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Archive for August, 2014

School’s back with morning mayhem

August 29 2014.

Around one in three children have had a serious accident or a near miss in the morning mayhem of getting ready for school . . . and spilled hot drinks top the list of dangers. Almost 10,000 under-16s were admitted to the Conquest’s A&E department last year. As families prepare for the return to school Tony McLaughlin reports in our Living section on some problems highlighted by the Child Accident Prevention Trust and the top five risks.

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Bus only choice for many

August 29 2014.

More than a quarter of Rye’s residents have no access to a car or van and rely on bus services, say official statistics. But the county council proposes big cuts to local 326 and Dial-a-Ride services. Make your views plain by completing a survey available in the public library

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It’s yo ho ho time on the Strand

August 29 2014.

This year’s Maritime Festival will be the 10th and will take place on Sunday August 31 which is later in the year than usual due to exceptionally low tides

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Six aside coming soon

August 28 2014.

With cricket coming to an end, and the nights beginning to close in, you may fear the worst – too much television – but fear not as the excitement of another football season is here. … and it is only six a side…. and open to all ages and abilities

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Ten seconds to defeat

August 28 2014.

Harvesting, holidays and weddings meant the 2nd XI only had 10 players, six of whom were first-timers, and so they lost to Crowhurst Park. But the Under-16s (who were mostly under 15 and 14) came second in their Division in the Sussex Juniors Cricket Festival. Martin Blincow reports and bowls 1 for 22

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Joyful jazz festival is the best yet

August 28 2014.

Now in its third year the jazz and blues festival has been embraced by locals, tourists and businesses alike and not even the wettest of bank holiday Mondays could dampen the enthusiasm of the musicians, performers and especially the audiences over the weekend. In the words of festival director Ian Bowden: “Rye was buzzing!”

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Record art sales

Record art sales
August 28 2014.

The summer exhibitions of the Rye Society of Artists (RSA) and the Tuesday Painters Club have ended with record sales.

Davida Smith who chairs the RSA, whose members include professional ceramicists, painters, and printers, said 2,000 visitors had visited the show in the Boys Club on Mermaid Street  over the three week period. A record 150 works were sold. This is even more impressive than it sounds given that the show ‘s duration was actually shorter this time than in previous years by about five days. She attributed the success to extra efforts with publicity, including Twitter and greater numbers of visitors to Rye.

The Tuesday Painters , who are mainly amateurs, also enjoyed great success. The building works around St Mary’s Centre did not deter visitors, 600 of whom attended over the long weekend, and 35 paintings were snapped up. Both societies and their publics are looking forward to the next exhibitions in a year’s time.

Friday’s one day special

August 28 2014.

This Friday the artist Djibo will be exhibiting his vibrant and exotic work to raise money for charity at one of Rye’s loveliest shops providing an appropriately chic backdrop for Djibo’s African based work. The proceeds will go to help children… and there’s free fizz as well

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There is nothing like a dame . . .

August 25 2014.

The first auditions for Acting Up in Rye’s christmas pantomime took place at the Queens Head on Wednesday August 20 and Old Mother Hubbard herself would have been proud. With a clutch of enthusiastic thespians and a witty script that leaves no entendre undoubled, the group enjoyed a most productive evening that will be repeated at the second audition night on Tuesday August 26

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Tough lessons at crease

August 20 2014.

While they can’t call a halt to the August harvest, cricket captains might be tempted to ban weddings. Rye 1st XI went to Portslade with a team much diminished by these events – and the 2nds went from high hopes to a whimper at home

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Farewell spin for Jumbo

Farewell spin for Jumbo
August 20 2014.

Jumbo the bus – so called because of his V747 JPU number plate – made his last outing for Rye Community Transport ferrying visitors to and fro The Rye Show on Saturday August 16. He’s destined to become spare parts, or rest in a knacker’s yard, after 11 years on our local roads and “half a million kilometres of service,” said Pat Hughes, operations manager. A new bus is on its way. It is being sprayed white and will be the second “new” bus to do runs around the town this year. The community bus service is celebrating 20 years with a £20,000 appeal. Jumbo’s replacement costs £8,500, so the appeal money is soon eaten up.

Dealing with a deadly disease

August 20 2014.

Of the 400,000 people in the UK who suffer from type 1 diabetes, 29,000 are children. The mother of a teenage sufferer talked to members of The Rye and Winchelsea Rotary club, who are helping fund research to find a cure

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Five groups get grants

August 20 2014.

Five local community groups, ranging from a Rye pre-school playgroup to Winchelsea Beach’s Older People’s Project, benefit from a charity shop’s sales as Deputy Mayor Jonathan Breeds hands out cheques totalling £3,470. Also helped were Rye’s First Scouts, Tilling Green’s Young Helpers and Activ8 art group

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The (Rye) Grand National

August 20 2014.

Short legs, skirts and uncontrollable laughter were the biggest drawbacks for competitors in Rye’s answer to Aintree – but from all the grinning faces at the finish it was clear it simply didn’t matter who won

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Tuesday painters go daily

August 20 2014.

Only One Direction to go – and that’s to Rye’s Tuesday Painters’ annual exhibition at the St Mary’s Centre in Lion Street, which has more than 250 paintings and etchings on display from 70 local amateur artists. But the show closes on August 25

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One rule for some . . .

August 29 2014.
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Most motorists and cyclists in Rye obey the laws. Others flaunt breaking them, then become upset if challenged . . . as if being wrong is right

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Parked cars block firemen

August 29 2014.

Firemen responding to a 999 call in the historic Citadel were twice blocked by parked cars in a high fire risk area of densely packed old houses. Luckily no one was injured but parking problems are a contentious issue as discussions continue on the Neighbourhood Plan.

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Europe’s open, we’re shut

August 28 2014.

The Heritage Open Day weekend allows free access to buildings that are usually closed to the public or for which there is an admission fee. But buildings in Rye are missing from this Europe-wide list which ranges from government buildings in Whitehall normally kept firmly under lock and to residential houses of architectural interest. Seana Lanigan reports.

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Fairlight’s secrets revealed

August 28 2014.

Fairlight’s hidden secrets include a bunker under the Fire Hills – and a dinosaur’s footprints. Haydon Luke reveals these secrets in his new book about this pretty Sussex village

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Recruiting to help find employment

August 28 2014.

The Rye Partnership’s rural employability project is proving a great success in supporting local people back into employment. Several recent roadshow/ recruitment events have all proved successful in recruiting staff for local businesses

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Tax protest campaign continues

August 28 2014.

Chris Coverdale , who refuses to pay Rother Council taxes which he believes are paying for an illegal war, has been given a suspended sentence at Hastings’ Magistrates court providing he pays the council tax he owes. But, if Rother cash his cheque, he wants the council arrested. Tony McLaughlin reports on this campaign to “make war history”.

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Ma-Rye Poppins saves the town

August 28 2014.

All Rye’s problems could be solved by outsourcing all its services, and giving the Town Council a long and much deserved rest. Or so the Rye Shakespeare Company would have us believe. Ray Prewer and Seana Lanigan “disnae” believe this is the solution but will the Neighbourhood Plan have to be rewritten?

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Hard lessons bear fruit

August 27 2014.

After a long run of defeats since early July, Rye’s 1st Xl learnt from those hard lessons and Craig Pierce’s bowling hammered Henfield on the Salts, moving Rye closer to their mid-table end of season target. Martin Blincow reports

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Chim chim in Rye chim chim in Rye

August 23 2014.

There will be theatrical mayhem by the Ypres tower at the weekend when the Rye Shakespeare Company takes to the green

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Dog day raises lots of dosh

August 20 2014.

The Rye Show at Lea Barn Farm, attended by around 2,000 people, quite a few horses, dogs, birds of prey and a blacksmith (but no sheep), raised at least £8,000 for the local hospital – even the Red Arrows flew over for a look

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Who cares? About our streets

August 20 2014.

Chocolate box Rye. Cobbles, ancient houses, narrow streets. But, argues one of our readers, some parts are the worse for wear. Here, in the first of three articles, he highlights a problem that courses through the town’s heart: the lanes and roads themselves

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Reach for the off switch

August 20 2014.
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Have you noticed any lights on during the day? Almost certainly the owners will not be aware and will be grateful to be told, as it is not only a waste of energy, but a waste of their money. If you cannot identify the owner or don’t want to follow this up yourself, contact me at this Rother Environmental Group email.

Dominic Manning
Chairman Rother Environmental Group

Summer safety by the sea

August 20 2014.

Summer’s here and on the days when the sun does shine many of us like to head to the beach at Camber. But for parents of young children the lure of a refreshing dip or lying lazily on the beach comes with the risk of the kids wandering off and getting lost among the crowds. So it’s reassuring to know that Camber’s summertime safety operation is in full swing

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Citadel ‘browned off’ over bins

August 20 2014.

Bin and gone. But was it emptied? If you have a brown wheelie in Rye citadel, the answer is: anybody’s guess. Rother council and its contractor don’t read from the same collection sheet and contradict one another

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Wicked weekend at the Wipers

August 20 2014.

The Ypres Castle Inn, affectionately known as the Wipers, hosts a fantastic collection of bands during this year’s International Jazz and Blues Festival. With more than a dozen different acts strutting their stuff on the outdoor stage the bank holiday weekend is bound to be a blast. And it’s all free!

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