One of Rye’s Best has Died

By Jim Hollands

He witnessed the Battle of Britain from his Back Garden in New Road

Battle of Britain
Battle of Britain

I was so very sad to hear the news that one of our favourite contributors, Clifford Bloomfield, has died. He was a staunch supporter of “Rye’s Own”,  we have published so much of his work over the years.

His daughter Sarah posted this moving message on the Rye’s Own News Group this morning :-

“Morning ..just thought I’d send you a message and let you know that my dad Clifford Bloomfield ..of Aronford  Leasam  Lane, passed away on Friday morning at home with his family ….as I know he was often adding to Rye’s Own and a local Rye historian, absolutely devoted to Rye history ..and a very active member of Rye History Group..and author of several small books including ”Wings Over Rye”… ..funeral date and arrangements to follow …

Tribute in the March issue of Rye’s Own

Rye’s Own Bulletin Tuesday 16 February


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Sad Loss of Popular Rye Teacher


By John Breeds

I am sad to report the death of Stan Jones, a caring and totally dedicated Rye teacher for almost half a century.

Stan was appointed to the staff of Rye Grammer School in 1953 to teach mathematics and games. He continued to teach at Thomas Peacocke School where he became Head of Maths and at the Community College, becoming Senior Deputy Head before his retirement in 1988. After this he continued to work as a supply teacher, so giving almost four decades of service to the school. Continue reading Sad Loss of Popular Rye Teacher