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Archive for January, 2015

A pearl in our town’s oyster

January 29 2015.

The hottest thing to hit hot Rye in ages, carnival lights and sea urchins and yes, sale time. Britainy Rae is here once more to put some colour in your life

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Rye sign top overseas bowler

January 29 2015.

Rye Cricket Club have pulled off a major coup: the signing of bowler Kshemal Waingankar, who has often scuppered the innings of touring English batsmen. More than that, he will also be coaching the local Colts

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Let’s go to the movies!

January 29 2015.

Our weekly look ahead to the films in Rye – at the Kino and our local film club. Our movie of the week, pictured above: “A most wanted man” at the film club on Conduit Hill. Inside, click on a movie title to see a trailer. Neale East reports . . .

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The silent hunters in our midst

January 29 2015.

They are creatures of stealth, silent unless staking out territory or calling for a mate and flying so soundlessly that their prey – and we humans – are usually unaware of them. But Rye has a resident population of three varieties of owl and, in winter, they are joined by their short- and long-eared cousins

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Making quick work of potholes

January 29 2015.

The county council has employed new technology to help keep our roads in good order. Jetpatcher, a device that cleans out crevices with a blast of high-pressure air before filling them, enabled more than twice as many repairs to be completed in the last three months of the year, at a fraction of the cost

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Through the eyes of an owl

January 29 2015.

Humans tend to rely on forward vision, but our peripheral vision is far more sensitive to differences in light and dark and to movement. By developing this skill, our sensory perception can become greatly enriched – as martial artists have known for a long time and sportsmen and public speakers are discovering

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Beckley Rangers in goal fest

January 28 2015.

A great whole team performance – and man of the match Henry Donoghue scoring four goals – means Beckley Rangers are through to the semi-final of the Crowborough and District league cup

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Rye Bay under eights play up

January 28 2015.

Rye Bay had their first game of 2015 away to Hastings Wanderers – and what a start to the new year! It was the best performance from the Rye Bay boys I have seen. Technically, the team lost, but they also won on so many different levels

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Tourist centre’s glory short lived

January 28 2015.

Despite being a winner in the Beautiful South awards, the Tourist Information Centre in Lion Street won’t be able to compete in the nationwide competition as by then it will have closed down. Sad news for the staff and their supporters, but it does mean there are some bargains to be picked up before the last day of opening on March 7

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Warm welcome for WI blankets

Warm welcome for WI blankets
January 26 2015.

The “knit and natter” group of the Landgate Womens’ Institute, which meets once a month, gets a lot of knitting done among all the nattering, writes Joan Jones. Last Monday (January 26) members presented hospital care assistants Mandy Martin, Philippa Parker and Sheila Caister with eight blankets they had knitted for the comfort of patients at Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital. Mandy Martin accepted the blankets on behalf of the hospital and congratulated Landgate WI on their valiant effort. She said the blankets will be warmly welcomed by patients, who will take them home when they leave the hospital.

Recruitment drive at Pontin’s

January 26 2015.

The Rye Partnership Rural Employability Project is supporting Pontin’s with a recruitment drive on Tuesday January 27 to fill 25 local vacancies at the Camber Sands’ park, writes Flora Williams.

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Tweets help to sort shuttle service

January 23 2015.
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Commuter Paul Barker doesn’t take a bad service standing up – not on a cold, wintry platform at 6am. When Rye’s diesel shuttle service went awry earlier this month, he started a twitter account specifically to give fellow travellers a voice and to spread the word. He describes here why he wants you to follow . . .

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Charities cheque-in at town hall

January 22 2015.

A large cheque was distributed between 10 deserving groups earlier this week, when members of the Rye Fund and its awards panel joined the most recent recipients of its annual grants for a celebration at the town hall

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Seven bones of contention

January 22 2015.

There are seven major issues that concern neighbouring residents about the development on Cinque Ports Street and they have been sent to members of the Rother District Council Planning Committee

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But who said: ‘Yes, build it’?

January 22 2015.

Rye rejoiced when plans were approved for a modern development of shops and new homes on the site of the town centre’s eyesore in Cinque Ports Street. Now there is acrimony as residents and others accuse the developers of making unauthorised changes to the works and of showing a blatant disrespect for planning approval

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Straight out of a storybook

January 29 2015.

The property section of The Daily Telegraph has been reviewing the country’s prettiest streets and, in her article of January 24, Caroline McGhie has summarised the top 10. First on the list is Mermaid Street, which McGhie describes as “storybook lovely”. You can read her article here.

Rye still at the crease – 261 not out

January 29 2015.

The future for Rye Cricket Club looks secure as it is on the brink of making a major step forward with the granting in principle of a 99-year lease on the pavilion. Martin Blincow reports here on the club’s annual meeting

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Rye has a new Christmas wish list

January 29 2015.

It was the talk of the town: a poor, poor show last December. Too much fell on too few shoulders. But Rye’s mayor and her citizens want to go to the ball again. Together they will forge a new, brighter, dreamy Xmas that we can all be proud of. Derick Holman and the town clerk give us the inside story

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Could you be a first responder?

January 29 2015.

Rother Responders is a local community first responder scheme operated by a team of volunteers who have been trained to respond to emergency calls through the 999 system in conjunction with the ambulance service. Tracy Pepler, team leader said: “We have responders in Rye, Camber, Peasmarsh, Northiam, Beckley, Icklesham and Staplecross ready to respond to emergency calls in their local and surrounding communities. We would like to express a big thank you to all those who have supported us so far. Rother Responders are hoping to expand further and we are looking to hear from people who might be interested in joining this voluntary group and who live in the rural communities where we do not currently have responder coverage.” To find out more and check eligibility, visit the website or contact them.

CDR members to rethink its future

January 29 2015.

Thanks to the filming of “Mapp and Lucia”, Rye is now the place to go. Local pressure group, the Campaign for a Democratic Rye, is examining its own role in boosting the town’s future

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Anything else you want, silly moos?

January 29 2015.

While the animals are bedded down for winter, with their owners waiting on them hand and foot, arable farmers are enjoying a well deserved break. But there are advantages to keeping livestock . . .

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Casuals take on tough opposition

January 28 2015.

They had been beaten by the opposing team twice previously this season, but that did not deter Icklesham Casuals first team and, this time, they earned themselves a point

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Hard liquor slips down sloely

January 28 2015.

It wasn’t just mothers downing their ruin at the first “Rye News” sloe gin competition. Expert judges sampled eight modern and vintage local brews and such a good time was had that a repeat performance next year was promptly ordered – hic!

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Hunt tally-hos through town

January 27 2015.

Town meets countryside when tradition and spectacle combine to bring the hunt up through the centre of town for a meet and a warming cup at the Mermaid Inn

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Winchelsea loses sole tea shop

January 26 2015.

Want to get a cup of tea in Winchelsea? Forget it. There is no longer a tea room in town. The latest closure continues the downward spiral of the businesses operated by Winchelsea Farm Foods, a trading subsidiary of a charity run by local retired hedge fund manager Stephen Rumsey

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Henry James’s favourite walk

January 24 2015.
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Sewer work has destroyed the footpath that runs along the middle of the valley between Rye and Winchelsea. The route was the favourite walk of Henry James, writer and famous erstwhile occupant of Lamb House

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Let’s go to the movies!

January 23 2015.

Our weekly look ahead to the films in Rye – at the Kino and our local film club. Our movie of the week: The Theory of Everything, pictured above. Inside, click on a movie title to see a trailer

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Locals give generously to Iraq

January 22 2015.

Donations of warm winter clothes for refugees in the Kurdistan area of Iraq are mounting up almost as quickly as volunteers can sort and pack them ready for the trucks that will head for the camps in the coming weeks

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Planning process ‘ineffective’

January 22 2015.

Neighbouring residents have long supported the need to develop the unsightly plot in Cinque Ports Street and participated constructively in the original consultations with the architect. But what do they think of the planning process now? One of them explains

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Indoor cricket resumes with Rye top

January 22 2015.

After a great start to the indoor cricket season Rye Cricket Club are looking to build on their position when the season resumes on Thursday (January 29) at Horntye park in Hastings, writes Dan Lake. Rye currently sit unbeaten at the top of the table with six points (three wins); Hastings & St Leonards Priory 3rd and 4th indoor midweek teams both have four points (two wins, one lost); Parkhurst CC (three lost) and Netherfield (two played and lost) have no points. Rye face Parkhurst CC at 7pm. The club will be holding their annual general meeting this Sunday at 7pm at The Mermaid Inn.

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