A Room with a View

Memories of life in a Rye draper’s shop in the early 1920s

By J C Pulford

The stairs that led up to Florence Sparrow’s bedroom above a Rye draper’s shop also led to the roof. Here, ‘off-duty’ hours were often spent reading, sunbathing Continue reading A Room with a View

Rye Loses a Great Champion

A Tribute to Keith Taylor

By Jim Hollands

As you go through life you meet just a few ‘very special’ people who are more interested in what they put into life rather than what they can get out. Dr. Keith Tayor was such a person. Continue reading Rye Loses a Great Champion

Rye & District Camera Club Report

The club resumes activities on Monday 6th September, meetings are held at Playden WI Hall, at 7-30 pm every fortnight. The first meeting is called the “Chairman’s Meeting”, this is when the Chairman invites members new and old, to show the club what they have done over the summer recess. Continue reading Rye & District Camera Club Report

It’s Carnival Time August 2010

Pictures by Kevin Hall

Fair Trade & Fine Weather Rye College brought colour and rhythm to the town on Saturday 17 July when their annual Carnival, supported by other areas of the community, burst in a blaze of colour, through the streets. Continue reading It’s Carnival Time August 2010


                          Popular Wedding Venue

Its a long time since Rye’s Own carried a wedding on the front page, 1970 if memory serves us correctly. The delightful picture made by the Town Crier leading newly weds Lianne and Dean Mitchell, with baby son Ruben and two lovely bridesmaids from the Town Hall down Lion Street was a picture we could not resist. Continue reading Editorial

The Lion Street School

An open letter to all those interested in, or connected with, the Lion Street Adult Education Centre.

I have been encouraged by a number of people from Rye to make a statement explaining the College’s position over the Lion Street Centre and the current proposals for its future. Continue reading The Lion Street School

Ernest Charles Apps

Ernest Charles Apps


A Rye Character

by R Wylson

Irascible, intelligent, cantankerous, scurrilous, interesting, perverse, opinionated, cultured, argumentative, frugal, irreverent. These are all adjectives used to describe Ernie Apps, who, by universal agreement, was indeed a Rye character. Continue reading Ernest Charles Apps

2004 Rye Festival Line-Up

The Rye Festival was inaugurated thirty-two years ago and has grown since then from a handful of classical and literary events set on two weekends to its present size – fifty events presented during a full fortnight of entertainment. Continue reading 2004 Rye Festival Line-Up

Wedding of the Year

One of the most colourful weddings to be held in Rye for several years took place at St. Mary’s Church on Saturday, 13 April, at 2.30.

Miss Sandra Osborne, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Osborne of “Cheyne”, 37 Udimore Road, was married to Mr. Robin David Paine, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. Paine of 6 Lower Cross Cottages, Udimore. The Vicar of Rye, the Reverend J. E. Williams, officiated. Continue reading Wedding of the Year