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January 1962

Isle of Wight Times & Isle of Wight County Press

Jan 4th 1962: BOMB IN RYDE – An aerial practice bomb, rusting but primed, was found at the rear of unoccupied premises at 12 Wood-street, Ryde, on Thursday. Builders who were cutting back a hedge discovered the bomb, finned and resembling an Indian club. An Army sergeant came from Salisbury the following day and removed it.

Jan 4th 1962: DONKEY RIDE HELPERS – Mr. and Mrs. John EADE of Station House, Station-road, St. Helens gave a party for more than 50 children and 30 adults, who helped with the donkey rides on Ryde beach during the holiday season. The children’s favourite donkey, 20 year old Freda was prevented from coming because of the weather. Entertainment was provided by a conjuror, Mr. John RAND —“Randini” of Ryde, and songs were sung to piano-accordion accompaniment.

Jan 6th 1962: EX-SERVICE MAN – Members of the Island branch of the Old Contemptibles Association attended with their standard as a tribute to Mr. Mark James William ALLEN, M.S.M., aged 78, of Marlborough-road, whose funeral took place on Friday week. (CP)

Jan 11th 1962: RYDE RESISTS COUNTY COUNCIL – Ryde Council is digging its heels in firmly against the C.C.’s intention to reduce the services provided by the Registrar of Births, Marriages, and Deaths in the town. At present the Registrar visits Ryde on two days a week for two-hour sessions; the C.C. want to cut this to two weekly sessions of one hour, from 9.30 a.m. until 10.30 a.m.

Jan 11th 1962: BOROUGH BAND – The band of No. 1024 (Wight) Squadron A.T.C. which ceased to function last year through lack of funds, will perform again—as “Ryde Borough Band.” The Council agreed to lend the re-named band £350 for instruments, music stands and uniforms. The money will be repayable over five years at six per cent.

Jan 11th 1962: PANTOMIME – A chance for patrons to do a good turn and enjoy themselves at the same time comes on Saturday when Nesta MEECH presents her annual pantomime “Babes in the Wood,” at the Esplanade Pavilion, Ryde. Proceeds are in aid of the Horder Centres for Arthritics, and Toc H.

Jan 11th 1962: OIL POLLUTION – It was disclosed that Ryde Corporation is to press a claim against the owners of the tanker “Santa Alicia” blamed for oil pollution of borough beaches.

Jan 11th 1962: TRIP UNNECESSARY – Cllr. Crichton MERRILL asked “when the Finance Committee reported that they had resolved to send two members to the 77th annual conference of the Institute of Municipal Treasurers & Accountants in Edinburgh from May 29 to June 1, having regard to the financial situation currently, I feel that this is something which we might very well save upon.”

Jan 18th 1962: ORIENTEERING – A group of about 30 members of Ryde Youth Club took part in an “orienteering” course last night (Wednesday). Starting from the Youth Centre at Well-street, they followed a course by means of clues which led them to the Church of the Holy Cross, Binstead.

Jan 18th 1962: SILVER CHORDS CLUB – The New Year Party was celebrated on Thursday last at the London Hotel. More than 50 members and friends enjoyed a “high Tea.” Mrs. Hind YELF, Leader, welcomed those present. Presents from a Christmas tree, and 1 lb. sugar, were distributed to each member. Games, dancing and a film show by Mr. and Mrs. BAILEY followed.

Jan 18th 1962: SALE – Messrs. WAY, RIDDETT & Co. held their monthly sale at the Town Hall Chambers on Wednesday last week, disposing of 400 lots. The principle prices realised were: floral chenille carpet £6, Magicook infra red cooker £9, Philco portable radiogram £13, Astral electric refrigerator £11.10s., suit of oriental armour £7.