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

Drumskulls Walrus and Wedding

Another Mad Saturday in Rye

The Opening Day of the 2016 Rye Arts Festival and things were happening all around the Citadel.

This film depicts the Drumskulls in action – Marching to the Ypres Castle Inn for mid parade refreshment.

Strange happenings in the Church and Rye’s famous Town Crier announcing another married couple leaving the Town Hall after the ceremony.

A “Rye’s Own” Video released on Wednesday 21 September 2016

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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

Rye’s Own – July 2016

Contents for July 2016 Issue


Jimper in Recent Years
Jimper Sutton

Jimper Sutton, our number One contributor since 1966, died just about the time the July Issue of “Rye’s Own” reached the printing press. Too late for even a mention of his sad passing to be recorded in this issue but there are some of his stories included. Continue reading Rye’s Own – July 2016

Bonfire Boys Auction of Promises

Rye Bonfire Auction of Promises Antiques & Miscellaneous Items 2016

Thursday 19 May 2016

Mermaid Inn, Mermaid Street, Rye

Viewing from 7:00pm – sale at 7.30

Tickets £5.00 including glass of wine and catalogue

Bonfire emblem
Bonfire emblem

Please support Rye Bonfire’s main fundraising event this evening by kind Continue reading Bonfire Boys Auction of Promises

John Izod Memorial Service

He Loved Rye and Rye Loved Him

St Mary’s Church was packed for the John Izod Memorial Service at 11 am. today (Wednesday 6 May).  John’s early years were recalled by his younger brother Andrew and recalled John’s life from childhood, wartime years, education, army life and adventures in Canada.

Bonfire Auction John Izod
Bonfire Auction John Izod

Councillor Ian Potter covered John’s time in Rye, the many  friends he made here, the numerous town activities he was involve in, including being a Town Continue reading John Izod Memorial Service

Great Night Despite the Rain

By Jim Hollands

Thanks to Pat and the Rye Bonfire Society for inviting me to light this year’s  fire, it was an amazing experience. Thanks too to Robertsbridge Centurions for getting me safely from Landgate to the Bonfire site, a journey I shall always remember.

Rye Bonfire 2015 Taken from the Chair
Rye Bonfire 2015 Taken from the Chair

This is probably the very first picture taken from the chair. Lots more pictures in the December “Rye’s Own”

Well done Bonfire Boys, a great show.


Rye Bonfire 2006

Photographs From A Great Night’s Entertainment

There is no greater night of the year in Rye and so it has been down the ages.

Rye Bonfire Society put on a fantastic show every year and it is a free show that all the family can enjoy. The Boys (and Girls) work hard all year round raising cash to produce the colourful spectacle that people from all over the World come to see.

The important thing is ALL the money collected in the boxes and buckets goes to help local charities. So please be generous on the night. Give the kids plenty of pennies to drop in the boxes, give the good lady some shiny pound coins and, I have been informed, a five pound note slips through the slot easily. £10 have been known but a £50 would be a first I think.

Have a great night, wrap up well and stay warm.

Enjoy these 80 pictures from 2006 – They can be enlarged. Continue reading Rye Bonfire 2006