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This June in ‘Fixtures’

This June in ‘Fixtures’
May 30 2015.

The Hitler plot to be Winchelsea’s mayor leads our taster edition in Rye’s Fixtures magazine this month. Other stories:

  • Prams and progress in Love Lane – Dee Alsey’s profile of Jane Howard, head at Rye primary
  • Hospitals are no place for sugary snacks – by Nicky Frith
  • Mary Smith on the latest about Landgate
  • Andrew Bamji watches busy bee Cathy Pope
  • Seana Lanigan on three new Radio 4 tales of Rye
  • Our birthday – and our thanks to the people who make this paper possible
  • And Caroline Wylson on the race dilemma of sailing club skippers

Tourist questions needing answers

May 29 2015.

Rye lost its Tourist Information Centre in Lion Street earlier this year and tourists still come into nearby St Mary’s church asking where it is… and are re-directed to the Heritage Centre on the Strand. Visitors need information, and Rye needs its visitors. But does Rother Council care? Paul King from Rye Bay Marketing questions how Rother have handled the changeover

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Raising awareness of dementia

May 29 2015.

As our population lives longer, dementia is on the increase affecting more and more people. But what are the facts, and more importantly, the answers to some basic questions? A new local group has been formed in national Dementia Awareness Week to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers. Kenneth Bird reports

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Winchelsea opens secret gardens

May 29 2015.

On Monday June 8, nine “secret gardens” will be open in Winchelsea from 2pm to 5.30pm, writes Irna Mortlock.

All proceeds from this event will be going to ARRCC (Activities, Respite, Rehabilitation Care Centre) in Rye, a local service for people with physical disabilities and sensory impairments. Entry is £6 per person which can be paid at any of the featured nine gardens and includes a local map to take you to each garden. Light refreshments, afternoon tea and homemade cakes together with plants will be available to purchase at Winchelsea New Hall. Parking will be in the streets around Winchelsea. Look out for signposted gardens.

 

Rye CC win again

May 28 2015.

Rye entertained Stirlands Cricket Club in a match sponsored by My Sweet Old Etcetera on Saturday in a contest that saw the visitors travel over 100 miles to engage in this Sussex Premier Cricket League division four contest

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Darts: Close victory for hosts

May 28 2015.

LETS PLAY DARTS: Rye hosted Brighton Red Oaks at the Granary on Wednesday evening. Read Shane Ridger’s match report here

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Tales of a transport campaigner

May 28 2015.

Derrick Coffee, a seasoned transport campaigner, spoke at Rother Environmental Group to reveal some of the shocking facts behind the decision to build the Bexhill Link Road. His latest campaign concerns a new train stop at Glyne Gap. Christopher Strangeways reports.

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River rescue saves dog owner

May 28 2015.

A spaniel and its female owner were rescued from the depths of the river at Rye Harbour by RNLI volunteers, after the dog ran over the retaining sea wall

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When Morris men dance

When Morris men dance
May 28 2015.

Onlookers envied the energy of the East Surrey Morris Men and the Greensleeves Morris Men from Wimbledon, who performed in front of Rye Town Hall last Sunday, May 24, writes Kenneth Bird. Handkerchief waving, knee-bell tinkling dancers weaved their way in intricate traditional sequences to the sound of accordions and the violin playing lively rustic tunes.

Many of the dances are from Cotswold traditions, with roots already considered ancient in the 15th century. By the early 1900s however, the folklore had nearly died out, and it was principally due to the work of Cecil Sharp, a music scholar (1859-1924), that the customs were revived. He collected many of these dances which then became popular as we know them today.  Danced in sets of six or eight men, they are accompanied by a small band and often involve a Fool or other character, such as the red-jacketed hobby-horseman who entertained the spectators in Rye last weekend, on their 57th visit to the town.

Photo: Kenneth Bird

Pete’s much more than tea and cake

May 28 2015.

Pete Anderson at Fletcher’s House is a familiar figure in Rye, so you might feel he doesn’t need any introduction. But Dee Alsey, in the second of her ‘Ryers Unwrapped’ series of interviews, thinks you’re in for a surprise. He gives his clients more than traditional good customer service 

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Cinque Ports rise and fall

May 28 2015.

The citizens of the present-day Cinque Ports take pride in the notoriety of their medieval predecessors. The height of the Portsmens’ turbulent role in national history was during the Barons War in the early 13th century. This episode is to be the subject of a talk (fittingly) in Winchelsea later this month

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Let’s go to the movies!

May 28 2015.

This week’s featured film showing at the Rye Kino is ‘A Royal Night Out’ (pictured) It’s VE Day, 1945, people are celebrating the end of the war. Two teenage princesses, Margaret and the future Queen of England, Elizabeth are allowed out that night to join the party. For the first time they are able to mingle with the teeming crowds, incognito… Follow link for details and previews of this and other movies showing in Rye

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Southern’s summer hold up

May 27 2015.

The winter train timetables change in May to a summer timetable. It said so five months ago on the front of the “Winter Train Times” published in January. But station staff at Rye did not know how the timetable had changed, when I asked on my way to London. Neither did they have any of the new timetables, writes Charles Harkness, but they have cleared out all the old timetables in case they are wrong. So the shelves are empty, but they have been told new timetables will be available at the end of the month or early June. In the meantime only Stagecoach’s bus timetables for a bus that does not stop in Rye are available at the station and there is no sign of any Renown bus service information. However there are Renown and Stagecoach timetables at the actual bus stops now, replacing the temporary summaries put up by Councillor Pat Hughes of Rye Community Transport.

Swap shop recycles success

Swap shop recycles success
May 27 2015.

Some 200 people came through the doors of the second Recycle Swap Shop of 2015, held at St Mary’s Centre, Lion Street, last Saturday, writes Mike Pepler. About 330kg of items were donated, with 88% finding a new home, 7% being recycled and just 5% being consigned to landfill. The heaviest item was a set of three chunky concrete garden planters, which were snapped up within minutes. We were grateful for the donations of just over £80, which covered the cost of renting the hall and other expenses of running the event. The next swap shop is on Saturday June 27 at the Tilling Green Community Centre, Mason Road. Doors are open between 9:30am and 12 noon, but items being given away must be there by 11am! Remember, you don’t have to bring stuff; we’re very happy for people to come and take it away – otherwise there’s too much left over at the end. Please don’t bring anything that’s dirty, broken, dangerous or illegal – and no mains electrical items. [Photo: Kenneth Bird]

Bowen buzzes over her BGT break

May 22 2015.

Scallop pageant judge Lorraine Bowen found nationwide fame overnight as David Walliams’s golden buzzer act on “Britain’s Got Talent” TV show. But she’s still grassroots and would love to return to Rye for another scallop fest. Britainy Rae has an exclusive interview . . .

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Lorraine’s rocket splashes down

May 29 2015.

Rye Scallop Week star Lorraine Bowen, given the Golden Buzzer by David Walliams on “Britain’s Got Talent”, who called her “Britain’s answer to Beyonce”, splashed out in the first semi final after Simon Cowell called her song “total rubbish” and Alesha Dixon said: “You are literally on another planet”. However her spaceman song, performed surrounded by aliens, seemed to appeal to Amanda Holden who said: “It was one of the most nuts things I’ve ever seen”. The public were clear though and, after rocketing up, Lorraine fell to Earth fourth overall in the first semi-final – and even the judges did not step in to rescue her. However she may be back to add some spice to a future Scallop Week, writes Charles Harkness.

Election could cost town £5,500

May 29 2015.

Rye has a casual vacancy to fill on its Town Council – and an election may be called, costing the town £5,000 or more. The new council is concerned at the cost compared to the other choice – co-option. The clock is ticking, as Charles Harkness explains. But electors may be kinder to possible candidates than the newly elected councillors. However those same candidates could have stood a few weeks ago when the town last voted

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Strumming in the sunshine

May 29 2015.

The sun shone, the ukuleles were strummed, the kazoos were blown – and it was festival time during the Bank Holiday weekend. Who knows whether the Big Strum set a record, but something like 300 musicians were trying to synchronise their efforts. Lorna Hall reports

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Grass season starts at Rye LTC

May 28 2015.

Saturday May 23 saw the start of the summer season at Rye Lawn Tennis Club with a competition for members of all abilities, to mark the opening of the Club’s eight grass courts for the season.

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Croquet mallets unleashed

May 28 2015.

Croquet season opens at Rye Tennis Club with two hotly-contested games played on a well-prepared croquet lawn

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The sun shines for Rye 10 miles

May 28 2015.

Members of Rye Runners took part in a challenging 10 mile run around Peasemarsh and Beckley on Sunday May 24. Competitor, Katie Gurney, tells the story.

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Vinnie helps save lives

May 28 2015.

Rother Responders came to Winchelsea to deliver training to residents about dealing with cardiac arrests and using their new Public Access Defibrillator

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Competitive week for dancers

May 28 2015.

Pupils of Rye Dance Centre will be competing in the Ore Dance Festival being held at the Milligan Theatre, Rye College, this week from Tuesday to Saturday May 26-30, writes Lesley Pankhurst. Junior and senior members of the dance school will be performing solo, duets, trios and quartets. During the week, pupils of the school will also be travelling to Cranbrook to compete in the regional finals of the All England Dance Competition with solos and duets. Two groups are entered as well, one in the under 15 modern section with “Light Up The Night Sky” and the other in the 21 and under group with “Ghost”.

All of these dancers qualified for the competition at the other local festivals held at Hastings and Tunbridge Wells earlier this year and at Canterbury last July. If successful at the regional competition, the national finals are held in London at the end of July, with dancers coming from all over the country. The school has been very successful in the past in this competition and it is an enjoyable and memorable experience for those involved to dance at one of London’s theatres.

High Street beer house uncovered

May 28 2015.

The Purdie Gallery on the HIgh Street had a former life as a beer house called the Pig and Whistle. David Russell, in the 11th edition of his Beer and Skittles series, investigates the origin of the name

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Baaa-rrmy lamb goes for a spin

May 28 2015.

This lamb didn’t have much going for it: it was rejected by its mother at birth and was very weak. The stark choices were Shanks’s pony or end up as a lamb shank. Then the farmer decided to ask for help from a local sanctuary in Iden – this is Emma’s tale

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Roger Breeds, a true Ryer

May 28 2015.

A former Mayor of Rye whose family has a very long history in the town has died. Town councillors and staff will be out in their finery for a civic ceremony at St Mary’s on the morning of June 10, and Jim Hollands from Rye’s Own recalls the man behind the Mayor

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Gold award for local lifeboat man

Gold award for local lifeboat man
May 27 2015.

Volunteer Tony Edwards (pictured above), deputy launching authority at Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Station, was awarded the RNLI’s prestigious Gold Badge on Thursday May 21 at the Barbican, London. Edwards joined the lifeboat station in 1982, serving as a member of the crew and becoming a lifeboat helmsman. After 11 years he came out of the lifeboat and became a member of the operations team as a deputy launching authority in 1993, a post he has held for more than 20 years. Rye Harbour lifeboat station has been operating since 1966; go here to find out more about it. [Source: RNLI]

 

Walking back through history

May 27 2015.

Camber Castle was the focus for this year’s Rotary Club charity walk – and not just because that’s where the refreshments were. Walkers were also offered a free tour of the Tudor ruins and the chance to take part in a quiz

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A star to the very end

A star to the very end
May 27 2015.

The Kino showed a film from 1946 last week, writes Tony Nunn. It was a private viewing and the star of I’ll Turn To You was Terry Randall, whose 100th birthday we reported last October (Terry, 100, is centre stage again). She would have been thrilled to see herself on screen in the town’s smart new cinema. But the special occasion was her wake – and it was her family and friends who watched as a glamorous 31-year-old welcomed home her on-screen husband [Don Stannard] from the war. Randall was better known as Collier by the time she came to live in Rye, at Strand Court. The film show followed a service at Hastings Crematorium, during which friends enjoyed hearing the roll call of famous names she had worked alongside. She died following a stroke, at the Leolyn Care Home in St Leonards-on-Sea.

RHSC pushed the boat right out

May 21 2015.

Rye Harbour Sailing Club’s Push the Boat Out event was a great success with dinghies and cruisers giving taster sessions to both experienced and novice sailors of all ages

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