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January 1912

Isle of Wight Observer

Jan 6th 1912: DANCE – A Pierrot Dance in connection with the Ryde Habitation Primrose League will take place at the Town Hall on Thursday, January 25th.

Jan 6th 1912: RYDE POPULAR CONCERTS – Miss Mabel MANSON will sing on Monday next Stephen ADAMS new song “Silver Moon” accompanied by the composer. Miss MANSON is the New Zealand soprano and is a great favourite on the concert platform.

Jan 6th 1912: THE NEW YEAR – Was ushered in without very much public rejoicing in Ryde, and as New Year’s Eve fell on a Sunday there was little opportunity of “seeing the old year out and the new year in” in the festive manner which obtains sometimes.

Jan 20th 1912: SOLENT TUNNEL – There is no doubt that a tunnel would bring greatly increased traffic from the mainland to the Island and vice versa. The tunnel would afford great facilities for the rapid transport of troops, arms, and ammunition to the Island; and if it were reserved as a place of exercise and holiday enjoyment for lads in training at school for military purposes, occasional trips to the Island would greatly encourage such school training.

Jan 20th 1912: SOUP KITCHEN – To say that the 123 children who gathered at the Salvation Army Barracks, Green-street on Tuesday at noon, had a most enjoyable dinner, and, consequently a most enjoyable time, is but to state a very evident fact. The children demolished 20 gallons of good soup (for the cooking of which praise is due to Mrs BALLARD), and 62 pounds of bread.

Jan 27th 1912: THE NEW SHOP ACT – The Act provides that on at least one day of the week a shop assistant shall not be employed about the business of a shop after half past one o’clock in the afternoon. It also enacts that every shop shall be closed to the serving of customers not later than one o’clock in the afternoon of one weekday in every week. Trades exempt: Licensed houses, refreshment rooms, newspaper shops, butchers, fishmongers, confectioners, greengrocers and others selling perishable goods.

Jan 27th 1912: MOTOR TRACTION – The paper “Motor Traction” seems to think that the Island affords a splendid opportunity of operating a few reliable and well-appointed chara-a-bancs for the tourist trade, which is very heavy from June until September. They ought to be remunerative as the present method of conveyance is both slow and antiquated, whilst the majority of visitors are possessed of ample means and are keen on sight-seeing.

Jan 27th 1912: PANTOMIME – The Theatre will be occupied by a pantomime next week, the piece being Mr. W. J. MACKAY’s “Babes in the Wood” which has been such a success at the West London Theatre. The cast contains some fifty performers, while the scenery and costumes are good.

Jan 27th 1912: LONG MARRIED LIFE – Mr. and Mrs. HEATH of 6 Colenutt’s-road, will next week receive hearty congratulations on the celebration of sixty years of married life. Both are old age pensioners and not in robust health, and our readers we are sure, will wish them every happiness.

Jan 27th 1912: RIFLE PRACTICE – The approval of Sunday rifle practice seems to have had a mixed reception, many people in favour and as to be expected, others strongly opposed. Of course many would be grieved to find Sunday turned into a sort of Bank Holiday, but when golf is generally played on a Sunday, there is no reason why anyone should not shoot on that day.