Rye’s Own April 1966 Bits

Artisans Dine

A hundred Golfers and guests spent a pleasant evening at the Annual Dinner and Dance of the Rye Artisans Golf Club, which was held at the George Hotel on Friday. The guests included prominent members of the Rye Golf Club.

Artisans Dinner Rye's Own April 1966
Artisans Dinner Rye’s Own April 1966

Rye Artisans at their Annual Dinner at The George Hotel

During the speeches special mention was given by Mr. A. Booth to the ever increasing liaison between the two clubs. Yet another tribute to “Blower Pierce” was made by Mr. D. Vidler which all present enthusiastically responded to. The hotel Manager was thanked for a successful evening. The music for dancing was provided by Tina and Toni and the Master of Ceremonies was Mr. Finch of Hastings.

Carnival for Rye in 1966 ?

A public meeting to be held at the Town Hall at 7.30 pm. on Wednesday, 23 March, will decide the fate of a possible Rye Carnival in 1966.

What a boost to the Town a Carnival would prove, the Carnivals of the past were wonderful affairs but if some of the ideas that are ‘going about’ for the 1966 edition materialise this would be the greatest of the lot.

There has even been mention of a Regatta on the River, support for this would no doubt come from the many boating and yachting organisations that are operational at Rye and Rye Harbour.

The state of the tide on August Bank Holiday Monday, 1966 would allow for a Regatta in the morning, say lasting two hours, starting at ten o’clock, the Sports Festival in the afternoon and a Carnival procession in the evening.

Another idea is to spread the whole thing over the weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, this would allow for even more attractions to be introduced and would make Rye one of the county’s most go ahead towns.

A further idea, which this magazine endorses ‘up to the hilt,’ is to put all proceeds from the events into a fund to build a Community Centre for Rye.

There are no doubt many other ideas on how this great event should be run, a chance to express them is offered on the 23 March.

British Legion over 65’s Dine

A supper for British Legion Pensioners was enjoyed by twenty-two members of long standing at the Legion Headquarters in Eagle Road, at the end of February.

British Legion Over 65's Dine
British Legion Over 65’s Dine

Big Night For Movie Society

Wednesday 23 March will be a big night for the members of the Rye and District Movie Society. On that evening their film, along with the films made by the other East Sussex Clubs, will be judged at the Annual East Sussex Cine Competition, this year to be held at Eastbourne.

Hopes run high for their production, details and title of which are being kept a secret until the day. The Rye Club has won this event on the two previous occasions on which it has been held, no effort has been spared to make this film even better than its two predecessors and gain the coveted trophy for the third year in succession.

To Live in Rye

The wedding took place on the 16 February  between Herr ‘frygve Braatö of Braatöy, Kragero,   Norway, and Miss Jane Anne Boddy of Aberfeldy,  Newton Road, Great Ayton, Middlesbrough.

The bridegroom’s parents, two brothers, an aunt and Miss Solveig Hansen, travelled from Norway for the ceremony and had to commence their journey from their island home to the mainland by crossing the sea ice on a horse drawn sledge. Two life long friends of the bride, Miss Edith Söndenaa and Miss Eva Söndenaa also travelled from Stavanger in Norway to be present.

The bride, who is a weaver and textile designer, was recently awarded the bronze medal of the City and Guilds of London Institute. She not only made her own wedding dress, but also wove the material herself in Kid Mohair, Silk and Linen. A traditional American pattern of “Young Lover’s Knots” was incorporated in the design of the dress.

The bridegroom, who is employed at the Rye Yacht Centre, is the second son of a boat builder on the island of Braatoy near Kragero. Herr Birgo Braatö has won more than three hundred awards for his prowess as a sailor of small boats.

The wedding service was the first to be held in the recently completed Swedish Seamen’s Church in Middlesbrough. The service was conducted by the Reverend C. Landahl.

The couple are making their home in Rye.

Miss Rye’s Own, 1966

Entries are still coming in for our exciting Miss Rye’s Own Competition, details of which appeared in our last two issues. This is the last chance of entering, all entries must be in by the first post on 31 March 1966.

Send a picture, a snap is quite adequate, with your name and address clearly written on the back to

Rye’s Own Office, 6 Cinque Ports Street

Personality in Disguise

Through lack of space we were forced to discontinue our ‘Personality in Disguise’ feature after the February issue. We failed to publish the answer to the February teaser last month. The answer? Donald Deeprose.

Flooded Rivers Keep Anglers Away

Heavy rain during the week prevented the Rye Angling Societies Fourth Winter match being fished on the Rother. The venue had to be changed to the White Kemp which had suddenly changed from the quiet drain we know in the summer, to a swiftly running, slightly coloured river. Unless an eddy could be found, light float fishing had to be forgotten, ledgering was favoured by many competitors that day. A cold easterly wind blew throughout the match and although several fish were taken, sizeable fish were

1st. L.   Peake (8oz. Perch),

2nd—L. Gasson (6oz. hard to find, only three fish were weighed in: 1st— Roach),

3rd—S. Wightwick (5.oz. Roach).

Clive Vale fished their match all day in the five waters. They also recorded low weights.

The following week still found the Rother inaccessible and many anglers had to content themselves with fishing the Upper Brede, but soon it was to become evident that the conditions were against river anglers. Reports from the marsh drain area were far more promising with news of many Carp and Tench being caught. The Woolpack had a “fishy” look about it with the appearance of many fish, especially Rudd rolling on the surface, but these were extremely hard to tempt and only two sizeable Bream were caught by K. Shanks, even so this would have won the Sidcup-Blackfen match which was being fished on this water that day.

At last the end of the month found the rivers fish-able and although the tide on Sunday was not favourable it did help B. Hastilow to capture three sizeable Chub in two hours and sport was brisk until the river stopped running. Many fish were seen breaking the surface of the Craven which was well below summer level, the depth being somewhere in the region of 3-4 feet. In the main stretch, surprisingly enough, Tench were caught, including one fish of 1 lb. 13oz.  by W. Logan



June l9th—Woolpack (Lady Jowett Cup)

July 3rd—Highnock (Toby Woolger Cup)

July 3 lst—Potman’s Heath v Cranbrook A.S. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

August 21st—White Kemp (George Farr Cup)

September 11th—Five Waterings v Clive Vale A.S.  8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 2nd—Rother Trophy at Blackwall Time 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

October 30th—River Brede v Plaistow A.S.

(Plaistow Cup) Time:8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


History plus luxury


Around the Clubs___


On the 28 February, a “Going Up” ceremony took place for the 1st and 3rd Rye Cub Packs, in which the following boys went up into the 1st Rye Scout Troop Richard Silver, Richard Jones, Cohn Shanks, Cohn Holloway, Paul Edwards and Terry Hovenden.

3rd. Rye Baptist Cub Pack
3rd. Rye Baptist Cub Pack

The ceremony was attended by 57 Cubs, 24 Scouts, and Parents. The ceremony was followed by the Cubs and Scouts taking part in games and refreshments were served.

Rye’s new Social Club

On Friday, 18th February, a Social Club was formed for the Cadets of the Rye St. John Ambulance Brigade. The club is open to all Cadet members over the age of 11 years. Meetings are held every Friday night after Cadet classes, recreations include darts, chess, billiards, table tennis and dancing.

A weekly fee of 6d. goes towards Coach Trips, Parties, etc.

Details from R. Irving, Marley Road, Rye.

Hole In One?

Rye Putting League begins its Seventeenth Season next month. Invitation is extended to teams in the district to compete in the Leagues and particulars

may be obtained from the Hon. Secretary, Mr. D. G. Southerden, 47 Cadborough Cliff, Rye.

A maximum of eight teams may compete in each division (of which there are two) and each team has six players. Points are awarded for each match and winning teams of each division receive cups at the end of the season. Matches are arranged between the teams on any evening of the week, the Secretary notifying each team, by a fixture list at the opening of the season, of the week in which each opposing team has to be met.

Awards are also made for the best individual score in a League game, etc and Knock-out Competitions are arranged.

The Putting Green provides an attraction to the visitors to the town, but the inhabitants of Rye can enjoy the competitive spirit of their game by playing for one of the teams in the League.

Colour Competition

A few members attended the Colour Slide Inter-Club Competition between the Rye and Bexhill Photographic Clubs, held at Bexhill on February 17th. W. E. Ginger, A.R.P.S. judged the 72 slides entered. At the next meeting of the Rye Club on the 21st February, members were able to view the slides and hear a tape recording of the judge’s comments, they learnt that Bexhill had won by 21 marks, the final score being Bexhihl 479, Rye 458.

Rye & District Camera Club       Forthcoming Events

April 3rd—Sussex Photographic Convention at Hastings. Details later.

April 4th—Kodak Lecture—”Available Light Photography.”

April 18th—Members’ Meeting—Open Floor— Quiz.

Special Announcement

On Monday, March 21st, Kevin McDonald, the famous Theatre and Fashion Photographer will be the guest of the Rye Camera Club at the Further Education Centre. Mr. McDonald will be giving a talk entitled “Putting Punch into your Pictures,” the Camera Club extend an invitation to anyone in the town who may be interestetd. The meeting starts at 7.30 p.m.

What is it?

The Pump

Last month’s lucky winner, drawn from the correct solutions is

M. F. Fagan, 71 Marley Road, Rye The Correct answer was

The Sun-Dial on the Town Hall

Send your answers to this month’s puzzle on a Post Card please, marked “What is it ?“ Add your own name and address, to arrive not later than 5 April, 1966.  A record token will be awarded to the winner.


Off to Tunbridge Wells

Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Goymer, joint managers of the George Hotel for the past six years, left Rye at the beginning of March for Tunbridge Wells, where they are taking over the management of the Wellington Hotel. Rye’s Own wishes them luck in their new venture.



Rye Through Literature — No.5

“November 22nd, 1773. I set out for Sussex and found abundance of people willing to hear the good word, at Rye, in particular. And they do many things gladly, but they will not part with the accursed thing—smuggling; so I fear with regard to these, our labour will be in vain.

January 20th, 1778. Thence we went to Rye, where the house was sufficiently crowded as usual. How large a society would be here, could we but spare them in one thing! (smuggling). Nay, but then all our labour would be in vain. One sin allowed would intercept the whole blessing.”

Extracts from John Wesley’s “Journal”

Spring Fashion

Spring FashionSpringtime is fashion time, Rose Anne, the well known Rye Boutique presented a parade of Spring and Summer wear at the George Hotel on 15 March.

Eight gorgeous models displayed the very latest creations, including some “sharp gear” for swinging chicks and kooky birds, but the super abundance of items shown were of a more sophisticated frankly feminine style.

Spring Fashion 2Colours this season are glorious reds and yellows set off by lots and lots of white. Navy and white outfits are very popular too in the flattering, elegant and endlessly wearable clothes that found so much favour with the nearly two hundred strong audience that crowded into the well known Rye Hotel for this special occasion.

Hats were abundant, Aage Thaarup’s ‘budget’ and ‘model’ creations stole the show in the head wear stakes, the Queen’s milliner has certainly excelled himself, there can be no excuse for going without an Easter Bonnet this year, there is something to suit everyone.

There was a gasp of admiration for a chiffon dress in the deepest of pinks worn under a subtlety blending coat, the outfit was completed with an impetuous little petal hat of the same colour.

For the first time ever at a Rye fashion show, male models made an appearance, they were extremely smart and escorted the girls with gay abandon!

This season the majority of designs are of a pretty adult look, and hats come into high fashion once more, just in time for Easter.

Elegant evening dresses, suitable for Glyndebourne also created lots of interest, but the show was stolen by a magnificent wedding gown in mimosa satin brocade delightfully modelled by Miss Sims-Hilditch. This set the seal on a fine show that bubbled over with a feeling of Easter and Spring.

The proceeds of the show, which was opened by Mrs. Robinson, M.B.E., go to the National Lifeboat Institution.

Animal Lovers’ Diary

The popularity of the cat as a household pet cannot be denied. It is both useful and companionable. The Egyptians adored the cat and built temples in its honour. It is more than likely that there are more homes in Britain today with a cat than without. As a kitten it is an adorable playful pet and as it matures it becomes a constant, faithful companion.

When choosing a cat it is imperative from the start to decide whether it is wished to have a pedigree or just an ordinary cat. If the owner wishes to become a breeder then, of course, the obvious choice is a pedigree. The most popular pedigree breeds are Siamese and Blue Persian which are not cheap but it is better in the long run to buy a good kitten for a good price from a reputable breeder than try to obtain one cheaply.

To breed cats for show is time absorbing and time well spent. The love and care needed for grooming and show preparations takes patience. Careful combing will remove dead hair and open the coat, but rough treatment will remove as much good hair as bad, and when brushing always brush the hair in the opposite way so that you can get down to the roots. Bathing is not recommended as this can lead to a chill and possible death.

If you decided to keep a cat, as a household pet, which perhaps most of us do it should be realised that the male if un-neutered is usually a nuisance to the neighbours, often aggressive and sometimes leaves the home for weeks on end and thus destroying the companionship for which they were originally intended. Recently the neutering of females has become more common and although the operation entails more, it is perfectly safe.

To keep a cat in good condition it is essential that a good diet is maintained. First and foremost it should be a good balanced diet and not overfed. Little titbits fed to a cat at all irregular hours is bad for the animal and can lead to obesity and shorten its life span.  A feeding routine is essential, twice a day—first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. A cat will soon get into a regular routine and await meals at the right time and be in the right place on time. Never leave food lying about. Let the cat or kitten eat all it wants and then clear away any remains. It is better to use a dish slightly deeper than a saucer and in these modern days of plastic there are several types on the market.

Undoubtedly the cat is a hardy creature and rarely suffers fatal illnesses. Of course, if a cat is really ill, a veterinary surgeon should be called at once. Care should be taken when feeding poultry or fish to see that all bones are removed.

As cats spend a considerable time each day washing their coats, a certain amount of hair is swallowed and causes a hair ball which can be of an enormous size and hardness, and to combat this an occasional dose of liquid paraffin will ensure that a hard ball will not form.

The cat is a sophisticated and majestic animal and will soon learn the ways of its household, well fed and loved will be a constant companion and keep the lonely from being lonely.

From the April 1966 Issue of “Rye’s Own”

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