Rye Flower Show

Royal Horticultural Society Banksian Medal Won by Lorna Hall

On Saturday 5th September, the Community Centre was once again the venue for Rye’s Annual Flower and Vegetable show. This year’s event attracted over 200 entries and despite the challenging weather conditions the gardeners of Rye and surrounding area put on a great show. The cookery classes were well supported and entries in the photography and handicraft sections were very impressive. Continue reading Rye Flower Show

The Rye Fund

The Rye Fund Thanks to the generosity of local people and with the benefit of substantial match funding received under the government’s Grassroots Endowment Challenge, we are delighted to report that The Rye Fund has now reached £100,000. Continue reading The Rye Fund

Lunch With the Lions

More than 80 senior citizens from Rye and nearby villages enjoyed a Sunday lunch by courtesy of Rye & District Lions Club. The lunch was laid on at Rye Community Centre and all seniors that required transport were collected by Rye Community Transport and Lion Club members cars and returned home at the end of the afternoon. Continue reading Lunch With the Lions

Rye Gardeners Show Off Their Produce

Photos by Barry Hawkins.

Rye Community Centre was once again the venue for the annual flower and vegetable show. Entries from residents of Rye and beyond brought their flowers, veg, handicraft and cookery produce to compete in 56 classes. Despite the challenging growing conditions this year, the standard of the Flowers and Vegetables was impressively high. Continue reading Rye Gardeners Show Off Their Produce



Christmas Entertainment Pantomine from Theatrebox Drama Students of Rye

By Amber Carroll

What a wonderful afternoon at the first performance from the Rye students of TheatreBox. The students delivered a magnificent showing to a small but true panto style participating audience.

From the first act to the final bow, the performers were confident, funny and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The play was written especially by Artistic Director, Ciaran Bird to introduce and share the students’ “work in progress”, creation of character, teamwork and their commitment to the classes. The costumes and make up were exquisite and the students theatrically entered into the spirit delighting the audience, particular comedy was delivered by the wicked stepmother (Richard) and Buttons (Jasmine).

Invitation to the Ball
Invitation to the Ball

As mentioned in my previous piece introducing Theatrebox Drama School in December, for many of the students it was a new experience, not only performing to an audience but holding a speaking part.

During the interval, there was an added twist of an Australian Raffle and “armies” of Reindeer and Snowmen Cup Cakes (provided by The Cup Cake Cafe, Hastings)…….yum…..what more could one want on a cold winters Sunday afternoon.

Ciaran Bird and Rachel Kimber commented that they were extremely proud of the students and are looking forward to further opportunities in the New Year.

Visit the website to see the fab photographs which really captured the performances, taken by Sammi Drew , Drayton Studios.

Cinderella and Buttons
Cinderella and Buttons

The new term starts on Sunday 15th January 2012 and Theatrebox are offering a free class to all (ages 7-17) on that day at Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill in the upper hall from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Why not go along and see for yourselves how fun and rewarding it is.

They are also holding a free class at their Hastings class on Friday 13th January 2012.

Finally, Theatrebox are commencing LAMDA speech and drama examination tuition from January 2012 and Senior Classes (14-17 years) for students who are currently studying GCSE drama at School/College, to assist for the preparation for audition pieces and/or agent auditions.

Further information on classes, prices and venues can be seen on the website – www.theatreboxdramaschool.co.uk or telephone: 0774 3754332

The Cast and production Team
The Cast and production Team

From the January 2012 Issue of Rye’s Own

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Rye Players Present Mapp & Lucia

Make Way for Lucia The Rye Players 29/10/2009

As all devotees of Jane Austin et al know, and usually to their chagrin, an adaptation be it for play, for film, or for an extended television series, is almost calculated never to please – so you can, I’m sure understand, as I am Chair of the E F Benson Society, how heavy my metaphoric chain of office felt as I took my place in the Rye Community Centre on Thursday evening. John Van Druten’s play is a bit of a cut-and-paste job, cherry-picking incidents from the Mapp and Lucia books and handing them out to a cut down selection of the characters from the books. The play stands or falls by its Lucia – and this production stands tall. Continue reading Rye Players Present Mapp & Lucia

A Bold Plan To Restore Democracy To Rye And The District


On Monday the 14 November at Rye Community Centre the steering committee for the Campaign for a Democratic Rye set out their plan for a return of power to Rye Town Council. Continue reading A Bold Plan To Restore Democracy To Rye And The District

Town Crier

News And Gossip Pages

By Jim Hollands

Great Job Rye Harbour Boat Owners Association put on a grand show to commemorate the 200th. Anniversary of Horatio Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar.

The Strand was awash with red white and blue flags that decorated every boat moored. The weather was kind, the crowds were happy and everything came together to make it a family day out.

Lets have something like this every year, Rye is an historic port and needs to keep a close contact with its past if it is to prosper in the future. Perhaps the event could incorporate a regatta with all sorts of boat races on the river as happened throughout the latter part of the 19th Century up to Edwardian times. An event that embraces those that live in the town. It may be that the event could ‘spill’ over onto terra firma and include athletic, even cycle races again. There seem to be many more folk about with the will and ability to organise than there have been for many years.

      Connie Lindqvist Retrospective

Peter Etherden has asked Heidi Foster to take on the daunting task of putting together an exhibition that captures the enormous range of Connie’s work as an artist in Rye between 1972 and 2002. Continue reading Town Crier