How Faces On Old Town Carnival Committee

Hastings Old Town Carnival Association held its AGM at the East Hastings Sea Angling Association at 10am on Sunday, 15th November. Despite the time and the inclement weather it was one of the best turnout for many years. Continue reading How Faces On Old Town Carnival Committee

Trolleybus Show 2015

Trolleybus Restoration Group’s 23rd Annual Show


Restoration Group Chairman Ion Castro was there of course taking pictures and explaining the event. For the past 22 out of 23 years the Hastings Trolleybus Restoration Group’s annual show has been on the third Sunday in May and this Continue reading Trolleybus Show 2015

Rye’s Own June 2015

The June issue of Rye’s Own is on sale in all Local Newsagents Now.

Features Include :-

News of Arthur & Jimper

Jempsons Celebrate 80th. Anniversary

Roger Breeds 1941 -2015

Rye Mayor Starts Second Term of Office

Pictures from Rye Sports in the 1960’s

Hastings Carnival Court

Hands Across the Sea at Hythe

The Pier  2016  A Tony May article with lots of pictures

Trikes by the Sea – An Ion Castro Picture Feature

War & Peace Revival at Hythe (Westernhanger) in July – Preview of new Aerial features,

Alice in Wonderland and Peasmarsh : Special feature that will fascinate Lewis Carroll fans

Sky Dive for Pilgrims Hospice

Jimper’s Jottings – Local Country Life personality Jimper Sutton is back after illness

Antique Road Trip at Rye Auction Galleries

Grass Track Cycle Racing at Rye Sports in the 1960’s – New Romney cyclist Mike Ashdown was the local star


Anzak Day report from Richard Holdsworth, our “Rye’s Own”  Correspondent in Australia

Bonfire Auction at The Mermaid Breaks all Records

Spice of Rye Life

E. F. Benson – Freeman of Rye

The Tony May Pages – Packed with  interesting people

“Greenman of the Year” Tony May takes a unique look at Jack in the Green

Book Preview “Coastlines – The Story of Our Shore by Patrick Barkham.

Turret Clock Movement at Hole Park, Rolvenden and connections with Rye

Local Soccer Team are National Champions

The Ever Popular “Bernard’s Problem Page”


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Hastings Week Awards The Bowskill trophy

By Ion Castro

The Bowskill Trophy is presented annually in memory of Cyril Bowskill who, with his wife Joan was a great supporter of Hastings Week, from majority vote based on public nominations it is awarded to the person, group or organisation who has done most to promote the prestige of the week. Continue reading Hastings Week Awards The Bowskill trophy

Rye,Hythe & Romney Runners Well Represented in 30th. Hastings’ Half Marathon

23rd March saw Hastings’ 30th Half Marathon and nearly three and a half thousand finishers. Ion Castro was there with his camera. Ion would have brought Happy Harold, Hastings’ own 1928 former trolleybus to enhance the spectacle and provide a viewing platform but unfortunately the extensive repairs to his engine (the ‘bus, not Ion) are taking longer that had been hoped for and HH remained in the depot. Continue reading Rye,Hythe & Romney Runners Well Represented in 30th. Hastings’ Half Marathon

Hastings puts the ‘Flash’ in ‘Flashmob’

Ion Castro (with his clothes on) was there in the interests of art – well, someone’s got to do it

According to Wickipedia, that well-known internetbased fount of usually-correct information a flashmob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression. Flashmobs are organized via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails. Continue reading Hastings puts the ‘Flash’ in ‘Flashmob’

Ron’s Gone

A personal tribute by Ion Castro to Ron Fellows, a friend, colleague and contributor to ‘Hastings Town’.

Ron Passed away in St.Michael’s Hospice on 15th July 2011 after a short illness and his funeral took place at Hastings Cemetery on 28th July. Continue reading Ron’s Gone

Flashback To 1964

When The Mods Invaded Hastings

By Jim Hollands It was the year of the fashion rebellion. Topless swimsuits and dresses were being displayed in public, Carnaby Street was the centre of Universe, and two youth movements – Mods and Rockers- made up principally of young, mainly working class Britons with cash to spend, were making the headlines. Continue reading Flashback To 1964