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

Victory for Peasmarsh surgery

The long, frustrating battle to open a satellite surgery in Peasmarsh has finally been won. NHS England said 'yes' at the end of an appeal hearing. Gill Clamp reports

Scorcher the magic dragon

It's back at its fiery best: Rye Bonfire Society's hydraulic, propane-powered metal beast. And it's a marvel to behold, as all who saw it will attest

Fawkes, flames and fireworks

The popular torchlight parade wound through the town on Saturday November 8 as part of the annual bonfire celebrations. At the march's end thousands watched a spectacular firework display, writes Tony McLaughlin

TLC – courtesy of an odd job man

Powerful differences of opinion surfaced at Monday's special meeting of Rye council: would the town spend money on an odd job man or tackle traffic issues? Nick Taylor reports

News flash . . . on wind farm

Last Monday night's storms, which disturbed so many sleepers, demonstrated that the power of a wind turbine is as nothing compared with that of lightning

A job to keep up appearances

Whether you want one or not, Rye will have a town steward. The job is actually on probation - for a year's trial period. Nick Taylor rolls up his sleeves to find out what the job is all about

Lions seek aid for Ebola orphans

The deaths caused by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa have left more than 4,000 children orphaned. A local charity is trying to help and asks for your support

Sacrifice goes up in smoke

The nation's symbol of remembrance - the poppy - was burnt as part of Rye Bonfire Night on Saturday. It is now the subject of debate. Here Colonel Anthony Kimber, a former serving soldier and president of the Rye & District Royal British Legion, tells us why this was, at best, ill-judged

Get into a great guide now

The Rye Bay Guide is recognised as a cut above similar publications and now is the time for advertisers and sponsors to make sure they are included in the 2015 edition

Rye’s burning issue – parking

It has happened again. Rye News - again - has the photos that show we need leadership, not words, if the town is to avoid a shameful incident: an emergency in which lives are lost or a part of the Citadel is destroyed because of the commonplace: cars, lorries, vans parked where they will. Tuesday's fire highlighted the fact that controls are needed. It leaves Rye's citizens wondering who will finally DO something

Bang goes the post

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a commercial post box in Rye Road, Rye Foreign, and another in Wittersham Road, Iden, were damaged. Locals told police that during the...

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