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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 events, church services, local 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.
Moon over Pett Level – 1 August 2020 – photo courtesy of Rukhsana Mosam
The latest weekly update (10 July 2020) from Hastings and Rother Police can be read here Police 100720
The latest Rother Neighbourhood Watch warnings about scams can be read here RNW 090720
The latest update from Rother Neighbourhood Watch giving advice on avoiding being scammed on social media can be read here RNW 80720
The Neighbourhood Watch e-Newsletter for July can be read here NHW 70720
I have just heard the very sad news from Tony Turner’s nephew Keith that Tony passed away on 11 June 2020. Although he was living in Surrey at the time of his passing, Tony grew up in Pett and was known to many. Keith made the wonderful video last year which was shown on the ARC open day in October of Tony remembering his childhood in Pett.
From Monday 13 July East Sussex County Council will be reopening five libraries in East Sussex. The libraries at Battle, Hastings, Eastbourne, Newhaven and Crowborough have been chosen based on their size, layout and staffing availability, and to ensure there is one in each district and borough area.
A full library service cannot be offered due to the need for social distancing. People are being encouraged to continue to use the eLibrary where they can, so that libraries can manage customer numbers safely.
The number of customers in each library will be limited, social distancing will be in place, and there’ll be no seating, study spaces, toilets or events. Visitors should expect to queue and follow signs and instructions from staff. In line with Government guidance, visitors will be asked for their name and phone number at the time they go into the library. This information may be shared with the NHS test and trace programme if needed.
The County Council will increase cleaning, distance furniture and computers, add hygiene screens and quarantine books between uses. Libraries will close 30-60 minutes earlier than usual each day to allow staff to restock.
45-minute computer sessions will be available and a click-and-collect service will let customers pick up books ordered online or via phone. Browsing will be very limited, and DVDs, newspapers and periodicals will be removed. Anything borrowed can be kept until 30 September without any fines.
The County Council will need to see how well these five libraries operate to ensure customers and staff are safe, and how many more staff this takes, before they can take a decision on opening more libraries later in the summer and in early autumn.
Although we are unable to host many of our usual activities at the moment, Pett Village Hall officially reopens today – 6 July.
As a condition of hire, we are asking users to agree to the special conditions of hire document attached below which supplements the usual hire conditions. The document is based on advice from Government, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and Action in Rural Sussex (AIRS).
We will be keeping the document under review and will issue any amendments etc as and when necessary.
Let’s hope we can get all our activities back again at the Hall as soon as possible.
Chair, Pett Village Hall Management Committee
The latest update – 4 July – on the M23 Roadworks can be read here M23 040720
The Pett Village Hall Management Committee have been doing their best to keep hirers and the community up to date with developments regarding the reopening of Pett Village Hall from 6 July.
It has been really difficult to find out from the Government exactly what is and isn’t allowed. We knew that sports type activities would not be permitted: so for the time being dance fitness, keep fit, badminton and pole dancing are not allowed. But representations have been made this week to Government by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) to allow yoga, pilates etc to take place.
Sadly, we have just this afternoon received confirmation from ACRE that Government have said that yoga, pilates etc are not permitted either ‘owing to the risk of aerosol transmission of the virus’.
Given that statement, if we were to allow these activities to take place we would not be insured. So regrettably I have to say that yoga, shamanic healing, tai chi and gongs classes also cannot take place at the hall for the time being. I’m very sorry. I will of course let you know if and when this advice changes.
To be honest it doesn’t leave us a great deal that can take place! This clearly will have an impact on the Hall’s finances, although at the moment we are fortunate in having sufficient reserves to see us through for some time to come.
In the light of the latest Government and ACRE advice, the Committee will be finalising the special hire document that all hirers will need to agree to as a condition of using the Hall and will be issuing it next week.
I would like to place on record my thanks to the Village Hall Committee for their support over the last few months and a special thank you to Lue and Richard Cooke and Terry Cornish for all their hard work in keeping the hall clean and maintained over the lock-down and ensuring that it is is safe to use.
Chair, Pett Village Hall Management Committee
The latest update from Hastings ad Rother police (3 July) can be read here Police 030720
Jo Shiner has been appointed Chief Constable of Sussex Police. Further details can be read here Police 020720
We hope you are all keeping well after three months of lock down. Now, with the easing of some of the restrictions, businesses and organisations are looking at how the government guidelines allow them to re-open whilst keeping everyone safe.
The Club Committee continue to be busy drawing up risk assessments and Covid-19 risk assessment, as required by legislation, in preparation for the further easing of lock down.
Also, in readiness for re-opening, the outside of the building has been repainted and other necessary repair and decoration work is being undertaken by volunteers. Thank you everybody.
We are incredibly grateful that Matt has kept our Monday night Quiz going – online – throughout this lock down. Details of how to join in can be found on our website.
Despite the Club being closed, many members have renewed their memberships. We are most appreciative of this, as it greatly helps our cashflow at this difficult time. Details of how to do this can be found on our website.
Unfortunately, the decision has been made that the Harvest Home Auction, which is held at the end of September, is unable to go ahead in its usual form this year. Not wanting a year to be missed out of this unique event, 69 years this year, there are plans to do something else to raise a few pounds for the RNLI. So, please watch this space …..
May the sun continue to shine brightly when we are permitted to re-open.
In the meantime – KEEP CALM AND TAKE CARE.
Ted Kemp has announced today that, with regret, he will stand down as Chairman of Rother Neighbourhood Watch at the planned AGM on Friday, 20thNovember 2020. Further details can be read here RNW Ted Kemp
Ted has been a great friend to both Pett on the Net and the Pett and Pett Level Community Facebook Group with regular updates and invaluable information. He will be a hard act to follow. Pett on the Net sends him every good wish for the future.
A message from Bob Harris