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

Card-sharp dolphins save the day

The Salvation Army band might have run out of puff, but a pair of dolphins knew how to draw the crowds to the charity Christmas card shop to enjoy coffee and cake and - most importantly of all - check out the cards. And we sold lots!

Hitler’s plans for Rye Bay

Following the fall of France in the Second World War, Nazi Germany planned to invade Britain in a joint air and sea operation known as Operation Sea Lion. Planned landings in Invasion Zone C included a Mountain regiment at Fairlight, an Infantry regiment at Camber and a Panzer regiment heading for Rye.

Terry, 100, is centre stage again

Terry Randall (Terry Collier in Rye), who had a leading role in the wartime classic "Millions Like Us", celebrated her 100th birthday this week. An accomplished reader at St Mary's Rye, she read the first lesson at St John the Evangelist in St Leonards on Sunday November 2 - the first centenarian to do so

La Maison opens on the High Street

The face of Rye's High Street is changing with workmen, painters and decorators busy remodelling and redecorating premises that have lain vacant. Friday October 31 sees the opening of La Maison dress agency's new premises on the corner site where East Street meets the High Street. Tony McLaughlin popped his head through the door

Card shop that holds all the aces

If you want to increase the value of your Christmas cards - giving to charity as well as to a friend - the shop at Rye Community Centre is the place to visit. Select cards from more than 35 charities, including several local ones, and pick up gift wrap and tags, Advent calendars, small gifts and stationery at the same time

Oliver’s dad’s a master chef

It's wild boar week in Rye and the town is a-buzzing with all things porkiental.