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 Times Sept 14th 1961: CLICK, CLICK, CLICK – Ryde Council is having to give serious consideration to an unusual question — whether or not to do away with the turnstiles on the ladies lavatories in the town. It has been known for them to stick, trapping the victim at a most inconvenient


Isle of Wight Observer: May 3rd 1919:  RECOVERY OF SUN RECORDER – A valuable glass sun recorder, which had been missing for over a week from the Eastern Esplanade gardens, has been recovered from a workman who found it discarded on the seashore where it had been presumably left by some children. May 3rd 1919: 


Isle of Wight Observer: Apr 5th 1919:  DANCE – An excellent company assembled at Miss BUCHANAN’s fancy dress dance at Trinity Hall on Saturday evening, when some tasteful costumes were worn.  The guests included several Wrens and Bem boys, as well as a number of wounded soldiers who were liberally served with refreshments.  Mr. DENNIS


Isle of Wight Observer: Mar 1st 1919:  DANCING – About 150 guests attended the military ball at the Town Hall last (Friday) night.  According to the “Dancing Times” dancing revivals always follow big wars.  It was towards the end of the Napoleonic wars that waltzing was introduced, and was thought to be most indecent and


Isle of Wight Observer: Feb 1st 1919:  I.W. BOOT TRADES ASSOCIATION – The annual meeting was held at Ryde, under the presidency of Mr. W. SEARLE.  A large attendance was present from all parts of the Island.  It was reported that this association had been asked by the Government, through the National Federation, to undertake


Isle of Wight Observer: Jan 4th 1919:  FEMALE WORKERS – About fifty ex-munition workers (females) belonging to Ryde applied for and obtained their out-of-work pay.  They were offered situations as cooks, housemaids, etc., but each one of them gave a polite refusal—in other words, they weren’t having any.  This is not surprising when it is


Isle of Wight Observer: Dec 7th 1918:  WOUNDED SOLDIERS ENTERTAINED – On Tuesday afternoon, at St. Michael’s Schoolroom, Swanmore, through the kindness of the Misses NUTT, and friends, between 40 and 50 wounded soldiers from the Hazelwood were entertained to a bountiful tea.  The schoolroom presented a gay appearance with flags and bunting. During the


Isle of Wight Observer: Nov 2nd 1918:  “MY FOUR YEARS IN GERMANY” – On Monday November 11th for 6 days the patrons assembled at the Theatre Royal will have the privilege of witnessing for the first time the greatest real Film-Drama that has ever been played in the history of the world.  In the presentation


Isle of Wight Observer: Oct 5th 1918:  WASTE OF LABOUR – We are told that the streets of our town now remain unswept on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings in consequence of the shortage of labour.  Why then is it necessary for two men to accompany the dust cart every morning just to collect and


Isle of Wight Observer: Sept 7th 1918:  HEDGE ON FIRE – On Tuesday, at High Park Road, a tall hedge was observed to be on fire, probably the result of a stray match carelessly dropped.  By the exertions of inhabitants in the immediately vicinity and visitors the fire was soon beaten out and the fowls