50 Years Ago HM The Queen and Prince Philip Visited Rye

28 October 1966

50 Years ago, on October 28th 1966 an event of almost unprecedented importance happened in the Ancient Cinque Port Town of Rye—Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, paid an official visit to the ancient borough.On Bannisters Corner

At noon on that historic day the people of Rye, stood at the memorial in the churchyard and watched the Queen talking and smiling happily with John Button and Alderman Hacking,  it was as though there was a contact between that radiant person and everyone around her. This was our Queen. not a picture on a stamp or a profile on a coin, but a real and wonderful person—here in Rye. Continue reading 50 Years Ago HM The Queen and Prince Philip Visited Rye

New Year Cycle Race

Good Start to New Year by Local Racing Cyclists

Bronwen Ewing - Leading Lady
Hastings rider Bronwen Ewing – Trainsharp Racing Team  was the Fastest Lady

Rye Wheelers were out in numbers at Bethersden on New Year’s Day to ride in and support the Southborough Wheelers Open 10 Mile Time Trial.

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Out with the Wheelers

The Rye & District Wheelers have featured in so many issues of “Rye’s Own” over the past 50 years. Mike Ashdown, who still rides with the Club today, was featured in that very first issue, winning the Wheelers 25 Mile Championship for the second year running. These days you are more likely to see him or his brother Jon, out on a club run with Steve Blattman than racing it out in time trials or on the track where he made such a name for himself and the Wheelers in the 1960’s. Continue reading Out with the Wheelers

Carnival Appeal Film – 1965


Will Rye Sports and Rye Carnival Live Again

In 1965 Rye Sports Day was a popular local event, attracting athletes from all over the country. But Television was gaining a hold and first class athletics from the White City was showing athletes of International stature. Spectator support was dropping and the difference from 1950, when about 4,000 people turned up at the Cricket Salts to watch the athletic and cycle races to the mid sixties, when Continue reading Carnival Appeal Film – 1965

Mark Zuckerberg is Giving me $500,000 Compensation!

It Started with a Friend Request

Had a Friend Request today from John Glen Henderson – Said ok as he looked oldish and respectable.  On his Facebook page it said he came from Menlo and I have been there it’s in Silicon Valley California.

Then he messaged me :-

hello..how you doing today???

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Menlo, one of the few places in America I have stayed, Mountain ?. Nice to meet you John. Continue reading Mark Zuckerberg is Giving me $500,000 Compensation!

Avro Vulcan’s Final Flight – Sunday 11 October

Last Chance to See this Iconic Aircraft.

by Jim Hollands.

I first came into close contact with a Vulcan Bomber when I was doing my National Service at RAF Andover in 1958. It did a low fly past over the airfield where a special afternoon was arranged to celebrate Battle of Britain Day. I remember being impressed by it’s power as the pilot turned up the throttles and powered it into an almost vertical climb. The noise was unbelievable.

I did not see that manoeuvre again until 55 years later when  Vulcan bomber, XH558, the last remaining aircraft of its type still flying, came to Rye and did an amazing display cumulating in that same power climb into the sky over Leasam that I had witness all those years before at Andover. Continue reading Avro Vulcan’s Final Flight – Sunday 11 October

Cycle / Footway Open – Now we Must Move on

With the completion, at long last, of the cycle / Footway linking Rye & Rye Harbour we must move on and get the cycle route around Rye under construction.

This route would circumnavigate the town, linking the existing Cycle / Footways from Lydd to Rye, Cadbrough to Winchelsea and the new Rye Harbour route. Continue reading Cycle / Footway Open – Now we Must Move on