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: July 3rd 1971:  COMPLAINT – The Public Works Committee reported that letters had been received from residents of Oakfield referring to the council’s proposed purchase of the scrapyard in High Street, Oakfield, and to the fact that it was understood that the present owner of the scrapyard proposed to move


Isle of Wight County Press: June 5th 1971:  CAR FOR NUN’S VISIT – Sister Cecilia, of the Presentation Convent, points out that the car which will enable her and another nun to carry out visiting at Parkhurst Prison with greater facility, was not bought after a public appeal but with donations from personal friends. June


Isle of Wight County Press: May 1st 1971:  PERFORMANCE – At the Ryde Philharmonic Society’s performance, conducted by David MACKERSIE, on Thursday the orchestra was there, and to good purpose.  Led by Flora MULLER they put colour back into the score, and every aspect of the performance achieved a vibrant vitality; not the kind of


Isle of Wight County Press: Apr 3rd 1971:  RYDEIANS – Mr. K. N. SYMONDS, headmaster, Mr. WILCOX and 23 old boys attended the annual meeting of the Old Rydeians’ Association and a sausage and mash supper at Dean House Hotel.  The association which started in 1923 with five members, has now risen to 432, and


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