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December 1967

Isle of Wight Times:

Dec 7th 1967:  SCHOOL – Lack of adequate facilities, to the extent that once again speech day had to be held at Ryde Town Hall, continues to aggravate Bishop Lovett Secondary School.  This was made clear by the Headmaster, Mr. V. P. EVANS, who yesterday told a large audience: “Each year it becomes more painfully obvious that we are limited by our lack of accommodation.”

Dec 7th 1967:  NASTY NOISES – “There are plenty of nasty noises in the world already, and once they become established they are almost accepted and that much harder to fight,” was a comment in this month’s Practical Boat Owner, about the noise of Hovercraft that have been plying over the Solent and may soon be invading other stretches of water where people seek peace and relaxation.  “One thing we can, and must do, is to make as much fuss as we possibly can about this nuisance.”

Dec 7th 1967:  CONNECTED – Orders for telephone service met by the Post Office totalled 552,000 in the six months ended September 30.  Subject to customers’ convenience and to plant being available about 66 per cent of the orders for exchange connections are being completed within a fortnight.

Dec 7th 1967:  NATURALISTS – The Hampshire and I.W. Naturalist Trust appeals to all field naturalists to refrain entirely from entering on any land where cattle, sheep and pigs are, or may be present at any time, until the present disastrous epidemic of Foot and Mouth Disease has been entirely eradicated,

Dec 7th 1967:  CONFUSED – Ryde and East Wight Trades Council are confused by BR weight limit restrictions on motor vehicles using the pier.  They agreed at their monthly meeting to ask the Railways what the distinctions in this connection were between private cars, vans and goods vehicles and Land Rovers.

Dec 7th 1967: MONKTON MEAD – In a field which adjoins the St. Johns’ Wood Road Station at Ryde there is a broken sewer pipe which continually disposes raw sewage into the Monkton Mead Brook and over part of the field.  The smell in the warm weather is almost unbearable and although the Borough Surveyor’s department has been contacted on three occasions nothing has been done to correct the fault.

Dec 7th 1967:  TEACHERS WARNED – An emergency conference of 450 representatives of local education authorities passed a unanimous resolution warning the National Union of Teachers that teachers who refuse to carry out their statutory duties to supervise school meals will automatically break their written contracts with their employers.  If the sanctions were not called off, suspension with loss of pay applied.

Dec 14th 1967:  PRAISE FOR GOLF COURSE – In the latest edition of “Golf in Hants and Dorset” 3/-, the article states: “Ryde is an example of a rather uncommon thing—a park course situated close to the sea shore.  Opened in 1920, the setting of the opening holes would be purely park-like, were it not for the enticing glimpses of the water over the tops of the trees. We find our way to the sixth tee close to the shore with only the thinnest fringe of trees and bushes dividing it from the beach.”

Dec 21st 1967:  RECORD MAIL – Monday was the boom day for the staff of the outward works of the Post Office at East Street.  They dealt with a record number of well over 100,000 letters and cards which had been posted in Ryde.

Dec 21st 1967:  TELEPHONISTS – Despite the fact that they are bang in the middle of their busiest time of the year, telephonists at the Ryde Exchange still find time to remember the less fortunate at Christmas.  Over a period of months, they have been holding competitions and other money-raising efforts to buy gifts for elderly people, children and other needy folk, and also spent much time making toys.

Dec 21st 1967:  BUCCS’ HOSPITAL TOUR – Costumed Ryde Buccaneers made their usual “Raids” on the town’s shops on Saturday, gathering “booty” in the form of gifts for the old and needy, and hospital patients.