Road Closed at East Guldeford for Seven Hours

Police seek witnesses to crash involving a van and a lorry on the A259 near Rye

The A259 road on the Kent-Sussex border at East Guldeford, near Rye, was closed in both directions for almost seven hours on Wednesday (26 October).

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It followed a crash involving a van and a lorry. Traffic diversions were set up via Camber and Lydd. Continue reading Road Closed at East Guldeford for Seven Hours

Cinque Ports Nonsense

By Jim Hollands

“What is all this Cinque Ports nonsense” I was asked by an old ‘Cockney’ gentleman the other day.

“Not half as complicated as the origins of the old ‘cockney’ tradition of sewing hundreds of buttons on jackets, trousers and hats.” was all I could think of as a reply.

Continue reading Cinque Ports Nonsense

Memories of a Great Actor

By Jim Hollands

When the film “Dunkirk” came to local cinemas’ in 1959 every seat was taken for every performance.

John Mills and Richard Attenborough starred in the War epic, but it was not just these two famous stars they had gone to see.

People from Lydd, New Romney, Hythe and Rye had gone to catch a glimpse of themselves! Continue reading Memories of a Great Actor


                Reproduced from “Gentle Breezes”

Kent and Sussex were hot beds of smuggling for centuries, and to judge by reports, still are. Originally, wool was smuggled out to France, rather than other goods coming in. The reason was that we produced high quality wool, but had not the means of processing it. The French and Dutch did. In 1622, it was made a hanging offence to smuggle out wool. The government then imported French and Dutch weavers and other trades to process the wool. That is why we have many large houses of Dutch style in our area. Many parishes have their Cloth Halls, The Weavers, and so on. Continue reading Smuggling

Wheelers Visit Bosun’s for a Bite

It’s good to see young people starting their own businesses despite the prevailing financial problems we see around us.

One such lady is Noonie Woodhouse, who has just started out with the Bosun’s Bite Cafe’ at Rye Harbour. The Rye Wheelers ‘gentle run’ dropped in on Remembrance Sunday after a round trip from Rye to Rye Harbour via Appledore, Lydd and Camber.

The run to Rye Harbour had a reason other than tasting the excellent refreshments provided at the Bosun’s. They were taking a look at the cycle / footpath that they were involved in forcing East Sussex County Council to build. They noted that the final section was still to be completed. Report to follow next month.

100k. Fun Run from Rye 2011

The Sun Shone on 118 Cyclists

On a beautiful autumn day (16 Oct) no less than 118 riders set off from the Rye Club on the Rotary Club’s 5th. Annual Fun Run.

Riders set off in groups to Town Crier Rex Swaine’s now famous line – “When I Ring my Bell – Go like Hell”.

The bell rang and off they went, to Camber, Lydd, Dymchurch, Hythe, Old Romney, Brookland, Appledore, Appledore Heath and then back to Rye via the Continue reading 100k. Fun Run from Rye 2011

Down Rye Way

Ron Davies, a very popular character at Rye Auction Galleries, has had quite a past.

He was a Lance Sergeant in the 1st. Battalion of the Grenadier Guards and served the Regiment for 15 years. Continue reading Down Rye Way

The Raft Race is Back

      Orgasmatronics Win 2004 Raft Race

Rye Bonfire Boys and Rye Lions brought back the Raft Race after a years absence. Entries were low, only three rafts competed on the revised course, but great fun was had by those that took part and the spectators who urged them on. Continue reading The Raft Race is Back

Sprocket Page

Wheelers New Tuesday Runs are a Success

Up to eight riders have been getting out regularly every Tuesday to enjoy a sociable run with Rye’s Cycling Club. Places visited have included Pett, Appledore, Lydd, Stone and Brenzett, all short rides at speeds within anyone’s capabilities. More riders can be accommodated. Anyone who wants to join the group, old or young alike, can just turn up at the Riverhaven Hotel Car Park any Tuesday at 1 pm. There are no formalities and the group will ride at the speed of the slowest rider. Continue reading Sprocket Page