Arthur Woodgate 1913 – 2015

By Jim Hollands

It is with great sadness I have to report the death of another Rye Champion.

Arthur passed away in Rye Memorial Hospital at 6 am. yesterday morning.

His death is felt especially here at “Rye’s Own” where we all knew him so well. Continue reading Arthur Woodgate 1913 – 2015

Rye Country Show 2014

The thousands that attended the Rye Show on Saturday 16 August were treated to a fantastic selection of displays throughout the day, including the hit from 2013, the Dog Grand National. This year’s Rye Show, at Lea Barn Farm, Rye Foreign, attracted an enormous crowd but there were no problems as the organisers had a plan of action which ensured quick parking on the ground an very little disruption to local traffic. Continue reading Rye Country Show 2014

Greatest Living Ryer

Arthur Woodgate is 99 By

Jim Hollands

Arthur Woodgate has been writing articles recording his memories of Rye for many years. His recollections and deductions have appeared consistently in “Rye’s Own” over the past dozen years and in other Rye publications previous to that. Continue reading Greatest Living Ryer

Pen & Ink December 2010

Store War

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

Rye Country Show 2007


Great news about this year’s Rye Show at Salts Farm, East Guldeford on Saturday August 18th …

All the old favourites will be there again to thrill and amuse everyone – the Rye Warbirds model aeroplanes, Terrier Racing, Grand Raffle, lots of fun games and sideshows and stalls, and of course the multi-ring Horse Show and Dog Show. Continue reading Rye Country Show 2007

Town Crier July 2006

Rye Town Council Did Their Best

There has been criticism of Rye Town Council over the recent chaos caused by the resurfacing work at South Undercliff. I must spring to the defence of the council and lay the blame where it belongs, on the doorstep of East Sussex County Council and the Highway Agency.

The Rye Town Manager was designated, through Rye Partnership, to co-ordinate the closure arrangements. Keen and efficient as Yolanda Laybourne is she did not have the local knowledge to carry out this task, it should have been the elected Rye Town Council made responsible for the job, not the non-elected Partnership. Continue reading Town Crier July 2006

The Caister Family

By Arthur Woodgate

The Caisters of Rye Harbour – What a family. Fishing for a living father Mick Caister, skipper of the RX 30 Akela works his boat out of Rye from the new Simmonds Quay. Continue reading The Caister Family

Glimpses of the Past

Glimpses of the Past The three photographs on this page were kindly loaned by Mike Whiteman of Peasmarsh who is the personality in this month’s “Down Rye Way” feature. The ship being launched from Hoad’s shipyard at Rock Channel is Continue reading Glimpses of the Past