The Rye Ukulele Festival

Sunday 24th May 2015 at the Cinque Ports, Cinque Ports Street, Rye, TN31 7AN from 12.30 onwards.

The Rye Ukulele Experiment is delighted to announce the first Rye Ukulele Festival. Continue reading The Rye Ukulele Festival

Rye Ukulele Experiment on Radio Sussex

BBC Radio Sussex visited Rye today as part of their Coast and Country roving reports. S i m o n Jenkins, BBC Sussex Reporter was stationed up at t he Ypr es t ower t o present part of the show and to introduce listeners to just some of the interesting aspects of Rye. The Rye Ukulele Experiment were invited along for a brief chat and to play out the show with one of their favourite songs. Continue reading Rye Ukulele Experiment on Radio Sussex

Jempson’s Local Northiam Recruitment Day

The new Jempson’s Local store in Northiam received over 60 applicants for the 10 jobs it created in the village. Continue reading Jempson’s Local Northiam Recruitment Day

At The Queens Head

Michael Scorey Singer /Songwriter from New Zealand

Michael Scorey has just landed in London from his homeland in New Zealand with his guitar and a fantastic set of songs from his latest CD “Levonia”. Michael is hoping to set up some gigs while he is in Europe. Do not miss this opportunity to sample one of the finest singer / songwriters in the Southern Hemisphere. Continue reading At The Queens Head

The Pubs of Rye

 East Sussex, 1750-1950 by David Russell

Published in October 2012 The Pubs of Rye gives the history of 32 Rye pubs (and one cinema) which existed at sometime between 1750 and 1950. When researching this book I collected information from the National Archive which contains many records of Rye and its licensed premises. Continue reading The Pubs of Rye

The Queen’s Head


By John Hodges

The first licence to sell beer was granted to the Queens Head around 1830, at a time that was coincidental with the introduction of the new Beerhouse Act. This piece of sweeping legislation permitted any householder assessed to the poor rate, to obtain from the excise on a payment of two guineas, a licence to sell beer by retail from their dwelling house. Continue reading The Queen’s Head

“Rye’s Own’s Mrs. Mopp”

Thirty Miles to Raise Cash for Hill House Children

Three Pounds a Mile – Ten Pounds a Blister

Mr. Jack Pankhurmt, dressed as “Rye’s Own’s Mrs Mopp, 16 year old Francis Roe and Mr Barbara Larking set out on a 30 mile trek to Heating and back.

A challenge made in a Rye pub resulted in 64 year old Jack Pankhurst and Mrs. Babs Larking 57, walking 30 miles and earning over eighty pounds that will give the children of Hill House Hospital an outing to Margate.

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