Rye Flood Threat

By Anthony Kimber PhD MSe

From “Rye’s Own” April 2011 issue

“Following the 2007 nationwide flooding, the Government conducted a major review, which resulted in a series of recommendations. One of these was that there should be a national exercise to improve the preparedness of communities at risk of flooding. Exercise WATERMARK was planned by DEFRA to run in early March. Some 80 communities took part, with Rye, at the confluence of three rivers and close to the coast, holding a table-top exercise in Rye Town Hall during the morning of 5 March. Continue reading Rye Flood Threat

George Marsden

By The Editor

I was intrigued by Arthur Woodgate’s recollection of the 1937-40 Mayor of Rye George Marsden. The mystery surrounding where he came from and where he went in 1940 have haunted me since Arthur first told me about George Marsden’s Mayoralty so I decided I must delve deeper. Continue reading George Marsden

Crashes do not slow Barlow

 By Adam Jones

Rye karter’s pre-season preparations continue, despite on-track dramas

An incident-packed weekend (26/27 February) tested the mettle of Pett kart racer Jack Barlow – but in typical fashion he emerged from the numerous melees at Whilton Mill in impressive style. Continue reading Crashes do not slow Barlow

Lion Street School Saved

Rye’s Own Has Always Fought to Keep  Community Assets for the Use of Ryers

Regular readers of “Rye’s Own” will know how this magazine has always fought for keeping community assets for the use of Ryer’s, often against great pressure and determination of elected and unelected bodies who have had ‘other plans’ for our precious land and buildings. We challenged the South Coast College “Done and Dusted” lady who wanted to sell off the Lion Street School. (which had been left for the education of the children of Rye ‘in perpetuity’ by the Meryon family 140 years ago). Continue reading Lion Street School Saved

Jimpers Jottings


Each year April comes and we all start to think of the glorious summer days that lie ahead. We have known that spring was not far away since the first daffodil showed its flower. Grass is growing and buds are thinking of bursting into new leaf. Continue reading Jimpers Jottings

Nine Sets of Twins

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? This old press cutting was sent in by Jill Fuggle (Smith) of Lea Avenue. It records that no less than nine sets of twins attended the Ferry Road Primary School at one time. The year was around 1948, shortly after the Continue reading Nine Sets of Twins

Lions Boost Demelsa

From “Rye’s Own” April 2011

Demelza Hospice Care for Children provides hospice care for over 600 children with life-limiting illnesses and their families across Sussex, Kent and South London. The charity has two hospices, an eight-bedded one in Sittingbourne and a six-bedded one in South East London and a base for nurses and staff at Magham Down near Hailsham. Continue reading Lions Boost Demelsa

Rye Mayors 1913 – 2010


Part Two

By Arthur Woodgate

There is a strong belief that all Rye Mayors have been members of the council but this is not true. They must be chosen by Rye Council from Rye ratepayers and, of course, the chosen person must agree to take the position. Continue reading Rye Mayors 1913 – 2010