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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Carol reading the Publications Report
Carol reading the Publications Report

Our AGM on Saturday 13 October was attended by 37 members and 4 guests and there were apologies from 18 members.

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT Janette Gregson, Chairman, welcomed everyone to the meeting and gave the Annual report illustrated with a slideshow of images taken at the many events during the past year. The biggest and most successful event was the Group’s 10th anniversary celebrations at St Thomas Heritage Centre Ryde, during Heritage Open Days.

Arthur Williams, Treasurer, gave the financial report which showed the group to be in an excellent financial state having made a small profit during the year.

Kate McDonell, Membership Secretary, explained that the group currently has 77 members: Isle of Wight – 61, Mainland – 14, International – 2. 47 female and 30 male.

The nominations received were:
Chairman – Janette Gregson
Secretary – Barbara Hunt
Membership Secretary – Kate MacDonell
Treasurer – Arthur Williams
Committee Members:
Carol Strong – (Publications Team Leader)
Ann Barrett – (Research Team Leader)
Shelagh Gaylard – (Social Secretary)
Colin Hunt.

As no nominations had been received for new members to take over roles or join the Committee and all the present committee were willing to stand again, a motion to accept those named as committee members was proposed by Tony Gale, seconded by Peter Campbell and passed unanimously.

Ann Barrett gave a report on the Research Group’s activities and achievements during the past year and summed it all up with the words “Absolutely Wonderful”!

Carol Strong reported on the Publication Team’s achievements during the year which included several exhibitions, Open Days at the Cemetery, the production of 4 Magazines and the huge exhibtion at St Thomas Heritage Centre for the group’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

After all the Business was complete we held a raffle and then Kate held a fun quiz with photographs of various benches to be found in Ryde and members were asked to identify their location. Members stayed on after the meeting to have tea, coffee, cake or biscuits and a friendly chat.

You can find out more about the Group’s activities by browsing through the website, clicking on the link About the RSHG at the top of the page or the link below. Why not come along to one of our meetings and meet the team?