Waltzing on the Wurlitzer

One of the world’s finest theatre organists, Richard Hills, is set to entertain on Rye’s historic Wurlitzer theatre organ this Sunday (May 24) at...

Challenging bridge to art

Rye Creative Centre opened its doors last weekend to welcome visitors to an exhibition of work by artists based at the former Freda Gardham School in New Road. Featured above, Jenny Pockley with her painting, Balloon. And the challenge, reports Kenneth Bird, is getting people to cross the bridge over the Rother for this exhibition, shows, gigs and other events.

Let’s go to the movies!

This week's featured film is 'Far from the Madding Crowd' (pictured) - the timeless story of a beautiful and headstrong woman, who attracts three very different suitors; follow link for details and previews of this and other movies showing in Rye..

The Beeb’s back with Rye

The BBC were back in town this week to record three short stories set in and around the area. Smallhythe Place hosted the recording and despite being disturbed by local noises - sheep, airplanes and extreme weather conditions - the highly professional team of writers, readers and production crew managed to entertain the live audience and produce much anticipated recordings to be broadcast on Radio 4 in July

New Road artists collaborate

Resident artists of Rye Creative Centre, collectively known as "New Road Artists" and artists who have had studios here in the past, are exhibiting together...

Art gallery welcomes summer

Work from local painters and sculptors in exhibitions celebrating summer, gardens and rural life is on display at the Rye Art Gallery from Saturday May 16

Baroque and heavy metal!

This weekend has an array of attractions including baroque, a heavy metal BBQ and artists opening up their studios. The Rye Bay Ensemble will...

BBC records Rye stories

Three short stories set in and around Rye will be recorded for Radio 4 at the Barn Theatre at Smallhythe Place next week, writes Seana...

Rye ukuleles get strumming

Twelve ukulele bands will be descending on Rye's Cinque Ports pub on Sunday May 24 for a festival of strumming to celebrate an 'experiment' three years ago to form a band in Rye. Expect a Big Strum and even an attempt on a world record for kazoo and ukulele, writes Lorna Hall

Scout Hut comes to the rescue

Local amdram group Acting Up in Rye have found a new home for their costumes and scenery at the Old Scout Hut. Join them for their grand opening which will take place at the end of the month

Playden’s ‘Enchanted Evening’

St Michael's church will raise (funds for) the roof by hosting "Some Enchanted Evening" in June, with music from opera and Broadway

Let’s go to the movies!

This week's featured movie is, "Will and Testament", the much acclaimed film on the life of Tony Benn (pictured) showing on Friday, May 15 followed by a Q&A after the film with the composer of the film score Michel Duvoisin; follow link for details and previews of this and other movies showing in Rye..

Wild West comes to Udimore

Strap on your chaps, do up your bootlace tie, slap on the ten gallon hat on and head down to the King's Head over the second May Bank Holiday weekend for an authentic western experience. Yee haw!

Art helps to raise roof funds

Hundreds of people flocked to St Michael’s church in Playden over the weekend to snap up the wide variety of arts and crafts on...

Village pulls in big names

The Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival is up and running, with a programme showcasing new and old classics and an array of internationally reknowned performers

Let’s go to the movies!

This week's featured movie is 'The Woman in Gold' staring Helen Mirren, pictured above with Ryan Reynolds, the incredible story of a Jewish refugee who is forced to flee Vienna during World War II. Decades later, determined to salvage some dignity from her past, she takes on a mission to reclaim a Klimt painting the Nazis stole from her family. For details and previews of this and other movies showing in Rye over the next week follow the links...

Bringing art to the factory

Famous artist Paul Nash, who lived in Rye, Iden and Dymchurch at various times and was a war artist in both world wars, featured in a talk for the Friends of Rye Art Gallery on World War Two posters. Friends Chair Paddy Harvey reports

Borrow time at Rye Museum

Rye Museum's talk last month on celebrated Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry - who lived in Winchelsea and then at Smallhythe Place - is to...

Prelude to 2015 jazz festival

Ian Bowden, director of the Rye International Jazz Festival, held a party at Rye Retreat on Thursday April 30 to launch the Patron and Friend membership and event sponsorship programmes and announce some of the musicians who will appear at this year's spectacular event. Tony McLaughlin reports

Giving the wrong impression

Rye News, your online community newspaper, does not have a political affiliation. We are a not-for-proft group of volunteers, dismayed that a political pamphlet,...