Bonfire Magic

It’s that time of year again. The Bonfire Boys Flag flies over The Landgate and preparations are being made for the annual invasion of the streets of Rye by pirates, witches, Kings and Queens, skeletons, wenches, Cavaliers and Roundheads. Continue reading Bonfire Magic

Malcolm Saville

By Mick McGarry

This book might be described as the consummation of a love affair. I cannot remember when I first came to Rye, and have lost count of how many times I have returned. Now that I live in her sister ‘Ancient Towne’ Of Winchelsea it is as if I have never left this corner of Sussex where history has been fashioned, and which means so much to those who have discovered it. Continue reading Malcolm Saville

Antique or just old?

By Arthur Woodgate

Writing about outside of Rye’s defence wall, it came to me that some of the property inside was not as antique as we might think. Yes there are footings all over where we can see buildings. Continue reading Antique or just old?



Christmas Entertainment Pantomine from Theatrebox Drama Students of Rye

By Amber Carroll

What a wonderful afternoon at the first performance from the Rye students of TheatreBox. The students delivered a magnificent showing to a small but true panto style participating audience.

From the first act to the final bow, the performers were confident, funny and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The play was written especially by Artistic Director, Ciaran Bird to introduce and share the students’ “work in progress”, creation of character, teamwork and their commitment to the classes. The costumes and make up were exquisite and the students theatrically entered into the spirit delighting the audience, particular comedy was delivered by the wicked stepmother (Richard) and Buttons (Jasmine).

Invitation to the Ball
Invitation to the Ball

As mentioned in my previous piece introducing Theatrebox Drama School in December, for many of the students it was a new experience, not only performing to an audience but holding a speaking part.

During the interval, there was an added twist of an Australian Raffle and “armies” of Reindeer and Snowmen Cup Cakes (provided by The Cup Cake Cafe, Hastings)…….yum…..what more could one want on a cold winters Sunday afternoon.

Ciaran Bird and Rachel Kimber commented that they were extremely proud of the students and are looking forward to further opportunities in the New Year.

Visit the website to see the fab photographs which really captured the performances, taken by Sammi Drew , Drayton Studios.

Cinderella and Buttons
Cinderella and Buttons

The new term starts on Sunday 15th January 2012 and Theatrebox are offering a free class to all (ages 7-17) on that day at Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill in the upper hall from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Why not go along and see for yourselves how fun and rewarding it is.

They are also holding a free class at their Hastings class on Friday 13th January 2012.

Finally, Theatrebox are commencing LAMDA speech and drama examination tuition from January 2012 and Senior Classes (14-17 years) for students who are currently studying GCSE drama at School/College, to assist for the preparation for audition pieces and/or agent auditions.

Further information on classes, prices and venues can be seen on the website – or telephone: 0774 3754332

The Cast and production Team
The Cast and production Team

From the January 2012 Issue of Rye’s Own

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A Victorian Christmas in Rye

What was a Dickens Christmas?


Victorian Christmas in Rye
Victorian Christmas in Rye


In modern times, with all the comforts that the post war world has ushered in, it is, perhaps, hard to imagine the days which Dickens has so vividly recorded for us when the workhouse and the beggar were part of the daily scene and the world was, as Disraeli remarked, for the few – the very few. Although with the advance of the welfare state the character of Christmas has changed and its true meaning has been lost amidst the onslaught of commercialism, it still remains a season of goodwill and a time when hearts are strangely touched by the magic of the occasion. Continue reading A Victorian Christmas in Rye

Lovejoy’s are Back in Business Again

In the early hours of July 17th 2006 fire broke out and destroyed the burgeoning young business of Lovejoy’s, in Market Road, Rye. A devastating blow for proprietors Barbara and Keith Lovejoy, after just two and a half years of trading. Continue reading Lovejoy’s are Back in Business Again

Pen & Ink

Dear Editor.

The Trefoil Guide Ladies are busy with their plans and preparations for their forthcoming Flower Festival “Celebration of Scouting” which will take place on Saturday and Sunday 22 & 23 April at the Community Centre, Conduit Hill, Rye. Continue reading Pen & Ink

Rye News In Brief

Coffee Morning To Raise Cash For Museum

A Coffee morning will be held in the Castle Museum’s East Street section on Saturday 19th November, from 10.30 to 12.00. There will be delicious home made cakes with coffee or tea. All are welcome. Continue reading Rye News In Brief

Rye in Bloom

                 RYE IN BLOOM IN BLOOM PLANS FOR 2005

Plans for Rye in Bloom 2005 activities are already underway.

This year’s Rye in Bloom competition will be judged between 29th June and 5th July by a panel of 8 judges who will, individually, visit all the entries during the allotted week. They will mark each display on its impact, colour, suitability, qua lit y and maintenance, particularly taking note of the year round interest in the resi dential front gardens. The idea for a panel of judges was suggested by one of last year’s entries and will give a very fair overall picture. Continue reading Rye in Bloom