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Archive for February, 2015

Oyez, oyez . . . time to speak up

February 27 2015.

Rye’s Town Meeting is looming – this is your chance to find out what is going on and voice your opinions. It’s an election year and town and district councillors will be looking for your vote as well as your MP candidates.

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Brewery Yard site for sale

February 26 2015.

The Brewery Yard Club at King Street, Landgate is up for sale. But its history and its links with the Royal British Legion and their previous assets are interesting. The Brewery Yard Club broke away from the RBL in 2006 and some Legion records, photographs and trophies have never been seen since

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Let’s go to the movies!

February 26 2015.

50 shades of naughtiness comes to Rye (pictured above). Why not whip up to the Kino for a cheeky peek from this Friday? Delve further to see our overview of films showing in Rye over the next week, together with links to trailers.

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Who and what is in your past?

February 26 2015.

Rye Partnership will be running a family history course at Tilling Green Community Centre, Mason Road on March 9 and 10. Although this is a follow-on course from last year’s beginner’s course, it is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about their family history. After a brief refresher session in which we will remind ourselves of some of the basics, we will move on to discover more advanced sources which can be found online and in the record office. We will learn how to locate those sources which are relevant to our own families and about the best ways to access them. These will include school, army, tax and probate records, maps, tithe records and also poor law and bastardy records. We will also look at the essentials of a good research technique.

This course will be taught by professional genealogist and historian Celia Heritage, a well-known and highly respected expert in the UK and abroad. Heritage regularly presents at the Who Do You Think You Are Family History Show, for the Society of Genealogists in London and at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies in Canterbury. She is the author of the best-selling book Tracing your Ancestors Through Death Records and runs a successful genealogical business offering research and tuition services.

Places are limited so contact Tina Hall to book your place soon. Email tina.hall@ryepartnership.org or telephone 01797 229600.

 

RDC ‘fails again’ to care for tower

February 26 2015.

Years of neglect of Rye’s Landgate tower ended last week with high-pressure blasts of water to dislodge pigeon waste. But was it the right course of action? Andy Stuart challenges the view that Rother councillors have protected this Grade 1 listed building. The clean-up, he claims, is an object lesson in how not to look after an historic monument

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A grassy illusion

February 26 2015.
You write:

I can assure Richard Comotto that, whilst the photograph of the Rye Town Steward appears to show that he has parked on a verge (Tackling or creating grot spots), the vehicle was actually placed (carefully!) on a grassed area at the Tilling Green Community Centre.

Richard Farhall
Town Clerk, Rye

PCSO Dan’s on the run

February 26 2015.

PCSO Dan Bevan hopes to show a clean pair of heels on Sunday March 22 when he and three friends run in the Hastings half-marathon to raise money for Rother Responders

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Three weeks of road works

February 26 2015.

The main road to Hastings is being closed overnight for three weeks from March 9 for road works. Residents fear that drivers will instead make more use of the already congested B2029 Udimore Road

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Obsessions, I’ve got a few . . .

February 25 2015.

Dogarina on ice, hauntings and my love for dresses that look like nightmares. Britainy Rae has been having a ball at the annual scallop fest. Her fashion sense? Don’t ask. Take a look . . .

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Scallop week starts here and now

February 20 2015.

The town will be filled this week with the aroma of scallops: pan-fried, in risotto, crispy battered, with poached pears, butternut squash. The choice is huge. And if you like music to wash them down, there’s plenty of gigs, too

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Ashes to ashes at Pett Level

February 19 2015.

Steve Strange, who appeared in the video for David Bowie’s hit “Ashes to Ashes”, died last week. But the video on the beach lives on in glorious solarised and saturated colour

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A happy 103rd birthday

February 19 2015.

One of the town’s oldest residents, David Wilkinson, whose military career took him to danger spots in many parts of the world, celebrated his birthday this week among family and friends

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Stirring it up – then and now

February 19 2015.

The Campaign for a Democratic Rye might have failed in its original aims of bringing more democracy to local government, but it has not given up the fight and has re-emerged as a force campaigning for action in Rye

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Blood and gore at the King’s Head

February 19 2015.

This week Beer and Skittles visits the King’s Head, Rye Hill, where butchers used to meet for a potent mix of beer, blood, gambling – and the tenderising of meat

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Tackling or creating grot-spots?

Tackling or creating grot-spots?
February 19 2015.
You write:

Dear Editor
I applaud the appointment of a town steward by Rye. But your photograph [see how Rye News reported it, above] horrified me. Parking the steward’s 4×4 on a grass verge is not setting much of an example. Such behaviour is going to create grot-spots rather than tackle them. And stay off the pavements too!

Richard Comotto
Winchelsea

Prayers answered at St Anthony’s

February 26 2015.

An audience of more than 50 parishioners burst into spontaneous applause at the news that a new priest will be appointed to the Catholic church of St Anthony of Padua following the unexpected departure of Father Paul Clarke, scotching rumours that the church might close

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Rye Show in new hands

February 26 2015.

Rye’s hospital is to focus its money-making energies on its summer fete. For 10 years its big fundraiser has been the Rye Show but trustees have decided to let another charity benefit instead

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Alternative catwalk will be a lark

February 26 2015.

If you think those skinny models are just not your size and shape, an alternative catwalk may be the answer, with up-cycled clothes and accessories .

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Vine bar to open soon

February 26 2015.

La Maison du Vin Wine Bar and Antiques is opening soon at the White Vine House, 24 High Street, Rye, where the Ambrette restaurant was until its recent move. Louis Swann of La Maison Dress Agency in the High Street, says he wants to create an intimate lounge, secluded from the bustling street outside: “Expect classic elegance, together with quality antiques and rather exquisite wines. Of course, champagne is always the star of any show and will be one of the many options available by the glass.”

Initially opening times will be 10.30am – 11pm from Thursday to Sunday. Charcuterie and cheese boards will be available for those looking for a snack to enjoy with a glass of wine. Swann is joined in the venture by John Boyall of Wishbarn Antiques. The antiques area opened on Friday February 27 and the wine bar will emerge over the next fortnight. [Source: Louis Swann]

Landgate probe to follow clean-up

February 26 2015.

A long overdue survey of the condition of the Landgate Arch has now been commissioned. This week’s removal of pigeon guano should give an “all clear” safety signal and allow the investigation to proceed.

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Icklesham youngsters win tournament

February 26 2015.

Icklesham youngsters not only reached the final of the “Albion in the Community” tournament but went on to win it by beating Eastbourne Town in the final

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Rye News becomes CIC

February 26 2015.

Rye News has been incorporated as a Community Interest Company at Companies House, marking a new stage in its development. Legal status gives the newspaper the benefit of limited liability protection under the Companies Acts and the ability to seek additional grant funding, if necessary. A written constitution in compliance with relevant legislation firmly establishes Rye News as a not-for-profit organisation operating for the benefit of the local community and, as part of this, the Rye Fund at Sussex Community Foundation is the nominated charity of last recourse.

Formal registration with Companies House requires the newspaper to make an annual community interest report and lodge accounts which accords with the principles of transparency and accountability to the community, both important aspects of Rye News editorial policy. The first named directors are Kenneth Bird and Dennis Leeds-George, two of the original founders.

Questions about faster trains

February 26 2015.

Lots of questions are expected to be asked about local trains at the Rye Town Hall meeting of the Marsh Link Action Group (MLAG) on 20 March.

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High Street loading bay abused

February 22 2015.

White van men were fuming in Rye High Street on Wednesday morning, when the loading bay was obstructed overnight by an illegally parked car – the loading bay is never for use for more than 10 minutes

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Let’s go to the movies!

February 19 2015.

Our weekly look ahead to the films in Rye – at the Kino and our local film club. Our movie of the week at the Kino from Friday February 20 is Selma, pictured above, chronicling the tumultuous three-month period during which Martin Luther King led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. Inside, click on a movie title to see a trailer. Neale East reports

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Children’s author wins mayor’s vote

February 19 2015.

Have you ever wondered how readers become addicted to particular authors? A Monica Edwards enthusiast, better known as Mayor of Rye, gives her account of her developing relationship with the books by this local author

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Town council far from toothless

February 19 2015.

In response to Cllr Mary Smith’s Opinions page article in last week’s “Rye News” questioning the town council’s spending, the town clerk explains the reasoning behind the council’s actions, describes the powers it has retained – and invites applications for this year’s election of councillors

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Birth of a new pressure group

February 19 2015.

A fresh start has been made by members of what was – until a short time ago – the Campaign for a Democratic Rye. This week activists gathered to work out how they will help to make the most of the town that they are so proud to live in. John Howlett reports . . .

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Developers win planning row

February 19 2015.

Dismayed residents of Meryon Court have learnt that Rother District Council planners have given the developers of 53 Cinque Ports Street retrospective approval for the changes made to the original plans, seemingly without regard to their protests

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Icklesham Veterans lead the way

February 19 2015.

Icklesham football teams suffered defeat, a pitch unfit for playing on and a last-minute change of venue. But the Veterans surged to victory and now top their League

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