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March 1966

Isle of Wight Times:-

Mar 10th 1966:  NEED BIGGER BOAT – Ryde’s voluntary sea rescue scheme is good, but it could be better.  Principal matter for concern was the size of the available rescue boat—only 12 ft. 6 ins.  While the organisers’ aim was to make the best use of existing facilities, it was felt that a larger boat, at least 16 ft. was necessary.

Mar 10th 1966:  RAIL COACHES – A plan to re-open the Ryde-Newport-Cowes railway line as a private venture, using modern electric rail coaches ordered from the continent, is being launched.  The first move will be to float a company to negotiate with British Rail for the purchase of the track and stations.

Mar 10th 1966:  CHEAPER BOWLS – A plea from Ryde Bowling Club to the Corporation for lower charges at the Esplanade greens—which are estimated to show a loss of about £500 in the coming season, has met with partial success.

Mar 10th 1966:  SPLASHING OUT – A sum of £150 has been set aside to pay for “pumping out” operations to alleviate flooding which may occur in the Strand and West Hill Road areas during unusually wet weather.

Mar 17th 1966:  OAKFIELD BACK ON FORM – Although fielding a strong side, East Cowes were quickly forced back and after the first 15 minutes were lucky not to be two goals in arrears. Inside-right Brian HERBERT shook the crossbar with a fine 30 yard drive and Tony SCAMELL saw his neat header from J. BUCKETTS’s centre, hit an upright.  Final score: Oakfield 5 – East Cowes Vics Res. 0

Mar 17th 1966:  ELECTRICAL – A talk and film show on the work of the R.S.P.C.A. was given by Major A. E. D. MITCHELL at the monthly meeting of the Electrical Association for Women, held at the clubroom on Thursday week.  Mr. M. CASS of the S.E.B. was the projectionist.

Mar 24th 1966:  DO-IT-YOURSELF – For the past five months, 14 members of the Ryde Baptist Church have spent almost every minute of their spare time engaged in extensive re-decoration work to the building.  By doing so they have saved the church nearly £1,500.

Mar 24th 1966:  DISPENSING – For the week’s evening rota, chemists’ listed for Ryde were: Timothy White & Taylor, St Thomas’ Square;  Pollard & Ramage, High Street;  Boots, St Thomas’ Square; Nicholson, The Esplanade;  Boots, High Street;  Blakely, Cross Street; Gibbs & Gurnell, Union Street; and Farmer, High Street.

Mar 24th 1966:  ADVERT – Unity Stompers – Buffet Dance – at the Galleon Restaurant, Ryde, Friday March 25th, 8 to 11 p.m.  Tickets (including buffet) 5/- available at the door or phone 2980.

Mar 31st 1966:  SEA MARK – The Island Conservative candidate, Ald. Mark WOODNUTT, took his campaign to sea on Tuesday.  He chartered a Bembridge fishing boat and cruised near Ryde Pier, giving an election address through a loud hailer to passengers on board the Portsmouth ferry.

Mar 31st 1966:  BOROUGH BAND – Many of our friends have enjoyed concerts, ably rendered by these “Men of Brass,” and in order to ensure the future for probably ten years, recruitment of younger players — male or female — is necessary.  Any boy or girl prepared to devote time to learn under first class tuition, will be given the opportunity.

Mar 31st 1966:  NO RUSH DECISION – Dear Sir. I was very interested and amused to learn from a recent correspondent to your paper that plans were under discussion for a paddling pool by the council.  I can remember over 70 years ago a paddling pool was suggested causing great excitement among we children, but alas—it was all a dream!  So hope on—maybe the next 70 years will see paddling pools.