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

Pett & Pett Village News – March 2019

The Editor has uploaded the March edition of Pett & Pett Village News here 

Archive and Resources Centre: ARC

A new page has been created on the website  here giving information about the proposed Archive and Resources Centre (ARC).

Rother Rural Trust: Grant Applications and Donations

Rother Rural Trust is a registered charity (number 1067847), set up in 1998 with a mission to help individuals and organisations in need in the rural parishes of Rother, excluding Battle and Rye.

Its specific aims are to relieve poverty, promote education and to do other charitable works. In the past, the Trust has for example, given grants to people in real need, to replace beds or washing machines, or has given support to promising young athletes and musicians to pay for their equipment or instruments.

To apply for a grant is very simple; write to the Clerk to the Trustees at the address below stating where you live and giving the reasons why you are asking for a grant and saying what amount you need.

The first  of the two  meetings  of the trustees of the Rother  Rural Trust (RRT) scheduled for 2019 takes place  on Monday 25 February, so if you have  any  possible
applications for the  Trust to  look  at, could you  please  get in touch  with the Clerk to the Rother Rural Trust preferably initially  by  email (see below).

Typically the Trust awards sums in the region of £250, but the Trustees can agree other amounts if they feel the need is justified.

If you wish to donate to the Trust, and many parish councils and individuals have done so, for which we are very grateful, again contact the Clerk to the Trustees. Cheques should be made out to the Rother Rural Trust.

Contact details are:

Clerk to the Rother Rural Trust c/o Town Hall
Bexhill on Sea
East Sussex  TN39 3JX

Telephone: 01580 881309
Email: stephenhardy1948@gmail.com


Pett WI – Update

The latest update to the Pett WI page from President Belinda Wood can be found here

Road rage in Hastings – Police appeal for witnesses

We are keen to talk to motorists, pedestrians or public transport passengers who may have noticed a road-rage type incident in Hastings on Thursday, 7 February, between 5.30pm and 6pm.
It began when a burgundy red Hyundai hatchback was travelling east along the seafront and was followed by a silver Ford Transit van in the vicinity of Warrior Square, St Leonards-on-Sea.
Both vehicles took the same route, going east to Denmark Place and then via Albert Road onto the A2101 Queen’s Road, before turning right onto Elphinstone Road, left onto Laton Road, then via various roads in the Blacklands area before taking different directions at Parkstone Road.
Throughout this time the van is alleged to have followed the car extremely closely and sounded its horn several times.
As the town was busy with peak period traffic and pedestrians, we hope that someone may have witnessed aspects of the incident and are keen to speak to anyone who may have information or relevant dash-cam or CCTV footage.
They are asked to report details by phoning 101, quoting serial 947 of 07/02. Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by phoning 0800 555 111.
A 25-year-old Hastings man arrested on suspicion of witness intimidation has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

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

Speed awareness project: Pett Road, Pett


Back in 2015 I initiated the idea of displaying  “Speed Awareness “ signs on waste bins in Pett Road, Pett. It was an attempt, by displaying stick-on posters on Rother’s wheelie bins, to try and remind passing drivers that the speed limit on Pett Road is 30mph. To some extent the experiment has proved successful, although it has been difficult to quantify the benefits. It is very much reliant upon public perception but at least we may have prevented few inconsiderate drivers from speeding.

If by chance there are any residents who have moved into the village since 2015 and/or I have missed them, I do have a few posters left over and I am happy to deliver a set to you.  The only criteria is that you must live in Pett Road somewhere between Peter James Lane and the top of Chick Hill, and you must regularly place your bin by the kerb side.

 If you are interested please contact me either via email or telephone me.


Chris Saint, District Councillor.

Email: cllr.chris.saint@rother.gov.uk

Web: www.your-councillor.com/chris-saint/

Tel: 01424 813047



Attempted robbery – Hastings 3 February

Hastings Police are looking for a teenager suspected of robbing a young boy of his wallet.
At about 7.20pm on Sunday (3 February) the 14-year-old boy was attacked from behind, while walking home, at the junction of Hardwicke Road and Egremont Place in Hastings, having just got off a train at nearby Ore station.
He was grabbed round the throat by the assailant who demanded his wallet and threw him to the floor, but left the wallet at the scene on finding there was no cash in it.
The boy sustained cuts to his elbows and face.
Investigator Bernadette Peters said; “The suspect is described as white, 16 to 18 years old, with a local accent, of medium build, and wearing black clothing with a jumper or jacket, with a hood up concealing his face. If you saw this incident or either the boy or his assailant in the moments leading up to it, please contact us by calling 101, quoting serial 1002 of 03/02,”

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

Found Property – new decision by the Police

All police forces nationally will no longer record reports or accept responsibility for some found property items.
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. This change follows recent amendments to the way police record lost property.
Chief Inspector Roy Hodder said: “Police services are under increasing pressure to reduce non-essential demand. The public are encouraged to retain the property themselves and try to reunite it with its owner wherever possible. In all cases reasonable steps to trace the owner should be made.
“Items that contain personal data should be reported to the issuing authority for example, the relevant bank for a debit card. If you are unable to do this and you hand it in to the police, we will forward this onto them for you. The card will not be retained by the police.
“If you find an item on licensed premises, private premises, such as a hotel, house, in a taxi, on public transport, on business premises or educational premises, you should hand it to staff as they should operate their own lost and found procedures.
“If you find an item and you believe it is stolen or has been involved with a crime, please report this to us online, via 101 or visit your local police station.”
Found property that will continue to be accepted and recorded by police includes:
Items capable of containing data e.g mobile phones, computers, tablets
Cash within wallets where an owner can be clearly identified
Unidentifiable cash
Items suspected of being stolen or involved in crime
Firearms and ammunition, explosives, chemicals
Found property that will be accepted and processed immediately:
Passports – UK, EU and International
Bank cards
Identity cards
Personal documentation (e.g. bank statements, benefit books)
Birth, marriage and death certificates
Driving licences
Found property that will no longer be accepted:
Empty handbags, bags, wallets and purses
Perishable goods
Reports on lost and found property can be made online by copying and pasting this link into your browser:

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

Friars Hill Open!

Friars Hill is open again to traffic today Thursday 31 January following the closure which was due to a gas leak that has now been repaired.

500 Club Winers – January 2019

‘Fit for Business’ Breakfast Meeting: Wednesday 22 May 2019

In partnership with Lets Do Business Group, this event organised by Action in Rural Sussex is part of a new initiative which seeks to provide an informal forum for local business people to come together and explore ways ensure their business is legally compliant. It also an opportunity for people to hear about the wide range of free business support on offer to assist them in growing their business and running it effectively.

Attendance is free and open to all types and size of business within East Sussex.

Welcome to Pett Booklet – c1988

Martin and Anna King have very kindly provided Pett on the Net a booklet produced by the Churchwardens of Pett Church in 1988 (?) entitled ‘Welcome to Pett: Local Organisations and Services and Easy Footpath Walks’. 

It can be downloaded here

M23 Roadworks – Update

The following full overnight closures are scheduled on the M23:

28 January 10pm – 4am.
Full closure of Junction 9 (Gatwick) exit slip road Northbound. Diversion route via junction 10 M23, A2011, London Road, Airport Way.

29 January 10pm – 4am.
Full closure from Junction 10 to 8 on the M23 Northbound. Diversion route for M25 via junction 10 A264, A22 to M25. For Gatwick Airport – A2011, London Road, Airport Way.

30 & 31 January 10pm – 4am.
Full Closure of Junction 9 exit slip Northbound. Diversion route via Junction 10 M23, A2011, London Road, Airport Way.

30 January 10pm – 4am.
Full closure between Junction 8 – 9 on M23 Southbound. Diversion route via M25 junction 6, A22, A264, re-join at junction 10 on the M23 for Gatwick Airport.

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

Cold Alert for Sussex: 27 – 30 January

A cold alert for Sussex for 27 – 30 January has just been issued. You can view it here

Roadworks and road closure – Pett Road

There have been a number of queries about the closure of Pett Road this week and how long it is likely to last.

It is gas maintenance work being carried out by SGN. It would seem that the work will continue until Tuesday 29th January.

This is the link to their website with information about the work – https://roadworks.org/

You will need to enter ‘Pett’ into their search box on the page to find the relevant map and details.


Church Cleanup Day – Saturday 2 March

Pett Church Appeal

Christmas is over and January bills and credit cards statements have left us all thinking we should turn the heating down, drink less alcohol and dip into the holiday fund!

The church is no different (well perhaps not the alcohol bit). We have put together an end-of- year statement for income and outgoings and it does not look good. And the coming three or four months will see another £13,000 being spent on the tower repairs, on top of the initial £5,000 that has already been paid this month. This does not include having the peeling paint on the inside removed and repainted. Also in 2019 we have a five year “Quinquennial” building report which will no doubt bring up other issues we have to sort, such as the front wall that needs repointing.

If you are “Friend” of the Church you will know that your annual subscription (total in 2018 £1,200) goes towards Fabric (building works) as does our two fund-raisers: Jumble Sales and Christmas Fair/Coffee Morning, which raised £1,500 in 2018. However this money and the residual amount left in the “Fabric Fund” will be emptied with all the work on the Tower.

Our “General Fund” is supported by church service collections, planned giving, donations and the Flower Festival (which raised £2,400 last year) The Fashion Show raised a further £1,200. This money pays for clergy expenses, electric, gas, grass cutting, supplies, etc, We try to have £12,000 in this account for contingency for the coming year after current year’s bills are paid. However, we will have dipped into this for the Tower. In other words, we are running out of money with no idea or manpower to raise more.

Those who attend church (15/20 people) are called upon time and again to give money, support raffles and tombolas, plan and help with events (and spend money at the events!) in order to maintain your Parish church. A core group of those, the Parochial Church Council (PCC), try very hard to use that money wisely and think of ways to raise more.

However, the congregation is slowly decreasing as few young people attend to replace the older members. Not to mention that it is increasingly difficult to ask octogenarians to help with fund raising, although remarkably they still do! The PCC will also be short of members after April this year. This means there are less and less people to keep this large building functioning.

So what do we do? Wait for the congregation to disappear then have the Diocese close the church? Let it deteriorate once there is no money left, which will force its closure? And what does that mean for you? In the short term perhaps not a lot. You’ll still have the spire to look at, the clock ringing the correct time, you can still hold a wedding or funeral there and come to the occasional Christmas service for the next year or two. But what about long term? Do you care?

WE NEED YOU if we are to keep our Parish church.
Will you become a Friend (application forms in the church)? Can you write a cheque to Pett PCC (donation box in church)? Can you run an event to raise money? Can you volunteer your time to be on a Committee to look after the building?
Thank you!
Pett Parochial Church Council
Contact: angelahawksley3@gmail.com

Pett and Pett Level News – February 2019

Mike Wilkins, the Editor of Pett and Pett Level News, has uploaded the February 2019 edition onto Pett on the Net here

Southern Water – Keeping a Weather Eye

A Message From Joel Hufford, Stakeholder Engagement Manager (Sussex) – Southern Water

Cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst, so it’s best to be prepared.

Taking simple measures, including lagging pipes and checking your internal stop-tap works, in case of an emergency, will help keep you and your home safe this winter.

Find out more online at: www.southernwater.co.uk/weathereye

In an emergency

If your pipes do freeze:

1.Turn off the water supply at the stop-tap straight away

2.Don’t switch on your boiler or immersion heater

3.Open the nearest tap and gently heat any frozen sections of pipe with a hot cloth or hot water bottle, working from the tap backwards

4.Never use a naked flame to defrost pipes. It’s a fire hazard and can cause more damage to your water system.

If your pipes burst

Water pipes in homes are the property owner’s responsibility, so if you notice a burst or leak at home:

1.Shut off your water supply and then open all hot and cold taps until they run dry

2.Switch off your mains electricity supply

3.Try to temporarily fix the burst pipe by binding it tightly with cloth, tape or using a pipe clamp

4.Call a qualified plumber and turn off all taps until the pipe is repaired.

Top tips to prepare your home for the cold

Insulate water tanks and pipes

Use pipe lagging / jackets or insulation to prevent any exposed or unheated water tanks or pipes from freezing. Think lofts, garages and also garden taps. When insulating, make sure there are no gaps in the lagging.

Fix dripping taps

In cold temperatures, even a small trickle can cause water in the pipe to freeze.

Find your internal stop-tap

Find the stop-tap in your property and make sure you can turn it off. Most stop-taps are fitted under the kitchen sink or stairs and can be turned off by turning them clockwise.

Service your boiler

Have your boiler serviced regularly (usually every year) to keep it working as efficiently as possible and avoid it breaking down during cold weather.

Block breezes and draughts

Minimise draughts and shut doors and windows to unheated parts of the home. If your property is going to be empty for long periods, turn off the water at the stop-tap and consider draining your pipes (by opening your taps while the stop tap is off).

We’re doing our bit to fix external leaks. If you spot a leak when you’re out and about, please tell us about it via www.southernwater.co.uk/report-a-leak or call our freephone Leak Line on tel 0800 820 999.


Fairlight History Group

Fairlight History Group

We are pleased to report that, following an inaugural meeting in December, the Fairlight History Group met again on 9th January and formalized our new society.

A committee was elected and the Officers were appointed for the first year:-

Haydon Luke is Chairman, Paul Draper is Secretary, Pauline Collins is Treasurer and Julie Marshall is Membership Secretary.

The latest news about the Group can be found on the Fairlight Community website and here on Pett on the Net at https://www.pettnet.org.uk/fairlight-history-group