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 adverts for local services, including B&B, accommodation, pubs etc.Our Village Magazine, which can be accessed here, also contains local advertisements and other useful information.

Emergency telephone numbers and useful addresses can be found here

We hope you enjoy your stay.

Latest News/Notices/Articles

Bogus Callers in Hastings and Rother

The Sussex Police and In the Know Neighbourhood Watch have issued the following advice on 23 March:

‘We have recently had some reports across Hastings & Rother where the older generation have been targeted and given access to their homes to people posing as officials. 

Doorstep callers come in various forms. The difficulty at the door is knowing whether or not they are genuine.

Always report bogus callers to the police.
Always put the chain on before you open the door, or use a door viewer.
Bogus ‘officials’ may claim to be from gas/water/electricity board, health authority or other organisations but all ‘officials’ have a company identity card. Ask to see it and take hold of it to read it. Keep asking questions until you are absolutely sure they are who they say they are. If they are genuine they will have no objections to this. If you are in any doubt call their head office, but close the door first and do not call a number they give to you, look it up in a telephone directory.
Keep your account numbers for services such as gas, water, electric & BT so that you can ask the caller what your account number is to ensure they are genuine. Some companies operate a password scheme and some have Braille on their ID cards. If you are still in doubt, do not let them in, but call the police.
Bogus ‘workpeople’, like tree loppers, will sometimes offer to carry out work at a low price but when it is completed the price increases. Often they will ask for money in advance, they may even offer to drive you to the bank or building society to withdraw money to pay them. They could then simply disappear or do a poor job very expensively. If you need any building work done, get three written quotes from reputable firms, and then decide which one is the best.
Bogus ‘dealers’ may offer to buy antiques, furniture or jewellery at what seems to be a good price. Chances are they are trying to trick you into selling something for a lot less than it is worth. If you want to sell something choose one or two genuine dealers to value the item or ask a friend or relative for advice. Ask them for ID and a calling card.

If callers become intimidating, ask a neighbour for help or call the police. You are quite entitled to say NO and ask them to leave.

Crime prevention tips:

  • If you’re not sure who is at your door, don’t open it. Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are purporting to be from i.e. Police, Council or Gas, Electricity, Water companies. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider. Do not use any telephone numbers provided by the caller, as they may be bogus.
  • Many utility service providers like gas, electricity and water, provide password schemes for customers, sign up to these. When unannounced callers claiming to be from these utility providers call at your door they should know the password if they are genuine.
  • ‘Water Boards’ no longer exist, it is an obsolete phrase used only by bogus callers.
  • Don’t keep large quantities of cash at home, put it in the bank where it is safe.
  • Keep doors locked and windows secure at all times.
  • Ensure that if you do let somebody in to your home, that you close the door behind them – distraction burglars often work in teams, where one will distract you whilst others sneak in through the insecure door.
  • If somebody asks for your help (for example needs to make a telephone call, lost a ball in your garden, needs a drink or pen and paper) refer them to a trusted neighbour or assist them through a closed door or call a friend or neighbour to come and help.
  • If you suspect a bogus caller is at your door call the police immediately.’



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

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 http://www.tpsonline.org.uk
  • 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 http://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.


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


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

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.


Photos and postcards of old Pett Level

With grateful thanks to Mary Windsor and Fran Rogers, a large selection of photos and postcards of Pett Level have just been uploaded to the Pett Level – the Past page.

Lesley Wilkins has sent in a selection of photos of the old Ship Inn at Pett Level which was destroyed in a storm.

All these photos can be seen here 

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 https://www.southernwater.co.uk/guaranteed-standards-for-domestic-customers.  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 https://www.southernwater.co.uk/important-info-business-customers.

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



Crime Prevention Tips

Surrey and Sussex Neighbourhood Watch and Sussex Police have issued the following advice regarding crime prevention at this time of year.

‘It is difficult to believe after our recent weather that spring officially starts on the 20th March!!.
Spring is when most people get out in their gardens.
Here are some crime prevention tips to consider:

Keep garages and sheds locked when using tools and ensure you put them away after use.
Make sure garage doors are closed and secure.
Make sure fences around your home are secure and not broken.
Planting defensive hedging and plants may help deter criminals.
If you are planning a holiday, ask neighbours to watch over your home and to ensure that post is pushed completely through the letterbox.

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 Old Scholars 1960s Reunion – Saturday 22 September

Burglaries – information from Sussex Police

Sussex Police have issued the following warning about burglaries in the local area:

‘We would like you to be aware of two burglaries that have been reported over the weekend across Hastings & Rother.
These occurred during the hours of darkness. Most offenders are looking for unlocked doors – let’s not make it easy for them to steal from you. Please make sure that you take some time to lock up securely before you go to bed.

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’

Keeping warm in cold weather

In the know, the Surrey and Sussex umbrella organisation for the Neighbourhood Watch in this area, have highlighted advice from West Sussex County Council on keeping yourself and others warm during cold weather. The advice can be accessed here

Pett on the Net – Your Community Website Relaunched

Protect your emails

Advice from Sussex Police


Email accounts contain more than just your emails.

Email accounts contain a wealth of sensitive information. Criminals can use your email to reset passwords or obtain personal and financial information, such as your bank details, full address or DOB, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft and fraud.

Secure your email account with two simple steps…

1 – Use a strong, separate password
2 – Enable two-factor authentication

More information and advice on this and other cyber protection issues are available on the Government website here

Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat Association – Volunteer Recruitment Drive



PLIRB are looking for volunteers to join our friendly team saving lives inland and on the hazardous coastline between Rye and Hastings.

If you’ve got a little spare time, why not do something worthwhile at the same time as being trained and having fun?

You could be trained in first aid, radio work, boat launching & recovery; mechanics… the list is endless.  This is a great opportunity for you to learn new skills to help save lives on or off the water. The tea maker is as important a job as any!


Call us on 01424 812 222

You can find out more about PLIRB at their website – here


Easter Time in Hastings and Pett Level – 1952

This amateur film, shown courtesy of the British Film Institute, was made by Ray Young. Amongst other things, it shows two young boys enjoying an Easter outing to Pett Level.

You can see the film (which has no sound) here

Hands of Hope – Appeal

Hands of Hope, the charity using, growing and cooking healthy, nutritious food to tackle childhood obesity and loneliness asks you to turn your preloved into reloved to help them raise funds.

Are you having a Spring Clean or a big clear out? Then Hands of Hope want to hear from you. We all know the saying ‘One man’s junk is another man’s treasure’ and here is your chance to turn your unwanted goods into cash for this inspirational charity.

With Childhood Obesity and Loneliness being two of the biggest challenges in the 21st Century, the organisation will tackle these through developing their scheme at their newly acquired site in Hawkhurst, making it a place to grow, learn, meet and enjoy.

But first they need to raise more funds and ask that you contribute your surplus items to them which will then be auctioned from Rye Auction Rooms and on Ebay. Whether you have coins, rugs, antiques, books, furniture, vintage clothes, glassware…well virtually anything of value…these could be turned into cash to benefit your community.

Please contact the team via the links below and arrange to donate your items. Collection is possible in certain circumstances.

The contact details are the same if you would like to find out more about what they do; maybe you would like to volunteer your time to help? There are plenty of varied roles available!

Hands of Hope

…aims to reconnect people with where their food comes from, teach them how to grow and cook healthy and nutritious food and use this process to ultimately reduce childhood obesity and also loneliness in older people.

Currently farming 4 acres of organic land in Peasmarsh, the charity needs to raise £1.4m to develop an 18 acre site in Hawkhurst, Kent, ‘The Wall’. They will create a kitchen garden, a cooking school, greenhouse, seminar room and more. The site will also serve as a valuable community and activity centre for young children families and the elderly.

Hope Farm, Tillingham Lane, Peasmarsh, East Sussex, TN316XG

Tel; 01424 834768

Email: info@hohcharity.co.uk


Reg Charity No: 1168016

Helena Maltby – Charity Officer