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East Guldeford carols

East Guldeford carols
December 24 2014.

St Mary’s Church, East Guldeford, held its carol service on Sunday, December 21, writes Sarah Cooper. The Rev Richard Dengate led the service and the Rye Singers performed Christmas music between the hymns and readings. The church was lit by candles – there is no electricity in the building – and the pews were full, as usual, for this popular event. St Mary’s is one of the 14 historic churches of Romney Marsh and the only one in East Sussex. Built in 1505, its square construction and open interior give it unusually fine acoustics – an excellent platform for the Singers!

* Photo: Sarah Cooper

Pubs quiz prizewinners

December 19 2014.

Three Rye readers have won signed copies of David Russell’s paperback The Pubs of Rye, East Sussex, 1750-1950 in our pre-Christmas quiz. They are Sally Brown,  Timothy Gorman, and Derick Holman. We’ll be delivering – on foot – before the end of this  weekend. The questions with correct answers are as following:

1 A member of the infamous Hawkhurst smuggling gang looking for a crafty pint and a plot in 1735 would be most likely to go to? Answer: The Mermaid
2 If you were dining at the Queen Adelaide pub on Ferry Road, Rye, what would you most likely be scoffing? Answer: une assiette de fromage et charcuterie
3 Which leading media group is currently running a sloe gin competiton? Answer: Rye News

The Pubs of Rye is 282pp, price £13.99. Available from the publisher in Hastings. See its website for details.

Santa and his helpers do a runner

December 18 2014.

Reindeer, elves and Christmas puddings were just some of the competitors in last Sunday’s annual Santa fun run in support of St Michael’s Hospice

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Computer club takes a break

December 18 2014.

The weekly computer club, held on Thursday afternoons at the Tilling Green Community Centre, is now closed until January 8, writes Seana Lanigan. If you need help in the meantime, pop into the Rye internet café at the Queen Adelaide on Ferry Road, where you can also enjoy an authentic French meal.

Crime pays for charity redecoration

December 18 2014.

Sussex Police has donated £200 to Rye’s Activities Respite Rehabilition Care Centre (ARRCC) to fund  internal redecoration of its visitors’ lounge. The money comes from the Police Property Act Fund – property confiscated by order of a court and then sold. PC Alison Puddefoot, Sussex Police’s disability engagement officer in the Rother district, said: “It’s really great to hear that so many will benefit from this donation and I am looking forward to seeing the improvements once the work is done.” [Source: Sussex Police]

Golfer Darcie ends on a flourish

December 18 2014.

Darcie Smith, a 14-year-old cadet member of Rye Golf Club, was one of 70 young players in the final rounds of the Andalucian Junior European Open, played in Spain. Bad weather made the tough courses even tougher, but she made the cut and finally showed her true form

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Shoplift cases: man held

December 18 2014.
Malcolm Smith, 35, of no fixed address, wanted by police for breaching a court order, has been arrested in Warrior Square, St Leonards-on-Sea. Smith, who police wish to interview about two recent shoplifting offences in Rye, was remanded in custody to appear before Hastings magistrates on Monday December 22. [Source: Sussex Police]

Open all night at Jempson’s

December 17 2014.

For the first time, the Jempson’s supermarket in Rye will be open continuously from early Tuesday December 23 until 8pm on Christmas Eve along with the Peasmarsh superstore and petrol station

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‘Shoplift suspect’ sought

December 13 2014.
Police are trying to trace Malcolm Smith, 35, who is wanted for breaching conditions of a court order. These include living at approved premises in Portsmouth. Formerly from Hastings, he is believed to be in East Sussex and is suspected of two recent shoplifting offences in Rye. Smith is described as white, 6ft, of slim build and with a shaven head. [Source: Sussex Police]

Here’s to a liquid xmas

December 12 2014.

I’ve just gone almost an entire year without a drop, so this week I’m lusting after Christmas drinks in Rye. A trip to The Mermaid could have you feeling as festive and British as a bulldog in a paper crown

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Thank you for nothing, Rother

December 11 2014.

How did the proud Landgate Arch become a tatty monument to neglect? Cllr Mary Smith used people power – the Freedom of Information Act – to discover just how much maintenance is undertaken by the district council. And what it spends on it. Be prepared to be angry

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Is this the start of a new term?

December 11 2014.

Now that both Sainsbury’s and Tesco have walked away from Rye’s “bombsite”, formerly known as the lower school, is the Rye Academy Trust going to step forward and provide a perfect campus for 5 to 18 year-olds around a shared sports field?

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A jam is not news in Rye

December 11 2014.

This little tale is a visual aide-memoire to the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. The people of Rye and those who visit our beautiful town will have seen it all before – and that’s the point

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Shoppers pop into pop-up

December 11 2014.

Fresh, young talented designers from Rye Studio School showed off their creativity by selling their wares for one day only in the old Martello Bookshop in Rye’s High Street. Hastings next week!

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Bonfire boys’ hot awards

December 11 2014.

Rye’s Bonfire Boys don’t only enjoy the annual spectacle they create, they also like to support other local good causes from the collections they organise. This week they gathered the recipients together at The Queens Head to hand out cheques for £200 each

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Pegasus card speeds calls to 999

December 20 2014.

A new service for people with speech or communication difficulties – the Pegasus card – will make contacting the emergency services quicker and easier. On registering for the card, a users’ details are stored in a database so that, for an emergency call, they need give only a pin number and can explain their problem immediately, not spending valuable time providing personal details.

Launched by Sussex Police, the scheme is also being supported by South East Coast Ambulance Service, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. Users can also show their card to staff from these organisations face-to-face to get the help and support they need more quickly.

To find out more and to apply for a card, visit Sussex Police website. More information about Sussex Police’s work to support disabled people in the community can be found online.

Source: Sussex Police

Spare a tin for Christmas

December 18 2014.

The original Christmas story was one of poverty and generosity and with some of our community dealing with financial hardship, Canon David Frost of St Mary’s, Rye, suggests one way to help our neighbours

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Sunset Singers’ sing-song

Sunset Singers’ sing-song
December 18 2014.

Shoppers in the High Street were serenaded on Saturday (December 13) by a collection of carols and hymns from the Sunset Singers, writes Tony McLaughlin. Even though many of them are in their eighties, the singers braved the weather and gave a rousing performance to passers by, many of whom joined in. Liz Gange, who organises the troupe, was delighted that in just half an hour the singers raised £155 for Out in Rother, an organisation that helps those with dementia and Alzheimer’s, and their carers. Gange is most grateful to Ian Foster of Adams Stationers, who allows the singers to use the shop’s forecourt each year. The choir next performs on Friday December 19 at the William the Conqueror pub in Rye Harbour, from 7.30pm. And on Christmas Eve, to get everyone into a festive mood, it will be in the marquee at the Gallivant hotel in Camber, from 6.30pm.

Opera evening hits a high note

December 18 2014.

Opera with a Christmas theme was on the menu in Northiam. Organised by the Conservation Society, the evening also commemorated the memory of local men killed in World War One

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Museum festive success

December 18 2014.

There were queues at Rye’s museum: more than 100 children, parents in tow, eager to meet Father Christmas in his fireside grotto. Heather Stevenson reports . . .

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Draining money not the land

December 18 2014.

While the river and internal waterway drainage authority operates efficiently and cost effectively, the Environment Agency spends money like water, conducting repairs poorly and at unsuitable times, says local farmer Simon Wright

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Christmas sails into Strand Quay

December 18 2014.

Father Christmas can’t keep away from Rye, making his second visit in a week. This time he eschewed his Roller and arrived in the harbour master’s launch to entertain children on the quayside

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Roadshow Andy does it for Arrcc

December 16 2014.

Andy McConnell of Rye, the Antiques Roadshow glass specialist, sat in Celebrity Mastermind’s famous black chair on BBC1 this week to support a local charity. The charity ended up £3,000 better off

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Parking and the police

December 12 2014.
You write:

Due to other pressures, the police cannot routinely monitor parking offences in Rye, even though it continues to cause frequent traffic problems. Here Rother’s police commander explains his point of view

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Schools vie for supermart site

December 12 2014.

Rye Academy Trust announced on Wednesday [December 10] that it is interested in buying the former Lower School site now that Sainsbury’s and Tesco have given up thoughts of developing it.

In a press release, Jacqui Lait, trust chairman, said: “Rye College building is coming to the end of its natural life. With careful repairs and maintenance it will carry on for many years, but will become increasingly expensive. Additionally, it was designed for a different style of teaching. We need a modern building which will be a positive aide in learning as we have discovered with the layout of the Rye Studio School for the creative industries.”

Ann Cockerham, executive principal, said: “The Lower School site would enable us to build a school fit for purpose, giving Rye College students the facilities they deserve to support their learning. The costs of repairs and maintenance to the current building are becoming burdensome.  An investment in new building would complement the facilities offered by our sister schools (Rye Community Primary School and the Rye Studio School) and enable us to develop a leading edge learning campus in the heart of Rye.”

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The home fires burn on

December 11 2014.

Andrew Bamji, a Rye resident, discussed the arts – music, poetry, lyrics – during World War I in his latest talk at Rye Museum. He pointed to local connections for Paul Nash and much-loved words by the brother of Rye’s famous literary mayor

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‘Get behind rail project’

December 11 2014.

What is behind the proposed new Highspeed link to London that will cut a Rye trip to the capital to 55 minutes? The needs of Hastings. But, argues, Stuart Harland, it also gifts an improved service to Rye

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Under-12s knock ’em for six

December 11 2014.

The day started miserable and damp and Rye Bay were very slow in getting started with Hastings taking an early lead, writes Darren Paine, under-12s coach. The game stayed like this until just before the end of first half, when JK got the equaliser. Rye came out for the second half looking a completely different team. JK managed to get another two goals, which clinched his hat trick, and these were followed with goals from Layton Andrews, Bradley Paine and Kai Jerry. Rye’s defence were good, with Liam Wearing doing well in goal. Match ended with Rye the victors, 6-2.

Councillors: do your homework

December 11 2014.

Despite the proposed Marshlink upgrade being a project that will cost £150million or more, the details of which were unveiled earlier this year by our MP, a government minister and senior executives from Network Rail, Rye town councillors remain worryingly ignorant about this major proposal

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Faster trains: a head-on collision

December 11 2014.

It was stop-start and shuntings into various sidings when the full council meeting last Monday considered the question of whether or not the proposed faster trains should stop at Rye. The possibility was even raised that the town should not support the idea of the new service at all

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