The Printing Reformer

“A Summary History of Rye”
The Printing Reformer

by Rya

Part XVII — Henry Pocock Clark

In 1861 H. P. Clark’s printing office in the High Street issued “Clark’s Guide and History of Rye,” a small volume of great interest to the local historian for much that is recorded therein is not to be found elsewhere. Written in a witty and amusing style, often interspersed with verse, the author revealed probably far Continue reading The Printing Reformer

Jimper’s Jottings April 1967

Rye’s Oldest Inhabitants

In and around our old town of Rye we have, living here, one of the most highly developed and intelligent communities. They live with one another a free and easy life, having their own councils making their own laws, which are centuries old, choosing, surveying, building, breeding, feeding and dying. They have no Continue reading Jimper’s Jottings April 1967

Spring Fashion Comes to Town

Spring Fashion Comes to Town

by our Fashion Correspondent

What a swinging time the audience had at Rose-Anne’s Fashion Parades on March 14, at the George Hotel in aid of The National Cancer Relief Fund.

The large audience at both shows gave Margot Grahame a most wonderful reception when she opened the shows and spoke with great feeling, how this scourge is being fought and gradually overcome.

The Commere was a great personality in Miss Caroline Grey, The Squeezy Mum on I.T.V.

The Parade was varied, it held the audience entranced at the terrific stock held by this boutique, great fun were the trouser suits and the culotte evening dresses. The flower and organza hats brought many “ohs and “ahs.” The models modelled clothes from 36 to 46 inch hips and all ensembles were Charming and most wearable for our everyday lives.

All shades of pink were shown and black and white is almost ousting navy and white for the great Spring favourite.

Amazingly the Stetson hat seems to be able to be worn extremely well by all ages

They are big news with the young ones, but surprisingly they are not the prerogative of the swinging chics.


The easy multi-coloured semi-fitted shifts were in pastels and gorgeous sizzling colours to greet the sun.

Rose-Anne repeated the innovation she created last year by asking Bennetts the men’s shop to co-operate with her with male models showing the latest in men’s gear and this was fun for the audience and extremely well done. Great credit due to all the models in this new venture.

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Mrs. Griffiths said a few words welcoming Mr. Macer, who is Chairman of the local National Cancer Relief Society and expressed the pleasure we all felt at seeing him so well recovered from his recent illness. He was here in two capacities and she hoped he didn’t feel as if he had two heads

The Mayor had written a personal letter to Mrs. Griffiths saying how sorry he was not to be able to be present at the parade but he had a previous engagement but was sure Mr. Macer would enjoy coming in his stead and of course he also came as Chairman in his own right. At the end of the afternoon show Miss Margot Grahame was pre­sented with an orchid corsage from the bride and in the evening was presented with a carnation bouquet and warmly thanked by Mrs. Griffiths for making her special journey for the day from London to help the cause.

Rye’s Own April 1967

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South Saxon

Life as it was lived 50 years ago in a small village near Rye as seen by R. D. Symons of Silton, Sasks., Canada

I grew up in hearing of the slow, country speech of the people of Sussex.

Only occasionally have I heard it over the past fifty and more years, for most of the English immigrants to the prairies come from the industrial areas of the Midlands and North of England. Continue reading South Saxon

Highway Patrol

Routine Incident – Kilo 30

Picture and story supplied by the East Sussex Police

It was a glorious spring day and we were patrolling in the Police car, thankful for a quiet spell.

The radio crackled and came to life. “Kilo 30 go to Wellers Wood, traffic accident, ambulance sent.” We sped towards the scene, other traffic giving way to our persistent two-tone. The ambulance was just ahead of us, the blue lamp flashing the urgency of its mission. Three minutes later I was kneeling on the front bench Continue reading Highway Patrol

Rye Firm at New York International Toy Fair

New York International Toy Fair 1967

For the first time in its history Dean’s Rag Book Company Ltd., of Rye this year took part independently in the Great New York Toy Show. The Company formed part of a British Exhibit within the main toy fair and Mr. Ian Scott, their General Manager, represented them there. He reports a lot of interest in the Rye firm’s products— “In particular,” says Mr. Ian Scott, “I was delighted with the response that our soft toys brought. It is obvious that the American buyers are very Continue reading Rye Firm at New York International Toy Fair

Saturday 6 April 1907

Easter Holidays – A Festival of Sunshine – Many Visitors

Beautiful sunshine and serene atmosphere favoured the holidays throughout. Commencing with Good Friday, the sun soon manifested its genial effects, and from early morn until the fall of the shades of evening visitors from neighbouring towns and residents were enjoying the picturesque sunlit walks in the immediate neighbourhood of Rye. At night the moon rose at its full, and both country and town looked exceedingly beautiful under the silver glow. Continue reading Saturday 6 April 1907

Rye at War – Part Two

Rye at War

Part Two — In The Front Line

In August and September of 1940 Ryers had a grandstand seat for the greatest air battle in history, the “Battle of Britain” that was raging in the skies overhead.

The town suffered another serious bombing attack on October 9th, 1940 when 18 50 kilo bombs were dropped, doing extensive damage.

In September the invasion threat was at its height, it seemed certain that the Germans would attempt an invasion at any minute. With the idea in mind that a man would fight harder defending his own home town the Rye company of the Home Guard was allotted the positions on the town side of the river, along the Continue reading Rye at War – Part Two

Down Rye Way – Bob Woolley

by “Elaine”

He guarded the Bank of England

Robert Woolley first saw the light of day in 1894. He was born in the Mint.

Bob, as he has always been called, first went to school at Mermaid Street then going on to the Lion Street school for the second part of his education. Before leaving school he took a job as a Hot Roll Boy delivering bread rolls around the town for Mr. Clark who had a bake-house in Needles Passage. The rolls, sold mainly for people’s breakfasts, were 1d. each or 7 for 3d. Bob Woolley also did a milk round at this time and he completed both jobs before he started school in the Continue reading Down Rye Way – Bob Woolley

Soccer Chat April 1967

Soccer Chat

Iden  The Cup Fighters.

With the end of the season in sight the clubs are jockeying for position in their respective leagues. For Rye and local clubs Cup prospects have disappeared.
Little Iden, riding high on the top of the Hastings League Division IV table, have carried the cup banner the longest, eventually being knocked out of the Lower Divisions Cup by Division III league leaders, Clive Vale. Iden did not go out without a great fight though, after being 3-0 down at half time in their third round match Continue reading Soccer Chat April 1967