Cadets stand up for Duke

Trailblazing sea cadets from Rye have successfully completed a 30km river trek spending at least six hours a day to gain their Duke of Edinburgh award, and they did it by stand up paddleboarding (SUP)

Maritime magnificence

The Strand resembled the south of France on Sunday August 31 as Rye Maritime Festival's marvellous nautical display drew hordes of people to a fun-filled day on and off the water. With bands playing in the background, a terrific flyboard display, and all manner of goodies to eat and drink the festival was a great success. Tony McLaughlin reports on Living.

Garden for all takes shape

With the site in Love Lane secured, the community garden - which would be available to all Rye residents to come and "enjoy/work in/harvest" - has become a reality, and the first bed has already been marked out. Nigel Jennings reports on the progress made so far.

New life for old furniture

BBC glass expert Andy McConnell and local MP Amber Rudd formally opened our local charity ARRCC's secondhand furniture warehouse last weekend. Ray Prewer reports on the opening and on the NEWS page Kenneth Bird provides a history of ARRCC and the warehouse site.

Mysteries at u3a

Unexplained mysteries may have some light thrown on them by Andy Thomas at the first Rye and District u3a's (University of the Third Age) at the meeting on Monday September 15 at Rye Community Centre at 2pm, and it is a mystery what mysteries he is going to talk about.

Russell’s next relaxing ride beckons

Ex-Rye Rotary President Chris Fairman was delighted when his son Russell completed the "End2End" challenge by riding the 865 miles from John O'Groats to Lands End in seven and a half days.

Great day for green fingers

The 10th flower and vegetable show on Saturday in Rye Community Centre was a gardener's delight, the Royal Horticultural Society's accredited judge Richard Sandford praised the high standard of entry that included a 43.5cm long runner bean, and "Man of the Mud" was town councillor Nigel Jennings.On the Living page Tony McLaughlin reports on the show and Nigel Jennings reports on the new Community Garden.

School’s back with morning mayhem

Around one in three children have had a serious accident or a near miss in the morning mayhem of getting ready for school . . . and spilled hot drinks top the list of dangers. Almost 10,000 under-16s were admitted to the Conquest's A&E department last year. As families prepare for the return to school Tony McLaughlin reports in our Living section on some problems highlighted by the Child Accident Prevention Trust and the top five risks.

It’s yo ho ho time on the Strand

This year's Maritime Festival will be the 10th and will take place on Sunday August 31 which is later in the year than usual due to exceptionally low tides

Recruiting to help find employment

The Rye Partnership's rural employability project is proving a great success in supporting local people back into employment. Several recent roadshow/ recruitment events have all proved successful in recruiting staff for local businesses

Tax protest campaign continues

Chris Coverdale , who refuses to pay Rother Council taxes which he believes are paying for an illegal war, has been given a suspended sentence at Hastings' Magistrates court providing he pays the council tax he owes. But, if Rother cash his cheque, he wants the council arrested. Tony McLaughlin reports on this campaign to "make war history".

Summer safety by the sea

Summer's here and on the days when the sun does shine many of us like to head to the beach at Camber. But for parents of young children the lure of a refreshing dip or lying lazily on the beach comes with the risk of the kids wandering off and getting lost among the crowds. So it's reassuring to know that Camber's summertime safety operation is in full swing

The (Rye) Grand National

Short legs, skirts and uncontrollable laughter were the biggest drawbacks for competitors in Rye's answer to Aintree - but from all the grinning faces at the finish it was clear it simply didn't matter who won

Roots, blooms and uber tubers

A decade of decorative displays of home-grown victuals, and a few dubious ones, will be celebrated when the 10th Rye Flower and Vegetable Show takes place on Saturday August 30 at the Community Centre from 2pm

Vigil for Great War dead

Nearly half of the 300 Rye men who volunteered to fight in World War 1 were to perish. A special service at St Mary's on Sunday commemorated the start of that war. Many families lost two sons, but one - the Tiltmans - lost five

A dog day afternoon

Despite storms before and after, the annual Winchelsea summer fete was a triumph. Brilliant sunshine and a fresh breeze created the perfect setting for a bustling afternoon

Wanted: fit, strong rescue crew

The inshore rescue service at Pett Level needs some help itself. It needs more volunteers to man the boat. If you dare, go along to its open day

Grand National comes to town

A summer fair is an integral part of life in the English countryside. The Rye Show is on Saturday August 16 and has everything you'd expect: horses, dogs, serious contests, silly competitions, fun, games, food, drink - and lots of visitors

Bales of hay and wool

Thousands of marsh sheep are looking well shorn at the moment after an annual haircut but are the farmers happy with the return? Our farming expert stares into his wallet and explains the economics

Yoga picnic

My recent yoga picnic was held in the beautiful garden at Smallhythye Place, writes Margot Dixon. Enthusiasts from my classes in East Sussex and Kent were...