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
A random collection of photographs – All Rye related. Many Characters and personalities from 1955 – 2015
Continue reading Faces From the Past
By Jim Hollands
Who were the driving forces in the town fifty years ago? Who were in power at Rye Town Hall in the 1960’s? What was it like to live in a democratic Rye that ran its own affairs and was responsible for its own planning? 1965 and 66 were great years for Rye. The Borough Council was made up of twelve elected councillors and four Aldermen nominated by the councillors. Alderman John Hacking, farmer, was Mayor. He was hard working and influential, leading a group of excellent men and women who were all labouring to benefit Rye and the people of Rye. Continue reading All Our Yesteryears
RYE CHARACTERS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
BY THE EDITOR With the help of information supplied by Ringo’s family and the 1991 Mayor of Rye George Shackleton. Continue reading Ringo
As the one who wrote about Joe Hatter, I feel I must reply to Mrs Levett Fuller’s letter in the April edition of Rye’s Own.
The man at the bottom of Spring Steps was another Mr Hatter, Grandfather to John Hatter, the owner of the taxi firm of Rye Motors, and there was another Mr Hatter who lived on The Strand and also caught and sold shrimps, (all types of cousins even distant). Continue reading PEN & INK
Number 3. Alfred Horner
Rye has been very fortunate over the years to produce a variety of fine people who have contributed to the success of this ancient town but in all its history Rye never had a finer champion than Alfred Horner.
Alfred Horner was born in Landgate in 1904 and attended Miss Selman’s private school and later the Mermaid Street School. Soon after leaving school he went to work at Mr. Schofield’s Grocery Store. Continue reading Rye Top 30 of the 20th. Century