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:- Feb  3rd 1966:  RETIREMENT – After completing 47 years service at the Royal I.W. County Hospital, Mr. Gordon WHITTINGSTALL, of 275 Upton Road, Ryde, retired on Monday. Since 1936 Mr. WHITTINGSTALL had been a stoker, his other duties included ambulance driving, portering and assisting the nursing staff. Feb 3rd 1966:  FOGGY


Isle of Wight Times:- Jan 6th 1966:  RED RIDING HOOD – This traditional pantomime was presented at the Esplanade Pavilion, Ryde, on Saturday afternoon and evening by the Young Vectis Players. Since 1962 when the company was formed at Ryde, membership has doubled to 40 and four pantomimes, one musical and half a dozen charity


Isle of Wight Times:-   Dec 2nd 1965:  LEGION – At the annual conference  there was laughter and cries of “Hear, hear” when British Legion Women’s Section members were told at Ryde Town Hall last Wednesday; “We are not just a load of old women limited to walking behind flags and tea-making!” Perhaps we do


  Isle of Wight Times:-   Nov 18th 1965:  AMATEUR MOVIES – The Isle of Wight Amateur Cine Society met for “Scrapbook,” in which the old films made by members were screened before an audience of about 100 members. Mr. Frank MELLANBY’s (Ryde) “Every week come Tuesday” a documentary of Newport Market was screened followed


Isle of Wight Times:-   Sept 2nd 1965: MOVE – The Women’s Voluntary Service are moving to their new premises in Newport Street, Ryde, on September 16. After that date all their activities will be under one roof: Offices, Welfare foods, Darby and Joan Club, Luncheon Club, and Clothing Store for those in need; also


Isle of Wight Times:- Aug 4th 1965: RAILWAYS – Island M.P., Ald. Mark WOODNUTT, led an attack in the House of Commons on Tuesday to save the I.W. railways, which are threatened with closure. He urged the Minister of Transport to defer closing until Parliament had time to debate the decision next session. Aug 4th


Isle of Wight Times:- Jul 8th 1965: CLUES – In a clearing in a copse beside the main Ryde-Newport Road at Quarr something stirred. It was P.C. John OAKLEY of Binstead, sorting through lots of old rubbish for clues to who left it there. There was a lot of private correspondence which were torn into


Isle of Wight Times:- Jun 3rd 1965: CAR THIEVES – During 1964 there were 13,777 thefts from unattended vehicles in the No. 6 Police District (includes Hampshire, Isle of Wight and the south-east). In a bid to combat this type of crime, the police will tomorrow launch a campaign with appeals in the press, on


Isle of Wight Times:- May 13th 1965: DELAYS – The Army exercise that went wrong. The Royal Engineers, Southampton, had been given permission to practice landing and taking vehicles off at Fishbourne terminal with a tank landing craft. At about 10.30 a.m. they got stuck in the mud on a falling tide, completely blocking the


Isle of Wight Times:- Apr 1st 1965: MIXED DECISIONS – Although the Island Magistrates earlier refused Sunday licensing extensions at Easter and Whitsun, Ryde Borough Magistrates approved them. We have to find a happy balance between strict sabbatical observance and what is loosely described as a “continental Sunday.” Apr 1st 1965: QUICKLY IN COURT –