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 6th 1964: CELEBRATION – Edwin and Lucy BOWDITCH celebrated their Golden Wedding at their home, Myrtle Cottage, St. Johns Wood-road on Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. BOWDITCH moved to the Island in 1945 after a German bomb reduced their house and belongings to rubble and with the help of the railways


Dec 1963 Isle of Wight Times:- Dec 5th 1963: EXHIBITION – Seventeen year-old Catherine SEARLE, a member of Ryde Youth Centre, has two paintings, a portrait and a street scene, hung in the current exhibition of the National Association of Youth Clubs at the Congress Hall, Great Russell-street, London. Dec 5th 1963: HARRIERS – Ryde


Isle of Wight Times:- Nov 14th 1963: CONCERT – Fifteen minutes before the DUNFORD Orchestra were due on stage at Ryde Town Hall the leading viola player, Gordon Creighton, from Wootton, was taken ill. Miss Edith MARRIOTT, well known for her work in Island Music Festivals, capably deputised. The orchestra was conducted by Arthur DUNFORD


Isle of Wight Times:- Oct 3rd 1963: YOUTH – A new youth club has been formed at All Saints’ Parish Church for the 10 to 15 age group. The club held its first meeting on Monday at Church House, Queen’s-road, when 36 youngsters attended. Leaders are Mr. William REED and Miss H. HINSON. Oct 3rd


Isle of Wight Times:- Sept 5th 1963: SIRENS – Notice is given that the Air Raid Warning Sirens will be tested at 1 pm on Friday, 6th September 1963. At that time the “All Clear” signal will be sounded in all districts for one minute. Sept 5th 1963: BUS SERVICES – Application has been made


Isle of Wight Times:- Aug 1st 1963: RED FACES – Breakfasting guests at the Appley Hotel, Ryde, watched fascinated as a red fox was chased about the hotel grounds by a red-haired policeman. PC Ronald SHORT was an appropriate (not to say obvious) choice to be given the task of catching the animal after a


Isle of Wight Times:- July 4th 1963: ST. DUNSTAN’S – Three hundred who lost their sight in two world wars yesterday made a trip from the St. Dunstan’s Home at Brighton, to Ryde. It was a big-hearted effort by the grocers of Brighton and the Island which was behind the outing. They were welcomed at


Isle of Wight Times:- Jun 6th 1963: BELLEVUE PLAYERS – A “crime wave” hit the Esplanade Pavilion on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, when the Bellevue Players presented “A breath of spring,” a comedy by Peter COKE. Played with verve by a competent, close-knit team, this highly amusing, if somewhat incredible story brought to a happy


Isle of Wight Times:- May 2nd 1963: HIAWATHA – A large and enthusiastic audience attended at the Ryde Town Hall on Thursday to hear the Borough of Ryde Philharmonic Society present “Hiawatha”. It was heard regularly in the years before the war, in fact the Ryde society have given several performances, the first in 1908.


Isle of Wight Times:- Apr 11th 1963: HOUSE NAMES – “I know its all the vogue to give your house a name instead of a number,” Ryde’s Head Postmaster was referring to a growing problem, which was giving a headache to the poor old postmen. It meant traipsing the full length of the street to