Skydives to thank air rescue teams

A Peasmarsh woman and her young niece are both to jump from an aircraft at 12,000ft in a sponsored skydive for the Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance. In a bizarre twist of fate the two women and two other members of the same family have all been rescued by the charity in three separate incidents. Two were in horse riding accidents, two were in a road crash at Peasmarsh. Jamie Cheshire tells the story

Kino wins townscape award

As Rye Conservation Society announces its award for a major contribution to the townscape, the symbolic brick goes to Fletcher in Rye CIC for its successful completion of the Kino Digital project

Car park row: poll off for now

A parish poll concerning Icklesham Parish Council's controversial proposal to take a 99-year lease on Rye Harbour's car park and toilet has been deferred. Richard Comotto reports on the packed parish meeting called by residents of the Winchelsea ward

Bus cuts start this Sunday

The bus subsidy axe falls this Sunday. The immediate effect: no Sunday services to Northiam and Rye Harbour. To be followed by the halving of weekday off-peak services from Rye to Northiam and Tenterden. There is another snag facing passengers: printed timetables aren't on the streets yet. Charles Harkness reports . . .

Mayor to open John Ryan garden

A scruffy overgrown triangle of ground outside Rye railway station has been transformed into an attractive haven of rest in memory of local author and artist John Ryan

Lifeboat rescues car from flooding

Rye Harbour RNLI Lifeboat B-842 Hello Herbie rescued a couple and their car that was stuck in the mud at the side of the River Rother...

Jempson’s knife attack charge

A member of staff at Jempson's garage in Peasmarsh was flown to hospital after a stabbing incident on Wednesday. A Peasmarsh man, aged 24, is due to appear at Brighton & Hove Magistrates Court where he faces a total of four charges including causing grievous bodily harm to a man aged 51

Democracy’s dismal roll calls

It is all about winners and losers. There can be but one winner of our parliamentary constituency and that's too close to call. The fight for a place on Rother will not be so keenly fought but, at least, there is a fight. The real losers are the parishes, where there are so few candidates that anyone who was nominated walks in. Except in Rye, where we must eliminate one candidate

Call out for local firefighters

The East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is short of firefighters across the county and Rye is no exception, which is why a new recruiting drive is under way

Gang of three rob woman in Rye

Three men robbed a 61-year-old woman as she looked around an empty property off Cinque Ports Street, Rye, on Monday April 13. The robbery occurred between...

Digging up the dirt on La Trecherie

Archaeologists from the University of Southampton are coming to Winchelsea to work with the local archaeology society to locate the harbourside of the medieval port, an area reputedly filled with warehouses, workshops, inns and brothels

A Fabulistic fundraiser

Rob McCaig, one of the artists at local charity Arrcc's New Road centre, is a founder member of The Fabulistics Atlantic Soul Band, writes...

It’s no contest in most parishes

Who can you vote for? In some cases, the electorate is robbed of the chance to decide because, other than in Rye, no local parish councillors will have to fight for a place

District polls – at last a scrap

Rother District is more of an old-fashioned scrap between parties in our area. There are 26 candidates chasing 10 seats: Labour has 8, the Conservatives 10, Lib-Dems 7 and UKIP 1

Local employers join forces again

Are you looking for work or need training then the Rye Partnership is working with local businesses and organisations, to host another recruitment & training road show event in Rye.

Rail boss faces more questions

The annual meeting of the MarshLink Action Group was left with questions unanswered when Southern's representative failed to arrive. A second, public meeting has been arranged for April 28, when it is hoped answers will also be on the agenda

Connected – but still a farce

Months of battling for a BT connection is coming to a close. Residents in Vidler Square, Rye, were despairing. BT spun them a series of excuses which didn't seem to square with the real world. One of the residents asked Rye News to help. Here's the update. Here's a connection . . .

New family court offers hope

An innovative approach to justice to help keep families together launched this week in East Sussex in a one-year trial. The Family Drug and Alcohol...

Mindi, the Extraordinary treasure

Ironmongers Extraordinary soon grew into an institution in Rye after Mindi Gill arrived from Uganda in the early 1970s and first opened its doors on to the High Street. While the sole proprietor for all those years has died, her treasure trove of kitchenalia lives on

Even rat-runners have fans

Parked cars are getting in the way of speeding traffic! A Winchelsea resident was surprised to receive a hand-written note complaining that he had parked legally and made the road less convenient for rat-runners to use