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

Adverts on Pett on the Net Website

With grateful thanks to Mike Wilkins, Editor of Pett and Pett Level Village News, and with the agreement of Pett Parish Council, a new page has been created by Mike on the Pett on the Net website listing advertisers in the magazine, with links to their email and websites. The new page can be accessed here


Pett Parish Council: Standing for Election

Operation Sceptre – Knife Amnesty

500 Club – February 2019 Winners

Motorbike/Moped Thefts: Police Appeal

We are repeating a call for information concerning thefts or attempted thefts of motorbikes and mopeds in Hastings and St Leonards.
Anyone who sees anything suspicious, who recovers their stolen property or who may have mobile phone images, dash-cam or CCTV footage regarding such crimes is urged to contact police immediately.
Sergeant Jo Seabridge, of the Hastings and Rother prevention team, said: “It’s vital that we are told as soon as possible in order to give us the best chance of intervening.
“For instance, we’re keen to hear of any unusual or increased comings and goings at garages associated with motorcycles. And we’d like to know if anyone sees bikes being loaded or carried aboard vans and pick-up trucks in circumstances that may strike them as being out of the ordinary – perhaps late at night.”
Any information can be reported by phoning 101, quoting Operation Jump. If a crime is in progress or appears imminent, dial 999 and ask for police.
Alternatively, details can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers via its website or by calling 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

The Fallen of Pett: Book Now Available

The Fallen of Pett by David Breakell and Martin King is now available, price £12, plus £2.00 postage and packing. Once production costs have been covered, all proceeds will go to charity.
The book is a historical memoir of the War Memorial at Pett and of the men it honours. It is respectfully dedicated to the men from Pett and Pett Level who gave their lives in two world wars and the families they left behind.
Details on how to purchase a copy can be obtained from Dr David Penfold, Edgerton Publishing Services, Jasmine Cottage, Elm Lane, Pett, Hastings TN35 4JD, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 1424 813003; +44 (0) 7850 058544

HMRC Warns Of Landline Scams Threatening Households

Those with landline phones are warned to be cautious due to criminals using phones to contact victims following a rising focus on SMS and email phishing.

Households with a landline number should be vigilant of phone calls from fraudsters pretending to be the tax authority, warns HM Revenue and Customs.

As HMRC has increasingly cracked down on email and SMS phishing, a rising number of criminals are turning to the traditional method of cold-calling publicly available phone numbers to steal money from taxpayers. Often these calls are to landline numbers.

According to Ofcom, nearly 26 million homes have a landline, many of which could be at risk from scams, especially if they are not ex-directory.

Phone scams often target the elderly and vulnerable using HMRC’s brand as it is well known and adds credibility to a fraudster’s call.

HMRC received more than 60,000 reports of phone scams in 6 months up to January 2019. This is an increase of 360% compared to the 6 months before this.

Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride MP, said: “We have taken major steps to crack down on text and email phishing scams, leaving fraudsters no choice but to try and con taxpayers over the phone. If you receive a suspicious call to your landline from someone purporting to be from HMRC which threatens legal action, to put you in jail, or payment using vouchers, hang up and report it to HMRC who can work to take them off the network.”

Head of Action Fraud, Pauline Smith, said: “Fraudsters will call your landline claiming to be from reputable organisations such as HMRC. Contact like this is designed to convince you to hand over valuable personal details or your money. Don’t assume anyone who calls you is who they say they are. If a person calls and asks you to make a payment, log in to an online account or offers you a deal, be cautious and seek advice.”

The tax authority will only ever call you asking for payment on a debt that you are already aware of, either having received a letter about it, or after you’ve told us you owe some tax, for example through a Self-Assessment return.

During the last 12 months, HMRC has worked with the phone networks and Ofcom to close nearly 450 lines being used by fraudsters using boiler room tactics to steal money.

If anyone is ever in doubt about who they are speaking to, HMRC advises you end the call and contact the department using one of the numbers or online services available from GOV.UK.

Further Information: I know someone who could fall for this, what should I do?
If you know someone who has a landline, particularly those who may need protecting such as vulnerable relatives and neighbours, our advice is:

  • recognise the signs – genuine organisations like banks and HMRC will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, password or bank details
  • stay safe – don’t give out private information, reply to text messages, download attachments or click on links in emails you weren’t expecting
  • take action – forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC and details of suspicious calls to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and texts to 60599. Alternatively, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use its online fraud reporting tool, especially if you suffer financial loss
  • check GOV.UK for information on how to avoid and report scams and recognise genuine HMRC contact
  • if you think you have received an HMRC-related phishing/bogus email or text message, you can check it against the examples shown in this guide.

See examples of HMRC-related bogus contact.

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E-mail enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk or visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk.

Message Sent By
Derek Pratt (Sussex) (NHWN, Administrator, Sussex)

M23 Roadworks Update and Brighton Main Line Improvement Project: 1 March

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

Monday 4 March for 2 nights
Full closure between junctions 10 – 8 Northbound between 10pm to 4am. There will be a fully signed diversion route to Gatwick Airport via junction 10, A2011, A23 London Road, Airport Way. Diversion route for the M25 via A264, A22 and re-join at junction 6 Godstone of the M25.

Wednesday 6 March for 3 nights
Full closure of junction 9 (Gatwick) entry slip road Northbound 10pm to 4am. Diversion to junction 10 and back northbound on the M23.

Other news

Kier and Highways England have a brand new forum for customers to gain information about their works and comment on the subjects that are important to them.

Commonplace is a Highways England driven initiative which the Smart Motorway Programme M23 is trialling at the moment. If Commonplace is found to be successful and effective, then they will roll it out to all schemes across the country.

A link is provided below so that you can see for yourself what customers will be able to comment on and ask questions about.

Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

Network Rail are carrying out major engineering works on the Brighton Main Line from 2-3 March, plus several weekends, closing the line between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. These are essential works as part of their railway improvement plan.

No direct trains will run between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. 2 trains per hour will run from Brighton to London Victoria via Littlehampton with extended journey times. Replacement buses will also run.

For full details and to register for alerts visit www.BrightonMainline.co.uk

Please check before you travel and visit National Rail for live departure updates and timetable information.

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E-mail enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk or visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk.

Lambing Season – Keep Dogs on Leads!

It’s lambing season – dogs on leads please!

Lunsford Farm

PVHMC Quiz Night – Saturday 30 March 2019

Action in Rural Sussex Business Breakfast Meetings

Action in rural Sussex Rural Business Breakfast Meetings –
East Sussex

In conjunction with Let’s Do Business, we have been running a series of free Business Networking and Support Sessions aimed at rural businesses in East Sussex. The purpose of these meetings is to encouraging rural businesses of all types (including home-based businesses, the self-employed, small and medium-sized firms and community enterprises such as village halls) to come together with others in their area as a means of meeting potential suppliers and clients, providing mutual support and to hear about the free business advice and funding on offer.

As part of these sessions we have three free breakfast meetings planned. These aim to cover different aspects of running a business and each event will have an expert speaker present and will provide networking opportunities over a light breakfast.

We feel these events would also be very beneficial for social and community enterprises, including village halls and community buildings seeking assistance with business planning. We would be extremely grateful if you could promote these events within your community and in your halls – links to the flyers are below – and in addition it would be lovely to see a representative from your hall there too as this is a good opportunity for you to promote your venue.

These events are free and registration is via Eventbrite – please see links below.

If you would like more information, please email us at villagehallls@ruralsussex.org.uk

  • Promoting your Business
  • Marketing
  • Fit for Business

Contact Us

Please note that you are receiving this bulletin/newsletter as you specified that you would like to receive it as part of the Village Halls & Community Buildings Advisory Service. Your contact details will only be used for this purpose of this newsletter (unless you stated that you are also the primary contact for the membership). Please let us know if you no longer wish to receive this bulletin/newsletter at any point by emailing villagehalls@ruralsussex.org.uk

If you require further information or have any questions then please email us at villagehalls@ruralsussex.org.uk

Tenancy Deposit Scheme Alert

World Wide Web: Post Box in Pett Road 22 February


Photo: Tim Rothwell

Theft in Hastings: Police Appeal

Police in Hastings are searching for heartless thieves who stole from an elderly couple after pretending that work needed doing on their roof.
At about 12.10pm on Tuesday 12 February, a man talked his way into their house in Sedlescombe Road North, saying that work needed doing urgently on the roof, to the sum of £2000.
The suspect then took the victim, a 75-year-old man, out to the back garden to look at the roof, during which time a second man entered the house and steal two safes containing £2000, four or five watches, a 24 carat gold coin, some old English money, a dash cam and three watches.
The suspects are believed to have left in a white van, believed to be a Peugeot Partner or similar, which was initially in Burry Road, though at one point it moved into Paynton Road before leaving the area.
Detective Constable Shaun Ryan said; “If any residents of Sedlescombe Road North, Burry Road, or Paynton Road, or nearby areas, have had calls of a similar nature, we ask them to contact us.
“I would also like local residents to check their CCTV, especially doorbell cameras, which may have caught best footage of the suspects or their vehicle at the relevant times.
“If you can help in anyway please contact us online (link added) or by calling us on 101, quoting serial 544 of 12/02. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“And please don’t forget, if in doubt keep them out. Don’t let anyone into your home unless you know exactly who they are and if you are happy with their reason for being there.”

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 Village Hall – Heating Update

As you probably know, we have been having further problems with the heating at the Village Hall. This time it is with the valves to the underfloor heating in the main hall – they have been leaking onto the electrics which has caused the fuses to blow continually. The heating is fine in the Catharine Hollman Room.
The heating engineer has managed to get the system in the main hall working again, but it is not as warm in there as it should be. He has ordered replacement valves which he will fit as soon as they arrive – I may need to ask for a volunteer to cancel their session to enable the work to be done.
I do apologise for all the difficulties we have been having. We did think that the new boilers would solve all the issues but obviously not. The system has been in place for quite a few years now and it is inevitable I guess that these things will occur, but that does not excuse the fact that the main hall is not warm.
Thanks once again for your patience and understanding.
Kind regards
Tim Rothwell

Chair, Pett Village Hall Management Committee

Lunsford Farm in the Past

Thatching the corn stacks in 1968


Andrew Dunlop Senior (Andrew’s father)

Photos courtesy of Andrew Dunlop, Lunsford Farm

Coffee Morning & Community Library: Wednesday 6 March

Tim and Anne Jury’s Coffee Morning & Community Library

Pett Village Hall: Wednesday 6 March – 10am – 12 Noon




Beautiful Pett

Fairlight Players

Fairlight Players

Dates of our forthcoming events for your 2019 diary are as follows:

  • ~  May 9, 10 and 11 May we present our spring production the award winning play ‘Humble Boy’. This play was staged in the National Theatre in 2001 starring Diana Rigg and SimonRussell. Tickets will go on sale in April, so watch for posters.
  • ~  June 22 Our A.G.M. This is for paid up members have a chance to have their say on how wedo things. The meeting is followed by a social and entertainment.
  • ~  August 22 auditions for the autumn play.
  • ~  November 7 – 9 our autumn production directed by Charlotte Eastes. The play is to beconfirmed.
    Would you like to get involved? We are always looking for people front of house selling programs or raffle tickets etc. Please make yourself known is you would like to help.

    The Fairlight Players always welcome new members, acting, back stage or just friends of the society. If you would like more information on how to join please contact me, either on 01424- 814178 or email carolardley@aol.com . We also have an email news list but due to the new GDPR regulations we have lost contact with some of you so if you would like to be kept informed of forthcoming events contact me at the same email address and reregister with our list. We do not pass email addresses on to any other parties. I have found several members have changed their email addresses, please let me know if you have changed yours so we can keep you in touch with our events. All that is left is to wish you all a very Happy Healthy New Year and thank you all for another year of your support.


Carol Ardley, Secretary

Lent Lunch and Steeple Fundraising


There will be a Lent lunch at Cliff House, Pett Level on Wednesday 3rd April starting at 12.30pm. There is no ticket price but donations will be welcome and they will go to the Steeple Fund. There will be a Raffle. The lunch will be soup and bread and cheese (and alternatives for non-cheese eaters) and salad. I need to know in advance if you are coming. I do hope you will!

Angela Hawksley; angela.hawksley3@gmail.com; 01424 812705; 07976 389635