It is not too late to complete this and send back.
If you have lost your postage paid envelope put it in a regular envelope and address it to
unfortunately you will have to pay postage.
Please be aware that there is a reduced 101 bus service service at the moment – 2-hourly rather than hourly.
Over the last few weeks, Rye Food Bank has had to rationalise their stock management and warehousing in order to comply with new safety precautions to ensure that all donations are quarantined for 3 days before distribution and also to reduce the amount that anyone handles.
Since we started our Appeal last July we had – until January – been making weekly deliveries not only from our collection boxes, but also from shopping for additional specific items bought out of financial donations.
Pett WI seems to have become one of the RFB’s largest regular donors, so we’ve been liaising regarding the best way we can help them within these new requirements. As a result, we’ve agreed that, whilst our collection boxes continue in the same way, the WICAID Team will no longer do any shopping.
Our routine has changed slightly in that only 2 of us now go over with our deliveries at a pre-agreed time slot – and, as the Food Bank Team can no longer help us unpack, we have to put all our donations into crates for them at the door ready to be weighed – and then take home all of our packaging.
I’m delighted to say, however, that none of this has impacted on us very greatly and we’ve been able to make deliveries each week through January.
At our December Pett WI Zoom meeting I reported that we’d sent 4,830 items to RFB since July last year.
Including the delivery made on Wednesday 20 January, this figure now stands at a terrific 6,368 – 732 of which have been taken this month – a remarkable result considering lock-down, the weather and some of our regular donors have now switched to financial donations!
Talking of which, we’re incredibly fortunate to continue to receive generous financial donations, not only through the Pett WI membership of course, but from our local communities too.
We were especially thrilled before Christmas to receive (completely out of the blue) a cheque for £500 from locals Kit and Janet McLean. This came from money raised through admission charges collected on the gate from cars entering their Elm Tree Boot Sale, all of which, I believe, they give to different local charities.
As a result of this, and other financial donations received to the end of December, we were able to send £1,255.26 to RFB this week.
The Food Bank Team continue to tell us how very much our donations are appreciated – and they’re constantly amazed at what we achieve for them.
From the latest information available our help still seems to be very much needed, as I understand that the numbers that they are helping continue to grow.
Early January figures were 78 adults and 94 children with deliveries to 25 households in Rye and surrounding villages – to people that can’t get to the food bank because of illness, disability or needing to care for others.
Apparently Rye Food Bank are distributing around 2 tonnes of food each week and the heavy work is considerable as they handle and move deliveries and donations. These are often large and heavy boxes of tins – so a call went out this month for additional fit and strong volunteers!
With limited storage space available, the Food Bank don’t always require all of the donations we receive, so the WICAID Team separates sanitary products, nappies, toiletries and a few other bits and pieces to pass on to the other organisations that we support. As a result, this month around 235 items were also delivered to Dom’s Food Mission who distribute to local hostels etc.
So, yet again, we’ve certainly proved that a little kindness goes a long way and I’d just like to take the opportunity to say a huge thanks, as always, not only to my wonderful WICAID Team colleagues, but also to everyone that has – and continues – to support this Appeal.
A reminder, if anyone needs assistance from the Food Bank to please make contact with Rother District Citizens Advice & Representation Centre (HARC) on 0333 3440681 or email and they will be happy to help.
If you would like to drop off a donation, our collection boxes are currently around Pett and Fairlight at:
- Pett Village Hall (Lobby)
- The Old Butcher’s Shop – Pett
- 1 Arthur’s Close, Pett Road, Pett
- “Nanini Tal”, Cliff End Lane, Pett Level
- Fairlight Post Office & Stores
- Wakehams Farm Shop, Fairlight
- The Barn, Shepherd’s Way, Fairlight
- The Firehills Cottage, Channel Way, Fairlight
Alternatively, financial donations can either be made by cheque (made payable to Pett WI) and sent to Jane Sweaney at “Oakhurst”, Pett Road, Pett, TN35 4HG or made directly into the Pett WI Bank Account – Lloyds Bank – Sort Code: 30-98-97 – Account No: 70587368 – with the reference for both as “Food Bank” please.
Usually by now we would have published our annual programme but with last year’s having to be put on hold we are taking more of a relaxed attitude to our scheduling and will not be organising anything too far in advance! Despite this we have been very encouraged over the last few months by several new members joining us, despite the fact that we are unable to meet in person at this time.
Throughout 2021 our meetings will continue to take place the third Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm and when we are able to meet in person we do hope to be able to do so back at Pett village hall although of course we will be governed by regulations throughout. So for now we are back to holding our general monthly, and also social meetings, by Zoom which have been proving very popular by those who have been “attending”. However, in line with many other WIs around the country, the committee wishes the take-up was better so we will continue to offer tech-support for any member wanting to tip their toe into the wonderful world of online meetings and it is so heartening to see many of our more senior members doing just that.
Feedback on our Zoom meetings from members has been heartening –
Sharon “I really enjoy our WI Zoom meetings, it gives me a chance to see my friends’ faces and hear their voices during these very uncertain months. Zoom is very easy to master and it’s the best chance we have of a ‘normal’ meeting in these worrying times, so let’s keep doing it!”
Tracy” Having virtual WI meetings has made it so accessible for me. I joined the WI during lockdown so have never been to a ‘real’ get together, but every virtual event helps me learn more about my new friends in the village where I have lived for years. This has been a great opportunity for me to really feel ‘home, at home’. Everybody has been so welcoming and the speakers have been informative and fun. I have now met a few WI ladies in real life and look forward to joining in with more activities when it is safe to do so, but for now I shall immensely enjoy the fun and friendship virtually. I encourage anybody sitting on the fence to give it a whirl, what’s to lose? Thank you for welcoming me.”
This month our scheduled speaker was Jenny Gibbs – who in 1990 aged 50 travelled alone to Turkey and soon found herself living in an inland mountain village, where the villagers spoke no English and still lived a traditional way of life, and where Jenny still lives for part of each year to this day. Her talk traced her adventures from leaving her English home to her arrival in her mountain village and her discovery of a completely different and fascinating way of life.
Pett Women’s Institute Community Aid News!
We continue to be overawed by the level of support our continuing WICAID initiative is receiving to help Rye Foodbank. Led by coordinator Hilary Dymott the team including Wendy Burgess, Sharon Sellens, Trish Walker and Sally Watson are still able to organise your kind product and financial donations.
Particular thanks must go to Kit and Janet McLean for the wonderful £500 donation (representing entrance monies raised at the very popular Elm Tree Boot sales which are then donated to local charities – and do follow them on Facebook if you can at https://www.facebook.com/ElmTreeBootSale) Thank you Kit and Janet!
We are also grateful to many others who have donated monies to help us shop for the Foodbank on their behalf. Look out for the separate update on this initiative.
Email us on if you would like a membership pack to join us this year. From 1 April the annual subscription is £44 – around £3.65 a month – for membership of a fabulously warm and welcoming group! We would love to have you join us – our current membership includes ladies from all the nearby villages and Rye, Hastings and St Leonards too.
Search for us on our social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and for more details about the WI visit thewi.org.uk
President, Pett WI
Find out how to make sure that your cesspit, sceptic tank or small treatment works do not harm the environment by reading this leaflet available here.
We have a room!
The Gallery at Pett Village Hall
Huge thanks go to Alan Butler and our electrician, Steve Marshall, who have both done a brilliant job. We now have a light and airy space with natural light plus overhead lighting and plenty of sockets and a phone/
broadband connection. It may be a while before you can see the space in person, so we will take more photos when it is kitted out This month, we have made an application to Heritage Lottery Fund, which has been closed for applications until recently. Once again, thanks to Tim Rothwell and the Pett Village Hall Management Committee, for supporting this project, it has been invaluable.
From our last update in the Pett Parish Magazine, we reaped the good fortune of being contacted by two more volunteers living in the village. They have all the expertise to assist us in the creation of the archive. Thank you John Case and Jenny Obee.
Following our recent Zoom meeting, John and Jenny are now in the process of researching the best software for the task, that is cost effective and future proof. Additionally, they have a wealth of experience in the fields of library m a n a g e m e n t , a r c h i v i n g a n d cataloguing. John and Jenny have also offered to help with the training of the volunteers, who will be assisting with the cataloguing process.
There is a tremendous enthusiasm in our team and we still need additional people to join us. We are also looking for help with our web site. That includes design and functionality to complement the whole archive project.
Can anyone help us?
You can contact us at
Or call David Breakell (Treasurer)
or Fran Rogers (Chair) at 01424 812964
21st January 2021
(Thanks to Healthwatch East Sussex)
On Wednesday 19th January senior managers from Healthwatch East Sussex met with Joe Chadwick-Bell, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Steve Pheonix, Chair East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Board.
The Trust continue to treat high numbers of COVID-19 positive patients across all sites, however they are hopeful of improvements on the horizon as community rates are slowly falling and the vaccination roll out programme is gathering pace.
On behalf of the Trust we were asked to share these important messages with local people:
1. If you absolutely need to come to hospital, please do so
2. If you are asked to come in, please do come in
3. If you have an appointment booked…please attend
4. We may ask you to go somewhere else for treatment, normally within Sussex, if so, we will discuss transport with you
It was reassuring to also hear, how well the system across Sussex is working together to get through this crisis, however a huge challenge for the Trust at the moment is staffing levels, especially at Eastbourne. All staff have been offered their first dose of vaccine, which is helping the Trust get through this truly horrible time. The vaccine hubs at Eastbourne and Conquest sites are working hard to provide local health and social care workers with the vaccine and the Trust are working across Sussex and with the local council to make sure that is done it a managed way.
We are also talking to Trust about some potential shared Volunteer Opportunities, building on our successful Hospital Discharge Well-being check service, where our volunteers followed up telephone interviews with almost 1800 patients from August to November; about how our experienced volunteers can continue to support the Hospital Discharge process by temporarily joining the Trust’s volunteer team. We aim to publish the hospital discharge project findings as soon as we can.
It is critically important that we at Healthwatch East Sussex continue to hear your experiences either as an inpatient, outpatient or as a carer; we are particularly interested in your experiences of the Hospital Discharge process and you can contact us about this or any other experience using the details below.
We appreciated the time taken by both Joe and Steve to meet with Healthwatch East Sussex during these very difficult times and expressed our thanks and gratitude to them and all the staff on behalf of East Sussex Residents.
- Rye (Harbour) Tide Times for 28th January 2021Tide Times & Heights for Rye (Harbour) on 28th January 202110:44 - High Tide (4.74m)23:09 - High Tide (4.91m)
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