Congratulations to Jan and Mike Marsh – Ruby Wedding

Pett residents Jan and Mike Marsh celebrate their Ruby Wedding Anniversary – 40 years – this weekend.

Here they are caught enjoying the lovely paella at their wonderful celebratory lunch at the Red Lion, Brede on Saturday 10 March.

Many congratulations to them both and all good wishes for many more happy and healthy years together.


History of the Two Sawyers

With grateful thanks to Lesley Wilkins, the History of the Two Sawyers by Michael Jackson is available on the Two Sawyers page here

Disruption to water supplies – compensation

Rother District Councillor Chris Saint has today received the following email from Southern Water about the recent disruption to water supplied following the bad weather.

‘I am writing following the recent water supply issues which affected our customers in your area. This situation stemmed from the impact on our water network of the recent thaw following the period of very cold weather.

We fully appreciate and understand the problems that the recent disruption has caused people and we will be compensating those households and schools affected.

We are working hard to identify all the properties concerned and will automatically compensate customers’ accounts. Those who were without water for less than 12 hours will receive £25. For those who had no water supply for over 12 hours, the payment will be £50, while those who had no water for over 24 hours will get £75.

We also recognise that many families and communities were disrupted by school closures due to water supply problems. Therefore, we will be donating a £2000 Science Technology Engineering & Maths (STEM)-focused community grant to each school affected by an interruption. We will also be offering these schools an interactive class session with our team of engineers and scientists.

Once again, we would like to apologise for the recent disruption and will aim to compensate all our customers within the next 7-10 days. Further details on our guaranteed standards of service for customers can be found on our website at  Please be advised that if we fail to let our affected customers know about the compensation they are due within 20 working days of the date of the supply interruption, they may be entitled to a further payment of £20.  If a customer has been affected by an interruption, but we have not contacted them, they can contact us within three months following the date on which their supply was interrupted or cut off.

Please note that for non-household customers, such as local businesses, we have made arrangements with the retailers which now look after these accounts and they will be in touch directly with customers very shortly. For further background on this, please see

I trust the above has been helpful and informative, but please do let me know of any queries you may have.

All the best


Joel Hufford

Stakeholder Engagement Manager (Sussex)

Southern Water


T 01903 272776 M 07393 785905’


Photos and postcards of old Pett Level

With grateful thanks to Mary Windsor and Fran Rogers, a large selection of photos and postcards of Pett Level have just been uploaded to the Pett Level – the Past page.

Lesley Wilkins has sent in a selection of photos of the old Ship Inn at Pett Level which was destroyed in a storm.

All these photos can be seen here 

Crime Prevention Tips

Surrey and Sussex Neighbourhood Watch and Sussex Police have issued the following advice regarding crime prevention at this time of year.

‘It is difficult to believe after our recent weather that spring officially starts on the 20th March!!.
Spring is when most people get out in their gardens.
Here are some crime prevention tips to consider:

Keep garages and sheds locked when using tools and ensure you put them away after use.
Make sure garage doors are closed and secure.
Make sure fences around your home are secure and not broken.
Planting defensive hedging and plants may help deter criminals.
If you are planning a holiday, ask neighbours to watch over your home and to ensure that post is pushed completely through the letterbox.

Help us keep Sussex safe

Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Please contact us online, email us at or call 101.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at’

Burglaries – information from Sussex Police

Sussex Police have issued the following warning about burglaries in the local area:

‘We would like you to be aware of two burglaries that have been reported over the weekend across Hastings & Rother.
These occurred during the hours of darkness. Most offenders are looking for unlocked doors – let’s not make it easy for them to steal from you. Please make sure that you take some time to lock up securely before you go to bed.

Help us keep Sussex safe

Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Please contact us online, email us at or call 101.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at’

Protect your emails

Advice from Sussex Police


Email accounts contain more than just your emails.

Email accounts contain a wealth of sensitive information. Criminals can use your email to reset passwords or obtain personal and financial information, such as your bank details, full address or DOB, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft and fraud.

Secure your email account with two simple steps…

1 – Use a strong, separate password
2 – Enable two-factor authentication

More information and advice on this and other cyber protection issues are available on the Government website here

Keeping warm in cold weather

In the know, the Surrey and Sussex umbrella organisation for the Neighbourhood Watch in this area, have highlighted advice from West Sussex County Council on keeping yourself and others warm during cold weather. The advice can be accessed here

Pett on the Net – Your Community Website Relaunched

Hands of Hope – Appeal

Hands of Hope, the charity using, growing and cooking healthy, nutritious food to tackle childhood obesity and loneliness asks you to turn your preloved into reloved to help them raise funds.

Are you having a Spring Clean or a big clear out? Then Hands of Hope want to hear from you. We all know the saying ‘One man’s junk is another man’s treasure’ and here is your chance to turn your unwanted goods into cash for this inspirational charity.

With Childhood Obesity and Loneliness being two of the biggest challenges in the 21st Century, the organisation will tackle these through developing their scheme at their newly acquired site in Hawkhurst, making it a place to grow, learn, meet and enjoy.

But first they need to raise more funds and ask that you contribute your surplus items to them which will then be auctioned from Rye Auction Rooms and on Ebay. Whether you have coins, rugs, antiques, books, furniture, vintage clothes, glassware…well virtually anything of value…these could be turned into cash to benefit your community.

Please contact the team via the links below and arrange to donate your items. Collection is possible in certain circumstances.

The contact details are the same if you would like to find out more about what they do; maybe you would like to volunteer your time to help? There are plenty of varied roles available!

Hands of Hope

…aims to reconnect people with where their food comes from, teach them how to grow and cook healthy and nutritious food and use this process to ultimately reduce childhood obesity and also loneliness in older people.

Currently farming 4 acres of organic land in Peasmarsh, the charity needs to raise £1.4m to develop an 18 acre site in Hawkhurst, Kent, ‘The Wall’. They will create a kitchen garden, a cooking school, greenhouse, seminar room and more. The site will also serve as a valuable community and activity centre for young children families and the elderly.

Hope Farm, Tillingham Lane, Peasmarsh, East Sussex, TN316XG

Tel; 01424 834768


Reg Charity No: 1168016

Helena Maltby – Charity Officer