Captain Tom

An inspiration to the nation


Captain Tom Moore reached one hundred and has become an inspiration
to the whole nation after beating Covid19 and raising £30,000,000
for the NHS in a sponsored walk around his garden.

He captured the imagination of people locked down in an effort to
stem the endless list of death that we are reading on a daily basis.

Captain Tom Moore served his country in WW2 in the jungles of Burma,
he saw Spitfires and Hurricanes “Flying in anger” in those dark wartime

Now, in a few short weeks leading up to his 100th. birthday, the veteran
of WW2 has served the nation again, bringing not only a vast thirty
million pound boost to the NHS but a much more valuable commodity
to each and every one of us – optimism, faith and hope that this terrible
invisible enemy can be beaten. He is so convincing and his message
that “Tomorrow will be a good day” has been seized upon by people
who have been so confined and to doctors, nurses and all the essential
workers who have carried on despite personal danger.

Today (30 April 2020) he has been honoured on his birthday by The
Prime Minister, his regiment, who have promoted him to colonel, the
Royal Air Force with a Battle of Britain Fly-past and the MCC who
have made him a member of the English Cricket Team. On his birthday
he also became the oldest person ever to become Number One in the
music charts with Never Walk Alone.

A small connection with Rye – The 150,000 cards that Captain Tom received
for his birthday were sorted at Bedford School. It was to a school
in Bedford that Rye Grammar School was evacuated to in 1940.

Here at Rye’s Own we offer our own congratulations to Colonel Tom
Moore and also congratulate the BBC who have covered the story from
the start in such a dignified way. The BBC have come under a lot of
criticism of late but no one could fault their coverage of Captain
Tom and his families epic fund raising feat.

Jim Hollands

Puzzle for Today Number Four

How many of these old Ryers do you recognise?

A few clues – They left school in the 1950’s

Most were born before the war

Some spent most of their lives in America

One is a well known Rye potter

One played soccer at a good standard

Rye’s Own Bulletin Monday  23 October 2017

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Hugh is Open for Business

Hugh is Down but Not Out

Hugh Sutton’s well loved little shop on the Winchelsea Beach road, was all but demolished by a car that drove into the side and out through the back at 12.30 am on Tuesday morning. Stock and shelving was destroyed and the building itself was left in danger of collapsing altogether.

Hugh, who has worked this shop for as long as most people can remember, was determined not to let his many customers down and immediately set about getting up and running again. Continue reading Hugh is Open for Business

Rye Characters of the 1960s

All the best people live in Rye

Some of the great Rye Characters from the 1960s – Some still with us – others gone but never forgotten.

Football teams, scouts, Cyclists, mayoring money, banquet at The George.


Mayoring Day Rye 1968

Continue reading Rye Characters of the 1960s

Peter Robert Dee MBE


11th February 1927 to 1st February 2017

Early Life

Peter was born in Herne Bay, Kent to Richard George James Dee and Herminie Anna Hilda Dee (nee Wedge). He had one older brother, Denis.

They moved to Rye in about 1932 and initially lived in one of the pre-fabricated cottages in West Undercliffe, opposite the water pumping station. They moved to Udimore Road in 1936 and Peter lived in the same house for the rest of his life.

Peter attended the Freda Gardham Secondary Modern School in New Road until he left aged about 14. Peter, his mother and Denis were evacuated during the war, but were only away for 8 weeks as they missed Rye too much. At school he received the cane once. King George V and Queen Mary visited Rye and the Headmaster had forbidden any pupils to go and see them. However Peter and a couple of his mates thought this was too good an opportunity to miss and slipped Continue reading Peter Robert Dee MBE

Rye Characters of the Present Number Three – Eric Bourne

Eric Bourne – The Transport Expert

Eric Bourne is one of Rye’s present day characters. He is as well known in Rye as his father and grandfather before him. One of the toughest business men in the town for many years, he, with the help of brother Roy, transformed the four vehicle removal company into the massive International Movers, employing over 100 people, that it is today. Continue reading Rye Characters of the Present Number Three – Eric Bourne

The Kettle O’ Fish and Jimper Support Memorial Care Centre

An endless stream of diners partook of a special Fish and Chip Supper at the brand new Kettle O’Fish Restaurant on Saturday 27 March. The event raised a grand total of over £500 for the benefit of the Memorial Care Centre at Rye. Continue reading The Kettle O’ Fish and Jimper Support Memorial Care Centre