Local Movies are Coming to the Rye’s Own Website

Local Movies, many shot in Rye and District in the 1960’s will be coming to this website shortly.

Literally hundreds of local people are featured in the films, which cover many aspects of Rye life from Bonfire Nights to Rye Sports. There are parades past the Town Hall, local soccer teams in action, cycling time trials on the roads of kent, dramatic snow shots from the hard winter of 1963 when the sea froze and many more outstanding events. Continue reading Local Movies are Coming to the Rye’s Own Website

Jimper’s Jottings August 2000


Now there is a word to conjure with. I thought it meant planning, but councils don’t seem to grasp the fact that it is not just for today but for the future that real planning comes into its own. Rye is a very old town and to live on into the future it must breath and to do that it must move on and grow a little.

There is little room left in the town for homes to be built. So where to go? Rock Channel is out, its very low and could flood. East Guildford way would not help to pull the town together. Rye Hill? I don’t think so, Playden is not Rye and should stay separate. The real area for Rye to grow in during the next 100 years is Cadborough Farm, joining up New Winchelsea Road and West Undercliff. Continue reading Jimper’s Jottings August 2000

Hastings – Cinque Port

The 1840 Sussex Directory claimed that Hastings was the head of the Cinque Ports Confederation before telling us it was a Corporate and Parliamentary Borough, demonstrating the importance still placed in the Cinque Ports heritage at that time, even though the Kent & Sussex fleet’s days of glory were well over by the time of the Spanish Armada, when just twelve vessels from the Cinque Ports were represented in Drake’s fleet. Continue reading Hastings – Cinque Port

Roy Manser Dies – He Raced at Rye Sports

Roy Manser, well known racing cyclist from the San Fairy Ann Cycling Club, who raced at Rye Sports in the 1950’s has died. He became ill when out  with his club on Wednesday 5 May and died shortly after. He has left friends all over the South East mourning the passing of one of Kent’s best known racing cyclists. Continue reading Roy Manser Dies – He Raced at Rye Sports

Rye’s Great Annual Events That Still Draw The Crowds

There has been a lot of talk recently on reviving many of the old annual events staged in Rye but which, over the years, have fallen by the wayside.

Rye Sports Day, Rye Medieval Festival, Miss Rye, The Raft Race and Rye in Bloom to name just a few. It is hoped the meeting on Wednesday 9 February will be the start of getting at least two of these old classics back on the Rye Programme. Continue reading Rye’s Great Annual Events That Still Draw The Crowds

More Events for Rye?


Could this be the Start of Something Big?

A frantic flurry of messages in reply to a post on Ryes Own Newsfeed by Rye man Brian Clifton on 4 August who pointed out that Rye has lost it’s Raft Race, Rye United Football Club, Rye in Bloom, ‘Pram Race’ and Medieval Festival in recent times. Continue reading More Events for Rye?

Arthur’s Thank You

Arthur Woodgate, who died yesterday gave me this letter on 22 July 2009 and  made me promise to publish it to thank everyone at Rye Memorial Care Centre for looking after him so well.

I know Arthur had many happy times at the hospital where he spent most of the the last 10 years of his life and recorded his lifetime experiences for all of us to enjoy. He was a very special man and the people that kept him going through that period are special people too – Rye is lucky to have them.           Jim Hollands Continue reading Arthur’s Thank You