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

Poppies for Pett

Sheep may safely walk

Roadworks on M23

On Monday 12 November for 5 nights, there will be a lane closure leading to a full closure of junction 10 northbound exit slip on the M23 between 10pm and 4am. A fully signed diversion route is in place via junction 9 and back. Narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50mph North and South bound 24/7.

Free recovery service and speed enforcement are now in place to ensure drivers and road workers safety.

Full Closure – December 2018 We will have a full overnight weekend closure on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December between 9pm and 6am (5am Mon 10 Nov). There is a full diversion route in place from junction 6 of the M25 via the A22, A264 to junction 10 of the M23 and from junction 10 via the A2011, London Road, Airport Way into Gatwick Airport.

For more information and updates about the M23 and the M25 please refer to the Highways England website https://highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/m23-junctions-8-to-10-smart-motorway/ .

Aylesbury – Missing Duck: Have you seen him?


Anne Barker has sent Pett on the Net the following message:

Our duck, Aylesbury, has not been seen since Tuesday night, when the sound of fireworks we think upset him. If a lonely rather handsome white duck, is anywhere to be seen, a call to Andy Norcott our farm manager on 07802 729 412 will have us round to bring him home. All help appreciated.

500 Club Winners – October 2018

Hither Green Train Disaster -Memorial Plaque

On 5 November 2018 a Service of Dedication was held at Hither Green Station to mark the unveiling of a plaque commemorating those who lost their lives in the Hither Green Train Crash of 1967, including former Rye pupils Gay and Judith Breeds, – who came from Guestling – Ricky Spencer and Dianne Williams.
A new page – Hither Green Train Disaster – including material relating to Monday’s service, which John Breeds has kindly sent in, has been created on the Rye Old Scholars Association (ROSA) website here

Sunset at Gatehurst – 3 Novemebr


Photo courtesy of Mary Roberts

The Completed War Memorial

A new page – The Completed War Memorial – with gallery of photos of the restored memorial can be found here

Photos courtesy of Fran Rogers

Coffee Morning & Community Library – Wednesday 2 January 2019

Tim and Anne Jury’s Coffee Morning & Community Library

Pett Village Hall: Wednesday 2 January – 10am – 12 Noon



Pett Poppies – More Pictures

Poppies – congratulations

Pett on the Net has received the following message from Louise Martin.

I just wanted to congratulate and sincerely thank all the ladies who tirelessly knitted, tied and arranged the beautiful array of  poppies outside Pett church and St Nicholas at Pett Level.  I had the privilege of seeing them at work on Tuesdays, while I was volunteering, at POPPS but I could not have imagined just how magnificent it was all going to look.  Well done ladies.

Sarah Adams has added 

Congratulations to ‘Team Yarn Bombing’, in which I include everyone who contributed, WI or otherwise.
It truly is a spectacular display on all 3 churches.
I have sent photos to Canada, which are already in Sydney!
This, in addition to ‘Project Remember’ which also contained community teamwork, dedication and commitment.
Well done to all and thank you.

Louise and Sarah’s comments will be echoed by many in the village.


Yarnbombing – St Nicholas’ Church

Heather Godwin has sent this photo of the first church to be yarnbombed  – St Nicholas’ – the main church is being done tomorrow: Wednesday 31 October

PVHMC Quiz Night – 27 October 2018

The Pett Village Hall Management Committee’s Quiz Night held on 27 October was a success, after some misgivings about how many tables would be booked.  There were 8 tables occupied with between 4 & 6 punters each and a more than respectable selection of raffle prizes.
Using the projector for questions and answers was a big help for those with less than perfect hearing ( probably all of us !) and the music round clearly audible .
So a good time had by all ..oh and we took £202 – not bad for a first effort from the new Committee!
Many thanks to David Penfold, who asked the questions, for his time and effort .
Fran Pitts and Helen Wilson on behalf of the PVHMC.

POPP Outing – 16 October 2018

On Tuesday 16th October POPP ( Pett Older People’s Project) held its annual outing. Lucky for us a brilliantly sunny day which made it even more special.
This year a change of venue, to Planters Garden Centre on the A21 near the BP garages.
Members travelled by coach and were met by the staff of Planters for a pre arranged lunch. The staff couldn’t do enough to help and were wonderful to their visitors.
Our group were able to wander the centre, buying gifts for Christmas.
From the feedback it was agreed that this had been one of the more memorable outings we have had. Well done to Planters, POPP volunteers and to our Rambler’s coach driver who was so thoughtful in the manner he dealt with our elderly members.
David Nicholls
Secretary POPP


View from Pett Church: 1911 and 2018

Fran Rogers and John Case have done their Fred Dibnah impersonation and shinned up the church scaffolding with stonemason Elliott to look at the extent of the repairs needed on the spire. Whilst up there John took this picture which contrasts well with the picture on the Pett website taken in 1911. The two shots show the level of development in the intervening 107 years!






Police advice regarding halloween

Sussex Police have issued the following advice regarding Halloween.

Halloween has become an increasingly popular celebration over the past few years for children, families and young people especially, but it is important not to have fun at the expense of others.

If you are celebrating Halloween, please consider the elderly and more vulnerable in the community who may find having strangers call at their door a frightening and intimidating experience.

If you see someone displaying a no trick or treat poster, please do not call at those homes as people do not wish to be disturbed.

Just be careful who you scare on Hallowe’en.

One way to deter unwanted trick or treaters on October 31, is to print and display the ‘no trick or treaters’ poster

If you are looking to take part in the Halloween celebrations, you can use the ‘trick or treaters welcome’ poster.

 Copy and paste this link into your browser to download a copy.


 Some safety tips for Halloween:

Young children should always be accompanied by an adult. Older children should make sure an adult knows the area they plan to visit and what time they’ll be back.
Stay in well-lit areas where there are plenty of houses
Keep to pavements and cross roads carefully
Consider calling only at houses where you know the occupants, rather than strangers.
Explain how vulnerable people can be frightened by an unexpected group calling at their door on a dark evening.
Respect the privacy and wishes of people who do not want to take part in trick or treat – observe the  ‘No Trick or Treaters please’ posters people may display in doors or windows.
Residents are advised to continue to be vigilant when opening the door to strangers or unexpected callers.
If you feel unsafe:
Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spyhole, look out of a window, and use your door chain if you do decide to open your door.
Have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour to hand by your telephone, just in case you need to phone them.
If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know that you will be on your own at Halloween. If you are a coordinator, please identity people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.
If you are prepared to receive Trick or Treaters, switch on your outside light and remove any trip hazards. If you set lanterns outside your front door with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that costumes won’t accidentally be set on fire.
If you are driving on the evening of the 31st, remember that excited children may be crossing the road unexpectedly, so slow down in residential areas and take extra care.

Officers will be out on patrol to deter any anti-social behaviour and will be quick to disperse groups of people who are found to be causing a nuisance.

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

Planning: public consultation of approved sites

The last public consultation of approved sites for new homes and commercial premises for the Rother District area, opened on the 26th October and runs to the 7th December. Details can be found on the planning page of this website here

Chris O’Donoghue Photos – 2018

Pett resident and author Chris O’Donoghue has kindly sent us some more of his wonderful photos of Pett Level, some featuring his dog Aggie.

We have created a new page showing these photos – Chris O’Donoghue Photos 2018 – here

You can see more of Chris’s photos on his Instagram account at boghopper13 and on his Blog 

Annual Flu Vaccination – Delay until Mid-November

Harold Road Surgery have said that due to a nationwide delivery issue, they will not be able to offer patients aged 65 years and over their annual flu vaccination until mid November 2018. This includes flu vaccinations at Pett Village Hall. Harold Road will contact patients once the vaccinations are available.

Cycle Safety


Sussex Police have issued the following advice about cycle safety in the winter months.

Cycle safety:
Dark night safety advice for cyclists

Stay visible while cycling at night
When the days are shorter it is more important than ever to ensure your bicycle is not only road worthy but also kitted correctly for night use.
There are also several legal requirements you must adhere to when thinking about taking your bike out at night:

Cycling and the law
If you are on the roads when it’s dark your bicycle is legally required to have both lights and reflectors fitted. 
• Your front light must be white and have a 110 degree visibility7
• Your rear light must be red
• Front and rear lights are allowed to flash
• You must also have a red rear reflector and BS6102/2 amber reflectors on the front and rear of each pedal
Although the legal requirement is for the front light to have a 110 degree visibility, in practice not many cyclists are fully aware of this. Ensure that your front facing bike light meets this requirement to help ensure you are more visible from different angles. To give you extra visibility from the side also consider spoke reflectors.

General cycle safety at night
It is good practice to use your rear light when cycling during the autumn and winter months as the weather can change quickly and being as visible as possible on the road should be a priority.
Hi-viz clothing is also an ideal way of staying visible during dusk and dark nights. Reflective clothing is a highly effective way of being seen on the busy roads, especially when it is worn on parts of the body that move.

What to consider
• Hi-viz clothing is very effective at making you visible at night
• Add reflective items to body parts that move, i.e. shoes with reflective strips, reflective wrist bands and gloves
• If wearing a back pack or rucksack ensure it has reflective strips or areas for greater visibility
• Wear a rear light on your back pack or your helmet for extra visibility. The additional height of the light will be at eye level for most motorists
• Ensure the batteries in your lights are always in full working order and not running low
Staying visible on the roads during the winter months is important; it doesn’t cost the earth and can help you have many hours of safe cycling.

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