Saturday, April 18

2015 AGM and Annual Lunch

The Society held its 43rd Annual General meeting at St Mary's Centre on Friday 17 April.  Some 50 members and guests attended.  Most Executive Committee members were reappointed to their posts, apart from John Pope who stood down after 12 years in the Planning Liaison role and Judith O'Connor who stood down as Secretary.   John Griffiths continues as Chairman; Julian Luckett, Chair of the Planning Committee, becomes Vice-Chairman.  David Bookless becomes Hon Secretary, Diana Hajikakou is Treasurer, Andy Stuart looks after Membership and Publicity, Wayne Jones takes over Planning Liaison,  Mike Slavin, Andrew Bamji and Rae Festing continue as committee members and Mike Stott joins the committee.

Thursday, February 26

Society's AGM and Annual Lunch 2015

The Society's 43rd Annual General Meeting will be held at St Mary's Centre, Lion Street, on Friday 17 April at 11.15am, followed by our Annual Lunch at The Mermaid Inn.

The Annual Report and information about the Annual Lunch will be sent to members in late March, but meanwhile please put the date in your diary.  We hope to see you then.

Sunday, December 7

Conservation Society Christmas Party 2014

There was a good turnout for the Society's Christmas Party at Rye Town Hall on Friday 5 December.  We were delighted that Amber Rudd MP was able to attend, together with the Deputy Chairman of Rother District Council, Cllr Jimmy Carroll and his wife, and Berni Fiddimore, Mayor of Rye.  The Chairmen of Winchelsea and Northiam Conservation Societies were also present.

As usual, many thanks to Rae and Jen who provided the delicious refreshments and to Kyriacos whose wine-purchasing expertise was much appreciated.  Although all those there missed the presence of our late President, Sir Donald Sinden, we much enjoyed jokes and stories told by our Chairman, John Griffiths.  We wish all our members a very happy Christmas.

Sunday, September 14

Sir Donald Sinden CBE

Sir Donald was appointed President of the Conservation Society on 21 April 1995.  He was a keen supporter, taking an interest in the work of the Society but without interference.

He was a regular attendee at Society Christmas gatherings at the Town Hall and at our annual garden parties. At Christmas parties he would step forward and use his strong and distinctive voice to call the winning numbers of the raffle, and to recount some of his many jokes, some quite risqué.  He was excellent company and a ready mixer.  At our Annual Lunch at The Mermaid Inn, his company and anecdotes made for many happy and memorable occasions.

Sir Donald will be sadly missed by Rye Conservation Society.

Friday, September 5

Conservation Society officers visit Lewes

Members of the Executive and Planning Committee made a return visit to Lewes on 1 September, hosted by the Friends of Lewes, following a visit from them in May last year.

We had a very interesting tour around the town, saw possible development areas, went to the Town Hall where we were given fascinating historical background by a former Mayor, and discussed issues of mutual concern over lunch at the John Harvey tavern.  We admired various plaques which Friends of Lewes, with financial support from the Council, had had erected on interesting sites and historic buildings.

It was a most enjoyable visit and we will continue to keep in touch with Friends of Lewes as many of the problems and challenges we face are the same.  Thank you, Robert and Marcus!

Kenneth Bird, Irene and Wayne Jones, Rae Festing, Margaret Bird, Robert, Marcus and colleague from Friends of Lewes, Helen and John Griffiths, Julian Luckett

Thursday, June 5

2014 Garden Party

Rye Conservation Society's annual garden party struck lucky with the weather.  On Sunday 1 June the sun shone brightly all afternoon as members of the Society, curious Ryers and visitors to the town enjoyed the walled garden of Little Orchard House in West Street, thanks to the owners, Andy and Niki Stuart.

People had travelled from far and wide to come to the party. While a couple from Lewes fairly regularly visit Rye, another from Sarawak in Malaysia were on their first visit to the town.

As well as having a rare chance to view the garden and chat together, attendees enjoyed a lavish cream tea mostly produced by Jen Tomkinson with help from Rae Festing.

"We were delighted so many people came" said John Griffiths, Chairman of Rye Conservation Society "and they were rewarded with a lovely afternoon. The garden and the 'smugglers tower' looked a picture, the tallk was convivial and the cream tea was really beyond compare! The Society would like to thank Jen for making such a superb array of cakes and scones, and to Rae for all her hard work."  

The new Vice President of the Society, Kenneth Bird, and his wife Margaret attended as well as one of the Society’s founders, a former Mayor of Rye, Geraldine Bromley.

Saturday, April 26

Annual General Meeting 2014 and Awards

The Society held its 42nd AGM on Friday 25 April at St Mary's Church Centre.  Some 50 members attended. All the Executive Committee members were re-elected with John Griffiths continuing as Chairman.

Kenneth Bird was made a Vice-President, joining Robert Bromley and Paul Blomfield. Members were saddened to know that our President, Sir Donald Sinden, was in hospital and could not attend either event, and they sent their good wishes to him.

The following awards were made at the meeting:

Townscape Award
for a major contribution to the townscape of Rye
by the restoration and refurbishment of Norman House, West St, Rye

Presented to Drs Andrew and Liz Bamji

Andrew and Liz Bamji receive their award from Julian Luckett, Chair of the Planning Committee

Rye Conservation Society
Special award for the sympathetic re-use of an existing building
14 Tower St, Rye

Presented to The Merchant & Mills Cloth Shop

Carolyn Denham of Merchant & Mills receives her award

At the conclusion of the meeting, Kenneth Bird updated members on the launch of the on-line Rye News, and invited contributors to come forward.  Mike Eve gave members a progress report on the Lion Street development.

The meeting was followed by the Annual Lunch held at The Mermaid Inn, much enjoyed by all who attended, excellent food and wonderful service from The Mermaid, many thanks!