Married at St. Mary


Michelle & Alan

St. Mary’s Church, Rye, was the setting for Michelle Lemon and Alan Clark’s Wedding on Saturday 31st July, Michelle is the daughter of Gail and Roy Lemon, and Alan is the son of Alan and Sharon Clark. Continue reading Married at St. Mary

BBC Award-winning Star at Rye

‘One of the most gifted acoustic guitarists of his generation’ Mike Harding, Radio 2 A spellbinding mix of finger-picking guitar and warm vocals from award-winning folk artist Sam Carter is the latest addition to the live music programme at The School Creative Centre in Rye. Continue reading BBC Award-winning Star at Rye

The Jempsons of Rye

The Jempsons of Rye and East Sussex




This is an attempt to answer ARTHUR WOODGATES article in the JANUARY 2010 edition of’ “RYE’S OWN” with the help from other members of the family THE JEMPSON’S are a large family, now vary widespread across this country and abroad, those that we know of all originate from RIOHARD JEMPSON of Mountfield (Died 1749) & ANNIE GAFFIELD of Whatlington (Died 1733). They were married at Whatlington. Continue reading The Jempsons of Rye

School Going From Strength To Strength

By Sally Lampitt

Just a year after opening, The School Creative Centre in Rye has firmly established itself as a centre of creative excellence in Rother – demonstrating how community, arts and business can work together to become a powerful and successful force. Continue reading School Going From Strength To Strength

Rye Arts Festival

The 39th Rye Arts Festival,which kicks off on 11th September and a packed programme of events runs through to 26th September, offering music, exhibitions, literary talks and a whole lot more for Ryers to enjoy. Continue reading Rye Arts Festival

Old family names of Rye

Arthur Woodgate remembers the old family names of Rye and examines other topics of interest to those of us who have spent most of our lives in this small, proud town I thought I knew most Rye Harbour people and I still know the name of Saunders, and must have known Graham’s dad but he was 14 years older than me when at school and in early teens 14 years was a long time. (Graham Saunders has written more reminiscences in a letter in this month’s Pen & Ink). Continue reading Old family names of Rye

Misty & Matty’s Wedding Day

Married at St Mary’s Church in Rye on Saturday 21st August were Misty Allen and Matty Allen-Purvis. Misty is the daughter of Kim and Nick Allen from Rye, Matty is the son of Janet and Ivor Barret from Billingham. Continue reading Misty & Matty’s Wedding Day

Exploring Rye with Brian Hargreaves

Exploring Rye with Brian Hargreaves is a fascinating new guide to Rye. By Joyce Rye The beautifully produced book is packed with dozens of black and white drawings of buildings and streets each one correctly drawn along with short captions giving their history. There is a map which enables the reader to locate the street that they are looking at easily while walking round the town. Continue reading Exploring Rye with Brian Hargreaves

Kelvin Leaves Rye Harbour on 900 mile bike ride

Amateur cyclist Kelvin Pawsey, son of David Pawsey (Town Hall Keeper) and Sandra Pawsey (who organised the Garden Safari’s for the Hospice) embarked on his two-wheeled charity adventure of the year when he set off from Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station on Sunday 1 August. Continue reading Kelvin Leaves Rye Harbour on 900 mile bike ride