Rye Country Market celebrates 40 years

I would like to express my congratulations to Rye Country Market which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. In a festive atmosphere, this significant milestone was acknowledged with a toast made by Colonel Anthony Kimber, a regular face at the market and a Rye resident.

My mother, Jenny Stapley, has been the manager for more years than I can remember and whenever I am back in Rye I visit this really worthy community enterprise. Every Friday morning local people provide the very best in fresh seasonal produce, home-made cakes, savouries and preserves, plants and flowers and beautiful crafts – it is a service that the community should be proud to have on their doorstep.

Like every community activity, it survives only with the support from both local residents and visitors and I recommend anyone who hasn’t been to pop in and see what’s on offer – the variety and quality of the fresh produce is excellent. Not only a market, it is a meeting place where customers catch up over coffee and homemade cake.This anniversary is a huge achievement from a committed and enthusiastic group – I hope they continue to see another 40 years.

Jo Stapley, London