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Archive for March, 2014

Violent origins of Rye’s burning boats

March 29 2014.

Bonfire night in Rye used to be marred by mob rule. Neale East traces the long road from louts with cudgels to volunteers with charity boxes

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Fill those potholes

March 22 2014.
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A traffic-free centre

March 21 2014.

A Rye couple urges us to think long-term about freeing parts of the Citadel of traffic – to the benefit of shops, residents and visitors. They were impressed recently by how three towns in Italy have tackled the same issues

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Change of matron

March 21 2014.

Rye Hospital has a new matron: Diana Carter who has been working at the hospital for eight years. She takes over from Jan Phelps who has been seconded to the Conquest Hospital, Hastings, for a year.

‘No town plan means no say’

March 21 2014.

Anthony Kimber believes that those who scoff at a Neighbourhood Plan for Rye need to think again

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Mithraic ragstone to a bull?

March 21 2014.

There is much speculation about the stone altar in the church of St Mary, Stone in Oxney. A bull carving on one side suggests it is probably Roman. John Hazleden takes an inquiring look into suggestions that the bull is linked to sacrificial rites and the cult of Mithras

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Another sound in the wall

March 20 2014.

Music festivals, medieval churches, pubs. On walks, even. Jazz, pop, classical. Members of Rye’s Wall of Sound Singing Ensemble enjoy themselves in all sorts of ways. Their coach is Sandra Scott who believes in a sense of humour more than the ability to read music

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A towering achievement

March 20 2014.

The ruined church of Old St Helen’s at Ore lies off the beaten track. It was well-known to the fashionable world of Victorian Hastings, but today it is rarely visited. Kenneth Bird describes how the Sussex Heritage Trust restored this ancient monument that spans a thousand years of history

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Soudain framed by success

March 20 2014.

Annie Soudain is one of our most successful contemporary artists and printmakers. Her cards are so popular that many who bought them at her most recent showing at the Rye Art Gallery did so to frame them – as presents or to hang on walls at home

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Where’s my British food?

March 20 2014.
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An olde worlde town but where is the traditional food asks one reader from Romney Marsh

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Changes in GP services

March 19 2014.

While a doctor is no longer based at Rye hospital for weekend cover, the extent of GP support is actually increased, with some now dedicated to home visits

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Churches play their cards right

March 18 2014.

One local charity is, consistently, the choice of hundreds when Rye shoppers come to buying Christmas cards: The Romney Marshes Historic Churches Trust. Who else figures high? Read on to find out

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Absence of road sense

March 17 2014.

Paths are meant to keep us off the road. This one forces us into it

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Record result for Runners

March 25 2014.

Rye Runners did the town proud. Coach Jeff Pyrah came in fourth and won the title for highest placed Sussex man. Farther back in the field, and a bit later, two of his “marathon virgins” completed their first ever race

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Old pals act for WW1

March 22 2014.

Two local theatre groups Acting Up in Rye and the Icklesham Players are joining forces to mark the centenary of the start of World War I. They’re learning the lines for Smile Boys! That’s the Style! It’s written and directed by Del Smith of the Icklesham group. “Producing a show as a combined effort reflects the spirit of WW1 when groups of men were encouraged to sign up together as pals because it was deemed that friends / associates would make a better team in the field. We are of course hoping that will be the case for this production!” said Judith Wall, one of the Rye players. Performance dates are : Icklesham July 11 and 12, Rye July 18 and 19. Acting Up in Rye’s next production is a murder mystery evening with supper at the Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill on May 17; tickets £10.

Power to the Green

March 21 2014.

Making a difference matters to the people of Tilling Green. Its local residents’ association now in its 11th year is going from strength to strength. Dan Lake describes how teamwork continues to be key to making a better community

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Scanning for lambs

March 21 2014.

In a series of planned regular countryside articles, local farmer Simon Wright introduces himself to Rye News readers

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Unstuck – a parking problem

March 21 2014.

Residents of Lion Street in Rye, as well as tourists, have frequently protested at traffic jams caused by delivery vehicles illegally parked in the road. The answer, the town council has decided, is to build a loading bay in the High Street

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Wow, what a doll

March 21 2014.

A dress to turn heads: created in wallpaper, designed by Rye students

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Rye cinema: the prequel

March 20 2014.

The making of a modern two-screen cinema complex, complete with a bar and café, reads more like a Hammer horror. Pip Al-Khafaji reveals some of the hidden nasties that plagued the cast of builders

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Ahoy! Losers come up tops

March 20 2014.

On the day the Ambrette raft race team didn’t look as if it had fared too well. The team’s raft was rammed by bigger craft and it turned over four times. But the “losers” in Rye’s annual race run to raise money by the Rye Lions did surface as the team to raise most money. It collected £700 for its chosen charity – the RNLI

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Money – to be given away

March 20 2014.

Our local communities are full of deserving causes. A fund exists to help them. It is open to voluntary groups and charities within six miles of Rye. Perhaps your group should be applying for the help of Rye Fund

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A bit too diverting

March 20 2014.

Signs. Dotted around Rye. Yellow ones. Urging us this way and that. But why? Has someone lost the plot? And how many drivers lost their way

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Reel thing is a supporting act

March 18 2014.

With a new cinema due to open soon in Rye, the local film club is to wind up its operation. But all is not what it seems. The members will go on bringing quality movies to Rye audiences – and the price of tickets will be even more interesting to those who sit in the dark at Rye’s community centre

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Little Shop closes its doors

March 18 2014.

A central feature of Winchelsea has closed: the Little Shop general store in the High Street is no more. There is disquiet about the fate of the building which was at one stage bequeathed to the National Trust with the intention it should remain a village shop

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