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Rye's Own Magazine

Rye's Own Magazine in Rye, East Sussex

Rye's Own Magazine
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Rye's Own was first published in November 1965. It was the brainchild of Jim Hollands although the actual title was suggested by Jim's mother 'Winnie' Hollands.

Jim became the Editor for the next seven years and with a tiny staff produced what Canon John Williams once described as "The Little Magazine with the big heart".

In that time the policy was to support all that was good in Rye. The Rye Fawkes Pageant, Rye Sports Day, Rye Police, Rye Corporation, Rye Business, Rye Wheelers, Soccer in Rye including Rye United, Rye Athletic F.C, Reckitt and Coleman F.C., Udimore F.C, Iden F.C, Peasmarsh F.C. and East Guildeford F.C.

Then there were the Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Brownies, The Rye Air training Corps, Sea Cadets, Rye Movie Society, Rye Camera Club, Rye Horse Show, Methodist Choir, Rye Town Band, all the Churches and many many more. Rye's Pomp and Ceremony Days were featured including the Visit of H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, which was covered in a special edition that became an all time best seller for "Rye's Own". "Rye's Own's" biggest contribution to the town in those years was the agitation, through its columns, for a Community Centre in Rye. This led directly to the formation of the Rye Community Centre Association.

The magazine supported the Committee, which included The Rev. (later Canon) John Williams, Brian 'Ringo Chapman., Shirley Thompson, Barbara Wood, Jim Hollands, Elizabeth Kent, Henry Everest, Jim Simpson, Ralph Wood, and R. L. Stroud, by contributing two pages per issue encouraging and reporting the massive money raising effort that concluded successfully
with the conversion of the old Congregational Church. The facilities at the Centre are enjoyed by so many Rye people and organisations to this day.

In 1972 Christopher Davson took over the Editorship of the magazine, expanding its boundaries to the local villages and even over the border into Kent looking for a larger circulation. Christopher turned out a many excellent issues until 1973 when he decided to terminate publication.

"Rye's Own" was not published again until January 2000 when a Special Millennium Issue was produced. It was received with amazing enthusiasm.

Regular monthly production began again in May 2000. The new magazine follows many of the themes of the 1960's publication but now, because the local political scene has changed and the Rye Town Council has so much less power than its predecessor Rye Corporation, "Rye's Own" has developed teeth and readily fights proposals by Rother District or East Sussex County Council that effect the town. It also calls for more police on the beat in Rye and for the permanent opening of the Rye Police Station and its cells.

There are still loads of nostalgic features and pictures and reports on Rye events. People, Clubs, Societies, The Arts, Sports, Local Businesses are all catered for in a 36 page A4 publication that has no equal in any town of a comparable size.

The greatest difference is that the 21st. Century "Rye's Own" is packed with colour pictures, a concept that could not have been contemplated back in 1965.

Subscriptions to Rye's Own cost just 24/year
this includes Postage and Packing to anywhere in the world (surface mail)

Subscription orders should be sent to:

"Rye's Own"
56 Cinque Ports Street, Rye
East Sussex TN31 7AN

Please make all cheques payable to "Jim Hollands".


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