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:- 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 –


Isle of Wight Times:- Mar 4th 1965: SWIMMING POOL – As part of their efforts to raise funds for a learners’ swimming pool, the Parent-Teachers’ Association at St. John’s County Junior School, Ryde, held a successful social at the school on Thursday. Music was supplied by Ken PETERS and his band. Mar 11th 1965: GOVERNOR


Isle of Wight Times:- Feb 4th 1965: “BEATING” OPPOSITION – The Meteors, a Ryde “pop” group, won the Hampshire Association of Youth Clubs’ “beat contest” at Southampton Guildhall on Friday, beating The Blues Syndicate, of Fleet in the final after earlier winning an eliminating round. Feb 4th 1965: AT STATE FUNERAL – AB. BRIDLE, of


Isle of Wight Times:- Jan 7th 1965: OPINION GROUP – The monthly meeting was held at the Oasis, Ryde Esplanade on Monday. About 15 members attended and heard a talk on moral rearmament by Mrs. Sheila de QUINCEY of Freshwater. Jan 7th 1965: CHILDRENS PARTY – Ryde Post Office and Social Club held their Christmas


Isle of Wight Times:- Dec 3rd 1964: ROMANY FAIR – The annual Christmas sale of work on Saturday at the Salvation Army Citadel took the form of a “Romany Fair.” Stalls were fashioned to look like caravans, and the stallholders dressed in Romany costume. The net takings were £120. Dec 10th 1964: MUSIC HALL –


Isle of Wight Times:- Nov 5th 1964: WINTER SICKNESS – Dr. Douglas QUANTRILL, Medical Officer for Ryde, says that a mystery virus known as “winter sickness” has turned up in the Isle of Wight. It does not last long, but while it does the effects are most unpleasant. Nov 5th 1964: MODS’ RAMPAGE – Ryde