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: 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


Isle of Wight Times: May 7th 1970:  BACK DOWN – Most people in Ryde have come to the conclusion that in clashes between the Borough Council and local taxi drivers, the taximen always win.  The latest instance when taxi drivers threatened to boycott a new rank provided as part of the town’s sea front development


Isle of Wight Times: Apr 2nd 1970:  RESTORATION – Two workmen from London have made a start on restoring the stonework in the north section of Holy Trinity Parish Church.  Enough money has been raised to pay for the work, but not enough to cover contingencies. Of the amount raised so far, £60 has been


Isle of Wight Times: Mar 5th 1970:  REFUGEE CHILDREN – Members of eight Ryde families waited anxiously at the pierhead on Tuesday for the arrival of refugee children from Dortmund, Germany, who are staying with them for the next two months.  Mayfield and Swanmore Schools have taken a great interest in the I.H.C. scheme to