Beachcombers clean up

More than 50 volunteers joined in a beach-cleaning exercise at Winchelsea Beach on Saturday and collected bags and bags of detritus

Tilling Green quick to join in

Tilling Green Residents Association is the first organisation in Rye to become dementia friends. As a member of the association and following training by the Alzheimer's...

Party with a rattling good raffle

The Christmas spirit is certainly not lacking among our local traders. Thanks to them, The Oliver Curd Trust is able to offer the most generous auction and raffle at a Christmas party at The George next Friday. And even if you're not among the winners, it promises to be a rousing evening with disco and buffet

Feteful weekend of festive shopping

"Rye News" visited Christmas fairs in Winchelsea, Newenden, Rye Harbour and Rye. Five fetes in one day. 'Tis the season to be shopping

A Green & Gold future . . .

Craig Sams, the organic food pioneer who founded Green & Blacks, was in Rye last week to speak to local environmentalists about his latest venture: Carbon Gold - the production of bio-charcoal to improve water retention in soil

Solange style and an award winner!

This week was rough. Painkillers didn't work. But old episodes of TOWIE did. I can't get enough of Gemma Collins. Her raging tears make me feel that my post-natal blubbing isn’t so ridiculous after all

Swap Shop weighs in to cut landfill

The final Recycle Swap Shop of 2014 set a new record and stopped almost half a tonne of useful but unwanted items going into landfill. By the time visitors had taken their pickings and the remainder was sorted for charity shops and recycling, only 5% went to landfill

Raising the Standard

Another frequent visitor who fell in love with the town has returned to live and work here - and to reopen The Standard Inn. The renovation has been going on for months, so Ray Prewer went along to see what they've been up to

Operation foodbank in Rye

Rye is preparing to open a foodbank next month to help families and individuals to ride-out a short-term crisis - whether the cause is unemployment, illness or a benefit gap. The service will be a branch of the Bexhill Foodbank which has been making emergency deliveries to the town for some time

There is such a thing as a free lunch

Christmas came early for the luncheon club that meets monthly at Rye Community Centre. Local traders made such generous donations that the turkey meal - with wine - was free. The next lunch is on January 26 - come along and join the club

Pearls of advice for men

What does a woman want for her undies' drawer this Christmas? What is a man supposed to buy her? Lingerie boutique Siren and Pearl will provide the answers at a special men's shopping night in December. To add to the temptation, mulled cider and canapes will be dispensed along with advice

Santa changes the day

Santa is coming to town. The date is fixed but not the one we thought it was. He'll be in Rye, ho-ho-ho-ing, on Saturday December 6. If that weren't enough, there'll be another Santa the following Saturday, too. This time down on The Strand - arriving by boat

Paper bags, painkillers, pyjamas

Oysters, champagne, painkillers, paper bags & avoiding the mirror. My week and yours, if you like . . .

Hat tricks for Studio School

Herald & Heart, the High Street milliner, has teamed up with Rye Studio School to offer placements to two gifted students. Not only will they learn about millinery but also about running a business

Drivers enjoy a classic Sunday

There were traffic hold-ups at the Landgate on Sunday (November 16), but this time no one was complaining as a cortege of classic cars wound its way slowly around the centre of town

Here to help those who help others

The Rye Fund has again given away £7,000 in grants to local voluntary and charitable groups. But the list of recipients is not growing and the fund would like to help more of the smaller groups in town. So help yourselves: apply for a grant

Ukulele players’ crawl raises £160+

A dozen band members from the Rye Ukulele Experiment toured Rye's drinking establishments on November 14 to raise funds for Children in Need, writes Lorna...

In memory of RNLI heroes

Sunday was a day to cherish the memory of those who perished at sea trying to save others: the annual service to commemorate the 1928 lifeboat disaster of the Mary Stanford lifeboat at Rye Harbour

New life for old Christmas trees

Christmas trees look lovely until they start looking - and making - a mess. St Michael's Hospice has come up with the perfect solution to getting rid of your old tree: sign up to its scheme and your balding tree will be collected right from your doorstep

Lifeboat takes to the streets

A motley crew of firefighters, bonfire boys, pirates and other volunteers dragged the rescued and restored lifeboat Priscilla MacBean through the streets of Hastings Old Town to dry dock to the astonishment of onlookers.