Transition Rye wins funding in Monuments Men competition!

It seems like a long time ago that the cast and crew, including George Clooney and Matt Damon, descended on Rye to film some scenes for the soon-to-be-released Monuments Men

Monuments Men film set 1

Monuments Men film set 2

What you may not have realised is that Rose Line Productions, of Sony Pictures, kindly gave a donation of £5,000 to the town of Rye after the filming was complete, with the stipulation that it was to be used to improve the local environment. £1,000 has been earmarked for the Environment Agency to undertake work to resolve some tree problems on the quay in Rye, but the remaining £4,000 was given to Rother Environmental Group (REG) to distribute to local projects through a competition!

Of course, Transition Rye members got together to submit some proposals… and we are delighted to announce that we had three of the five winning bids in the competition! Below are our winning projects, receiving their prizes from James Bateman, Rye’s Harbourmaster.

Rye Community Garden, with Jo Morphy accepting the £750 prize on behalf of our Food Group:
Transition Rye receiving prize funds for setup of Community OrchardRX Energy, with Mike Pepler accepting the £1,500 prize on behalf of the Energy Group – this money will be spent on setting up our community energy co-op, to be known as RX Energy:
Transition Rye receiving prize funds for setup of community energy co-opEnergy Champions, with Mike Slavin accepting the £1,000 prize on behalf of the Energy Group. This money will be used to match fund other sources of funds in order to pay for two people to be trained to deliver home energy advice in and around Rye:
Transition Rye receiving prize funds for setup of Energy ChampionsFinally, here’s all the winners, including Nick Hanna, who won funding towards new cycle stands for Rye, and Cliff Dean of Pett Level Preservation Trust, who won finding for Interpretation Boards to help visitors understand the ecological value of Pett Level, along with Sandy Rodger, Christopher Strangeways and Susan Wilson of REG, and James Bateman, Rye’s Harbourmaster.
Monuments Men REG prize fund winnersSo, watch this space – there is going to be growing activity in several areas in the coming months! We’re very grateful to James Bateman and REG for the instrumental role they played in funding and organising this competition, and to Rose Line Productions and Sony Pictures for making it possible.

[Thanks to Tracy Pepler and Hugh Kermode for the above pictures]

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