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Archive for April, 2014

Rye News goes live

April 30 2014.

Rye News is, finally, a reality. Wishful thinking has been turned into a community newspaper. Its Editor, Kenneth Bird, introduces the growing team who are giving their free time – to making a difference

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Cash for cancer nurses

April 30 2014.

Macmillan nurses had 950 runners raising cash for them in this year’s London Marathon. One of them was Rachel Comotto of Winchelsea

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Male Lions take a mauling

April 30 2014.
By Dan Lake
Male pride was dented when Rye & District Lions held their annual men versus ladies skittles competition at The Kings Head in Udimore. The result was a resounding win for the ladies. The men started well, being ahead at the halfway stage, but the refreshment stop for burger and chips plus a couple of pints of ale seemed to affect their concentration. The ladies stormed ahead in the second half to win by 288 to 284. Top scorers for the ladies were Jean Kemp with 34 and Lions President Sue Clay with 31. Best for the men was a gallant effort of 33 by Martin Carree.

Flu study in Rye

April 30 2014.

By Kenneth Bird
Although we have just endured a very long, wet and stormy winter, the prevalence of seasonal flu has been much lower than in previous years. Some observers think this was caused by our reluctance to venture out and socially engage during bad weather, and that staying at home might have prevented the flu virus from being more widespread. This spring, some residents of Rye were actively involved in some exciting new research investigating what the over-65s think about pandemic influenza.  The research is being conducted by Mark Spreckley, a Rye resident and post-graduate student at the Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London. Although the research programme is currently ongoing, the preliminary response to a questionnaire and discussion forum have been very positive.  In the autumn, the results and outcome of the study will be shared with the residents of Rye.

Sunshine saves gardens day

Sunshine saves gardens day
April 28 2014.

By Richard Comotto
The first open gardens day of the year in Winchelsea on Saturday April 26 started with a downpour in the morning that changed, happily, into a beautiful afternoon. Some 420 visitors were able to walk around seven gardens (Alards, Periteau House, Cleveland House, Rye View, The Armoury, Cleveland Place and Five Chimneys). A total of £2,056 was raised from ticket money for the National Garden Scheme and about £550 from teas for St Thomas’s Church. The next open gardens day in Winchelsea will be on Tuesday, May 13,  in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. Twelve gardens will be open (Cleveland House, Rye View, The Armoury, Cleveland Place, Five Chimneys, The Well House, South Mariteau, Backfields End, Alards Plat and Nos.1,2,3 Barrack Square) from 10:30am to 4pm. Further open days for the National Garden Scheme follow on June 21 and September 20.

Ferry disaster planning

April 25 2014.

The recent ferry disaster in South Korea underlines why emergency teams need “crisis rehearsals” like a recent one aboard P&O’s Spirit of Britain

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RNLI award for ‘pirate’s’ wife

April 30 2014.

The RNLI has given Priscilla Ryan, widow of the Captain Pugwash creator John Ryan, its highest award for fundraisers. Her efforts span 68 energetic years

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Raise a glass to . . .

April 30 2014.

When two pubs pulled their final pints last year, some Rye bar loungers felt the mists descend. But they’re back on their bar stools. Good times are coming

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More local delicacies

April 30 2014.

A local food critic, a self-confessed country bumpkin, takes a second bite at what we eat in Rye restaurants. This time he reminds us of how food fashions have changed

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Filmgoers wear a different hat

April 30 2014.

More films for less money is one of the benefits that springs from the “closure” of the Rye Film Club. The closure is in name only. There will be more foreign films, too

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Roo burger with camel, please

April 25 2014.

The eating-out menu in Rye has some new ingredients – and rather exotic ones. Camel, bison and other rare meats are on the grill

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Tradition or unwanted relic?

April 25 2014.

Towns and cities in England usually have a civic mayor, as in Rye, or a directly elected mayor, as in London. Winchelsea’s mayors are something else – and some in the town resent the manner of their making

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