Pen & Ink

Dear Editor,

On Saturday the 13th August My son and his family came to visit me in Main Street Beckley, during the afternoon my son took his children to the Jubilee playing fields in Main Street Beckley, he laid his rather large bunch of keys down next to the swings whilst he played with the children. There was no one else in the playing fields at the time. When he got back to the house he realised that he had not picked the keys up. He went straight back to the playing fields but the keys had gone. We are prepared to offer a small reward for the safe return of these keys. If you should hear of anyone having found these keys, please could you put me in touch with them. Telephone either 01797 253344 or 01797 260886.

Ms Jones

Dear Editor

Could you start a subscription for me. Due to problems with my leg I am now housebound. Doesn’t time fly, I had a subscription in 1966/67 when I was in the Army stationed in Germany.

The articles are very good, together with the photos and drawings. I found the piece on H.M.S. Rye and her part in the Malta Story especially interesting. I have read “Forgotten Voices of World War Two” and there was a mention of HMS Rye told by a sailor on one of the other ships.

Its nice to the occasional mention of my Uncle Bill (Blower) Pierce. Nice to send to my son and grandchildren who live in Stoke on Trent so that they can know something of their roots. It is good that they can see we have Potteries in Rye, no so big as in their ‘Potteries’, but excellent pots have been produced down here.

Gordon Pierce                                                        Broad Oak

Dear Editor,

I was shocked to receive an e-mail today with regard to assault on the cleaner at the toilets at Rye Station Approach. You can be assured that Cllr Souster and I will do what we can to alleviate this problem. I shall personally be speaking to the police. It occurs to me that in the longer term there has to be CCTV surveillance at this spot to back up the police presence, as most of the trouble in Rye appears to be in this area with the nearby bus shelter also being vandalised. Please pass on our sympathy to the cleaner who was attacked and assure him that we will do what we can to see that at the very least the police are watchful at locking up time to protect him in future. Sadly at the moment many members of the police force have been taken away from Sussex to bolster the Met in London during this time of terrorist crisis. Community Support Officers are having to take the strain.

District Councillor Granville Bantick.

“Rye’s Own” September 2005

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