Papal Medals for Rye Parishioners

By Royston Godwin

Two parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua’s Church in Rye were awarded “Bene Merenti” medals on behalf of the Pope at a special Moss on Monday 4 October, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The investiture was carried out by the Right Rev. Kieran Conry, Roman Catholic Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. Continue reading Papal Medals for Rye Parishioners

Bargain Hunt came to Rye

Bargain Hunt came to Rye on Friday 15 October and set up camp at Rye Auction Galleries where they put out one of their programmes ‘live’.

Tim Wonnacott fronted a BBC team. Presenters, Directors, Experts, Cameramen, Sound Men, Lighting Technicians, Make-Up Girls, Outside Broadcast People, Editors etc. etc. They even had their own security people. Continue reading Bargain Hunt came to Rye

The Strand 3

The Strand

Part Three

By Arthur Woodgate

As the Strand emerged from War time the scene was not quite what we had been used to, but apart from Strand House and its cottages and Havelock Villas not being there, it was not as bad as one would expect. The timber stacks were still there, and in fact had extended into the space left by the bombed houses and offices, and so they remained into the 60s. The amount of commercial shipping was being replaced by Leisure Craft. Continue reading The Strand 3

The Caister Family

By Arthur Woodgate

The Caisters of Rye Harbour – What a family. Fishing for a living father Mick Caister, skipper of the RX 30 Akela works his boat out of Rye from the new Simmonds Quay. Continue reading The Caister Family

Town Hall Packed for Rye in Bloom Awards


Sarah Raven, BBC Gardener’s World presenter, award winning gardening author and journalist was the star attraction at this year’s Rye in Bloom Awards ceremony. Continue reading Town Hall Packed for Rye in Bloom Awards

Rye Bonfire Boys

The Bonfire Boys production of “Cinderella” was a great success. It was staged at the Monastery, now Cinque Ports Pottery. The cast list is a Who’s Who of Rye characters of the forties, fifties and sixties. These were among the backbone of the Bonfire movement in the town through that period. Continue reading Rye Bonfire Boys

Rye Town Manager Forges New Links With Rye, New York

I visited Rye New York in the Summer, and was warmly welcomed by their Town Manager Michael Genito, and Councillors Roz Larr and Jerry Seitz, and Chamber of Commerce President Sally Wright.
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Jimper’s Jottings

November, and again the streets of Rye will pulsate to the thuds of Bonfire Night on the thirteenth. This year many are pinning their hopes on a record collection. The secret effigy is ready and the celebrity booked. Now we all pray for fine weather so each and all can enjoy one of the biggest spectacles in our town. For a week or two after the place will seem dead, then the Christmas lights go up and another year draws to a close and what a year it has been! Continue reading Jimper’s Jottings

Town Crier

                                Goodbye Star

Jimper Sutton was wrong. They did re-float the Maanav Star. She was pulled off Jury’s Gap by a tug just after “Rye’s Own” went to press last month. The old coaster did cause a bit of excitement in the area, probably the first time in her long career that anyone paid attention to her. Continue reading Town Crier