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April 1962

Isle of Wight Times

Apr 12th 1962: EVENING CLASS CUTS – “Short-sighted,” “Inconsiderate” and “Senseless” were terms applied by Ryde Council members at the County Education Committee’s proposal to close the town’s further education classes. The grounds for the closure, said the Education Committee, were those of economy (the Ryde classes are believed to have cost a net £450 annually.

Apr 19th 1962: CYCLE RACING – Vectis Cycling Club are holding their first three-day stage race at Easter–the first event of this nature in the Ryde area. Also to be held at the same time is the usual East Wight Road Race. Both events are being sponsored by the “Portsmouth Evening News.”

Apr 19th 1962: BUS RUMPUS – A 16 year-old Ryde youth who started a rumpus on a bus at Wootton one night and then stuck the police officer who arrested him, was fined a total of £15 by Newport Juvenile Court on Thursday. He admitted using insulting behaviour with intent to provoke a breach of the peace and assaulting P.C. A.G. LANE in the execution of his duty.

April 19th 1962: POST OFFICE AWARD – Miss Cecily Mary KINGSWELL, supervisor at Ryde Telephone Exchange till her retirement on health grounds in January, was presented with the Imperial Service Medal at Ryde Head Post Office on Thursday. A cheque, subscribed for throughout the Island postal, engineering and telephone staffs, was handed to Miss KINGSWELL.

Apr 19th 1962: RAIDED HOUSE – A young man who left a cinema and raided the house of a friend who was watching the performance, then returned for the rest of the programme, appeared before Ryde Borough Magistrates on Monday.

Apr 19th 1962: VETERAN CARS – Sixty-nine veteran cars assembled at the Canoe Lake, Ryde, on Saturday for the Veteran Car Club (South Western Section) 1962 concours d’elegance, which formed part of the club’s two-day rally. The car which swept the show was a 1904 four cylinder, 12/16 h.p. Talbot tourer.

Apr 26th 1962: HARRIERS – Ryde Harriers entertained a team from Westminster Banks Athletic Club in a 5½ mile road race on Good Friday. It was a hilly two-lap course, and the times of the leading runners were creditable. Vernon DYER and Peter KNOTT of Ryde Harriers were equal first.

Apr 26th 1962: GOLF – Ryde Golf Club’s Easter Bogey, played on Saturday, resulted in a win for W. PETERS with three down. G. PATTERSON was runner-up, six down.

Apr 26th 1962: EASTER – Ryde had a successful Easter with a large increase in the number of Island visitors. British Railways revealed that from Thursday to Tuesday inclusive 66,993 passengers made the Portsmouth-Ryde crossing in both directions—a 7,000 increase over last year.

Apr 26th 1962: PRODUCTION – The comedy thriller “To Kill a Cat” with the Bellevue Players (plus a cat named “Toots”) provided good Easter entertainment at the Esplanade Pavilion on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. Milly LACEY, James WARMAN. Peter MAY, Hazel BULL, Osmond SAUNDERS, Sheila ATTWOOLL, Ian WEST, Valerie DWIGHT, Michael BRADLEY and Harry COOPER, were among the cast.

Apr 26th 1962: CENTENARY – Vicar of St. Michael’s and All Angels Parish church, Swanmore, the Rev. Michael CANTON, drew attention to the church centenary on August 18th 1963 and said that plans for celebrating the centenary would have to be made at the Michaelmas Festival in September.