I did during the 2012 Review, and that Parish Councils are also actively engaged.

It is certainly worthwhile expressing our views to the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. Response times in the villages are already not the best and we have narrow lanes and wooden houses (one burned down in Clinton Way quite recently – happily it was not occupied).

Best wishes,


Councillor Andrew Mier

Rother District Council – Southern Rother Ward

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Quiz Night Saturday 11 March 2023 6.30pm for 7pm

Quiz Night Saturday 11 March 2023 6.30pm for 7pm 5 per team member inc. raffle ticket Pett Village Hall

Village Hall Coffee Morning – 1st February Notes

Another busy 1st Wednesday of the month in February with coffee morning, jigsaw lending, community library and hearing aid clinic all well used. In the Library we were very pleased to welcome two new borrowers, as well as old friends! And we continue to offer newly arrived books.

Maybe books in translation from non-English authors interest you? (Is this a ‘genre’ in itself?) A clutch of just such books has arrived on our tables.One is the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature: La Place de L’Etoile by Patrick Modiano. A debut novel, this is a satire of France during the Nazi Occupation. French? Satirical? Who knew? And translated from German, another debut novel, this one set in Berlin, One Clear Ice-cold January Morning at the Beginning of the 21st Century by Roland Schimmelpfennig. This might be a prize-winner for the longest title of a novel, ever, although according to one reviewer, ‘The exhilarating narrative is wonderfully concise …’   Another book boasting a longish title is Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest by Amos Oz.  Translated from Hebrew, this is, however, a small book with short chapters –  ‘Both a children’s fable and an allegory for adults . . .’ it tells us on the back cover. From Finland we have Happy Days of the Grump by Tuomas Kyro, a story to equal the (Swedish) A Man Called Ove. And we have more, from German, French, Italian Spanish and Norwegian authors. It is refreshing to have the opportunity for a different perspective.

And there is a splendid symmetry with our reader recommendations in that they are both about English speakers adjusting to life “abroad”. The first is a memoir, “Where the Hornbeam Grows” by Beth Lynch, about leaving beloved gardens and moving to Switzerland, and is subtitled “A journey in search of a Garden”. As Robert Macfarlane says, “horticulture and hope twine together here”. The hope is needed as despite being European the culture and approach to life of the Swiss Beth Lynch finds very difficult to feel at home in.

The second book is “Yuki means happiness”by Alison Jean Lester. The author lived for eight years in Japan when younger and her novel features a 23 year old American girl who goes to work as a nanny in Tokyo. Here customs, attitudes, language, spoken and of course especially written, are totally new to the protagonist. The developing relationship with her charge helps her, and in the end she has to decide whether to put everything on the line for the sake of the child.

And if none of the above appeal we have the first 3 books of Richard Osman’s “Thursday Murder Club” series!!

We hope to see you on March 1st in the Village Hall.

The Coffee Morning Team

Pett Village Hall 500 Club January Winners

Pett Village Hall 500 club January Winners