Information about Coronavirus and Rye’s community response to the pandemic

Save Rye Hire

The campaign to save Rye Hire

Honorary Freemen & Covid Thanks

On Friday 12 November, Rye Town Council met at the Rye Community Centre to pay tribute to some special members of the Community.

Carl Bagwell was voted in as an Honorary Freeman of the Town of Rye, having been nominated by Deputy Mayor, Councillor Andi Rivett. Councillor Rivett paid tribute to Mr Bagwell’s longstanding commitment to the Port of Rye, during his tenure as Harbour Master; and his voluntary contributions to a wide array of organisations in and around the town.

In October 2020, Christine Emson was also made an Honorary Freeman of the town. Due to covid restrictions the meeting was held virtually, meaning there was a delay in presenting her scroll. Christine was finally able to be honoured in front of the Council and members of the community she has served.

Finally, a special Certificate of Thanks was presented, by the Mayor, to a small group of volunteers and co-ordinators representing all those assisting at the Vaccination Centre in Rye. The volunteers, numbering around 50 in total, were recognised for their commitment and hard work in contributing to the valuable provision of a vaccine centre for the town.

Carl Bagwell receiving his Honorary Freemanship
Christine Emson receiving her Freemans scroll
Volunteers from Rye’ Vaccination Centre receiving a certificate of thanks

Audit 2020-21

Civil Parking Enforcement

Information about on-street parking in Rye

Information about parking permits in Rye

Rye Information Point

Now open – Monday to Thursday: 10am – 1pm Friday to Sunday: 10am – 4pm (closed from 1-1.30pm)

Visitor and resident information enquiries can now be handled at our Information Point, located at Rye Town Hall.

Call in to browse our range of local gifts, souvenirs and books. Our information assistants will be able to help you with anything from information about local attractions and accommodation, to reports of potholes and council related enquiries.

Call 01797 223902 or email

Rye Town Hall, Market Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7LA

Ceremonies at Rye Town Hall

Find out more about ceremonies at Rye Town Hall

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