This idyllic scene at Rye Bowls Club epitomises the fantastic summer enjoyed this year.
All time record temperatures and almost wall to wall sunshine through June, July and August have brought visitors pouring into Rye and the surrounding beaches.
Shops report good business and the Hotel and Guest House industry has seen the best summer trade for several years.
There have been some moans, of course, including complaints about the seagull population. There is even talk of culling. The problem could be solved so easily. First all waste bins in the town should be ‘gull proof’, second black bin liners should be made much tougher to stop gulls getting into them and third all feeding of gulls needs to be stoped. These three measures would drive the gulls away. “No food – no gulls” as Jimper said, its as simple as that.
Rye Bowls Club also has a legitimate grouse, they need to have parking spaces, at a reasonable price for visiting club members. John Izod is championing them in a battle with the council to provide an area on the Fair Salts for their use on match days. Well done John, any true Rye Sporting activity should get support and encouragement from its own council.
Rye is lucky to have so many sporting clubs. Soccer, Rugby, Cricket, Cycling, Tennis and soon perhaps a Swimming Club. These facilities, and organisations like the Sea Cadets and Scouts etc. are a necessity, allowing young and old to come together and support Rye in all weathers.
“Rye’s Own”September 2003
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