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 Observer: Dec 1st 1917:  WINGED VISITORS – All the tropical visitors, such as nightingales, blackcaps, warblers, whitethroats and swallows, have departed from our Island for Africa, where they can rejoice under a bright and warm sky; and our arctic visitors are beginning to arrive. Dec 1st 1917:  SIXTY YEARS AGO – We

Isle of Wight Observer: Nov 3rd 1917:   TRANSPORT PROBLEM – A scheme is under consideration to co-ordinate a goods delivery system, thus where several bakers are engaged in delivering bread in the same district, using a man, horse and cart, or motor, for this purpose, they will be compelled to combine and arrange a reduced

Isle of Wight Observer: Oct 6th 1917:  SOCIAL FUNCTIONS – Nothing would give the worthy Mayor and his estimable sister, the Mayoress, more pleasure than to be in a position to introduce some of those charming social functions of days gone by, and which the present terrible war has made quite impossible. Oct 6th 1917: 

Isle of Wight Observer: Sept 1st 1917:  WOODLAND HARVEST – The Board of Education has suggested great mobilisation of village school children for the collection of acorns and horse chestnuts in the coming autumn.  Both acorns and chestnuts have an economic value which will well repay the cost of organising a scheme for the gathering. 

Isle of Wight Observer: Aug 4th 1917:  “THE PASSING SHOW” – This West End Company of entertainers, including several well known London artistes, will give their noted entertainment at the Town Hall on Wednesday evening at 8.15. Aug 4th 1917:  BABY SHOW – This unique show, so far as this town is concerned, fixed for

July 7th 1917:  SOUTHAMPTON BOATS – We understand that on and from Monday next the Southampton and I.W. Steampacket Company’s boats will again call at Ryde, and although the service will necessarily be limited, the concession is one that will be greatly appreciated by the travelling public. July 7th 1917:  ENTERTAINED – The wounded soldiers

Isle of Wight Observer: June 9th 1917:  ALL SAINTS’ WAR BOX – The takings in the war box at the Parish Church amounted at the end of last month to £44.1s.4d.  The money is used for providing huts of rest for our men at the Front, and the need and value of these are spoken

Isle of Wight Observer: May 5th 1917:  SCHOOL OF ART – The school commenced its summer term on Tuesday.  A special feature of the term will be the outdoor sketching class, which is looked forward to with great enthusiasm by the students. May 5th 1917:  SPRING WEAR – Buying in these days is a serious

Isle of Wight Observer:- Apr 7th 1917:  LIEUT. J. W. TRODD – An interesting account of the employment of German prisoners in food production at Evasham appeared in Monday’s Daily Telegraph, which mentioned that the camp where the workers are located is under the command of Lieut. J. W. TRODD of this town. Apr 14th

Isle of Wight Observer:- Mar 3rd 1917:  POTATOES – Many households have been without the once humble but now luxurious tuber throughout the week. Mar 10th 1917:  BANKRUPTCY NOTICE – A receiving order in bankruptcy is gazetted in the case of Arthur BEVIS, 71 Union Street, Ryde, outfitter. Mar 10th 1917:  I.W. COUNTY HOSPITAL –