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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Coffee Morning

We held our first Coffee Morning on Saturday 23rd October 2021, when it was so good to see members and friends after the long break during Covid lockdown.

21 people came along to the Resource Centre, the first arriving just after 10 o’clock and the last leaving just after 2pm.  There was a lot of reminiscing and chat going on while they perused the albums of old postcards which were available to handle.  Some brought their own collection for everyone else to look at.  Particularly interesting were some postcards dated 1904 that had been sent between members of the well-known Maybrick family.

Of course, the refreshments went down a treat, with delicious home-made cakes, made and donated by, Margaret Truckel and Hazel Mulcahy.  These were enjoyed so much that some people couldn’t resist coming back for seconds.

We were also on hand to assist with family history research.  A really nice family from the mainland had specifically come to the Island that day as they had seen us advertise that we would be open. It was with great pleasure that we were able to find graves of their ancestors and guide them to the spot, and so help to make it a successful visit.

Just before we closed, the raffle was drawn, the funds from that going towards keeping the Resource Centre and Archive open for all to enjoy.  We thank those people who participate in the raffles, any help however small, is always much appreciated.

We also say thank you to the volunteers who helped set-up beforehand and  those that assisted in clearing-up afterwards.  We are now looking forward to our next such get together, it being the Christmas Drop-in on 4th December.

Ann Barrett
Membership Secretary
Research & Publications Co-ordinator

Images by: Dave Bushell & Ann Barrett