Great Night Rye Old Scholars Association

Rye College witnessed a deafening noise on Saturday 3 October, it was a noise of nostalgia and reminiscing from former students of RGS and RSM who attended schools in the 1960’s. For some, if was the first time they have returned, others had returned before but had travelled many miles to be at the event. Graham Alcock had travelled from New Zealand. Guests arriving during the first hour enjoyed tours of the college courtesy of Executive Principal Ann Cockerham and her team of senor students. Continue reading Great Night Rye Old Scholars Association

Anzac Day


The 100th Anniversary

By Richard Holdsworth

While Australian and New Zealand troops (ANZACS) are usually associated with the bravery and deaths suffered at Gallipoli, troops from the county of Sussex also fought and died in this terrible and, ultimately, fruitless campaign during WWl. Continue reading Anzac Day

Shaky Isles

Ryer John Wallbank, who emigrated to New Zealand many years ago has
kept in close touch with the home of his birth and has contributed
several articles to “Rye’s Own” since the Millennium. We asked him
to give us a story on the Earthquake at Christchurch. Continue reading Shaky Isles

Rye Travel Agents Show Way

‘Rolling countryside and a fold down bed’.

A train journey through Thailand.

By Anneka Bones.

“As a stopover on my Round-the-World travels with my boyfriend, we spent 3 weeks in Thailand and, on the advice of our travel agent, found ourselves catching the sleeper train from bustling Bangkok up to the chilled-out Chiang Mai. Continue reading Rye Travel Agents Show Way

Shearing at Salts Farm

A report on sheep shearing appeared in the East Sussex News, 1983 where Mick Cutting was featured giving a sheep a short back and sides at Romney Marsh Shearing Championships, he was one of three in the year’s England International team which reached the last six in the Shearer of the year Competition. Continue reading Shearing at Salts Farm

Rye Travel Agent Top Australian Award

Southern Cross Travel are delighted to announce that Penny Bones, Their own ‘in-house’ Premier Aussie Specialist, has just been voted ‘Aussie Specialist of the Year 2008’ by Tourism Australia. Continue reading Rye Travel Agent Top Australian Award

Smells of Yesteryear


By John Wallbank (New Zealand)

The February edition of Rye’s Own was opened in early March, and the contents eagerly perused. Just perhaps a little later than all the Ryers that take the time to digest the monthly quota of memories and facts from both the distant and not too distant past. Continue reading Smells of Yesteryear

50 Year Anniversary


Rye Old Scholars Association held a very successful reunion on 24th June at Thomas Peacocke Community College for those who were at secondary schools in Rye in the 1960s and to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the opening of Leasam House in 1956. (This was the boarding house for boys at Rye Grammar School, with agricultural connections, who came from a wider area of Sussex than the normal catchment). In the early 70s Leasam House ceased to be a farm school, but continued as a boarding house when the warden, Colin Green, did much to develop rural studies. After the closure of Saltcote Place for girl boarders around 1990, Leasam became mixed until its closure in 1992.) Continue reading 50 Year Anniversary

My Shipwrecked Ancestor.


Introduced by Eric Streeton

Last month I wrote of my Smuggling Ancestors, this month it’s the turn of my Shipwrecked Ancestor. In my last month’s feature I mentioned George and Elisa Buttenshaw who were at that time living in Winchelsea. Continue reading My Shipwrecked Ancestor.

Ex-Rye Fireman Dies in New Zealand

by Roland Jempson.

How strange, that in the April edition of “Rye’s Own” there should be an article of the Rye Fire Brigade in 1952. This edition dropped on my doorstep in Bristol at the same time as I heard the news of the Death and Funeral of my brother in law Harry Martin., once a member of Rye Fire Brigade. Born in Scotland in 1917, Harry came from a family of fishermen. The family lived at Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre, he was the eldest of five having three brothers and a sister. Continue reading Ex-Rye Fireman Dies in New Zealand