Cash bid for community groups

Community groups and organisations have just days left to apply for funding to boost projects within the Rother area. Thousands of pounds are available for the development of community facilities, activities and sustainable local action as part of the Rother District Council Community Grants Scheme. The deadline for applications for the latest round of funding is Friday, July 31

Rye Country Show gets bigger

The fantastic Rye Country Show is being held again this year at Lea Barn Farm, Rye Foreign, on August 15 in support of St Michaels Hospice.. With events from horses to classic cars and dogs to country crafts, all the usual ingredients are there together with new events to make the show even bigger and better

Eurocash funds Channel upgrade

The European Commission and South East Local Enterprise are jointly funding a £4 million upgrade of signals to Ashford station to ensure that new cross-Channel...

Refugees flood into Rye

The English Channel was dotted with boats containing women and children as refugees fled mainland Europe. Rye was one of the principal destinations as it was then a principal gateway to London - where many refugees thrived and survived, particularly in the City's banks

Amazing boats need volunteers

Rye Harbour lifeboat station had open days on July 18 and 19 and showed both Rye and Dungeness lifeboats to the public. A very real demonstration of the Rye boat came on Sunday afternoon when the boat and crew had to attend to two emergencies

Paramedic’s air ambulance jump

After the air ambulance had been called out three time to incidents involving her family, former paramedic Natalie Brodrick and her niece completed a sponsored parachute jump and are aiming to raise £1,000 for the service

Adding old to now pictures

Merging old photographs with pictures taken now can somehow link us with the past and help us walk in the footsteps of those who came before - in a war a century ago. Karen Bowles reports on an interesting experiment

Support needed after fire

Supporters are rallying around the St Michael's Hospice (which has a shop in Rye) and the Sara Lee Trust after a fire left two patients dead - and one arrested on suspicion of arson and murder. Hospice staff are caring for patients evacuated to alternative premises.

Row grows on centre demolition

Rye Town Council will again be discussing next Monday the redevelopment of the old school site in Tilling Green as concerns grow in particular about the loss of community centre services. A fairly limited "pre-consultation" by the developer added to concerns raised back in April, which have simply got worse.

Bridge gets thumbs down

A brand new bridge from Valley Park to a bus stop in Tilling Green, but not much else, over an overgrown ditch is being reported to Rother District Council for planning enforcement. Charles Harkness reports

See the lifeboat at work

Rye relief lifeboat performed another rescue on July 11 when a small speedboat ran into trouble. If you want to learn more, the lifeboat station is having an open weekend on July 17 and 18 with events for all the family.

HS1 edges closer in budget

The possibility of high speed trains coming to Rye took a small step nearer with announcements in last week's Budget, but in the short term work on other lines might possibly mean more carriages and less overcrowding on the local line. Charles Harkness reports

Waterloo comes to Winchelsea

The progress of the Battle of Waterloo will be described step by step in a forthcoming talk in Winchelsea.

Gardens go head to head

Two of Rye's most popular gardens for fund raising events and parties go head to head this Saturday (July 18) with Rye Castle Museum's Garden...

Next in line for a lick of paint

Rye's Town Steward is working longer hours over the summer to take advantage of the extra daylight and his next targets for the paint...

Three courses for the autumn

Rye Branch of the WEA (Workers' Educational Association) has three courses kicking off in the autumn - on practical gardening, China's history and topical...

Lucky escape for two

Two young men had a lucky escape when their car hit a tree and crashed on Camber Road at East Guldeford. The road had to be closed for 90 minutes whilst firefighters cut away the roof and rescued the occupants

Fine for guilty Jempsons

Following a horrific accident when a customer lost a leg after being hit by a delivery lorry, Jempsons in Peasmarsh have been fined and ordered to pay costs by Lewes Crown Court

Rock Channel ‘jewel’ dims

Rock Channel was supposed to be the jewel in Rye's crown, but a new proposal for housing there has been rejected by the Town Council's Planning Committee partly because of Rye's other problems including traffic congestion and lack of parking spaces. Redevelopment is needed, but it can be a jigsaw - and the councillors are not sure the pieces fit together. Charles Harkness reports.

Southern cannot take the heat

It will come as no surprise to Rye commuters that, during the recent heatwave, when train companies across the country struggled to maintain full services, the one who stood out as the least able was Southern Rail, operator of the Marsh Link.