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: June 1st 1918:  CHILD NEGLECT – The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to children, I. of W. Branch has dealt with 7 cases affecting children during the month of April.  The local office of the Society is situated at 4 The Friars, Monkton Street, Ryde. June 1st 1918:  POSTAL


Isle of Wight Observer: May 4th 1918:  ALLOTMENT – The new allotment land in Ashey Road promises to be well cultivated.  Considering the amount of assiduous toil being put in by the allotment holders, and the professional style in which the digging and planting operations are being carried on, that particular land should give an


Isle of Wight Observer: Apr 6th 1918:  ST. JOHN’S MASCOTS – Announce entertainments in the Oakfield Parish Hall on April 11th and 18th in aid of a fund to provide a memorial in the memory of men from the parish who have fallen in the war. Apr 6th 1918:  ACCIDENT – On Thursday some excitement


Isle of Wight Observer: Mar 2nd 1918:  MATRIMONIAL CAUSES ACT – Protest meetings against this act are announced to be held at the Town Hall, Ryde, on Tuesday next at 3 and 8pm.  The meetings have been arranged by the clergy and ministers of the town.  We are asked to say that it is hoped


Isle of Wight Observer: Feb 2nd 1918:  MARGARINE QUEUES – These seem to be becoming pretty frequent in the town and on Wednesday things were not altogether pleasant, as disputes arose as to precedence, there being several claimants on the ground that they “were there first.” Feb 2nd 1918:  BAD BUSINESS – Butchers representing 27


Isle of Wight Observer: Jan 5th 1918:  MEAT – The scarcity of meat in the butchers’ shops ought to prepare people to go in for strict training on vegetarian diet.  If the meat purveyors are to be believed, they have been acting the part of philanthropists by selling at a loss. Jan 5th 1918:  PAINT


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.