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April 1966

Isle of Wight Times:-

Apr 7th 1966:  MARINE GROUP DANCE – The Marine Group of Ryde Youth Club organised a successful dance at the centre on Friday to music by “The Yakajax.”  The £5 raised will go towards the completion of an “Enterprise” class dinghy which the boys are building.

Apr 21st 1966:  CINEMA OPENING – Because of inclement weather, next Monday’s opening of the redecorated “Plaza” cinema, at Ryde (formerly the Scala) has been postponed for a week until May 2. The Management would like to hear from any couple who attended the opening of the former “Scala” cinema, on December 22, 1921, with a view to inviting them, as their guests, on the opening night.

Apr 21st 1966:  RYDE CONCERT – Leading soloists from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The Bournemouth Ensemble, are presenting a fund-raising concert at Ryde Town Hall, on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m. The Ensemble has performed at the Royal Festival Hall and on Southern Television.

Apr 21st 1966:  POINTED REMARK – The Rector of Binstead, the Rev. Clifford TARGETT, appealed to lady parishioners during a recent service at the Parish Church to refrain from wearing stiletto heels in church as they were damaging the floor.  The new wood parquet surface was recently installed at a cost of more than £500.

Apr 21st 1966:  EFFICIENCY – Half-a-mile from the sea front on the end of England’s second-longest pier, Ryde Pierhead Station is not only “far out” but “with it” as well—it is the best-kept station in the Isle of Wight.  On Monday the Divisional Manager of the BR South-Western Division, Mr. F. P. B. TAYLOR  presented Mr. A. G. SMITH with a certificate and cash award to be divided among the IW Pierhead staff.

Apr 21st 1966:  BANDITS – Five “one-armed bandit” fruit machines at the Commodore Bingo and Social Club were forced and their contents—about £100 in sixpences—stolen during Thursday night.

Apr 28th 1966:  YOUTH ARTIST – A member of Ryde Youth Club, 15 year old Kenneth LANE, has been offered a bursary of £3.10s. to attend a summer “art adventure course” sponsored by the National Association of Boys Clubs, at Bilberry, Worcester.

Apr 28th 1966:  R.V.Y.C. – “An historical year” was how Lieut.-Col. F. C. R. BRITTEN, retiring commodore of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, described the past twelve months in his report to 150 members at the annual meeting at Fishbourne on Friday. Notably was the moving to new premises at Fishbourne and the membership had risen by over 300 per cent. The new clubhouse had been improved, the “snuggery” had been completed, and gas central heating had now been installed throughout.  The next stage—the large entrance hall and men’s changing room would be completed this year.

Apr 28th 1966:  TREFOIL GUILD – At the April meeting a member, Mrs. HALDANE, gave a talk on Nairobi where she live for a number of years.  Mrs. B. SEAWARD won the competition for the best decorated hard boiled egg.

Apr 28th 1966:  SALVATION ARMY – On Thursday at the Citadel, the weekly meeting was organised by Mrs. L. MAPLETOFT.  A varied programme of music and song was enjoyed.  Items included vocal solos by Miss A. HONEYBOURNE and items by Home League members.

Apr 28th 1966:  THANKS – Mary and Fred of the Star Hotel would like to thank most sincerely their family, many friends and patrons of The Star Hotel, Ryde, for the cards and presents which they received on the occasion of their silver wedding, also the wonderful party given in their honour.  Please accept our most grateful thanks and God bless you all.