News in brief


The Border Force and police continue to ask people, particularly on the coast, to keep an eye open for illegal immigrants landing in tiny boats and then moving inland.

They state: “Landings have been reported at a variety of places from Thanet to Hastings along the Kent and Sussex coast, and one group spotted late last month (August) were on Winchelsea Beach and ended up at Rye Police Station before being dealt with by Home Office officials.

“Boats are sometimes intercepted by the Border Force, but more often they may be picked up by Coastguard or RNLI rescuers.

“In some cases though the illegal immigrants (who may be from Iran or Vietnam, as some have allegedly claimed) may not be intercepted either at sea or on the beach, and the police want people to keep an eye open for any possible illegal landings and/or immigrants.

Sources: Home Office and MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency).

Guldeford crossing

Highways England are expected to be working on East Guldeford level crossing on the A259 overnight this Sunday September 8 starting from 2am and continuing for roughly 8 hours ending around 10am.

Traffic will be diverted via Romney, Lydd and Camber and this will continue if the work is not completed in time.

Councillor’s surgery

Rye and Winchelsea’s Conservative Rother District Councillor Gennette Stevens will be holding a surgery for her constituents on September 7 between 2 and 4pm in the function room of The Crown in Ferry Road.

This will be by appointment only and you need to contact 07539 652000 in order to make an appointment. As access is not disability-friendly you may have to make an arrangement to meet somewhere suitable at another time.

Concert in memory

A commemorative concert is being held in memory of Molly Townson who had many links with Rye and Guestling and was very involved in both the Hastings Musical Festival and the HIPP (Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition).

Molly was awarded the Order of 1066 for all her voluntary work and Petula Clark is expected to perform at the concert on October 27 at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings.

Wurling into concerts

The Rye Wurlitzer season of monthly concerts was due to start last Sunday, September 1, in the Milligan Theatre in Rye College and will be followed by –

    • October 6, Chris Powell
    • November 3, David Gray and
    • December 1, Robert Wolfe.

For more details see the Rye Wurlitzer website.

Flying away

The Homegrown Classic and Custom Show held annually in Rye at the Rugby Club has raised £4,000 so far for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance charity.

The next show will be on May 17 next year and the charity depends very much on donations and its fundraising events. For more details see

Witnesses sought

Witnesses are being sought after a motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital from the A259 in Icklesham at around 7:30am on August 29.

The motorcyclist was flown to a Brighton hospital with serious leg injuries and the A259 was shut for a while. Witnesses are asked to email

Flower celebrations

Brede’s St George’s church’s 40th flower festival was called “Celebrations” and the three-day festival is expected to have raised about £6,500 after expenses. Guestling’s Flower Festival at St Laurence Parish Church on August 16-18 raised almost £3,000.

Image Credits: John Minter .

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