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Archive for March, 2015

Where BT Infinity takes an eternity

March 27 2015.

Frustration is building among residents of Vidler Square in Valley Park. Months after moving into new homes, BT is still unable to provide them with a phone line let alone high-speed broadband. Instead it offers excuse after excuse. This is the story so far – because BT isn’t too hot at communicating

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Why I blossom this time of year

March 27 2015.

It’s spring. That doesn’t really count with columnist Britainy Rae. But she finds the flowers just intoxicating. We have some serious horticultural talent in this little town, she says. Get involved!

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Public ballot on car park row

March 26 2015.

Is Icklesham Parish Council proposing to write an open cheque to Rother District Council for the next century? Residents angry at the suggestion of taking over unknown costs to run Rye Harbour car park and public toilets have called a Parish Poll

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‘You must lobby’ for rail upgrade

March 26 2015.

Following her detailed briefing to the annual meeting of the MarshLink Action Group about the proposed Javelin rail service, Lisa Goodman, senior development manager at Network Rail, took questions from the floor, during which she stressed the importance of applying political pressure

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Southern Rail excuses fall flat

March 26 2015.

Commuters from Rye have been angered for months by cancellations of services and the shortcomings of rolling stock. Southern Rail sent an executive to soothe members of the MarshLink Action Group at its annual meeting last week. But the efforts were derailed – for once, not by a failed diesel unit

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Rangers continue their good form

March 25 2015.

Despite a few injuries Beckley Rangers travelled away from home at the weekend looking to continue their good winning run as they faced Hastings United, and after four wins are now placed third in the league.

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Art rising in the sky

March 25 2015.

Rye Art Gallery, which had been facing closure, has turned around its fortunes under new Director Jane Fenn. New exhibitions are planned, featuring works from the permanent collection as well as new pieces from local artists like Richard Adams whose latest exhibition opens this Saturday, March 28. Linda Harland, a Trustee of the Gallery looks ahead

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Sing-along meeting for all

March 25 2015.

Liz Gange who leads the Sunset Singers, and Kate Head who used to run Magdala House care centre, are holding a meeting on Monday March 30 at 2pm in the Community Centre in Conduit Hill for anyone interested in attending a quarterly sing-along, writes Tony McLaughlin

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Museum throws open its doors

March 25 2015.

Come to the East Street museum on Saturday morning, March 28 from 10:30 for refreshments and to celebrate the reopening at weekends. Also check out the new offerings at the book stall where a special feature will be books for your children and grandchildren, thanks to a generous donation of an entire collection.

The coffee morning signals the opening of summer season hours at the East Street site, which will remain open to the public that afternoon and on the following day (Sunday March 29), then for three days the following weekend (Friday – Sunday April 3-5) and thereafter each Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer. The Ypres Tower of course is open every day throughout the year.

The museum plans to build on the great success of last year’s April – October season at East Street when, thanks to a stop-and-look banner and free admission — and wonderful volunteer stewards — we attracted over 8,000 visitors to our second site. That meant a whopping increase in visitor numbers compared to the same period the previous year of more than 600 per cent.

From Richard III to Rye

From Richard III to Rye
March 25 2015.

Mass at St Anthony’s, Rye, this Palm Sunday will be celebrated by the Major Superior of the Greyfriars order, the Very Rev Peter Damian Massengill (pictured above), who has been in Leicester this week for the reburial of King Richard III, writes Tony Nunn. “It was the Greyfriars who buried him the first time,” he said. “The organisers seemed to be excited about having a real honest to goodness Greyfriar around and included me in several events.” He added: “Fr Paul Miskiewicz is coming to Rye for just under three months – to avoid visa stuff – followed by a new full-time friar who has yet to be named. I will actually be taking Palm Sunday Mass since Fr Paul is landing that morning.” The Greyfriars are officially known as the Order of Friars Minor Conventual.

Casuals make their point

Casuals make their point
March 19 2015.

Icklesham Casuals 2nd team gained an excellent point on Saturday March 14 in a 1-1 draw against high-flyers Punnetts Town, writes David Mayne. On a difficult pitch, the Casuals adapted better at first with their more direct style of play, creating several early chances. Icklesham capitalised on one of these in the 28th minute when a flick from Joe Fraser (pictured on the ball, above) sent Phil Badrock running in on goal to slot the ball past the advancing keeper and give the side a half-time lead. 1-0 to Icklesham. Punnetts Town upped the pace after the break but created few clear-cut chances until two penalties changed the game. Having scored the first when Dan Carr converted, Punnetts Town missed a second later on, much to Icklesham’s relief. The game ended 1-1.

Pretty saplings all in a row

March 19 2015.

A small army of volunteer gardeners rolled up their sleeves to get their hands dirty planting 300 saplings for the new community garden next to Love Lane allotments. Why not come and help next time? Volunteers are always welcome!

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MP hits at Rother’s ‘failings’

March 19 2015.

The ongoing dispute between Rother council and Kris Hopkins, the Minister for Local Government, flared again on Wednesday, writes Tony Nunn. Hopkins sent a strong letter to Carl Maynard, Conservative leader of the council, which was headed “TRANSPARENCY: FAILINGS BY ROTHER COUNCIL”.

In January Maynard had replied to an earlier letter from Hopkins in which he defended his council’s behaviour on such matters as not disclosing redundancy packages for senior managers. Those reasons are dismissed by Hopkins

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Cricketers win indoor league

March 19 2015.

After a tough season, Rye’s indoor cricketers were finally crowned league champions, gaining promotion in advance of the new indoor season which starts later this year

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Playing YouTube for all it’s worth

March 19 2015.

The three finalists in this year’s Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition thrilled the audience with virtuoso performances. If you missed their battle for a cash prize and a concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, you can appreciate their bravura on Mike Figgis’s short film

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Maynard v Hopkins: round 2

March 27 2015.

Carl Maynard, Conservative leader of Rother council, is doing his best to dilute the effects of a second rebuke from Kris Hopkins, the Tory Minister for Local Government. At the heart of the exchange is a dispute about council transparency. Maynard clearly believes this latest rebuke is badly timed: not only does it come from a fellow member of the Conservative Party but it is also just a few weeks away from local and general elections on May 7

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Record set at Swap Shop

March 26 2015.

The first recycle swap shop of 2015 set a new record for the amount brought. Trained volunteers were there, as well, to give advice on how to save energy and cut energy bills. Mike Pepler reports.

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Free home repairs by Rother?

March 26 2015.

Does your house have loose tiles? Are there windows that need replacing? Worried about the expense? Well, why not hoist the cost onto Rother District Council? That’s what an Icklesham parish councillor and former mayor of Winchelsea has managed to do

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An expert eye on Javelin’s future

March 26 2015.

The future of our rural economy hinges, some believe, on faster rail links with London. One of the leading figures involved in evaluating a 90mph Javelin service to Rye has just given a briefing on how Network Rail is weighing up the options that confront those wanting to make it a reality. Lisa Goodman was rich in detail. Nick Taylor gives a detailed report on the technical issues she discussed

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Let’s go to the movies!

March 25 2015.

This week’s featured film showing at the Rye Kino is ‘Suite Francaise’ (pictured above) – after the screening on Saturday March 28, actor Clare Holman and screen-writer Matt Charman will be at Kino to answer your questions and talk about the making of the film. Read on for reviews and links to trailers

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Match turns on Barker’s red

March 25 2015.

Iden looked to take their cup form into their league campaign as they travelled away to Ninfield on Saturday 21 March. Despite missing key players, Iden were able to field a strong team, but the game turned on a one-sided decision by the referee which cost Iden. Read Shane Ridgers’ report here

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Living in paradise was my dream

March 25 2015.

When a Russian speaker comes to live in Rye, why do her friends get confused – and then think it is such a huge joke? Alyona Kojevnikov explains why

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Low point in Winchelsea High Street

March 25 2015.

There was more bad news for residents of Winchelsea worried about the future of the dwindling number of shops in the town after the publication of the latest accounts by owner Winchelsea Farm Foods. Over three-quarters of a million pounds were lost and 15 staff dismissed

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Charity farm’s first birthday

Charity farm’s first birthday
March 25 2015.

Little Gate Farm in Beckley, a care farm and registered charity for learning disabled adults and children, celebrates its first birthday on Saturday March 28. It was set up by Claire and David Cordell, who felt strongly that there was not enough provision for this vulnerable group of people. They will celebrate the year since they opened their doors to their very first Learning Disabled Rangers, with an Easter Fun Day, complete with Easter bunny trail, den building, kids crafts, tea and cake and of course their new born lambs and fluffy chicks. The farm is open to the public from 10am till 4pm. Everyone welcome! In the picture above, Heidi Haddow, one of the trustees of the farm feeds a lamb.

Beckley hold on to win

March 20 2015.

Beckley Rangers under 18s looked to continue their winning streak when they travelled away to Rotherfield U18s, writes Ashleigh Fraser. The game was a close affair with defences winning the first half 0-0. In the second half Rangers came out a lot stronger. Rangers’ Sam Roberts broke down the right wing with the Rotherfield keeper running out and then Roberts lobbed the ball over the keeper’s head for Sam Garner to head it home, 1-0 for Beckley.

Beckley continued pressing and got their reward when Sam Garner stabbed the ball home for his and Beckley’s second. Rangers went on to miss some good chances to put the game out of reach and nearly got punished for it as Rotherfield headed the ball home 1-2, which made a nervous last 10 minutes.

But the Beckley defence held out to get the well deserved victory. The Lankelma and McCartney Productions Ltd Man of the Match this week was shared between Josh Zon and Joe Fraser. Beckley Rangers’ next game is away to Hastings Utd U18.

Iden’s great cup run continues

March 19 2015.

Iden continued their cup form by reaching the semi-final of the Hastings Intermediate Cup, beating Hollington FC. In attack, they were very dangerous, but Hollington is a side that never gives up. Read the Iden goalie’s match report here

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Let’s go to the movies!

March 19 2015.

This week’s featured film showing at the Rye Kino is ‘Still Alice’ starring Julianne Moore (pictured above) in a heart-wrenching tale in which she plays a linguistics professor who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Read on for reviews and links to trailers . . .

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£96k Partnership loss ‘not major’

March 19 2015.

Exchanges enlivened this year’s annual meeting of Rye Partnership when chairman Keith Glazier was confronted with questions from Anthony Kimber and organic farmer Christopher Strangeways. They wanted to know more about the money trail of the Partnership’s projects: a spending breakdown in detail because the accounts presented lacked the detail sought. At one stage Glazier described a £96,000 loss as “not major”, not one that gave the Partnership “any concern” though he did promise that a breakdown of that loss would be sent to Strangeways – a week later that promise has, as yet, to be kept. It also became apparent, after the meeting, that Rye’s town hall has never received minutes of any Partnership meeting. “No reports, summaries or minutes are sent/received,” said Richard Farhall, the Town Clerk. Neither do councillors on the board represent the town council. Sam Soustser says he represents Rother, Jo Kirkham says she represents Rye Voluntary Services

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Challenging questions to directors

March 19 2015.

The debate between directors of Rye Partnership, members and the public had no flash points but there were clear areas of concern. These included Tilling Green’s new community centre, projects and financial losses. We publish some of the exchanges word-by-word . . .

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Rum goings on . . .

March 18 2015.

You’d expect to find booze in a boozer but the landlord of the Robin Hood ended up in court when the Inland Revenue and local constabulary discovered a quantity of smuggled spirits concealed about the property

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