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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Isle of Wight County Press: Mar 6th 1971:  COXWAIN’S ADVICE – On Saturday the I.W. Angling Club held their annual dinner-dance at the Oasis Ballroom at Ryde, when a large collection of trophies was on show.  Mr. Peter SMITH, coxswain of Bembridge lifeboat, was principal guest and speaker.  He referred to the three or four


Isle of Wight County Press: Feb 6th 1971:  WINEMAKER’S – With a company of more than 80, the third annual dinner of Ryde Amateur Winemaker’s Circle at the Osborne Oasis on Saturday was the best attended and most successful of this flourishing young club.  The circle is now firmly established, with monthly meetings attended by


Isle of Wight County Press: Jan 2nd 1971:  BID TO SAVE CHURCH – A group known as the Friends of St. Thomas’s are fighting to save Ryde’s oldest Anglican church, St Thomas’s, from demolition.  They have been in touch with Alderman Mark WOODNUTT, M.P., who has referred it to the Minister for the Environment.  The


Isle of Wight County Press: Dec 5th 1970:  CUSTODIANS – British Rail granted the custody of the ship’s bell and war service plaque of the paddle steamer Ryde to Ryde unit of the Sea Cadet Corps at a ceremony on board the cross-Spithead passenger ferry m.v. Brading at Ryde pier on Sunday.  Until recently the


Isle of Wight County Press: Nov 14th 1970:  SUMMER SHOW AT RYDE – Members of amateur theatrical companies attended a meeting of Ryde Town Council Parks and Entertainment Committee on Thursday when members decided on a late start to next year’s controversial council-run summer show at the Esplanade Pavilion.  The Bellevue Players and Clarion Players


Isle of Wight County Press: Oct 3rd 1970:  WOMAN IN WHITE – Seldom in their 24 years and 83 productions can the Ryde amateur company, the Bellevue Players, have given as much enjoyment to as many people as at the weekend.  Their three performances at the Esplanade Pavilion, ending on Saturday, of Constance COX’s play


Isle of Wight County Press: Sept 5th 1970:  POP FESTIVAL – The organisers of the pop festival at East Afton, Freshwater, stated at the weekend that it would be the last such event they would hold on the Island.  Estimates of the attendance varied from 150,000 to 400,000.  The presence of so large a gathering


Isle of Wight County Press: Aug 1st 1970:  GUIDE SPORTS – The Ryde District guide sports were held at Caversham House School on Thursday week when sprint, three-legged, relay and novelty races were held.  The winners were the 5th Ryde (Holy Trinity) Company with 59 points.  Mrs. K. PHILLIPS (district commissioner) presented the cup to


Isle of Wight County Press: July 4th 1970:  HOSPITAL – The Royal I.W. County Hospital, Guild of Past Patients has raised £2700.  The money has gone into building and equipping the Island’s most advanced coronary care unit at the hospital.  The three-bed unit was officially opened on Tuesday when Mrs. S. R. BIRD, guild chairman,


Isle of Wight County Press: June 6th 1970:  BUILDING SITES – The safety officer for the I.W. Building Safety Association writes: Every year there are a large number of incidents, out of working hours, when children frequenting and playing on building sites cause accidents, quite often fatal.  These same children are also often responsible for