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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July Quarterly Meeting for Members, Friends and Guests

On Saturday 2nd July, our quarterly members meeting at the George Street Centre was well attended by 32 members and 5 visitors, including speaker. A total of 37.

The business part of our meeting was dealt with swiftly, no questions arose from the reports which are sent out with the agenda. Barbara did respond to a member who had previously asked why we need to raise funds when our bank balance is so healthy; she said that the cost of these meetings are not covered by the income from the raffle, sale of refreshments and books, nor were the membership fees covering the cost of the website, which is our ‘shop window’. We had accumulated our healthy balance from the grants the Council and Lottery fund, but these have ended, so we are now making a loss each month.

Barbara showed one of the updated Audio Trail leaflets in new colours and with a ‘QR code’ for ease of use, encouraging members to take some with them, and also highlighted the various events taking place to mark our 20th Anniversary.

During the refreshments several of Roy Brinton’s collection of property sales posters with plans, were available to be viewed by the members and a raffle was held.

Sarah Burdett who was due to speak was unfortunately unable to, Mark Earp however, stepped in with very short notice and spoke on “Prince Albert on the Isle of Wight, Out of the Shadow and into the Light” He needed no notes and showed his wide knowledge and research of Prince Albert. His talk was very well received and loudly applauded. Mark then answered several questions from our members.

Many thanks for all who supported us and of course our volunteers on the day.

Barbara Hunt
RSHG Chair