By Beryl Dale
As a child I lived in the village of Playden, near Rye in East Sussex, close to the boundary with Kent. It is a village where the centre housed the church, village hall and The Peace and Plenty pub. Not far from there was the school which my brother and I attended until we were eleven years old. We lived on the far reaches of the village near The River Rother and close to the lock gates and the Star Inn pub.
I was seven years old when the Second World War ended and until then we had been restricted in our movements. Having to show identity cards wherever we went. Suddenly we could roam free. Dad had a small arable farm on the far side of the river to where we lived. Also a market garden, a grain drying unit and he reared pigs and kept hens. We knew all the local farmers and felt free to play in the fields around us. Continue reading The Joys of Owning a Bike
Rex & Rita – Ryers Through and Through
Rye Town Crier, Rex Swain, and his wife Rita celebrate sixty years
of happy marriage on this very day Friday 1. October as this magazine
reaches the newsagents.
Our front cover celebrates sixty years of dedication to each other
and their fine service to the Town of Rye. The picture was taken the
day that one of Rye’s mace bearers could not make a very important
event in the calendar and Rita stood in at the last moment. Continue reading Rex & Rita are Diamonds
A Ryer Through and Through
Rye Town Crier, Rex Swain, recently celebrated his Eightieth Birthday. His boundless energy in carrying out up to 100 functions a year in his distinctive Town Crier ‘uniform’ has not diminished one iota since he was 18 and Continue reading The One and Only Rex
The Store war between Tesco and Sainsbury is becoming a farce, neither of these stores should be allowed to build on the lower school site because of the access problems. Continue reading Pen & Ink December 2010