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 Coffee Morning

Saturday 29 October was our latest Coffee Morning. Three of us were at the centre early to move tables and chairs around and put out the table cloths in readiness, and we didn’t have any time to wait before a steady stream of members began to arrive.

The home-made cakes, baked by Margaret and Brian, were much enjoyed and some people came back for seconds. There was a very happy atmosphere in the room, with lots of reminiscing going on, it made one want to listen to all the interesting conversations.  So many tales from the past that everybody could relate to.

We had several lots of visitor’s drop-in with a variety of enquiries. Also, two people from the mainland, one being a long-standing member of the group, spent some time chatting, and then, armed with cemetery maps, went outside searching for family graves.  The weather is mild for the time of year and conducive to enjoying a walk in the cemetery.

It was an extremely successful morning, with at least 26 people joining us, there may have been more that I didn’t spot as there was so much going on.

I would like to say many thanks to my colleagues, Margaret and Jennifer, for helping to set up and clear away afterwards, and all the stuff in between, serving, washing up and welcoming everybody who came through the door.  A lovely 4 hours.

Ann Barrett
Membership Secretary
Research & Publications Co-ordinator