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Margaret G Powling

Margaret G Powling, Rye, East Sussex

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Mapp and Lucia

5th January 2004

Margaret G Powling:

C Walton: Tom Holt, the son of crime novelist Hazel Holt, wrote the later Mapp & Lucia books.

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Happy New Year

5th January 2004

Margaret G Powling:

Happy New Year to all of those reading the Message Board. Husband Chris and I have just seen the lovely programme on Rye and the Romney Marsh on BBC2 this evening ... now we can't wait for a return visit. Almost 2 years since we last visited Rye (staying at Playden), I know just how Dorothy (in the programme) felt about the flat landscape. We live in Devon and I've always maintained that the hills get in the way of the view!

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Rye in Period Living and Traditional Homes

23rd June 2003

Margaret G Powling:

With regards to my message of 11th May, readers of this web site might like to know that there was also a feature on Rye in the March 2003 issue of Period Living & Traditional Homes. If you don't have a copy, the back issues dept may be able to help: 01858-438869.

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Playden Cottage Guesthouse

18th May 2003

Margaret G Powling:

Carolyn McMillan: I've just seen your message on the Rye website. Last year we stayed at Playden Cottage Guesthouse, Military Road, Rye (phone: 01797 222234)which (then) had a 5 diamond guest accommodation rating and an English Tourism Council Silver Award (1999). In their brouchure the owners say that "The cottage's only claim to fame is that the local opinion has it that E F Benson called it Grebe in his novels about Mapp and Lucia, but we do assure you that the house is several fet above the high-water mark!"
So, if you've not yet book your accommodation, you could perhaps stay in one of the houses in the novels!
Best wishes,
Margaret (Powling)

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Rye in Period Living & Traditional Homes

11th May 2003

Margaret G Powling:

People who read this Message Board are obviously interested in Rye! This is just to let you all know that there's a feature on Rye in the current (June 2003) issue of PERIOD LIVING & TRADITIONAL HOMES magazine (glossy, monthly) on the back page. It features Lynn Nor-sAlpine and Glynne Norris, the owners of The Old Borough Arms Hotel. I expect all of you who live in Rye will already know about this feature, but for others, I thought it might be something of interest for them to see.

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Rye Bay Scallops

4th February 2003

Margaret G Powling:

Saw your email on the Rye website re: scallops. There was a feature on Rye scallops in last Saturday's Times (1st Feb) in the Weekend Section, page 5, entitled "The Rye road to superb fresch scallops." (Ed: Link to this article is in the "What's New" section on the home page of this web site) It is by Charles Campion, and at the end it mentions Botterells, Fish and Shellfish Merchants, Harbour Road, Rye Harbour Rye, East Sussex (01797 222875). The article says that the Rye Scallops Week finishes tomorrow (i.e. last Sunday 2 Feb)

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BBC Radio Kent- Toby Jugs

25th January 2003

Margaret G Powling:

I left a message on page 9 of your website, after my husband and I had enjoyed a holiday in Rye. I just thought readers of this site might like to know that I'm going to be on BBC Radio Kent (if you can receive that in Rye and environs?) on Thursday 30th Jan, at 11.00 a.m., speaking about Toby Jugs. I am also going to be on BBC Radio Essex on Wednesday 29th at 11.30 a.m. These talks are in conjunction with BBC History Magazine for which I've written a feature on Toby Jugs and which is in the current (Feb) issue of the magazine. I'm by no means a Toby Jugs 'expert' but it's certainly fun being on local radio! I have been asked by ten radio stations to speak on this topic, so by the end of it, I've no doubt I'll know more about the little chaps than when I started!

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A Wonderful Visit

19th May 2002

Margaret G Powling:

Husband and I have just returned from a short break in Rye, which we thoroughly enjoyed. During our 3 day visit we visited two historic houses (Knowle in Kent and Bateman's in East Sussex) and one garden (Scotney Castle Garden) and enjoyed a walk along the Royal Military Canal about which I knew nothing until I read the novels of Nina Dufort(Educating Edmund and Painting Out Oscar.) Coming from Devon, we were pleasantly surprised by the relatively traffic-free roads. And we especially enjoyed the drive between Rye and Appledore, through the lush meadows of the Romney Marsh, with the Hawthorne in bloom and sheep grazing contentedly, as if they were in gardens! 250 miles was a a long journey for a few days, but it was certainly worth it.

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Arts in Rye

23rd April 2002

Margaret G Powling:

I have had a look at The Arts in Rye Page and it mentions only 4 authors: Benson, of course, Henry James, Malcolm Saville and Monica Edwards. But didn't Rumer Godden live in Lamb House at one time? And someone else on the website has mentioned Radcliffe Hall, who could be on the Arts page.
Also, if my memory serves me correctly (for I read it more than 30 years ago) wasn't Catherine Gaskin's Blake's Reach set in or near Rye? Let's have a really full writers list on the Arts page, please.

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Super Website

23rd April 2002

Margaret G Powling:

What a super website! Easy to use and it seems to have attracted some intelligent questions and comments!
My husband and I are visiting Rye for 4 days in early May. Too early, sadly, to enjoy a guided walk, taking in E F Benson's 'Tilling' houses, such as Mallards and Grebe. According to www.rye-tourism.co.uk, these don't start until towards the end of May. However, I would like to know if there are any novels which have been set in or near Rye (not Benson's Mapp & Lucia books - I have those? I have read (and enjoyed) Nina Dufort's Painting Out Oscar and Defrosting Edmund, but who else has used Rye and environs in their fiction? I like to read novels set in the places I am visiting.

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