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
Who are the people that have controlled Rye’s destiny through the last decade and who will decide what will happen here during the next ten years? Continue reading The First 10 Years 2000-2010
Fom Rye’s Own March 2006 Issue
Keith Glazier and Peter Jones support closure.
The two men who are best placed to look after the interests of people in Rye and District are at the forefront of proposals to close Rye Friary Day Care Centre at the Memorial Care Centre from this October. They should be ashamed of themselves. Continue reading Friary Centre
Packed Community Centre Told It Must Obey Doctor’s Orders
Councillor Carey Challenges Councillor Glazier
Councillor Dyce Says Consultation Process is Flawed
At a lively meeting, expertly and patiently chaired by Councillor Ian Potter Mayor of Rye a packed crowd were told by Rye County Councillor Keith Glazier that it was the Doctors of the Postern Gate Surgery that were insisting that their new premises should be built on the out of town Greenfield Site next to the Care Centre on the top of Rye Hill. Continue reading Doctor’s Orders
“Rother No Good to Man Nor Beast” Angry residents packed Rye Town Hall on Tuesday 7 December for what was probably the most important, specially convened meeting to be held in the historic building since World War Two. Continue reading Rye At War With Rother
On Saturday 18 December Julie and Neville Bettley of Rye St. John Ambulance stood in open mouth amazement as Reg Walker, Charity Steward of the Rye Masonic Wellington Lodge, announced that “He who laughs last, laughs longest” and revealed a donation of £13,750 to the Ambulance Appeal.
Julie Bettley told me afterwards that they had been expecting a couple of hundred pounds and were absolutely staggered when the amount was announced. Neville told of the relief he felt that this would cover the outstanding sum required by March when the new ambulance would be delivered Continue reading Amazing Day for Rye St. John
Three Hundred March – 1000 Sign
Three hundred people, including Rye M.P. Michael Foster, The Mayor of Rye Councillor Paul Carey, both our District Councillors, Granville Bantick and Sam Souster and almost every member of Rye Council, marched from the Postern Gate Surgery, via the appropriately named ‘Deadman’s Lane’ to the foot of Rye Hill, a hill that will no doubt have its name changed to ‘Heartbreak Hill’ if East Sussex County Council and PCT do not relent and allow the proposed move of the Postern Gate Surgery to be re-directed from the Memorial Care site to the old Ferry Road School location. Continue reading Heartbreak Hill
Wish Street Car Park Under Threat
Planning approval is being sought for two blocks of five story flats on the old Gas Works site behind the Kettle O’ Fish. The site was originally deemed unsafe for building purposes because of the high chemical content in the ground left by the residue of tens of years of waste disposal from the gas producing process. It has been used as a car park since it was sold into private hands after the Gas Works Continue reading “Rye’s Own” News – May 2004
Almost £30,000 Raised Towards New Ambulance
When the then Mayor of Rye, Peter Dyce, set a target of £42,000 to be raised to get the Rye St. John a new ambulance it seemed as though the task would be nigh impossible. Ryers, however, often do the impossible and the total raised now nears the £30,000 mark. No grants, no government money just hard won cash, raised by any number of ingenious fund raising schemes including an Auction of Promise, Fetes, Street Collection, Rummage Sales, Coffee Mornings and many Continue reading The End is in Sight
Protest Rally at Postern Gate
Critics of Rye Town Council members had better beware. That is the message coming from many Councillors. They are fed up with being ruled by Rother District, East Sussex and other bodies such as the Primary Care Trust. Continue reading Rye Fights Back