Pett Flower Show – 2018

The Schedule and Application form for entries for the 2018 Pett Flower Show & Fayre are now available. They can be downloaded (for printing) on the Pett Flower Show page here

False Telephone Preference Service Calls

Action Fraud, the National Fraud & Cyber Reporting Centre, have issued advice about false claims of Telephone Preference Services (TPS). Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ – an enhanced call-barring service, which includes baring international call centres.

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.

In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days. On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.

During 207 there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.

Action Fraud say you can protect yourself as follows:

  • There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official ‘do-not-call’ register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at
  • You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
  • Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you are talking to, If in doubt, hang up immediately.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040.


History – Houses in Pett

With grateful thanks to Lesley Wilkins, a new page Houses in Pett the History section, showing photos of a range of houses in the village over the years, has been created here

East Sussex Library Service – Update

East Sussex Library Service have confirmed that as part of their new strategy a number of libraries, including Ore, will close from 5 May 2018. The Mobile Library Service will also cease on that day. But they have announced that their will be some new services introduced. Details of these and their statement can be read here

History of Pett Flower Show

This year sees the 70th anniversary of the Pett Flower Show. The Show takes place on Saturday 28 July. Thanks to Philippa Strickland, we have started to upload pictures, press cuttings and other memorabilia of the Show over the year. This will be added to over the coming weeks. You can view the items here

Pett Village Hall Management Committee – Update

The Pett Village Hall Management Committee have reported on their meetings in February and March 2018. The report, which will also appear in the April edition of the Village News, can be read here

Rye Old Scholars Association (ROSA) forthcoming events

Were you a pupil at Rye County Secondary School, Rye Grammar School or Thomas Peacocke School? Then these two forthcoming events will be of interest.

The ROSA Annual Lunch at the Mermaid on Sunday 13 May 2018 follows the ROSA AGM. It will be the perfect Sunday lunch!

On Saturday 22 September 2018 there will be a reunion of those who attended the three schools during the 1960s at the Sidney Allnutt Pavilion on the Cricket Salts, Rye. (Sidney Allnutt was a highly-respected and long-serving member of staff at Rye Grammar School as well as being a leading figure in all things sporting in Rye.) Come along and meet old friends – and perhaps contemporaries who weren’t friends! From 7pm – 11.45pm


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’