Several RSHG members attended the Northwood Cemetery Heritage Project Launch Event on 11 October. The 2 chapels have been beautifully restored and had many interesting displays to view.
The AGM took place at the George Street Centre on Saturday 7th October and despite there being 16 apologies there was still an attendance of 32 members and 2 visitors.
In July, our busy research team added 40 biographical records to names on the website, including that of Mr Alfred James, proprietor of the Salisbury Restaurant, Union-street, Ryde.
On Saturday 22 July 2017, four members of the Ryde Social Heritage Group enjoyed a social memories morning get-together from 10am till 12 o’clock, in the church hall of St. Michael's Church, Swanmore.
The Chairman welcomed 34 members and 3 visitors to the July Quarterly Meeting, Secretary and Treasurer’s reports were given. Ann Barrett, gave up to date news of the present research and activities of the Group.
On Friday 30th June 2017, two students from Ryde Academy attended the Ryde Cemetery Heritage & Learning Centre to research the history of their school from its beginnings as Upper Grade School for boys, to Ryde High School.
On Thursday 29th June 2017, Rithu Elizabeth, a student from Portsmouth University, came on a pre-arranged visit to the Ryde Cemetery Heritage & Learning Centre, to research information for her project, The History of Vectis Hall, Melville Street, Ryde, starting from when it was built as a Charity School in 1812.
Our talk took place at Ryde Library on Tuesday 20 June at 2pm. This was actually the third 'Tea and Talk' event which the library have organised this year. Instead of a straightforward talk we took along our cast of 'Regency Residents' for a dramatic performance.