Rye Observer Comment: You are never too old to learn

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THE techo-phobic can take comfort from Liz Hojlund who, at the age of 73, is not only computer literate but can build a computer from scratch or ressurrect a dead PC from the cyber-graveyard.

Computers that Elizabeth rebuilds and restores are then put to good use by charities or families on low incomes.

Elizabeth even shares her remarkable skill with others, teaching weekly computer classes at Rye Library.

She is an inspiration to many who struggle to compose and send an email and proof positive that you are never too old to learn.


IT was quite a weekend in Rye - one of spectacular celebration and thoughtful remembrance,

The town’s bonfire celebrations were among the biggest and best ever and held in the dry for a welcome change.

The Bonfire Society and all involved should be proud of themselves - what other event could attract 17,000 people to Rye on a winter’s night?

The late autumn sun cast its light over Remembrance services, and wreath laying ceremomies, in Rye and the surrounding communities on Sunday.

The Rye area was on the front-line of aerial attacks during the last war and may lost their lives to bombs or in dog-fights over Rye and the surrounding coast and farmland.

The theme of remembrance continues this Sunday when a special service at Rye Harbour Church honours the 17 men who lost their lives when the Mary Stanford Lifeboat capsized.

Much time has passed but the impact of that fateful night in November 1928 is still felt in the close-knit community today.



PARKING charges have hit the headlines again after Rother District Council decided it wanted to claw in an extra £100,000 of revenue a year, instead of the £60,000 as previously suggested, from the district-owned car parks

This means people who use Battle’s Mount Street and Market Square car parks may find themselves hit with even larger price hikes in the future in the council’s bid to reach this target.

The town’s district councillors and traders are fighting a valiant battle against the ridiculous proposals to do away with free Christmas parking and free overnight parking.

Let’s hope this isn’t all in vain as Rother seems to be more and more determined as the time goes on to do the very best it can to drive shoppers and businesses out of this dear town.

Petitions are available in numerous businesses in the town. Take the time to sign them.