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

Brexit and Rye

Let’s be men – Let’s be Ryers

Ryers by birth or by choice are all Ryers if they love this old town and what it stands for.

By Jim Hollands

Our ancestors stood together for independance 200 years ago

Over Two hundred years ago, direct relatives of myself, Bill Waters, Alec Tiltman, Jimper Sutton, Bernard Clark, Terry Curd and many other well known Ryers became part of the Rye Company of Sea Fencibles that drilled in the Gun Garden and waited to take on Napoleon Bonaparte, who stood with his armies on the French Coast. Bonaparte did not arrive, he decided to go to Russia instead.

Men of Rye 1894
Men of Rye 1894

His Navy was defeated at Trafalgar in 1805 and the Duke of Wellington, later to become MP for Rye, defeated him at Waterloo, putting an end to his war against Continue reading Brexit and Rye

Finale Tribute to John & Jimper

As a fitting and moving finale to this year’s display, Rye Bonfire will be launching ashes of two of its well loved members, John Izod and Jimper Sutton, in the last rocket!

Bonfire Societies, drumming groups, and marching bands from all over Sussex will be joining Rye Bonfire Society in celebrating Rye Fawkes Pageant 2016 on Saturday 12 November.

The procession will start following a large signal maroon at 19:50 from Mason Road, on the Tilling Green Estate; the route will follow Ferry Road to the Crown Inn, turn left into Cinque Ports Street, Tower Street, through Landgate Arch, Hilders Cliff (East Cliff) in to High Street, The Mint, turn right into Wish Ward, Cinque Ports Street, Tower Street, left down Landgate, right into Bedford Place and on to the Bonfire site. Continue reading Finale Tribute to John & Jimper

Jimper Classics – Number One

Doomed from the Start

Someone had an idea for a documentary to be shown on the television.  The plan was for a typical English family of five to take a holiday at the seaside and do whatever they wished.  To start with that was not to the scriptwriter’s fancy.  He or she had other plans; they had to do something and keep to a schedule.

Jimper Sutton
Jimper Sutton

So the plot was hatched.  The location was to be Blackpool in midsummer and the family was to come from Manchester.  The producer sent someone out to view the location and rent a chalet on the seashore with the promise that it opened straight onto the sands.  Alas the person came back with the news that such a place was nowhere to be found and more to the point would be very expensive at the peak of the holiday season and any rent-able property had been booked months before.  Continue reading Jimper Classics – Number One

Goodbye Jimper – You Have Touched So Many Lives

Jimper  Leaves Rye for the Last Time

The funeral for Jimper at St. Mary’s Church was a very special event. Saying goodbye to a person whose presence was so powerful and who filled any room he entered, was not easy.

A very sad occasion was made so much easier in the knowledge that Jimper himself would have approved of all the arrangements that were made by his family and the wonderful support the Bonfire Boys gave by attending in Bonfire Dress and drumming him to the Church. Continue reading Goodbye Jimper – You Have Touched So Many Lives

Jimper’s Funeral Service

Bonfire Drummers Will Lead Cortège To St. Mary’s Church.

One of Rye’s best loved characters will be laid to rest today, Friday 8 July.

Jimper Sutton’s Funeral Cortège will be led by Bonfire Society drummers from the Landgate to St. Mary’s Church, Rye for the 11 am. Service.

Jimper By Marina Kim
Jimper By Marina Kim

Bonfire Societies from all over East Sussex will be represented, many in Continue reading Jimper’s Funeral Service

Jimper’s Funeral Service

Jimper’s Funeral Service Will be at St. Mary’s Church, Rye

St Mary’s Church, Rye is the venue for the Funeral Service of Jimper Sutton, who died on Monday 20 June aged 72.

Jimper in Recent Years

Jimper, Fisherman, Farmer, Author, Story Teller, Countryman,  Bonfire Boy, was Rye’s best known character in a Town that is famous for it’s long list of Personalities.

The Funeral Service will be at 11am. on Friday 8 July

“Rye’s Own” Bulletin Saturday 25 June 2016


Jimper Sutton

It is with a very heavy heart I have to report the death of my great friend and one of “Rye’s Own’s” finest contributors.

Jimper in Recent Years
Jimper Sutton

Jimper has been writing for the magazine almost from the very start in 1965. His knowledge of country matters and fearless contributions on almost any topic have made him one of the most popular Rye Characters over many, many years. Continue reading Jimper

Rye’s Own June 2015

The June issue of Rye’s Own is on sale in all Local Newsagents Now.

Features Include :-

News of Arthur & Jimper

Jempsons Celebrate 80th. Anniversary

Roger Breeds 1941 -2015

Rye Mayor Starts Second Term of Office

Pictures from Rye Sports in the 1960’s

Hastings Carnival Court

Hands Across the Sea at Hythe

The Pier  2016  A Tony May article with lots of pictures

Trikes by the Sea – An Ion Castro Picture Feature

War & Peace Revival at Hythe (Westernhanger) in July – Preview of new Aerial features,

Alice in Wonderland and Peasmarsh : Special feature that will fascinate Lewis Carroll fans

Sky Dive for Pilgrims Hospice

Jimper’s Jottings – Local Country Life personality Jimper Sutton is back after illness

Antique Road Trip at Rye Auction Galleries

Grass Track Cycle Racing at Rye Sports in the 1960’s – New Romney cyclist Mike Ashdown was the local star


Anzak Day report from Richard Holdsworth, our “Rye’s Own”  Correspondent in Australia

Bonfire Auction at The Mermaid Breaks all Records

Spice of Rye Life

E. F. Benson – Freeman of Rye

The Tony May Pages – Packed with  interesting people

“Greenman of the Year” Tony May takes a unique look at Jack in the Green

Book Preview “Coastlines – The Story of Our Shore by Patrick Barkham.

Turret Clock Movement at Hole Park, Rolvenden and connections with Rye

Local Soccer Team are National Champions

The Ever Popular “Bernard’s Problem Page”


Plus much, much more


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