Rye Harbour Martello Tower - photo J. Allsup
The Monica Edwards Appreciation Society’s first visit to Westling (Rye Harbour, East Sussex) will take place on Saturday, 13th October, 2007.

ALL ARE WELCOME and bring your friends, family, etc.

So we will know how many to expect please email Henrietta Chew at henri@monicaedwards.co.uk including « RH Visit » in the subject line BEFORE 1st October.
You will then receive further details and a mobile contact number in case you are delayed on the day. But if you decide at the last minute to make the trip please do come along.
There will be no charges for attending - although a collection might be taken towards covering any expenses.

We will convene at 9.30am in the car park on the hard for a walk round Rye Harbour setting off at about 10.30am. On the programme will be a visit to Cloudesley Castle (aka Camber Castle) which will be specially opened for us, and possibly Winklesea (Winchelsea) with stops for refreshment as necessary. Obviously, with the current Foot and Mouth Disease situation, our plans need to be flexible.

We have booked the Village Hall for the afternoon so, if needed, we can lay on tea and home-made cakes, etc., and discuss our day.

Please bring comfortable shoes and waterproofs and a packed lunch. There may be places where access for the disabled is awkward but I don’t think there is anywhere that is completely inaccessible. We regret that this event is probably not suitable for children under 10.

Joyce and Henri will be staying over so if anyone else is staying we could meet up for a meal in the evening. Rye, itself, is a very pretty town and well worth a visit - I can recommend the Rye model “son et lumiere” at the Tourist Information Centre on the Strand Quay. Rye is also “Tilling”, setting for the Mapp and Lucia stories by E F Benson who lived in the house previously occupied by Henry James, the American author. The church, which M E describes as looking like a Rhode Island Red hen surrounded by her chickens, is interesting and the climb up to the top of the tower is well worth the effort.

We can only suggest, not recommend, accommodation but click on the following link for B&Bs in the area:

the Monica Edwards Appreciation Society September 2007