Hampshire Telegraph – Agent Mr. THURLOW
June 3rd 1871: SCHOOL BOARD – The statistical committee presented a report on the educational requirements of Ryde. It stated that there were 2,101 children within the limits of the borough, 433 of whom were ascertained to belong to the middle and upper classes, and were returned as being educated either at home or in private or distant schools. The remaining 1,668 were regarded as coming within the operation of the Act. Calculated on the Government basis, the number of children for whom school education accommodation must be provided was 1,720.
June 7th 1871: NOVEL LOCK-OUT – The adjourned vestry meeting on the foreshore question was to have been held at eight o’clock on Monday evening, at which hour the chairman and some dozen other persons assembled under the portico outside of the Town-hall. Finding the doors of the building locked, they sought an interview with BUCKETT, the hall-keeper, and asked him, “Which room are we to meet in?” “I have received no notice of any adjourned vestry,” said Mr. BUCKET. “If any meeting is to be held, notice must be sent to the Town Clerk’s office an hour beforehand. No notice has been sent, so I have no authority to open the hall.” (More about Henry Buckett here)
June 10th 1871: CONFERENCE- A conference of teachers in connection with the Isle of Wight Sunday School Union took place at the Town-hall on Tuesday, at the invitation of the committee of the Ryde district union. There was a public breakfast, followed by a devotional meeting and a morning conference. In the evening there was a tea, followed by a public meeting. The whole of the dissenting ministers of Ryde, and many from other towns, were present.
June 10th 1871: BOROUGH POLICE COURT – On Monday, the license of the Nelson Tavern, Bellevue-road, was transferred to Margaret CHRISTMAS.—Richard COOKE, for being drunk and disorderly in High-street and Union-street on Saturday night, was fined 20s., and costs 5s., or seven days’ imprisonment, this being his third conviction.— Philip ATTHEM, a hawker, from Portsmouth, was charged with hawking in High-street on May 30th. Defendant pleaded that he did not know he was doing anything illegally. His license was for Hampshire, not Ryde. fined 1s., and costs 5s.
June 17th 1871: RAILWAY – The erection of the new railway-station at the pier-gates is being pushed forward briskly; and a ticket and telegraph office has been placed at the pier-head.
June 17th 1871: COMPETITION – The monthly competition for the challenge vase belonging to the 1st (Ryde) Isle of Wight Rifle Volunteers took place at the Binstead range on Monday. The winner for the present month was Private E. SWEETMAN, who made a score of 46 points.
June 17th 1871: TOWN CUP – At a meeting held at the Pier Hotel, on Thursday, it was determined at once to set on foot a subscription for the purchase of the town cup, to be sailed for at the forthcoming regatta of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, and Mr. PULLEN, the town clerk, undertook to act as secretary to the committee.
June 17th 1871: HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY – The first flower show of this season, took place in the grounds of Mr. H. D. BROWN, at Southfield, Ryde, on Wednesday last. The show of fruit, flowers, &c. was the best for many years past. A military band was in attendance, but owing to the heavy rain the attendance was not so numerous as would otherwise be the case. Messrs. C. DIMMICK and WILLIAMS sent some beautiful geraniums, &c., which, though not intended for competition, were greatly admired.