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September 1867

Isle of Wight Observer:

Sept 7th 1867:  COMPETITION – An extra prize on the occasion of Ryde Royal Town Regatta, was offered by Mr. Charles HARCOURT, the manager of the theatre, for a skiff race ; to be rowed for by one hand by men of Ryde.  The prize was a telescope, value £4, which will be presented to the successful competitor at the theatre, on this (Friday) evening.

Sept 7th 1867:  ANNUAL BALL AT APLEY TOWERS – This beautiful mansion was on Wednesday evening, the scene of festivity and gaiety, Mr. and Mrs. YOUNG having invited a large number of the nobility and gentry of the town and neighborhood to their annual ball.  The rooms were decorated with the choicest exotics, presenting a most brilliant appearance.  Except the public balls, these brilliant gatherings at Apley Towers are the most numerous of any in the neighborhood.

Sept 7th 1867:  ST.MICHAEL’S CHURCH – We notice with much pleasure that an effort is being made to raise £2,000 for the purpose of completing this church, by adding chancel, transepts, tower and spire.  The day has gone by in England when the glorious old cathedrals, raised by the piety of our ancestors, were nominated “steeple houses.”

Sept 7th 1867:  WANTED – Immediately, a young and healthy woman of good character, as a Wet Nurse.—Address, Mr. Broome PINNIGER, surgeon, George-street, Ryde.

Sept 14th 1867:  PERFORMANCES – Miss Louisa PYNE, this highly accomplished singer appeared at the Victoria-rooms on Friday evening and Saturday morning last, in her drawing-room operetta entertainment, in which she was ably assisted by Miss Susan PYNE and the Misses GALTON, and Messrs. WHIFFIN and CONNELLE.  Miss PYNE’s vocal efforts alone were a treat of the highest order.

Sept 21st 1867:  BENEVOLENT – In our last impression we recorded the sudden demise of John FOWLER, of High-street, who was well known in Ryde for many years.  By his death, a wife and six children are left in the deepest distress.  In this special case, added to the pang is the accompaniment of the bitterest poverty. There are many who will read these lines able to help the widow and the fatherless, and we doubt not they will do so, for charity blesseth the giver as well as the receiver.

Sept 21st 1867:  ANNIVERSARY – The fifteenth anniversary of the Isle of Wight Observr was celebrated on Monday last, when all the staff went to Blackgang Chine, where a first-rate spread was provided. The day being gloriously fine, the beautiful scenery was much enjoyed.  On the return a substantial repast was served up by Host ALLNUTT, of the Wheat Sheaf Inn, Brading. The toast was “The oldest journal in the Island.”

Sept 21st 1867: TO LET – Brenda House, George-street.  Two sitting rooms, four bed tooms, kitchen, and offices.  Rent 25s. per week.—Apply to E. and J. WALLIS, Estate Agents, 22 Union-street, Ryde.

Sept 28th 1867:  ADDRESS – Henry Dyson BROOKE, lately the organist of St. Michael’s Swanmore, well known in Ryde as “Dr. BROOKE,” the warden of St. Augustine’s College,” who was declared a bankrupt in June last, is now engaged as organist and choirmaster at St. John’s Church, Torquay.  Many admiring friends may be glad to know of the “Doctor’s” present whereabouts.

Sept 28th 1867:  WORKING MEN’S CLUB – We understand that, in consequence of Bank Cottage having been sold, this club has been closed for the present, and its library and all the goods temporarily stored, the committee not having been able to obtain a suitable building in the town. Surely, the Foresters, Odd Fellows, and public societies, by a very small effort could remedy this state of things.

Sept 28th 1867:  LECTURE – A lecture was delivered at the Star-street Chapel on Wednesday evening by W. LOVELL, esq., the subject being, “Castles in the air, and some of the builders.”  There was a pretty good attendance, and at the close a subscription was made in aid of the funds for paying off the remaining debt on the chapel.