A quiz for local know-it-alls

The editorial team of Rye News wanted a break over Christmas and New Year but one member, farmer Dennis Leeds-George, spent the time devising a testing start to 2015. Expose your (lack of) local knowledge here

The oldest boozer in town?

The Old Bell, The Ship, The Queens Head are among the contenders for the title. It's not which building is the oldest. No, the question is: which Rye public house holds the longest continuous licence?

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...

Sunset Singers’ sing-song

Shoppers in the High Street were serenaded on Saturday (December 13) by a collection of carols and hymns from the Sunset Singers, writes Tony McLaughlin....

Computer club takes a break

If you have computer problems over the Christmas break, the Rye internet cafe is your best bet as the Tilling Green Computer Club is now on holiday until January 8.

Here’s to a liquid xmas

I've just gone almost an entire year without a drop, so this week I'm lusting after Christmas drinks in Rye. A trip to The Mermaid could have you feeling as festive and British as a bulldog in a paper crown

Shoppers pop into pop-up

Fresh, young talented designers from Rye Studio School showed off their creativity by selling their wares for one day only in the old Martello Bookshop in Rye's High Street. Hastings next week!

Bonfire boys’ hot awards

Rye's Bonfire Boys don't only enjoy the annual spectacle they create, they also like to support other local good causes from the collections they organise. This week they gathered the recipients together at The Queens Head to hand out cheques for £200 each

The merry making begins

Father Christmas paid Rye his first visit of the season, accompanied by snow children, a Santa baby and led by a marching bagpipe band. He likes Rye so much he'll be back this coming Saturday, too

Bomber Command honour at last

A Bomber Command airman, who ran a bed and breakfast in Rye after the war, has finally received the recognition and medal he and his fellow aircrew should have been awarded decades ago. Sadly, like so many others, he was no longer here to accept it

Search for sloe gin champion

Were you out in the autumn picking sloes, freezing them and then steeping them in sweetened gin? If so, bring some along to the "Rye News" sloe gin competition and see how your home brew compares

Give a home to a house martin

House martins appear common in Rye, but across the country there is 65% decline in their numbers and they are deemed to be globally threatened. Yet there are simple things that can be done to help protect these beautiful migratory residents

Father Firefighter’s parcel post

Fancy arranging for a fit man in uniform to deliver a present to a friend on Christmas day? Rye firefighters are helping Santa with his deliveries again this year

Conservation conversation . . .

Caring for the town’s heritage can have its lighter side as these partygoers will confirm.

My High Street gift guide

From Boudoir Bible, to dyed pink doggies, this is my guide to Christmas shopping on Rye High Street

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