Once upon a time the Planning and Environmental Enforcement department at Bexhill exercised its bureaucracy to extinguish an illuminated sign that wished you a cheery Christmas. And so Rye entered an age of darkness. But, lo, upon a building it shines again. Tony Nunn tells the story that's hard to believe. Or is it?
Last weekend saw children on the streets "trick or treating", pumpkins carved into jack-o'-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing and houses decorated to celebrate Halloween. But for one local family decorating their house is done not just for fun, but also to raise much-needed money for a special charity. Dan Lake reports
A woman has been jailed for stealing £115,000 from a local hospice. But the hole in the charity's finances remains. Its hopes for restitution rely on a hearing in January. The fraud was serious for St Michael's Hospice: it needs to raise £9,000 a day to help the terminally ill
Fast route to London by 2017? That is the aim of Amber Rudd, our MP, who wants to advance the plans for electrification of the line and the use of Javelin trains. Although it won't make the Marsh Link a high-speed line, the proposals will reduce travelling time between Rye and London to less than an hour
If you want to increase the value of your Christmas cards - giving to charity as well as to a friend - the shop at Rye Community Centre is the place to visit. Select cards from more than 35 charities, including several local ones, and pick up gift wrap and tags, Advent calendars, small gifts and stationery at the same time
A recent article in "The Countryman" magazine took aim at the civic pretensions of Winchelsea. Residents from all sides of the community have complained about the inaccuracies that riddle the article, but these appear to have been supplied by a couple of residents in an own goal
A cottage in Rye's quaint Market Street, next door to the town hall, is the property of the townspeople, says councillor Mary Smith. So why, she asks, haven't the people been consulted about selling it off - an item on Monday night's agenda of the local council. Turn up and have your say, she urges the public
A landlord's plans to open a restaurant and cafe near Hilder's Cliff would have meant some businesses closing down, indeed Wood N Things moved out during the summer. But plans have changed with dress agency La Maison about to move in to Wood N Things' vacated premises and award-winning Natalie Macgowan Spencer opening a vintage Americana stockroom in the former Bird/Nest shop. We'll be reporting on both these projects nearer the time of their opening, but one other important change is that Edith's House coffee shop is staying put. Tony McLaughlin shared a cappuccino with the owners
Without active assistance, Landgate faces an uncertain future. Rother can contribute only a negligible budget so other ways must be found to preserve it. We need the help of those - not just locally but globally - who treasure this unique building. What we need, the mayor says, is Friends of the Landgate!