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

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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 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

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500 Club Winners – May 2019

Surrey Police And Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter June 2019

Each month we see many incidents of fraudsters targeting our residents in an attempt to defraud them. We’re working hard to prevent this and support vulnerable victims of fraud or scams. By following our tips and encouraging family, friends and colleagues to do so too, you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim.
Help Scamalytics create a global blacklist of romance fraudsters
Surrey Police and Sussex Police are encouraging victims of romance fraud to report the fraudster who has targeted them, anonymously, via an online form.
The forces have linked up with Scamalytics who have produced a form which, once completed free of charge, will be sent to genuine dating services so they can detect suspected romance fraudsters and prevent others falling victim to them. 
Romance fraud is a fast growing issue which affects both men and women.
Fraudsters will prey on their victims by building what feels like a loving relationship before asking for money to help with a problem they are experiencing.
Once the initial payment is made, the fraudster will normally ask for more money or cut all contact with the victim.
Reports made to Action Fraud reveal that £50,766,602 was lost to romance fraud in 2018 – an average of £11,145 per victim and a 27% increase on the previous year.
Remember, when you’re meeting potential partners online: 
Be wary of giving out personal information
Never agree to keep your online relationship a secret
Get to know the person and not the profile
Never send money or share your bank details on the platform
Stay on the dating messenger service until confident the person is who they say they are.  Run a search on the internet for their name or any picture they have sent along with the term ‘scam’.
For more information on romance fraud and how to report via the Scamalytics form please click here or go to www.surrey.police.uk/romancefraud.
A new example of romance fraud
A man in Sussex had been speaking to another man via Streamate.com, a website that allows you to pay by the minute to see others over video chat. The victim had spent up to £7000 on the website video chatting. After some time the victim made contact with the befriended man on WhatsApp and via text. The victim formed an open relationship with the male and others from the website. The man he had befriended then started to demand money each month from the victim to continue their relationship. The fraudster suggested the victim used his parents’ credit card to pay this. Thankfully the victim realised this was not right and contacted the police. 
Fraudsters will usually attempt to steer you away from chatting on a legitimate dating site that can be monitored. Our advice is to stay on the platform that you started using initially, rather than switching to email, text or phone.
Fraudsters masquerading as DC Collins from Surrey Police
We have had some new examples of phone fraudsters posing as police officers this month, largely centred on Epsom, Surrey, but as usual because of the nature of this crime we’re asking people in both counties to be vigilant. Variations on this scenario are happening across the country.
A police officer called Collins telephones and says he is investigating fraudulent activity or counterfeiting and asks the victim to withdraw money to help with the investigation. A courier is sent to collect the money. The fraudster gives the illusion of being official by arranging code words or passwords to say when the ‘courier’ turns up, and even asking victims to call 999 or 161 to check their identity (but then remaining on the line so that when you make the call, you’re unknowingly connected straight back to them or their friends.)
Please remember under no circumstances would the bank or police request a card PIN or security details over the telephone, or arrange collection of bank cards or money from a home address
If you suspect that you have been caught in one of these scams but the money hasn’t been collected and you believe the courier is on their way to you, call 999 and we will send officers out to you. Don’t be embarrassed about reporting a scam – the scammers are cunning and clever; there’s no shame in being deceived.  
How you can help us
If you suspect someone you know may be vulnerable to fraud, please share this     newsletter with them and encourage them to look at the ‘Little Book of Scams’
If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud call: 
Surrey Police on 101 or visit www.surrey.police.uk  
Sussex Police on 101 or visit www.sussex.police.uk
Report fraud or attempted fraud, by contacting Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or call 0300 123 2040

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

Police Advice on Bogus Callers

There have recently been several burglaries where the older generation have been targeted and given access to their homes to men 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 etc 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 ‘workmen’, like tree loppers, tarmacers etc 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 (ie 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

Cats – Please check your sheds and outbuildings

Maggie Sullivan has posted the following:

Please would residents check sheds and outbuildings for cats before they put their mowers etc, away. There have been several reports of missing cats in the area this spring and as the weather is still intermittent, it becomes easy for cats to become locked in unintentionally. Although most responsible pet owners check their outbuildings automatically, those who don’t own pets might not be so vigilant.

Many thanks
Maggie Sullivan

Jam Jars

We have about 35 or so clean jam jars (with lids) of various sizes on offer – no payment of course but it would be good if you could collect them from our house in Pett.

If you are interested, please email timrothwell9@gmail.com


Tim and Libby Rothwell

The photo shows some examples of the jars.

Scam Call – Message from Sussex Police

A Scam Call has been reported in your neighbourhood

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about the below incident please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

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

🚨 🚨 We have been made aware of a possible telephone scam🚨 🚨

You may receive an automated call from someone acting as your internet provider who say that they will terminate your internet in the next 24hours due to hacking activity on the internet IP address, as a result they need to take action.
You will be asked to press 1 to speak to a member of staff or press 2 for anything else.  PLEASE HANG UP!

once you have hung up please use a different phone to call your internet provider to confirm that was not them, you can also call Sussex Police on 101 if you are in doubt, but always use a different phone as scammer may still be listening.

for a copy of out latest scam book please visit this link: https://www.sussex.police.uk/SysSiteAssets/media/downloads/sussex/advice/operations-initiatives-and-watch-schemes/operation-signature/the-little-book-of-scams

Lewes Speakers Festival 2019

Bishop Richard Harries (former Bishop of Oxford) is coming to Lewes in July.  Specifically he is going to talk about the struggles and joy many of the great writers had as a result of their faith.

In a wider context tickets are now on sale for our Summer Lewes Speakers Festival 2019. It takes place on the 12th, 13th and 14th July. We have another great line-up and we hope to see you then. Please go to www.lewesspeakersfestival.com for full details or call the Box Office on: 0333 666 3366.

The full line-up with dates and times is below. 

Marc Rattray


Lewes Speakers Festival 2019

Friday 12th July 17.00 Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of Sylvia, charts the story of the fight for women’s rights.

Friday 12th July 18.45 Julian Baggini, the popular philosopher, gives an overview of world thinking and an explanation of why Western thought is more individualistic than its Eastern  counterpart.

Friday 12th July 20.15 Andy Smart, one of the UK’s best improvisation comedians and Comedy Store and Edinburgh Fringe veteran, recounts his early life experiences on a 6 year road trip in a series of hilarious anecdotes.

Saturday 13th July 11.15 Richard Harries, former Bishop of Oxford for 19 years, describes the struggles and joy many of the great writers had as a result of their faith.

Saturday 13th July 13.00 Linda Yueh, Oxford academic and former BBC Chief Business Correspondent, explains how the great economists can help us today.

Saturday 13th July 15.00 Guy Leschziner, leader of the Sleep Disorder Centre at St Guys Hospital and BBC 4 presenter on mysteries of sleep, explains the science behind nightmares and sleep walking.

Saturday 13th July 16.45 Jonathan Fenby, former Editor of the Observer, explains how 1947-8 were the pivotal years that shaped the world we know today.

Saturday 13th July 18.30 David Wilson, Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University and former Prison Governor to the most violent men in the UK, gives an insight into their lives and mindset.

Saturday 13th July 20.00 Andrew Monaghan, Director of Research on Russia and Security at Oxford University, explains how to deal with the challenges that Russia poses to the West.

Sunday 14th July 0945 Robin Aitken, a former BBC reporter and journalist, accuses the BBC of having a liberal agenda bias and of being far from neutral.

Sunday 14th July 11.15 Rosa Prince, the Daily Telegraph journalist, compares and contrasts the backgrounds and lives of Prime Minister Teresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.

Sunday 14th July 13.00 Martin Kemp, a world authority on Leonardo Da Vinci, explains him through 100 milestones in his life work.

Sunday 14th July 14.45 Paul Dolan, Professor of Behavioural Science at LSE and expert on happiness, gives an account of how to live the best life and to avoid the myth of perfection.

Sunday 14th July 16.30 Peter Owen Jones, BBC documentary maker and celebrity Vicar of Firle, takes us on a hill-walking guide with the cumulative ascent of the height of Mr Everest.

Sunday 14th July 18.00 Ayesha Hazarika, stand-up comedian and former special adviser to Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband and  Tom Hamilton, former Head of Research for the Labour Party, give an insight into the bear-pit of British politics – Prime Minister’s Question Time.


Pett Village Hall Management Committee and AGM Minutes: 13 May 2019

The minutes of the meetings of the Pett Village Hall Management Committee and AGM held on Monday 13 May 2019 can be read here

ROADWORKS: Gillsmans Park, St Leonards

East Sussex Highways have posted the following.

ROADWORKS: Gillsmans Park, St Leonards

What works are taking place?

We will be carrying out carriageway jointing works on Gillsmans Park, St Leonards.

When will these works start?

Work will start on Monday 17th June 2019 and continue for 4 days.

Road closure information

Gillsmans Park will be closed to through traffic between 7am and 7pm from Gillsmans Hill to Fernside Avenue.


Traffic will be diverted via Gillsmans Hill, Fern Road, Fernside Avenue and vice versa.



ROADWORKS: Victoria Avenue, Hastings

What works are taking place?

We will be carrying out drainage works on Victoria Avenue, Hastings.

When will these works start?

Work will start on Wednesday 5th June 2019 and continue for 2 weeks.

Road closure information

Victoria Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Grenville Road to outside no. 9 Victoria Avenue.

Access for residents will be maintained.


Traffic will be diverted via Victoria Avenue, Clifton Road, Old London Road, Victoria Avenue & vice versa.

Operation Magpie – Sussex Police

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie on Tuesday (May 28), a week-long summer burglary crime prevention and awareness campaign.
Out of 43 UK police forces, Sussex is one of the safest places to live with low rates of burglary compared to other counties across England and Wales. There were 7170 reports of burglary from January – December 2018, 1134 fewer offences (13.6%) over the same period in 2017 (8304).
This campaign will build on our successes in protecting communities from burglary through raising awareness and sharing advice about protecting homes during the summer months. We also want to show our commitment to bring offenders to justice for this type of crime, especially where vulnerable people are targeted.
During this week (28 May to 3 June,) prevention advice and social media messages will be shared to help further prevent burglaries.
Sussex Police takes reports of such crimes very seriously. On 1 May 2019, at Lewes Crown Court, Marie Keane, 50, was jailed for seven years for offences including burglary. Marie often claimed to be a carer, and targeted vulnerable and elderly people in their own homes. She was arrested after some excellent police work and pleaded guilty to six offences – three burglaries, two thefts from persons and a fraud by false representation.
Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, Sussex Police burglary prevention lead said: “We have worked hard to reduce instances of burglary in Sussex over the last year and have seen a significant reduction in reports of this crime. We continue to work to protect members of our communities from this crime and through this campaign we will be offering advice on keeping homes, outbuildings and business premises safe.
“We treat burglary as a serious matter, especially where vulnerable members of the community are targeted and will be sharing examples of where we have prosecuted individuals for such crimes. None of this is achieved without your support and I am really grateful to all our partners, including Neighbourhood Watch and members of the community who work with us to reduce burglary and bring offenders to justice.”
Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Sussex is the fifth least likely county to be burgled in the country which means it’s generally a safe place to live. However, this does not take away from the profound effect this crime can have on a victim. We often forget the personal impact someone experiences and nobody should ever feel unsafe in their home.
“I am confident that Sussex Police is proactively tackling this issue but I will continue to ensure that they maintain their effective levels of prevention and deterrent activities. This is why I support Operation Magpie which will see officers directly targeting those who commit burglary whilst continuing to give crime prevention advice to homeowners.
“We all have a part to play to help keep Sussex safe and I urge residents to follow police advice and keep their property secure so that they are not a target for burglars.”
To help protect yourself this summer whether you are home or planning a trip away, please read our crime prevention advice online: https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/.
Register your belongings on the Immobilise national property register. It’s free and takes just a few minutes. If your valuables are stolen it will allow you to tell the police, your insurer and secondhand traders to assist in recovering your property and catch the thief. Find out more on their website
Communities can work together to prevent crime. By joining an existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme or becoming a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator your community can be stronger together.

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

Bred Steam Engine Society

A new page – Brede Steam Engine Society – has been created on Pett on the Net here



Coffee Morning: 5 June

Nuisance Cat Caught

Who owns  this  cat?



The feline felon has been caught . Lured by pussy cat treats. He has been transported to a rescue centre where he will have a full health check and be neutered . Once recovered from the operation he will be offered for rehoming , when without a doubt he will be a wonderful pet .

A group of local caring cat owners are covering the cost of his treatment. If you know the owner please contact 07850346975.

Appeal and a Warning from Sussex Police: 28 May

Appeal can you help?
A cyclist has sadly died following a collision on the A2690 Combe Valley Way, near Bexhill.
The collision, involving a pedal cycle and a blue Vauxhall Astra, occurred about 6.20am on Sunday 26 May.
The cyclist – a 53-year-old local man – was sadly declared dead at the scene.
The driver – 34-year-old local man – sustained minor injuries.
A 34-year-old man from Bexhill was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and causing death by driving without due care while unfit through drink/drugs. He has been released on conditional bail until 23 June.
Anyone who saw what happened, or who saw either of the vehicles in the area shortly before the collision, is urged to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk call 101, quoting Operation Newell.
Witnesses sought following two car crash near Camber
Police are seeking witnesses to a head-on collision on Jury’s Gap Road between Camber, near Rye, and Lydd, Kent, which left three people seriously injured.
It happened just before 8pm on Friday (24 May) and involved a black Porsche Boxster cabriolet travelling east, and a white Skoda Yeti travelling west.
A 36-year-old man driving the Porsche was flown by air ambulance to King’s College Hospital, London, with serious abdominal injuries.
A passenger in the Porsche, a 21-year-old woman of no fixed address, sustained serious injuries to her right ankle and was taken to the William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, Kent.
Also taken to the William Harvey Hospital was the Skoda driver, a 65-year-old man from Camber, who suffered serious pelvic injuries.
The road was closed between Camber and Lydd for eight hours while the incident was being dealt with. Police would like to thank any motorists whose journeys were disrupted for their patience and understanding.
Anyone who saw either vehicle being driven shortly before 8pm, who witnessed the crash or who may have dash-cam footage or other relevant information, is asked call Sussex Police on 101, quoting Operation Redhall.
Operation Signature – protecting vulnerable victims of Fraud
Be on the alert for bogus phone callers seeking your bank account details.
Police are reminding Sussex residents, especially the elderly, to stay on the alert for bogus phone calls and visitors after 35 cases of ‘courier fraud’ or attempts so far in May including six on one day.
But thanks to alert residents and bank staff, only six attempts succeeded.
In several of the cases residents have received phone calls from someone purporting to be a ‘Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harrison’. There is no such officer. The caller alleges that there has been unauthorised use of a debit or credit card, that someone has been arrested, and that there is
an investigation ongoing.
The caller says that the resident must either supply their PIN and other card details over the phone, and hand the card or cards to a courier who would arrive at the door.
However thanks to the alertness of residents, and in six cases thanks to the alertness of bank staff , only six of the 35 attempts were successful, with a total loss of £24,800 – the biggest single loss was £7,900. The oldest victim was 96 years old.
18 were in West Sussex, 16 in East Sussex, and one in Brighton
The bank staff interventions saved losses totalling £63,500.
Local officers have responded to every report and have been providing support, including advice and assistance on prevention measures.
PC Bernadette Lawrie, the Sussex Police Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer said; “Remember – no police officer, or bank staff on the phone, will ever ask for your bank details or for cash. Don’t give your details or cash to anyone in these circumstances!
“Six of the attempts failed due to the good work of bank staff, using the nationally agreed police/banking protocol which has trained bank staff in how to spot the signs of this type of crime.”
So far in 2019, there have been 198 such incidents across Sussex, of which less than a third (59) succeeded, involving a loss totalling £458,209.
See these top tips to help stop this type of fraud;
– Act with care if you get an unsolicited phone call.
– Never transfer funds into a new account on the instruction of an unexpected caller – even if they tell you the account is in your name.
– Always check your phone line has properly disconnected before making another call – try calling a good friend first, wait 5 minutes or use a different phone.
– Never share your PIN number or enter your PIN into a telephone.
– Never withdraw money and hand it to a courier or a police officer.
– Never give your bank cards to a courier or anyone who comes to your door.

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 Methodist Church invite you to come along to the chapel on Thursday May 30th for Prayer.
We will be open from 2pm until 8pm. Feel free to pop in and stay as long as you like.
If you would prefer to ask for prayer for somebody or something that is on your mind then please do. Email Wendy on familyhatch1@gmail.com with your prayer request or drop a note into the chapel letter box.
Wendy Hatch

Fake TalkTalk emails


The gas repair work on Pett Road has now been completed and the road is open again: Thursday 23 May.


Pett & Pett Level News: June 2019

The editor has uploaded the June 2019 edition of Pett & Pett Level News and it can be read here

M23 Roadworks – Update 20 May