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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October AGM 2019 for Members, Friends and Guests

Chairperson, Barbara Hunt, gave a warm welcome to everyone who attended the AGM and Social morning at the George Street Centre on 12th October, and she thanked so many for coming to support the group.  There were 36 members, 8 visitors and the speaker, Alan Doe, making a total of 45 persons.

References were made to the forthcoming Remembrance Service on 7 November and the member’s outing to Carisbrooke Castle on 12 November. A few members were eager to sign-up to be included in this.

Derek Warman introduced his poem called “An Isle of Wight Dream” which was a fun quiz for everyone to complete and he gave the answers at the end of the meeting.

Election of committee members for the coming year then took place, when Barbara Hunt was re-elected as chairperson, and Ann Barrett was re-elected as membership secretary. It was emphasised that ideally it would be better to have more people involved, and suggested that others could be co-opted to the committee, should they wish to do so.

The raffle and members prize draw took place, and refreshments were served.

We were then entertained by a really interesting presentation by Alan Doe, railway historian, called “Railways and Piers of Ryde.” The talk took us through the era of trams on the pier and the early steam locomotives, also the work being done to restore the old carriages. This was illustrated by a lot of wonderful photographs displayed on the screen, many of which, people remarked, they had never seen before.  Many thanks to Alan Doe for making our Saturday morning so enjoyable.

Photographs by Dave Bushell