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February 1919

Isle of Wight Observer:

Feb 1st 1919:  I.W. BOOT TRADES ASSOCIATION – The annual meeting was held at Ryde, under the presidency of Mr. W. SEARLE.  A large attendance was present from all parts of the Island.  It was reported that this association had been asked by the Government, through the National Federation, to undertake the repairs of 5,000 pairs of Army boots for the Serbian and Belgian refugees.

Feb 1st 1919:  THEATRE ROYAL – The beautiful French story of “Camille” (La Dame Aux Camelias) in which the greatest actress, Sarah BERNHARDT used to figure, was screened in first class style at the Theatre Royal this week, and the emotional love scenes and tragic denouement, shared the close attention of crowded houses.

Feb 1st 1919:  ACCIDENT – We regret to learn that Mr. Wallace WHEELER, met with a nasty accident whilst engaged at his sawmills in Monkton-street, portions of two of his fingers being cut off, and putting him to considerable pain and inconvenience.  Unfortunately, this is Mr. WHEELER’s second accident of the kind.

Feb 1st 1919:  ST. JOHN’S ROAD INFANTS – The parents and friends were invited on Thursday afternoon to witness an entertainment by the infants’ department of St. John’s Road Schools.  There was a crowded attendance and an excellent programme of part songs, recitations, action songs, and dancing was carried out, the youngsters showing evidence of careful training on the part of their teachers.

Feb 1st 1919:  NOISY PARTIES – Though it does not apply to any particular dance, shopkeepers living in the centre of the town complain of the noise of breaking up after some of these parties.  Our young soldiers are particularly boisterous on some of these occasions as people in their “beauty sleep” have been rudely awakened from their slumbers.  Perhaps they will tone down their exuberance a bit in the future.

Feb 8th 1919:  CANDLEMAS DAY – Sunday last being observed as Candlemas Day at St. Mary’s, the ceremony of blessing the candles prior to distribution amongst the congregation, was performed by the Very Rev. Canon MANGHAN.

Feb 8th 1919:  WAR SUPPLY DEPOT – According to instructions from the Director General the War Hospital Supply depot in Union Street, from which so much useful work has been done during the war, is to be closed on February 15th.  The Mayoress (Miss BARTON), expresses sincere thanks to all who have assisted in this great work.

Feb 8th 1919:  COTTAGES WANTED – At the meeting of the Parish Council, it was agreed to inform the Rural District Council that at least 20 new cottages were needed in the Binstead parish, and that the fact that people were considering the idea of purchasing and holding every cottage available in Fishbourne, with the idea of residing in them, for only a very short summer period, leaving the remainder of the year, should receive the very serious consideration of the council.

Feb 8th 1919:  HAZELWOOD HOSPITAL – After a period of service extending over four years this Hospital was closed at the end of the year.  To celebrate this event a social evening was held on Monday evening, at which a large company was present.

Feb 15th 1919:  NAVAL WEDDING – An interesting wedding took place at the Primitive Methodist Church, High-street, on Tuesday afternoon, when Miss Edith Elizabeth May GRIFFIN, eldest daughter of Mr. G. H. GRIFFIN, senior postman, of 94 Arthur-street, was married to Mr. William E. PRITCHARD, R.N. of Ryde, who with his brother went through the Battle Jutland and were subsequently taken prisoners, being two years and seven months in the hands of the Germans, during which period they suffered considerable hardships.  The bride who looked charming, was given away by her father.