More give than take on Marshlink

A faster, direct rail service to London is jam tomorrow - if it comes off. For now, commuters on the Marshlink line would settle for a service they could count on and for rail operators to keep them in the loop when things go wrong. Stuart Harland went to the rail summit to get a handle on what goes on

Rye has a new Christmas wish list

It was the talk of the town: a poor, poor show last December. Too much fell on too few shoulders. But Rye's mayor and her citizens want to go to the ball again. Together they will forge a new, brighter, dreamy Xmas that we can all be proud of. Derick Holman and the town clerk give us the inside story

Making quick work of potholes

The county council has employed new technology to help keep our roads in good order. Jetpatcher, a device that cleans out crevices with a blast of high-pressure air before filling them, enabled more than twice as many repairs to be completed in the last three months of the year, at a fraction of the cost

Tourist centre’s glory short lived

Despite being a winner in the Beautiful South awards, the Tourist Information Centre in Lion Street won't be able to compete in the nationwide competition as by then it will have closed down. Sad news for the staff and their supporters, but it does mean there are some bargains to be picked up before the last day of opening on March 7

Warm welcome for WI blankets

The "knit and natter" group of the Landgate Womens' Institute, which meets once a month, gets a lot of knitting done among all the nattering, writes...

Winchelsea loses sole tea shop

Want to get a cup of tea in Winchelsea? Forget it. There is no longer a tea room in town. The latest closure continues the downward spiral of the businesses operated by Winchelsea Farm Foods, a trading subsidiary of a charity run by local retired hedge fund manager Stephen Rumsey

Recruitment drive at Pontin’s

The Rye Partnership Rural Employability Project is supporting Pontin's with a recruitment drive on Tuesday January 27 to fill 25 local vacancies at the Camber Sands' park, writes Flora Williams.

Charities cheque-in at town hall

A large cheque was distributed between 10 deserving groups earlier this week, when members of the Rye Fund and its awards panel joined the most recent recipients of its annual grants for a celebration at the town hall

But who said: ‘Yes, build it’?

Rye rejoiced when plans were approved for a modern development of shops and new homes on the site of the town centre's eyesore in Cinque Ports Street. Now there is acrimony as residents and others accuse the developers of making unauthorised changes to the works and of showing a blatant disrespect for planning approval

Train timetable derailed

Why have there been so many cancellations recently and why does Southern Rail leave it till the last minute to alert travellers? The Marsh Link Action Group is looking for answers and, more importantly, solutions

Loading bay: 10 mins only

Rye's experimental loading bay in the High Street came into force on Friday February 6, writes Tony Nunn. It means goods vehicles have sole access...

Primary passes with flying colours

Northiam primary school has received a glowing report from Ofsted. In 2013 it was one of the county's schools earmarked as requiring special measures, so the judgment after its recent inspection is all the more remarkable

Kino welcomes its first customers

Five films, comfy seats, good food and a well stocked bar are bound to attract cinema fans but, before the doors were opened to the punters, invited guests flocked in to watch "Testament of Youth" and to toast the opening of Kino Rye

Thumbs up to ‘idyllic’ Rye

The latest article on the Guardian's website's "Let's Go To. . . " travel series is about Rye, writes Tony McLaughlin. In her feature Clare...

Winter clothes appeal for Iraq

Refugees in Iraq are living in the most appalling conditions, often in freezing temperatures. We can help them by donating warm clothes, shoes, towels and duvets via St Mary's church, Rye

Strand Quay gets mud facelift

Mud, mud, not so glorious mud . . . Strand Quay and Rock Channel are this month being given the beauty treatment they deserve, with the unwanted sediment being forced downstream and out to sea

Hotel helps keep ambulance aloft

Guests at a Rye hotel have helped to donate more than £1,000 to Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. The George in Rye has introduced...

Fight to keep sports centre open

If Rother stops its subsidy to the sports centre in The Grove, Rye, jobs and leisure services will be at risk. Locals joined forces with Labour's Parliamentary candidate Sarah Owen to demand that Rother's Tory councillors think again

A loaded question: when?

Work on a loading bay in Rye High Street was due to start on Monday January 12. It didn't. Nothing happened on the Tuesday...

Hold-ups likely as roadworks begin

Three weeks of roadworks started on January 12 as Southern Gas Networks replace mains in stretches of the one-way system around Rye. But it isn't motorists that most concerns one senior town councillor. He's worried about elderly pedestrians as a one-way system temporarily becomes two-way in Station Approach