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Archive for August, 2015

Boot sale to support new group

August 31 2015.

On Saturday September 5, members of a group who are setting up the Tilling Green Community Centre CIC are holding a car boot sale at the existing centre to raise funds towards the start-up costs of running the new centre, writes Dan Lake.

Booters can rent a pitch from £5 for cars and £10 for vans on the day, or you can book a pitch prior to the day by contacting Donna Lake on 07584435714 or Dan Lake on 07584435732. Booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.

Gates will open at 8:30am for the booters and 9am for the general public. The group have asked people to be aware that if the weather is bad on the day or ground sodden from the week before then the event will be postponed.

The jazz weekend has started!

The jazz weekend has started!
August 28 2015.

Just returned from sunny, hot France with friends, enjoying swims in the Med and in lakes, listening to a Spanish band in the Village square and dancing the night away.What do I come back to, getting soaked and slightly depressed, writes Heidi Foster.

But not for long  – having great fun on Thursday night at the Standard (in the Mint) at the first music night of the Jazz week-end. Phil Law on the piano was awesome and his ‘side kick’, amazing Jamie Smart (see photo above), rocked the room. Several guest spots, including Louis Turpin, delighted the audience.
The place was packed with friends and new faces who joined in when invited and obviously loved it.

Not tired, several of us hotfooted to the next venue, the Globe in Military Road and were able to enjoy the eclectic music of Phil Trainer and friends.

Can’t wait for the magical variety of Blues, Trad/Mod Jazz and more over the next few days.
Friday evening, 28th, an interesting event takes place in Hastings which I will sample with friends. Between 7-9pm 17 local artists will transform Bottle Abbey (near Warrier Square) to challenge public perception of it.

More news to come.

Photo: Ray Prewer

Rye just have edge over tourists

August 27 2015.

Rye’s three cricket teams were all in action over the weekend with the 2nd and 3rd teams both missing players due to the tourist industry. Read Martin Blincow’s report here

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Getting enough to live on

August 27 2015.

Should the poor will be always with us? The Government seems to be doing its best to ensure the maxim holds true, writes Charlie Harkness. Even people ‘in work’ are struggling to afford basic necessities. And these days, being in work could mean anything from a zero hours contract, through low wages topped up by benefits, to a high flying salary enjoyed by the few

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Searching for lost lands

August 27 2015.

Ever wondered about the submerged forest at Pett Level? There will be an opportunity to mudlark and discover more over the Bank Holiday weekend, when a team of archaeologists are inviting volunteers to come and help survey and sample the trees and peat

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Supermarkets shear farm prices

August 27 2015.

Neither farmers nor shoppers are getting fair deals from the supermarkets, says local farmer Simon Wright who is busy with the harvest. The sheep are getting shorn, but so are the producers he says. Will he get a price that covers his costs, and why is there such a gap between what he gets and what we get charged in the shops ?

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Talking about dementia

August 27 2015.

A talk and a concert gives the community two chances to learn about and understand dementia.

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Country market blacked out

August 27 2015.

Friday’s Country Market has been blacked out with drak drapes hanging from floor to ceiling and an entrance looking like the morning after a heavy party – not the usual surroundings for a market selling local produce, including flowers, vegetables, cakes and curries. Meet, for one weekend only, the Spectrum Jazz Lounge

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Rye News takes stock

August 27 2015.

Rye News was launched last year after four months of experimenting and, four months later in September 2014, it got into its regular stride. So now, a year later, is a good time for an annual meeting to review progress and consider the future – on September 4 at 6:30pm in St Mary’s Centre

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Invitation from Friends

August 27 2015.

Tilling Green Community Friends (who befriend and look after their community) invite you to join them on Wednesday September 2 between 6:30pm and 8pm to celebrate their work over the last three years and to consider the future work of the group. Tea and cake will be served. More information is available from Jan or Cait on 01424 217259 or 07591 606793 or  email jan.cutting@rva.uk.com

(Source: Rother Voluntary Action)

Learn how to save lives

August 27 2015.

One of the latest PADs to appear (that’s a public access defibrillator) is on the side of the George Hotel in Rye’s town centre and Rother Responders (volunteers who leap into action in medical emergencies) are now offering the chance to get specialist training in how to use them and carry out CPR (resuscitation). A training model will be available (Vinny Jones who does the ads is otherwise engaged) and you can learn how easy a PAD is to use. That’s this Saturday, August 29, 11am-3pm in the garden of 11 High Street, Rye. Tea and cake will also be available. More information can be found here www.rothercfr.co.uk.

(Source: Rother Responders)

Show pulls in thousands

August 25 2015.

The Rye Show was bigger than ever this year with thousands of visitors getting close to animals of all sorts to say nothing of a variety of country-themed stalls and, of course, a Pimms tent. Charles Harkness has the second of our reports on the show

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Kino adds to the festival fare

August 25 2015.

Rye’s new Kino cinema is rapidly settling into the community, with a children’s day last week, jazz films and a terrace recital this weekend, a series of talks during next month’s Arts Festival, and a range of special showings, including live drama, ballet and even rugby union

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Andrew now has time to paint

August 24 2015.

Whilst juggling employment (as an architect and gallery owner) and voluntary roles (with the Conservation Society and the Art Gallery in Rye), Andrew Blyth’s ambition has always been to devote more time to his real love – painting – and is now largely focussing on developing new creative ideas. Dee Alsey in her “Ryers Unwrapped” series finds out more. Three of Andrew’s works (watercolours of Dungeness scenes) can be seen in the Rye Society of Arts Summer Exhibition 10:30am-5:30pm daily until August 31 in the Dance Hall behind the Conduit Hill Community Centre

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Kids’ event at the museum

August 24 2015.

Rye Castle Museum is holding a children’s event this Wednesday August 26 from 2pm to4pm at their East Street site. The cost is £2 per child. Entertainment is being organised and children aged between four and 10, should be accompanied by an adult. Older children however might find the Ypres Tower interesting (open 10:30am-5pm) as there are “hands on” things to do like trying to shoot a long bow, as well as pirates, smugglers and a model of our changing coastline. Adults might find two museum leaflets useful:  Mapp & Lucia’s Rye (and where it was all filmed by the BBC), and the Huguenots in Rye. These are available at the East Street museum and could come in handy when ambling around town.

(Source: Rye Castle Museum)

Time to show off green fingers

August 30 2015.

Autumn starts in September and is traditionally also seen as the harvest month – so it’s time to get out your green fingers and show off what you have grown as it’s time for Rye’s annual flower and veg show this coming Saturday, September 5.

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Wet day leads to bumper playtime

Wet day leads to bumper playtime
August 28 2015.

Rye Museum had its latest children’s activity afternoon at the East Street site on Wednesday August 26 writes Ray Prewer. It was a wet and windy day but 22 children and 24 adults, including parents and grandparents attended, an excellent turnout. The activities available included:

  • Newspaper bat and balls held together with sticky tape
  • Noughts and Crosses with a slate as the base and stones marked with chalk as the pieces.
  • Paper fish to be decorated with various pieces of coloured paper, felt and glitter.

We were surprised by the high turnout and there were just two volunteers – Heather Stevenson and Sue Manktelow. But they were resourceful and got the parents and grandparents involved. At the end of two hours there were a lot of very happy children and relaxed parents, including a family from Germany.

Photo: Ray Prewer

Rye bay prepare for the new season

Rye bay prepare for the new season
August 27 2015.

After the success of last season Rye Bay are looking improve in all areas this season, writes Maureen Payne

With teams being fielded in the Under 8s, Under 9s and Under 13s this season they have a good chance. Training is as follows, under 8s and 9s train at Dogshill on Wednesdays from 5.30pm till 6.30pm and from October it will be held at Rye sports centre. The under 13s train on Thursdays from 5.30 till 7 at Dogshill and from October, 6pm until 7pm on the 3G pitch at Rye sports centre.

The colts which is for boys & girls from ages 4 to 8 starts again on Sept 6th, weather permitting it will be at Dogshill if not it will be held at Rye sports centre.
Any enquiries for this are via Chris Catt on 07515747056

Fixture dates will be published as soon as they are announced.

Let’s go to the movies!

August 27 2015.

This week’s featured film is set against the backdrop of the early 1960s at the height of the Cold War. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. sees CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin forced to put aside longstanding hostilities and team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organisation

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Coastal currents wash arts here

August 27 2015.

The 2015 Coastal Currents Arts Festival celebrates its sixteenth year of exhibitions with live art pieces and special performances alongside its open studio programme.

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Hoping for more sunshine

Hoping for more sunshine
August 27 2015.

Hoping for another sunny weekend, the “Wipers” (pictured above, last weekend) is ready for another musical weekend with its outdoor stage overlooking the river (plus bar and BBQ and occasional dancing). Starting on Friday night with the Angelo Tristan Band (9:30pm-11:30pm) the action then moves outside on Saturday with Robin Bibi (3-5:30pm) and Rufus Stone 6-8:30pm), with Little Devils (3pm) and The Desert Turkeys (6pm) on Sunday, and the 1066 Rockitmen on Bank Holiday Monday between 4 and 7 pm. Eagle-eyed readers may spot a black buzzard-shaped kite soaring above the tent, keeping seagulls at bay.

(Source, and for more info: www.yprescastleinn.co.uk).

Photo: Ray Prewer.

 

Cuts making some poorer

August 27 2015.

Buses get us to work, the shops, school and college – but for how long ? Thousands of the poorest Rother residents, and possibly hundreds of young people having to stay in education, may suffer if two local councils decide on further cuts. However the choice is between these cuts, or other cuts, or higher taxes. The consultation periods close in September, so have your say. In the meantime the bus to education may become a bicycle

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Four coaches is step forward

August 27 2015.

Four-coach trains at last on the Marsh line – but only at weekends for the moment. But other improvements may be in the pipeline

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Mayor visits Venetian fete

August 27 2015.

Rye mayor Bernadine Fiddimore together with other Cinque Port mayors attended the biannual Venetian Fete in Hythe with its procession of wonderful floats on the canal

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This big red bus is so healthy

August 27 2015.

What have a Big Red Bus and the Conquest Hospital got in common ? The answer is Healthwatch, formerly called Community Health Councils. To find out more visit Jempson’s Car Park in Rye Saturday September 5 between 9 and 12.

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Jazz comes marching through

August 25 2015.

Jazz (and blues) come marching through town this long Bank Holiday weekend with a range of events, some of which can be found on the street, some of which just require buying a few drinks while you listen and some of which need tickets. The Conduit Hill Community Centre becomes a night club, Lamb House hosts a range of musicians and singers and the Milligan Hall and St Mary’s stage some of the biggest performances

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Tilling Green plans change

August 25 2015.

Extra parking, a larger hall in a new community centre, and a lower block of flats are among changes in new plans for the redevelopment of Tilling Green’s former school site. These are on show for just a few days more in the old school building’s entrance hall. But there are still lots of unanswered questions about the transition from the old to a new centre, and about whether developers housing association Amicus-Horizon are fully aware of current usage of the old school or how current users could be affected if there is no centre at all for a period. The centre is currently managed by the community organisation, Rye Partnership

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Tempest strikes Three Oaks

August 25 2015.

The Bowler Crab theatre group kicked off their latest production last weekend with Shakespeare’s The Tempest in the open air at the 16th century Half House Farm in Butchers Lane at Three Oaks and have further evening performances this week Tuesday August 25 and Wednesday, and Friday and Saturday with a matinee on Sunday, and further evening performances on September 1, 2, 4 and 5. Bring chairs if possible, and a picnic – but hay bales and refreshments will also be available. For more information visit www.bowler-crab.com or phone 0780 1893115 for tickets.

(Source: Bowler Crab).

A week of Tuesdays starts here

August 24 2015.

Every day is Tuesday this week as the Tuesday Painters show off their works in the St Mary’s Centre and a past mayor and the current deputy come to launch the show.

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The circus is coming to town

The circus is coming to town
August 24 2015.

Santus Circus, Le Cirque de France, is setting up at Salts Farm on the edge of Rye for the Bank Holiday weekend with two shows on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 5 and 7:30pm, two on Saturday and Sunday at 3 and 6pm and a final one on Monday at 3pm. For bookings call 07843 884787, or 07952 418487 or see more information here.

(Source: Santus Circus).

Photo by Kenneth Bird

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