Faster trains: a head-on collision

It was stop-start and shuntings into various sidings when the full council meeting last Monday considered the question of whether or not the proposed faster trains should stop at Rye. The possibility was even raised that the town should not support the idea of the new service at all

Dreaming of a brighter xmas . . .

This year's Christmas festivities in Rye are spread over three Saturdays. They're meant to draw crowds to the town. But critics are circling - if comments at Rye's full town council meeting are a genuine reflection of public opinion

Search for sloe gin champion

Were you out in the autumn picking sloes, freezing them and then steeping them in sweetened gin? If so, bring some along to the "Rye News" sloe gin competition and see how your home brew compares

Bumper year for charity card sales

It has turned into a bumper year at the Cards for Good Causes charity Christmas card shop at Rye Community Centre, writes Jane Nunn....

Centenary poppy appeal success

In this centenary year of the start of World War I, Rye & District Poppy Appeal has so far collected £10,500 for the Royal...

Mapp and Lucia TV times

The fun that was had when the filming of Mapp and Lucia took place will be replicated in the lead up to 2015. As director Diarmuid Lawrence said "We seem to have captured summer in a bottle". Forget the age of Sagittarius this will be the age of Campricorn!

If this is in your rear view mirror. . .

As part of Sussex Police's drink and drug-drive campaign for the festive season, officers are patrolling Rother in a very different vehicle. The distinctively marked...

Mayor averts Xmas shops headache

The first stage of long-awaited work on Rye's historic Landgate tower will involve the closure of the one-way system for up to three days, so the town's mayor has asked for the clean-up operation to be put on ice until after Christmas

Candlelit carols at East Guldeford

The annual candlelit carol service will be held at St Mary’s, East Guldeford (just off the A259), on Sunday December 21 at 2.30pm, writes Ray Prewer. The...

Parkers watch out . . .

Patrols by police in Rye's citadel continue to be higher profile, writes Nick Taylor. Last weekend officers were seen issuing tickets - and...

Loading bay work to start

Work on the new loading bay in Rye High Street – outside The George In Rye hotel – will start on Monday January 12....

Party with a rattling good raffle

The Christmas spirit is certainly not lacking among our local traders. Thanks to them, The Oliver Curd Trust is able to offer the most generous auction and raffle at a Christmas party at The George next Friday. And even if you're not among the winners, it promises to be a rousing evening with disco and buffet

Grant helps send cadets to Oz

Rye Sea Cadets were one of 10 local community groups to benefit from the grants agreed by The Rye Fund last month. Two young cadets will be flying out to Australia to attend the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day

Online – and now we’re in print

Six months ago "Rye News" was launched by a team of volunteers as a community online newspaper. Today, to give a taste of its content to local readers who prefer their news in print, it appears in that familiar institution "Fixtures" where it claims two firsts: it appears in full colour and is the first editorial the publication has carried since it was founded in 1935

Santa’s night out falls flat

The Cards for Good Causes Santa, who disappeared on Bonfire Night, has been found alive and well, if a bit grubby, and returned to...

A Green & Gold future . . .

Craig Sams, the organic food pioneer who founded Green & Blacks, was in Rye last week to speak to local environmentalists about his latest venture: Carbon Gold - the production of bio-charcoal to improve water retention in soil

Sheep-killer dog put down

A dog that attacked two sheep near Playden has been destroyed, writes Tony Nunn. The black and tan rescue dog, a German Shepherd, was spotted in fields...

Parking’s a load of rubbish

Another hold-up. Traffic halted. No one hurt. Just another day in the fraught centre of bad parking that is Rye's citadel

RYA says ‘thank you’ to Rye sailor

Richard Hopper from Rye Harbour Sailing Club was applauded by the Royal Yachting Association for his dedicated work in promoting the sport of sailing at an awards ceremony and exclusive luncheon

Loss leader, Mr Hickling?

Local conservation group Winchelsea Heritage is worried that Rother's planning department is "'losing" letters sent by Winchelsea residents. Two letters are known to have gone missing and the group's concern is that Rother is so keen to cut costs by encouraging the public to use email that it might have cut corners in the mailroom