Made in Rye and fit for a queen

Mosaic ware, a version of Tunbridge ware, was once one of Rye's most notable products and much sought after. In the first talk of the year at Rye Museum, Viv Challens talks about her grandfather and his artistic contribution to the town

Let’s go to the movies!

Our weekly look ahead to the films in Rye - at the Kino and our local film club. Our movie of the week, pictured above: "A most wanted man" at the film club on Conduit Hill. Inside, click on a movie title to see a trailer. Neale East reports . . .

Let’s go to the movies!

Our weekly look ahead to the films in Rye - at the Kino and our local film club. Our movie of the week: The Theory of Everything, pictured above. Inside, click on a movie title to see a trailer

Fresh scallops and old sea shanties

What shall we do with the drunken sailor? Toast him with scallops, fine beverages and rousing sea shanties at the Queens Head. Rye Scallop Festival opens in style

TV show leads to web traffic surge

The "Mapp and Lucia" TV series has led to a huge increase in hits on the website of the Friends of Tilling, the society that celebrates EF Benson and his characters in an annual gathering in Rye

Sally sets the record straight

Sally Pattinson, local resident, former business owner and fighter against bureaucracy has published "Brace Yourselves Boys", an account of her five-year battle with East Sussex County Council (ESCC). A simple dispute about putting up a sign resulted in a modern day David and Goliath confrontation. Tony McLaughlin discussed it with her

Screen stealer: the Kino opens

It's here: Kino cinema opens on Friday January 16. Rye News sneaked a look and found two stylish film theatres with all the trimmings and a relaxing bar/restaurant. In the first week there'll be five movie choices, including the 2014 Cannes Palme d’Or winner "Winter Sleep"

Ye Winchylsee Mummers sound off

The Winchelsea Bonfire Boys in disguise as Ye Winchelsea Mummers scale the theatrical heights - and plumb satirical depths to the delight of their audience. Good enough and popular enough to become a new Winchelsea tradition? Peter Mackenzie Smith casts a critical eye on the unfolding drama

Requiem Mass for King Louis XVI

A Requiem Mass for King Louis XVI of France and Queen Mary Antoinette will be celebrated at St Mary's Rye on January 21- probably the first such Mass to be held there since the Reformation

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