Memorial Service For Peter Dee MBE. 1927-2017

Memorial Service for an Exceptional Ryer

The  Memorial service for Peter Dee MBE will be on Wednesday 8th February at St. Mary’s Church, Rye at 11.30am, followed by the wake at River Haven. All are welcome. If anyone would like to make donation to the Royal Air Forces Association and St Mary’s church, two enterprises close to his heart, then please send to Ellis Bros, Funeral Directors, The Old Fire Station, 3 Ferry Road, Rye, TN31 7DJ. Continue reading Memorial Service For Peter Dee MBE. 1927-2017

Historic window badly damaged at Rye parish church


Despotic Act of Vandalism

Historic St Mary’s Church, Rye, has had one of its most valuable stained glass windows smashed and removed.

The damage is believed to have occurred between 10.45pm and 08.45am on the night of Monday/Tuesday 29/30 August. Police are continuing to investigate.

The 12th Century parish church is in the centre of Rye and the damaged window was dedicated to the memory of Dr John Adamson and his wife, Jane. It was given by members of their family in about 1882.

It is the church’s oldest window and was the work of C.E Kempe. The lower, damaged part of the window was a vivid representation of the Lord giving sight to a blind man. Continue reading Historic window badly damaged at Rye parish church

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

The Last Shout

They came in their Hundreds

They came in their hundreds to St Mary’s Church on Thursday 21 April to say last goodbyes to one of Rye’s best known heroes, George Michael Albert Bourn M. B. E. The Church was packed, every pew was filled. Rye Firemen and Firefighters from other stations were there in force.

There was a hushed silence as Gary Bourn paid tribute to his father’s life and recalled many of the incidents in Michael’s very active and eventful time from his birth on 16 August 1938. Continue reading The Last Shout

Remembrance Parade

Remembrance Parade and Church Service Sunday 8 November – Times and Venues


Parade leaves Adams at 10.35am.  March Past Town Hall 10.40 am. Church Service at St Mary’s 10.55 am. The Mayor of Rye, Bernardine Fiddimore will take the Salute from the Town Hall Steps with other members of Rye Town Council at 10.40 am.

Lots of pictures from past parades at Rye Continue reading Remembrance Parade

The Heart of Rye

Ex -Pats Should Not Watch this Film Unless they Can Afford a Ticket to Rye

Another film from the Rye’s Own Archive part of the Rye Movie Society Collection. No credits came with this film so we don’t know who made it.

Rye in Bloom


This one will make an ex-pats homesick. It wanders round the town and church and ends with some magnificent views from the Church Tower. Continue reading The Heart of Rye

Did You Go to Sunday School

By  Vic Chalfont

Hearing these days of the churches having various problems and falling congregations, I thought it might be of interest the part churches used to play in everyday life. First lets look at Sunday, this day was always regarded as special as meals were a bit different, there was a Sunday roast and a treat for Sunday tea. Continue reading Did You Go to Sunday School

The Few Remembered at Rye


Former members of the Rye & Northiam RAFA commemorated Battle of Britain
Day on 15 September with a service at St Mary’s Church Rye led by
Rev Joy Davenport who worked the Battle of Britain into the Communion
Service. Continue reading The Few Remembered at Rye

Rye Arts Festival

The 39th Rye Arts Festival,which kicks off on 11th September and a packed programme of events runs through to 26th September, offering music, exhibitions, literary talks and a whole lot more for Ryers to enjoy. Continue reading Rye Arts Festival

Misty & Matty’s Wedding Day

Married at St Mary’s Church in Rye on Saturday 21st August were Misty Allen and Matty Allen-Purvis. Misty is the daughter of Kim and Nick Allen from Rye, Matty is the son of Janet and Ivor Barret from Billingham. Continue reading Misty & Matty’s Wedding Day