RYE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 2018

MAYOR’S OVERVIEW OF THE YEAR

Rye Town meeting took place at the Tilling Green Community Centre on Wednesday 4 April 2018. The Mayor of Rye, Councillor Jonathan Breeds gave his annual address to a meeting of around 150 Rye residents. We print it here in full for the benefit of those that were unable to attend. Report and comment will appear in the May Issue of Rye’s Own.

Community assets

I am pleased to report that we successfully completed the purchase
of 97 South Undercliff for the purpose of letting it to a Rye household
at a discounted rent.


We have only recently advertised a tenancy at a discounted rent because
we needed to be certain that our Discounted Accommodation scheme does
not contravene equalities legislation. Those of you who took part
in the consultation that gave the Council a mandate to obtain a loan
to buy a property may recall that the intention was to let it to a Continue reading RYE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 2018

Amber at Rye Festival of the Sea

Home Secretary Takes a Break from the Action and Relaxes at Rye’s Festival of the Seas

By Jim Hollands

The thousands that attended Rye on Saturday 22 July to enjoy the excitement of the Raft Race and enjoy the music, stalls and entertainment at the Strand were delighted to see Rye & Hastings Member of Parliament, Amber Rudd The Home Secretary,  in attendance and presenting the prizes.

 

Amber with Skinners Raft Race Winners

The Home Secretary obviously enjoyed her outing to Rye and spoke excitedly about the Raft Race when presenting the winning team, Skinners of Rye, with the trophy.

Amber is very popular in both Rye & Hastings, a fact I have noticed since I first met her in Hastings just after she had become the prospective Conservative candidate to fight the Rye & Hastings Constituency.  The number of people she knows by name in both towns is amazing and her ability to keep in touch with what is going on in the constituency, in spite of her enormous national work load, underlines her dedication .

Rye Hastings MP Amber Rudd

As Home Secretary, Amber has responsibilities for the internal affairs of England & Wales,  for immigration and citizenship for the United Kingdom, policing in England & Wales. Our MP is also deeply involved with matters of national security, as  MI5, is directly accountable to the Home Secretary.

Despite all this weight and responsibility on her shoulders, Amber Rudd is still a highly active constituency MP.

 

 

Great Job Berni

New Mayor of Rye, Jon Breeds has Hard Act to Follow

By Jim Hollands

There have been many good people who have held the unique position of Mayor of Rye within my memory.

I knew many of them personally. In the old days of the Borough Council it was a very powerful position and great Mayors of the calibre of Alfred Horner, Phil Ellis and John Hacking made great improvements that enhanced the amazing town that we and our visitors love

Since 1973, when Rother District Council took over the town and most of the assets, the position of Mayor of Rye became more of a ceremonial position. Rye Town Council lost all it’s powers to Rother. True they have an ‘advisory’ job, but in practice this has meant approval of porches, conservatories and other small building proposals are rubber stamped by Rother but big projects like the new builds of Valley Park, which were vehemently opposed by Rye Town Council, were forced through by Rother. Continue reading Great Job Berni

Rye College Students at the Mayor’s Christmas Evening

Guests at the Mayor of Rye, Councillor Berni Fiddimore’s Christmas Invitation Evening, enjoyed a splendid evening of entertainment at the Town Hall on Friday 11 December. Continue reading Rye College Students at the Mayor’s Christmas Evening

Beating the Bounds of Rye 1982

The Boundaries of Rye

Beating the bounds is an ancient custom which has been observed in Rye on occasion over the years. The custom started in times when there were few maps. Sometimes the events were known as  name Gangdays, and participants would be  going a-ganging. Records of Gangdays date prior to the Norman Conquest.

Rye follows the traditional pattern of  old and young members of the community walking the the boundaries of the parish. Continue reading Beating the Bounds of Rye 1982

Time has Come to Protect Rye from Rother

The Rother Wreckers

They knocked down headstones in Rye Cemetery – They knocked down the Chapel in the Cemetery and turned it into an ‘Historic Relic’.

Rother have let the famous cobble streets of Rye fall into an abysmal state of repair and the Landgate is in such need of restoration due to their negligence over the years that it will soon be in a state of collapse. Continue reading Time has Come to Protect Rye from Rother

Cycle / Footpath Finished Today

Graham’s Way will be Officially Opened Next Tuesday

“Rye’s Own” Reports :-

It is almost eleven years since Graham Matthews was knocked off his bike on Rye Harbour Road and killed.

 

This was a notoriously dangerous stretch of road to anyone walking as there were no places to get off the road, the verges were covered in brambles and undergrowth right up to the edge of the turnpike. Continue reading Cycle / Footpath Finished Today

Roger Breeds

Roger Breeds

by Jim Hollands

 

It is with great sadness I report the news that Roger Breeds, former Mayor of Rye, has died.

Roger was a supporter of “Rye’s Own”. He regarded himself as a Ryer and so he was, for he is a direct line descendant of another Breeds who was Mayor of Rye in 1560 and 1569 also Member of Parliament for Rye from 1563 to 1572 in the days Continue reading Roger Breeds