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This August in ‘Fixtures’

This August in ‘Fixtures’
July 30 2015.

Imagine an allotment where you can’t brew a cup of tea – that’s our lead by Richard Comotto in the August edition of Fixtures. Plus a two-page feature by Dee Alsey on Rae Festing, new holder of the British Empire Medal for her work in the community; the heart-warming tale of a bride’s day saved from disaster by a local hair salon, and Simon Wright explains why he’s still in farming. Jean Floyd tells how Rye has become a wannabe destination for Japanese women. Author David Russell talks about cockfighting at a pub in town. John Howlett, wry as ever, takes a poke at the “dreaded one” who keeps us waiting at Rye’s railway crossings.

Sharp tri-es even harder

July 30 2015.

Despite difficult conditions, Bob Sharp took on the best at the National Triathlon Championships last weekend. Here he tells his own story

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‘Camp’ for future champions?

July 30 2015.

Tennis coaching for juniors is taking placing at Rye Tennis Club with amazing results

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Sing us those old favourites

Sing us those old favourites
July 30 2015.

What an amazing evening last Saturday as the residents of Rye and Winchelsea braved the weather to hear  music and song ranging from Cole Porter, Henry Mancini and Irving Berlin to Noel Coward, writes Irna Mortlock (media and volunteer co-ordinator at ARRCC – Activities, Respite, Rehabilitation Care Centres) . The Brockham Choral Society, conducted by Andrew Phillips, enthralled the audience in St Thomas’ church, Winchelsea, with their talented performance from these composers and just under £1000 was raised in ticket sales, bar takings and programme donations. ARRCC would like to thank Andrew Phillips, the Brockham Choral and, of course, the audience for supporting them.

 

 

Let’s go to the movies!

July 30 2015.

This week’s featured film showing at the Rye Kino is ‘The Boy Choir’, an uplifting story of talent, adolescence and mentorship. This is the inspirational tale of a rebellious boy with a remarkable gift who is challenged by a demanding teacher trying to make the most unlikely of dreams come true. Staring Dustin Hoffman (pictured above), Kathy Bates, Eddie Izzard and Debra Winger. For this and other films showing in Rye, read on

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Buy outstanding art!

July 30 2015.

The Rye Society of Artists (RSA) kicks off its Summer Exhibition throughout August (open daily 10:30am – 5:30pm from August 1) at its new venue, the Dance Hall at the Community Centre in Conduit Hill, with a private view this Friday, July 31. The Tuesday Painters will be holding their exhibition August 21-31 in St Mary’s Centre next to the Kino cinema (10am – 6pm each day, including Sundays, except for August 21 when it opens at 2pm). (Source: RSA and Tuesday Painters)

Graffiti adds to cellar tours

July 30 2015.

Torrential rain did not stop 60 visitors turning out to join a tour of Winchelsea’s medieval wine cellars.

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Better than previous eyesore?

July 30 2015.

A new building is nearly finished. The landmark crane is finally removed. But is it “simply hideous” as one reader writes in a letter, or will it fit in with other Rye frontages ? Or is it part of “skyline creep” hiding and obscuring Rye’s historic rooftops. Kenneth Bird has an opinion.

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Rethink for Tilling Green?

July 30 2015.

Local resident John Wylie thinks a change must be made to plans for Tilling Green redevelopment

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Council lists its concerns

July 30 2015.

The redevelopment of the former school in Tilling Green, now used as a community centre, continues to raise questions and concerns at the Town Council’s Planning Committee as well as rousing strong opinions amongst those most directly affected

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Sailing to a sale

July 30 2015.

Rye Harbour Sailing Club (RHSC) is holding its fourth annual Auction of Donations to raise funds for premises improvements, on Sunday August 9  at The Clubhouse, The Point, Rye Harbour, TN31 7TU.  Come along from 1pm to enjoy a BBQ with a bar, a live band “Ricochet”, followed by the auction, writes Caroline Wylson. This is a great day and always proves to be a lot of fun. All are welcome! A £5 ticket includes a BBQ meal and a chance to win a raffle prize.

Local businesses, restaurants, retailers and club members have donated generously with prizes including a one night stay at The George, a three course meal for two at the Ambrette , cinema tickets for two at the Kino and a pampering package with blow dry voucher at The Rye Retreat to name but a few.  If you are into speed, what about an amazing opportunity to bid for a sail on the trapeze of a Catamaran F18 Hobie Tiger? There are some 40 lots to bid for. Look out for the list of donations, coming soon, at www.rhsc.org.uk and on this Youtube video, also follow us on Facebook. For more details contact 01797 223112.

Blood donors always needed

July 30 2015.

If you have given blood before, you may already have received a reminder. If not, give a thought to giving blood. It is always needed and you can give blood at Rye Primary School in Love Lane on Tuesday August 11 between 1:30-4:00pm and 5:00-7:30pm. So, whether you are at home or at work, there should be a time to suit. (Source: NHS)

School’s out, weather changes

July 29 2015.

Whether holidaymakers are at sea or on the sand they can still run into difficulties and when the weather is as changeable as it has been, their problems are wide- ranging – from a beached boat to a family row that gets out of hand or a traffic jam

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Rye Harbour are petanque champs

July 23 2015.

With only 30 or so miles between Rye and France, it is not surprising that the French game of Petanque (or boules) is alive, well and flourishing in this part of the country. League matches are played every Tuesday and Dennis Leeds-George has the results so far.

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Casuals looking to raise funds

July 23 2015.

Icklesham Casuals are holding a fundraiser for the new sport pavilion with an evening of live music in the Memorial Hall, Icklesham on Saturday September 5 when Blakey’s will be appearing, writes David Mayne. They play a good assortment of songs and tickets are £5. The evening starts at 7:30pm and you can bring your own drinks. A raffle will also be held. Tickets can be purchased through Icklesham Casuals Football Club, email ickleshamcasualsfc@hotmail.com.

Mixed Triples bowling along

Mixed Triples bowling along
July 30 2015.

Rye Bowls Club hosted its annual Mixed Triples Open Tournament on the Town Salts bowling green on Saturday July 25. Twenty four teams from all over Kent and Sussex took part in the trophy competition and it was ‘rolled-off’ at 9.30 am by Rex Swain, town crier and former club captain and lasted approximately eight hours, with each team playing eight matches.

The winning team with 28 points were Alison Manby, Chris Fearn and Bob Norman from Thanet Bowls Club (shown above receiving the Trophy from Judith Blincow of the Mermaid Inn and with Paul Osborne, President of Rye Bowls Club). The team from Guestling were runners-up, with Peasmarsh club in third place. The event was organised mainly by Margaret Everest, club secretary and scorer, and sponsored by the Mermaid Inn. Conditions were near perfect. Norman Hickman, a member of the club and today a spectator (with his whites at hand in case he were needed), said: “In 20 years of playing, I’ve never known us be rained off”.

International players invited

July 30 2015.

The immaculate grass courts of Rye Lawn Tennis Club are ready to welcome an entry list of top county, national and international players when the annual Invitation Tournament starts this Friday July 31

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Long weekend starts here

July 30 2015.

The full programme for the fourth Rye International Jazz and Blues Festival was launched last week with nearly fifty events over five nights and four days from August 27-31, the Bank Holiday weekend. Charles Harkness reports.

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Make haste for a change of scene

July 30 2015.

If the weather is still all over the place, and you are looking for a change of scene, try the Stade Open Space in Hastings this weekend, August 1 and 2, for the Annual Hastings Beach Concert, which features the best of Hastings’ local bands performing in aid of the Hastings RNLI (lifeboat service). For times and more details, ring 01424 451111, who will also have information about the Hastings Old Town Carnival in a week’s time on Saturday August 8 between 2:00pm and 9:00pm (Source: Hastings Council).

Learn about African art

July 30 2015.

Robert Mucci will be talking about African art on Monday, August 3, at 7.30pm in the Rye Club in Market Road, as part of a social evening organised by RAFA/RBL. £2 donation for entry. Free tea and coffee. Bar available. All welcome. [Source: St Mary’s Notices]

Smacking on the speed

July 30 2015.

John Wylson describes a trip in a vintage sailing smack (and a previous visitor to Rye) across the North Sea to a meeting of similar vessels in South West Norway

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ARRCC celebrates with Open Day

July 30 2015.

ARRCC will be holding an Open Day and Creative Arts Exhibition at the Rye Creative Centre in New Road on Friday, August 7 from 12 – 5pm, writes Irna Mortlock. The exhibition of work by ARRCC members of the New Road Artists will be opened officially by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Mr Peter Field at 1pm. This is also a wonderful opportunity for all the members, staff and volunteers from ARRCC (Activities, Respite, Rehabilitation Care Centres) in Rye, Bexhill and Folkestone to enjoy a day together. There will be stalls selling creative arts work made by the members, a display from 1066 Sports, and a grand raffle, with a first prize of a trip to a London theatre show and bed and breakfast in a four star hotel for two people. There will also be a bouncy castle, tug of war, barbecue, a licensed bar, live entertainment, free parking and there is disabled access.

 

New building ‘simply hideous’

July 30 2015.
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Have you seen that ghastly new building in Cinque Ports Street? Now they have uncovered it, it looks simply hideous, […]

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‘Operation Radcott’ beaches

July 30 2015.

Operation Radcott springs into action in the summer holidays and the offices for the police and Rother District Council are kept busy, as hundreds and sometimes thousands, crowd on to Camber Sands – arriving by train, bus and car, sometimes with massive tailbacks, often with children who then get lost, and always a potential source of trouble.

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Complaints fly at Town Hall

July 30 2015.

The Union Jack flying over the Town Hall looks a bit tatty, say visitors, as do the flowers around the base of Rye’s War Memorial. But Town Councillors are on the job, and so is the Town Clerk. The only obstacle – seagulls

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Anchor returns for Festival

July 30 2015.

After an absence while being refurbished, the ships anchor, so long a feature of Strand Quay, has now been returned in pristine condition, to its original place outside Rye Heritage Centre

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Speed Watch attacked by council

July 30 2015.

Icklesham Parish Council has never liked Winchelsea Speed Watch. They have re-opened hostilities with criticism of the community group. Angry volunteers have asked on how councillors can judge something which they have studiously ignored. County Councillor Keith Glazier has also come in for criticism.

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Tribute to Pat Field

Tribute to Pat Field
July 28 2015.

A memorial service is being held in St Mary’s Rye tomorrow, Wednesday July 29 at 2.30 pm, for Pat Field. Before settling in Rye, Pat lived in London, Gloucestershire and Kent, enjoying an acting career, marrying and raising her sons, Guy and Harry, as well as owning and running retail businesses,writes Sara Nixon. All her life she was a busy lady and her four grandchildren brought her great joy. In Rye, Pat opened “Turtle Fine Art” by the Landgate Arch, a lovely gallery displaying the work of local artists. She had enormous enthusiasm for the well-being of the whole town and made very positive contributions, with original ideas, to the Chamber of Commerce, the Rye Arts Festival and Rother Environmental Group, never shying from the more mundane legwork necessary to ensure success for anything she participated in. Pat took her usual “can do” approach to her illness, showing determination to fight it, then getting on with life. She put her beautiful speaking voice to good use by recording talking newspapers for the blind and continued to enjoy Tai Chi, Zumba, learning French and tending her allotment. She loved fishing holidays in Scotland and Pat will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Rye 2nds get back on track

July 23 2015.

Rye second team revivied their season with an impressive batting display against Glynde followed by some efficient fielding

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Kshemal tops wicket chart

July 23 2015.

Rye’s cricketers entertained Wisborough Green at the Salts looking for a win which would push them closer to the promotion spots. Read Martin Blincow’s report here

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