Ryers by birth or by choice are all Ryers if they love this old town and what it stands for.
By Jim Hollands
Our ancestors stood together for independance 200 years ago
Over Two hundred years ago, direct relatives of myself, Bill Waters, Alec Tiltman, Jimper Sutton, Bernard Clark, Terry Curd and many other well known Ryers became part of the Rye Company of Sea Fencibles that drilled in the Gun Garden and waited to take on Napoleon Bonaparte, who stood with his armies on the French Coast. Bonaparte did not arrive, he decided to go to Russia instead.
His Navy was defeated at Trafalgar in 1805 and the Duke of Wellington, later to become MP for Rye, defeated him at Waterloo, putting an end to his war against Continue reading Brexit and Rye
650 foot Cargo vessel sailing under a Hong Kong flag loses engine power near Sanfire Hoe off Dover. She dragged her anchor and collided with barge full of rocks (used for coastal defences). Coastguard reports the ship was holed and is taking water faster than her pumps can pump it out.
Dover and Dungeness Lifeboats have been launched and are standing by. Some of the crew have already been evacuated by helicopter. (11 reported to be airlifted off)
A powerful tug is racing to the scene from Boulogne and plans to tow the stricken vessel to safety
Ship involved appears to be the Saga Sky. A message from her at 10.19am says she is now under her own power speed 1.2 knotts. Lifeboats standing by. (Thanks to Jamie Hayden who worked out which ship it appears to be)
Latest position approx. 1.5 miles off Capel Le Ferne.
The French Tug ABEILLE LANGUEDOC should be on the scene by 12 noon.
Anyone with pictures please post them on our Ryes Own Newsfeed page on facebook
Last Update … 21 November – Jamie Hayden tells us that the Saga Sky is now safely in port at Dunkirk
Reports are coming in of obstacles and branches littering the road from Brenzett to New Romney. Several cars with buckled wheels due to hitting large branches etc. blown onto the road by the storm.
There is a lot of standing water on many roads in the area
Power cuts reported in Ivychurch and Dengemarsh
Beatrice Cloake from Hythe area reports : Today Angus is battering the coast. We have had little sleep. Plenty of bangs during the night. I wonder which kind of damages there will be!!! Hope my friends are alright!
Wind gust of 97mph reported in English Channel
Vince Winter reports: Been a very rough night in Hornstreet Village. Currently the road is shut to traffic due to power lines down. In Hornstreet power and phone come off poles on the roadside. Police blocking the road at the moment. Happy to say we still have electrics to make a good cup of tea… Keep safe peeps