Driver Extraordinary

Dean’s Driver Extraordinary

“Driving is my life,” says Mr. Les Lane—and few people who know him would deny that statement. Mr. Lane (responsible for transport at Dean’s Rag Book Co. Ltd.), can look back to the age of 14 when he started as a mate on the old steam engines with Simpsons of Rye Harbour and he has been on lorries ever since—mostly with local firms. He recalls driving a large articulated lorry for the Rother Continue reading Driver Extraordinary

Summary History Part Three

A Summary History Of Rye

Part Ill—The Seventeenth Century

by Rya

Rye, at the opening of the seventeenth century, still boasted an almost intact town wall, except on the eastern side: the battery in the Gungarden still possessed some guns, although the majority had been sent away at the time of the Armada. The harbour, on which the prosperity of the town so much depended, continued to deteriorate and was, consequently, a constant source of anxiety to the corporation. Although no foreign invader was to set foot in the town again all was not well, for the monarchy was on the verge of bankruptcy. “Though God hath Continue reading Summary History Part Three

Pen & Ink April 1966

Dear Sir,

I was a little surprised to hear that at some date in the foreseeable future Rye’s existing system of secondary education, namely the Grammar and Modern schools are to be replaced by a comprehensive school, which, if nothing else, is going to involve a great deal of expenditure. Brigadier H. P. Gardham told the audience on 7th January that this was not a “political issue”, but an attempt to create the finest educational system for the area, adding that “we must do what is best for the children”. One is therefore entitled to ask what benefits are to be Continue reading Pen & Ink April 1966

Rye Parish Church Choir

Rye Parish Church Choir

The choir of the Parish Church consists of 20 boys and 10 men and is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music. It is also a member of the St. Nicholas Guild of the R.S.C.M. and one of only 28 choirs in England to be in the guild. The boys section is a demonstration choir for the new Choristers Training Scheme which Continue reading Rye Parish Church Choir

Youth Festival

The Methodist London South East District Youth Festival

The Methodist London South East District Youth Festival annual area competitions were held at Rye Methodist Church on Saturday, 5th March. 1966. 180 entries were received for some 50 classes, ranging from solo and choir singing, elocution, handwriting, drawing and photography to needlework and Continue reading Youth Festival

Rye’s Own Editorial – April 1966


Six months have passed since the first issue of Rye’s Own made its presence felt on the news stands in this small town. In that short space of time we have chronicled the events of the day and also looked back in time to the Rye of older days. It is difficult to assess the interests of a varied readership that we must cater for if we are to be successful but it seems that the formula adopted is the right one, sales have increased with each issue, so, except for the inclusion of more sports features, the present policy will be adhered to in the months to come. Thank you all for your wonderful support. Continue reading Rye’s Own Editorial – April 1966

A Golden Day

A Golden Day

Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Hyder of 15 Eagle Road, Rye, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 1st March.

Ernest & Mrs Hyder


They spent the day receiving relatives and opening cards and presents, among which was a fine jug which was presented to them by the members of the ‘Over 65 Club.’ Continue reading A Golden Day

On The Waterfront

Opening of New Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station

by Tom Tallow

On the Waterfront

Proposed opening and presentation of Rye Harbour R.N.L.I.     Inshore rescue boat booked for Easter Monday afternoon. A “Good Do” well worth attending.

“Carrick Lass,” new Scottish type Trawler of 50’ L.O.A. now fishing out of Rye. Owner: D. Lamb, Skipper: M. Sharp, Crew: R. Smith. Continue reading On The Waterfront

Success for the Wheelers

Success for the Wheelers

Four riders represented the Rye cycling club in the first race of the season, run off over 12 torturous miles of Sussex roads near Battle, three of the steep hills had to be climbed in this time trial event, aptly named the Hard-riders Twelve and organised by the East Sussex Cycling Association. Continue reading Success for the Wheelers