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: Feb 2nd 1974:  SUBSIDY – The Island is to receive £228,000 this year as its share of the Government’s £81m. grant to British Rail for unremunerative rail passenger services. Also announced was a reprieve for a number of lines at least until 1975 when the situation would be reviewed again.

Isle of Wight County Press: Jan 5th 1974:  GOODS STOLEN – The Ryde High Street store of Woolworth’s was broken into this week and goods valued at £1101 stolen.  A window was forced at the side of the building.  Property taken included 26 wrist watches, 230 tape pre-recorded cassettes and cartridges, 30 gas lighters, and

Isle of Wight County Press: Dec 1st 1973:  TOP-A-TREE – Requests for trees at Appley and Puckpool to be shortened or felled for the sake of nearby beach hits were turned down by Ryde Town Council’s Parks and Entertainments Committee on Thursday week.  The thick growth of trees to the south prevents sunshine from reaching

Isle of Wight County Press: Nov 3rd 1973:  BREAK IN TRADITION – Mr. S. G. WADE, a prominent member for 30 years and a former captain, was elected president at the 68th annual meeting of Ryde Bowling Club at the Town Hall on Friday week. His election broke a tradition in which the reigning mayor

Isle of Wight County Press: Oct 6th 1973:  ORGAN MUSIC – The summer series of organ music recitals at All Saints’, Ryde, notable for playing of very high quality, ended on Saturday week with a fine performance from Marcus HUXLEY, organ scholar at Worcester College. Oct 6th 1973:  RYDE YOUNGSTERS’ – Membership of the Ryde

Isle of Wight County Press: Sept 1st 1973:  MOBILE POLICE STATION – This has made its appearance near Ryde pier entrance and may become a regular holiday season fixture on the Esplanade.   The site was selected because visitors to the Island arrive in great numbers in the vicinity, many with problems concerning the location of

Isle of Wight County Press: Aug 4th 1973:  ANGLERS HELP HANDICAPPED – Three chair-mobiles for use by Island people, brought with money raised by the IW Federation of Angling Clubs, were officially presented during the annual fete of Fairlee Hospital on Saturday.  A number of schools and organisations are helping, including children at Green Mount

Isle of Wight County Press: July 7th 1973:  NEW WARNING – Island police are again warning elderly residents to be careful when people call at the front door offering to repair chimneys or provide other services. Tricks like these are on the increase, say the police.  Elderly, particularly those living alone, are easy targets. July

Isle of Wight County Press: Jun 2nd 1973:  SPARKLING PERFORMANCE – “They Don’t Grow on Trees” we were told by the play’s title – yet more and more kept appearing on stage at Ryde Esplanade Pavilion when Bellevue Players’ spring holiday production opened on Saturday.  It was a tribute to the company’s strength that they

Isle of Wight County Press: May 5th 1973:  WOMEN’S INSTITUTE – A reminder to Binstead members that Binstead was entered for the best-kept village competition, was given at a well-attended meeting recently.  It was reported that much work was being done to ensure that the village looked its best. May 5th 1973:  IMPRESSIVE SINGING –