Salvaging the Costa Concordia

Salvaging the Costa Concordia

The Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia capsized and sank after striking an underwater obstruction off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, on 13 January 2012, with the loss of 32 lives. The ship, carrying 4,252 people, double the number carried by Continue reading Salvaging the Costa Concordia

Suffering As Ship Remeins Under Arrest

A vessel that arrived at Rye Wharf in early January from a Cornish quarry with a cargo of road-stone found itself arrested by the Admiralty Marshall leaving the crew destitute. The M.V. Continue reading Suffering As Ship Remeins Under Arrest

Rob’s Graduation

Sylvia Hewitt Nee’ Sperring from Oragon USA who went to school in Rye and still has many friends here was a proud lady when her Grandson Rob Neal was accepted into the US Air Force Academy by no less a person than President Obama recently – Sylvia writes . Continue reading Rob’s Graduation

Shaky Isles

Ryer John Wallbank, who emigrated to New Zealand many years ago has
kept in close touch with the home of his birth and has contributed
several articles to “Rye’s Own” since the Millennium. We asked him
to give us a story on the Earthquake at Christchurch. Continue reading Shaky Isles

A Letter to the Editor


Waiting for the Penny to Drop


Dear Editor
“Good news is that I truly outdid myself this year with my Christmas┬ádecorations. The bad news is that I had to take him down after 2┬ádays. I had more people come screaming up to my house than ever. Great┬ástories. But two things made me take it down. Continue reading A Letter to the Editor

When Granville was Young

Everyone in town knows 74 year old Town Councillor Granville Bantick. Many follow his column in Rye Observer and his exploits in cycle races as part of the Rye Wheelers racing team. But what about when he was a young man? Continue reading When Granville was Young

Rye Travel Agent Top Australian Award

Southern Cross Travel are delighted to announce that Penny Bones, Their own ‘in-house’ Premier Aussie Specialist, has just been voted ‘Aussie Specialist of the Year 2008’ by Tourism Australia. Continue reading Rye Travel Agent Top Australian Award

Christmas Arrived Early This Year

By John Wallbank

I certainly hope that on the evening of the 23rd of December, a lot of Ryers ears were burning! There I was at my place of work here in Wellington, New Zealand, when my wife rang to tell me that one of my old Rye former footballing buddies from way back had been on the phone to her and wanted to meet up with me. Continue reading Christmas Arrived Early This Year

Town Crier October 2004

Festival Triumph

What a wonderful Rye Festival. Congratulations to all those involved with this year’s great event. More visitors in the town especially to enjoy what has become one of the best events of its kind in Europe. Sell out events were the order of the day.

There was something for everybody and the children were prominent in the success of many events, especially the Rye Dance Centre show at the Thomas Peacocke where a packed hall was enthralled by the standard of dancing and singing. Continue reading Town Crier October 2004

The Three Jims


by Jim Hollands.

There were three women in America who worked together as nurses over a period of many years. Dixie, Leonora and Josephine went through many ups and downs together but always remained very good friends. Then, over a period of a few short years, in places as far apart as Rye and Los Angeles they all met men called Jim and started new lives with them. Continue reading The Three Jims