RNLI award for ‘pirate’s’ wife

The RNLI has given Priscilla Ryan, widow of the Captain Pugwash creator John Ryan, its highest award for fundraisers. Her efforts span 68 energetic years

Raise a glass to . . .

When two pubs pulled their final pints last year, some Rye bar loungers felt the mists descend. But they're back on their bar stools. Good times are coming

More local delicacies

A local food critic, a self-confessed country bumpkin, takes a second bite at what we eat in Rye restaurants. This time he reminds us of how food fashions have changed

Flu study in Rye

By Kenneth Bird Although we have just endured a very long, wet and stormy winter, the prevalence of seasonal flu has been much lower than in...

Sunshine saves gardens day

By Richard Comotto The first open gardens day of the year in Winchelsea on Saturday April 26 started with a downpour in the morning that...

Roo burger with camel, please

The eating-out menu in Rye has some new ingredients - and rather exotic ones. Camel, bison and other rare meats are on the grill

Violent origins of Rye’s burning boats

Bonfire night in Rye used to be marred by mob rule. Neale East traces the long road from louts with cudgels to volunteers with charity boxes

Power to the Green

Making a difference matters to the people of Tilling Green. Its local residents' association now in its 11th year is going from strength to strength. Dan Lake describes how teamwork continues to be key to making a better community

Change of matron

Rye Hospital has a new matron: Diana Carter who has been working at the hospital for eight years. She takes over from Jan Phelps...

Scanning for lambs

In a series of planned regular countryside articles, local farmer Simon Wright introduces himself to Rye News readers

Mithraic ragstone to a bull?

There is much speculation about the stone altar in the church of St Mary, Stone in Oxney. A bull carving on one side suggests it is probably Roman. John Hazleden takes an inquiring look into suggestions that the bull is linked to sacrificial rites and the cult of Mithras

Wow, what a doll

A dress to turn heads: created in wallpaper, designed by Rye students

A towering achievement

The ruined church of Old St Helen’s at Ore lies off the beaten track. It was well-known to the fashionable world of Victorian Hastings, but today it is rarely visited. Kenneth Bird describes how the Sussex Heritage Trust restored this ancient monument that spans a thousand years of history

Money – to be given away

Our local communities are full of deserving causes. A fund exists to help them. It is open to voluntary groups and charities within six miles of Rye. Perhaps your group should be applying for the help of Rye Fund

Changes in GP services

While a doctor is no longer based at Rye hospital for weekend cover, the extent of GP support is actually increased, with some now dedicated to home visits

Mystery of chocolate sheep

They are friendly, petite and have beguiling brown faces. A reader spotted these sheep close to Rye but no one seemed to know what breed they are

Hospital with a long past stands defiant

The NHS is changing fast. To stay a focus for local care in the future, Rye's hospital is having to evolve fast, too. Barry Nealon describes how