Imagine an allotment where you can’t brew a cup of tea – that’s our lead by Richard Comotto in the August edition of Fixtures. Plus a two-page feature by Dee Alsey on Rae Festing, new holder of the British Empire Medal for her work in the community; the heart-warming tale of a bride’s day saved from disaster by a local hair salon, and Simon Wright explains why he’s still in farming. Jean Floyd tells how Rye has become a wannabe destination for Japanese women. Author David Russell talks about cockfighting at a pub in town. John Howlett, wry as ever, takes a poke at the “dreaded one” who keeps us waiting at Rye’s railway crossings.