They came from all over the World to enjoy an evening together at The Fish Cafe. Some had not seen each other for fifty years. John Barnes, who has lived in California for many years, organised the event which was a resounding success. Plans are already being made for another gathering in a few years time .
By Maud Boreham
He explored the town above the sea, so steeped in it’s antiquity
Filmed it’s narrow winding streets and cursed the cobbles ‘neath his feet
where red roofs tumbled, leaned and lurched and whispered secrets to the church. Continue reading The Tourist
Can you name any of these?
Rye’s Own has become famous over the years for publishing many nostalgic articles and photographs.
New Series for Rye’s Own News
Rye’s Own is packed full with Rye Characters every month. But to give a taste of the variety of characters and personalities hiding round every corner we are doing a regular ongoing feature in RYE OWN NEWS.
Look out Bernard’s about
Number One ………….. Bernard Clark
Bernard Stars in a film from the Rye’s Own Archive. It’s called ‘Bernard’s Nightmare’ but the fact is, the nightmare is for those who watch. Continue reading FAMOUS LIVING CHARACTERS OF RYE
The Sindens : Francis Sinden of North Salts celebrates his Eightieth
Birthday with his Family at the Riverside Restaurant. Continue reading The Sindens
Missing Lucy Cusack found safe and well
Thank you to everyone who shared our appeal for missing Lucy Cusack from London. She was found safe and well yesterday after she was last seen on 5 January in Bexhill.
email [email protected] or call 101 quoting serial 877 of 09/01.”
Horses and riders attacked by dog at Camber
The owner of a dog that attacked horses and riders on the beach at Camber on New Year’s Eve is being sought by police.
On Saturday morning (December 31), around 10.30am, a number of horses were being exercised on the beach when a black-and-white English bull terrier chased and jumped up at two of the animals. It then focused its attention on two other horses, jumping up and trying to bite both horses and riders.
A grey horse was bitten on its right shoulder, resulting in a wound that required hospital treatment.
Police would like to speak to the owner who is described as white, dark-haired, wearing a red coat, yellow scarf, blue jeans and wellingtons. It is thought that he was accompanied by a woman.
Anyone with information about the incident or those involved is asked to report online here quoting serial 426 of 31/12.
Rye’s Own Bulletin Friday 6 January 2017
Five Men Arrested
Reports have been coming in of the arrest of five men in St Leonards on suspicion of murder. Reports claim that a man fell through a utility room ceiling in a block of flats in Charles Road in the early hours of New Year’s Day
A Sussex Police spokesman said:
“The man had apparently fallen from a flat above and despite efforts to resuscitate him was pronounced dead at the scene. Five people from a flat in the building were arrested on suspicion of murder and inquiries into the death were continuing”. Continue reading New Year St Leonards Death Suspected to be Murder
Missing St Leonards man Terry Carpenter has been found safe & well.
The 55-year-old returned to his place of residence on Thursday morning (29 December).
Machine gun recovered from Battle of Britain Spitfire to go on display
A historic machine gun recovered following a plane crash is set to go on display, giving viewers an opportunity to relive the Battle of Britain.
The Browning 303 Spitfire machine gun was acquired by a Hastings resident approximately 50 years ago and has been kept in storage ever since.
Sussex Police became aware of the item after being notified by Historic England – the public body which looks after the country’s historic environment – that it had been advertised for sale in January.
PCSO Daryl Holter, Sussex Police Heritage Crime Officer, worked with Mark Harrison, National Policing and Crime Advisor for Historic England, to recover the gun, and contact was made with the Ministry of Defence.
PCSO Holter said: “The gun was made safe, however during this process it was discovered to have a live round within its breach. The overall condition of the weapon was poor, but this does not detract from the immediate dangers it posed.”
The Royal Air Force has since taken the machine gun and placed it in to the Heritage Centre at RAF High Wycombe, which is where it is intended to be on display to tell its story from the Battle of Britain.
The Spitfire it was attached to was shot down some 76 years ago, but fortunately the pilot ejected prior to impact.
Above: the recovered Browning 303 Spitfire machine gun
PCSO Holter added: “If the public have firearms or ordinance from generations past stored away in the shed or the roof, for example, these items can be incredibly dangerous and pose a real risk to life. We would encourage anyone in this situation to contact the authorities for advice and guidance, and to leave the item in place.
“Firearms or ordinance could well have component parts that make up a firearm, thus breaching the Firearms Act 1968. If unknowingly sold on, they could find their way in to unscrupulous hands.
“The other concern is if heritage assets or objects are sold on, they lose their provenance and that becomes a sad loss to us all. Fortunately, this piece of history will now go on display for all to see, and it means a potentially lethal weapon has been taken off the streets of Sussex.”
Raising awareness around militaria and firearms – and their respective legalities – is vital, especially around the Military Remains Act 1986, the Protected Wrecks Act 1973 and the Theft Act 1968.
Statement from High Wycombe:
The Browning 303 machine gun represents a significant part of the RAF’s Heritage, this weapon system was utilised in many theatres and aircraft variants during World War Two.
This particular incident helps to highlight the personal aspect of warfare by tracing the origin of the machine gun; Spitfire X4237 piloted by Sgt David Cox from 19 Sqn based at RAF Duxford, was shot down on 27 September 1940. Fortunately, Sgt Cox survived the ordeal after bailing out of the stricken aircraft, although receiving wounds which took him out of action for three months. He fought on and was later awarded the DFC with Bar and a Croix de Guerre for his gallant service. He survived the war and left the RAF in March 1946 as a Wing Commander.
Retaining links to the RAF community, through both the Air Training Corps and as an honorary member of the Officers Mess at RAF Binsbrook, at the age of 60 he realised an ambition to fly in a supersonic aircraft when, as part of the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Britain celebrations, he flew in one of the Station’s Lightning trainer aircraft. He died at the age of 84 in 2004.
In this particular case we are delighted to see an artefact of this nature come home so it may be displayed safely. Unfortunately, 96 years after its formation, 19 Sqn was disbanded on 24 November 2011, consequently the gun will be displayed in the Southdown Heritage Centre located at RAF High Wycombe.
Above: Wing Commander David Cox DFC (Bar)