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.

Pilgrims progress to Rye

Will, Guy and Holly the dog stop off in Rye on their pilgrimage between Winchester and Canterbury

New shop’s threads of continuity

Men about town will have a new menswear shop to visit when Eddie Franks opens on Thursday and it's a perfect fit on the High Street, writes Tony McLaughlin

The Boyes are back in town . . .

That's the Winchelsea Bonfire Boyes. After a three-year absence following the loss of access to their traditional bonfire field, thanks to an unhelpful local farmer, Winchelsea's small but spectacular family event was relaunched in the grounds of St Thomas's school

Rye will never forget its heroes

Remembrance Sunday was marked by a parade of service, youth and voluntary organisations who gave a salute to the mayor, Bernadine Fiddimore, followed by a church service and a memorial tribute

Saved: life-saver Priscilla

A labour of love and community spirit has led to the restoration of the "Priscilla Macbean" lifeboat, the sister ship of Rye Harbour's "Mary Stanford", which was lost with all lives in 1928. A ceremony on Saturday November 15 will celebrate both boats

Swap your old stuff for other stuff

Come along to the next Recycle Swap Shop on Saturday November 22 at The Tilling Green Community Centre, Mason Road, Rye, writes Mike Pepler....

Shout out for performers

Do you have a talent that you'd like to show off to your friends and family? Come along and audition for ARRCC's Christmas variety show: Rye's Got Talent!

Introducing . . . my boy Hector!

This week: a fun family park, jetset women of Rye, a new shop that will help you dress like a rhinestone cowgirl, and I spotted a gorgeous men's jacket. Oh, and I've had a baby!

Light up love with St Michael’s

St Michael's Hospice is holding a service and lighting ceremony at St Mary's Rye, in which stars and hearts will be illuminated on a Christmas tree to remember loved ones