ROSA Committee

ROSA Committee Meeting – 30 October 2018

The ROSA Committee met, as usual, at the Mermaid Inn on Tuesday 30 October. The Committee enjoyed the normal excellent hospitality provided by Judith and Claire.

Here are the main highlights.

Committee Membership

The Committee were delighted to welcome a new member, Kevin Moore. Kevin attended Thomas Peacocke from 1968 to 1975. He had a distinguished career with Sussex Police, eventually achieving the position of Head of Sussex CID. Kevin has recently had a book published detailing his career and his thoughts on policing. It is a fascinating insight into the workings of the police and how much it has changed over the last 50 years. Kevin’s book, ‘My Way’ has had excellent reviews and is available in bookshops and from Amazon here

Relationships with the school – Aquinas Trust

The Committee were very pleased that Barry Blakelock, Executive Headteacher of Rye Community Primary School and Rye College, was able to join them for a detailed discussion about education in Rye and future developments concerning the schools, which are both academies. The schools will be transferring from the Rye Academy Trust to the Aquinas Trust on 1 November 2018. More information about the Aquinas Trust can be found at

Rye College also has a website at

The Rye schools and the Aquinas Trust are able to offer an education experience from age 2 to age 16 which distinguishes them from many other academies and trusts. Barry is very keen to strengthen ties between ROSA and the Rye schools and the meeting was very positive. Watch this space!

Chair and President

Because of other pressures on his time, Tim Rothwell has stood down as ROSA Chair. But he will continue to look after the ROSA website and will remain as a Committee member. In the meantime Richard Moore, the ROSA President, has taken over as Chair until the AGM in May when the future roles and terms of office of the Chair and President will be discussed.

ROSA Archive

The ROSA archive is now in storage having lived in Tim’s garage for a few months. Consideration of its final destination will take place at a future meeting including discussions with the school on the role the latter might play once the current building works which are being undertaken at the school are finished.

1960s Reunion

The Committee agreed that despite the awful weather the 60s reunion on 22 September was generally thought to have been a success, despite numbers being a bit down on the previous reunion in 2015. There had been some positive feedback. Although the atmosphere at the Sidney Allnutt Pavilion was good, some of the Committee felt that it was a bit crowded and it was difficult to circulate. The fact that the venue was on two floors didn’t help this either. The reunion made £625.11 profit for ROSA funds.

1970s reunion

The 1970s reunion will, as already reported, take place on Saturday 21 September 2019 most probably at the school hall – work on that should be finished by then. More details on the reunion will be posted on the website and ROSA Facebook page when they become available and also in the 2018 Bulletin which Richard is currently finalising.

AGM and Annual Lunch

The 2019 ROSA AGM and Annual Lunch will take place at the Mermaid as usual on Sunday 19 May 2019. More details will appear on the website and Facebook page in due course.

Next meeting

The next ROSA Committee meeting will take place on Thursday 21 March 2019 at 7.30 at the Mermaid.

Tim Rothwell



ROSA Committee Meeting – 8 March 2018

The ROSA Committee met on 8 March 2018. As is now the usual custom, the Committee met at the Mermaid and thanks to Judith Blincow enjoyed a lovely supper! Yet another reason why ROSA is lucky to have Judith as our Secretary.

The meeting started with the Committee remembering with great sadness the passing of Margery Nettle, who had been a Committee member for many years. She will be greatly missed. Memories of Margery can be found here

The Committee discussed the arrangements for the AGM and the Annual lunch, which this year will be held on a Sunday, 13 May, at the Mermaid. It is hoped that more will members will be able to attend on a weekend date, rather than the Friday which has been the norm for the past few years. So far we have about 30 signed up, but we hope to get many more. Details of the booking arrangements, and the menu from which to choose, are set out on the Events page

Details of the 1960s reunion to be held on Saturday 22 September 2018 were also discussed. Because of anticipated building works at the school hall this year, the reunion will be held at the Sidney Allnutt Cricket Pavilion on the Rye Salts. Mr Allnutt, or ‘Gus’ as he was affectionately known, was a highly respected and long-serving member of staff at RGS, so the venue has a school connection. The reunion will start at 7pm and go on until 11.45pm – and there will be a bar (as well as a supper)! tickets cost just £10. Details are again set out on the Events page

Well over 100 old scholars attended that last 1960s reunion in 2015 and we hope to exceed that number this time.

Other issues discussed included future relationships with Rye College and the Studio School; the Association’s finances, which are relatively healthy; and the ROSA archive of material, including photos, documents and other memorabilia. Up to now this has been stored at the school, but has had to be moved to a safe place in view of the forthcoming building work referred to above.

We have a couple of vacancies on the Committee and would love to hear from you if you would like to join us – we only meet two or three times a year, so it is not onerous. But we could do with more help. Do email Tim Rothwell at if you are interested.

ROSA Committee Meeting – 25 October 2017

The ROSA Committee met on 25 October, 2017, at the Mermaid, courtesy of our Secretary, Judith Blincow, the inn’s proprietor, who as usual provided wonderful hospitality. An added bonus of being on the ROSA Committee is the generous gift of preserves by our President, Richard Moore, preserve and jam maker-in-chief to the fortunate. This time the gift was Christmas Chutney – not to be opened before December!

As well as fixing the dates for the next AGM, Annual Lunch, and 1960s and 1970s reunions (see Events page), the Committee discussed the forthcoming ROSA Bulletin, which Richard Moore, the Editor, is currently preparing. Closing date for contributions is 20 November 2017.

The Committee were delighted to learn that a number of very generous donations have recently been made to ROSA by members, for which the Committee are extremely grateful. These have gone a long way to meeting the (one-off) cost of establishing the website and the printing of the Bulletin. Thanks again.

The Committee also thought it a good idea to put the next two Committee meetings in the diary. These will be held on Thursday 8 March, 2018 and Thursday 25 October 2018, at the Mermaid. As usual, if there are any issues you would like to discuss please send these to

ROSA Officers and Committee 2017/18

President  and Chair Mr Richard Moore

Treasurer Mrs Susan Moore

Secretary Mrs Judith Blincow

Website Manager Mr Tim Rothwell

Bulletin Editor Mr Richard Moore

Press Officer Mrs Margaret O’Neill

Overseas Correspondent Mr Gordon Boxall

Committee Mrs Shirley Bannister, Mr John Breeds,  Mr Kevin Moore, Mr Andrew Spacey, Mrs Claire Spacey.

We are currently looking for new committee members to help boost our numbers. If you are willing to give up a few hours 2 to 3 evenings a year (on a weeknight) then please let us know. We are looking for representatives from each of the decades to join us.

Please contact our Secretary, Mrs Judith Blincow at if you’re interested in serving on the committee.