Landgate: action at last

Finally, there is movement in the sad saga of Rye's ionic tower and gateway. Nick Taylor pieces together the latest developments

Someone at Bexhill sees the light

Once upon a time the Planning and Environmental Enforcement department at Bexhill exercised its bureaucracy to extinguish an illuminated sign that wished you a cheery Christmas. And so Rye entered an age of darkness. But, lo, upon a building it shines again. Tony Nunn tells the story that's hard to believe. Or is it?

Couple raise cash for cystinosis

Last weekend saw children on the streets "trick or treating", pumpkins carved into jack-o'-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing and houses decorated to celebrate Halloween. But for one local family decorating their house is done not just for fun, but also to raise much-needed money for a special charity. Dan Lake reports

Rockets – and road closures

Remember, remember the 8th of November: Bonfire Night in Rye can be a nightmare for unwary motorists, with roads closed all around the town. If you are "travelling through", the following advice might help tempers from exploding in your own car

Jailed: but local charity still a loser

A woman has been jailed for stealing £115,000 from a local hospice. But the hole in the charity's finances remains. Its hopes for restitution rely on a hearing in January. The fraud was serious for St Michael's Hospice: it needs to raise £9,000 a day to help the terminally ill

Rudd wants rail moves fast tracked

Fast route to London by 2017? That is the aim of Amber Rudd, our MP, who wants to advance the plans for electrification of the line and the use of Javelin trains. Although it won't make the Marsh Link a high-speed line, the proposals will reduce travelling time between Rye and London to less than an hour

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

Storm in a Winchelsea teacup

A recent article in "The Countryman" magazine took aim at the civic pretensions of Winchelsea. Residents from all sides of the community have complained about the inaccuracies that riddle the article, but these appear to have been supplied by a couple of residents in an own goal

Crackdown on stolen goods

Police forces from Sussex, Kent, Surrey and Thames Valley have joined forces to make life difficult for burglars - by identifying their life-blood: secondhand shops that buy stolen goods

Your cottage: want to keep it?

A cottage in Rye's quaint Market Street, next door to the town hall, is the property of the townspeople, says councillor Mary Smith. So why, she asks, haven't the people been consulted about selling it off - an item on Monday night's agenda of the local council. Turn up and have your say, she urges the public

Come or go, Edith’s is staying

A landlord's plans to open a restaurant and cafe near Hilder's Cliff would have meant some businesses closing down, indeed Wood N Things moved out during the summer. But plans have changed with dress agency La Maison about to move in to Wood N Things' vacated premises and award-winning Natalie Macgowan Spencer opening a vintage Americana stockroom in the former Bird/Nest shop. We'll be reporting on both these projects nearer the time of their opening, but one other important change is that Edith's House coffee shop is staying put. Tony McLaughlin shared a cappuccino with the owners

Beckley pensioner robbed

An elderly pensioner in Beckley was robbed of hundreds of pounds on Monday by a man claiming that she owed him money for gardening...

Hats off to hospital fundraisers

Snazzy outfits, sassy models and extravagant hats drew a crowd to the second fashion show in aid of The Friends of the Hospital at Rye - and raised even more funds

Missing councillors

At Rye's public services committee meeting on Monday a resident pointed out that of the seven councillors appointed to the committee only one was present -...

Don’t be too early on Sunday

British Summer Time ends at 2am this Sunday (October 26) so you'll have an extra hour in the morning. The brighter early mornings are welcomed by farmers...

National paper seeks locals

The Guardian's "Let's Move To" section is to feature Winchelsea and Winchelsea Beach, writes Tony McLaughlin. The newspaper asks any residents to send details of, for example,...

Mayor leads way to save Landgate

Without active assistance, Landgate faces an uncertain future. Rother can contribute only a negligible budget so other ways must be found to preserve it. We need the help of those - not just locally but globally - who treasure this unique building. What we need, the mayor says, is Friends of the Landgate!

Funeral for murdered girl

The murdered Northiam schoolgirl Mary Shipstone has finally been laid to rest more than a month after her shooting. The service was at her local church

Women in ‘pub fight’

Police investigating an assault at the Robin Hood public house in Icklesham have appealed for witnesses. It happened in the pub car park at about 6.20pm...

Another fine mess

An illegally parked vehicle caused yet another hold-up in town earlier this week when its presence prevented an HGV from turning through Landgate Arch