Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fairs

We are delighted to be hosting a number of Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fairs again this year in the Peasmarsh car park, with all sales of pitch proceeds being donated to local good causes and the Easter Bank Holiday event on 18th April, in aid of the RNLI at Rye Harbour is the first in this year’s calendar.

All of the dates are listed below, so pop them in your diary.

18th April – RNLI – Rye Harbour

2nd May – Rye & District Community Transport

29th August – Rye & District Day Centre

These local charities benefit from both our hospitality and, we hope, your support as there’ll be something for everyone!

All vendors are to set up prior to customers arriving, gates open at 5:30am with hard-standing pitches from £7 on the day (which will be donated to charity).

Gates for customers open at 7am.

All vendors must provide their own sanitising products for customers and individual stalls.

Contactless card payment should be used where possible.

Our Peasmarsh Superstore and petrol station will be fully open.

There’s plenty of free parking and the whole family are always very welcome.

Hope to see you there!

Please respect our colleagues, thank you.

Ukraine Appeal

Jempson’s are proud to support our local farmers, growers, producer and services, as well as the communities that we are privileged to serve.

We are deeply shocked and saddened by the terrible events that are unfolding in Ukraine. The Ukrainian people are foremost in our thoughts and we stand in solidarity with them.

It is therefore with immediate effect, that the beneficiary of all our in-store charity boxes will be transferred to fundraising for those whose lives have been affected at this desperately difficult time.

All Jempson’s stores and the Rye Bakery outlets are offering customers and colleagues the opportunity to give their support by way of a voluntary donation of £1 when at our store till points. We will match this, with all the donations received to our in-store charity collection boxes, up to £10,000.

All monies raised will be donated to the ‘Salvation Army Disasters Fund’.

The Salvation Army have emergency teams stationed in Ukraine, as well as Poland, Moldova, Slovakia and other surrounding countries.

Let’s try and reach £20,000 in the coming weeks to reach those in urgent need.

Thank you for your support,

Stephen and all at Jempson’s.

Jack Stein – “Meet the Expert”

We proudly present an intimate demonstration of cookery with celebrity chef Jack Stein at our Peasmarsh Superstore on Friday 13th May 2022.

Jack is the son of Chef Rick Stein and is Chef Director at his father’s restaurants.

He has appeared on the TV shows “Pointless Celebrities”, “Sunday Brunch”, made regular appearances on “Steph’s Packed Lunch”, as well as presenting his own shows “Jack Stein – Born to Cook” and “Wine, Dine and Stein”. More recently Jack was mentor, chef and judge on ITV’s celebrity culinary competition “Cooking with the Stars”.

Events will be held at 6pm and 8pm.

Places are limited so don’t delay, book your seat today!

Tickets are £15 each and can be purchased from our website shop:

This is cooking at its very best, we hope that you can join us for what promises to be a great evening!

Our gratitude is extended to our partners of this event:

Peroni – The True Taste of Italy

McDougalls Flour – Baking with Love since 1864

Hardy’s Wines – Established 1853

Lurpak – Good Food Deserves Lurpak

Foundation Donation to Battle & Langton Primary School

The Jempson Foundation are delighted to have made a donation to Battle and Langton CE Primary School to support the pupils school council project, to purchase recycling bins for their playground.

Clare the Battle Local store Manager said “We are absolutely thrilled to have been able to make this donation, the school are an integral part of our local community, it is our pleasure to be able to support their pupil’s green initiative”.

Foundation donation to Rye College

The Jempson Foundation recently made a donation to Rye College to support their Eco Clubs Bike rack project.

Amy Biddle from Rye College said “Rye College runs a very passionate extra-curricular Eco Club who meet once a week to discuss green initiatives and raise money via their regular bake sales to help fund some of their plans. These include; funding for greener spaces including a student led wildlife friendly garden and vegetable patch, a new bike rack and shelter to encourage more students to bike to school, improve recycling facilities within the school and working with the canteen to reduce waste and promote reusable materials. Their aim is for more sustainable and greener school environment for all to enjoy”.

She continued “We are very grateful for the very kind donation given to us by the Jempson’s Foundation. We are delighted to now have enough funding for our new bike shelter which will make a big difference to lots of students in our community. Thank you Jempson’s!”

Stephen Jempson said ‘The Jempson Foundation was established to extend our support to the local communities where we operate our stores. It was with tremendous pleasure that we made this donation to Rye College’s Eco-Club for their bike shelter and that this support will make a difference to those that attend and their Eco-Club’s green initiative’.

Donation to Family Support Work

The Jempson Foundation recently made a donation to Family Support Work to help fund a drop in support group for isolated parents and carers of children in Rye.

Chris Emsom said, “We would like to thank The Jempson Foundation for their support. The donation is so gratefully received. The drop in sessions will be a nurturing and accessible space for families to come together safely and spend time together. The weekly group will ease isolation and improve mental well-being and coping abilities for parents living in isolated areas of Rye. We currently work with 15 families providing targeted home-visiting support. All families will attend our drop in support group and other vulnerable families in the area will be welcomed.   Thank you, this donation will make a real difference.”

Donation to Wadhurst Bowling Club

The Jempson Foundation recently made a donation to Wadhurst Bowling Club for the purchase of new club shirts for the members.

Linda Carless said, “We would like to thank The Jempson Foundation for their support. The donation is so gratefully received. We would like to encourage new members to take up the sport of bowling, particularly younger members. Bowling can bring all ages together to enjoy competition, exercise and friendships. We would like to see bowling in Wadhurst for many years to come.  Thank you, this donation will make a real difference.”

Donations to Rye Food Bank hits £30,000!

We’ve now hit a grand total of £30,000 of donations to Rye Food Bank!

This amazing act of generosity from you all is overwhelming. A massive, ‘Thank you’ for all your support and donations received.

Donations are gratefully received via the Jempson Foundation website to both Rye and Battle Food Banks –

Donation to Rye South Undercliff Allotment Group

The Jempson Foundation recently made a donation to Rye South Undercliff Allotment Group to support the purchase of water dip tanks to improve access to water for elderly and less mobile members.

Sally Savory said, “We would like to thank The Jempson Foundation for their support. The donation is so gratefully received. Provision of additional water sources will improve plot holders ability to cultivate their plots, thereby enhancing harvests, benefiting families and older members financially and in improved health. Plot holders will also have additional produce to donate to Rye Food Bank – a scheme that has been well supported this year. Thank you, this donation will make a real difference.”

Pictured Dominic Plomer-Roberts and Heidi Foster.

Donation to Playden WI Hall


The Jempson Foundation recently made a donation to Playden WI for essential maintenance work to ensure the hall is weatherproof and a safe environment for local users.

Margaret Holbrook said, “We would like to thank The Jempson Foundation for their support. The donation is so gratefully received. We hope that the works will allow for local community groups to hire the hall and encourage Martial Arts, Yoga groups, Tiny Tots, Camera Club, WI meetings and wedding & birthday celebrations to use the facility. Thank you, this donation will make a real difference.”

James Martin Cooks up a Storm at Peasmarsh

The much-loved Saturday Morning Chef and television personality James Martin hosted three cookery demonstrations at our Peasmarsh Superstore on Friday 1st October.

The sold-out event was a resounding success, seeing the chef cooking recipes from a number of his books, Barnsley lamb chops with onion squash, pumpkin gnocchi and crispy sage, sirloin steak with Roscoff onions and miso butter, crab beignets with lemon mayonnaise and waffles with pecan and maple butter, he then signed copies of his book ‘Islands to Highlands’ as well as the brand new ‘Butter’.

Stephen Jempson said ‘It was a genuine pleasure to welcome James back again to the store, we hope that our guests thoroughly enjoyed their evening, it certainly looked as though they did, we would like to thank them for coming as well as our event partners, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, McDougalls Flour, Lurpak Butter, Hardy’s Wine and Peroni Italia for their support’. He continued ‘We have already booked two celebrity chef’s for next year’s ‘Meet the Expert’ events in June and December, our customers are in for a treat, we look forward to announcing them soon!


Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fairs – A Bumper Success

Our Peasmarsh Superstore played host to a number of Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fairs, with this year’s proving very popular, which in turn helped to raise a significant amount of money for local good causes.

This year’s car boots attracted hordes of sellers and enthusiastic bargain hunters, with over £1,300’s being raised.

All the money from the sales of pitches and collections on the day, were donated to Rye & District Community Transport, Rye & District Day Centre and Rye Hospital. The Easter Monday event was called off due to Covid-19 Lockdown restrictions.

Stephen Jempson said ‘Our Boot Fairs are a well-established event in the Jempson’s calendar. We take great pleasure in offering our services for the benefit of local good causes and the community over-all. Thank you to everyone who attended. We look forward to welcoming even more traders and bargain hunters to next year’s Bank Holiday events’

Pat Hughes from Rye & District Community Transport said ‘It was just lovely! Following lockdown, it was brilliant to see people so happy!’

Rye & District Day Centre’s Bill Coleman said ‘We would like to thank Jempson’s for all their support for the Day Centre, both from these events and their donations at Christmas’

Pictured are Pat Hughes (Rye & District Community Transport) Bill Coleman (Rye & District Day Centre) with Dominic Plomer-Roberts from Jempson’s