The Old Days

First published in Rye Wheelers Year Book 2011

Anyone who has been a member of Rye Wheelers between 1954 and 2015 have heard Jim spouting off about ‘The Old Days’, but we all know how he can ‘elaborate’ a bit, so what were those days really like? Continue reading The Old Days

Jack Barlow is National Champion

Jack Barlow is British Champion

By Adam Jones

Pictures by Chris Walker

Rye already has one National Champion in the person of Bronwen Ewing, who won the 24 Hour Cycling title in Rye Wheelers colours in June.

Now Jack Barlow, who lives just a stone’s throw away from Bronwen, has won one of the most prestigious championships in British karting, completing a historic treble.

The Pett teenager scooped the Ginetta Super One Junior Rotax crown at the Three Sisters circuit in Ashton-in-Makerfield, near Wigan last Sunday (16 October), to Continue reading Jack Barlow is National Champion

Great Friend of Cinque Ports Magazines who died in September 2011

In Memory of Brian Hargreaves

Popular Rye Artist

One of Rye’s Own best known artists, Brian Hargreaves died suddenly on the last day of September 2011.

Brian’s wonderful line drawings of Rye and the district have graced the pages of this magazine on many occasions. We shall miss him greatly. Brian will be remembered locally for the fine architectural quality drawings of Rye’s buildings which cover every corner of the town and have appeared in the fine Millennium publication “Ryennium” which he illustrated for Jo Kirkham, and in the two books he produced with his wife Joyce who is also an author and artist. Many pictures from these three publications have been used in the pages of “Rye’s Own” and “Hythe & Romney Life”. Continue reading Great Friend of Cinque Ports Magazines who died in September 2011



Words are more powerful than the sword.

By Jimper

You seldom now hear the expression, from people when you ask how someone is. “I have no word of them,” Nowadays the usual answer is, “I have not heard.”
Once, the written word was the only way to communicate over distance.


Then came the penny post, available to all, and history of the thriving masses was written down. That is the pattern of local history into peoples’ private lives that so many people nowadays study. Continue reading Words

100k. Fun Run from Rye 2011

The Sun Shone on 118 Cyclists

On a beautiful autumn day (16 Oct) no less than 118 riders set off from the Rye Club on the Rotary Club’s 5th. Annual Fun Run.

Riders set off in groups to Town Crier Rex Swaine’s now famous line – “When I Ring my Bell – Go like Hell”.

The bell rang and off they went, to Camber, Lydd, Dymchurch, Hythe, Old Romney, Brookland, Appledore, Appledore Heath and then back to Rye via the Continue reading 100k. Fun Run from Rye 2011

Clash of Champions

Bronwen Ewing Comes Out On Top

Bronwen Ewing of Rye & District Wheelers, the National 24 Hour Champion took on Rebecca Slack of The Altitude Centre, the National 100 Mile Champion in the famous Wigmore Hill Climb.

The two long distance women champions raced over the very shortest of time trials, a mad dash up the 1200 yard Hollingbourne Hill on 2 October in the 36th annual running of the event on what was probably the hottest day it has ever been held. Continue reading Clash of Champions

Rye Photographer Charles Axell

This remarkable photograph was one of the last ever taken by Rye Photographer Charles Henry Axell. It was late Spring 1918, the sheep had not yet
been sheared and the leaves were thick on the trees. The war still raged across the Channel. The Rye & Camber Tram Station was quiet and the shadows from the trees indicate it was still fairly early in the morning. There are tents pitched Continue reading Rye Photographer Charles Axell