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February 1924

Isle of Wight County Press:

Feb 2nd 1924:  COUNTY BENCH – Ernest and Montague TOOGOOD and George BARNES, school-boys, of Ashey, pleaded guilty to placing stones on the railway.  P.C. DOBSON said that in consequence of complaints that the 3.59 train from Ryde to Newport had struck an obstacle at Ashey he made inquiries and saw defendants who admitted putting six stones, orange peel and a match-box on the line.—Montague TOOGOOD said they only wanted to see if the train would crush them.  The boys told the magistrates that they were sorry.  They had not been in trouble before. They were bound over for six months.

Feb 2nd 1924:  AUCTION – For Arthur WOODS, deceased, WESTBOURNE LODGE, Ryde.  The sale of the valuable contents will take place in March.  Particulars and catalogue in due course of the Auctioneers, WALLIS, RIDDETT & CO.

Feb 2nd 1924:  SITUATIONS VACANT – Wardmaids, ages 19-22, wanted now and later.—Apply, personally, between 10-12.  Matron, Royal I.W. County Hospital, Ryde.

Feb 2nd 1924:  BOWLING – The third annual meeting of the I.W. County Bowling Association was held at the Town-hall, Ryde, on Wednesday.  The Mayor (Ald. ANDREWS) presided. It was recommended that the I.W. League competitions be divided into two divisions, and that at the end of the season, the bottom club in Div. 1 be relegated to Div. 2, and the winner of Div. 2 be promoted to Div. 1.

Feb 2nd 1924:  BRITISH LEGION WOMEN’S SECTION – At a meeting in the Binstead Institute on Wednesday, a branch of this was formed, and the officers were selected. 47 members were enrolled.  Those eligible for membership are the wives, widows, daughters, mothers, and sisters of men who have served or are serving in H.M. Forces and women war workers.

Feb 2nd 1924:  ST. MICHAEL’S BOYS CLUB – A concert in aid of the Club, was held in the Swanmore-school on Friday week, and attracted a large audience.  An excellent programme included a piano solo by the Vicar (the Rev. A. C. DURHAM). Mr. E. G. SAVILL, the Club manager, thanked the supporters of the Club, and stated that there were 306 names on the membership roll.

Feb 2nd 1924:  LETTER POST – Mr. J. H. REYNOLDS, writing from the Crown Hotel, claims that while the daily papers during the strike were delivered in Ryde on the morning of publication, letters tool two days to reach the borough from London.

Feb 9th 1924:  POEMS – Mr. H. H. FOWLER lectured at the Congregational Schoolroom on Thursday on “Poems by lesser-known writers.”  The Rev. G. Palmer LEWIS presided.

Feb 9th 1924:  A PAGEANT – entitled “Children in Fiction,” will be presented at the Theatre Royal on Wednesday in aid of the Waifs’ and Strays’ Society.  The various scenes will be acted entirely by children and will include songs and dances.

Feb 9th 1924:  LATE REV. CYRIL LANCELOT BLAKE – There is a tribute to the late Vicar of St. John’s in this month’s Diocese Chronicle which will readily recognised by Ryde residents.  The writer says Mr. BLAKE was “a first-rate curate, hard-working, thoroughly loyal, and with a great capacity for friendship.  He had unusual gifts as an organiser.  In spite of bad health his work bore fruit, and won the respect of his people.”

Feb 9th 1924:  COMPETITION WINNER – Mr. W. STUART-MENZIES, of Holmbush, Alexandra-road, has been awarded the first prize in a novel competition, by illustrating the best method by which a cabin cruiser of from 80ft. to 83ft overall could be handled entirely by a disabled man, who is unable to move from the cockpit except in the case of unavoidable necessity.  The adjudicators stated the Mr. STUART-MENZIES entry appeared to be the result of lengthy practical experience.