Memorial Service For Peter Dee MBE. 1927-2017

Memorial Service for an Exceptional Ryer

The  Memorial service for Peter Dee MBE will be on Wednesday 8th February at St. Mary’s Church, Rye at 11.30am, followed by the wake at River Haven. All are welcome. If anyone would like to make donation to the Royal Air Forces Association and St Mary’s church, two enterprises close to his heart, then please send to Ellis Bros, Funeral Directors, The Old Fire Station, 3 Ferry Road, Rye, TN31 7DJ. Continue reading Memorial Service For Peter Dee MBE. 1927-2017

Another Great Ryer Has Gone

Last remaining Alderman from Rye Borough Days

Peter Dee

It is with great sadness we report the death of Rye’s last remaining Aldermen from the Borough Council Days.

Peter Dee was as well known in Rye as the Landgate Tower. An ever present in theparade at the Mayoring Day event and a popular member of Rye’s community.  Continue reading Another Great Ryer Has Gone

Sad News

Heather Worked at “Rye’s Own” in 1965

It is with deep regret  we report the passing of Heather Bryant who as Heather Bottomley worked for “Rye’s Own” when it was first published in November 1965.

Heather played a vital part in those early days, selling advertising and working with Elaine Pepprell on the regular Down Rye Way series that featured local personalities.

Heather died peacefully at St Michaels Hospice early in the evening of 22 August. Her family  were at her bedside. Continue reading Sad News

Rye Councillor and Artist Dies

Another Character Lost to the Town

By Jim Hollands

It is with a heavy heart I have to report the death of yet another great Rye Character.

Bonfire Auction John Izod 'Posh Porter'
 John Izod 

Councillor John Izod has been a great supporter of Rye and Rye’s Own over the years. He has provided the magazine with hundreds of drawings and cartoons and left a legacy of his own, very distinctive art work for future generations to enjoy.

 

Continue reading Rye Councillor and Artist Dies

Robert Vincent – A True Ryer

A TRUE RYER

No man is more deserving of the title ‘True Ryer’ than Robert Vincent, who died at the Conquest Hospital on Saturday 13 October 2012.

Robert was know to almost every soul who lives in the town. His own particular brand of humour seem to make everyone smile.

He was born in Rye, went to school in Rye, played football for Rye, worked in Rye and lived in Rye for his entire lifetime. The eulogy, read at Robert’s funeral by son Continue reading Robert Vincent – A True Ryer

Roger Breeds

Roger Breeds

by Jim Hollands

 

It is with great sadness I report the news that Roger Breeds, former Mayor of Rye, has died.

Roger was a supporter of “Rye’s Own”. He regarded himself as a Ryer and so he was, for he is a direct line descendant of another Breeds who was Mayor of Rye in 1560 and 1569 also Member of Parliament for Rye from 1563 to 1572 in the days Continue reading Roger Breeds

David Smeed

By Jim Hollands

It seemed that the whole of Tilling Green from the 1950’s and 60’s had turned up at Playden Church for the funeral of one of Rye’s unsung heroes. There were faces there I had not seen for 50 years or more. They came to pay respects to a very talented man. Continue reading David Smeed

Ron’s Gone

A personal tribute by Ion Castro to Ron Fellows, a friend, colleague and contributor to ‘Hastings Town’.

Ron Passed away in St.Michael’s Hospice on 15th July 2011 after a short illness and his funeral took place at Hastings Cemetery on 28th July. Continue reading Ron’s Gone

Bessie Sylvia (Rusty) Ellis nee Keetch

30th. June 1910-10th April 2011

By Jack Hemmings

Rusty Ellis passed away in her sleep, in her own own home, during her 101st year following a short illness. She was born in Bedfordshire before the start of WW1. Rusty was born Bessy Keech in Cardington near Bedford on the day that Florence Nightingale died. Two of the songs of the day were “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” and The Ballad of Casey Jones. Continue reading Bessie Sylvia (Rusty) Ellis nee Keetch