Ball game to trap the batsman

First you had to bat the ball out of the trap and up into the air and then whack it before it hit the ground. And that's only half the story. David Russell finds out about a pub game played by Rye's fishermen back in the 1850s

Buoyed up at Rock Channel Marine

Rock Channel Marine has been trading in Rye for nine years now and is firmly established as one of Rye's premier boatyards and maintenance...

Paul Blomfield memorial service

Paul Blomfield , a well known figure in Rye, died on January 28. Following retirement as a civil engineer, he gave active support to many...

A Javelin joyride at slow speed

Once the talking was done at Amber Rudd's rail special, there was something to make them all start talking again: a sedate ride in a high-speed Javelin that was too fast for its own good. It soon caught up with slower rail traffic and had to stop. Nick Taylor was aboard

A pearl in our town’s oyster

The hottest thing to hit hot Rye in ages, carnival lights and sea urchins and yes, sale time. Britainy Rae is here once more to put some colour in your life

Straight out of a storybook

Mermaid Street is one of the loveliest places in the UK, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Rye has a new Christmas wish list

It was the talk of the town: a poor, poor show last December. Too much fell on too few shoulders. But Rye's mayor and her citizens want to go to the ball again. Together they will forge a new, brighter, dreamy Xmas that we can all be proud of. Derick Holman and the town clerk give us the inside story

The silent hunters in our midst

They are creatures of stealth, silent unless staking out territory or calling for a mate and flying so soundlessly that their prey - and we humans - are usually unaware of them. But Rye has a resident population of three varieties of owl and, in winter, they are joined by their short- and long-eared cousins

Could you be a first responder?

Volunteers in local rural communities can help save lives by volunteering to respond to 999 calls through Rother Responders.

Through the eyes of an owl

Humans tend to rely on forward vision, but our peripheral vision is far more sensitive to differences in light and dark and to movement. By developing this skill, our sensory perception can become greatly enriched - as martial artists have known for a long time and sportsmen and public speakers are discovering

Anything else you want, silly moos?

While the animals are bedded down for winter, with their owners waiting on them hand and foot, arable farmers are enjoying a well deserved break. But there are advantages to keeping livestock . . .

Hard liquor slips down sloely

It wasn't just mothers downing their ruin at the first "Rye News" sloe gin competition. Expert judges sampled eight modern and vintage local brews and such a good time was had that a repeat performance next year was promptly ordered - hic!

Hunt tally-hos through town

Town meets countryside when tradition and spectacle combine to bring the hunt up through the centre of town for a meet and a warming cup at the Mermaid Inn

Warm welcome for WI blankets

The "knit and natter" group of the Landgate Womens' Institute, which meets once a month, gets a lot of knitting done among all the nattering, writes...

Charities cheque-in at town hall

A large cheque was distributed between 10 deserving groups earlier this week, when members of the Rye Fund and its awards panel joined the most recent recipients of its annual grants for a celebration at the town hall

Locals give generously to Iraq

Donations of warm winter clothes for refugees in the Kurdistan area of Iraq are mounting up almost as quickly as volunteers can sort and pack them ready for the trucks that will head for the camps in the coming weeks

Sparrows – victims of the pot shot

These days we are worried about declining sparrow populations across the UK. In the 19th century, sparrow clubs did their best to kill them all off. The second in our Beer and Skittles series on local pubs highlights the goings-on at the Robin Hood, Icklesham

Loading bay: 10 mins only

Rye's experimental loading bay in the High Street came into force on Friday February 6, writes Tony Nunn. It means goods vehicles have sole access...

We want snow on the cards

Sales at the multi-charity Christmas card shop at Rye Community Centre went wild last year, overtaking the previous three years convincingly. The best sellers were local charities. How do we keep up this success, asks the shop manager . . .

Dementia champions step forward

The national campaign to raise dementia awareness takes practical form in Rye