The Stewart May Empire

By Arthur Woodgate

Old House Farm, owned by Ashton Selmes, was swallowed into the Stewart May empire. Ashton Selmes, who was quite a well known farmer and ploughing contractor, also at one time owned the land which is now the housing estate of Brickfield and Park View. It was here, when it was just a green field, he kept his big steam engines, which were a familiar Peasmarsh sight when they were not out on contract. In use they were placed each side of of a field and used to draw the plough from one side to the other. When not in use they were kept close to what we now know as the Bisky Bar. Continue reading The Stewart May Empire

Indian Adventure Fund Raiser

St. John Coffee Morning Helps Fund Towards Indian Adventure – July 2006

Coffee Morning at the St. John Headquarters, Conduit Hill on Sat 3
Coffee Morning at the St. John Headquarters, Conduit Hill on Sat 3

The family of University Student Caroline Challans are helping her raise £1,000 to pay for her air, living and travel expenses on a charity trip to India. Caroline will Continue reading Indian Adventure Fund Raiser

Pen & Ink

Dear Editor,

The enclosed copy photograph is of the Tug-of War Team of the Cinque Ports volunteer Reserve. They were the champion team at the Brigade Camp in 1895 photographed with their individual Cups displayed on the table before them. Continue reading Pen & Ink

When Rye St John had Three Ambulances




When Rye St John Had Three Vehicles

By Arthur Woodgate

The picture below is of the three ambulances that Rye St John were using to serve Rye & District prior to the State run service that started in the 1950’s. Continue reading When Rye St John had Three Ambulances