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Hard Work Updating Rye’s Own Website

Well done to our volunteer website manager, Dace Homa, who finds enough time in her busy life to put post after post from back issues of Rye’s Own, Hastings Town and Cinque Ports magazines and archives into the Rye’s Own Website.

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Three Great Magazines for September 2017


Rye’s Own Number 278  

Is packed with pictures from local events. The Country show at Icklesham, Rye Flower Festival, Festival of the Sea, Raft Race, Lifeboat Open Day, Mariner’s Garden Party, Rock-a-Billy Rev Up   and the fantastic 2017 War & Peace Revival.

There is a preview of the Rye Arts Festival, 16 September – 1 October. Great pictures of Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP., visiting Rye and so much more.

Details of the Tour de Rye et Romney Marsh Cycle Challenge put on by Rye & Winchelsea Rotary Club with help from Rye Wheelers. This will take place on Sunday 24 September, riders leaving from Rye Club, Market Road in groups from 9 am. to 10 am. Join the riders. Short ides for children, beginners and casual riders as well as the 100k for those looking for a bigger challenge.

Cinque Ports Number 24

Features the outstanding Cinque Ports singer Victoria Bass as the cover girl for September.

Two pages of pictures from Hythe Venetian Fete, fantastic preview of the Romney Marsh Tapestry, pictures from the Weald of Kent Steam Rally, The work of Richard Taylor-Jones the wildlife cameraman.

Plus News, Views, Art, Music, Nostalgia, Sport, Walks, something for everyone.

Hastings Town Number 116

“The September 2017 issue is the best Hastings Town ever” Direct quote from one of our voluntary contributors when he saw a proof issue.

Packed with Carnival pictures and stories and special tributes to Carnival favourite Ron “Popeye” Everett who died recently.

Hastings folk at the War & Peace Revival are also featured, including the amazing story of a vintage motor bike with a Hastings registration.

Rye’s Own, Hastings Town & Cinque Ports have been described as a shining beacon in hard copy publishing.

At a time when many newspapers and magazines are disappearing from newsagents shelves as ‘free sheets’  television round the clock news and the internet are slowly killing off purchased print and even the newsagents themselves, the three local publications featured here go on from strength to strength, thanks to our loyal readers, advertisers and surviving newsagents.  

There are many villages and even towns, in our catchment areas that do not have a newsagents now. The Cinque Port of Tenterden springs to mind as a big town without a traditional newsagent. Is there a small shop on Tenterden High Street prepared to sell Cinque Ports? Or outlets in villages without a newsagent who are prepared to sell our publications.  Please Tel 01303 814874 if you can help. We can supply by subscription but many readers tell us that a magazine bought over the counter is always more fun to read.


Changing Rye in the 1970’s – A David Smeed Film

Including Bonfire Building, Morris Dancing and Fire at local Builder’s Yard

Another selection of Rye events of the 1970’s from David Smeed’s amazing record of Rye life in moving pictures from almost fifty years ago.

Those of us that can remember look back  on these times which seemed so much slower and peaceful.

There are so many more David Smeed’s films, given to the Rye’s Own archive by David’s wife Sheila. It will take many months to get them transferred into a digital form that we can put on the web-site.

From the Rye’s Own Archive Thursday 4 May 2017

All Articles, Pictures, Videos and Films on this site have WORLDWIDE copyright protection. Nothing may be published, in any form, unless by arrangement with Cinque Ports Magazines Rye Ltd.

Unisured & Untaxed Drivers Being Dealt With

Uninsured and untaxed cars caught in Rother

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Hastings and Rother Neighbourhood Policing Teams were out and about last week looking at uninsured and untaxed cars, as well as those with no MOTs.

The days of action resulted in eight vehicles being dealt with for no insurance, two for no road tax and three were found with no MOT. Continue reading Unisured & Untaxed Drivers Being Dealt With

Challenge for Today

Who are these people?

Rye’s Own likes to do a bit of ‘brain picking’ everyday. This is your challenge for Monday 20 February 2017.

This seems to be a photograph of a float in a pre- 1970 Bonfire Parade at Rye.

Can anyone identify even one of the people having such a good time, or the year?

Mystery Float in Rye Bonfire Parade
Mystery Float in Rye Bonfire Parade

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Anita Harris in March Rye’s Own

Carry on Crew at Camber in the 1960’s

Anita Harris, the popular songstress who is still performing at theatres and on television up to the present time, was at Camber Sands in 1967 with the ‘Carry On Crew’ filming “Follow that Camel” Continue reading Anita Harris in March Rye’s Own

2017 War and Peace Revival will not be held at Folkestone Racecourse

A Return to the Hopfields

It seems the imminent house building plan that Shepway has for the area has driven the War & Peace Revival away from the area and back to Whitbreads Hopfields Showgrounds at Beltring.

The show, which was immensely popular for the past four years at Folkestone Racecourse and responsible for attracting a huge amount of trade to the area from all over the country and the continent, is to be staged at Pembury in 1917 and beyond.

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