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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December 1914

IW Observer & IW Times:-

Dec 12th 1914: ADVERT – Mourning Cards, in the newest designs can be obtained at, The Observer Press, The Colonnade, Ryde.

Dec 19th 1914: “CHRISTMAS CAROL” – All those interested in Charles DICKENS’ Works are promised an enjoyable evening at the Y.M.C.A. rooms on Monday next, when a rendering of the “Christmas Carol” will be given by Mr. E. SEARLE. At intervals carols will be sung.

Dec 19th 1914: WHIST DRIVE – In aid of the Ryde Schools’ Boot Fund a successful whist drive was held at the Town Hall on Wednesday evening. Thirty-four tables were occupied, and during an interval in the play refreshments, provided by Mr. TEAGUE, were handed round.

Dec 19th 1914: HAZELWOOD – On Thursday a concert, arranged by Mrs. G. W. COLENUTT, was given to the wounded soldiers at Hazelwood. Among those kindly assisting with the programme were Mrs. H. S. SAUNDERS, Miss DAWSON, Mrs. HOLT, Miss Cicely QUAYLE, Mr. Wallace WHEELER, and Mr. T. S. MELLANBY.

Dec 19th 1914: BOROUGH BENCH – The permanent transfer of the license of the Turk’s Head, Lind-street, from Charles FRIPP to Edwin WILLIAMS was granted, as also was that of the Greyhound Inn, Union-street, from John LAWRENCE to E. BIDES (owner)

Dec 24th 1914: CHRISTMAS – For many years we have been able to wish our fellow men and women “a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.” Alas how different it is today, the joyous message of “peace on earth and goodwill to all men,” is apparently lost amid the roar of cannon and the tramp of armed men seeking an opportunity to slay their fellows. We must not, however, give way to despair, but do our best to encourage and help one another.

Dec 24th 1914: THE LIFEBOAT – The Lifeboatmen had their quarterly practice on Thursday morning. A full crew, under the command of Capt. BURT, R.N., went out for about two hours in a fresh breeze.

Dec 24th 1914: MEDAL – Mr. E. J. PHILLIPS, late postman at Ryde, has been presented with an Imperial Service Medal, awarded to him by H.M. the King for long and faithful service in the Post Office. The presentation was made in suitable terms by Mr. THOMPSON, postmaster.

Dec 24th 1914: ISLAND POETESS – In a recent issue of the “Southampton Pictorial” there appears a charming photograph of Miss Innell JOLLIFFE a well-known Island poet and journalist, whose articles on “Things as They are” are now appearing in our columns. Miss JOLLIFFE was one of the first ladies in the Island to take up the cause of the Belgian Refugees.

Dec 26th 1914: PRISONERS – The steamships Canada, Tunisian, and Andania have been anchored off Ryde during the present week, with a number of German prisoners on board.

Dec 26th 1914: MEMORIAL – A memorial tablet of white marble on a black ground has been placed in St. Thomas’s Church in memory of the late Mr. William TEAGUE, who was for a number of years connected with that place of worship as organist.

Dec 31st 1914: WHAT TO DO IN AN AIR RAID – According to official warning issued on Monday, two duties devolve upon English civilians in the event of an air raid:- (1) to seek immediate shelter in basements or any underground place. (2) To forward any fragments of bomb which might come into one’s possession, to the police, for measurement by the military.