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Hard Work Updating Rye’s Own Website

Well done to our volunteer website manager, Dace Homa, who finds enough time in her busy life to put post after post from back issues of Rye’s Own, Hastings Town and Cinque Ports magazines and archives into the Rye’s Own Website.

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2017 War and Peace Revival will not be held at Folkestone Racecourse

A Return to the Hopfields

It seems the imminent house building plan that Shepway has for the area has driven the War & Peace Revival away from the area and back to Whitbreads Hopfields Showgrounds at Beltring.

The show, which was immensely popular for the past four years at Folkestone Racecourse and responsible for attracting a huge amount of trade to the area from all over the country and the continent, is to be staged at Pembury in 1917 and beyond.

A long term contract has been signed which will see the show at Beltring for at least the next four years Continue reading 2017 War and Peace Revival will not be held at Folkestone Racecourse

Rye Christmas Festival Film Part One

Was this the Best Christmas Festival in the Whole Country?

There are not enough superlatives available to justly describe the remarkable event ‘Days of Old’ or the special people that produced and brought this amazing spectacle to the streets of Rye.

Yes! We know that Rye is a natural background for an event of this kind but importantly, it is Continue reading Rye Christmas Festival Film Part One

Read About the New Aldington Memorial in Cinque Ports

At Last – Aldington Gets a Memorial


Cinque Ports magazine is packed with stories, events and nostalgia from the Cinque Ports and adjoining areas. The latest issue features the Opening of the fine new War Memorial at Aldington, telling the story of how it came about and recording the event with many pictures.

Cinque Ports August Cover
Cinque Ports August Cover

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Film – Aldington War Memorial Dedication

Aldington Memorial and Memorial Gardens.

Many years ago David Hughes was asked be a lady visitor carrying a
bunch of flowers, where Aldington Memorial was? I had to tell her
“We have no memorial” he told me. The lady was looking for her son’s
name so David took her to Aldington Church where there were some names
recorded of the fallen from two wars. “She burst into tears when she
discovered that her sons name was not among those listed.”.
He first discussed the idea of a War Memorial for Aldington with Bill
Deeds the famous politician and journalist in 1980. He learned that
many names of the fallen were not listed in churches if they had not
been church goers. Continue reading Film – Aldington War Memorial Dedication

St Rumbold’s Raft Race

Bonnington Spectacular

The Biannual Raft Race on Sunday 19 June featured colour, design and ingenuity in abundance. There were rafts of all shapes and sizes and the majority of  rafters came in fancy dress.

This film depicts events leading up to the start of the first race and features many local people.

There will be many pictures from the races in the next Issue, Number Ten, of “Cinque Ports”. Copies will be available from your local newsagent from Monday 27 June 2016

Film from the “Rye’s Own” Film Archive released on Monday 20 June 2016

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