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December 1922

Isle of Wight Observer:

Dec 2nd 1922:  CONCERTS AT TRINITY HALL – Concerts of a varied and very pleasing character were given at Trinity Hall on Saturday and Monday evenings by the pupils of Miss FEBEN, A.T.C.L., to large and appreciative audiences when the talent shown by the young performers was full indication of their excellent training in pianoforte playing, etc. as well as the interest shown by Miss FEBEN in their work.  Messrs. WHYATT and Co., supplied the dresses and carried out the stage arrangements.

Dec 9th 1922:  SPORTS – The various sports are well represented in Ryde.  Badminton is played at the Town Hall, and on Thursday there was a nice chess party, a friendly match taking place between a strong team selected from members of Portsmouth Chess Club and Isle of Wight including Messrs. MILLER, BLAKELY, and WRIGHT of Ryde.

Dec 9th 1922:  PIERHEAD – The reconstruction of the Pierhead by the Joint Railway Companies is of course the first steps to the electrification of the line.

Dec 9th 1922:  LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Scent Factory. I noticed in your Town Talk that there was a possibility of perfuming being started on one side of St. Thomas’s churchyard.  There was a perfumed hair cream factory on the other side a few years ago (not much more than fifty) carried on by the gentleman who built that imposing building Nos. 43 and 44 Union-street now occupied by Mr Fowler.  The production was so cracked up as a hair restorer, that it would almost make hair grow out of a piece of board .and it was very popular for many years.

Dec 9th 1922:  BRITISH LEGION – The Binstead Branch of the British Legion, propose to hold their annual dinner and smoking concert early in the new year, and the Hon Sec., Mr. W. H. ATKINS, will be glad if any ex-service men wishing to be present will kindly give their names in at an early date.

Dec 16th 1922:  BOY SCOUTS CONCERT – In connection with the Ryde Parish Church Troup of Boy Scouts, a most enjoyable and successful Bazaar Concert was held at the Mission Room, Prince-street on Saturday evening. The visitors could buy all kinds of vegetables and fruit, confectionery and useful goods made by the scouts.   The concert, to which several well-known ladies and gentlemen contributed, was excellent and a financial success.

Dec 16th 1922:  OPENING OF NEW ORGAN – Next Sunday, Dec 17th, the newly erected Organ at St. Mary’s Catholic Church will be formally inaugurated.  Mr. Philip COLLIS, a former organist at the church, and now connected with Westminster Cathedral, will play at the High Mass at 11 o’clock and at Vespers, 6.30, in the evening.

Dec 16th 1922:  XMAS POST – The Postmaster has forwarded the following particulars respecting the Ryde District Postal Services at Christmas. On Sunday 24th Dec, there will be no delivery of letters and parcels.  On Christmas Day one delivery of letters and parcels will be made.  On Boxing Day there will be no delivery of letters and parcels, but a despatch will be made to the mainland at 12.15pm.

Dec 23rd 1922:  LIPTON’S 100,000 CHRISTMAS PARCELS – Two cases containing 60 parcels have been dispatched from Lipton’s London Depot to the town of Ryde and these will be distributed by the Mayor.  Over 200 unskilled girls were taken on and taught the skill of packing in less than a week before starting on the scheme, and in all the number of unemployed men and women absorbed was over 300.

Dec 30th 1922:  BOXING DAY PARTY – Through the kindness of Mr. Band the children of the Church Army Home, “Thornbury” Spencer-road, were invited to the second annual party at the Esplanade Hotel on Boxing Day.  There were 22 young people present on this occasion who keenly enjoyed the round of fun and amusements and the tea provided.  A great feature of course being the splendid Christmas Tree laden with presents.