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

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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,...

Fisherman Fred’s surprise show

Work by Jill Stott, the late artist and author of the popular Fred the Fisherman children’s books, will be shown as part of the Ad...

Tilling unites behind Mapp & Lucia

When the BBC presented a preview of the forthcoming Mapp and Lucia series filmed in the town during the summer, the reception was unanimously enthusiastic. But while the two socialite rivals might be the principal characters, the real star is our location

The best panto? It’s behind you!

Acting Up in Rye is staging the pantomime "Old Mother Hubbard" on Friday and Saturday. Here's a few verses to whet your appetite and get you in the panto mood

Honeymoon with Rye goes on

Jean Floyd isn’t a Ryer – but she knows it better than most. She has a detailed knowledge of the town's history and a handle on its future - as a director of the local museum and as a webmaster, too. Dee Alsey went to meet the woman who first fell in love with Rye just after marrying husband Barry in 1953

Mapp, me and the magic . . .

It was a night for the Beeb's glittering stars as Ryers were treated to an advance showing of the first episode of "Mapp and Lucia". The other stars were there too: prime among them our chocolate box streets and well, me, actually, writes the man loved by the director's lens, our Tony McLaughlin

Musical feast for festive season

Rye Bay Ensemble & Crew will be performing traditional and contemporary Christmas music - Tudor and Elizabethan songs, excerpts from Messiah and something a tad more modern - while diners enjoy a three-course meal at The Queens Head, Rye

A classic weekend revs up

Rye will host the annual classic car rally on Sunday November 16 as part of the 1950s celebration that is Rhythm Riot weekend at Camber Sands. This coincides with the opening of another new shop on the High Street when the Vintage Stockroom, selling Americana from the 1940s and 1950s, opens its doors on Saturday November 15 at 11am. So this weekend expect fabulous fenders, dapper drainpipes and a profusion of polka dots

A boy’s life as it’s lived

It's an unusual approach: the life of Mason, from a boy of five to a young man of 18, filmed over 12 years with...

Couples come dine on TV

Did you miss your chance of five minutes of fame when "Mapp and Lucia" were in town? Never mind: Channel 4's "Come Dine With Me" are continuing their scouting for a new series featuring couples in the kitchen

Things that go bump in the evening

Richard Crowest chilled a few nerves and raised a few goose bumps with his storytelling at Lamb House on an autumnal Sunday afternoon. Tim Redfern huddled in the twilight as the weather outside added to the haunting sounds

Bonfires and teetotal torture

This week: flame-coloured bonfire buys, cake and cocktails. Plus Britainy has a bone to pick with some of you. Listen up. You won't want to fall foul of her . . .

The ghosts of Rye . . .

With lights flickering in nooks and crannies and shadows lengthening along cobbled streets, the town's interesting history of smugglers and pirates lends itself to a ghostly tale or two. Here's a poem about grizzly goings-on in the citadel . . .

Solo composer to piano soloist

Alexander Chapman-Campbell started composing at 12, but always in secret - until his debut album, "Sketches of Light", launched him into the spotlight. On Saturday November 15 he will be performing his own music at Wittersham

Gallery is younger, edgier

The current exhibition at Rye Art Gallery, the first curated by new director Jane Venn, signals a change of direction towards an edgier gallery. Britainy Rae approves