Rye’s Cycling National Champions


It was entirely appropriate that the cycling Mayor of Rye, Paul Osborne should make the presentation of the Rye & District Wheelers VTTA National team Championship medals as one of his very last acts as Mayor. Continue reading Rye’s Cycling National Champions

The Longest Scarf In The World It Stretched For Half A Mile

Oliver Curd’s young life was cut short, following a long courageous fight against cancer, in November 2007. He was just nine years old.

On Saturday 19 April an amazing knitted scarf was rolled out on the pavements of the streets of Rye. It reached from the Landgate Tower to The Strand, a distance of 805 yards or 2,415 ft. A knitting expert worked out that there would be around 28 million stitches. The original hope was to reach along the length of the High Street but with the Northiam Willing Fingers Group working until their needles were almost melting with the heat and help in the form of six inch blanket squares arriving from all over Britain, the aim of the longest scarf in Rye was upgraded and now some are wondering could it be the longest scarf in the World?

The scarf will be dismantled and made up into blankets which will be given to a charity.

Oliver would have been proud of all the people, inspired by his brave struggle, who had contributed to the spectacular effort of knitting such a magnificent tribute to his memory. The knitters, led by Oliver’s grandmother Fay Curd, raised money that will be added to that of all the other funds raised in a variety of ways, including sponsored events like the recent Hastings Half Marathon when the Cur d family and friends ran accompanied by a Dalek (Oliver’s favourite programme was Doctor Who).

The Oliver Curd Trust is a charity which has been set up by Oliver’s parents, Richard and Sarah Curd, in Oliver’s memory to help other families affected by childhood cancer.

Oliver was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer, Ewings Sarcoma, in April 2006. He completed treatment at The Royal Marsden Hospital in March 2007 but unfortunately relapsed in June 2007 and lost his long, brave fight with the disease in November of that year.

For almost half a mile the hand knitted scarf wended its way through Rye. From the Strand via the Mint, High Street and Tower street to the Landgate and beyond.Salle2

The Mayor of Rye, Councillor Paul Osborne and Town Crier Rex Swaine were present for the occasion. Paul’s term of office is running out, this was one of his last engagements.

“Rye’s Own” May 2008

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St.George’s Day Parade

The annual St. George’s Day Parade took place under clear blue skies on Sunday 27 April.

Michael Bourne lead a contingency of British Legion veterans and representatives from the Sea Cadets, Scouts, Brownies and Guides past the Town Hall, where The Mayor of Rye, Councillor Paul Osborne took The Salute. Continue reading St.George’s Day Parade

Town Crier


The Town Meeting at the Community Centre on Wednesday 2 April was well supported, about 150 people in all were present compared with 16 one year ago. Continue reading Town Crier

Rye Grows Its Green Credentials

Rye and District Chamber of Commerce launched a re-usable jute bag, specifically for Rye, on Tuesday 22 April. The event took place at Hayden’s Coffee Shop and Restaurant in the High Street. Continue reading Rye Grows Its Green Credentials

Demelza House Gets Christmas Bonus

It was an evening of quiet celebration at the Thomas Peacocke College on Wednesday 13 February when the proceeds of the Christmas Festival, £1264, was presented, along with £500 from the College and £500 from Rye Lions, to Demelza House. Continue reading Demelza House Gets Christmas Bonus

Rye’s Own Editorial – December 2006

Editorial December 2006

Christmas is upon us again. The old saying that time goes faster as you get older seems to be right. In the uncertain world we live in it sometimes seems a blessing to be getting old. A wise old Ryer once said, as far back as 1965, that he had lived the best years but the 40 years since then have not been so bad. What lies ahead for the youngsters of today? War and Global Warming or Harmony between nations and a common will to overcome the obstacles that will be encountered over the next 40 years? “Rye’s Own” takes the optimistic view, there must be a Continue reading Rye’s Own Editorial – December 2006

Versatile Mayor

OUR VERSATILE MAYOR What does the Mayor of Rye and Speaker of the Cinque Ports, Councillor Paul Osborne get up to on a Sunday morning? It is no secret that he likes to do a bit of cycling but few know of the sacrifices he makes to get back from a ride or a race in time to fulfil his public duties. Continue reading Versatile Mayor

Rye Goes Rock


The very best local Rock Bands gave their services free of charge to help ARRC (Activities, Respite, Rehabilitation and Care) based at the Rye Memorial Care Centre for “Rye Goes Rock” at the Thomas Peacocke on Saturday 3 June. Continue reading Rye Goes Rock