Rye College Students at the Mayor’s Christmas Evening

Guests at the Mayor of Rye, Councillor Berni Fiddimore’s Christmas Invitation Evening, enjoyed a splendid evening of entertainment at the Town Hall on Friday 11 December. Continue reading Rye College Students at the Mayor’s Christmas Evening

Letters From Keith

By Tony May

If you’ve read a good many of my articles here you will know that for some considerable time now it has been a burning desire of mine to secure an interview with one of Hastings most interesting and knowledgeable people, Keith Tooke… Continue reading Letters From Keith

Cheeky Cheeky

We have lots more requests for pictures of the Cheeky Girls, So here we are from our files.

Pictures from the “Rye’s Own” File.

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By Jim Hollands

To those readers who were at the 2010 Hastings Beer Festival and witnessed the amazing performance of the Queen classic “We are the Champions” – which got the 5000 fans there singing and screaming in delight – will need no reminding that Tim Phillips’ Rockitmen are the most popular cover band in the south east. Continue reading Rockitmen

John Miller Orchestra

Rye Town Band 1957

Robert Cutting (front row far right) as a Rye Town Bandsman
Robert Cutting (front row far right) as a Rye Town Bandsman

Back in the 1950’s on Tilling Green Estate, Rye the quiet summer evening was often shattered by the piercing sound of a trumpet as 13 year old Robert Cutting practised his scales. Robert was a very young member of Rye Town Band, along with his father, … who had introduced him to music at a very young age. None of those that heard the teenager practising in those far off times would have had any idea that his name would, one day, be connected to that of the legendary Glenn Miller. Continue reading John Miller Orchestra

Rye Town Band 1938


Rye had a fine brass band for many years. Alas it is no more. This photograph was taken shortly before the Second War, in 1938, and was loaned to us by Sylvia Cutting whose Dad Bill can be seen third from the left in the top row. Continue reading Rye Town Band 1938

Music Boxes

By Stephen T. P. Kember

Almost without exception, everybody who visits my shop in Rye, smiles when they hear a musical box play. Why do people find them so interesting? Maybe the mood or feeling of an earlier era is recreated. Continue reading Music Boxes

Lions Blow Their Horns

Lions Blow Their Horns Rye and District Lions were delighted to once again fill Beckley Village Hall with some 110 members of the public for their Burns Night Brass Band Concert for the seventh year running. Continue reading Lions Blow Their Horns