St Mary & St Peter – Latest News

July 2019

We had our say! (Well, some of us did)

The open meeting, which I mentioned in the previous magazine duly took place. Revd. Richard Barron summarized the financial situation of Pett Church and of this Diocese of Chichester. Pett is currently in a united benefice with Fairlight and together pay considerably less to the Diocese than our costs. And so, the Diocese has to make up the difference.

Financially, it would help if more people attended church services and so we discussed why people do not come to church.

All this means that it is unlikely that we will have a full-time priest when Richard retires. So, when we are thinking about the future of Pett Church, we need to consider what

alternatives there may be. One possibility is that we join with other parishes in order to share the costs of a full-time priest. This might well mean sharing services.

We discussed the possibility of entering into such an arrangement with Guestling. The idea would be that we would go to Guestling Church every other Sunday. We agreed to explore this possibility. The feeling was that we in Pett would find such co-operation with Guestling much easier than with Fairlight (for all sorts of reasons, including geographical limitations).

One thing you can be sure about in the Church of England is that nothing will happen quickly and so we will certainly not be rushed into decision-making!

Angela Hawksley Churchwarden

Sea Sunday – 14th July 2019, 10.30am

The 2019 Sea Sunday service will be held at Pett Level. As usual, we will be joined by congregations from the Methodist Chapel, Guestling, and Fairlight. Guestling School will also be taking part. As in previous years, there will be a collection for The Missions to Seafarers, who do so much for sailors world-wide.

Please join us – bring a garden chair and a sun hat – hopefully! Refreshments will be served thanks to the Rescue Boat Crew. The Rescue Boat will also be blessed.


Thank you to all who have been dropping off books at the two churches.  Unfortunately we no longer have much available space at Pett Church.  Many times we have to recycle books that are old or not suitable such as old travel guides or cookery books (everyone uses computers these days), and this takes time, and space in our recycling bins!  St Nicholas can only take modern paperback FICTION books.  Please do not leave factual books or old hardbacks.  Also, no one seems to have VCRs any more so please, only DVDs not videos.



Do you have any photos of Pett Level that you think might look good on a card?  No reward except a name credit on the back of the card.  We are always looking for fresh images that people might like to buy. Or if you would like cards printed up for your own use that can be arranged too, maybe of your house or pet?  Email any photos to



You will be aware of concerns in the papers and on the news of the potential misuse of data through transfer to third parties.  The Government will bring GDPR into effect on 25th May.  The Parochial Church Council (PCC) does hold persona data.  Some of this data is a legal requirement such as marriage registers and the electoral roll; some is to manage finance, such as gift aid and donations.  The PCC’s Privacy Notice can be seen on the church noticeboards and on the church website.  Please be assured we do not pass on any personal information but please let us know if you have any concerns at all or have any questions.  If your information is held in any of our files you will be sent a consent form to sign in the next few weeks so that we can continue to contact you about anything which relates to the running of our churches.



In the last few months it has been noticed that small items have been taken from Pett church, such as crockery, extension cord, and flowers from the churchyard, and other various items. So far nothing of significant value has been taken, but this is a worrying trend that needs to be curtailed if we are to leave the church open to all.  Please let us know if you see anything suspicious.  In the meantime we would ask that you contact a member of the church (at the back of the magazine) to pick up items rather than leaving them in the back of the church or in the porch.  Or take them during a Sunday service where they can immediately be handed over.  Thank you.



If you have items for this very worthwhile charity, can you call Jan Marsh on 812737 to let her know when you might drop items off in the church porch so she can pick them up immediately?  Thank you.



Thank you to Diane Sinclair for donating an almost new, large, portable gazebo for church use.  This will come in very useful for many events, such as our upcoming Flower Festival.





Last year we had a centrefold in the Village News magazine, which could be complete if you wanted to become a Friend.  We have recently sent out renewals for this year.  If you missed that opportunity and would like to help support the upkeep of the church there are forms inside both St Mary and St Peter AND St Nicholas.  Please help keep our churches in good repair and support the projects we are undertaking.


St Mary & St Peter in Photos

(All photos courtesy of Fran Rogers)

St Mary and St Peter, Pett


St Mary and St Peter, Pett, exterior


St Mary and St Peter – Interior



St Mary and St Peter – Stained Glass Window



The church clock – from inside the spire


Members of the Parochial Church Council discussing what work needs to be done need to be done at the back of the church interior



The War Memorial in the churchyard – this will be the focal point for the centenary commemoration of the end of World War One later this year: it is scheduled for restoration – see here for further details