Can you shed any light?

A lamppost was discovered on its side on Wednesday morning on land between the Gibbet Marsh car park and a nearby pumping station. But...

Six jobs go at Rye tourist centre

The Lion Street tourist centre will close next March - but the Heritage Centre on Strand Quay, which is already going from strength to strength and is to feature in a BBC series this autumn, will take over much of its work

MP starts squeeze on illegal parking

Police patrols issuing 80 parking tickets are a direct result of the intervention of MP Amber Rudd, who acted after residents raised concerns over illegally parked cars and fire appliances being blocked en route to an incident. A traffic warden is seen as the best solution to this increasing problem in Rye's narrow streets and funding is actively being sought

Villagers join in spirited scrub-up

Iden residents took advantage of good weather to have a bit of a village cleaning session and proved just what can be done with a little community spirit and some elbow grease. Mary Philo reports.

Chernobyl children still need help

A local charity that welcomes children from Chernobyl on holidays to the UK was visited last week by the director of the principal rehabilitation centre at Korosten in Russia to discuss different ways in which it can continue to help those still affected by the threat of radiation almost 30 years after the disaster

Night flights make costs soar

Rye Rotary Club welcomed back speaker Chris Longfield to talk about how the local Air Ambulance Service has expanded into flying by night as well as by day. As one of its designated charities, the service will be receiving a donation from the club towards its inevitable increased costs

Tides alert for coming winter

An alert has been issued that higher "astronomical tides" are expected over the winter months - the first of them later this week reports Richard Comotto

The real facts about Highspeed rail

At a recent Rye council meeting Nick Taylor observed much confusion about the proposed electrification and upgrading of the Marshlink railway line. So he set out to sort fact from fiction. Will Southeastern trains' domestic highspeed service really be coming to Rye, Hastings and Bexhill?

Night sight not to be missed

What is that bright light passing over Rye at 17,100 mph every evening for the next two weeks? Nick Taylor has the answer and explains that you don't need specialist knowledge or equipment to see this particular marvel currently in our night skies

Music and wine

The Ryesingers are hosting an evening of readings and music inspired by water on Saturday October 11 at St Mary’s church in aid of The...

Mapping lost lands

A team of scientists is spending two weeks mapping and sampling Pett Level's submerged forest as part of a project to reconstruct the forest and the local environment some 10,000 years ago. They are calling on local volunteers to put on their wellies and come down to the beach to help. Over the weekend, they invited local residents to visit them at drop-in sessions in Winchelsea to learn more.

Bus and other challenges for MP

Action time for our local MP over the supermarket that may never open; the High Speed train that may not stop; and buses routes still under threat - and she is looking for your views. Meanwhile the 340/341 and 344 buses may be 'saved', but who will save local schools that need space to expand when that space is now 'up for grabs'. Charlie Harkness reports as winter sets in.

Special offer – but who for?

The fence is broken, the Ferry Road site overgrown. But the four year stalemate over a supermarket for Rye is over. Both Sainsbury's and Tesco are walking away after locking horns since 2010, another retailer may be unlikely, and nearby schools need more space. But who will buy the site? And will Rye benefit - Charlie Harkness reports.

Didn’t we have fun . . . .

The party's over, a giant puppet slumps in the railway booking office, and after over 50 events the Arts Festival is done. . . . until next year. Art had a strong presence on the fringe events, 'freebies' included getting 'Brahms and Liszt' and learning to tango, and Rye's history got an airing as well as the arts with walks and tours. The schools played a bigger part, and those giant puppets were made by pupils - and will hopefully find a home to go to.

Where the bombs fell

At the point when memories start to become history, Rye was very much on the front line during the second world war, both when a German invasion seemed possible, and in the run-up to D-Day, and when Hitler counter-attacked by launching thousands of flying bombs at London - mainly over the town and the nearby coastline. So Rye was not immune from bombs (and planes) falling out of the sky. Charlie Harkness reports on his childhood.

Getting more control over planning

Residents have supported the broad ideas behind the Neighbourhood Plan, which could give the town hall greater control over Rye's own affairs. But education was omitted and, now the "supermarket proposal" has been abandoned and that land is up for sale, more issues and options have to be considered - including playing field provision. So a lot needs to be done between now and the planned vote on the plan next May alongside the general election.

1,000 performers in folk festival

Tenterden has a great line up of events for its 22nd annual folk festival this weekend. The streets will be filled with Morris men and women, clog and garland dancers and giants

Scoutfest at new building

Time to get knotted - or learn about dough twists and bottle rockets - as Rye Scouts celebrate new premises near Rye Leisure Centre with a "Scoutfest" this Saturday, October 4 from 10am - 4pm.

Mary gives life and hope to others

Mary Shipstone, the girl murdered in Northiam, lives on now in five other children - and with a fund that will help charities treating child trauma

Skip slip just misses car

Safety did not appear to be a top priority when skips were being removed recently in central Rye. Luckily, the mayor was on hand to step in to prevent further damage being caused by the precarious load