Lois Benton has sent Richard Moore the very sad news that Maureen Getley, who taught history at RGS and then the Thomas Peacocke School for so many years, was a wonderful friend to ROSA, and a regular attendee at our annual lunches, passed away on 13 March 2022 in Castlemaine Care Home in St Leonards, following a fall.
A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Maureen Getley will be held at Rye Baptist Church, Cinque Ports Street, Rye, TN31 7AN at 12.30p.m. on Friday 22 April.
Ray Fooks, MBE
ROSA AGM AND ANNUAL LUNCH: SUNDAY 17 MAY 2020
Legacy left to ROSA
Richard Moore reports
‘I received a letter today 21 November 2019 which contained the following:
In line with the wishes of Peter Derek Webb who sadly passed away in March, we are very happy to enclose a cheque for £1,000.00 to be used for the benefit of the Old Scholars.
Peter was very proud to be an “Old Scholar” and whenever possible attended the annual reunions. This legacy was amongst his last wishes so please use this as you see fit.
I know he would want me to say thank you for the great work you carry out to ensure that all “Old Scholars” are kept up to date with things and hopefully the members will enjoy this legacy.’
Any ideas as to how ROSA might best use this very generous gift?
Leasam House for Sale – November 2019
George Hotel, Rye – Fire 20 July 2018
Roof of the George Hotel, Rye, badly damaged by fire on Saturday 20 July.
ROSA Bulletin 2018
With thanks as always to Richard Moore for his hard work, the ROSA Bulletin 2018 is now available here
School Magazines -RX and RYA
We are pleased to have available some editions of RX, the magazine of Rye County Secondary Modern School and RYA, the magazine of Rye Grammar School. We have probably exhausted the supply of RXs, but there are several more editions of RYA available in the archive, which we hope to upload over time.
If anyone has any editions that they are prepared to lend us to upload, please email Tim Rothwell at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have created a new page – School Magazines: RX and RYA – here
ROSA 1960s reunion
A report and photos of the 1960s reunion held on 22 September 2018 are available here
ROSA email list
In circulating emails for the ROSA 60s reunion, it is clear that not all ROSA members are receiving the regular website update emails.
If you have found this website, but do not receive email updates, please send you email address to Tim Rothwell – email@example.com and he will add you to the list.
News about Saltcote
On 18 August 2018, ROSA President Richard Moore received the following update about Saltcote, following last year’s fire:
Richard Merricks Room
David Crew – View from the Strand
Local artist David Crew, who attended Rye Primary and then Rye Grammar Schools, has recently had an exhibition of his work shown at the Rye Art Gallery. (Many Ryers will remember David’s father, Sergeant Crew, the much-respected local ‘bobby’.) The exhibition was entitled View from the Strand. The cover of the Gallery programme for January-June 2018 shows David’s painting Driftwood.
David has written about his exhibition in Rye News, and his article, which also contains further examples of his work, can be read here
The article has also been published in the March 2018 edition of Fixtures. In his article, David pays tribute to two ‘inspirational art teachers’ at RGS, Kitty French and Jill Elliot.
Britain At Low Tide
Although not strictly ROSA related, ROSA members might like to know, if they don’t already, that the first episode in the new series of Channel 4’s Britain At Low Tide screened on Saturday 17 February 2018 featured East Sussex. It includes film and discussions about Rye, Smeaton’s Harbour at Winchelsea Beach and the petrified forest at Pett Level, amongst other things.
It is available for the next three weeks on the catch-up channel All Four here
Brian Dennis has sent in the following comment:
‘We saw the programme last week and found the piece about Smeaton’s Harbour at Winchelsea Beach of particular interest. My grandfather, Robert Victor Cooke owned Holfords Farm, which is close to Dogs Hill. Sadly now a caravan park!
ROSA members might find the following book of interest which includes a whole chapter on Smeaton’s Harbour. The book was written by Michael and Ruth Saville. Ruth was a relative of mine on the Cooke side – my mother’s first cousin:
A Changing Shore – An Illustrated Account of Winchelsea Beach. ISBN 0-9548390-2-1‘
ROSA Bulletin – 2017
This has now been distributed and is available here
May 2017’s edition of Rye’s Own contains an article on RYA, the Rye Grammar School magazine. Rye’s Own have been given a collection of RYA from 1946-1951, and the May issue contains some interesting excerpts from the 1951 edition.
Of interest to ROSA members, the editorial for Spring 1951 says that complaints had been made about the inclusion of Old Scholars’ contribution to RYA. In sticking by its decision to print contributions from Old Scholars, the editorial says the following:
‘In our view Rye Grammar School is more than a place where a number of children are taught together. ..It is a fellowship of staff, pupils, scholars who have left, and scholars who are to come. The rules, privileges and traditions that are ours today have been handed down to us by those who have left and must be handed on to those who come after us.’
Not a bad philosophy in some ways of what ROSA is about today.
Rye’s Own is on sale in outlets in Rye and the surrounding area, and can be bought by subscription. More details can be found on the Rye’s Own Facebook page here
We have now added copies of the ROSA Bulletins from 2009 until 2017 inclusive on this site. Please go to the ROSA Bulletins heading on the Menu to find the links.
Contributions to the website
We are very grateful for the contributions (and kind words!) we have received since we launched the website in February 2017. We have included the contributions on the website, and have opened up a new category -MEMORIES. But we could do with lots more!
Please email any you have to firstname.lastname@example.org
ROSA Website Launched!
It has taken some time, to say the least, for the ROSA website to see the light of day, but finally we have one. As you will see, it is very much a work in progress and there’s lots more to be added but we have made a start – only seven years after we first promised members a website!
The website will enable us to tell members about developments, news etc throughout the year, and we promise we will keep it up to date!
We hope that the areas we have included are the right ones, but please let us know if there is anything you would like to see included – or not included!
We want to make this your website, and it will only be interesting and relevant if we add new material regularly. We therefore make a heartfelt plea for you to send us corrections, additions, articles, news items, photos etc – in fact anything you think might be of interest. We would prefer it if you could email your contributions. Please send them to Tim Rothwell at email@example.com
If you would rather send them by snail mail, please send them to
Tim Rothwell, Breanross, Pett Road, Pett, Hastings, East Sussex, TN35 4HA
We look forward to hearing from you.