Town Crier’s Starting Bell

When I Ring my Bell ………

Rye Town Crier, Rex Swain, uttered the immortal words “When I ring my bell, peddle like hell” and 83 cyclists set of on a ride that took them through the winding back lanes of kent to Hythe.


On the way the course was brilliantly sign posted and Marshalled by members of the Rye & District Rotary Club and ‘Noel’s Snack Bar’ was set up in its traditional place on the intersection at Old Romney, where riders enjoyed complimentary biscuits and bananas. Continue reading Town Crier’s Starting Bell

The Great Ferry Road Nursery Duck Race

The Town Crier Rang his bell and the ducks were launched in the great Ferry Road Nursery Duck Race. 100’s of ducks were dropped from the Bridge at Ferry Road and raced off down the River Tillingham towards the finishing point at the Railway Bridge Continue reading The Great Ferry Road Nursery Duck Race

Rex & Rita are Diamonds

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

The One and Only Rex

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

100k. Fun Run from Rye 2011

The Sun Shone on 118 Cyclists

On a beautiful autumn day (16 Oct) no less than 118 riders set off from the Rye Club on the Rotary Club’s 5th. Annual Fun Run.

Riders set off in groups to Town Crier Rex Swaine’s now famous line – “When I Ring my Bell – Go like Hell”.

The bell rang and off they went, to Camber, Lydd, Dymchurch, Hythe, Old Romney, Brookland, Appledore, Appledore Heath and then back to Rye via the Continue reading 100k. Fun Run from Rye 2011

Rex & Rita Celebrate 50 Years

Rye’s popular Town Crier, Rex Swain and his lovely wife Rita, celebrated 50 years of happy marriage at the Mermaid on Saturday 1 October. Surrounded by family and friends they recalled their Wedding Day in 1955 and of dancing to Eric Winston’s Band on their honeymoon. Continue reading Rex & Rita Celebrate 50 Years

The Singing, Shouting and Dancing Town Crier

One of the Best Town Crier’s in the Land

Last month Rye Town Crier Rex Swain was featured on the cover of “Rye’s Own”. Since he became Town Crier, Rex has gained in fame and popularity. He must be the most photographed man in the town. Continue reading The Singing, Shouting and Dancing Town Crier

Down Rye Way – Percy Sherwood

Regimental Town Crier

About two years ago Down Rye Way featured Percy’s father Mr. Frank (Jerry) Sherwood. So there is no need to establish Percy’s credentials as a Ryer of many generations’ standing. Percy is not quite sure whether he was born in Lion Street or Wish Street; either way, he went first to the Infants School in Lion Street and on to the Boys’ School in Mermaid Street. He was one of the first pupils to join the new Rye Modern School in New Road (now Freda Gardham School) and left as soon as he was allowed to, to find employment. Continue reading Down Rye Way – Percy Sherwood