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Scooters rally to Camber

Scooters rally to Camber
June 26 2015.

Soul music will compete with the throb of Vespa engines in Camber this weekend when the annual scooter rally takes place at Pontin’s, writes Tony McLaughlin The musical line-up includes hit makers Secret Affair, tribute band Dexy’s Bootleg Runners, the Spitfires, Rick Buckley, Intensified, the Get Gos and Skabretta.

Although this is a fully booked closed event with no day visitors allowed, up to 600 scooters are expected to join the ride-out to the British Legion in Dymchurch on Saturday. Any scooter fans interested in future events should look at the Chelmsford Scooter Club’s Facebook page.

 

 

A great year for the beach boys

June 26 2015.

A great season for Rye Bay Football club ends with a fun day as the clubs holds its presentation day at its newly redecorated club house. Read Rhoda Parry’s report here

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Roadworks arrive at hospital

June 25 2015.

The roadworks along the A268 are provoking more confusion and complaints writes Charles Harkness

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Naughty cow takes the cornet

Naughty cow takes the cornet
June 25 2015.

Ice cream van Maisie Moo is in the Town Hall’s bad books. Under Section 148 of the Highways Act, it can be illegal to trade on the street, and Maisie was taking the cornet by churning up ice cream on Hilder’s Cliff and possibly adding to Rye’s traffic problems over the last two weeks. Maisie needs council consent to ply her trade there, and the Town Hall has asked Rother Council to issue a stern warning – or Maisie will have to be whipped into line! (Source: Rye Town Council)

Rye Partnership faces questions

June 25 2015.

This week’s meeting of Rye Partnership might have raised more questions than answers though at least some facts were established. The long-awaited website, still isn’t there. But will be “soon” promises a caption for those who venture to find it

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‘Horrific accident’: Jempson’s guilty

June 25 2015.

Jempson’s will be sentenced next month over an accident in which a woman customer lost a leg at its Peasmarsh supermarket. The verdict follows a two-week trial at Lewes Crown Court

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Marsh wind plans blown away

June 25 2015.

Plans to install six wind turbines on Romney Marsh near the historic St Augustine’s church at Snave have been abandoned by Ecotricity despite a planning inspector over-ruling local Shepway District Councillors’ objections to plans for a test mast on the site writes Charles Harkness.  But plans by Airvolution for four turbines in Old Romney are still going ahead. Last week Rye News commented on “Sharing wind’s benefits”.

Local protest group SOMBRE (Save Our Marsh. Block Rural Exploitation) welcomed both the news about Snave, and the decision of local Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd (now Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change) to withdraw subsidies for onshore wind farms a year earlier than expected. SOMBRE argues that other renewable energy options such as tidal solutions offer a more reliable and sustainable alternative to wind, and believe that industrialising the marsh is not the only path to strengthening the local economy. It wants to encourage more green tourism by establishing the marsh as a National Park.

‘JAM on the Marsh’ returns

June 25 2015.

JAM on the Marsh, a multi-art festival built round our own magnificent Romney Marsh, brings 19 events over 10 days for us all to enjoy

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Fun day on Tilling Green

June 25 2015.

There will be fun in the sun on a Sunday at the Tilling Green Summer Fete which is being organised by both Tilling Green Residents Association and Ferry Road Nursery. Read Donna Lake’s preview here

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Deli opens around the corner

Deli opens around the corner
June 25 2015.

After 12 years trading in the High Street, Rye Deli has opened a new shop ‘Just Around the Corner’ in Market Road on Monday, June 22, writes Kenneth Bird. The larger premises provides scope for stocking and displaying a wider range of local, English and continental produce. New features include a separate cheese department, and a machine for producing organic coffee from the Rye Bay Coffee Company. In addition to patisseries, quiches, fresh salads and charcuteries, ready-made snacks are available for take-away. The High Street branch will re-open shortly, initially selling ice-cream and then developing into producing home-made meals with a broad range from everyday meals to dinner parties. The business employs ten full and part-time staff, “some of whom have been with me from the beginning”, said proprietor Dezi Dalton, expressing delight at the positive reception that has greeted her new venture.

Should gardens bloom again ?

June 25 2015.

The Campaign for Action in Rye (CFAIR) is now meeting every second Thursday of the month between 7pm and 9pm at Tilling Green Community Centre. On July 9, it will be discussing whether “Rye in Bloom” should be resurrected. The campaign is also setting up two groups – one to focus on footpaths, and the other to scrutinise local decision making. The first will be checking up on paths which are overgrown and affecting accessibility so problems are quickly reported. The second group met this week to explore which issues CFAIR should prioritise for closer scrutiny of local decision making.

CFAIR hope to involve a committee of young people in discussions with Rother Council about improvements to the play park at Masons Field in Tilling Green and the Skate Park at the Salts. For more information, contact Secretary Tracy Dighton on 07595 250111 or tracydighton100@gmail.com (Source: CFAIR)

 

 

Rehearsing again with thrills

June 24 2015.

This is just a rehearsal, and you need to imagine swirling mists, rising floodwaters and an old dark house on the edge of marshes. It could be Rye. And all that is missing is the body – and the will, of course. So it must be Acting Up In Rye hard at work on a new production, though it looks like a lot of fun

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Peasmarsh Festival at the Kino

Peasmarsh Festival at the Kino
June 23 2015.

Rye Kino hosted a performance by Bulgarian cellist, Michael Petrov on June 24, writes Ray Prewer. He played Bach’s cello suite No 4 and Dutilleux’s Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher. This acted as a preview to the concert by the London Mozart Players which will take place at St. Mary’s, Rye at 8pm on Friday June 26. They will be playing pieces by Watkins, Schumann, Dvorak and Beethoven. There are still some tickets available in the 3  (cheapest) price range, ranges 1 and 2 are sold out. Look on the Peasmarsh Festival website for full details of how to get tickets for all the concerts over the next few days.

 

 

The film cameras are back…

The film cameras are back…
June 18 2015.

Thursday June 11: Church Square, Rye. Take One: Narrare film crew hard at work, 25 cast and crew. Fictional setting for “The Last Lighthouse Keeper”. About only privately-owned lighthouse in Britain at Happisburgh, Norfolk (pronounced Hazeboro’), decommissioned and bought by local community 25 years ago. One day shoot. Not quite up to BBC and “Mapp and Lucia” standards for traffic management it seems. Road apparently blocked. Pedestrian (in background) squeezes through. Not much of historic Rye actually going on film at this point. Typical film set scene. Everyone waiting for next bit of “action”. Cut.

Completion of Graham’s Way

June 18 2015.

The new route to take cycles and pedestrians off Harbour Road is finally due for completion with work on the last section to commence on June 22

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Dan’s 52 not quite enough

June 26 2015.

Rye’s 1st XL travelled to local rivals Crawley looking to extend there winning run, whilst the 2nd XL hosted Crowhurst Park 2nd XL. Read Martin Blincows report here

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Potholes: the scales of absurdity

June 26 2015.

Once upon a time, after the Germans bombed us rotten, it was thought that the state of our roads was down to the war. Or so the thinking went in Kent. Well that county’s roads are a lot better these days. But here in East Sussex, here in Rye? John Howlett shares some more wry thoughts

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Sheep and others flock to Rye

June 25 2015.

Rye’s fame is spreading with recent commendations in national newspapers and as far away as Japan (as shown in the brochure above). Even Shaun the Sheep has been in town, posing for selfies with the cannons in the Gun Garden by the Ypres Tower

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Open gardens are inspiring

Open gardens are inspiring
June 25 2015.

Seven gardens were open last weekend at Playden, including Point Lodge, Maytham Cottage, Cherries in Saltcote Lane, the Old Rectory and two in Fair Meadow, writes Kenneth Bird. There was also a rare opportunity to see round Saltcote Place (pictured above) to raise money for repairs to the spire of St Michael’s, the village’s Grade 1 listed church.

Surrey raiders clean up at fete

Surrey raiders clean up at fete
June 25 2015.

As usual, the annual Northiam fete was a triumph, with crowds of people piling in from all over the country to enjoy the best of British with local bands, stalls and a fiercely competitive dog show, writes Seana Lanigan. Pictured here are the Sykes family  from Surrey clutching their stash of prizes. Poppy Sykes, at the bottom of the photograph, won cutest puppy. Natasha Sykes, bottom left (winner of Best Dog Handler under 16) said “we all had such a lovely day and were very excited and pleased to win”. Edward Sykes, bottom right, won the football competition but decided to donate his winnings to Northiam Bonfire Society. Mrs Rita Silver, top right,  clutches a hard earned coconut and patriarch, Jeremy Sykes is pictured top left.

New bridge for Valley Park

June 25 2015.

A new bridge opens between Valley Park and Tilling Green on the outskirts of Rye which may in time form part of a longer cycle path. The bridge crosses over an overgrown drainage ditch near the former school site which developers have been told is a flood risk area

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Pirate plants weeded out

Pirate plants weeded out
June 25 2015.

The newly installed garden by the rail station, opened on April 24 and dedicated to John Ryan, former local resident and creator of the Captain Pugwash” childrens’ books, was looking decidedly unkempt after the weeds sprang up and vandals tore out one of the ornamental trees, writes Kenneth Bird. Now, thanks to the efforts of local volunteers, Keith and Kathy Buckland, the weeds that threatened to swamp everything have been quickly cleared. As gardeners know well, the use of unsterilized soil in setting out beds will inevitably result in germination and growth of dormant seeds, “but it’s now looking good again and very soon, the periwinkle will take over and provide excellent ground cover”, said Keith Buckland. “We found the ornamental cherry tree torn out by its roots and dragged some distance away. Although we replanted it, we feared it would not survive its ordeal and would need to be replaced. However, it’s hanging on in there, so I may have spoken too soon.” The Bucklands are members of the Community Rail Partnership team that took responsibility for bringing into public use this previously unsightly area of ground.

Centre plan invites reactions

June 25 2015.

The proposed new Tilling Green community centre is once again attracting controversy following the announcement by the developers of a three hour consultation in ten days time after eight weeks of silence following a packed meeting, which heard for the first time that it would be a single storey building and the centre would be effectively out of action for many months. No discussions have taken place since with either hirers or users of the centre

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Three want to join council

June 25 2015.

Rye Town Council advertised a vacancy on the council after long-serving councillor Sam Souster resigned shortly after the recent elections but, after no-one called for a by-election, co-options were called for instead, writes Charles Harkness. Three people have expressed an interest – Justin Erswell, Jonathan Dellar and Ella Bishop – the last of whom was the one candidate not elected in the recent election. The council will then decide who to co-opt at a council meeting, open to the public, after hearing from the candidates whose details and reasons for seeking co-option will be circulated next week to the current councillors. (Source Rye Town Council)

Biker airlifted from Marsh

June 25 2015.

At about 4:20pm on Sunday (June 21,) police were called to the Camber Road, near East Guldeford, where the third of four motorcycles riding in convoy, a white Yamaha R6, had left the road and gone into a ditch. Its rider, a 27-year-old man from Eastbourne, suffered serious leg and chest injuries and was airlifted to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. He was detained for treatment and is now slowly recovering. The road was closed for around an hour and a half while the incident was dealt with. No other vehicle was involved and no one else was hurt. (Source: Sussex Police) 

 

Rae: the art of living and giving

June 25 2015.

Rae Festing not only lives in the heart of Rye, she is also at the heart of it. At 84 she shows more zip than those decades younger. She hosts garden parties, runs a monthly lunch club, is an amazing cook, has a beautiful B&B, is a committee member of Rye Conservation Society, and even shortens gentlemen’s trousers, if she has time. Dee Alsey called in for a cup of tea to meet the woman whose extraordinary work for her community has just been recognised by the Queen in her birthday honours

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Let’s go to the movies!

June 23 2015.

This week’s featured film is the long awaited blockbuster ‘Jurassic World’ (pictured), 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park. Isla Nublar is now a fully-functioning dinosaur theme park. But, after ten years of operation and with visitor rates declining, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitors’ interest, with disastrous consequences. For more details of this and other films with trailers follow the link..

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English effervescence

June 19 2015.

It’s June in England. I’ve blown all my Boots Advantage card points on bottles of St. Tropez. And I’ve got you a discount on English ‘champagne’

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Scholars re-unite in October

June 18 2015.

Rye Old Scholars Association are planning a reunion on October 3 for all those who were at Rye Grammar School, Rye County Secondary School, and Thomas Peacocke School during the 1960s – but those who were there in the late 1950s or early 1970s would be welcome too, writes Margaret O’Neill. The event is to be held in the Milligan Theatre (the former School Hall) at Rye College (the old Rye Grammar School building) from 7:30-11:30 pm. It promises to be a great evening but, as always with a function like this, its success depends on how many are there. So if you are in contact with any old scholars from that era, do let them know about it and spread the word. Tickets are £10 per person and available from Richard Moore at r.fm@btopenworld.com or 01424-444058

Vodafone down, up and away

June 18 2015.

Vodafone’s faulty mast in Playden that has been causing ongoing problems for some customers in the Rye area has now been repaired, writes Nick Taylor. Last week Rye News reported on complaints of calls being constantly cut off, erratic signal strength and text messages sometimes taking hours or even days to be relayed. These problems had lasted for more than a month.

On Wednesday morning this week Rye News contacted the company’s press department again, seeking a further update on the matter. No response was received but later in the day an automated email from the company’s customer service division was sent out which read: “We’ve fixed the network issue we emailed you about in your area TN31 7UE. We are sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused you. We invest £2 million a day in our network to improve, maintain and develop a better experience for you.”

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