Hugh is Open for Business

Hugh is Down but Not Out

Hugh Sutton’s well loved little shop on the Winchelsea Beach road, was all but demolished by a car that drove into the side and out through the back at 12.30 am on Tuesday morning. Stock and shelving was destroyed and the building itself was left in danger of collapsing altogether.

Hugh, who has worked this shop for as long as most people can remember, was determined not to let his many customers down and immediately set about getting up and running again. Continue reading Hugh is Open for Business

Who Remembers the Great Shops of Rye Number One

J.E. Hollands & Sons Television and Electrical

55 Cinque Ports Street and later 12 Cinque Ports Street 1950’s & 60’s

Rye was a boom town in the 1960’s – There were five television shops competing for business in the rapidly developing Television Era.

The Television Shop at 55 Cinque Ports Street. Drawn from memory by Paul Vincent
The Television Shop at 55 Cinque Ports Street. Drawn from memory by Paul Vincent

The Hollands’ business started at 55 Cinque Ports Street in 1957 and expanded quickly. Taking over Fred Taylor’s Restaurant for the winter of 1960 and then Continue reading Who Remembers the Great Shops of Rye Number One

90% Opposed to Lorry Park

SOS Kent’s Survey Results Taken at Highway England Exhibition / Consultations

Survey highlights public anger over government’s Kent lorry park scheme

A survey about the government’s £250 million scheme to build a 250 acre lorry park in Kent shows huge public anger and opposition to the development.

90 per cent of respondents to a survey carried out by the SOS Kent campaign group declared themselves opposed to the multi-million pound scheme. Volunteers from the campaign captured the views of more than 80 per cent of those attending eight public exhibitions held in East Kent to present information about the development. SOS Kent opposes plans by the government and Highways England to build the lorry park just off the M20 at Stanford. The campaign group is calling for smarter options to resolve traffic problems caused by cross-Channel disruption and rejects the authorities’ claims the lorry park will solve Operation Stack. Continue reading 90% Opposed to Lorry Park

Celebrity Chef John Torode coming to Jempson’s Peasmarsh

John Torode at Peasmarsh

Celebrity Chef John Torode coming to Jempson’s Peasmarsh BBC MasterChef John Torode will be cooking up a storm at family owned independent Jempson’s Peasmarsh on Friday 16th December.

The hugely popular chef will be hosting two ‘Meet the Expert’ cookery demonstration events during the evening at 6pm and 8pm. John is best known as the straight-talking co-host and judge of BBC1’s MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef and Junior MasterChef.

Celebrity Chef John Torode
Celebrity Chef John Torode

Australian by birth, John is credited as one of the main players in introducing Continue reading Celebrity Chef John Torode coming to Jempson’s Peasmarsh

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

Multi-Million Pound Expansion For Skinners Of Rye

ONE OF RYE’S longest-established businesses has recently undergone a major expansion, acquiring new premises on Harbour Road.

Skinners of Rye have been looking after the transport needs of the local and wider community for over 150 years and today, with Managing Director Gary Barlow at the helm, that great tradition is set to continue. Continue reading Multi-Million Pound Expansion For Skinners Of Rye

Amazing Trend in Local EU In or Out Debate

Surprising, Unexpected Trending


A surprising and unexpected trending in the In / Out European Referendum debate has revealed itself on a 2000 member plus local Facebook Group group.

David Charles of The Real March Watch put the question :-

So people how would you vote on Europe yes/no to stay in Europe ?

Continue reading Amazing Trend in Local EU In or Out Debate

Sainsbury – Wholemeal Bread Warning

Full Refund on Suspect Loaves with 19 January Sale By Date

Sainsbury’s are asking customers to return any of their own brand Sliced Wholemeal Bread loaves dated January 19 as they fear some may contain pieces of metal.

The supermarket is recalling its 45p Sainsbury’s Wholemeal Bread Medium Sliced and Thick Sliced loaves. The 800 grm. bread with a sale by date 19 January Continue reading Sainsbury – Wholemeal Bread Warning

No Petrol or Diesel anywhere Cheaper than Jempsons

First Under £1 per litre – Still none cheaper in the Country

Jempsons were the first to sell Petrol for less than £1 – Followed more than two weeks later by Asda & Tesco – They were also first under £1 with Diesel and first to sell diesel for less than petrol.

They are still lowest although Morrison’s and Tesco are now equalling their price there are none that I can find anywhere in the country that are cheaper. In London this morning petrol was selling at £1.04 – As seen on the BBC News.


Rye’s Own Opinion

Stephen and Andrew Jempson have had a lot of criticism  over their new parking charges at the Rye Shop – but the £100,000 a year rates bill from Rother and the number of people that just use the car park as a convenience have forced them to devise a system that allows their customers to park for free and those that do not use the shop to pay. Seems fair enough to me.

A lot of people would like to have seen Tesco or Sainsbury in the town, but it appears that neither wanted to come to Rye, they just wanted stop anyone else using the site and persuade those that visit their stores in Hastings to still drive there. Even if you used Jempson’s cheap petrol to get there and saved 2p. on a bag of sugar or 10p off Polish milk powder it would still work out cheaper to shop in Jempsons or Cost Cutters in Rye, especially if you took time into consideration.

We have shopped at Jempsons for years and have no complaints. Their staff are polite and helpful. They sell “Rye’s Own” and support  a host of other local businesses’ products.

If you do have complaints about Jempsons you can and speak to ‘The Boss’ personally. At what other supermarket would that be possible?

Come on Rye – Lets be fair and give credit where it is due. Stephen and Andrew Jempson are local lads who have devoted their life to their business. They employ many people from Rye and the villages. They support local activities and charities and do their best to give their customers a fair deal. Would the Jempson family business have grown from a small village stores into what it has become today if they did not do that?

“Rye’s Own” Bulletin 18 January 2016

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