Southern Rail perplexes passengers

Southern Rail, recently voted the third worst rail company in the UK, added to its customers' woes by rescheduling an early morning commuter train without telling anyone and then offering an implausible explanation.

Jempson’s boot fair is a bumper ride

The latest Jempson’s bank holiday boot fair was another success raising over £1,000 for charity and providing enjoyment not only for the sellers but for those of us who like a bargain or two.

Ahoy, it must be Rotary

The barnacled sailors sauntering around the riverside last Sunday at the Maritime Festival looked very jolly but they were also working hard for a good cause bringing in funds for the local Rotary Club.

Bus only choice for many

More than a quarter of Rye's residents have no access to a car or van and rely on bus services, say official statistics. But the county council proposes big cuts to local 326 and Dial-a-Ride services. Make your views plain by completing a survey available in the public library

Parked cars block firemen

Firemen responding to a 999 call in the historic Citadel were twice blocked by parked cars in a high fire risk area of densely packed old houses. Luckily no one was injured but parking problems are a contentious issue as discussions continue on the Neighbourhood Plan.

Record art sales

Two art exhibitons in Rye have ended after a very successful summer season with record sales

Ma-Rye Poppins saves the town

All Rye's problems could be solved by outsourcing all its services, and giving the Town Council a long and much deserved rest. Or so the Rye Shakespeare Company would have us believe. Ray Prewer and Seana Lanigan "disnae" believe this is the solution but will the Neighbourhood Plan have to be rewritten?

Dog day raises lots of dosh

The Rye Show at Lea Barn Farm, attended by around 2,000 people, quite a few horses, dogs, birds of prey and a blacksmith (but no sheep), raised at least £8,000 for the local hospital - even the Red Arrows flew over for a look

Dealing with a deadly disease

Of the 400,000 people in the UK who suffer from type 1 diabetes, 29,000 are children. The mother of a teenage sufferer talked to members of The Rye and Winchelsea Rotary club, who are helping fund research to find a cure

Five groups get grants

Five local community groups, ranging from a Rye pre-school playgroup to Winchelsea Beach's Older People's Project, benefit from a charity shop's sales as Deputy Mayor Jonathan Breeds hands out cheques totalling £3,470. Also helped were Rye's First Scouts, Tilling Green's Young Helpers and Activ8 art group

Citadel ‘browned off’ over bins

Bin and gone. But was it emptied? If you have a brown wheelie in Rye citadel, the answer is: anybody's guess. Rother council and its contractor don't read from the same collection sheet and contradict one another

Agility for anybody, any dog

Two students from Rye Studio School have joined the Rye News editorial team as reporters. One of them owns dogs and is interested in their training so he decided to find out why a course being held at the Blue Cross centre at Northiam is proving so popular

Chopped after 700 years

After more than 700 years Winchelsea has lost its butcher's shop. The Winchelsea butcher was closed following continuing financial losses at Winchelsea Farm Foods, the trading subsidiary of local charity Wetland Trust, set up by retired hedge fund manager Stephen Rumsey and his wife Anne

MP revolts over Rye bus cuts

The Tory-dominated county council is bent on bus cuts but the local Tory MP is not. She is urging them - strongly - "not to make these cuts"

Globe houses get green light

Despite vehement local opposition and the rejection of plans by both Rye and Rother councils, permission has been granted for houses to be built in the garden next to the Globe pub in Military Road

Surgery fight goes on

NHS England rebuffed plans to open a satellite surgery in Peasmarsh. But locals - by the hundreds - are backing an appeal by GPs at Rye Medical Centre. The fight is not over yet. Join in by signing an e-petition

Scaffolding down, paintings up

Rye's new two-screen cinema moves closer to November's opening as Kino Digital advertise for staff and, next door, scaffolding comes down and pictures go up in the St Mary's Centre in Lion Street

Sweet local charity

The shop at 7 Cinque Ports Street is not just an ordinary charity shop. Not only does it recycle second-hand goods but it also recycles its profits by distributing funds to local community groups

Courses at Tilling Green

The Rye Partnership is an economic and social regeneration company that leads on the provision of 10 hour adult education and family learning sessions in Rye and surrounding rural areas, in partnership with Sussex Coast College

Winchelsea remembers

On the anniversary of the declaration of war in 1914, residents of Winchelsea remembered Edward Watson one of the men from the village at a ceremony at the War Memorial at sunset, when the Last Post was played.