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  • Writer's pictureJane Brook

August Newsletter 2023

Say Hello!

This month we welcome the following new members:

You'll of noticed our membership growing ever more diverse as we see new market segments joining our ranks each month. This is really encouraging and dare we say pretty impressive for a small independant Chamber run enitrely by volunteers! Don't miss our next meeting - it's going to be a real cracker! TICKETS ON SALE NOW!


Rye Roundup: your at-a-glance digest of Chamber news for the last month

  • The Public Consultation concerning the future of the ticket office at Rye Station has been extended to 1st September. If you haven’t already done so you can submit your views here

  • Rye Voluntary Association is recruiting for two roles which will increase the association’s capacity to support the voluntary sector in Rye: Project Lead – Community Development; Marketing & Communications Officer. Links for each job description can be found here -

  • Rye Chamber met with Go Jauntly – the walking app, to discuss partnership and collaboration opportunities for Rye and the surrounding area. Rye Chamber will be meeting with them again in the autumn to progress ideas further.

  • Rye Chamber is working with Small Business Britain to develop a Netwalk for our area. Netwalks already exist in 19 areas around Britain and give small business owners a chance to get out of their usual workplace and meet to share ideas and experiences, build support networks and make time to walk and talk. We will update members on this soon.

  • Through our membership of the ACES network, Rye Chamber endorsed a letter from the Gatwick Diamond Initiative to the Secretary of State for Transport in support of Gatwick Airport’s planning application for routine use of the northern runway. The plans will deliver new global and regional connections, creating 10,000 jobs and a significant boost of £1bn each year to the economy of the southeast.

  • BeePositive Training will be holding an Emergency First Aid and Work training session for volunteers at St Mary’s Church on 11th September. The course has been opened to local businesses and is a great opportunity to get staff trained and do some local networking. The cost for the course is £57 per person and you can find out more here:

  • Rother District Council is launching a new community capital grant on the 1st September – The Spaces Improvement Fund. This funding comes from the Rural England Property Fund (REPF) and will be looking to fund projects which create and improve community green (land) and blue (outdoor water) spaces in Rother. The total funding pot is £100K. Importantly for us, Bexhill is outside of the scope of this funding as it is designed to support rural places. Projects could include community gardens, watercourses and embankments along with incorporating natural features into wider public spaces. All projects must demonstrate positive improvements for nature. Further details and eligibility can be found here:

  • Rye Chamber funded the filming of the QE1 Pageant that took place on the 12th August organised by the Heritage Centre. The film is currently being edited and will be used by the Heritage Centre for future marketing of events to draw visitors to Rye.

  • Congrats to Clive Sawyer Gallery who had his work featured on Channel 4!

  • Rye Chamber is very conscious of the effect that the draconian parking policy in Camber has had on the summer season both for businesses in Camber and for holiday visitors. Talks are in progress with 1066 Country Marketing, The Camber Action Group and Bexhill Chamber with a view to seeking a dialogue with RDC to seek alternative solutions going forward.

  • Councillor Rebekah Gilbert has updated the Chamber on the growing links between Rye and Montreuil Sur Mer. Schools in both towns are already planning exchange visits next May and June. The Mermaid Inn is also working on chef student exchanges with the town. Work continues to match English speaking businesses in Montreuil Sur Mer with Rye businesses so that further partnerships and opportunities can be explored.



  • Our walkabout for September is Monday 4th. Let us know if you want us to pop in for a chat!

  • If you missed it above, don't forget our Autumn meeting will take place on Wednesday 13th September at Rye Wharf. We’ll have a tour of the facilities and the businesses that operate there. Our guest speakers will be Richard Benge (Rastrum Ltd), Liam Booth (Freight Express Seacon) and Emily Van Eyssen (Remote Recruitment). There will be pizza courtesy of Wild Flame Pizza and beer courtesy of Ethel Loves Me. As always, the event will be an excellent opportunity to meet some new contacts, learn something new and have an enjoyable evening. Non-members are welcome. Click here to find out more and book your tickets.

  • There will be a 1066 members meeting held via Teams on Tuesday September 26th between 10am-12pm, hosted by the new team at the helm from Rother District Council. The meeting will be an opportunity to ask questions and discuss how best we can all work together to take the partnership forward. Please note if you aren’t already a 1066 Member but you’d like to be then there is a discounted dual membership for Rye Chamber members – get in touch if you’d like to take advantage of this.

  • Little Gate Farm is holding a thank-you day on Saturday 23rd September between 2-5pm. The day will include farm tours and refreshments and there will be games to keep younger supporters entertained. If you’d like to attend please rsvp to by the 1st September. Little Gate Farm has also announced it will be holding a 10th Anniversary Black Tie event on Saturday 14th October at the Relais Cooden Beach. Those of you who attended our summer BBQ at Little Gate Farm will already know about the excellent work that they do to help people with learning disabilities and autism into paid work. This celebratory evening will also be a fundraiser to support their work. If you’d like to book tickets or a table you can find out more here –

  • We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Weds 18th October at The George in Rye. Details will follow.


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