New Mayor of Rye, Jon Breeds has Hard Act to Follow
By Jim Hollands
There have been many good people who have held the unique position of Mayor of Rye within my memory.
I knew many of them personally. In the old days of the Borough Council it was a very powerful position and great Mayors of the calibre of Alfred Horner, Phil Ellis and John Hacking made great improvements that enhanced the amazing town that we and our visitors love
Since 1973, when Rother District Council took over the town and most of the assets, the position of Mayor of Rye became more of a ceremonial position. Rye Town Council lost all it’s powers to Rother. True they have an ‘advisory’ job, but in practice this has meant approval of porches, conservatories and other small building proposals are rubber stamped by Rother but big projects like the new builds of Valley Park, which were vehemently opposed by Rye Town Council, were forced through by Rother. Continue reading Great Job Berni
With Bonfire Night looming Rye’s Own has raked through the archives and found these pictures for your enjoyment. Pictures can be enlarged.
Continue reading Bonfire Night Rye in Pictures 1945 – 2014
Forty years ago this town was rocked to its core when it was learned that four of Rye’s most promising young people, just at the start of their lives were killed and other Rye people badly injured when the Sunday evening express from Hastings to London was derailed at Hither Green. it was 5 November 1967 and many had travelled down to Rye for the Bonfire celebrations the previous evening. Continue reading Hither Green Remembered
Photographs IAIN POCOCK Report Conrad Freezer
After last year’s wet day, the sun came out for Rye & District Lions Club Raft Race & Fete, with an estimated crowd of 4-5,000 spectators cheering on a record entry of sixteen rafts. Although it is early days, the Lions estimate that the event raised around £8,000, all of which will go to help charities, local, national and international over the next year. Continue reading Rye Raft Race
TRAVELLERS TO BE EVICTED THIS WEEK
Rye’s Own April 2008 Supplement
The Motor Home and four Caravans will be removed from the Town Salts this week according to sources close to Rother District Council who are responsible for Rye’s playing fields. An eviction notice was presented last Tuesday and will be enforced by a bailiff before the end of this week. Continue reading Travellers to be Evicted
The annual St. George’s Day Parade took place under clear blue skies on Sunday 27 April.
Michael Bourne lead a contingency of British Legion veterans and representatives from the Sea Cadets, Scouts, Brownies and Guides past the Town Hall, where The Mayor of Rye, Councillor Paul Osborne took The Salute. Continue reading St.George’s Day Parade
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The Power of Words
I was very humbled when Thomas Peacocke Head Teacher Ann Cockerham told me of an assembly they had with the Christmas Festival as a theme. Continue reading Town Crier
In an amazing report to Rye Town Council Rye District Councillor Sam Souster claimed that Rother District Council was an “undemocratic body seemingly incapable of managing its responsibilities in Rye in a satisfactory manner”.
Continue reading Rother Condemned by Rye Representatives
By Jim Hollands
I was saddened but not altogether surprised when Rye Councillors turned down the invitation from the newly formed ‘Democracy for Rye’ group to provide two members to help with initiating a plan that would eventually lead to Rye getting back the powers and properties that it lost to Rother District Council in 1973.
There are good men and women on Rye Council, many of whom are personal friends. I do not doubt their sincerity and admire the hard work and many hours they put in as councillors, all completely voluntary, but when I sit in at the Town Hall meetings and listen to their articulate debate I am frustrated that their words carry little weight and absolutely no power. Rye is ruled by the iron fist of Rother District Council led by a majority group of Bexhill area representatives. Continue reading Town Crier – May 2005
A Matter of Priorities
What would the average man in the street think was the greater death risk, visiting Rye Cemetery or riding a cycle along the Rye Harbour Road?
Every single person I asked thought it was a stupid question, without exception they said riding to Rye Harbour. Continue reading Editorial