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
Any views expressed on this website are not necessarily those of Pett Parish Council or the webmaster.
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.
Royal Military Canal at Pett Level – 1 July 2020
The April update to the Project Remember War Memorial Fund page can be found here
The exhibition in Pett Church is now open.
A new Facebook page – Pett on the Net – has been set up. The administrators are Pett residents Sandra Goodsell and Tim Rothwell.
It is a ‘closed’ Group – so you will not be able to post on the page unless you join the Group.
This the FB page for residents of Pett, Pett Level and the surrounding area. It replaces any previous FB pages for Pett. It complements the Pett on the Net website – www.pettnet.org.uk. and the Pett and Pett Level Village News magazine. It is a great place to share photos (old and new), local stories and events, up to date information, lost and found etc. The rules are: no personal attacks on other members; no aggression or bad language; and no political posts – please! Any posts that are considered inappropriate will be deleted by the administrators.
To join the Group go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/2040624552885979/
Sussex Police have issued the following warning about a bogus caller:
‘A well-spoken, glamorous woman calling at flats in Hastings is believed to have been responsible for two distraction burglaries in which wallets, purses and handbags were stolen.
The suspect has targeted two women, aged 86 and 90, on separate occasions since the beginning of the month. Both victims live in the same block of flats in Denmark Place and police investigating the thefts believe they may be linked.
In one incident, on Monday 2 April, the thief befriended her victim by helping her home in windy conditions, only to steal cash from her purse once inside. She then returned to help herself to more cash the following day, and on Wednesday 4 April, while accompanied by a scruffy looking man, snatched the victim’s handbag before running off.
On Sunday (8 April) at 5.30pm the second victim acceded to a request by a “glamorous woman with an educated voice” to use her telephone because the woman’s grandmother had suddenly fallen ill. While there the suspect asked for a drink and also to use the toilet.
Only after she had left the property did the victim discover her purse containing cash, bank cards and jewellery was missing, and shortly afterwards, money was withdrawn from her bank.
Police have stressed the importance of not letting strangers, however plausible, into people’s homes. They have urged relatives of elderly and vulnerable people to ensure they take particular care over their security.
Anyone who may have information about either crime or who may have been approached in a similar way is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 949 of 08/04/18.
Alternatively they can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.’
Councillor Keith Glazier, the Leader of East Sussex County Council, has sent the following email to the clerks of parish councils in our area, including Mary Philo, the Clerk to the Pett Parish Council.
‘We have seen a significant increase in the number of potholes being reported to us and being found by the Highway Stewards following the recent snow and icy conditions. This is not unusual following periods of snow and ice, we experienced a similar situation following the last significant snowfall in 2013.
Our contractor has reacted accordingly and has doubled the number of resources to deal with the situation. This time last year our contractor had 12 two-man gangs repairing potholes and today we have 23 two-man gangs.
Our contractor has also implemented a modified working regime to deal with the situation:
* dedicated gangs are dealing with those severe Category 1 potholes ie those that require a repair within two hours. This enables the other gangs to concentrate on their daily work schedules and not be interrupted to deal with emergencies
* temporary repairs are being made to make roads safe, where appropriate, because of the sheer number of potholes. This is predominately on the lanes and estate roads, but these are being recorded and our contractor will return at a later date to make permanent repairs as required by the contract. This is a short term expedient simply because of the large number of potholes being reported.
We are monitoring the situation with our contractor on a daily basis, and there are signs that we are over the worst of the situation. If Members or Parishes have any particular concerns or wish to report potholes for repair they can do so via their Highway Steward, Customer Service Manager, or via the on-line reporting facility here. The on-line mapping facility will also show whether a particular pothole has already been reported.’
East Sussex County Council have published a summary, available here Note for parishes – ESCC summary of achievements 2017-18 setting out some of the key achievements of the Council in 2017/18 (up to February 2018) under the four strategic priorities of the Council.
The Council Plan for 2018/2019 has now been published and can be downloaded here.
Accident on A27
Sussex Police are seeking witnesses after a motor-cyclist was seriously injured when he came off his machine on the Pevensey-by-Pass.
At 2.45pm on Saturday (31 March) a large group of motorcycles was travelling west on the A27 Pevensey by-pass, west of Walls End roundabout, when several of the group collided.
One of the riders, a 51-year-old man from Westcliff-on-Sea, sustained a serious head injury and less serious chest and back injuries, and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where his condition is assessed as potentially life-changing.
Two other riders came off their machines and one sustained slight injury for which he did not require hospital treatment. The other man was unhurt.
Anyone who saw what happened or who saw the group in the moments leading up to the collision, is asked to contact the police or by calling 101, quoting Operation Mercury.
Accident on A259
Sussex Police are also appealing for witnesses to a collision on the A259 at Hooe which left the driver and a passenger with serious injuries.
A BMW 5 series car travelling westbound between Bexhill and Eastbound on the Marsh Road at Hooe left the road between the junction of Green Lane and B2095 and collided with trees and signage shortly before 2.45pm on Friday (30 March).
The driver a 33-year-old man from Polegate sustained head injuries, a broken arm and a broken leg and is being treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. A seven-old boy who was a passenger suffered a serious head injury and is being treated at Kings College Hospital, London. His condition is described as critical. The front seat passenger a 25-year-old woman from Polegate sustained slight injuries.
Sergeant Huw Watts said: “We would like to hear from anyone who either witnessed the collision or who may have seen the vehicle being driven prior to the collision. We would also like to thank drivers for their patience while the road was closed for five hours while we dealt with the incident.”
Any witnesses are asked to contact police by calling 101 quoting Operation Lakeshore.
The Schedule and Application form for entries for the 2018 Pett Flower Show & Fayre are now available. They can be downloaded (for printing) on the Pett Flower Show page here
The Minutes of the AGM of the Pett Village Allotments Association (PVAA) held on 28 March 2018 are available here AGM Minutes 28 March 2018
The PVAA still have some vacant plots available – both full and half size plots.
Mandy Hogarth is planning to run Tomboogie classes at the New Beach Club at Pett Level on Monday mornings. Mandy has been running classes for the last 3 years on a Monday evening in Rye and, after a very successful charity event in conjunction with Pett WI, has had a lot of interest from local residents to run a daytime class.
This is a new venture for both Mandy and the New Beach Club and so she wants to make sure she has enough interest going ahead.
The text of the Annual Report by David Penfold, Chair, Pett Parish Council submitted to the Annual Parish Meeting on 20 March 2018 can be read here
Project Remember was launched at the Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday 20 March 2018. It has been conceived by a small group of local residents who have got together to carry out the renovation of Pett War Memorial. The aim is to have the works funded and completed this year, in good time for the Remembrance Day commemorations on 11th November 2018. An important deadline, since that day will be the exact centenary of the Armistice which brought World War One to a close. The project has the full backing of Pett Parish Council, who have constituted the team as an official Working Party, and of the Pett Parochial Church Council, in whose churchyard the Memorial stands.
Details of the project, and how to contribute, can be found on the War Memorial Fund page on this site here
The pdf version of the webpage for downloading and printing can be found here
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 or call 101.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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.
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
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