Michael Bourn MBE

One of Rye’s Great Fire Chiefs

It is with great personal sadness I have to report the death of one of Rye’s truly great characters.

I have known ‘Mick’ Bourn since school-days, he was in the same class at Rye Primary.

Mick worked with his dad’s painting and decorating business. He joined the Rye Fire Service when his dad was fire chief at Rye and learned the secrets of Rye’s  inter-connecting buildings, roof and wall spaces. This knowledge became Continue reading Michael Bourn MBE

Rye Team Never Beaten


There can be few football teams in the country who can claim they were never beaten, but sixty years ago a Rye side, only in existence for one season, never lost a match out of the 25 games played. They won the League and Cup Double and the lads owed it all to a teacher. Continue reading Rye Team Never Beaten