Shaky Isles

Ryer John Wallbank, who emigrated to New Zealand many years ago has
kept in close touch with the home of his birth and has contributed
several articles to “Rye’s Own” since the Millennium. We asked him
to give us a story on the Earthquake at Christchurch. Continue reading Shaky Isles

Rye Travel Agents Show Way

‘Rolling countryside and a fold down bed’.

A train journey through Thailand.

By Anneka Bones.

“As a stopover on my Round-the-World travels with my boyfriend, we spent 3 weeks in Thailand and, on the advice of our travel agent, found ourselves catching the sleeper train from bustling Bangkok up to the chilled-out Chiang Mai. Continue reading Rye Travel Agents Show Way

The Ashdowns of New Romney


There was a time, way back before the Second World War, that the cycling Ashdown family of New Romney, were fierce rivals with members of the Rye Wheelers at grass track events around the area. Continue reading The Ashdowns of New Romney

What’s in a Name

By Arthur Woodgate

At 6.30 am. off we went along Wish Street where we met up with a friend of my mother, a Mrs Milton. We then met up with mother’s sister, Aunt Martha (I wonder why they called me Arthur!) and a crowd of Ryers. At the bottom of Leasam Hill – we all went up the grassed hill – how they got me up there, I don’t Continue reading What’s in a Name

Rye 1946

1945 saw the end of World War Two. VE Day (victory in Europe) and
VJ Day (victory in Japan) came and went. Rye, along with towns all
over the country, licked it’s wounds, mourned its dead and rejoiced
in the return of many servicemen who had been away from their home
for as long as six years. Continue reading Rye 1946