Massive Model Railway Show steaming into Rye

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Details of the Massive Model Railway Show steaming into town!
You’re invited to make tracks to a model railway show in Rye on Saturday 29th April 2017. The first one in Rye in over 20 years and is tip to be the largest in Sussex.

The event is being held 10am – 4.30pm at Rye College, The Grove, Rye East Sussex.

More than 20 model railway layouts, along with a number of trade stands, will be on show in a variety of scales from tiny Z gauge to O Gauge.

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The exhibition is being supported by clubs and modellers from around the South East, with layouts including:

  • Sewel, based on the Rye & Camber tramway.
  • Ville a la Campagne, a quiet French country town.
  • Volks Railway, based on the tramway in Brighton.
  • Cement Works, an industrial scene of a cement works.
  • Sewel, based on the Harvey Brewery in Lewes and a barge from Rye Harbour.
  • South Cement Works, an industrial scene of a cement works with much inspiration taken from various in the South East.
  • Cato Pass, a Sci Fi layout based in space.
  • Volks Railway, based on the railway on Brighton sea front.
  • Morton Stanley, featured in April edition of the RM.
  • Shoreditch, based on the London station.
There’s free parking on-site at the school. There is a small admission. Rye has a very strong railway heritage, especially with the Rye and Camber Tramway.

Rye’s Own Bulletin Monday 27 March 2017

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Memorial Gates for Arthur

A True Ryer

A pair of magnificent garden gates were recently presented to the Rye, Winchelsea & District Memorial Hospital in memory of a long-standing
patient, Arthur Woodgate, who died last year aged 101.


John Austin stepson of Arthur Woodgate with Sally Compton chairman
John Austin stepson of Arthur Woodgate with Sally Compton chairman Hospital Trust

Born in 1913, after having served a five year apprenticeship he became a renowned master bricklayer. He rose to become Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Federation of Building Trades Operatives, and also served as a Magistrate on the Rye Bench. He had an amazing memory and told his fascinating life story to some of the students at Rye College, which resulted in the first ‘Rye Memory’ booklet being published. Continue reading Memorial Gates for Arthur

Great Night Rye Old Scholars Association

Rye College witnessed a deafening noise on Saturday 3 October, it was a noise of nostalgia and reminiscing from former students of RGS and RSM who attended schools in the 1960’s. For some, if was the first time they have returned, others had returned before but had travelled many miles to be at the event. Graham Alcock had travelled from New Zealand. Guests arriving during the first hour enjoyed tours of the college courtesy of Executive Principal Ann Cockerham and her team of senor students. Continue reading Great Night Rye Old Scholars Association

Rye Old Scholars


 By John Breeds.

I’m sure that readers will remember the two boards commemorating Rye Old Scholars who died as a result of fighting during WWI.The one on the left, from Rye Grammar School, has 24 names on it and the rather grander one, below right, from Rye County School has 97 names. This seems a huge number of young men lost from such a small town. Continue reading Rye Old Scholars

Rye Greenway Plan Launched

THE ROTHER Environmental Group (REG) has launched exciting and ambitious new plans for a ‘greenway’ running through Rye which would provide a safe, shared route for pedestrians, cyclists, pushchair users and the less able between key trip attractions.
Continue reading Rye Greenway Plan Launched

Jack of Hearts


Back to Back wins for Rye Student

Barlow wins legion of new fans after storming to twin victories in Wales.

Just a week after scoring his first British Super 1 championship podium with new team Strawberry Racing, Pett’s Jack Barlow stunned his rivals with back-to-back victories in the 5th and 6th rounds of  the Formula Kart Stars series at Glan Y Gors last weekend (3/4 July). Continue reading Jack of Hearts

Teachers of Rye

Mr Beavers was Headmaster of Rye Primary School Ferry Road from 1946 until well into the 1960’s.

The recent picture of him in “Rye’s Own” with the many sets of twins that were present at his school in the early fifties has caused great interest. Continue reading Teachers of Rye

Jack Barlow on the Podium

Jack Barlow on podium at inaugural International Open

Rain in Spain made life far from plain for Jack Barlow last weekend (30/31 October). Despite the challenging conditions at Zuera, near Zaragoza, the 15-year old karting star from Pett delivered one of his strongest performances in the wet to give himself a chance of winning the first ever International Open. Continue reading Jack Barlow on the Podium