Follow in Miss Mapp’s footsteps

Discover the houses and haunts of Mapp and Lucia and of EF Benson, their creator. A guided tour with the secretary of the Benson Society takes in many places of interest, including the houses used in the recent BBC series

Superb: let’s have a return visit

Could there be another series of "Mapp and Lucia" in the offing? Several national TV critics acclaimed the recent BBC production set in Rye, so here's hoping . . .

Tilling ladies, please continue

The scenery was wonderful, the photography lush and the town definitely one of the stars of the production. But, in the recent BBC series, were Mapp and Lucia true to the rivals in EF Benson's books? What did the secretary of the Benson Society make of it all . . .

Pubs quiz prizewinners

Three Rye readers have won signed copies of David Russell's paperback The Pubs of Rye, East Sussex, 1750-1950 in our pre-Christmas quiz. They are...

Opera evening hits a high note

Opera with a Christmas theme was on the menu in Northiam. Organised by the Conservation Society, the evening also commemorated the memory of local men killed in World War One

The home fires burn on

Andrew Bamji, a Rye resident, discussed the arts - music, poetry, lyrics - during World War I in his latest talk at Rye Museum. He pointed to local connections for Paul Nash and much-loved words by the brother of Rye's famous literary mayor

A strictly salsa romcom

What better than a hot romantic comedy - Cuban Fury - to warm up your January, writes Neale East? The movie, the first Rye...

Showcasing local talent

Roll up, roll up for a packed show of Rye performers. Local charity ARRCC is gearing up for next week's variety showcase.

Young film-makers tell their story

We are accustomed to adults bemoaning youth culture and its uncouth attitudes. Now young people can use film-making to express their own views on social issues

Old tales of Rye for young readers

Rye has been used as the setting for many great literary works. In the second of her series, Jean Floyd reviews the works of Malcolm Saville, whose children's books still have a devoted and loyal following today

Our starry, starry nights

The earth is turning away from the Milky Way towards Orion which, being closer and so appearing brighter and sharper, presents an excellent opportunity for stargazing, writes Nick Taylor - who also explains how to pronounce Betelgeuse

Warm your cynical cockles . . .

Lamb Players and an ensemble of television and West End theatre folk will be at Lamb House on Sunday for some traditional Christmas fare - music, carols, readings, mince pies and mulled wine - and a mingle with the cast

Mapp and Lucia TV times

The fun that was had when the filming of Mapp and Lucia took place will be replicated in the lead up to 2015. As director Diarmuid Lawrence said "We seem to have captured summer in a bottle". Forget the age of Sagittarius this will be the age of Campricorn!

Director’s delight at panto hit

Acting Up in Rye's pantomime was a roaring success and director Sarah Givertz was very pleased indeed.

Once upon a time – in Rye

The filming of Mapp and Lucia in town might have inspired the grown-ups to read - or reread - the books by EF Benson, but do the town's youngsters know about the really good stories for them that are set in Rye?

Last tango for “the Martellos”

Every reader in town misses the Martello Bookshop and now we shall also miss the Harveys - or the Martellos, as they were often called - who owned and ran it. They are leaving, the shop itself is still under wraps but the Martello Readers group, which they started about 17 years ago, will keep the name alive

Tum-ti-tum ti-tum ti-sold

Fans of Radio 4's "The Archers" came to The George Hotel to see Tim Bentinck - aka farmer David Archer - in his latest role as art auctioneer extraordinaire

Drink up facts on pubs of the past

He tried to run a respectable house, but he needed the rougher classes in there if he was to make a living. So says a publican in local author David Russell's very readable book on "The Pubs of Rye, East Sussex 1750-1950"

Olde pubs – prize quiz

As if you hadn't got enough to do in the build up to Christmas, we are now asking you to enter a competition. It will test your knowledge of Rye pubs and, if you win, it could solve one of your gift dilemmas as you'll have your prize - a signed copy of "The Pubs of Rye, East Sussex, 1750-1950" - in good time. All that's left to say is, good luck!

‘Belle’ is new movie choice

Rye Film Club has changed its movie offering on December 5. Instead of showing the almost three-hours long Boyhood, it will now screen Belle,...