Rye Councillor and Artist Dies

Another Character Lost to the Town

By Jim Hollands

It is with a heavy heart I have to report the death of yet another great Rye Character.

Bonfire Auction John Izod 'Posh Porter'
 John Izod 

Councillor John Izod has been a great supporter of Rye and Rye’s Own over the years. He has provided the magazine with hundreds of drawings and cartoons and left a legacy of his own, very distinctive art work for future generations to enjoy.


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Rye’s Own Needs Help

Help us by becoming a “Rye’s Own Reporter / Photographer”

Times are changing – When “Rye’s Own” was first published 50 Years ago, there was no internet, no 24 Hour news programmes on television and local media was not even imagined in anyone’s wildest dreams.

Newsagents still sold vast amounts of newspapers and supermarkets were virtually non existent this side of the Atlantic. Retail Price Maintenance had only just been abolished (by just one vote in a free vote in Parliament) and local traders who had stuck rigidly to their own specific trades were still able to make a good living on the High Street, which had not yet felt the effect of the Supermarket explosion. This was made possible by the abolition of RPM, and would slowly change Britain from being a nation of small shopkeepers and turn it into a nation of ever larger and more powerful supermarket chains. Continue reading Rye’s Own Needs Help

M20 Accident Closes Motorway Near Sellindge

Crash Closes Motorway

A “Cinque Ports” Photographer took this photograph from a bridge over the M20 at Sellindge.

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Probably as much as an hour after the accident took place this afternoon (Thursday 7 April 2016).  Car rescue lorries were already on the scene to take the Continue reading M20 Accident Closes Motorway Near Sellindge

Driver of this Car may have been Witness to Assault

Driver of distinctive car may have information about St Leonards assault

07 Apr, 2016 08:52 News Witness Appeals

Driver of distinctive car may have information about St Leonards assault

Police would like to speak to the driver of a distinctive vehicle who may have witnessed an assault in St Leonards.

Two men and a woman were injured in an unprovoked attack in West Hill Road, between Keats Close and St Vincents Road, at about 12.45am on 20 December. Continue reading Driver of this Car may have been Witness to Assault

Three Arrested for Racial Assault

Three men arrested after Hastings racial assault

Three men have been arrested for a racially aggravated assault on a woman in Hastings last month.

A 25-year-old Muslim woman was walking on Bohemia Road at around 11am on March 27 when she was confronted by three men by the Hastings Museum opposite Falaise Road.

The woman crossed the road to avoid them but as she walked away one of the Continue reading Three Arrested for Racial Assault

Wanted Man Detained by Sussex Police


This Man has Now been detained  by Police in Eastbourne


Police have detained a man who escaped from Brighton Magistrates’ Court.

George Qatramiz escaped from the building in Edward Street, where he was due to attend a bail hearing, at about 12.13pm on Monday (4 April).

It is believed he ran in the direction of the Old Steine. Continue reading Wanted Man Detained by Sussex Police

Motor Cyclist Seriously injured

Motorcycle and van in collision at Camber, near Rye

At 1.50 pm on Sunday (3 April) emergency services were called to New Lydd Road, Camber, near Rye, where a motorcycle and a van had been in head-on collision.

The motorcyclist, a 33-year-old man from Dagenham, Essex, riding a blue Suzuki GSXR600, sustained serious injuries and was flown by air ambulance to St Continue reading Motor Cyclist Seriously injured

Eileen Alstin 1916 – 2012

“Rye’s Own” sadly reports the death of one of our oldest subscribers.

Eileen was born at Camberwell on 28th October, 1916. This was at the height of the First World war It was a sweet tooth that led to a sweetheart when Eileen and a friend were in a shop; they both thought that the toffee apples on display looked delicious, but were far too expensive. Ron Alstin overheard them and offered to buy one for Eileen, which was how they met.

They married when Eileen was just nineteen and settled in Peckham after their honeymoon in Hastings. During the war, Ron worked out of Woolwich Arsenal Continue reading Eileen Alstin 1916 – 2012

Quotes From Newsfeeds Saturday 1 April 2016

Tony May

Thinking about Ronnie Corbett I think his legacy could teach a lot of people today a thing or two about how to live their lives. Ronnie was never one to take offence when someone made fun of his height, indeed he often would go as far as to instigate a joke at his own expense. How gloriously liberating it must have been Continue reading Quotes From Newsfeeds Saturday 1 April 2016