Members of Pett WI were treated to a fascinating talk from Karen and Kate from the Hastings Registration Service at their meeting on Friday April 11. Not only was there a brief history of weddings but also some amusing and informative anecdotes about getting married today. And this was on the day that the first same sex wedding was performed at the Hastings Registry Office!

There was a reasonable turnout for the Craft Fair in Pett Village Hall on Saturday April 12 and around £300 was raised to help with hall maintenance costs. Although it was hard work for some, particularly those in the kitchen providing the refreshments, it was also a very sociable occasion.

Don’t forget the meeting of Pett Nats on Friday April 18 at Pett Village Hall. The speaker will be Trevor Buttle talking about the Miscellany of Nature. The meeting starts at 7:30pm.

Sunday April 20, Easter Day – Parish Communion, St Mary & St Peter, Pett at 9:30am led by David Wotton. The Methodist Chapel will meet at 9am to share a full English breakfast, which will include a simple act of communion led by Rev. Ian Pruden. This will be followed by the Easter celebration service starting at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome to join these services.

POPP on Tuesday April 22 will feature Tai Chi with Annie Cryer. Antonella Bruce will also be there to give head and shoulder massages. The session runs from 10:30am to 2:30pm and will include a two-course lunch for just £5.

On Friday April 25 Pett Level Preservation Trust will be holding its Annual General Meeting. This will be held at Winchelsea Beach Village Hall, starting at 7pm. Most AGM’s are tedious events but not so this AGM. It provides a pleasant get-together for all who care about the land bought by the Trust 41 years ago. In addition there will be a guest speaker, Nikki Gammons who will speak about bees. All are welcome to attend.

Pett Level Rescue Boat Association has again joined forces with the Coastguard to run this year’s annual sponsored Cycle Ride, which will take place on Sunday May 11 2014 with starting times between 8:30 and 10:30am.

There will be both the regular 30 mile round trip and a 15 mile course for those seeking a more leisurely ride or to cycle with youngsters. Both courses will start and finish at the Coastguard Station at Rye Harbour.

As in previous years the aim is to raise as much money as possible for charities including Pett Level Rescue Boat, St Michael’s Hospice and the Coastguard Association. If you want to ride without sponsorship, this is fine; all you need to do is pay the entry fee of £5. Children under 16 go free but must be accompanied by an adult. Complementary refreshments are served at the checkpoints en-route and there will be a welcoming cup of tea at the finish!

You can get entry and sponsorship forms from PettNet, the Pett Level Rescue Boathouse or from Philippa Strickland (01424 814384; Previous participants will be receiving these forms by email.

This is a fun event, which always attracts a good turnout, whether it is keen cyclists or those who want to get a bit of exercise and raise funds for good causes so GET ON YOUR BIKE!

Mary Saint