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June 1919

Isle of Wight Observer:

Jun 7th 1919:  FIFTY YEARS A TEACHER – By the announcement of the pending retirement of Mr. Harry D. WILLIAMS, the popular and respected Headmaster of the St. John’s-road Boys’ School, we took the opportunity of having a chat with him on his long experiences in the educational world.  Mr. WILLIAMS has a good memory for dates.  He was born in Gosport and remembers accompanying his mother, who was a teacher, with reading cards and when 12 or 13 years of age assisted the small staff of the old British School in the evenings…..  read full article and more about Harry Williams here

Jun 7th 1919:  USEFUL – Knitting seems a favourite occupation amongst lady visitors to Ryde.  The knowledge thousands of English-women gained in knitting socks and mufflers for soldiers is coming in very useful to many of them now that their labour of love for our fighting men is over.

Jun 7th 1919:  COMPLAINT – A writer in one of the dailies on Thursday complained of the boredom of seaside resorts.  He (or she) remarked that apparently local authorities considered they had done everything when they provided a few deck chairs and shelters on the Front and an occasional band.  Of course, it was not Ryde that was referred to—at least we hope not.

Jun 7th 1919:  LICENSES REFUSED – The following were all refused renewal by the Borough Bench at Winchester on Friday, on the grounds of redundancy: “Royal Albert,” Warwick Street, publican’s license;  “Satelite,” Prince Street, beerhouse;  “Waterman’s Arms,” South Street, publican’s license.

Jun 7th 1919:  PROPOSED CHANNEL SWIM – Mrs Arthur HAMILTON, of Ryde, the well-known long-distance swimmer, and the first lady to swim the Solent, has announced her intention to attempt to swim the Channel.  She is sister-in-law of Lieut.-Col. J. F. C. HAMILTON, J.P., C.A.

Jun 7th 1919:  DOCTORS’ CARS IN COLLISION – A singular motor collision occurred at Springvale, on Thursday.  Dr. TURNER’s car colliding with his partner’s Dr. SAMPSON.  The impact was a violent one, and both doctors were thrown out, but fortunately escaped injury.  Dr. SAMPSON’s car was badly damaged.

Jun 14th 1919:  BANSTAND AWNING COLLAPSE – During the north-westerly gale which prevailed on Thursday morning, the new awning surrounding the bandstand in the Western Esplanade Gardens being blown down.  The awning was used for the first time at Easter and answered its purpose admirably, and during the recent holiday was a nice protection against the heat of the sun.  It was supported by means of iron stanchions, one, if not two, being broken by the force of Thursday’s gale.

Jun 21st 1919:  WEDDING – St. John’s was the scene of an extremely pretty wedding on Thursday.  It was one of the smart functions of the year and the ladies had been looking forward to it for weeks past.  Their anticipations were rewarded by seeing some very nice frocks and all the elite of the neighbourhood.  Miss RHODES made a charming bride, she has married a gallant officer who has won the D.S.O. and served his country well, being Lieut.-Col. A. P. BROWNE.

Jun 21st 1919:  REFRESHMENTS – Visitors to the Bandstand in search of sweets, ices or light refreshments will be able to turn to the Western Tea Rooms opened today by Mr. G. BARTLEY.  He has acquired the conservatory and two large rooms on the ground floor of what is known as Sivier’s Hotel, and will be able to accommodate quite a large party when required.

Jun 21st 1919:  LADIES & GENTS CRICKET MATCH – A novel and interesting event took place at Partlands on Thursday afternoon in a cricket match between ladies and gentlemen the former having a team of 15 against the gents 11.  The latter had to bowl and field with their left hand or forfeit a run if they touched the ball with their right hand or feet.  The match was well contested and caused great amusement, resulting in a victory for the ladies who scored 55 and the gentlemen 46.