Living in paradise was my dream

When a Russian speaker comes to live in Rye, why do her friends get confused - and then think it is such a huge joke? Alyona Kojevnikov explains why

Sing-along meeting for all

Liz Gange who leads the Sunset Singers, and Kate Head who used to run Magdala House care centre, are holding a meeting on Monday March 30 at 2pm in the Community Centre in Conduit Hill for anyone interested in attending a quarterly sing-along, writes Tony McLaughlin

Charity farm’s first birthday

Little Gate Farm in Beckley, a care farm and registered charity for learning disabled adults and children, celebrates its first birthday on Saturday March...

From Richard III to Rye

Mass at St Anthony’s, Rye, this Palm Sunday will be celebrated by the Major Superior of the Greyfriars order, the Very Rev Peter Damian...

Pretty saplings all in a row

A small army of volunteer gardeners rolled up their sleeves to get their hands dirty planting 300 saplings for the new community garden next to Love Lane allotments. Why not come and help next time? Volunteers are always welcome!

Rum goings on . . .

You'd expect to find booze in a boozer but the landlord of the Robin Hood ended up in court when the Inland Revenue and local constabulary discovered a quantity of smuggled spirits concealed about the property

Romney Marsh goes ever greener

Like it or loathe it, farmers on Romney Marsh have embraced the new green revolution of sustainable energy. They're on the hunt for additional income. So, while last year's crops have to be stored to await the right price, solar panels now adorn Simon Wright's Moo Motel - and they don't even need any nurturing

Let’s give streets a spring clean

Rye residents should take responsibility for cleaning up the area immediately surrounding their homes. This would greatly help the new town steward, who has started well, but who needs the support of local people to maintain the beauty of our town

All aboard for jumble

Rye Harbour Sailing Club is holding a Boat Jumble at the club on Sunday morning March 22 from 10:30.

Feet up? Not if the kids play up

Breakfast in bed, cards, flowers, chocs. What a pretty picture. Britainy Rae doesn't see Mothering Sunday in quite the same way. If we mums are to enjoy ourselves, she says, we usually have to make our children happy too. Here's how . . .

Studio students fly high

Rye Studio School students visit New York to study art, drama and retail skills; learn about every aspect of opera including costume design as a follow-up to the Rye Arts Festival; and acquire work placement experience in order to focus both on academic exams and future job opportunities

Litter pickers need help

Tilling Green Residents' Association committee members and volunteers will be doing a litter pick on the Tilling Green Estate on Saturday March 14, meeting...

Bargains aplenty at Tilling Green

It's time to come and grab a free bargain as the first recycle swap shop of 2015 comes to the Tilling Green Centre on Saturday March 21. Energy savings advice from RX Energy will also be on offer

Steve’s at the cutting edge

If some men in the town have been looking particularly dashing in the past few years it's probably due to the tonsorial expertise of barber Steve Lemon of Rye Barbers, who has just moved to larger premises at 40 Cinque Ports Streets, writes Tony McLaughlin.

This March in ‘Fixtures’ . . .

Nick Taylor provides our lead in this month’s 'Fixtures' magazine, which is delivered to local homes by Adams of Rye. This is one of two features Taylor has written on local owls with photos by Dr Barry Yates, manager of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. For a full list of content in this month’s taster print edition – with hyperlinks - read on . . .

Wedding belles at the George

The George is hosting a Wedding Open Day on Sunday March 8 with wonderful wedding suppliers together with local registrars and their own events team to give advice.

Pull the other one . . .

In Part Five of our Beer & Skittles series on local inns and ale houses, David Russell recalls the now absent Red Lion in Rye

Galloping gourmets race to victory

This year's scallop festival got off to a swimmingly great start and never looked back. Ollie Campion, who inaugurated the festival a few years ago, was delighted to report that on the first weekend Simply Italian sold 10 kilos of scallops and the Ypres Castle Inn sold a whopping 38 kilos.

Winchelsea’s secret gardens

Winchelsea's secret gardens will be opened to support charities this spring and summer. The main June opening raises more money in one day for the National Gardens Scheme than any other event in the county. Money raised goes to national cancer care and hospice charities

Learn to lamb locally

A local farm is offering short courses covering every aspect of lambing and the chance to stay in a shepherd's hut. Students will learn how to spot the signs of impending labour, to care for new-borns and about the opportunities for fostering. Participants include beginners and prospective shepherds.