Mary Saint, Pett Road

For listeners of The Archers, Ambridge WI had a speaker lined up who would give a talk on ‘The History of the British postage Stamp”. At their meeting on Friday March 15 could Pett WI do better? They certainly could! Bel Deering, Manager of Mallydams RSPCA Wildlife Centre in Peter James Lane, gave an excellent talk on the Centre. Not only are the staff involved in rescuing animals, both wild and domestic, but their education programme, where disadvantaged children and families learn about the outdoors, is valuable work with tangible benefits for all concerned. Bel’s love and enthusiasm for the place just shone through – what an ambassador she is.

The talk was very much enjoyed by all the members there and details of next month’s meeting with yet another interesting speaker will follow soon.

The Friends of Pett Church would like to say a big Thank You to all those who helped at the Jumble Sale, held on Saturday March 16. A grand total of £490 was raised and will be used to maintain the fabric of the church.

Church Services for Holy Week:

Sunday March 24 – Palm Sunday Parish Communion, St Mary & St Peter, Pett at 9:30am led by Richard Barron; Sunday Service at the Methodist Chapel at 10:45am.

Thursday March 28 – Maundy Thursday St Andrew’s Fairlight Benefice Communion led by Richard Barron.

Good Friday March 29 at 10:30am – led by Meriel Deasy and the Methodists, starting at St Mary and St Peter and followed by a Procession of Witness to the Methodist Chapel.

The playgroup has been wonderfully busy this year, with many new children coming to play. The group managed to open during both lots of snow, and had people braving the ice and snow to come along on both occasions. It’s great to have something to go to, just to get out of the house when you’re stuck indoors with little ones.

Budget cuts to the Children’s Centres mean they have to make savings of 11 million pounds in the next three years. As part of these savings, the Toy Library Service, which visited the playgroup every two weeks, is due to close from 31st March. It was sad to say goodbye to Ewa who did a great job and the children will miss her and the toys.

The playgroup will be closed over Easter on April 1 and 8, and will re-open on 15th April.

The group meets every term-time Monday, 9.30-11.30 am at Pett Village Hall. If you’ve got a new baby, or have just moved to the village, do come along to meet other local parents. The first session you attend is free of charge, after that it’s 50p for under 1’s, £2.50 per child over 1 or £3 for a family. This all goes towards hall hire and equipment etc., and the group is run by volunteers.

If you want to get in touch, you can contact us on or just come along on a Monday morning.

On Monday March 25 the Village Choir will meet again at 7:30pm in Pett Methodist Chapel.

POPP on Tuesday March 26 will feature Keith Osborne – Music for Health. The session runs from 10:30am to 2:30pm and will include a two-course lunch for just £5.

Over Easter there will be the annual Big Easter Art Exhibition at Pett Village Hall. The Exhibition is being held in support of St Michael’s Hospice and runs from Friday March 29 through to April 1, opening each day from 10am to 5pm.

Entry is free and there will be free refreshments as well as a raffle. The work of over 40 artists will be on sale and the event is sponsored by Jewson Ltd – Timber and Builders Merchants.