Town Crier’s Starting Bell

When I Ring my Bell ………

Rye Town Crier, Rex Swain, uttered the immortal words “When I ring my bell, peddle like hell” and 83 cyclists set of on a ride that took them through the winding back lanes of kent to Hythe.


On the way the course was brilliantly sign posted and Marshalled by members of the Rye & District Rotary Club and ‘Noel’s Snack Bar’ was set up in its traditional place on the intersection at Old Romney, where riders enjoyed complimentary biscuits and bananas. Continue reading Town Crier’s Starting Bell

Rye Police Sergeant Dismissed

Rye police sergeant dismissed from Sussex Police

A police sergeant who pleaded guilty to stealing police property has been dismissed from Sussex Police.

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A public gross misconduct hearing held at Sussex Police HQ in Lewes on Thursday (September 22) heard that Warren Downs, 46, a police sergeant based in the neighbourhood policing team at Rye, had pleaded guilty to the theft of his work-issued Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone and a Pro Dome CCTV camera at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on September 7.

The hearing found that Downs brought discredit on the police service and undermined confidence in Sussex Police, breaching standards of professional behaviour in respect of honesty and integrity and discreditable conduct. He was dismissed without notice.

Detective Superintendent Jez Graves said: “Sussex Police expects the highest personal and professional standards of anyone who works for us and any allegations of behaviour that do not meet those standards are rigorously investigated.

“It is important to show that the force has the ability to fairly investigate its own staff and this highlights our determination not to allow the name of Sussex Police to be tainted, nor bring into disrepute the enormous amount of good work carried out day-to-day by thousands of hard-working and enormously dedicated police officers and staff.”

“Rye’s Own” Bulletin Saturday 24 September 2016

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Drumskulls Walrus and Wedding

Another Mad Saturday in Rye

The Opening Day of the 2016 Rye Arts Festival and things were happening all around the Citadel.

This film depicts the Drumskulls in action – Marching to the Ypres Castle Inn for mid parade refreshment.

Strange happenings in the Church and Rye’s famous Town Crier announcing another married couple leaving the Town Hall after the ceremony.

A “Rye’s Own” Video released on Wednesday 21 September 2016

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Man attacked and robbed in Summer Fields, Hastings

Witnesses sought after man is attacked and robbed in Summer Fields, Hastings

Police are seeking witnesses to a robbery in Hastings which has left a 35-year-old local man with serious head injuries.

It happened at around 1.20pm on Wednesday (14 September) in the Summer Fields area, on a path between the Falaise Gym on Bohemia Road and Holmesdale Gardens near its junction with Redmayne Drive.

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The victim was attacked by two men and his black Samsung S1 mobile phone and a black wallet were stolen. After seeking help at the St John Ambulance training centre he was taken to the Conquest Hospital, St Leonards-on-Sea. Continue reading Man attacked and robbed in Summer Fields, Hastings

Rye’s New Football Team Comes Home

Rye Town to Play First Match on The Salts

Rye’s new soccer team,  Rye Town,  will line up in Division One of the Macron East Sussex Football League for their first home game of the season and their first ever match on The Salts.

Thanks to Shane Ridgers and wife Charmaine  who have put so much into the birth of Rye Town the rebirth of soccer in Rye.


Shane, manager and treasurer, and Charmaine  secretary,  Ged Say, chairman. With Martin Blincow, Darren Paine, Francis Walker and Kevin Highams on the committee, and Kelvin Wall , assistant manager make up a formidable team. Continue reading Rye’s New Football Team Comes Home

Historic window badly damaged at Rye parish church


Despotic Act of Vandalism

Historic St Mary’s Church, Rye, has had one of its most valuable stained glass windows smashed and removed.

The damage is believed to have occurred between 10.45pm and 08.45am on the night of Monday/Tuesday 29/30 August. Police are continuing to investigate.

The 12th Century parish church is in the centre of Rye and the damaged window was dedicated to the memory of Dr John Adamson and his wife, Jane. It was given by members of their family in about 1882.

It is the church’s oldest window and was the work of C.E Kempe. The lower, damaged part of the window was a vivid representation of the Lord giving sight to a blind man. Continue reading Historic window badly damaged at Rye parish church

Football Returns to Rye Salts

Rye Town v JC Tackleway

Soccer is coming back to The Salts. What a great pleasure it is to write those words. It seemed that after the death of Rye United there would never be another match played at Rye.

Now, after great efforts by a group of Rye enthusiasts the old name of Rye Town, made famous for football successes in the early 1900’s, has been revived for a new team that will carry on the tradition of football in this Ancient Town. Continue reading Football Returns to Rye Salts