Welcome to Pett on the Net – the Community website for Pett & Pett Level.

This website is provided by Pett Parish Council for the community of Pett and Pett Level. If you want to post a news item of interest to the community, publicise an event, your group, society, or organisation, or report or comment on local events, then please contact our webmaster, Tim Rothwell, at tim.rothwell@pettnet.org.uk

Any views expressed on this website are not necessarily those of Pett Parish Council or the webmaster.

We also have a Facebook Page – Pett on the Net Group – which complements the website. If you would like to ask to join the FB Group, just click here

If you are visiting, or planning to visit, Pett and Pett Level, this is our website where you will find information about the area, including latest eventschurch serviceslocal history and much more. Our Village Magazine, which can be accessed here, contains advertisements for local accommodation, including B & B, pubs and other businesses in the area.

Emergency telephone numbers and useful addresses can be found here

We hope you enjoy your stay.

Latest News/Notices/Articles

Stabbing in Warrior Square


Police investigating a stabbing in St Leonards-on-Sea, which took place mid-afternoon on Saturday 29 September, are seeking witnesses and would urge anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

It happened below the rose garden in Warrior Square Gardens, St Leonards.

The victim, a 37-year-old local man, suffered wounds to his legs and was taken by ambulance to the trauma unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, for treatment. His injuries were not considered to be life-threatening and he was later allowed home.

Anyone able to assist detectives is asked to contact Sussex Police by phoning 101, quoting serial 788 of 29/09.

Alternatively they can visit Crimestoppers or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Help us keep Sussex safe

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

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Lost Property

From Monday 1 October, in alignment with police forces nationally, Sussex Police will no longer record reports of lost property in police stations, in person, online, email or through 101.

The national decision was approved by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) after discussions between police forces and the National Police Front Counters Forum (NPFCF). Traditionally, police have accepted the responsibility of recording lost and found property, although there is no statutory duty to do so.

Chief Inspector Roy Hodder, Communications Department said: “Although lost property will no longer be recorded by police, we are accepting items of found property.

“There are a range of other free services which will allow you to report if an item has gone missing.

“Also it is worth noting that some items of lost property need to be reported directly to the relevant issuing authority. For example, a lost passport is to be reported to the passport agency, a driving licence to the DVLA or credit cards to the bank or financial provider.

“There are a few exceptions though. In cases where items which are dangerous or hazardous such as ammunition, firearms, weapons, chemicals/poisons are lost, these are to be reported to police immediately.

“Where an item has a serial number such as electrical equipment, it’s recommended that they are registered at www.immobilise.com which is free of charge. This will also help police identify and reunite you with your property if it was ever stolen.


Help us keep Sussex safe

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

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Rye school magazines

Anyone who was at Rye County Secondary School or Rye Grammar School in the late 1950s and/or early/mid 1960s may be interested in a new page – School Magazines – that has just been created on the Rye Old Scholars Association (ROSA) website. A number of editions of RX (the school magazine of Rye County Secondary School) and RYA (the school magazine of Rye Grammar School) are available to read  here

Rural Crime Strategy Launched

On 20 September, Sussex Police launched its new Rural Crime Strategy outlining how it aims to keep all those in rural communities safe and detailing how it aims to tackle those who commit crime in the countryside.

With large rural areas and significant numbers of the population defined as living in rural settlements, Sussex Police has had an established network of rural and wildlife officers specifically trained to deal with agricultural, environmental, heritage and wildlife incidents for several years. This network of specialists is also available to provide support and advice to colleagues who may be called upon to deal with incidents of rural crime during their daily duties.

Rural crime is a typically under-reported area and Sussex Police are encouraging those affected to ensure that they do report incidents so that an accurate picture of the problem can be assessed. They are already working in partnership with a number of agencies including the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), the Environment Agency and local authorities across the county to prevent crime wherever possible and to deal with it effectively and swiftly when it does occur.Initiatives in support of this include Operation Traverse, in liaison with the Angling Trust, the National Wildlife Crime Unit and other partners, which encourages anglers to become ‘eyes and ears’ for tackling wildlife crime across the county.

Sergeant Carter has been involved in a national campaign to educate dog owners in responsible control of their pets in a bid to reduce the large number of deaths from sheep and other livestock-worrying incidents. He has worked closely with farmers and the NFU across Sussex in dealing with incidents.

Assistant Chief Constable Nick May said: “Sussex Police take rural crime seriously. Superintendent Emma Brice was appointed as the dedicated strategic lead for rural crime early this year and she is supported by Sergeant Tom Carter, our operational lead, who has an enormous amount of experience in this area. They are coordinating how Sussex Police prevent, respond to and investigate rural crime to keep communities safe and feeling safe at a local level.

“As part of our commitment to keeping rural communities safe and building confidence in the services provided by us and our partners, we will soon be inviting people to join the new Sussex Countrywatch Partnership. This will provide the opportunity for those living and working in, and visiting, rural areas to sign up to receive information about rural crime and prevention advice to protect their homes and businesses.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said: “The new rural crime strategy recognises the importance that particular crimes have for people living and working in our rural areas.

“It’s only right that residents know these crimes are being taken as seriously as those in urban parts of Sussex. I remain focused on this issue and welcome the fact that Sussex Police acknowledge the recommendations from the National Rural Crime Survey.”

Help us keep Sussex safe

Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Project Remember – Remembrance Day: Mark Knopfler

The song and video of Remembrance Day by Mark Knopfler from his album ‘Get Lucky’ seems very appropriate to the work that has been undertaken in Pett to restore the war memorial. With the agreement of David Breakell, it has been added to the War Memorial Fund page here

It can also be accessed here

Pett and Pett Level Parish News – October 2018

John Case of the editorial team has submitted the October 2018 edition of the Pett and Pett Level Village News. You can read it here

It has also been dowloaded on to the Pett and Pett Level Village News page here

Rye Old Scholars Reunion – 22 September

Over 80 photos and a list of attendees at the Rye Old Scholars Association (ROSA) 1960s Reunion held on 22 September 2018 can be found  on the ROSA website here

‘Pett Level’ – Keston Cobblers’ Club

Fran Rogers has sent in a song on Youtube entitled – ‘Pett Level’ by Keston Cobblers’ Club.

She doesn’t think the video that accompanies it was filmed at Pett Level – she is right!

‘Pett Level’ Keston Cobblers’ Club

It’s been added to the Pett and Pett Level Today – Film and Pictures page  here

Pett WI – September update

The Pett Women’s Institute’s September update can be read here

Project Remember – September Update

David Breakell has update the Project Remember / War Memorial Fund page here

Pett Village Hall Management Committee Draft Minutes 3 September 2018

The draft minutes of the meeting of the Pett Village Hall Management Committee held on 3 September 2018 can be read here

Following the decision of the Committee that it will meet bi-monthly until the AGM in May, when the frequency of meetings will be reviewed, the next meeting of the Committee will be held on Monday 5 November at 7pm in the Village Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Pett Church Page

The Pett Church page of the website has been updated here

Courier Fraud – advice from Sussex Police

 Sussex Police have issued the following warning about courier fraud.

Courier fraud is becoming more prevalent and sophisticated. 

Usually the elderly are targeted. Fraudsters will telephone a potential victim   purporting to be from their bank, from the police or other law enforcement authority. They then dupe the person into revealing their PIN and handing over their debit or credit card.

 What you should know

A fraudster rings you, claiming to be from your bank or the police, saying a fraudulent payment has been spotted on your card and this needs resolving, or that someone has been arrested using your details and cards.

You may be asked to ring back using the phone number on the back of your card. This further convinces you that the call is genuine. However, the caller keeps the line open at their end so, when you make the call, you are unknowingly connected straight back to them or their friends.

They will ask you for your PIN number or sometimes ask you to key it into your phone’s handset.

    You should never give your PIN to anyone in any way.

The scammer then sends a courier or taxi to pick up your card from your home. It is possible the driver does not know they are being used as part of the scam.

Once they have your card and PIN the scammer can then spend your money.

There are now many variations to this fraud:

  • One of these is where you are contacted and told there is a corrupt member of staff within your bank, a Post Office or bureau de change and the police need your help to identify them.
  • You may be asked to withdraw a large sum of your money with the purpose of the money being marked by the police or bank to be placed back into the banking system. They say this will help them identify the corrupt person. On handing the cash over it is taken by the fraudsters.
  • Another variation is being asked to purchase an expensive watch, or other high value item, to try and identify counterfeit goods. You will then be told to hand this item to a taxi driver for transfer to the police. The item is then passed to the fraudster.
  • The latest variation is where you are informed your bank account has been taken over and you need to transfer all the funds in to a ‘safe account’ set up by the caller. This account is operated by the fraudsters who then steal the funds.Protect yourself against courier fraud
  • Your bank will never send a courier to your home.
  • Your bank and the police will never collect your bank card.
  • Your bank and the police will never ask for your PIN.
  • If you receive one of these calls end it immediately.Victim advice
  • Report this  if elderly or vulnerable, to Sussex Police by calling 101.
  • If you have handed over any details to the fraudster, call your bank and cancel your cards immediately.
  • If you want to call your bank, then do it from another telephone or wait at least ten minutes before using your phone again.

Help us keep Sussex safe

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

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Pett Parish – Planning Applications

Current planning applications in the Pett Parish Council area can now be viewed on the Pett Parish Council’s Planning Page here

POPP Music – 11 September

The Pett Older People’s Project (POPP) Orchestra on 11 September. Brings a new meaning to Popp Music.

(Video Courtesy of David Nicholls)

War Memorial

Work has started on restoring the Pett War Memorial in time for 11 November 2018.


Pett Village Hall Committee: 3 September meeting – update (revised Tuesday 11 September)

The Pett Village Hall Management Committee met on Monday 3 September. The draft minutes of the meeting will be posted on Pett on the Net soon in the usual way, but there are a number of issues  and dates for the diary that the Committee thought would be helpful to mention now.

The Committee had hoped to hold a Jumble Sale in aid of the Village Hall on Saturday 3 November. but this will not now be going ahead.  But there will be a Quiz Night at the Village Hall on that date, with David Penfold putting the questions, starting at 7.00pm with a bring your own supper followed by the quiz at 7.30 pm. Details of how to book a place are available on a separate post on the website.

On Friday 23 November we are planning to hold a Jazz Night at the Village Hall, admission £10 (accompanied under-16s free), with cabaret type seating, from 8.00pm – 10.00pm, courtesy of the Ian Millar and Dominic Spencer Jazz duo, who have just finished a successful season at the Edinburgh Fringe. http://millarandspencer.co.uk/

More details to follow.

On Saturday 24 November the Village Hall Committee will be holding their annual Craft Fair. Carol Pecorini and Carol Glasson are taking bookings now – see separate post on the website.

The Committee carefully considered whether they should hold a Halloween Night in October, but reluctantly have decided that, given other issues that the new Committee are dealing with, they are not in a position to organise it this year. They are sorry to disappoint but will consider holding the event next year.

The Committee noted that bookings are coming in thick and fast for 2019, and the calendar of bookings made so far (including those for all the regular groups and societies) will be published on Pett on the Net as soon as possible.

Following a problem that arose with a recent booking, the Committee have decided to ask hall users, including those holding children’s parties, not to use glitter as it is very difficult to clean off from the hall floor and the carpets. The Committee have also been asked to consider banning helium balloons from the hall on environmental grounds. Whilst understanding the reasons behind the request, the Committee are reluctant to impose bans on grounds other than health and safety or the wellbeing of the hall (e.g. glitter!). But they have agreed to ask users to consider carefully whether it is appropriate to use helium balloons, and that if they do so, they do not release them in the hall or outside of the hall, but take the balloons home with them. The conditions of hire for the hall will be amended to reflect those decisions.

Finally, the Committee are following the lead of the Parish Council and will now be holding their meetings on a bi-monthly basis, rather than every month. Much of the Committee’s business is done outside of the formal meetings through email and telephone calls and talking to hall users and potential users. The Committee are always happy to respond to any issues that arise between meetings. The next Committee meeting will therefore be held on Monday 5 November, starting at 7.00pm. As usual, everyone will be welcome to attend.

Tim Rothwell

Chair, Pett Village Hall Management Committee


Flu Vaccination Clinics

The annual Flu Vaccination Clinics this year will be held in Pett Village Hall from 9.00am – 10.00am on Friday 12 October and Friday 26 October.

Amanda Crisford

Donations to Cancer Research UK in memory of Amanda Crisford can be made here

500 Club Winners – August 2018