Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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Isle of Wight County Press: Apr 5th 1969:  TRAFFIC DANGERS – If one is to judge by the frequency with which cars proceed in a westerly direction for the full length of both Lind Street and Garfield Road to turn left into West Street against the one-way traffic flow —it would suggest that the relevant


Isle of Wight Times: Mar 6th 1969:  RACES – Motor-cycle races on the beach at Ryde.  That is the suggestion of the I.W. Motor-cycle Club, the town’s Parks and Entertainments Committee was told on Thursday, when they agreed to meet club representatives to consider the idea in detail.  Ald. CAPLE said he did not think


Isle of Wight Times Feb 6th 1969:  MOTOR COACH OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION – At the annual dinner held at the Ponda Rosa, Ashey, Mr. SHOTTER, voiced concern about the sweeping alterations planned for Ryde Esplanade, in connection with a new western relief road. “We hope the interests of the coach operators will not be lost sight


Isle of Wight Times: Jan 9th 1969:  BINGO AND BANDITS – Scheduled as a place of historical interest, Ryde’s Royal Victoria Arcade may be developed as an amusement centre, with bingo and gaming machines. Members of Ryde’s Public Works Committee on Monday night voted 6-1 in favour of trying to have the Union Street arcade


Isle of Wight Times: Dec 5th 1968:  GAS FEDERATION – At the monthly meeting of the Women’s Gas Federation, held on Monday at the Southern Gas demonstration room, High Street, a Christmas party with games was enjoyed, with committee members serving the refreshments.  Thirteen competition prizes were awarded and the charity box was opened and


Isle of Wight Times: Nov 7th 1968:  CARNIVAL TREAT – The 350 children who took part in Ryde “Children’s Day” carnival procession this year, were entertained on Thursday at The Plaza Cinema, with a film show arranged by the Carnival Committee.  They were also presented with a bag of sweets each. Nov 7th 1968:  “HALLOWEEN


Isle of Wight Times: Oct 3rd 1968:  LAST POST – On Sunday, Mr. Percy Thomas BUNNELL—known as “Bill”—retired after nearly 10 years as Ryde Head Postmaster.  The previous night he was guest of honour at a farewell dinner held at the Osborne Oasis, Ryde.  The occasion also marked the departure of Mr. John VALLENDER, 31,


Isle of Wight Times: Sept 5th 1968:  PLENTY OF ORDERS – After the dismissal in June of 33 workers, the Binstead engineering factory, A. N. CLARK Ltd., announced a further 22 redundancies on Friday.  This number would have been greater but for a large order just received by the company.  Explained the Managing Director, Mr.


Isle of Wight Times: Aug 8th 1968:  PUZZLED – Dear Sir.– I have never known the delights of European travel and must therefore be content to share the experiences of those that have.  I am sorely puzzled to read that in some parts of Europe visitors are driven up mountains by fearsome looking “bandits” to


Isle of Wight Times: July 4th 1968:  FAT FLYING – At the Ryde Roads Committee meeting, held on June 6, the committee was told about a petition from 20 residents objecting to fish and chip and hot dog vans parking along the Esplanade in the evenings.  Because of legal aspects, the rest of the discussion